Karissa was born in California but was raised from a very young age in Port Isabel, TX. She has always loved animals and knew she wanted to work with them. She once worked with exotic animals, including monkeys and birds. Her job responsibilities included driving across the country to take them to their new homes. She later received on the job training as a veterinary technician at the Port Isabel Animal Clinic where she worked for over a year. She joined the North 10th Street Animal Hospital team in August 2016 where she is continuing to learn and improve in the field. She enjoys her job and loves the people she works with. She currently lives in Edinburg with her husband, young son, and their family dog.