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. Tyler Junco

Fear Free Certified Veterinarian serving the Clairemont area of San Diego

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Growing up in New York, I was the child who would go to a friend’s birthday party and come home with a kitten they happened to have available for adoption. My parents were always less than amused, but tolerant of the special place I held in my heart for furry companions. Despite my affinity for animals, I followed in my father’s footsteps and graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in business management. This career brought me to the west coast and allowed me to work and travel throughout the country. After seven years in this field, I had found success, but remained largely unfulfilled. I realized I needed to make a long overdue change and decided to pursue my true passion of veterinary medicine. Two years of pre-requisite classes and four years of veterinary school later, I graduated with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. Shortly after graduation, I moved to San Diego to complete an internship at the San Diego Humane Society. I loved the area so much that I never left! As much as I enjoy the snow and skiing, I can’t say that I miss the east coast winters one bit.

In my free time, you can find me outdoors and spending time with my girlfriend, Keyla, and our personal zoo. We have four dogs (Bear, Darla, Pinky & Sloan), three cats (Cosmo, Keek & Wanda) and a one-year-old Sulcata Tortoise (Morimoto)! We also recently welcomed our first human baby, Greyson, into the world this past Halloween so every day is truly an adventure!

As a veterinarian, I believe that clear communication and trust is the foundation for a strong doctor-client-patient relationship. I am a proponent of preventative medicine to ensure your furry family member stays healthy for many years. When the unexpected does occur, I will be there to work with you to ensure that your pet receives the highest quality care. I am thrilled to be joining this amazing team and have the opportunity to practice Fear Free medicine. I look forward to meeting you and your pets soon!


Dr. Karla Nova

Fear Free Certified Veterinarian spearheading our Veterinary Urgent Care

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Dr. Nova was born and raised in the Dominican Republic where she grew up scuba diving, sailing, English horseback riding, and guiding wildlife expeditions. With both parents being veterinarians, Dr. Nova feels like she has been in the veterinary field her entire life! Her passion for animal welfare has taken her all over the world including to Laos, where she worked as an elephant veterinarian!

After veterinary school, Dr. Nova completed her rotating small animal internship at VCA Emergency Hospital in San Diego and then proceeded to work as an urgent care veterinarian at B Street Veterinary Hospital for multiple years. Most recently, she was occupied aiding our local veterinary community by providing relief services to different types of hospitals including Urgent Care, ERs, and General Practices as we they were facing a shortage of health providers during the pandemic.

Currently, Dr. Nova is spearheading our Veterinary Urgent Care Clinic (offered on selected days) as we slowly expand our scope of care and is thrilled to be able to offer this pioneering service to both active and non-current clients who are worried about their pets but cannot be seen by their primary doctor on a timely manner.

During her time off when she is not saving lives, she can be found busy building her home from the ground up, traveling, hiking, surfing, reading or bird watching.


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!


Laura R.

Fear Free Certified Registered Veterinary Technician

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Laura R. graduated from the San Diego Mesa College Veterinary Technician program in 2015.  For the first 5 years of her career, Laura R. worked in emergency medicine before coming to CoastView.

Laura R.’s passion is helping animals in need.  That is how she ended up with 3 cats and 1 dog, whom she loves very much.  When she is not working, Laura R. likes doing outdoor activities, traveling when possible, watching tv,  going shopping, and eating good vegan food.


Janel
Fear Free Certified Registered Veterinary Technician

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Janel was born and raised in San Diego but spent 8 years in Dallas, TX. She attended the University of North Texas, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with an undergraduate certificate in criminalistics. After working in an all-feline boarding facility in college, she fell in love with caring for animals and decided to switch careers and focus on veterinary medicine. She has worked in the veterinary field since 2011 and has worked every job from bather to practice manager. Once she achieved more than 100 hours of continuing education and 8 years in the field, she decided to conquer the veterinary technology alternate route program and passed the VTNE on the first try. She has been a Registered Veterinary Technician since 2020 and Fear Free Certified (Elite) since 2019. She has a special interest in pain management, dentistry, feline medicine, and pharmacology. One of her future goals is to complete a Masters in Veterinary Forensics at the University of Florida.

Janel and her husband, Alex, have a 4-month-old baby boy named Emiliano, a 5-year-old Siamese mix named Noodle, and a 14-year-old Chiweenie named Gizmo. She loves music, reading, collecting comic books, and watching anime.


Annette

Fear Free Certified Registered Veterinary Technician

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Annette came to us from Los Angeles, and intentionally sought us out because we are Fear Free! She has two sweet pups at home, is a crusader for animal rights, AND is a published author of a children’s book.


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.


Gilbert


Fear Free Certified Veterinary Assistant

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Angelica L


Fear Free Certified Veterinary Assistant

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Angelica and her husband moved to San Diego in 2017 along with their dog, a Maltipoo named Mikey. Since then, they have grown their home by adding another pup named Mushu.

For as long as she remembers, Angelica has always had a huge heart for animals. Unfortunately, her family isn’t big animal lovers, which meant she did not grow up with any pets. At 16, she was able to convince her mom that she understood the responsibilities of caring for a pet (even though we all know this is false) and got her first baby, Mikey. Caring for Mikey further reinforced her decision to pursue a career in animal health.

Angelica is very passionate about helping animals in need, which led her to work at the shelter for 2 years as a vet assistant. However, after seeing how scared and nervous many of the patients were, Angelica looked into and sought out a Fear Free hospital environment to help achieve her goal of being able to help animals with the least amount of stress possible.


Star


Fear Free Certified Veterinary Assistant

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Star has always wanted to be in the medical field, more specifically in forensics.  She researched the veterinary field and immediately became intrigued.  She enrolled at Pima Medical institute in 2019 and has been in the field since then.  Star couldn’t be happier!

On her days off, Star enjoys going on adventures such as off-roading with my partner and our fur babies, a 2 year old mini dachshund named Milo, and 1 year old Belgian Malinois named Lady.


Emma

Fear Free Certified Veterinary Assistant

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Emma grew up in San Diego with parents who never said no to another pet.  Her house was a  constant zoo- cats, dogs, rats, mice, hamsters, lizards, rabbits, frogs, and fish.  Even in college she fostered for her local cat shelter and took in a group of chickens that had been living at the house down the street.  She currently has a lab mix named Olive, two cats, Jamie and  Ruth Bader Ginsburg, two African Leopard Tortoises, and a never ending parade of foster cats.

After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Emma worked in the Environmental Science  field for a few years before realizing that trapping feral cats and volunteering at the Humane Society after work was the best part of her day.  She’s now looking forward to getting more involved in the veterinary field.  CoastView’s Fear Free approach attracted her after witnessing everyday how stressed even the most social cats can be in new situations.  She is inspired by how Fear Free techniques can make all the difference for these animals, improving their health  and wellbeing long term.  She especially loves how everyone at CoastView considers every experience from the animal’s perspective throughout the treatment process.

In her free time, Emma enjoys eating Mexican food, doing yoga, and spending time with her animals.  Her newest hobby is amateur carpentry- specifically DIY projects for her pets.  She has built several pieces of cat furniture and a high end house for her tortoises, complete with insulation and heating.


Breanne

Fear Free Certified Veterinary Assistant

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Breanne was born and raised in Escondido at her grandparents cattle ranch.  Her first memories were of the cows being brought in for milking and doctoring them with her grandfather.  Animals have always been her biggest passion in life from small to large but her favorite to work with are cows.  Admittedly, Breanne says it may be closer to an obsession.

Breanne has three children and two fur babies which include Joker, a 9 year old terrier mix, and A.J., an 11 year old domestic shorthair.  In her free time she likes taking the kids to the zoo and going on hikes.


Adrian


Fear Free Certified Veterinary Assistant

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Christa


Fear Free Certified Veterinary Assistant

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Amanda


Fear Free Certified Veterinary Assistant

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Heather


Fear Free Certified Practice Manager

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Heather joined CoastView in August and is totally new to the Veterinary industry. Her background is extensively in fitness, but Covid gave her the opportunity to explore new fields, and her love of animals made this the perfect fit. She has two kiddos and two pups at home. You can often find Heather and her kids at the San Diego Zoo on the weekends.


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.


Riley


Fear Free Certified Client Service Representative

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Jonni


Fear Free Certified Client Service Representative

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Jonni has been in the Veterinary industry since 2014, starting as a groomer, then becoming a Veterinary Assistant at an urgent care in Omaha. She has worked in Specialty and Emergency Hospitals before coming to CoastView. She loves learning about Fear Free techniques and is excited to see how we apply them here. Jonni has a Bassett hound named Jyn, and a Siamese mix named Smino.


Kennedi


Fear Free Certified Client Service Representative

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