Meet the Team

We at Purradise believe it is important to love what you do and every individual who works here loves kitties!

Dr. Eileen Lau

Owner, Veterinarian

Aloha, my name is Dr. Eileen Lau and I am delighted to announce that I am the new owner of Purradise Cat Care, Inc.

First, I’d like to take this opportunity to briefly introduce myself. A native of San Francisco, I was born to Chinese immigrant parents and raised in the Bay Area for the first 25 years of my life. My undergraduate studies were completed at UC Berkeley where I double majored in Biology and Music. In the next three years, I worked as a medical research associate at the University of California – San Francisco where I studied under a veterinary anesthesiologist. I then went on to attend veterinary school at Cornell University’s School of Veterinary Medicine – where I became the vice president of the Feline Medicine Club, president of Veterinary Students for Animal Welfare, and a student research associate for the veterinary anesthesia department at Cornell University Hospital for Animals. While attending veterinary school in Ithaca, New York, I met my wonderful soon-to-be husband and decided to follow him here to Oahu soon after graduating in 2011. We were married the following year and currently live happily with two young boys, our cat Snowpudge and two turtles in Waikiki.

For the past eight years, I’ve had the great fortune of working as a small animal veterinarian at Animal House Veterinary Center in Ewa Beach. There, under the direction of Dr. Celina Hatt, I honed my skills as a clinician and a surgeon. However, I have always been a lifelong avid lover of cats. It was no secret that my life goal was to open a veterinary practice dedicated specifically to the art of feline medicine and all things feline. When Dr. Sylvester-Palumbo agreed to sell her veterinary practice to me, it was a dream come true.
I look forward to getting to know all your four-legged furry family members. Honored and humbled that Dr. Sue Sylvester-Palumbo has entrusted me with the reins to her family feline practice of over 30 years, I am excited to embark on this journey and committed to upholding the highest level of care for your cats for the next 30 years.

Dr. Suzanne Sylvester-Palumbo

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Suzanne Sylvester-Palumbo is one of the hard-working veterinarians at Purradise Cat Care.  She obtained a Bachelor of Science at Colorado State, and a Masters at University of Hawaii. The University of the Philippines is where she earned her DVM in 1983, followed by a small animal internship at Washington State. She has an avid interest in golf and reading. She has many pets of her own including two adorable cats and two loving dogs.

Dr. Mathew Belcher

Relief Veterinarian

Dr. Mathew Belcher provides Purradise Cat Care with veterinary relief services. He has been a relief veterinarian at the clinic for over 20 years. He is regularly on our schedule for surgical procedures and appointments. He offers great things to help you care for your cat at home, as well as providing excellent care to cats staying at our facility.

Mariko

Surgical Assistant

In English or in Japanese, Mariko will help care for your kitty. She is also our very talented surgical assistant, taking great care in monitoring important procedures. She has been with our clinic since August of 2006.  She loves all cats and has her own pack of animals at home including  cats, dogs and chinchillas.

Yunuen

Veterinary Assistant

Yun is one of our hard-working veterinary assistants.  She has been working here since November of 2018.  She is very interested in feline behavior and feline nutrition.  She has a BA in agriculture and livestock obtained in Mexico and moved to Hawaii in 2015.  She is always willing to help with a positive and respectful attitude.  She has one pretty kitty by the name of Jade.

Kelly Carrington RVT

Hospital Administrator

Kelly has been a stalwart champion of feline welfare on the islands.

Faye Toyama

Clinic Reception Manager

Always with a smile, Faye will assist with all your kitty needs. Her hardworking and caring attitude makes every visit better for owners and patients alike. She has been with Purradise Cat Care since October of 2014 and has a BS in Animal Science from the University of Hawaii. She enjoys traveling and has been to places such as New York, Japan and Singapore.

Candace Sumalpong

Clinic Hospital Manager

Leslie

Bookkeeper

Elise

Kennel Technician/Social Media Coordinator

Elise recently moved back home to Hawaii after living in New York City for the past eight years. She has fostered and volunteered at the Animal Care Center in Manhattan, and the Hawaiian Humane Society. Elise and her partner Kris co-founded their band “Fine Life,” which throws benefit concerts for up and coming non-profit organizations specializing in animal, environmental and human justice. She is the proud cat mama of her two tabby boys, Kona and Brooklyn.

Natasha

Receptionist

Natasha was born and raised in Chicago and spent a decade in San Francisco where she earned a certificate in image consulting. She is a professional jewelry designer and earned a degree from AIPO. She has her own jewelry company called “That Girl’s Beads,” and a small non-profit organization, “Bead It Back,” which reuses beads to craft new and unique pieces. She is blessed with two amazing and adorable kitties, Gahroo, born in San Francisco, and Momo, born in Chicago. They made the move to Oahu with her just a year and a half ago.

Kyoko