Meet Our Team

Juan Pablo Romero

Medical Director, Veterinarian

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 to see him at San Diego Pet Hospital!

Abigail Arreola


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. Her special areas of interest are 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.

Daniel Frankel

Consulting Veterinarian, DACVS

Dr. Frankel completed a three-year Small Animal Surgical Residency and Masters of Science program at Colorado State University and received his Diplomate as a Board Certified Surgeon in 2004. 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 receiving his diplomate and is available for consultations to discuss your pet’s specific orthopedic needs and options.


Client Services Representative

Morgan has been in customer service for 15 years and decided to make the transition to the veterinary field four years ago. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new things, traveling, and cooking. Morgan has two cats at home, Sparky a 9-year-old DSH and Bella a 7-year-old tabby.

The most important part of Morgan’s day is being able to help clients and their pets. Her job is very rewarding and she always leaves San Diego Pet Hospital with a smile on her face.


Lead Veterinary Technician

Aloha! Briana, also known as Bri, was born and raised in Hawaii, and recently moved to San Diego to start a new adventure! Working with and caring for animals has always been one of her greatest passions. Bri has been in the veterinary field since 2004, and she loves every minute of it! When she isn’t working, you can find her drawn to the mountains where she loves to hike, swim, and take in the beautiful scenery with her two dogs Camree and Keeya. Bri is proud to have found her home away from home here at San Diego Pet Hospital.


Registered Veterinary Technician

Mariana born and raised in Tijuana, has been in the veterinary field since 2014, when she graduated from the PIMA Veterinary Assistant Program. In 2016, she completed her Veterinary Technician program and has been licensed since 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering for Tijuana’s spay and neuter campaigns and taking her dog teddy to the beach. Mariana is very happy to have joined San Diego Pet Hospital and is looking forward to getting her specialty license in surgery and dentistry soon.


Veterinary Technician

Mariah was born in San Diego but grew up in Oahu, Hawaii. After High School, she came back to SD and entered into the Vet Assistant program at Pima Medical Institute. Mariah has been in the Veterinary field since 2003 and loved to help stray cats around her neighborhood. She has two kids, 11 and 16, a rescued lab mix named lovely, and 2 cats, Dewey and Nani.


Veterinary Technician

Aidee was born in San Diego and raised near the border. In 2009 she graduated from the Veterinary Assistant program at PIMA Medical Institute and has been working in the field ever since! In her spare time, she enjoys reading, going to concerts, taking road trips to LA and SF whenever possible, visiting her best friend in Riverside, and spending time with her mom and brothers.

She lives with two German Shepherds–Luna and Lunito, a black cat named Lungs, and a tripod poodle mix named Hemingway who likes to chew on her phone chargers. Aidee brings her knowledge and a great personality to the SDPH family!


Veterinary Assistant

Chantal was born in Tijuana, Mexico and raised in San Diego. She has always been an animal lover, and knew she wanted to be in the animal field from a young age. Chantal has three small dogs, Piglet, Kenai and Scrump, who join her wherever she goes. In her free time, Chantal enjoys hanging out with family and friends. She is very excited to work at San Diego Pet Hospital and looks forward to meeting new clients and their pets.


Veterinary Assistant

Stephany was born in San Diego and recently graduated from PIMA’s Veterinary Assistant program after wanting a change in careers. Stephany came to SDPH to complete her externship and was later hired as a Veterinary Assistant and Customer Service Representative. Her career goals are to continue in the field and become a Registered Veterinary Technician. She has always had a love for animals and would love to gain more knowledge in this field. Stephany currently has 5 dogs, 2 cats and an adopted gecko.


Veterinary Assistant

Laura has been in the Veterinary Field for 2 years and joined San Diego Pet Hospital in 2019. Her love for animals started when she was in elementary school, so she started to volunteer at animals’ shelters all throughout High School. Now that Laura has completed her VA courses, she hopes to continue and obtain her RVT License. She has three dogs and one cat at home and hopes to be in this field for a long time.