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Our Veterinarians

Dr. Joanna Cook, Owner & Medical Director, smiling.
Dr. Joanna CookOwner & Medical Director

Dr. Joanna Cook was raised in Hawaii, attended Iolani and Punahou Schools and received her Bachelor of Science in animal science at UH-Manoa. She attended Western University in California where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Dr. Cook received additional training at a year-long internship at the highly regarded Wheatridge Animal Hospital in Colorado. She has practiced veterinary medicine in Hawaii since 2014. In addition to Hawaii, she is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in California and Colorado. Her passion for animals began when she was in grade school. Since then, she has been the happy owner of a menagerie of pets and rescue animals from dogs to guinea pigs to rabbits and birds. She is passionate about providing the best care for your dog or cat and informs owners of the various treatment options, including alternative medicine where these have been proven to be effective. She lives in Honolulu with her husband and two sons.

When she is not working at Alii Animal Hospital, she is spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite food is her husband’s cooking and chocolate chip cookies from the Cookie Corner.

Dr. Judy Yasunaga, Veterinarian. Smiling at camera.
Dr. Judy YasunagaVeterinarian

Dr. Judy Yasunaga was born and raised on the island of Oahu. After graduating from Kaimuki High School, Dr. Yasunaga attended the University of Hawaii where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology. After her undergraduate studies, she worked as a veterinary technician and volunteered at the Hawaiian Humane Society, the Honolulu Zoo, and Waikiki Aquarium for several years before trading in gorgeous Hawaii weather for frigid Minnesota winters where she attended the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she remained in Minnesota and practiced for an additional year before saying goodbye to those frigid winters and returning home to Hawaii.  

Dr. Yasunaga enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but has a special interest in dermatology and preventive care. She believes in the importance of client education and loves partnering with owners to provide the best care for all patients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her newborn daughter, Emilia. In pre-COVID times, Dr. Yasunaga enjoyed traveling, dining out, and snuggling on the couch with her cats, Zoey and Zenji, something she still gets to enjoy from time to time. She is very excited to join the ohana at Ali’i Animal Hospital and looks forward to meeting you and your furry friends soon! 

Our Administrative Team

Matt MaltaOwner & Resort Director

Matt Malta has extensive training in administration. With over 20 years of management experience, he is excited to be the Hospital and Resort Director of Alii Animal Hospital and Resort. Matt’s managerial experience is all-encompassing, with the most recent being a Hospital Director for the largest 24-hour veterinary hospital and specialty center on Oahu. In his past, he has been in senior management for the Humane Society, a high profile technology company, and involved with training development for a large grocery chain in Hawaii. He was born in Honolulu and grew up in Kailua where he continues to raise his family. He has been a true animal lover his whole life. Much of his animal experience stems from raising dogs, fish, and birds as a child. Matt continues his passion for pets by providing the best experiences for clients and guests at Alii Animal Hospital and Resort.

Shawna LeePatient Services Manager

Shawna is a local of Honolulu. Growing up, she only had pet fish, but always loved animals! She attended Oregon State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in zoology with the initial thought to go on to veterinary school. After five years of being a veterinary nurse, she hasn’t thought of anything else she would rather be!

Outside of work, she loves to do anything outdoors. She brought over her dog, Samson, from Oregon, who also loves the outdoors. If it’s a nice day, you can find them hiking or at the beach, enjoying the Hawaiian sun.