Dr. Kumar completed her undergraduate at Wellesley College, followed by her veterinary studies at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 2009. She completed a rotating internship at Animal Surgical and Emergency Center in Los Angeles, then spent five years working as an emergency clinician at VCA West Coast Specialty in Fountain Valley. She has owned South Coast Pet Hospital in Santa Ana since 2012, Baker Bristol Pet Hospital since 2017, and Seacliff Animal Hospital in Huntington Beach since 2020. She also volunteers as the Director of Veterinary Services at Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach. She loves treating all animals, but has a special interest in the care of exotic pets including rabbits and parrots. She lives in Huntington Beach with her husband, two daughters, and cocker spaniel (Omi). She loves downhill skiing, eating lobster in her hometown of Boston, and traveling abroad with her family.
Dr. Monica Gohar, DVM
Dr. Gohar joined our team in October 2018. She received her Bachelor Degree of Veterinary Science from Alexandria University, Egypt in 2008. After completion of post graduate studies in Oklahoma State University, she obtained her Doctorate Degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Since then, she has been practicing in SoCal in several small animal hospitals. She is a member of Southern California of Veterinary Medical Association. She lives in Laguna Niguel with her college sweetheart husband and new baby Mark. She loves cooking, traveling places and learning about different cultures. Dr. Gohar always believes in providing good medicine and being a partner with parents in their pets’ care and health. She is so excited to be part of BBPH and can’t wait to meet you in your next visit!
Dr. Karen Kaplan, DVM
Dr. Karen Kaplan joined our hospital in January 2020. She grew in Torrance and obtained degrees in Animal Biology and Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis in 2009, then did a veterinary internship in Walnut Creek. She worked in the Bay Area for several more years before moving down to Orange County. Dr. Kaplan loves reading (usually fantasy novels) as well as exploring botanical gardens, going for hikes, and visiting aquariums. She enjoys spending time with her husband, their young child, two cats named Gil and Helmers, and two lizards named Jack and Link the Skink.
Dr. Meredith Bronner, DVM
Dr. Meredith recently joined our team in December 2020. She grew up in Kentucky and graduated from undergrad from Clemson University followed by veterinary school at Auburn University in 2011. She practiced in Alabama for five years prior to relocating to beautiful Southern California. She is passionate about soft tissue surgery, dermatology, Eastern Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and physical rehabilitation. She loves to play with her two young daughters and pets (dogs name Cholula and Foxy and a three-legged cat named Sharona). She also loves all outdoor activities, gardening, and making her own jam and cheese.
Dr. Richard Mackey, DVM
After 35 years of service, Dr. Mackey retired in June 2020. We will sorely miss him! He graduated from U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. He started his career as a general practitioner down under in Brisbane, Australia. After five years, he moved back to Southern California and worked as an emergency clinician at several local hospitals. He joined Baker Bristol Pet Hospital as a partner in 1999. He lives in Fountain Valley with his wife, a cat named Olaf, and a menagerie of tortoises. In his spare time, Dr. Mackey enjoys scuba diving, target shooting, and hiking.
Dr. Randal Cochran, DVM
After almost 40 years of service, we are pleased announce that Dr. Cochran officially retired in January 2017. He graduated from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1974. Upon graduation, he returned home to practice in Orange County and joined Baker Bristol Pet Hospital as a partner in 1979.
Rachel Burlingame RVT, Veterinary Technician and Hospital Manager
Rachel has been the lead veterinary technician and Hospital Manager at Baker Bristol Pet Hospital since July 2009. She has working in the veterinary field for 10+ years. She recently graduated from Orange County Veterinary Assistant School with her degree in animal science. She is passionate about providing excellent patient care, counseling our patients with complicated nutritional requirements, and learning new and exciting things on a daily basis. Her hobbies include gardening, loving her plethora of furry friends, remodeling her home, exploring the outdoors, and traveling.
Briana Castillo, Veterinary Assistant
Briana has been working in the animal field for two years. She graduated from Stanbridge College with an associates degree in veterinary science. She hopes to obtain her RVT license in the summer of 2018. She originally hails from Long Beach and spent several years volunteering at the Long Beach Animal Care Services, working with shelter animals. She adores caring for exotic pets, especially rabbits and reptiles. She has two dogs (Sammy and Rosalita) and a sweet new little bunny named Basil. She loves going to the beach, walking with her dogs, playing at Disneyland!
Ashley Barger RVT, Veterinary Technician
Ashley has been working in the veterinary field for 9 years. After pursuing a degree in human medicine, she went back to school, graduated from Platt College in 2019 with her AS in Veterinary Technology and proceeded to obtain her license as a Registered Veterinary Technician. As an OC native, Ashley likes to spend her free time at Disneyland, hanging out with her dog, Eva, or at the beach training for another half marathon.
Annalyssa Cabrera, Veterinary Assistant
Annalyssa has been working in the veterinary field for over 10 years. She has three cats and one dog. She’s always been passionate about helping animals. On her free time she enjoys taking her dog out on walks, working on cars. and hanging out with friends.
Elena Latycheva, Veterinary Assistant
Elena was born and raised in Russia until her family relocated to Southern California in 1998. She is currently applying to veterinary school after having finished her Bachelors in Biology at UC Irvine. She lives with her shepherd mixed dog Mila and her 11 lb rabbit, Rodia, both of which govern her days. She has worked in the animal field for 10 years and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
Destiny McDonald, Client Service Representative
Destiny has been in the veterinary field for two years. As a young child, she always loved animals and has two fur babies named Ninja and Ikea. She is originally from Washington state and was very involved in the volunteer program at the Point Defiance Zoo in 2009-10. Her goal at Baker Bristol Pet Hospital is to make all of our patients (and their parents) feel welcome when walking in our doors.
Melissa McGuire, Client Services Representative
Melissa has been working in the veterinary field since 2008. That same year, she had started volunteering at the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach, which led to her becoming a satellite rehabilitator in 2009 and spent 5 years rehabilitating hummingbirds. At home, she currently has a dog named Finnegan and a cat named Lucky. Outside of work, she enjoys being an aunt, photography, and traveling.