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Dr. Cindy Karlberg
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 Cora 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.
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.
Breanna has extensive experience in veterinary medicine and customer service. She joined our team in 2006 and promoted to hospital manager in 2015.
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.
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