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Cuyamaca Animal Hospital is a premiere state-of-the-art veterinary facility that provides compassionate, high quality medical care and customer service delivered by a team of dedicated, caring professionals who enjoy their work and who strive to be the best that they can be. Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find more information on how Cuyamaca Animal Hospital can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.
Veterinarian Dr. Lori Martin
Doctor Martin was born in Spain during her father's deployment there, and came to San Diego when she was one year old. She grew up in San Carlos and graduated from Patrick Henry in 1983. She attended UC Davis and received her BS in Zoology in 1989 and her doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1994. After returning to San Diego Dr Martin worked in a five-doctor practice in El Cajon for 11 years( 3 years as an associate, 5 years as hospital director, and 3 years as medical director).
Doctor Martin realized her dream of owning her own hospital in April of 2006 when she established Cuyamaca Animal Hospital. One year later she opened her luxury boarding facility, Furry Friends Resort.
Veterinarian Dr. Barbara Hyatt
Dr. Hyatt is a San Diego native who received her undergraduate degree in Microbiology at San Diego State University. She graduated from U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 and came back to San Diego to practice small animal medicine. She worked at Broadway Animal Hospital from 1994 to 2001 and Animal Medical Center of El Cajon from 2001 to 2005. Dr. Hyatt was thrilled when Dr. Martin opened Cuyamaca Animal Hospital and eagerly joined the staff, old friends from Broadway Animal Hospital, in June of 2006. Dr. Hyatt enjoys practicing general medicine and is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture.
Veterinarian Dr. Elizabeth Engall
Dr. Elizabeth Engall was born and raised in the beautiful Bay Area of Northern California. During college she developed a love of science and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of California, Davis. During the next three years she followed her curiosity in biology working at the Center for Neuroscience before embarking on her true passion of veterinary medicine. While at the U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Engall helped found the International Veterinary Outreach (IVO) program, which was designed to provide free veterinary care to developing countries. You can learn more about this non-profit organization here:http://www.ivetoutreach.org/. Dr. Engall earned her degree in Veterinary Medicine with an emphasis in small animal medicine from U.C. Davis in 2014. However, after veterinary school she could not resist the lure of San Diego and moved down to join the Cuyamaca Animal Hospital family.During her free time Dr. Engall enjoys rock climbing, walks along the beach, and spending time with her husband, James, and their Great Dane, Koda.
Veterinarian Dr. Allison Cotter
Before settling in gorgeous San Diego, Dr. Cotter lived all over the county, with many years spent in Colorado. She attended undergraduate and veterinary school at Colorado State University where she pursued her passion for animals and medicine. There she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. After school she was accepted to a rigorous internship in emergency, surgery, and internal medicine here in San Diego. Dr. Cotter joined the family here at Cuyamaca Animal Hospital in 2015, and has been thrilled to be a part of the team since.
In her free time Dr. Cotter enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her husband, friends, and her furry family including her dog Penny and her two cats Rocky and Fin.
Veterinarian Dr Naidus in Memoriam
Where do I begin??? Well, it all started in Detroit Michigan on a hot summer day early in July. Near the intersection of 8 mile road I started on my journey that lead me to San Diego, Ca. After an uneventful grade school and a busy high school experience I headed off to Michigan state university… GO SPARTANS!! I graduated in December of 1974, YES I SAID 74!!! My first veterinary job was in Pittsburgh Penn., where I was part of a busy 4 man practice, the hills and freezing weather drove me west, in my quest to follow the sun and stay warm! I landed in San Diego and began my job in El Cajon where I remained for 30 yrs!! After so many years I find I can continue to grow and learn and take care of God’s creatures, and am now a very happy member of the Cuyamaca veterinary team, where I plan to continue my career another 30 years at least!
Practice Manager Ron
Ron was born in San Diego and moved to Western Australia when he was 10 years old. There Ron attended boarding school and later university where he acquired his degree in Business Management with a minor in culinary arts.
After returning to San Diego in his early 20's Ron managed the Pathology department for a major north county human hospital. Seeking a career change Ron joined Dr Martin in the Fall of 2000. Ron is the Practice Manager for Cuyamaca Animal Hospital, as well as one of its founding members.
Ron enjoys spending his free time wine tasting, cooking, and cuddling with his Pugs.
Technician Manager Terri
Born and raised in Santee, Terri attended Santana High School. The loves of her life are her five children. Animals have been Terri's passion for as long as she can remember. So after working in the school district for four years she fulfilled her dream and became a Veterinary Technician in 2002. Terri is the Technician Manager for Cuyamaca Animal Hospital, and is one of the founding members of the hospital.
Her family pets include Ruger the Black Lab, Wesson the yellow lab, and Racer the sweet kitty. Her dear Akita named Kita will always be in Terri's heart after her passing in 2005.
Resort Manager Stephanie
Stephanie was born and raised in El Cajon. Her lifelong passion for animals made her a natural for the veterinary field. She trained as a Veterinary Technician years ago at a large practice in El Cajon where she met Dr. Martin and many of our staff.
After honing her skills Stephanie left that hospital to manage a large boarding facility in East County. When Dr. Martin opened Furry Friends Resort in 2007 Stephanie was the obvious choice to manage it. She has established the resort as a vacation destination for your cherished pets. Her lovely smile and cheerful disposition have earned her the respect and admiration of her coworkers, and we are very pleased that she is once again an active part of our family.
Inventory Manager Dohn
Dohn was born and raised in San Diego. His love of travel has taken him to live in various parts of the U.S. but San Diego is "Home." His career history is primarily in retail management and office management. His continuing education includes Inventory Management as well as the latest in pharmaceuticals, and nutraceuticals. Dohn is responsible for purchasing all of the drugs and supplies necessary to keep this busy hospital running.
Dohn met Dr Martin in the Spring of 2000 and fell in love with her compassion, and her commitment to her patients and her craft. Dohn has worked for Dr Martin since then and is one of the founding members of Cuyamaca Animal Hospital.
Dohn spends his free time with his fur-children. He also enjoys gardening, art and the outdoors.
Customer Service Lori
Lori was born in Claremore Oklahoma, and traveled extensively until moving to San Diego when she was 10 years old. Lori has a strong belief in family and hard work, and her lifelong interest in animals led her to work for Dr Martin in 2003. Her compassion and enthusiasm are admired by all who have worked with her. Lori now balances her career with raising her family and couldn't be happier. Our favorite quote of Lori's is "Nobody cries alone in my presence."
Customer Service Stephanie
Stephanie was born and raised in San Diego. The McIntyre's have been long term clients of Dr Martin so the whole staff has known Stephanie before she was old enough to work.
Stephanie traces her decision to work with animals back to a life changing experience as a child. At age 9, she was diagnosed with cancer. During her battle with disease she realized what it means to struggle, fight and overcome tremendous obstacles. It was then that she became determined to help those who could not help themselves.
Stephanie's love for animals combined with her strong will to learn and familiarity with the field made her an obvious choice for our team. She has surpassed our expectations and is a great asset to Cuyamaca. And to think, this is her first job!! We are pleased to help Stephanie further her career and look forward to sharing many years to come!
Customer Service Ashley
Ashley was born and raised in San Diego and learned from an early age that she wanted to work with animals. Ashley spent every summer as a kid at the San Diego Zoo Camp getting to interact and learn about exotic animals from around the world. After high school, Ashley started her career and went to a Veterinary Technician school, became a certified Veterinary Assistant and has been working in the field ever since. She is currently finishing requirements to become an RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician).
Ashley shares her home with her husband, 4 dogs, cats and her lizard Cheezit. Ashley's future goal is to eventually create a rescue organization for senior dogs letting them live our their days surrounded with love!
Customer Service Mimy
Mimy was born and raised in New York. She and her family made their way across the country and settled in California in 1995. Her previous experience includes management and web design.
Mimy entered the veterinary field in 2003. She became available for us to hire in 2007 and we quickly snatched her up. Her quick wit and New York Attitude made her an easy fit and a valued asset. Her loves include her three great kids, her German Shepherd Cyrus and of course STARBUCKS!
Customer Service Katei
I was born and raised in Slidell, Louisiana just outside of New Orleans. My family bred Catahoulas for showing and all of our dogs were NALC registered.
Growing up with an adventurous dad I got to have some weird pets: squirrels, possums, frogs, turtles, sugar babies, salamanders, skinks, and lots of lizards- so I love all animals. I’m not afraid of any kind of creature except bugs.
Hurricane Katrina brought me to San Diego in 2005, but I moved back home immediately after. In December of 2010 I returned to San Diego to stay.
Some people call me the “Crazy dog lady” because I am obsessed and love dogs more than anything. My ultimate goal is to have my own non breed specific rescue one day.
I am huge nerd: I love LOTR, Dr Who, anything with supernatural abilities, Marvel Comics, and of course Star Wars. My two dogs, Clementine and Tatertot, are my whole world. I am the go-to for anything related to corgis.
I also love anything to do with the water: swimming, scuba diving (I was certified at 17y.o.), boating, fishing, wakeboarding, etc. Totally wish I was a mermaid. lol. I am very goofy and am always singing.
Beverly was born in Rapid City South Dakota, and was raised in Northern California. She has three grown children and three grandchildren. Beverly enjoys the company of her cat Suga-Mae and her turtle Cruiser.
Once her children were grown and doing well on their own Beverly decided to change careers. She has always loved animals and decided to become a Veterinary Technician. She graduated from Pima Institute in 2003 and believes that becoming a Vet. Tech. has been one of the best decisions she has ever made. Beverly is admired by her teammates for her wisdom and her gentle spirit.
Chelcie was born in Everett Washington and moved to El Cajon when she was 1 year old. As a child Chelcie enjoyed a modeling career from age four to twelve, and she even had a Barbie Doll modeled after her.
Chelcie came to the Veterinary field when she was 19 years old. She started her career as a kennel attendant and worked her way up to becoming a Veterinary Technician. Chelcie is known for her hard work and for performing magic with her dental instruments.
Lisa has been a Registered Veterinary Technician since 2003. Before that she worked as a Veterinary Assistant in Point Loma and El Cajon. She has been a valued member of Cuyamaca Animal Hospital since March of 2007.
When she is not working Lisa spends most of her time with her family which includes her pug Agnus and Agnus' cat "siblings".
Lisa is so happy to have found such a wonderful place to work, and her coworkers have come to rely on her skill, dedication and her friendly smile.
Lanei was born and raised in El Cajon and her love for her family kept her close to home. Her earliest memories are filled with her love for animals, so when she graduated high school in 2008, she began pursuing her life-long dream of working with them.
She entered the ROP program for Veterinary Technicians straight away. Her internship was spent here at Cuyamaca where she quickly learned that she made the right career choice. Lanei's natural talent, level-headedness and ability to learn earned her respect from our team and landed her a position with us!
Lanei states that she is "Living her dream" as a veterinary technician and plans on furthering her career by continuing her education and becoming an RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician). We are happy to help Lanei realize her dreams and are fortunate to have her as part of our family.
Ashley T. was born in northern California, but her family moved when she was 1 year old and spent her life growing up here in San Diego.
Ashley was always surrounded by family pets and knew she had a special passion and love for animals. At 19 years old she graduated from Pima’s Veterinary Assistant Program in 2003 which propelled her into the veterinary field since.
Ashley continued to flourish in her career becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2009. She became a part of the Cuyamaca family in 2014 and has become a great addition, specializing in dentistry.
Ashley enjoys spending her free time with her husband, young daughter, family and friends while soaking up the wonderful San Diego weather!
I was born and raised in San Diego. I grew up mostly in Alpine where I had horses, goats, ducks, bunnies, cats and dogs. I attended Granite Hills high school. My son, Damian is my world, along with my husband and my love for animals. I’m an advocate for the pit bull breed and have rescued five. I have wanted to work with animals ever since I was very young. I have worked in the hospitality business the majority of my life and have been employed at the Brigantine for many years.
I went to PIMA, which is an accredited school to get my associates degree in veterinary assistance and also for veterinary technician. I worked hard and earned my license and became a registered veterinary technician. My dream is to one day own my own rescue ranch on a large piece of property where I can give animals a loving life the last years of their lives, especially the ones who come from unfortunate situations.
Leah was born and raised in east county and always had a love for animals. After graduating high school she went off to college to major in biology, and worked as a full time pet groomer.
After school she decided to put her career on hold and to start a family, and became a stay-at-home mommy and wife. After 5 years of staying at home she decided she needed to pursue her career dreams again, but this time as an RVT. After completing school at PIMA she landed at Cuyamaca and has found the perfect balance as a mom/RVT in a field she truly loves.
When Leah is not at work she loves spending time with her husband and two children on their little farm. She feels truly blessed to work with such an amazing team doing what she loves, working with animals and people.
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Amanda has been a San Diego native for 29 years and never plans on leaving! The loves of her life are her family, her husband, and her growing family of animals. Her animal family includes two boxers, Enzo and Arson, Winston a rescued Chihuahua mix, a silly kitty named Ammo who thinks he's a dog, and her husband's police dog Dax who is the sweetest man ever but a land shark at work!
Amanda has had an extreme passion for animals since she was a little girl. She recalls sneaking strays into her room as a little girl to play doctor. She knew when she grew up she would definitely be doing something with animals.
In 2010 she fulfilled her dream and went to school to be a veterinary technician, graduating at the top of her class. After completing school she began working at an emergency and specialty hospital, and received a very good solid foundation for her career. She later realized though that she wanted to be in a day-practice environment so she could build relationships with clients, and be able to see our four-legged friends grow up throughout their life. Amanda also occasionally works with a large animal vet and enjoys the beautiful and surreal ranch environment.
Amanda feels that it is a true blessing to be able to wake up every day knowing she loves what she does, and is able to go to work to fulfill her dream of working with animals, incredible doctors, and her large family of technicians.
Resort Staff Tori
Tori first met Dr Martin when she was 7 years old. Tori and her family had adopted a cat named Sparkles, who had become ill. Tori's mom wanted to teach her and her sister the responsibilities of being a pet parent so they were involved in the process of Sparkles' long term treatments. This experience helped shape the young woman Tori would become.
Tori joined Furry Friends Resort as soon as she was old enough for a work permit and has been a member of our team ever since. Her love for animals shows through her hard work and dedication. Tori shares her life with her canine son Carlos, and her two kitties, Blue and Pipsqueak. She is currently going to college and hopes to one day get into vet school.
Resort Staff Carly
Carly was born in San Diego and was raised in the east county. After graduating from Granite Hills High she attended California Baptist University where she earned a degree in Kinesiology. Carly joined the team at Furry Friends Resort in 2009. She worked during her breaks from school and once she graduated she came back full time.
Carly has always had animals in her life. "Home is where my dog is", she says.Carly received her dog Ava as a graduation gift. Carly jokes that while in college her primary focus was on getting a puppy instead of her schoolwork. Carly enjoys spending time with family, and of course that includes Ava. Cuyamaca Animal Hospital and Furry Friends Resort would not be the same without Carly's warm smile and hard work.
Resort Staff Ashley
Ashley, a native San Diegan, is the daughter of a long term client of Dr Martin. As a child, whether she was running around with the dogs in the back yard or playing with one of her many rodents and reptiles, Ashley always knew she wanted to spend her life taking care of animals. A few years after her older sister, Stephanie, started working at the hospital, Ashley finally got the chance to follow in her sisters footsteps and join the Cuyamaca family. While her family has given a loving home to more than a few canine friends, her special lil guy is a miniature schnauzer named Tucker.
Resort Staff Nikol H.
I was about 5 years old when I started bringing my cats and dogs into see Dr. Martin with my mom, and I could never miss a visit to the vet because I loved to see all the animals and be with my pets in their time of need.
In middle school I joined the 4-H program with my three older brothers raising beef cattle in my backyard to sell at the East County Junior Fair, and when I attended El Capitan High School I joined the FFA program also raising beef cattle and pigs at the same fair. At the fair I received 1st place showmanship awards and even went onto master showmanship rounds.
In high school I loved to cheer and dance but most of all I always loved my animals. I got my big puppy Chiefy (I call him my doogie) my freshman year of high school and he's been my best friend ever since. I dream of being a singer, dancer, actress, wedding planner, and a cheer coach but my goal in life is to spread kindness and save animals from being beaten and neglected, and to show people they have a voice and feelings just like us.
Overnight Technician Jennifer
Jennifer is a San Diego native, and grew up in the medical field. With family members in human and animal medicine she was destined to end up here.
Jennifer is married with three beautiful girls, and has been teaching Classical Piano since 1990. Her love of animals is matched by her love of cooking and camping with her family. Jennifer is admired by her coworkers for her calm demeanor and her sweet and caring nature. Jennifer is a valued member of our team and is one of the founding members of Cuyamaca Animal Hospital.
Ambassador / Lifesaver
Salem came to us in 2006 with a urinary blockage which can be life threatening. His family elected to relinquish him to us and we were able to perform Perineal Urethrostomy surgery. Salem now requires a special urinary diet but is otherwise very healthy.
Salem donates blood and has helped to save several other cats since he joined our family. He loves attention and is fond of helping Dr Martin type up her charts.