Meet Our Vets

Juan Pablo Romero, DVM

Dr. Romero was born in Mexico City and raised in Tijuana. He studied veterinary medicine in Mexicali and did an internship and residency in internal medicine and surgery in Mexico City. His special interests are dentistry, ultrasound, internal medicine, and reptile medicine. In his free time he enjoys swimming, jogging, skydiving, scuba diving, hiking and spending time with his Irish Wolfhound, Tristán, his hairless cat Mia and desert tortoises Venom and Pinkie. Dr. Romero is a native Spanish Speaker, and welcomes our Spanish speaking clients to come see him at San Diego Pet Hospital!


Abigail Arreola, DVM

Dr. Arreola was born in Pachuca Hidalgo and raised in Mexicali Baja California, where she studied Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Abby worked as a professor at a teaching hospital in Mexico City, andDr. Abigail Arreola, DVM, San Diego Pet Hospital, Lemon Grove she specializes in internal medicine and surgery.  In 2006, she began working in El Centro, CA and has been here in San Diego for the past 2 years. In her spare time she enjoys skydiving, scuba diving, hiking, and spending time with her mixed breed rescue dog Berlioz and new kitten Gandolf.  Dr. Arreola is a native Spanish speaker.



Juliana Wilcox, DVM

After a nomadic upbringing living all over the US, Juliana now calls San Diego home.  Growing up with horses, dogs, cats, ferrets and hamsters and as much wildlife as her mother would let her bring home, she developed an early bond with animals. She competed avidly in horseshows until going to college at UCSB where she earned a degree in English with honors and continued traveling, living in Spain, Holland and exploring the western U.S. Her first career was as a firefighter and EMT in New Mexico where she found a passion for medicine and the sense of community as a firefighter.  However, she wished to make more of a lasting impact on the people and animals she encountered every day.  Juliana decided to combine her love of animals and medicine to become a veterinarian where she could further the human-animal bond and have a sustained relationship with her clients and patients. She completed her prerequisites at the University of New Mexico while continuing work in the emergency field.  Juliana attended CSU in Colorado for the dual DVM and MBA program. Her main area of interest is pain management, including integrative approaches such as acupuncture, physical rehabilitation and nutraceuticals. She also likes clinical pathology–looking at things under the microscope is cool! And of course, she still enjoys the fast pace of emergency medicine. In her spare time, Juliana enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, doing yoga and crossfit and the occasional arts and crafts.  She shares her home with a group of rescues: Vienna and Houston, an old married cat couple and Calliope, a chihuahua/ fox terrier mix who  is quite the character.

 Daniel Frankel, DVM, DACVS

Dr. Daniel Frankel is from the East Coast and graduated from Amherst College in Massachusetts in 1993.  He then went on to study at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.Dr. Daniel Frankel, DVM, DACVS, San Diego Pet Hospital, Lemon Grove While there he earned numerous academic awards including the Scholarship for Highest Academic Achievement in Veterinary Medicine. After graduating in 1998, Dr. Frankel worked two years of general veterinary practice in Wyoming before being accepted and completing a one-year Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph – Ontario, Canada. He rounded off his training in a three-year Small Animal Surgical Residency and Masters of Science program at Colorado State University.  Six months later he was accepted as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgery. Dr. Frankel has authored several scientific articles on topics including total hip replacement and surgical treatment of liver shunts. Dr Frankel has advanced training in TPLO, TTA, Total Hip Replacement, Fracture Repair, Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Frankel’s special interests include stifle surgery and cranial cruciate ligament repair, fracture repair, soft tissue surgery, arthroscopy and oncological surgery. He has been providing referral specialty surgical services in Southern California since 2004. Dr. Frankel is available for consultations to discuss your pet’s specific orthopedic needs and options available.