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Denise.Miller.RVT_profile.jpgDenise Miller

Registered Veterinary Technician

As a child, Denise was inspired by her family veterinarian,who helped her cat pull through a feline distemper epidemic in La Mesa. The way the veterinarian interacted with the family and exhibited such compassion toward their little cat made quite an impression on Denise and steered her to the field of veterinary medicine.



Kasey Cabral

Registered Veterinary Technician



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Kayla Miller

Registered Veterinary Technician

Kayla was born and raised in San Diego but adopted at 3 ½ by the people she considers her parents.  Growing up she always had a love for animals and wanted to help them.  After graduating high school, Kayla decided to further her education and work in human healthcare. After a short while—and some reminding from her husband—she realized her true passion was animal care, and she went back to school for veterinary medicine!  Now she cares for pets daily as a Registered Veterinary Technician.  Her son Ryder and daughter Macenzi share the same passion and she hopes they will follow their dreams as well!


Felicia Chambers

Front Office Manager, Client and Pet Care Specialist

As far as Felicia can remember, she has always had a passion for animals. Felicia grew up in San Marcos, California with her grandparents, living next to a horse vet. She can remember as a child watching for hours, thinking this is what she was meant to do. The fire to work in this industry grew when she almost lost one of her cats to a blockage and had to have him rushed into surgery. At that moment, she knew this was her calling.

Working at Carmel Mountain Ranch Veterinary Hospital gives Felicia so much joy. She gets the pleasure of working with animals and their humans all at the same time.


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Becky Espinoza

Client Care Specialist

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Heather Hotchkiss

Client Care Specialist

A San Diego native, Heather has a strong connection with family, friends and local events. Animals have always been an important part of her life, and after years in the corporate sector, she sought a way to spend more time helping the furry, feathered, and scaled friends she so adores. Working at Carmel Mountain Ranch Veterinary Hospital, Heather enjoys every opportunity to learn more about the veterinary field, and to connect with coworkers and clients who love these wonderful creatures as much as she does.


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Gabrielle Baker

Pet Care Specialist

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Vanessa Ferby

Pet Care Specialist

It was always in Vanessa’s nature to rescue and help animals. She would bring home anything she could find as a child—she says animals defined her childhood, and she always knew they would define her future!

Vanessa was raised in Lakenheath, England, and upstate New York. Her father was a Master Sergeant in the Air Force—growing up on military bases, Vanessa always admired the K-9 security dogs. At first, she considered a career in criminal justice, but then realized she wanted to work with animals so she entered an occupational training program to become a Veterinary Assistant!

At home, Vanessa lives with her husband of 20+ years, Aaron, who is retired from the Navy and enjoys rebuilding and painting sport motorcycles. They have a beautiful daughter named Dominique who Vanessa says is her personal crowning achievement, interest, and favorite hobby. When she does have a spare moment, she likes rollerblading, walking and sightseeing, and catching a movie.


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Brandi Frost

Veterinary Assistant

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Jayron Diosomito

Veterinary Assistant

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Jessica Campos

Veterinary Assistant

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perla.jpg Perla Pena

Veterinary Assistant

Never did she think her childhood dream of working with animals was going to come true at a very young age; 22. Having Greisi, as her first rat, made Perla truly realize the love she has for animals.  She enjoy the satisfaction of knowing she is saving a life or helping improve it but Perla can't forget the anesthetic experience she is learning at Carmel Mountain Ranch Veterinary Hospital. Most importantly, if it wasn't for her significant other and family's support she wouldn't have made it to where she is now.


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Tami Rushings

Accounts Payable

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  • John Ashbaugh
    D.V.M.
    Dr. Ashbaugh is a native Californian, whose family moved to Rancho Bernardo when he was in elementary school. His passion and connection with animals, and his desire to become a veterinarian, dates back to childhood. He left San Diego to pursue this dream, and is happy to be back in his hometown living and working and raising his family.
  • Dr. Cliff Matsuda Dr. Cliff Matsuda
    D.V.M.
    Dr. Matsuda originally intended to get into human medicine, but got a job working at the veterinary department during his schooling at the University of California Davis and got hooked on veterinary medicine. He ended up switching his studies to the animal world and now works as an Associate Veterinarian at Carmel Mountain Ranch.