We are a passionate professional team of individuals who love to care for your pets.
Richard E Mackey, DVM
Dr. Mackey 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, two children, a puggle named Rory (from Gilmore Girls!), and a menagerie of tortoises. In his spare time, Dr. Mackey enjoys scuba diving, target shooting, and hiking.
Jennifer Dietz Kumar, VMD
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 and Baker Bristol Pet Hospital since 2017. 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, daughter, and cocker spaniel (Omi). Dr. Kumar loves downhill skiing, eating lobster in her hometown of Boston, and traveling abroad with her family.
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. 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!
Karen Kaplan, DVM
Dr. Karen Kaplan grew in Torrance. She obtained degrees in Animal Biology and Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis, 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.
Randal L Cochran, DVM
Dr. Cochran 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. After almost 40 years of service, we are pleased announce that he officially retired in January 2017.
Rachel Burlingame RVT, 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!
Phil Bowman, Veterinary Assistant
Phil has been working in the veterinary field for over 10 years. His career started in 7th grade after completing a project about “What do you want to do when you grow up?” His project led him to start volunteering at a small local veterinary clinic in the Bay Area, and he was in love! He completed his bachelors degree in animal science at Cal Poly SLO and has the future goal of becoming a veterinarian. Outside of working, Phil enjoys reading, spending time with his animals and wife, gardening, working on his novel and is an avid sports fan of his Bay Area teams (A’s, Raiders and Warriors)
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.