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.
Dr. Jaime Chou DVM
Dr. Jaime Chou grew up in Minnesota and has always known that she wanted to be a veterinarian. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animal Science at the University of Minnesota. As an undergraduate student, she did research on Lyme disease in dogs and published a paper on her research in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. After graduating from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009, Dr. Chou worked at a small animal hospital in Minnesota treating dogs, cats, and pocket pets for 3 years before moving west and settling in San Diego in 2012.
Dr. Chou loves helping people understand their pets’ healthcare and educate them in caring for their pets. She chose general practice because she enjoys all fields of medicine. Her greatest interests include dentistry, surgery, internal medicine, and dermatology. She is experienced in a wide range of surgeries including surgical dental extractions, spays, neuters, gastropexies, cystotomies, intestinal foreign body surgeries, and femoral head and neck ostectomies. Most recently, she has been trained by a specialist to perform knee surgeries for ACL tears called the tibial tuberosity advancement or TTA. She is also credentialed in Vet Stem stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatments, which help promote the repair response of injured tissues using stem cells or their derivatives.
On the weekends, Dr. Chou performs spays and neuters at a spay and neuter clinic, helping to keep pets healthy and reducing the need to euthanize millions of healthy dogs and cats.
In her free time, Dr. Chou enjoys spending time with her husband, John and her three young children, Samantha, Evelyn, and Nolan. She is also a mother to two pets, Emma (tabby cat) and Kali (yellow Labrador Retriever). Dr. Chou has had Emma since she was orphaned at 4 weeks of age, and bottle fed her as a tiny kitten. Kali was also a rescue case, and was surrendered because she had heartworm disease. Dr. Chou treated and saved Kali and she is now healthy and heartworm free!
Luli the cat
We rescued Luli 5 years ago and quickly became one of our beloved family members. You can find her up front at the desk ready to greet you with kisses. Luli loves afternoon naps and lots of TREATS!
Nugget the chihuahua
Nugget was rescued by Dr. Ted Burghardt 7 years ago in Las Vegas. She loves to take naps with her best friend Luli and can often be found sneaking treats around the clinic! She may act “tough” when she comes to greet you at the door, but Nugget is the biggest love, and would love to lounge with you in the sunshine.
Angela Montanez – Veterinary Assistant
Angela was born and raised in Carlsbad, CA and has worked at Companion Pet Care for 13 years. Angela has a very big heart and is extremely passionate about rescuing animals. She has 4 dogs and 1 cat. If it was up to her she would adopt them all!
Makayla Somohano – Veterinary Assistant
Makayla was born and raised in San Marcos, CA. In 2014 she started working in the veterinary field and quickly fell in love with helping animals. Before her current position, she worked in emergency and discovered her passion with exotic animals. On her days off she enjoys staying busy expanding her veterinary knowledge and spending time with her two cats, Oliver and Jackson.
Giulia Lanza-Billetta – Veterinary Assistant
Giulia was born and raised in Del Mar, CA. She received her B.S. in Physiology and Neuroscience from UCSD. She previously worked for the Komiyama laboratory at UCSD where she received lots of exposure working with small animals and at Palomar Medical Center in the ER. She is applying to veterinary school in May of this year and plans to pursue a career in small animal medicine. In her free time Giulia likes to hike, bake, practice yoga, play basketball, go camping, and relax with her puppy Pepper and kitty Tony.
Joanne Visona – Practice Manager and Veterinary Assistant
Joanne was born in Burbank Ca. She did 10 yrs. of restaurant management then decided to change to what she was passionate about which was helping animals. She has been in the Vet field for 8 years now and has just finished her RVT schooling. She is very driven, kind hearted, sweet and very organized. Joanne Loves to be outdoors hiking, yoga, basketball and loves scary movies. She is family oriented and additional to her three kids she also has 3 fur babies 2 dogs and 1 cat. She continues to learn and expands her knowledge wherever she can.
Catherine Aldrich – Veterinary Assistant
Catherine started working for Companion Pet Care in March 2019. She has been in the veterinary industry for over 4 years. Catherine grew up in Cambridge, UK and moved to sunny San Diego 4 years ago. Catherine provides outstanding client and patient care.
In her free time, she loves hiking, running, going to the beach with her dogs and having brunch friends.
Kate Cusick – Veterinary Assistant
Kate grew up in Encinitas, CA. Kate began working at Companion Pet Care in April 2019 but has been working in the field since 2017. She is currently attending school to become an RVT. In her free time, you can find Kate hiking, horseback riding, getting coffee with friends, or hanging out at the dog park with her two dogs Charlie and Guinness.