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Meet the Doctors at Pacific Animal Hospital

Located in Oceanside, CA

Our Veterinarians

Travis Robertson-Howell, DVM

Medical Director

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Colleen Geertsema, DVM

Veterinarian

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Jennifer Gustafson, DVM

Veterinarian

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Rebecca Nostrand, DVM

Veterinarian

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Julie Jones, DVM

Veterinarian

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Meet Our Client Service Team

Kevin Hergert, CVPM

Practice Manager

Kevin started his Veterinary career in Georgia by working with a longtime family friend over 15 years ago. That initial job sparked a passion for Kevin and motivated him to develop a career in animal healthcare. More recently, Kevin spent over 5 years at an Emergency Animal Hospital outside of Los Angeles as their Practice Manager. Kevin elected to relocate his family in 2020 and joined the Pacific Animal Hospital team. In 2021, Kevin became a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM), which is the highest level of credential for professional veterinary managers. Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and three cats.

Nichole

Practice Manager, Nursing Staff

Nichole began her Veterinary Technician career in 2009.  She chose to leave her previous career in business management and work with animals.  Nichole has always loved and been fascinated by animals and says they fill our hearts with warmth and love. She feels the best way she could give back was to be there for them in their time of need.  Nichole aspires to one day become certified in animal emergency and disaster relief.  She currently has 2 dogs named Dozer, a 10 year old lab mix and Wink, a 7 year old Doxie/Chihuahua mix.  In Nichole's free time she likes to spend time with friends and family, go hiking with her dogs and to go camping whenever she can get away.
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Linda

CSR

Linda has been part of the Pacific Animal Hospital team since March 2008. Linda decided to work in veterinary medicine because she felt it would be rewarding and challenging at the same time. The highlight of her day is working with the clients and seeing the joy and satisfaction her job brings to them and their pets. Her goal is to continue to learn new things in veterinary medicine so she can provide the best care for people and their four-legged children. Outside of work, Linda enjoys spending time with her family. She has five children and seven grandchildren, along with her dog Daisy.

Susan

CSR

Sue has been with Pacific Animal Hospital for more than 20 years. Sue chose veterinary medicine to help both people and their pet through difficult and challenging times. When not in the hospital, she enjoys time with her family and friends, outdoor activities, and reading. Her family at home includes a pug, Jake, and a cat, Miss B.

Denise

CSR | Veterinary Technician

Denise is a lover of all animals big and small whether they are furry or scaly, aquatic or terrestrial; she cares for them all cultivating a reputation for being knowledgeable beyond her profession. Even before she joined Pacific Animal Hospital she was assisting in the delivery of Doberman puppies; two of those puppies became members of her family. Her time within the retail companion animal industry exposed her to care of a variety of other animals from snakes and lizards to frogs and fish. Denise and her husband are parents to a Doberman, Great Dane, and Pitbull, and caretakers of twelve snakes, eight frogs, nine lizards, two Desert Tortoises, six large and small fresh and saltwater fish tanks, and a goldfish pond.

Kim

CSR

Katie

CSR

Alexis

Kelly

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN

Kelly has been in the Veterinary field since 1999 and has been an animal lover since she can remember. Growing up with many different animals in her household she realized how much she wanted to continue to share her love and care for pets in the Veterinary field as if they are part of her own family. Kelly loves to spend off time with her husband of 15 years, her two daughters, and her rescued Jack Russell terrier mix “Henry”. She enjoys adventurous outdoor activities around San Diego, watching her daughters play sports, traveling, and gardening.

Diane

Veterinary Technician

I have been in the animal medical field for over 30 years. I've been here at Pacific Animal Hospital for 15 years. I worked in Colorado as a horse and cattle technician as well as at the Durango Humane Society for 10 years. When I moved back to California I began to volunteer at the San Diego Humane society in animal rescue. I had the opportunity you reunite pets with their owners after hurricanes and fires. I'm a crazy cat person and think dogs and cats should rule the world.

Melissa

Veterinary Technician

Melissa completed Veterinary Technician school in Las Vegas in 2014. After working at a general practice for 2 years she moved back to California and began working at Pacific Animal Hospital in 2016. Melissa enjoys her three crazy dogs; Daphne, Pepper (Great Dane mixes), and Arya (American Bulldog). Eventually her dream will be to work at a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center. Melissa loves caring for animals and treats every pet as her own.

Tracy

Veterinary Technician

Tracy is a Southern California native who grew up in Rancho Santa Margarita. Her family always had at least two dogs, and an assortment of other pets including cats, rats, parakeets, and even an occasional chicken. Tracy was usually the first one to observe that one of the family pets needed veterinary care even from a young age. She graduated from Mission Viejo High School and went to Heritage College to get her training as a Veterinary Technician. She lives in Oceanside with her husband, Chris and their two dogs, Penny, a rescued Border Collie mix and Koa, a boxer. Their hobbies include anything to do with the ocean: sailing, surfing, hanging with friends, and camping. She came to Pacific Animal Hospital in 2017 when she and Chris relocated to Oceanside from San Clemente where she had worked as a Veterinary Technician at San Clemente Veterinary Hospital for 4 years. She loves her job and looks forward to each day that she can help care for animals and help the people who come in to receive help for their family pets. She realizes the importance of these usually furry family members who are entrusted to our practice.

Kim

Veterinary Technician

Kimberly started her career in the veterinary field just out of high school. After leaving the work force for a number of years in order to raise her family, she returned to the field joining the team at Pacific Animal Hospital in 2002. She was fortunate enough to be able to spend a couple of years living abroad in American Samoa where she was able to assist the local humane society and work with the volunteer organization Animal Balance to help provide much needed medical care, as well as spaying and neutering, to the animals of this island. Kimberly continues to be passionate about her chosen field and loves working with both the pets and their wonderful people!

Jasmine

Veterinary Technician

My name is Jasmine and I have one furry baby named Charger. Animals have always been an active part of my life. After I found my career in veterinary medicine at fifteen, I never looked back. Veterinary medicine and the animals lives I am a part of caring for are my passion. I have taken the next step in my career by going back to school to become a veterinarian and obtaining a business degree. Knowing I am making a difference in animals lives is priceless and I am so grateful to have a job I love and enjoy. In my spare time, I enjoy live music and being outdoors.

Brandon

Veterinary Technician

Joelle

Veterinary Technician

Keolani

Boarding Assistant

Desiree

Groomer

Desiree has been in the Veterinary industry for 3 years and grooming for 8. She truly enjoys the personal interaction in building and maintaining client relationships with whom she gives her undivided attention and helps them understand the value of having their pets professionally groomed. She has completed veterinary assistant courses to help strengthen her knowledge and will soon be attending a Veterinary Technician program at Pima Medical Institute this year while working at PAH. When not working at PAH Desiree enjoys going to the desert to ride her bike and visit with her family. Desiree owns a beautiful, loving 11 year old pit bull named Esdee.

Contact Us

Pacific Animal Hospital

Location

2801 Oceanside Blvd Oceanside, CA 92054

Clinic Hours

Monday-Friday: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday-Sunday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM