Ted Burghardt MS, DVM

Dr. Ted Burghardt was born and raised in Denver, CO. As an outdoor enthusiast he always appreciated nature and animals. From a young age, he knew he wanted to be a veterinarian. He graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. One of his draws to San Diego was the great weather and ability to play tennis outside year-round. He was a starter for the USD Toreros men’s tennis team for his four years there, traveling and competing at the Division 1 level.

After college, he worked at Scripps Research Institute in the Immunology department for 2 years. He took a break for 6 weeks to travel to Australia and volunteer at the Australia Zoo in Brisbane, where he was fortunate enough to meet Steve Irwin on a couple of occasions and watch him perform with his beloved crocs.

The experiences at Scripps Research Institute prepared him to enter a Master of Science program at Colorado State University with a focus in anatomy. Immediately following, he was accepted to the Colorado State University Veterinary Medical School. He was President of his class for 2 years, and Vice President for 2 years, and graduated in 2009.

He then went to work for a small animal practice in Las Vegas, NV. He learned some advanced surgical procedures there, including multiple knee and hip orthopedic surgeries, laparoscopic spays and biopsies, and other abdominal, ocular, and cutaneous soft tissue surgeries. As the second veterinarian hired on at his first veterinary job, he played a role in growing the practice to 5 veterinarians before he left in 2013. Looking to move back to the city he is most passionate about, he found a fantastic job opportunity at a 24-hour emergency clinic in San Diego.

At the 24-hour emergency Mission Animal and Bird Hospital in Oceanside, Dr. Burghardt was one of the emergency doctors attending to trauma, surgery, internal medicine, and a variety of other emergent cases. His long-term goal was always to become the owner of a veterinary hospital. After much diligence, he found Companion Pet Care and is ecstatic to be part of this amazing team. With the support of Dr. Gerry Soifer and Dr. Nancy Bushnell, he was fortunate to be accepted as the buyer of the clinic. The opportunity to be involved with such an established, beautiful, historic veterinary clinic is rare and highly sought after, and Dr. Burghardt is incredibly grateful for the opportunity.

Dr. B wants to continue to add on to the high-quality services offered at CPC. He has always been fond of orthopedic surgery, and after specialist training, the doctors at CPC are now proud to offer cruciate (ACL) repair surgery for all size dogs, and cats. Specifically, providing the TTA procedure for medium and larger dogs has become a passion. Dr. B also feels strongly that with the included PRP treatment during the surgery, and rehabilitation sessions starting one week after surgery, that all the elements for a comfortable, successful recovery and return to function are in place.

Glenn Barnes – RVT, CVPM

Glenn Barnes started at Companion Pet Care in 2019. He has spent about forty-five years of his life in small animal hospitals, and began his career by cleaning cages at 6:00 every morning. From there, Glenn learned so much over the years and eventually became a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in 1979 at an animal hospital in El Cajon. He then moved with his family to Orange County and expanded his skills by working at a busy emergency clinic. All of this landed him a wonderful position at Mission Animal and Bird Hospital in Oceanside, where he was able to expand his knowledge even more, caring for exotic animals as well. Soon he was promoted to Hospital Manager and aided greatly in growing the hospital to a twenty-four-hour facility with fourteen doctors – fives times the size it was when he started.

At forty-five years old, he went back to college to keep up with the ever-growing practice and became a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM), becoming part of only a handful with that combination of medical and business knowledge in the animal profession. He is a San Diego County native and outside of work enjoys spending time with his family and cycling on the 101.

Mindy McNamara- Office Manager

Mindy is originally from Northern California. She’s ventured around the country, but her love of living by the ocean and nice weather made Southern California the perfect place to settle down. She has over 20 years experience working with all kinds of animals including zoo animals, exotics, birds of prey and has even done wildlife rehabilitation. In her spare time, Mindy loves traveling, reading and exploring nature. She enjoys spending time with her spouse and their 2 cats, Sapphire (pictured), Hank, and 2 dogs, Bone and Biff.

Shelby- Veterinary Assistant

Shelby is also a California native. She has worked in the veterinary field for over 2 years and has experience in kennels and emergency care. While Shelby is passionate about helping animals, she is also passionate about helping people and is currently in school to become an MRI technician. In her spare time, you will find Shelby in the water either surfing or swimming or collecting crystals. She has 4 cats, Calvin, Vega, Onyx and Mavi, a hamster and an aquarium full of fish.

Karli- Veterinary Assistant  

Karli is a California native and is a certified Veterinary Assistant with experience in veterinary emergency. She loves working with pets 24/7, which of course includes her own dog Pebbles (pictured). Karli loves spending time with her family and friends, going on spontaneous adventures, and exploring new places to eat. Her favorite things to do include relaxing at home watching anime with her spouse and going to Disney Land. She says, “It is such a magical place but even more so during Halloween and Christmas time.” You can usually see Karli with an iced coffee in her hand and a smile on her face.



Kelsy- Veterinary Assistant

Kelsy is a certified Veterinary Assistant originally from Colorado and has always been fascinated with veterinary medicine. Growing up in the 4-H community and participating in rodeo events, Kelsy developed not only a strong bond with her animals but also a deep appreciation for hard work and dedication. Her journey has been long and interesting with her husband being in the military, but she still finds a way to be with animals wherever they go. Kelsy and her husband share 2 young kids together and her hobbies include spending time with family and friends and riding horses and barrel racing.

CPC Ambassadors 


Nugget the chihuahua
Nugget was rescued by Dr. Ted Burghardt at just 3 months old in 2009 in Las Vegas. She loves to take naps and can often be found sneaking treats around the clinic! She may act “tough” if she comes to greet you at the door, but Nugget is the biggest love, and would love to lounge with you in the sunshine.