Meet Our Doctors

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. Aitchison always had the plan of attending veterinary school. She shadowed at her father's veterinary hospital in Lakeside from a very young age. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology from UC Davis, then went on to receive her doctorate in veterinary medicine from UC Davis in 2005.  Following veterinary school, Dr. Aitchison pursued an internship at the Pet Emergency and Specialty Center which included advanced training in emergency medicine, internal medicine and surgery.  She joined the Care & Comfort family in 2006.  She truly enjoys practicing family medicine for dogs and cats.  At home she has a cat named Sam and a rescue dog, Rita.  Outside of veterinary medicine, she enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, camping, sailing, and spending time with her family.

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.

Meet Our Staff

Hospital Practice Manager, Jennifer Toups, R.V.T.

Jennifer has worked with Dr. Karlberg for over 10 years as her practice manager, and is extremely knowledgeable in every aspect of Care & Comfort. Jennifer has a AA in Health Care Administration and is a Registered Veterinary Technician. She strives to motivate the client care specialists as well as the nursing staff to provide the exceptional veterinary care and customer service that is our hospital goal.  She is married to her husband, Josh, and has two beautiful children, Ashley and Cameron.

Hospital Assistant Manager, Breanna Turk, C.V.A.

Breanna has extensive experience in veterinary medicine and customer service.  She joined our team in 2006 and has advanced her technical nursing skills as well.  She has a lovely daughter, Ellie Rose, a chihuahua, "Chica", and a cat named "Freddy".

Lead Veterinary Technician, Arisa Apodaca, R.V.T.

Arisa heads our technical nursing staff with diligience and precision.  She has been a part of the Care & Comfort family since 2004.  She has a special interest in denistry with specialized dental technical training while living in Okinawa.  Arisa is bilingual in English and Japenese.  She is happily married to her Navy husband, Angel, and has 3 daughters, Aszia, Azumi and Angelica.

Yolanda Gibson

Yolanda has been a vital part of our practice for over 20 years. She handles all our patient update and surgical calls.  If your pet comes to see us, you will definitely talk to her soon. Yolanda enjoys spending time with her beautiful grand children and reading.

 Kindra Nutt, C.V.A.

Kindra is a Certified Veterinary Assistant through PIMA college and has been a member of our team since 2010. Kindra has three dogs "Stella," "Guinness," and "Buddy." She enjoys camping, drawing, and hiking.

Tiarah Chavez, C.V.A.

Tiarah finished an ROP internship and was hired on the spot for her sweet smile and hard work ethic.  She has been with us since 2010. Tiarah enjoys running and spending time with friends and family.

 Amanda Welch, C.V.A., Professional Groomer

Amanda is an experienced Pet Groomer who is in her senior year at UC San Diego.  Amanda provides  exceptional haircuts and really enjoys the art. She is also fluent in French.

Lauren Robledo, R.V.T.

Lauren came to us as an ROP student in 2009. We hired her after her externship because of her hard work ethic. She recently passed the State Board and is now a registered veterinary technician.

Orlando Melchor, C.V.A.

Orlando is a Certified Veterinary Assistant through PIMA college and has been with us since 2009 after completeing his externship. He is bilingual in English and Spanish. Orlando enjoys surfing, playing guitar and spending time with friends and family. He is the only male on our staff...bless his heart!

 Sarah Moxley, R.V.T.

Sarah is a Registered Veterinary Technician who has worked with us for 3 years. She has wonderful technical nursing skills and is an asset to our hospital.

Jaimie Pastore, R.V.T.
Jaimie is the newest addition to our team. She began working with us in February 2013 and we are so happy to have her aboard. Her big smile and wonderful customer service skills make her a great addition to our family.

The Care & Comfort Team

Our team consists of a smart group of individuals with advanced training in pet care and customer service. Many of our staff are bilingual in English, Spanish and French, so please ask when you call if you would like to speak to someone in your native language.

Contact Us

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Care & Comfort Veterinary Hospital
522 E Chase Ave
El Cajon, CA 92020
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  • Phone: 619-590-6160
  • Fax: 619-440-6235
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Office Hours

Monday 7:30am - 7:00pm

Tuesday 7:30am - 7:00pm

Wednesday 7:30am - 7:00pm

Thursday 7:30am - 7:00pm

Friday 7:30am - 7:00pm

Saturday 8:00am - 4:00pm

Sunday - Closed

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