The Coastal TeamCoastal Animal Hospital’s staff is comprised of experienced and caring individuals aimed at making your next visit to the veterinarian the best one yet!
Dr. Brian Evans, DVM, Founder
Dr. Evans is a San Diego native. He moved away to begin the pursuit of his undergraduate and veterinary degree from the University of California, Davis. He completed his B.S. in Biology: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. Throughout his time in Davis, he played for the men’s volleyball team, spent a quarter in Costa Rica learning tropical biology, then spent a quarter to be part of a research team in the jungles of Peru studying the Black and Chestnut eagle.
After receiving his veterinary degree, he set off to New York City to participate in arguably the most intensive internship in the country. During the year, he was trained by some of the top veterinarians in emergency and critical care, internal medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, cardiology, neurology, pathology, exotics, and radiology. There he started his first mobile veterinary practice and traveled to each of his appointments with his black medical bag via the NY subway system. Upon his return to San Diego in 2007, he re-started his housecall practice which then allowed him to open Coastal Animal Hospital. He founded The HANA Fund, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to providing free and low cost veterinary care to homeless and financially needy families.He is also a veterinary advisor to Petzam and Tailio, and is the current president of the Leucadia 101 Main Street Association. He has a core belief in shopping local small businesses and would like to encourage those ideals and philosophies in the community. In his free time, he enjoys surfing, camping and hiking, gardening, photography, and traveling. Dr. Evans lives in Leucadia with his family, including his two dogs, Zoey and Sia, and his opinionated chickens.
Dr. Greg Bishop, DVM, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Bishop attended UC Davis and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Evolution and Ecology. During school he worked in a life-sciences lab, tutored undergraduates in biology, volunteered at the Sacramento Zoo, and drew a cartoon for the school newspaper about the campus squirrels. After graduation he briefly pursued a career in wildlife filmmaking, but ultimately decided he wanted go back to school and achieve his dream of becoming a veterinarian.
Dr. Ryan Tedder, DVM, Associate Veterinarian
His professional interests include radiology and imaging, soft tissue surgery, and pet owner/ parent education. When he is not at the clinic, his wife and two kids keep him busy surfing and playing at the beach, hiking, mountain biking, splashing at the pool, and exploring museums.
Dr. Jonathan Hayles, DVM, DACVR, Consulting Radiologist
Dr. Hayles is a long time San Diego resident, completing a Bachelor of Science at UC San Diego in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience in 2000. Dr. Hayles completed the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program at UC Davis in 2006. After completing his veterinary degree, Dr. Hayles began a competitive one-year rotating small animal internship at the Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group (VMSG) in Ventura, CA. This year included intensive training by veterinary specialists in radiology, surgery, internal medicine, emergency and critical care and oncology. Directly following his internship, Dr. Hayles began a three year radiology residency at Washington State University (WSU) College of Veterinary Medicine. His training in diagnostic imaging was overseen by highly accomplished veterinary radiologists and included small and large animal diagnostic ultrasound, radiography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), fluoroscopy and nuclear scintigraphy. Concurrently, Dr. Hayles earned a Masters in Veterinary Science (MS) degree, with research focusing on abdominal MRI and correlations to abdominal ultrasound; specifically regarding adrenal gland anatomy.
In 2010, Dr. Hayles successfully completed his written and oral board examinations to become a veterinary radiologist, certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR). After several months remaining at WSU as a clinical instructor, Dr. Hayles and his wife, Andrea returned to Encinitas.
When not working, Dr. Hayles enjoys surfing, ultimate Frisbee, travelling and spending time with his wife, two sons, Alexander and Andrew (Drew), his dog named Charles Jr. and cat named Bali.
Dr. Bill Herndon, DVM, DACVIM, Consulting Cardiologist
Dr. Herndon attended the University of Arkansas and the University of Central Arkansas obtaining a bachelor’s degree in biology (major) and chemistry (minor). After graduating from veterinary school at Mississippi State University (2000) he completed his internship and cardiology residency training at the Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2003). A portion of his residency included working at Cardiopet VRC in Little Falls, NJ (2001). Early in his career, he performed clinical research focused on evaluating new blood testing for dogs and cats with cardiopulmonary disease.
For over a decade, Bill has enjoyed being a consultant at Veterinary Information Network (VIN). VIN is an online community of veterinary colleagues that interact in case consult chat rooms, obtain online CE, utilize a consolidated database of publications and continuing education meetings, read online books, and generally interact to solve problems of the world. In his new clinical role at California Pet Specialty, he is hopeful to spend more time on VIN.
Since moving to California from Washington DC over 10 years ago: Bill has given over 37 hours of continuing education to veterinarians in the region (excluding intern rounds) and examined over 2,400 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
He is board certified veterinary cardiologist and a member of the ACVIM, AVMA, CVMA and SDVMA.
Dr. Dan Frankel, DVM, DACVS, Consulting Surgeon
Born and raised in the Washington, DC area, Dr. Frankel graduated from Amherst College in Massachusetts in 1993. He then spent a year training horses and teaching skiing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming prior to attending the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. There he earned numerous academic awards including the Scholarship for Highest Academic Achievement in Veterinary Medicine.
John Jeffreys, RVT, Hospital Manager
John is a Southern California native who was born and raised in Point Loma and moved to North County in 2004. John grew up surrounded by animals and has had a passion for them as long as he can recall. As soon as he was eligible to begin working in the field, he jumped at the chance and became a kennel assistant at the age of 14. John worked his way up through nearly every position within the hospital setting and has also worked in emergency and specialty practices. In January 2008, John paired his clinical experience with his background in microbiology and took his National and State Board Exams to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. John joined the Coastal team in November 2011 as our lead technician and is now working more behind the scenes as the Hospital Manager. John lives in Carlsbad with his partner, their three small dogs, “Finley,” “Arnold” and “Lil Mama” as well as their two cats “Lynus” and “Chilli.” In his spare time, John enjoys travelling, trips to the beach or just relaxing with family and friends.
Yami G, Lead Technician
Yami has worked within the veterinary field for several years, having joined our team the summer of 2012. Yamilet works as a veterinarian assistant here at Coastal. Yami has a Dachshund, Boddington, as well as an English Bulldog named Lotus. Together, those two define the phrase “double trouble.” Yami keeps herself busy with her son and by staying active, watching new films and hiking.
Nicole was born and raised in Ontario, Canada and moved to Northern California in 2005. Nicole started a volunteer position at a local animal shelter in Fort Bragg, California where she fell in love with animals. In particular, Nicole fell in love with an American Staffordshire/Boxer/Rottweiler mix named “Soxy”. Soxy passed away in October of 2015 and now she is a mother to a new sweet/crazy boxer rescue named “Harbor”.
Nicole has been to 24 States in the U.S., and also enjoys hiking and taking Harbor to the beach. Looking far forward into retirement, Nicole plans to one day open a Pit Bull rescue center that would be created to rehabilitate dogs and find them suitable homes.
Reese P, RVT
Reese is a San Diego native who joined Coastal Animal Hospital in May of 2013. She has been involved in the veterinary field since 2010 when she joined the Mesa College Animal Health Technician program here in San Diego. She had wanted to work with animals for as long as she could remember and after graduating from San Diego State with a degree in Anthropology, decided to pursue a career she would love. She went back to school and received her degree in Animal Health Technology in 2012, and passed the California State Exam to become a registered veterinary technician (RVT) in October of that same year. Reese has gained experience in many different small animal hospitals as well as the San Diego shelter system over the past few years. Being an animal lover, Reese has had the pleasure of owning a rabbit, mice, rats, snakes, and a multitude of stray dogs which, as a child, she promptly brought home to feed and bathe. Reese loves reading, hiking, and traveling. She currently resides in La Costa with her husband, Aaron, and her socially challenged pup Gemini.
Krystal K, RVT
MacMillan received her first dog, Kringle, in a stocking at Christmas in 1979. It was love. During the years that followed, MacMillan’s house was filled with numerous adopted cats, Australian shepherds, rabbits, iguanas, cockatiels, a love bird, rats, turtles, fish, and chickens.
Raised in New York City, MacMillan relocated to Del Mar for high school and interned with the family veterinarian. Then, after studying at the University of California, Santa Cruz, MacMillan pursued her animal passion by working at several Santa Cruz veterinary hospitals.
In June of 2013, MacMillan returned to Del Mar with her two sons and their Himalayan cat, Banshee. When not at work, MacMillan can be found running the byways from Leucadia to Del Mar or delighting in beach pleasures with her boys.
Looking forward, MacMillan plans to complete her AS Degree in Veterinary Technology and work toward becoming a “RVT”.
Andrea, a California native, grew up with a passion to work with animals. From pet sitting to boarding facilities, she eventually worked her way to becoming a veterinary assistant. Over the past ten years of working in vet hospitals, she has gained experience in holistic medicine, emergency medicine, as well as exotics. Along the way, she started her own in-home pet sitting and nursing care business for pets with special medical needs using her veterinary technician background. In her free time, she enjoys life by the beach and outdoor adventures with her furry partner in crime, Knack.
Karina’s love for animals started with her annual family trips to their ranch in Tepatitlan, Jalisco at the age of four. There she was surrounded by cows, horses, pigs, and even ostriches. She learned the hard work and responsibilities of each animal’s proper care. She attended Mira Costa college and earned her certificate of training to become a veterinary assistant. Her next goal is to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. She is the mother of a chihuahua, a jack russell terrier mix, a hamster, guinea pig, and two goldfish. She enjoys hiking, yoga, reading, and riding quads and jet skis.
Heather has been an animal lover ever since she overcame her fear of dogs when she was about 6 years old. Soon after, she delved into the world of science through children’s books. Her favorite series features a talking mouse named Christopher. Inspired by the books, Heather began to refine her writing skills and eventually achieved a Bachelor’s degree in PR and Advertising. After graduating, Heather turned her focus from creative writing to her childhood passion: animals; and thus began her career with the largest community-based animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region. There she learned about animal behavior and veterinary care for small mammals. In 2014, Heather decided to travel West in search of warmer weather and the beach. Along with her came her dog, Lily. Here, she became an integral part of the animal care team for the County of San Diego. Heather continued to learn and gain experience in veterinary medicine and animal care enrichment. She also added caring for birds, livestock and exotic pets such as snakes, Gila monsters and tarantulas to her resume. In the Fall of 2016 Heather joined our team as a customer service representative and veterinary assistant. When she’s not working at Coastal, Heather can be found leading kayak tours and leopard shark encounters in La Jolla.
Poppi is our bearded dragon who we adopted as a baby from the Los Angeles based exotic animal rescue, Star Eco Station. She had her right fingers bitten off by starving siblings before she was rescued. She is always happy, always making the best of life. It’s amazing what animals can teach us.
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