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.

Aaron Porterfield, DVM

Dr. Porterfield has lived in San Diego for many years now. He is often seen surfing the local breaks and going to dog beach with his rescue dog named ‘Boogie’. Originally from Florida, he receivedAaron Porterfield, DVM  his bachelor’s degree in Biology, at the University of Richmond VA, in 1999. He’s studied abroad in Australia and volunteered at Taronga Zoo in Sydney. He completed his veterinary degree at Tufts University outside of Boston in 2004.  While at Tufts, he developed a special interest in ultrasound.  He describes ultrasound as a non-invasive, and gentle diagnostic imaging tool, that is able to gather a wealth of information.  After veterinary school, he completed a small animal rotating internship at VCA Emergency and Specialty Animal Hospital, in Mission Valley. He has worked alongside board certified specialists in emergency, internal medicine, surgery, dermatology, and diagnostic imaging. Dr. Porterfield has been a vet for over 12 years, serving in day practices and hospital emergencies. He prides himself in excellent communication with clients.  His long-term clients know they will always get an honest answer from him.

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.