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.
Lead Technician / Supervisor
My name is Josh, and I was lucky enough to have grown up in the mountains of northern California, where we had cats, dogs, pigs, horses, cows, and chickens. My love for animals started at a very young age, and I even started my own dog walking and pet sitting business when I was 12 so I would be able to spend time with other people’s pets, and not just my own.
Now being able to care for pets as an everyday job is a dream come true. It is so rewarding not dreading to work, but rather to be excited to see what the day will bring; from puppies and kittens to emergencies and sad days, every day is exciting and you can never anticipate what the day will bring. I get a kick out of the daily sniff-down I get from my two dogs at home after a dog-filled day at work. They get so excited to smell what I did all day. I feel very lucky to have such an amazing job and to have great coworkers is just icing on the cake.
Lead Surgical Technician / Supervisor
My name is Mac, and I was born in New Jersey, where my family always had pets around the house. I grew up around dogs, fish, lizards, rabbits, and even had a chinchilla for a while. It wasn’t until I saw “Animal ER” on Animal Planet that I really began to think about getting into the veterinary field, but at the time it wasn’t a true serious thought.
However, in 2009 I realized how passionate I was about animals. While visiting the new elephant exhibit at the San Diego Zoo, the keepers were talking about the care that it takes to maintain the elephants, and it made me realize that I wouldn’t mind working with animals. Thankfully, a friend that I had who was working with Dr. Acosta was about to move away for college, so a position was available working under both Dr. Acosta and Dr. Altman.
Since then, it has been an exciting few years learning and growing under them and being able to apply the knowledge I obtained while getting my bachelors degree. I never expected to have a job that I am excited to go to, much less so early in life, but every day I wake up excited to see not only the people I work with, but also the smiling faces and wagging tails that the day will bring.
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.
Hi! I’m David and I was originally born in Las Vegas, but have been a San Diegan ever since I was 5 years old. I grew up in a mix of places across San Diego and Las Vegas, since my parents had divorced, but it has only made me stronger! I’ve had a mix of pets in my life, from a cute little black cat I had when I was just a toddler, to a pet snake I had when I was a bit older, and more recently in my life a maltese and now poodle. In my eyes pets are more than just companions, they are my family just like anyone else.
Working at SCAH has felt very purposeful and sparked a potential passion in studying medicine for animals. I am attending college at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obisbo with a major in biochemistry this fall, where I may seek a career in virology and medicine or potentially study the effects of environmental pollutants on humans and wildlife.
I just happened to stumble across the San Carlos Animal Hospital and I originally applied to be a veterinary assistant, but I have really come to love working in reception and being a part of a team that truly cares about animals and the people who they provide so much happiness for.