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, 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


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 horse shows 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 cross-fit 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

Veterinarian, 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.


Practice Manager

Born and raised in San Diego, Kristi has always had a passion for animals. She followed in her mother’s footsteps in the animal care field at the young age of 16. Having worked at a number of animal care facilities in San Diego, she says that San Diego Pet Hospital is one of the best. Kristi has five dogs — three English Bulldogs named Hippo, Hope and Knucklehead, an English bulldog/Standard Poodle mix named Grover, and her senior Pit Bull, Pebbles. She also has a hermit crab, a beta fish, and five horses that she enjoys spending time with on the weekends.

Kristi has developed a special interest in dermatology, having an English Bulldog with severe allergies, and she is always working to sharpen her technician skills and knowledge. Kristi has a heart of gold for all animals and she strives to help all of our clients and patients feel as comfortable as possible. Kristi recently welcomed her first child, Alexa and loves being a mommy!!


Lead Customer Service Representative

Keelie has been in the veterinary field since May 2014. Born in Northern California, she is a self-described “navy brat” who grew up on the East and West coasts. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and will be pursuing her Master’s degree in couple’s therapy.

Keelie lives happily with her husband of 15 years, Jeff, their 16-year-old son, Riley, 2 dogs: an Aussie mix named Ferris and a Boxer named Manny, as well as 4 cats: Keelie’s favorite Mr. Clyde; sisters Biscuits and Gravy; and their newest feral kitten Sailor J. Keelie has always loved any and all animals. She loves her work in the field because she finds it very fulfilling to create the best environment possible and offer the best care to all of our clients and their furry family members.


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.

Brittney C.

Client Service Representative

Brittney is originally from Indiana. Her husband is in the U.S. Navy. Being a military spouse, she has been able to travel and live all around the U.S., eventually bringing her to San Diego. Brittney has been in the veterinary field since 2012. With a desire to advance her knowledge and skills, she completed the veterinary assistant program through Pima Medical Institute in 2015. She is dedicated to helping all fur babies stay happy and healthy. Brittney has two dogs, a shepherd mix named Sophia and a German shepherd mix named Monica. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and exploring new sites.


Technician Supervisor

Juan was born and raised in San Diego. He loves to take his 7-year-old German Pinscher Onyx on hikes and to dog beach as often as possible. In 2008. Juan attended Pima Medical Institute, where he graduated with Academic Honors in the Veterinary Assistant Program. Juan is currently in the process of obtaining his Registered Veterinary License. His passion is helping less fortunate pet parents and will do volunteer and charity work whenever possible


Lead Veterinary Technician

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Veterinary Technician

Aidee was born in San Diego and raised near the border. In 2009 she graduated from the Veterinary Assistant program at (name of school here) 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 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

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.


Veterinary Assistant

Aley was born and raised in Baltimore Maryland but raised in Norfolk VA, and in Memphis Tennessee where my parent’s military jobs took us. She grew up with animals where her love for them started. Aley attended a community college and worked at an animal hospital in Tennessee where she met her husband Steve who was stationed at the naval base there. After her husband received orders to San Diego she was hired at Bodhi animal hospital. Aley has been in the field for 9 years and has a special place in her heart for Labradors and Calico Cats. Together, she and her husband have 3 labs, Dax, Sophie, and her new puppy Daisy. Aley plans to go back to college to pursue nursing and enjoys outdoor activities, working out, taking her pups to the beach and college football.


Veterinary Assistant

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Registered Veterinary Technician

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Veterinary Technician

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Veterinary Assistant

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Veterinary Assistant

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Kennel Assistant

Cyril was born in the Philippines and served in the U.S Navy for 20 years. He has a passion for taking care of animals since he has been surrounded by them his entire life. He has experience taking care of pigs, turkeys, chickens, ducks, and dogs. He currently has 2 dogs, a Yorkie and a Shih-Poo, several different species of birds, and Koi Fish. Cyril graduated from PIMA’s Veterinary Assistant Program in 2017 and completed his externship at San Diego Pet Hospital. After seeing his hard work and dedication, SDPH hired him as a Kennel Assistant and do not plan on letting him go!