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. Amanda Rodriguez, DVM
Dr. Rodriguez was born and raised in southern California. Even from a young age, she has shown a great love and compassion for animals. She graduated with honors from Cal Poly Pomona University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science, with an emphasis in Pre-Veterinary studies. Shortly following her undergraduate degree, she attended the St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine, an American accredited school located in Grenada, West Indies. It was not only her love for the ocean and warm tropical weather that drew her to Grenada, but the idea of facing a diverse set of challenges and adversities needed in order to endure attending a veterinary school outside of the U.S.
During her time in vet school, she contributed many volunteer hours to setting up vaccine clinics, performing spays & neuters, as well as providing veterinary care and education to the locals of Grenada about animal health and welfare. And during her summer months, she would dedicate her time travelling to less developed countries, such as the Corn Islands of Nicaragua to perform sterilization procedures for the locals’ pets, who otherwise could not afford veterinary services.
One of her main purposes in life is to provide each one of her patients with the utmost care and consideration, and to care for them as if they were her own.
Outside of the clinic, she enjoys visiting the beach with her partner, Steph and her dog, Tito. She also enjoys reading, biking and spending time with her family.
Dr. Meghan Fowler- Veterinary Acupuncturist
Dr. Meghan Landen-Fowler grew up in Omaha, Nebraska in a family full of pets of all sizes, from hamsters to dogs to horses.
Her ambition to become a veterinarian started at a young age when the family vet, also a family friend, promised her a job at his clinic as soon as she could drive. He made good on that promise, and she worked with him all through high school and college. During that time, she learned about small-animal patient care and solidifying her desire to become a veterinarian herself.
She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in veterinary science, from Kansas State University with a doctorate in veterinary medicine and earned her certificate in veterinary medical acupuncture from Cura Core in Fort Collins, Colorado.
She completed her small-animal internship at the VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center here in San Diego, in 2005 and has since been practicing in San Diego North County.
She enjoys time with her husband and daughter, their two dogs, chickens, and Western Pleasure horseback riding. She looks forward to meeting you and your pets and answering questions you might have regarding how integrative medicine might help their health.
Glen 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
For 20+ years Mindy has been taking care of our furry and feathered friends. She has worked in several states including Hawaii, Nevada, and California. In her travels throughout the country, she discovered her passions for wildlife rehabilitation and anesthesia. She has had the pleasure of working with all kinds of species including birds of prey and zoo animals. In her spare time, Mindy loves to do anything related with the ocean, hike, read, and travel. She also enjoys relaxing with her boyfriend, two Frenchies, and the love of her life, her cat Sapphire.
Niala is an experienced animal care professional who began her career in boarding and day-care facilities and has worked her way to advanced her career in the veterinary industry. She is a bright ball of light with a contagious smile, and never fails to make the best jokes in the hospital. The gentle love and understanding she emulates for every animal who walks through the door earns the trust of even our most anxious patients. Niala enthusiastically provides top-tier care to our patients and clients through her endless compassion, empathy, and love for learning. Outside of work she enjoys showing off her passion for fashion with hopes to one day be a leader in the clothing industry. She also enjoys spending time outdoors with a good book and an iced coffee.
Water moccasins, crocodiles, hemlock, nightshade, and… Alexi? As a product of Florida’s wild biological frontier, Alexi thinks in alligators and wishes Davy Crockett was still around so she could teach him some proper bear-grinning technique. Though one foot remains planted firmly in the untamed wilderness of her humble origins, she is gaining confidence in the relative torpor of Encinitas, California. Her new climate may be less humid, but her life is no less saturated. Hiking, visual art, volleyball, camping, traveling – all of these while basking in the warm ambiance of highly caffeinated beverages and true crime podcasts.
Her indefatigable canine companions Samwise the Brave, Koda, and Winona (Ryder) are all in perpetual awe of Alexi’s magic ability to open doors and conjure up their meals. Though their collective grasp on theoretical physics is tenuous at best, all three dogs love reading Tolkien. Alexi’s aspirations include obtaining conclusive evidence for extraterrestrial influence on ancient Egyptian architecture, as well as one day maintaining her own clinic for animal rehabilitation and physical therapy.
Mikaela is a Registered Veterinary Technician graduated from Pima Medical Institute. She has taken time to shadow and gain in experience in dealing with exotic patients (scaly, feathery, and pocket pets) as well as an array of other specialty practices. Her number one priority is providing personalized care for you and your companion. After a long day of work she enjoys rollerskating or hanging out with her dog, rabbit, and bearded dragon at home.
Cassidy attended San Diego Mesa College to obtain her RVT license. She graduated from the Veterinary Health and Technology program. She is passionate about keeping animals happy and healthy. In her spar time she likes to take, develop, and print photos from her 35mm film camera (yes, film). She also likes to surf, watch baseball, and do anything related to Harry Potter. Her caring personality extends outside of work to her vegetable garden that she is extremely proud of. Cassidy is employed by her cat and is raising two dogs in hope that they will be upstanding members of society.
Luli the cat
We rescued Luli 5 years ago and quickly became one of our beloved family members. You can find her upfront at the desk ready to greet you with kisses. Luli loves afternoon naps and lots of TREATS!
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.