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 the Clinical Director of Dutch and a veterinary advisor to MyPetPath. He was on the board of directors of the Independent Veterinary Practitioners Association and is the past president of the Leucadia 101 Main Street Association. He is also 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, and traveling. Dr. Evans lives in Leucadia with his family including his dog, Sia, 2 leopard geckos, and his 3 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. Tiffany Sheldon, DVM, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Sheldon is originally a Florida native from beautiful Miami Beach. Growing up she was, and still is, an animal lover and outdoor enthusiast. In 2013, Dr. Sheldon obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Louisiana State University. As a kid she enjoyed watching the Emergency Vets show on Animal Planet with Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, and it was this show that originally inspired her to want to become a veterinarian. During her final year of veterinary school, Dr. Sheldon was fortunate enough to have her life come full circle and work directly with her idol, Dr. Fitzgerald, in an externship program at the very same hospital where the show was filmed, some 15 years later!
Immediately following graduation, Dr. Sheldon completed an intensive one-year small animal internship at a private practice in Florida. With a special interest in Dermatology, Dr. Sheldon strengthened her skills in managing canine and feline dermatological issues with a one-year specialty internship in Dermatology at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego from 2019-2020.
Over the years, she has received certification as a Fear Free Certified Professional, training in abdominal ultrasound, therapeutic laser, and use of the CO2 surgical laser. Dr. Sheldon prides herself on having a very special bond with her clients and their fur-babies.
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.
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.
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,” “Arnold” and “Lil Mama” as well as their cats “Lynus,” “Herman,” “Doug” and “Bernie.”
Yami G, RVT, Lead Technician
Yami has worked within the veterinary field for several years, having joined our team the summer of 2012. Yami has been with Coastal almost since the beginning and is an integral part of the team. Since then, Yami has grown with our hospital into the lead veterinary technician and earned her veterinary technician license in July of 2017. Yami has been a strong advocate for keeping Coastal at the forefront of exemplary veterinary medicine and is always looking for ways to improve patient care. While not at work, she is kept busy with her family adventures, hiking, camping, and finding new restaurants.
Sarah C, RVT, Lead Technician
Sarah joined Coastal at the beginning of 2019, bringing more than 18 years of RVT experience to the team. After earning her B.S. in Psychology from Frostburg State University, Sarah moved to San Diego where her love of animals helped her earn an A.S. degree in Animal Health Technology from Mesa College in 2001. She became a Registered Vet Tech that same year and has been making a difference in the lives of the animals she helps ever since. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her awesome husband Sean, watching football and weekend adventures near her seaside home in Carlsbad. She is also the proud mom to several rescues including three cats, Evy, Roo and Ouisa, and four spoiled dogs: Guapo, Miller, Susan, and Sydney.
Like everyone in the veterinary field, Laurie has been an animal lover as long as she can remember. She started in the veterinary field back in high school and then graduated from vet tech school where she took her experience from Colorado to Northern California. She worked as a vet tech for several years until she stepped away to raise her 2 sons and take on family endeavors. When she stepped back into the veterinary world, she became a patient care advocate (fancy name for receptionist) and worked in a hospital in Northern California until the call of the beach and ocean lead Laurie to make a move to Oceanside. A referral from one of Dr. Evans’ former veterinary school classmates landed Laurie on the Coastal Animal Hospital doorstep where she loves working with the Coastal Family and all of the furry friends (and their people) that come through the door.
In her spare time Laurie loves to bike, hike, run and walk her dog Cilla along the beach. She is also a HUGE sports nut and loves to watch/go to basketball, baseball and especially football games. She is the most fanatical Minnesota Vikings fan you will ever meet and is also the commissioner of her fantasy football league. That being said, most times you will find her with Mike (her partner in crime) at the beach taking in ocean/wave therapy.
Leighton has always wanted to work with animals. She graduated from Pima Medical Institue with Honors from their Veterinary Assistant Program in 2008. She dreamed of living in sunny San Diego ever since she was a little girl visiting her family every summer and made that dream a reality in 2010. Once she arrived in California she had the opportunity to learn about marine wildlife and conservation while working in the education department at Sea World for two years. As enjoyable as it was, she wanted to get more experience working with smaller animals. Through the years she worked at two different hospitals in North County but the opportunity for growth and advancement at Coastal Animal Hospital was too good to pass up so she joined the team in January of 2021 as the front desk lead. Outside of the clinic, Leighton loves to spend time with her husband Richard, reading books, going on walks, watching movies and hanging out with friends. Leighton is the proud pet parent to a handsome, toothless tuxedo cat named Murphy.
Kayla T, RVT, CCRP Canine/Feline Certified Physical Rehab
Kayla was born and raised in Fallbrook, CA surrounded and loved by her horses, dogs, cats, birds, and wildlife. She grew up competing in rodeos and always had a passion for animal care. After pursuing her dream, she graduated in 2011 as a Registered Veterinary Technician and now has extensive knowledge and experience in emergency medicine, exotics, rehabilitation, and general practice. After owning two boxers with many orthopedic issues, she developed an interest in physical therapy for animals. In 2018, she graduated from a program at the University of Tennessee as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. She has a soft spot in her heart for boxers and horses. When she is not working, you can find her working on her artwork business, relaxing at the beach, camping, traveling, and spending summer days on the boat fishing with her husband. She couldn’t be happier to be a part of Coastal’s team and to care for you and your fur-babies!
Misty G, RVT
Misty is a Registered Veterinary Nurse. She has worked in the veterinary field for 19 years and holds an associate’s degree in veterinary technology. She loves all aspects of the veterinary field and has worked in a variety of services during her career. She has extensive training in oncology (medical and radiation), emergency/ICU, ophthalmology, imaging (MRI/CT) as well as management. She has been able to work alongside board certified specialty veterinarians in neurology, dermatology, internal medicine, and oncology and has been able to use that knowledge to help animals and educate pet owners.
She appreciates the importance of care that animals need to maintain the highest quality of life and takes pride in the compassionate care she is able to provide. Misty has special interests in renal disease and feline hyperthyroidism. She enjoys teaching and has had multiple pet tips and tricks published in the Veterinary Technician magazine. She believes experienced veterinary nurses should help others so that all members of the veterinary team can continue to improve the deliver a higher quality of care. Misty loves spending time with her family and pets. She enjoys writing children’s books, photography and pet sitting.
One of her favorite quotes is: “For the fate of humans and the fate of animals is the same. As one dies, so does the other. They all have the same breath” Ecclesiastes 3:19
Isabel H, RVT
Isabel was born and raised in Central California. Her love of animals was inevitable, as she grew up hanging out at the veterinary clinic managed by her mother where she would spend time cuddling clients‘ pets and watching educational videos. She met her husband, Joshua, in Washington where he was stationed with the U.S Navy. After their marriage, they moved to Honolulu, HI where Isabel earned an A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology from Windward Community College in 2015. After moving to Southern California, she took time off to raise their two little girls, Raegan and Merritt. Isabel obtained her Veterinary Technician License in June of 2020 and joined the Coastal team in September 2020. She is enthusiastic about caring for animals and educating clients on how to care for their fur children. Isabel enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and two Catahoula Leopard dogs, Kai and Rainier.
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.
Melissa has been working in veterinary medicine for 12+ years, 4 of which have been with us here at Coastal! Melissa is passionate about providing all our patients with the most comfortable and stress free visits possible, and really enjoys working with kitties of all sizes. Melissa is claimed by 2 cats of her own: Lucy and Lennon who definitely keep her busy. When not at work, Melissa enjoys trips to the beach, hanging out with friends and most all types of fitness activities.
Tami’s love of dogs started at an early age. It began with her dad’s poodle Pierre and her determination to memorize dog breeds. In 2003 she volunteered at the Pasadena Humane Society socializing cats and dogs. In 2004 she started a Veterinary Receptionist in La Cresenta, California. From there she worked at a Specialty Hospital in Los Angeles. Not only did they see dogs and cats but an occasional tiger also made its way in. In 2014 she and her husband moved to Oceanside where she continued being a Veterinary Receptionist in Vista and Poway. In the summer of 2019 she started at Coastal Animal Hospital.
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Juliette grew up in the central valley of California around cats, dogs, horses, and farm animals and has been an animal lover/advocate ever since. She has 20 years of dog and horse handling experience and has worked in the veterinary field since 2019. She got her start in veterinary medicine at an equine emergency hospital and moved to San Diego in March of 2021 for the opportunity to gain more experience in small animal medicine. In her spare time she is an avid outdoors enthusiast, and loves going on backpacking trips in the Sierra Nevada mountains, as well as spending time on the lake or at the beach with her extended family and friends.
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Carlos was born in Mexico but raised in Oceanside, CA. He has worked at several Veterinary hospitals since he joined the field in 2005. Carlos enjoys helping clients as much as he does his patients. He has a special interest in dentistry. Carlos is currently finishing up his Registered Veterinary Technician education program to become eligible to sit for the National RVT Board exam. Obtaining his RVT license is a personal goal he hopes to accomplish by the end of the year. Carlos has a soft spot for Chihuahuas as evidenced by the 3 that he owns. In addition to his dogs, he shares his Carlsbad home with his partner, their 5 cats, 2 rats and 3 goldfish. When not at work, Carlos enjoys watching movies, drinking wine or just hanging out with his friends.
Kristy (Chiqui) has been in the animal world since 2013 and she comes all the way from Miami, Florida. She started working with exotic animals as an animal trainer primarily with primates. She graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in anthropology. Her love for medicine grew when her favorite orangutan Peanut got diagnosed with cancer, which sparked her interest in working in the veterinary field. She moved to San Diego to find a new adventure and to get as much experience as possible. She joined the Coastal team June 2020. In her free time Chiqui likes to hike, kayak, travel and spend time with animals.
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