Hospital Manager

Hello! My name is Megan and I am the hospital manager here at San Carlos Animal Hospital. I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Acosta and Dr. Altman before, starting in 2012, back when they were practicing in Ocean Beach. I am an RVT, and I also hold a Bachelor’s of Science in Marine Biology from UC Santa Cruz (graduated 2007). A lesser known fact about me is that I was a dual sport collegiate athlete at UC Santa Cruz and played both water polo and basketball at the varsity level. I still try to stay active and my puppy (well really my dog, but she will always be a puppy to me) helps a lot with this. My girl is an 8-year old lab mix named Dublin and she enjoys a great many things: being awkward, wrestling, splashing in the water (but not being sprayed by it), snuggles, bubbles, barking at snails, looking like a Sarah McLachlan SPCA commercial (it’s just her face), wearing costumes, and giving hugs. My family always had pets (of various shapes and sizes) and my love of animals started from a young age. Have you seen ‘Homeward Bound’ the movie? That was pretty much my sister, brother, and I growing up (I, being the eldest- as well as having a golden retriever at the time- of course was Peter/Shadow). I hail from a small town in Northern California and was always very active in extracurricular activities, including 4-H. One of my favorite memories was attempting to perform in a horse show for my 4-H club. My horse did NOT want to listen to me, fought every attempt to perform appropriately, and even at one point decided he wanted to walk the opposite direction in the corral than everyone else. As much as my performance was a failure, the life lessons it taught me (patience, perseverance, composure, smile through adversity) have served me well in life. In much the same way, my career in veterinary medicine has been rewarding, fun, and is never boring. This is why I enjoy my time at the hospital- I am surrounded by an amazing staff, each day is different and ultimately you are making a difference in peoples lives. My pets have always been part of my family and I look forward to meeting and treating your loved ones the same way.



Front Office Supervisor

Hi there, I’m Janelle. Born and raised here in sunny San Diego. I started my amazing journey into the veterinary field my senior year of high school. I completed some courses and volunteered at a couple hospitals. Right then I knew I found my passion.

I have been a customer service representative and veterinary assistant for almost 15 years now and I couldn’t be more happy enjoying what I do!

Being part of such a wonderful hospital, helping out people and their fur babies is such a great, rewarding feeling and I look forward to it each and every day.

In my free time, I love spending time with my family, friends, my four-legged feline child Spike. Going to concerts, amusement parks, and participating in 5k Runs all around beautiful San Diego.



Lead Technician / Supervisor

Hello! My name is Somer, yes it is pronounced like the season :). I was born and raised here in San Diego and I graduated from El Cajon Valley High. I only left San Diego to attend college and I came back as soon as I could! I went to California Polytechnic University, Pomona for four years and graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, Pre- Veterinary Science/Graduate School option. Man that is a mouth full I know. My passion for animals began very young when I rescued my first cat at the age of four. The cutest black kitty ever had been living in the laundry room of my apartments for quite some time and we had already been feeding her. I begged my mom to let me keep her, and she couldn’t say no to me as easily back then. My passion for animals all started with that little black kitty named Leona, I truly owe my passion for animals to her. Since Leona I have rescued over ten animals, most of which I ended up keeping. As you can tell my love for animals started with cats and that love continues to grow exponentially. My love for dogs started later in my life, but has grown exceptionally since being a part of the SCAH team since October of 2016. I adopted my first dog about 4 months after starting my job here and I actually met him while I was working. He was taken in by The Rescued Dog, a rescue organization SCAH works with, and brought to our hospital to be examined. He was a calm tiny little tri-colored fluff with speckles all over his face/arms and I fell in love with him instantly. I named him Link, he is a cocker spaniel mix and he is the most special thing in my life- I love him more than I can say. With that being said, I do still love my kitties so so much and I currently have four of them. Pictured are Mollie, Link, and me- my other 3 kitties don’t love Link as much as Mollie and I.



Hey my name is Mariah! I was born in Arizona, but I was raised in California and Oklahoma. Growing up I was blessed to be brought up around all kinds of farm animals, puppies and kitties. I am sure everyone’s love for animals started as a kid growing up, but my love started the day I was born and my passion has been growing for the past 21 years that I have been alive. I spent my senior year of high school in Oklahoma in a small town called Frederick where I was asked to job shadow a place I would like to see myself having a career. I chose to shadow at a veterinary clinic. They not only examined dogs and cats, but also cows, pigs, goats, bulls, etc. Shadowing with them was an interesting experience that made me realize I wanted to be a part of the veterinary field. I did get squeamish entering my very first spay surgery, however, after that experience surgery doesn’t affect me as much. When I moved back to California I attended PIMA Medical Institute to become a Certified Veterinary Assistant, which I finished and officially graduated in October of 2018. During the 9 month program we were able to go to the Chula Vista Animal Shelter once a week where I experienced what it takes to help, care, and nurture animals. PIMA gave me the opportunity to extern at San Carlos Animal hospital, where I was hired right after the program ended. I am grateful for the experience since it is my first time ever being employed at an animal hospital. My co-workers are all great teachers and the doctors are amazing to watch work their magic on all the fur babies that come through the door. I couldn’t have asked for a better team (or family) to work with, or a better clinic to bring my very own fur child to.



Hello, my name is Gretchen and I moved to San Diego 2 years ago from Milwaukee, WI. I grew up in a suburb of Chicago and then moved to Milwaukee to attend Marquette University where I completed my bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. After college I worked at the Medical College of Wisconsin doing clinical research in the GI department, but I ultimately decided that I truly wanted to work with animals. My family has always had dogs and sometimes cats so I have been around animals my entire life. I have volunteered at animal shelters in Milwaukee and I currently volunteer at PAWS in Coronado where I get to walk dogs waiting to be adopted. I really love helping animals and being an advocate for them. I have a beautiful Black Lab/Australian Shepard mix named Callie who is the love of my life. I adopted her the summer I graduated college from the Milwaukee Humane Society. She loves swimming and playing fetch so San Diego is the perfect city for her! My ultimate goal is to attend veterinary school in the next year and be able to turn my love for animals into a career.



Hola! My name is Nancy. Born in Chula Vista, raised in San Diego. I, like many I am sure, have loved caring and interacting with animals as early in my childhood as I can remember. As a kid, I was not able to have my own pets where we lived. So, any chance I got to play or care for an animal I would. One summer as a kid, I recall finding some abandoned kittens near my home and I remember telling my parents that I would get them all homes if they allowed me to care for them until they were ready for a forever home. I was so happy knowing I could care for them and make sure all survived the night. My grandmother saw how much I loved animals and how dogs were my favorite, that she got me my own dog (who lived with her, but I would come over daily to care for him). I named him Fido and he was the best dog a girl could ask for. Now as an adult I have my own little pack, my four big old puppies, that I get to care for and play with every day. These pups inspire me daily to learn and be a better fur mom. I am truly grateful to be able to work at San Carlos Animal Hospital, where I not only get to work with an awesome team who love and care for animals just as much as I do if not more; but I also get to learn so much as I observe and help care for all the fur babies that come to this great hospital. I am currently attending PIMA to study Veterinarian Assistant work and Veterinary Technician soon after, I know I am in the right place to help guide me through my journey in veterinary medicine. I truly can’t wait for what the future holds for my education in caring for the fur babies, not only my own but all the fur babies I meet. I look forward to meeting and helping care for your fur babies.

In the photo you will see all my fur babies, top to bottom is Jax the big baby in my arms, Amayah is next to him, they are inseparable. On the dog bed is my girl Blue and next to her is my oldest Logan. They are the best of friends.



Hi there! My name is Ashley who’s passion for veterinary medicine started right here at the San Diego Zoo. I am a recent graduate of Humboldt State University where I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Cellular & Molecular Biology as well as a minor in Chemistry. While in college I worked at a large animal hospital where I got to experience and learn veterinary medicine with a variety of animals from baby goats to thousand pound bulls!

I have always loved animals (as many of us do) but had really become interested in veterinary medicine when I realized I could bring conservation work and animals together through exotic animal veterinary work. Since then I have been striving to become a veterinarian and am passionate about learning about as many animals as I can so I can in turn help as many animals as I can. In high school I volunteered at Lions, Tigers, & Bears in Alpine where I solidified my love for helping animals of all shapes and sizes!

I have always learned best by doing and the team at San Carlos Animal Hospital has been one of the greatest privileges to be a part of as I am surrounded by the best team out there. Here at San Carlos Animal Hospital our staff does not just think of pets as animals but as companions with feelings and real needs and I am happy to be part of such a caring and driven group.


Hi! My name is Rachel and I was born and raised here in San Diego, California! I have had the absolute pleasure of growing up around animals all my life. My childhood dog was a Saint Bernard named Bruno. He was my gentle giant that weighed about 130 pounds. Growing up I always knew I wanted to have a career in anything that included animals. During my last couple years of high school I worked at a doggie day care and boarding facility. My dog Benny and I had a blast going to work together. Benny is a 2 year old Golden Retriever with the biggest heart and the cutest face! Although I was sad to leave, I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the San Carlos Animal Hospital team! Everyday I am challenged in the best way possible to grow my knowledge in the veterinary field. As I only graduated high school last year in 2021, I am so excited to start my educational journey and learn more about our four legged friends! I am so delighted to have a wonderful team around me and I am eager to meet all your precious doggies and kitties!