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.
In his free time he volunteers at the SD Humane Society in Oceanside, performing surgeries for pets in need of advanced procedures with minimal resources. He is passionate about giving back to the community he so loves. He also continues to play competitive tennis, and was fortunate enough to travel to Western Europe for 3 months in the summer of 2016 to play multiple low level professional tournaments on the beautiful red clay. Veterinary medicine has been a passion since youth that continues to inspire and drive Dr. Burghardt to provide the best care for all the critters in his care.
Dr. Jaime Chou DVM
Dr. Jaime Chou is a 2009 graduate from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, Dr. Chou worked at a small animal hospital in Minnesota for 3 years before moving west and settling in San Diego in 2012.
Although she enjoys seeing a variety of cases on a day-to-day basis, her greatest interests include dentistry, surgery, internal medicine, and dermatology.
In her free time, Dr. Chou enjoys spending time with her husband, John, her three young children, Samantha (7), Evelyn (3), and Nolan (9 months). She is also a mother to two pets, Emma (tabby cat) and Kali (yellow Labrador Retriever). Dr. Chou has had Emma since she was an 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.
Kayla Cantarini RVT, CCRP
Kayla was born and raised in Fallbrook, CA. She graduated in 2011 as a Registered Veterinary Technician and worked as an emergency and exotics technician for 6 years. She found her new home at Companion Pet Care in late 2016, and couldn’t be happier! She just recently graduated from the University of Tennessee as a Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. She is a loving mother of her two boxers, Jayda Bug and Dreezy, horses, chickens, and her macaw Carmen. When she is not working, you can find her at the beach, camping, hiking, or spending the summer on the boat fishing.
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!
Rachel Esquibel – Administrator
Rachel was born in Maryland but moved to California for college and quickly became a permanent resident of North County. Rachel has three rescues: two cats, Sugar and Lucy, and a pit bull named Frito. She has been at Companion Pet Care since 2008 and loves the smaller clinic setting. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys doing yoga, hiking with her husband and riding her beach cruiser!
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.
Jamie Bowie – Veterinary Assistant
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.