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. 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, CVPM 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 two one-eyed cats, Evy and Roo, and three spoiled dogs: Guapo, Miller and Susan.
Kayla T, RVT, CCRP Canine/Feline Certified Physical Rehab
Kayla was born and raised in Fallbrook, CA surrounded and loved by horses, chickens, parrots, dogs, cats, and wildlife. Following her childhood passion and care for animals, she graduated in 2011 as a Registered Veterinary Technician and now has extensive knowledge and experience in emergency medicine, exotics, canine rehabilitation, and general practice. She pursued her interest in canine and feline rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee. She graduated in 2018 as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. She is a loving mother of her two Boxers and horses. When she is not working, you can find her at the beach, camping, traveling, country and reggae concerts, or spending the summer on the boat fishing with her husband. She couldn’t be happier to be apart of Coastal’s team and to care of 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
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”.
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.
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.