Nick has over 20 years experience in climbing and caring for trees. He is a passionate educator, striving to make sure each client knows how to maintain their tree’s health, beauty, and value; either on their own or with some experienced help.
While attending Ripon College in Wisconsin, Nick started climbing trees – mostly for recreation, but always with a rope and harness. Knowing his passion for the outdoors and for trees, his friends recommended he become an arborist. Nick is from a very small Wisconsin town and didn’t even know what an arborist was! Following good advice, he started working for the best tree care company in the Midwest, The Care of Trees in Chicago. It was here that he first saw what proper tree care looks like and how it makes for bigger, better trees and a beautiful city. Over the next few years, Nick spent his time as a tree climbing nomad, working for some of the very best companies in the country, such as: Tree ReLeaf, Berkelhammer Tree Experts, and Aspen Tree Expert Co. Nick also worked for some of the worst tree services imaginable, experiencing the damage that improper care can have on a tree’s life!
In 2004, Nick moved to Southern California. While working for some of those “bad” tree companies, he learned that Los Angeles’ tree care culture is unlike that of the Midwest and East Coast – trees are not given the care and respect they deserve, especially given the incredible value they provide to Angelenos. Nick began volunteering for and was eventually hired by TreePeopleto plant and care for thousands of trees throughout LA as the Senior Tree Care Supervisor.
TreeCareLA was officially launched in June of 2011. It has become a fun little tree care company where the team can be proud of doing great work in a city that desperately needs it. Nick is one of only a handful of Board Certified Master Arborists (BCMAs) in southern California – the highest level of certification offered by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Fewer than 2% of all ISA certified arborists have the BCMA distinction.
Karina brings 15 years of experience in business management and her love of trees to TreeCareLA. She applies her knack for planning and managing details to keep us running smoothly! Prior to joining TreeCareLA, Karina spent 11 years in business management in the nonprofit sector helping to grow and sustain small businesses serving children and families.
Karina has found a home as part-owner of TreeCareLA. It’s a perfect blend of skills and passions. She’s an ISA Certified Arborist. She holds the company’s Qualified Applicator License (QAL) to manage treatments of tree pests and disease. Karina currently serves as a volunteer judge at regional climbing competitions to support the arborist community.
She can identify 95 tree species… and counting! She has climbed trees in Wisconsin, Florida, California, and hopes to one day climb a tree in Alaska.
ISA Certified Arborist #WE-9548A ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor
Oscar was TreeCareLA’s first employee over 10 years ago! Oscar is an ISA Certified Arborist, ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor, consulting arborist, and tree climber. He is an advocate for proper tree care practices and especially loves working with fruit trees!
Oscar has been working in arboriculture for more than 20 years. Upon getting hired at TreePeople in 1998, Oscar began as a high school environmental educator and later joined their forestry department to lead tree plantings, tree care events, and training workshops with community volunteers. He has planted thousands of trees over his career. After working his way through the ranks at TreePeople, Oscar transitioned to TreeCareLA in 2011.
Oscar serves on the Board of The BRITTON Fund and the Western Chapter ISA Spanish Education Committee to promote proper tree management and safety in our industry. He also teaches pruning classes at the annual Landscape Expo.
Fun fact about Oscar: For over 15 years, he has ridden his bicycle an average of 5,000 miles a year to get around LA!
ISA Certified Arborist #WE-10416A
ISA Tree Worker Climber Specialist #WE-10416
TCIA Certified Tree Safety Professional #03984
Originally from Tennessee, Ricardo has been climbing and caring for trees for over 10 years. He brings expertise in large tree removals and crane work. He is an ISA Certified Arborist and an ISA Certified Tree Worker.
Ricardo is committed to training tree care professionals both locally and internationally, volunteer judging at tree climbing events and teaching safety courses, especially for Spanish-speaking arborists. Prior to joining TreeCareLA, he managed his own tree care company in the Antelope Valley.
Francis is often the first voice you hear when you contact TreeCareLA. She manages all our schedules and helps us stay organized! Whether you want to schedule an appointment or just have a tree question, Francis can get you taken care of. Her favorite tree is a Ceiba speciosa – the thorny silk floss.
When she’s not managing the office, Francis pursues her passion as an actress and director. She studied Comparative World Literature at California State University Long Beach, delved into Shakespeare through a summer program in London, and is currently taking advantage of all the industry opportunities here in LA. We hope she doesn’t forget us when she makes it big!
Hector has 5 years experience in the tree care industry, as a climber and ground crew support. Hector worked his way through the ranks to become a lead climber and safety coordinator before joining TreeCareLA. He brings experience in tree pruning, crane work, and large scale tree removal. He is currently studying to become an ISA Certified Arborist.
Before joining TreeCareLA, Tyler spent two years on the FEMA and Cal OES tree crisis contracts in northern California to remove trees killed by bark beetles. He brings experience in tree felling, rigging, chainsaw and chipper operation. As a Los Angeles native, he’s happy to now be caring for trees closer to home.
Colin moved to LA in 2019, bringing a love of trees and the outdoors. Colin has been in the tree care business for several years, first in Indiana and then Florida. He has experience in climbing techniques, large tree removals, technical rigging, and crane work.
ISA Certified Arborist #WE-11670A TCIA Certified Tree Safety Professional #02959
Pedro joined TreeCareLA with a background in landscaping and aspirations of becoming a tree climber. He was one of our first employees! He is now an ISA Certified Arborist, tree climber, and TCIA Certified Safety Professional.
Armed with her planner, pens, and organizational skills, Angela holds down the fort as our office manager. She coordinates the behind the scenes work that allows our crew to be at the top of their game.
While working at summer camps in the Angeles National Forest, Angela discovered the Jeffrey pine is her favorite tree because of its delicious butterscotch aroma! In her free time, she loves to travel whenever she can, read everything possible, and try new recipes
Julian fell in love with working outdoors when he joined the Arizona Conservation Corps and later the San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps to support fire suppression efforts and invasive species management. The Corps taught him skills in tree removal, brush clearance, chainsaw operation, herbicide application, backcountry projects, and plain old hard work.
Julian joined a local tree care company in LA for a few months before finding a home in TreeCareLA. He joined TreeCareLA on our ground crew in 2019 and is now an experienced climber and ISA Certified Arborist.
Tree care is in his blood. Ismael has over 5 years of experience in landscaping and tree care in Los Angeles. His father has been a tree climber for decades and Ismael hopes to be a climber one day too. Ismael is not afraid of hard work! He is a huge asset to our ground crew, helping with job site setup and cleanup, chipping brush, and helping our climbers work safely.
Cesar is the newest member of our crew, joining TreeCareLA in 2022 to learn and grow as an aspiring arborist. He is currently on our ground crew, providing support to our climbers and heavy lifting to get the job done.
Cesar has been in the arboriculture world for years. He was part of the Long Beach Conservation Corps before joining the California Conservation Corp’s tree mortality program to remove trees killed by bark beetles. He comes to TreeCareLA with experience in chainsaw and chipper work, pruning, jobsite setup, client relations, and sales. He’s excited to be working alongside a team of arborists and looks forward to becoming an ISA Certified Arborist.
Jo launched his tree care career as a groundsman with a national tree company in their commercial tree division. He brings experience in rigging, chainsaw and chipper operations, large vehicle operation, and small scale tree removals. We’re excited to have Jo on our crew!
Sam’s interest in plants has brought him to the trees of TreeCareLA. He brings years of experience in native gardens, irrigation systems, retail nurseries, edible gardens, indoor plants, and golf course maintenance. Sam is currently working towards a Plant Science degree at Pierce College, with a goal to become an ISA Certified Arborist.
Michael is one of our newest members, joining our ground crew in 2022. He has a natural athletic ability, enjoying climbing, surfing, and hiking. Michael is new to the tree care industry and excited to be a part of our team. He isn’t afraid of getting dirty, putting in his fair share, and aspires to start climbing trees… as soon as we’ll let him!
Devan brings a business degree and 11 years of business management experience to the operations of TreeCareLA. Devan is originally from the midwest where she graduated from The Ohio State University. She loves to organize, plan, and check things off her to do list! In her spare time, Devan likes to read, work out, hike, and participate in church activities. Her friends have referred to her as the nature girl because of her love for animals and creation. Her favorite trees are palms and jacarandas.
TreeCareLA is a Los Angeles-based tree care company providing a range of services to homeowners. We are known for our high quality arborist consultation and tree care services. We pride ourselves in the ethical treatment of the urban forest by doing what’s best for each tree whenever possible. Give us a call, send us an email, or fill out our online form. We look forward to caring for your trees!