Staff
  • Diva Pines
    CAO - Chief Avian Officer

    Diva is our team mascot. Diva is an umbrella cockatoo, who is approximately 5 years old. She is known by her loud screeches or by her trademark phrase, 'Pretty Diva.' She loves to get cuddles, to ride on shoulders, and to eat her favorite crunchies. She does not like bathtime. 

  • Dr.
    Andrew McClellan
    DVM
    After 11 years at Pacific Petcare Veterinary Hospital both as an Associate Veterinarian and as Medical Director, Dr. McClellan is now an owner of Torrey Pines Animal Hospital.
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  • Dr.
    Brad Steele
    DVM, M.P.V.M.
    In 2012, Dr. Steele and his partners Dr. Andrew McClellan and Dr. Jon Reuter opened Torrey Pines Animal Hospital in Carmel Valley. Their goal is to offer the highest quality Veterinary care in a friendly, state of the art hospital. They hope to become a unique and one of a kind veterinary hospital in the San Diego community.
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  • Dr.
    Mumtaz Vora
    DVM, ABVP
    Her love and passion for her profession led to her pursuit and attainment of the specialty certification by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in Canine and Feline Medicine .She is also certified by PennHip for hip dysplasia evaluation. Dr. Vora is interested in all aspects of medicine and surgery with a special interest in geriatric patients.
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  • Dr.
    Briah Tannler
    DVM
    Dr. Tannler is a San Diego County native. Prior to attending veterinary school she received certification as a Registered Veterinary Technician and worked with dogs, cats and exotic animals in Encinitas, CA. While working as a technician, Dr. Tannler met her husband, an aspiring veterinarian, and they both decided to move across country to attend veterinary school at Purdue University- Boiler up!
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  • Dr.
    Shelly Adrian

    Dr. Shelly Adrian is a San Diego native. After completing her DVM at Kansas State University, Dr. Adrian completed a rigorous private practice internship. She was an emergency veterinarian for a few years, and then started focusing on general practice in 2010. Dr. Adrian's special areas of interest are pet nutrition and internal medicine.. In her free time, Dr. Adrian enjoys spending time her with husband and dogs, visiting the San Diego Zoo, and is a certified Zumba instructor!

  • Dr.
    Avi Shaprut
    DVM
    Dr. Shaprut enjoys the challenges of small animal practice. His special interests are nutrition, cardiology, and internal medicine. He also has a long history of experience with dentistry. Dr. Shaprut believes strongly that good client communication is the key to a successful outcome in both the experience and the medical outcome of every veterinary visit.
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  • Tamara
    Registered Veterinary Technician

    Tamara joined Torrey Pines Animal Hospital in 2012 and enjoys enjoys working in veterinary medicine. Tamara is mother to two (human) daughters and D’Lilah,  a sweet and playful Staffordshire Terrier mix. 

  • Shell
    Registered Veterinary Technician
    A Registered Veterinary Technician since 1982, Shell is the “Mom” of all things that meow, purr and go bump in the night. Even though she is the resident “cat person” she does really like dogs. She has been a member of the Torrey Pines family since 2014. She enjoys sleeping, reading, sewing and knitting/crochet.
  • Bruce
    Registered Veterinary Technician

    Bruce has been a vet tech for 8 years.  Graduated from Mesa College Animal Health program.  He enjoys going to Disneyland, hiking, mountain biking, eating good food, watching anime, playing video games, table top games and trading card games.  He also enjoys playing tennis.  He  currently has a schnoodle named Pocky, and 6 snakes.

  • Heather
    Registered Veterinary Technician, OSHA Lead

    Heather started her career in the veterinary field over 20 years ago, volunteering as a kennel assistant. She proceeded to move up quickly as a treatment assistant, and decided to pursue a degree in Animal Health. Heather acquired her Registered Veterinary Technician license in 1998, after graduating from Mesa College. She has had the privilege of working with wildlife at the San Diego Safari Park, caring for animals in a research setting, and has a passion for cats, and worked in 2 feline only practices. She has worked at TPAH since 2016 and love working with cats, dogs, and a variety of exotic creatures. Heather spends her free time with my teenager daughter and my 2 beloved dogs, Brownie and Olaf.

  • Landy
    Registered Veterinary Technician, Nursing Lead

    As a relatively recent transplant to southern California, Landy is so excited and grateful to live in this beautiful city!  She feels blessed to be part of Torrey Pines Animal Hospital where she can contribute the health and welfare of our 4-legged, furry, best friends, as she have done over the last 18 years. When Landy is not working, she spends time outside as much as possible, and delights in living by the ocean.  She also enjoys spending time with friends, exploring the natural world around us, watching movies, and eating.  She currently lives with Mr Kitty, one of the sweetest souls she has ever met.

  • Cassie Delaplain
    Registered Veterinary Technician

    Originally from San Diego, Cassie relocated to Reno, NV for nine years before returning back home. She has been in the vveterinary field since 201 and received her license in 22015. Cassie's passion is feline and exotic medicine. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her two children, listening to KPOP, and watching anime. 

  • Jessi
    Veterinary Assistant, Radiology Lead

    An employee of Torrey Pines since 2013, Jessi is an aspiring Traditional Chinese veterinary and human medicine student, working full time on her undergraduate studies. She currently has an A.A. with an emphasis in Chinese language. She loves to learn, and attends continuing education seminars in her free time. She has many different animals, including snakes, spiders, scorpions a dog, and a cat. She has always had a love for animals, and continues to grow her knowledge about all walks of life.

  • Casey
    Client Relations

    Casey is new to the veterinary medicine field, and has been working at TPAH since 2017. She would one day like to get her RVT. She has a dachshund mix, named Lily, who is endearingly called 'String Bean' at home. Outside of work, she enjoys travelling, and has been to other countries, including most recently Costa Rica. 

  • Lisa
    Client Relations Lead

    Lisa started working with animals in a veterinary setting about 8 years ago. She started as a vet assistant and over time have had the pleasure of working in many positions in various animal hospitals. It is her passion to help people learn to care for their animals. She is also very passionate about nutrition and behavior. She spends most days with her two dogs, Penelope and Grace. They enjoy going to the beach, hiking, long walks, and dog park visits. She hopes to teach them both to paddle board with her this summer!

  • Brigg
    Veterinary Assistant

    Brigg was born and raised in Colorado but decided to move to San Diego after visiting friends and falling in love with the city and weather.  He went to school in Kentucky before transferring back to the University of Colorado at Boulder.  He has studied Theology, Psychology, International Affairs, and Linguistics before pursuing his passion for working with animals as a veterinary career. 

  • Katei Palmer
    Veterinary Assistant

    Born and raised in New Orleans, Katei has called San Diego home since 2010. After working in the veterinary field for most of her adult life, she really can't imagine doing anything else. You'll usually find her at the beach or pool, snuggling her two corgis - Clementine & Tatertot, or hula hooping in her free time. Her favorite animal is the one that you put in front of her.  In the future, Katei hopes to open her own small open run boarding facility and old dog rescue!

  • Ryan
    Veterinary Assistant, Kennel Staff

    Hi, I'm Ryan :)  I love working at Torrey Pines Animal Hospital because I love all animals and taking care of them, even the feisty ones! In my spare time, I like going to the gym and playing basketball (Go Lakers!).  While at home, I enjoy playing video games, watching Game of Thrones, and anything Marvel, while cuddling with my cat and dog. 

  • Lauren
    Veterinary Assistant, Boarding Lead

    Bio Coming Soon!

  • Janice
    Client Relations & Veterinary Assistant

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  • Dara
    Client Relations

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  • Krissy
    Boarding & Veterinary Assistant

    Bio Coming Soon!

  • Emily
    Client Relations

    Emily is a newcomer to the veterinary field, and had started at Torrey Pines in December of 2018. She is a bona-fide dog person, and has two dogs at home. Emily received her Biology degree at the University of California Irvine, and has hopes of pursuing her veterinary doctorate. She is interested in learning more about health and nutrition, and has adapted the healthy living habit. 

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  • "Great experience. Everyone was very nice and friendly to not only my family but to my nervous pup as well. We've been to lots of vet offices over the years, and the overall energy of everyone we came in contact with was the best by far. Love Dr. Vora, we followed her here and will be back for sure!"
    Lisa G.
  • "I just took my 7 month old puppy for a check up and loved Dr. Steele. He answered all my questions and I never felt rushed at all. The vet tech even showed me how to trim my dog's nails. Definitely would recommend this place for anyone's pet."
    Julia B.
  • "I want to thank the staff at TPAH for being so considerate and kind during a very rough time for us and our doggy. I'm very happy knowing that in her last hours she was around a very loving staff that treated her like their own pet.
    Thank you guys for doing all that you could for her and for us."
    Shannyn B.

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