MEET THE STAFF

Dr. Laura Schultz and Your CoastView Veterinary Team are 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, Fear Free Certified Veterinarian & Mobile Vet providing services throughout the greater San Diego area

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.

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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.

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 landed permanently in San Diego and am excited about the growth of family and friends at CoastView Veterinary Hospital. 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, two cats, and dog.

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

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Dr. Kelly Pizzo

Fear Free Certified Veterinarian serving the Clairemont area of San Diego

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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.

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. Tracey Mendlen Herman

Fear Free Certified Veterinarian serving the Clairemont area of San Diego

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Most veterinarians are drawn to animals at a young age and I was no exception. As a kid I could usually be found next to a dog or cat trying my best to befriend them. As I grew up, my love of animals never diminished but upon entering college I was initially pulled towards the social sciences for a career path. In my third year, however, I watched a documentary with the main message of “do what you’ve always wanted to do, no regrets” and by the next morning I knew that I had to completely change course and become a veterinarian. I promptly transferred to UC Davis to complete my undergraduate degree in Animal Science, then to Kansas State University completing my doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2010. While in Kansas, along with having worked at Project Wildlife in San Diego, I thought I would pursue a career in zoo animal and wildlife medicine. However, after returning to San Diego to complete an internship at California Veterinary Specialists, the dogs and cats ultimately stole my heart again and haven’t let go. Working directly with pet owners showed me exactly where I needed and wanted to be: taking care of their beloved pets.

In her own words:
I am often asked what is my favorite part of my job. My answer is working with families to keep their pets happy and healthy, helping them through the difficult times, and celebrating illness recoveries and milestones. I consider it an honor and responsibility to be able to provide their care. Helping to break down complex disease processes and explain available treatment options while remaining empathetic and respectful of each family’s situation is important to me. It is my hope that at the end of every day I have made a difference by the care and support I provided.

I have joined the CoastView team after spending 8 years in North County. I have become Fear Free Certified and I am eager to serve families and their pets in my local community of Clairemont. A native San Diegan, I am enjoying raising my family here including the furriest member of our family, a golden retriever named Cooper. I have a soft spot for this breed and am proud to be a participating veterinarian in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.
I am delighted to be part of this strong veterinary team and can’t wait to meet you and your furry family members!


Erica


Fear Free Certified Registered Veterinary Technician

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Erica was born and raised in San Diego and currently shares her home with her fiance, daughter, one cat, and a pet bearded dragon.

She has always had an interest in animals; large and small. She graduated from San Diego Mesa College in 2016, passed her state medical board exam, and is now a credentialed R.V.T. (Registered Veterinary Technician) at CoastView Veterinary Hospital. Her professional interests include radiology and animal behavior.


Leanne


Fear Free Certified Registered Veterinary Technician

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Leanne became part of the Coastview family in 2018, but she has worked in the veterinary field since 2004. She attended San Diego State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She lives with her husband, 2 dogs (Dinah and Rigby), bunny (Grayson), and cat (Lion). She enjoys hiking, spending time with friends, and traveling. On the weekends you might find Leanne and her family kayaking in the San Diego Bay with Dinah and Rigby sitting at the bow of the boat.

Leanne’s love for animal medicine is fortified by her admiration of the human animal bond. She quickly realized a passion for animal behavior when she saw how behavior impacts our relationship with our pets. She obtained her Registered Veterinary Technician License in 2014. She has lectured at the Western Veterinary Conference and has an interest in client and staff education. She is currently pursuing her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Behavior, a credential that will allow her to impart credible knowledge about behavior and offer specialized training services. Leanne is elated to be working with individuals who share her same philosophy for compassionate care and exceptional client service. She is excited to get to know you and your pet family, so drop by for a “Fear Free Happy Visit” and say hi to Leanne.


Jen


Fear Free Certified Registered Veterinary Technician

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Jen has worked in the field since 2003. She started working in the kennels and was trained up to become a Veterinary Assistant. It was during this time she realized her passion for animal health and knew she wanted to become an R.V.T. She took a break from working to focus on college, graduated with honors and earned her degree in science when she finished the Animal Health Technology Program. Shortly after, she took the board exams and was awarded her Veterinary Technician license. She takes her role as a technician very seriously and is always looking for ways to improve her quality of care and expand her knowledge in the field.

Jen always had pets growing up, from cats to rats, from birds to reptiles and rabbits to sugar gliders, she was never lonely at home. She now has a hyper and rambunctious dog named Ace, 2 kitties, and a bearded dragon.

Jen is married with 2 young children, both of whom have inherited her love of animals. When Jen is not at work she is busy spending time with her family, helping to organize sports, gymnastics, homework, and Cub Scout activities. She loves to cook, bake, host get-togethers, go hiking, camping, and exercising her hyper pup. She would love to meet you and your furry family, please stop by and say hi!


Diane (Dee) W.

Fear Free Certified Registered Veterinary Technician

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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.

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.


Karolynn


Fear Free Certified Veterinary Assistant

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Karolynn was born and raised here in San Diego. She currently lives in Lakeside along with her fiance, daughter, and two cats. They enjoy spending family time together and visiting the San Diego Zoo.

Karolynn’s love for animals began during her childhood after she adopted her first kitten. Her love of the veterinary field has only grown – especially since she started working at CoastView Veterinary Hospital and earned her official Fear Free Professional Certification. Her professional interests include dentistry, microbiology, and animal behavior.


Angelica


Fear Free Certified Veterinary Assistant

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Angelica loves the outdoors and all things nature. Her love for animals began as a kid growing up in Mexico (she is fluent in Spanish) as she and her cousins enjoyed caring for, feeding, and hanging out with the cows and other farm animals. It all felt very natural and she couldn’t help but feel the happiest around animals. And since she was always trying to bring animals home or help them in any way possible, it was a natural decision to pursue a career in the animal health care field.

Angelica attended the Veterinary Assistant Program at Pima Medical Institute. She gained the knowledge to help her grow and the skills needed to help your furry loved ones to live happier and healthier lives.

Before joining CoastView Veterinary, Angelica worked at other animal hospitals, including working with Dr. Schultz at the San Diego Humane Society. She offers confidence and experience to her fellow teammates at CoastView Vet. She looks forward to meeting your pets and providing the highest quality medical care in a Fear Free Certified Practice.


Madison


Fear Free Certified Veterinary Assistant

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Madison was born and raised in her favorite city, San Diego. She was always surrounded by four-legged friends while growing up including tortoises, rats, dogs, cats, and guinea pigs. She currently has three dogs at home: a yorkie/schnauzer mix named Willow, a pug-dachshund mix named Charles, and a sweet, senior, Brittany named Hailey. Her love of animals is what drove her on the path to working with them.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. During the summers of her sophomore and junior years, she interned at a pet hospital to learn about the world of animal medicine, and fell in love with it. Now she works here with us and is inspired every day by the care that we bring both emotionally and medically to our patients. She is passionate about the unique experience we offer to pets and the work we do to redefine the pet perspective of care.


Wendy


Fear Free Certified Veterinary Assistant

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Wendy grew up in the City Heights area of San Diego. Now, with two children of her own, Wendy loves to spend family time at parks, movies, or simply playing at home being ‘a big kid.’

It wasn’t until she had a break from community college that she realized she had such a big heart for little critters. Wendy attended Pima Institute’s Certified Veterinary Assistant program and began working at the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility where she not only honed her technical skills, but also grew her love of caring for cats and dogs.

After 2-½ years at the animal care facility, Wendy went to work at a small animal hospital in the Hillcrest area of San Diego where she was able to further grow in her capacity as a receptionist and veterinary assistant. Wendy has recently joined the CoastView family and says she is incredibly grateful, excited, and cannot wait to meet all of you – the wonderful clients, family members, and four-legged friends who visit CoastView Vet.


Meghan


Fear Free Certified Veterinary Assistant

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Meghan was born and raised in San Francisco. Her parents have always been animal lovers, so she had the privilege of growing up with dogs, birds, hamsters, reptiles, fish, and a kitty cat. Her passion for animals led her to earn her Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. While in college, Meghan was very active with the Pre-Vet Club and worked at a pet hospital that treated dogs, cats, and exotic pets. After graduating, Meghan moved to San Diego with her boyfriend. They enjoy spending their free time hiking and sight-seeing. Soon they will add a four-legged friend to their adventures.

Meghan has always been fascinated by veterinary medicine and is excited to continue working with pets and their owners. She is excited about the Fear Free approach at CoastView and wants to provide the best care possible to pets and their families.


Laura


Fear Free Certified Veterinary Assistant

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Laura is a veterinary assistant who has been in the veterinary field for over three years. She enjoys veterinary medicine because she feels the need to be the voice for those who don’t have one. During her time away from work, she enjoys roller-skating, mushroom hunting (if it ever rains in San Diego), and cuddling with her cat, Toulouse.


Alexis


Fear Free Certified Veterinary Assistant

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Alexis grew up surrounded by all sorts of animals. Admiring how loving, playful, and curious they are inspired her to pursue a career in helping them live the best lives they possibly can. She now lives with a sweet chocolate lab named Arya and a curious baby snake named Sycamore. She has an interest in orthopedics, animal behavior, and exotics.

She graduated from San Diego State University with her bachelor’s degree in biology. While striving for her degree, she worked as a vet assistant and volunteered at a variety of rescues. In her free time, you can catch her writing, playing the guitar, or reading a book… all while covered in fur of course.


Gilbert


Fear Free Certified Veterinary Assistant

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Angelica L.


Fear Free Certified Veterinary Assistant

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Angelica and her boyfriend moved to San Diego about 3 years ago along with their first dog, a Maltipoo named Mikey. Since then, they have grown their home by adding another dog, a Terrier/Poodle named Mushu, a red-eared slider named Flipper, and a crawfish named Patrick.

For as long as she remembers, Angelica has always had a great passion for animals. It began at the very young age of 4 when she met her neighbor’s Golden Retriever. Unfortunately, her mom isn’t a big animal lover which meant she did not grow up with any animals in her house. When she turned 16 years old, she was able to persuade her mom that she understood the responsibilities of owning a pet and adopted her Maltipoo, baby Mikey. Caring for Mikey further reinforced her decision to pursue a career in animal health.


Scarlette


Fear Free Certified Client Service Representative

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At age 9, Scarlette lost her first family dog during a typhoon on the island of Guam. Buddy, a “boonie” dog who spent his days in an outdoor dog house, was unchained and left on his own to seek shelter elsewhere if needed, never to be seen again after the typhoon had passed. This sad and confusing experience deepened Scarlette’s awareness of the relationship between animals and humans and ultimately led her on a journey that would change the way she and all her loved ones would come to cherish and honor their pets forever. This journey brought her all the way to California, where she became a Certified Veterinary Assistant in 2015 while working as a groomer’s assistant and canine daycare attendant.

Scarlette spent over a year as an emergency room exam technician at a local emergency and specialty hospital. It was here that she and her leaders found her flourishing in client service. To balance the fast-paced lifestyle of working in the ER, Scarlette took an interest in meditation and holistic therapies and became a Certified Master of Reiki Healing Arts in 2018. This quickly garnered her position as the sole veterinary assistant at Integrative Veterinary Care, where she spent another year learning about alternative, holistic, and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine before joining the Coastview family in September 2020. It is her self-stated mission to always cultivate, advocate, and elevate the alliance between pet parents and veterinary staff on behalf of our beloved animals who need us all to be on the same team. In her spare time, Scarlette can be found chasing her mini schnauzer, Teddy, who refuses to be her handmade petwear model any more.


Jordyn


Fear Free Certified Client Service Representative

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Joining the animal medical field was inspired by her love of animals; seeing them get treated here and leave feeling better and happy brings her a lot of joy. Jordyn’s favorite part about CoastView is getting to know each patient and their families. Every patient is unique, and that can mean that they each have different preferences for how to be greeted, praised, or handled with a Fear Free approach. Jordyn loves that CoastView makes it a priority to utilize these preferences in order to ensure that every patient is comfortable and as happy as possible. In addition, Jordyn likes the continuous learning process as each client and patient can present a new and interesting situation and finding suitable solutions.

When not at work, Jordyn loves spending time with her family. She loves watching Disney Plus, playing with Hot Wheels, and scootering with her boyfriend of 9 years and her 2-year-old son. Jordyn has a house full of dogs and there is never a dull moment. She has a 6-year-old Pitbull named Zeus, a 3-year-old English Bulldog named Kahlua, a 1-year-old English Bulldog named Athena, and lastly a 9-month-old Doberman Pinscher named Prada. All of them enjoy playing fetch and tug-o-war, except for Athena who prefers stroller rides instead.