MEET THE STAFF

Dr. Laura Schultz, Dr. Kelly Pizzo, and Your Veterinary Team are all Fear Free Certified!

Meet the staff, our family, of experienced veterinary professionals. It is from our genuine love of animals, dedication to our profession, and respect for the human-animal bond that we all have chosen to spend our lives providing care for your canine companions and feline friends. We’re looking forward to meeting you and your pets. In the meanwhile, please be sure to Like us on Facebook.

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Dr Laura Schultz
Hospital Owner, Veterinarian

Laura grew up in a small, rural town in Virginia where she was surrounded by family pets as well as her uncle’s farm animals. She credits many influential people in her life for helping her understand the true importance and worth of every animal.

She attended Virginia Tech for her undergraduate studies in Animal Science. She continued onto the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her DVM degree in 2002 and married Adam Schultz, a Naval Aviator and fellow Hokie, that same summer.

In addition to ongoing continuing education, Laura is one of the few and among the first veterinarian in the Clairemont neighborhood to achieve status as an official Fear Free Certified Professional.

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Coworkers describe Dr. Schultz as the one rare doctor who stands-out and truly shines. She has a lovely bedside manner and really takes time to listen to pet owners’ concerns and answer questions. She treats all with compassion while improving the quality of lives through education and empathy.

As a leader, she creates an environment in which the technicians and vets want to do better – and to be better; better team members, better caregivers, better people. Her work ethic is amazing and she juggles all of her responsibilities with ease. She is experienced and progressive, but maintains the warmth of a neighborhood family vet.

In her own words:
I have spent my career not only as a veterinarian, but as a military spouse – moving every three years and gaining various experiences in the field. I have been so fortunate to work in many different environments including private practice (over three years right here in Clairemont), in animal shelters, and with the Army and military working dogs while living overseas. Through each experience, I have gained invaluable tools to help me become a well-rounded and compassionate veterinarian, teacher, business owner, mother, and spouse.

I have finally landed permanently in San Diego and am excited to be opening CoastView Veterinary Hospital after many years of anticipation. When not working in the animal hospital or teaching at Mesa College, I enjoy spending time with my family which includes my husband, Adam, two children, and three dogs.

Professional Affiliations:
AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)
AAFP (American Association of Feline Practitioners)
AVSAB (American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior)
Adjunct Professor – Mesa College Animal Health Technology Program
Fear Free Certified Professional

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Dr. Kelly Pizzo
Veterinarian

I grew up in Independence, Missouri, at least during the school year. The summers and most holidays were spent on a farm near Caplinger Mills, MO. This is where my passion for veterinary medicine truly started.

I remember watching the country veterinarian patiently trying to trim hooves on some semi-wild horses. I also had the privilege to care for several Shetland ponies, and a Black Labrador named Casey.

I have always had a soft heart for animals. From the time I was in Kindergarten, I knew I wanted to be able to help any animal I came across. While the other kids in the neighborhood were pretending to be homemakers, cowboys and teachers, I pretended to be a veterinarian. I would loan my stuffed animals to my playmates and they would bring them to my “office” to be healed.

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Although it was always my dream to become a veterinarian, it wasn’t until Casey died in my arms during my senior year in high school that my dream transformed into determination. I felt so helpless not being able to do something – anything – for my beloved dog. At that point, I became even more determined to find a way to help each and every animal who crossed my path. I’m certain it was that passion-fueled determination which kept me focused through undergraduate college and the tough pre-vet courses.

I attended the University of Missouri, Columbia and received my bachelor’s degree in 1987. I graduated in 1991 with my DVM degree. Shortly after graduation, I married Don Pizzo and moved to Galveston, Texas where he was in graduate school. I practiced veterinary medicine in Texas for four years before moving to San Diego.

I live in Clairemont with my husband Don and our three sons, Anthony, Vincent, and Nicholas. We also share our home with three black labs, Diego, Maverick and Rogue, as well as two cats, Phoenix and Shadow Fax who we adopted from The San Diego Humane Society.

I am blessed to once again be working alongside Dr. Laura Schultz. Laura and I previously worked together at a small animal hospital in Clairemont Square Shopping Center. She is an outstanding veterinarian and a wonderful friend who shares my same level of compassion for animals, dedication to the veterinary profession, and commitment to community.

And I am grateful to once again be working in Clairemont close to my home, my church, and clients, the pet caregivers, who I have come to know and care for as much as I care for their companion animals.


Dr. Dore Pei
Veterinarian

In second grade I dreamed of becoming a veterinarian and I am so fortunate to have made that dream come true by caring for furry critters and their families. I received my bachelors of science in Biology at the University of California, Irvine then got accepted into Ross University with finishing my clinical rotations at the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013.

After graduation, I moved to San Diego where I met my husband and now live with our 2 dogs. I am excited to be part of the CoastView Veterinary family and look forward to meeting you and your beloved pets!

Diane L
Practice Manager

Diane completed the Veterinary Assistant Program through the San Diego Regional Occupational Program in 1999 and has been working in the veterinary field ever since.

In addition to her continuing education requirements, Diane has recently completed the official Fear Free Initiative educational courses and is a Certified Fear Free Professional Practitioner.

Her professional interests include dental health and hospital safety. Although she has spent the majority of her time as a Veterinary Assistant, she is much more than merely an assistant.

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Dr. Schultz realized early on that she needed an amazing and strong person to help begin CoastView Veterinary Hospital. After working with Diane for many years at another local Clairemont animal hospital, Dr. Schultz asked Diane to step into the Office Manager role and she has done so with great enthusiasm. Diane is the right hand of CoastView Veterinary Hospital as she maintains all the inner workings of the clinic, management responsibilities, as well as continues to be in charge of our hospital’s OSHA regulations.

Diane shares her home with her husband, Darrell, their dog, Bunny, and cat, GB. She and Darrell have an infinite love of San Diego and enjoy spending time with their large extended family. In her spare time, Diane enjoys reading, camping and being outdoors.

Coworkers describe Diane as having a genuine love for people and their pets. She always has a smile, is up for any challenge and readily accepts responsibility. She has a very soothing way about her. The animals she works with can definitely feel her genuine care. Her memory is amazing. She can remember the pets, their personalities, and their medical history.

In her own words:
I love my job and feel privileged to improve the lives of companion animals and the people who love them.


Diane (Dee) W.
Registered Veterinary Technician

Dee has been working in the veterinary field for nearly twenty years. After graduating from San Diego State University in 1995, Dee wanted to turn her lifelong love of animals into a career.

She completed the Veterinary Assisting program through San Diego’s Regional Occupational Program which led to a full-time job as a veterinary assistant at a small animal clinic.

She later obtained her Animal Health Technology credential (now called Registered Veterinary Technician) through Mesa College’s prestigious program and became a licensed practitioner after passing the California Veterinary Medical Board Exam in 2002.

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Dee’s professional interests include anesthesia safety, feline friendly veterinary care, and puppy care. She lives in the Clairemont area of San Diego with her husband, Steve and their two young children, three fur babies (Doberman, Chihuahua, and a fluffy cat) plus three less cuddly but still lovable creatures (tortoise and two frogs). When not chasing around two kids and six pets, Dee and Steve enjoy camping, gardening and living the San Diego lifestyle.

Coworkers describe Dee as the person you want there during an emergency. She helps keep those around her grounded and focused. She is detail oriented and highly motivated. Dogs and cats like being around her, too. She has a calming presence and is extremely gentle when working with pets.

In her own words:
Although I’ve been working with animals for nearly twenty years in a variety of settings, a highlight in my career is one year working in a small town in Arizona. The veterinary hospital was considered “mixed” meaning we treated horses and livestock as well as dogs and cats. That exposure was so fun and so different from city veterinary medicine. For me, however, there is still nothing better than working with a wonderful veterinarian treating cats and dogs. I love, love, love getting to know a puppy or kitten patient and seeing them throughout their lifetime of care and well into their senior years.


Cathy
Receptionist

You could say I’m a native Clairemont person, even though I was a Navy brat.  I went to Whittier Elementary, Marston Jr. High and Clairemont High School.

I met my husband at a church here on Clairemont Drive.  And we raised our two daughters here in Clairemont.

As a family we also raised 20 guide dog puppies. Twenty! While it is true only half of all pups who enter the program make it to be full fledged guide dogs, we’ve enjoyed this opportunity to volunteer for an organization we deeply care about.

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We currently have a “career change” dog named Donahue living with us. He is living out his golden Labrador years as a treasured family dog. (He loves it!)

I graduated from Mesa College as an Animal Health Technician ( now called RVT) and started my career “in the back” assisting the doctors, but soon found out my passion was for the people.

I like the fact that people don’t bite.

Of course I love all the cats and dogs, too.

I most love that I can help others in caring for their furry family in many important ways like answering the phones, making appointments, greeting clients, and dispensing treats to pets (and to clients, too, if they are well behaved). I’ve recently completed the required education to become a Fear Free Certified Professional.

So, here I am right back on Clairemont Drive working at CoastView Veterinary Hospital with a staff of people I have known for a very long time.

I’m looking forward to reconnecting with clients I’ve served in the past while working in University City and Clairemont. And I’m looking forward to meeting new clients and pets, too.

When I am not working, I enjoy sewing, reading and serving at my church.

But my greatest joy is spending time with my grandchildren (who knew it would be so much fun) !!!

We currently are owned by 2 cats and 2 dogs.

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Cassidy
Veterinary Assistant

Ever since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to help animals. I remember wanting to rescue any critter that was lost or abandoned.

At age 15, I took my first step toward reaching my dream of working with animals and enrolled in the Regional Occupational Program. I completed the Veterinary Assistant and Animal Care classes in 2009.

Soon after, I landed my first job in a small veterinary clinic and I was hooked.

Watching animals heal and grow through the years is wonderful.

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I also began to find rescues and shelters where I could volunteer. My volunteer work with animals helped to confirm this truly is my passion. I plan on pursuing my education in this field and continuing to do what I love.

I live in the Clairemont area with my son River and boyfriend Cory. We have many animals including 4 pugs and a bulldog, cats, lizard, snake, fish, chickens.

When we have free time we love to be outdoors, Camping, hiking, gardening, beach etc. Kings Canyon and Sequoias National Park is one of our favorite places to be.


Kim
Registered Veterinary Technician

Kim is a native San Diegan and she grew up in the College area. As a little girl she was always playing with her stuffed animals and thought she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

At 17 years old she started volunteering at a local pet hospital. After high school she attended San Diego Mesa College and graduated with an associate degree in Animal Health Technology in 1988.

While working as an RVT, she continued her education at San Diego State University and graduated in 1997 with a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Native American Studies.

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In 2002 Kim left veterinary medicine to stay at home with her two young children. As her children grew older she started thinking about wanting a career change. Kim received a certificate in Phlebotomy in 2012 and became a CPT1. She had always loved learning about blood and blood banking. Kim worked as a Laboratory Technician and soon found out that she preferred working with animal patients rather than human ones.

In 2013 she decided it was time to go back to her love of working with animals. Kim was hired by San Diego Mesa College as an Adjunct Instructor for the Animal Health Technology program. This is where she met Dr. Laura Schultz. As an RVT Kim has had the privilege to work in many veterinary environments. They include small animal day practice, surgery, research and the majority spent in emergency /critical Care. Kim also was the coordinator for two animal blood banks. One was for cats and the other was a canine community blood bank. (San Diego County Canine Blood Bank).

Kim’s interests within Veterinary Medicine are changing as she is working towards obtaining her Fear Free Certification, and looking at behavioral medicine in a whole new way. She loves to learn and does so on a daily basis. Kim’s hope is to pursue more education on these topics and possibly gaining a VTS (Veterinary Technician Specialist) in behavioral medicine. Kim is currently licensed as an RVT in California and a CVT in Arizona.

She married her best friend and high school sweetheart Tony. They have been married 27 years. Kim has two children Micaela and Evan. She shares her home with a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Dollar, and a Siamese cat named Miles. When she is not working she loves spending time with her family, hiking, traveling, gardening, and horseback riding. Recently Kim has volunteered her time at the San Diego Museum of Man as a collections intern and with Christian Veterinary Missions Ministry.


Karolynn

Veterinary Assistant

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Casie

Registered Veterinary Technician

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Erica

Veterinary Assistant

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