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, 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 previously Tailio, is on the board of directors of the Independent Veterinary Practitioners Association, is the past president of the Leucadia 101 Main Street Association, and is a black belt in the Korean martial art Tang Soo Do. 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, photography, and traveling. Dr. Evans lives in Leucadia with his family, including his two dogs, Zoey and Sia, and his 5 opinionated chickens.
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. Christopher Clark, DVM, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Rachel Cobb, DVM, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Rachel Cobb was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Her parents bought a Golden Retriever puppy (named Cranberry, because it was Thanksgiving week) one month prior to her birth. The two were inseparable, and Dr. Cobb credits Cranberry with her pursuit of veterinary medicine. Dr. Cobb graduated from the University of Oregon with her Bachelor’s in Biology in 1999 and graduated from Oregon State University with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2003.
After 26 years of living in the constant rain, Dr. Cobb decided to move to Hawaii. She enjoyed the sun (with lots of sunscreen), the beaches, the local culture, and most of all, the people. After moving to Missouri and California, she settled on Carlsbad as her forever home.
When not working, Dr. Cobb is a busy mother of two young boys and a 65# mutt from Mexico. They teach her about perseverance, compassion and patience. She also enjoys lifting weights, traveling, listening to music, and enjoying good food. Dr. Cobb has a strong interest in the human-animal bond, pain management, internal medicine, dermatology, and feline medicine.
Dr. Joseph Ecker, DVM, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Ecker grew up in Encinitas and Carlsbad before he attended UC Santa Barbara, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Cell and Developmental Biology. Dr. Ecker then returned home and worked at a local biotechnology company for several years before graduating from Western University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. Immediately following veterinary school, Dr. Ecker completed a rigorous one-year rotating internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego where he was trained by board certified experts in the areas of internal medicine, surgery, emergency, critical care, ophthalmology, neurology, dermatology, dentistry, radiology, cardiology and oncology. Dr. Ecker then chose to undergo additional training in surgery by completing a second one-year surgical internship.
Dr. Ecker enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine with special interests in surgery, emergency medicine and dentistry. Dr. Ecker understands that pets are members of the family, and he is dedicated to working together with pet owners to provide the highest quality of medical care for each of his patients.
Outside of the office, Dr. Ecker enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys, gardening, woodworking, and exploring all the outdoor activities San Diego has to offer.
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. Seth Ganz, DVM, DACVS, Consulting Surgeon
Seth Mathus Ganz was born and raised in central New Jersey. He attended Lakewood High School, then went to Boston University and completed a B.S. in Biology. He spent a year after undergraduate in Boston as a Surgery Technician at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, and went on to earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, MA. Seth completed consecutive one-year rotating and surgical specialty internships at Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Diego. He completed a three-year Surgical Residency at Animal Referral Center Fox Valley in Appleton WI. He sat for his board examination January 2011 and was Board-certified March 2011. Seth stayed on in Appleton as a staff surgeon for a year, followed by a year on staff at California Veterinary Specialists in Carlsbad, CA. He was chief surgeon at Veterinary Specialty Hospital North County in San Marcos, CA from July 2012 until 2020.
Set has performed thousands of surgeries, mentored over one hundred trainees, and lectured regularly to the referring veterinarian community. He has done locum work in Iowa, Colorado, Hawaii, and Los Angeles.
John Jeffreys, RVT, CVPM, PHRca Practice 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 2011 as our lead technician. Over the years, he transitioned to working behind the scenes managing our growing practice and team. In 2017, John was selected as an Emerging Leader by his peers of the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. This prestigious award recognizes proven leaders who are talented, ambitious and have a dedication to professional advancement. John joined an elite group in early 2018 when he earned his Certification in Veterinary Practice Management. John is very proud to be one of only several hundred people in the country to hold this designation. John lives in Carlsbad with his husband, their three dogs, “Finley,” R