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Dr. Cindy Karlberg
Dr. Karlberg decided to become a veterinarian as a young girl; she even wrote her 6th grade career report on becoming an animal doctor! She received her Bachelor of Science Degrees in Biological Sciences and Animal Sciences from California Polytechnic in San Luis Obispo. She then did her doctorate work at Iowa State University, graduating with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. She moved to San Diego and worked for ABC Veterinary Hospitals for 8 years before purchasing the El Cajon location in 2004. She changed the hospital name and has owned Care & Comfort Veterinary Hospital ever since. She is married to her husband, Steve Brentnall, and has two beautiful and active children, Piper and Finn. Two cats, a turtle, and salt water fish currently finish her family. Dr. Karlberg loves to read, camp, fly fish, travel, ride horses and spend time with her family.
Dr. Melody Aitchison
Dr. Holly Allen
Dr. Allen joined our team in 2012 after graduating from the veterinary program at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. Go Cougs! She decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine after riding along with a large animal ambulatory veterinarian and realizing that she could combine her love for animals and interest in science/medicine into a successful career. While in college, she worked as a veterinary technician with both small and large animals. She earned her Bachelors degree in Animal Science from California Polytechnic State University in beautiful San Luis Obispo, CA. Her specific interests include ophthalmology and cardiology, but she also enjoys working with large animals whenever possible. Being a San Diego native, she enjoys any activity that involves being out in the sunshine including hiking, boating, gardening, and riding her paint horse Twistie.
Dr. Sierra LaBrecque
Dr. Sierra LaBrecque
Dr. LaBrecque has always been surrounded by animals. It was no surprise when she started pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. Over the years she has worked with everything from emus and ostriches, to rehabilitating and releasing seals and sea lions. She completed a Bachelor's of Science degree in Animal Science from Cal Poly Pomona before moving to the Pacific Northwest to attain her veterinary degree. After graduating from Oregon State University, she completed an emergency medicine internship at Pet Emergency and Specialty Center in La Mesa. She joined our team in 2016, bringing her love for emergency medicine with her. In her free time Dr. LaBrecque loves nature backpacking with her constant companion, Scout, an Australian Kelpie mix.
Hospital Practice Manager, Breanna Turk, C.V.A.
Breanna has extensive experience in veterinary medicine and customer service. She joined our team in 2006 and promoted to hospital manager in 2015.
Hospital Veterinary Technician Manager, Arisa Apodaca, R.V.T.
Arisa heads our technical nursing staff with diligence and precision. She has been a part of the Care & Comfort family since 2004. She has a special interest in dentistry with specialized dental technical training while living in Okinawa.
Technician Staff - The Back Team
Back row, left to right: Victoria, Jaimie, Caitlyn
Front row, left to right: Ben, Arisa, Julia, Orlando
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