MEET OUR TEAM
When looking for a veterinary care clinic you should be able to count on excellent care and service for you furry friends and family. We at Judy Veterinary Clinic have assembled an expert team of veterinary professionals to bring you the best possible care for your pets.
DR. JESSICA EIRI
Dr. Eiri has been a part of the JVC family since 2015 after graduating from Dr. Judy’s alma mater, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. A Southern California native, having grown up in Diamond Bar and completing her bachelor’s at UCSD, Dr. Eiri was excited to welcome back warm winters and find a privately owned animal practice that offered her the ability to continually learn and grow her knowledge and skills, while working alongside a seasoned professional. Although we didn’t harbor any doubts, Dr. Eiri has blossomed into a talented and compassionate veterinarian in her own right and we are extremely fortunate to have found a practitioner of Dr. Eiri’s caliber that wanted to join the team. In these last few years, Dr. Judy has been so impressed with Dr. Eiri, that in the summer of 2018, he offered her the option of purchasing the practice from him so he could retire and spend time with his wife and their many pets at their second home in Nevada. Dr. Eiri continues to carry on Dr. Judy’s legacy and ethos within the San Diego community. In her spare time, she likes to catch up on her favorite reality shows, visit her family in LA, travel, check out the many small town neighborhoods San Diego has to offer with her husband, and spend time with their Great Pyrenees, Charlie, and cats, Trigger and Marie Potato.
DR. ELPIDIO QUINES JR.
Dr. Quines joined our JVC family May 2020 with 37 years of experience. After graduating from De La Salle University in 1983, he opened his own practice in the San Diego area. After 24 years of practice, he sold his clinic and retired for a short time. He spent a year enjoying his retirement before deciding to return to the work force. He regularly attends seminars and conventions in small animal medicine, surgery and practice management. He is very friendly and enjoys interacting with clients and pets. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 35 years and cat Roly-Poly, golfing, rolling the dice at the casino, and watching movies.
DR. GRANT MAYNE
Dr. Mayne joined our clinic in May 2020 as a part-time associate veterinarian. He graduated from Cornell in 1971 and went on to get his MBA from Boston University in 1990. He has owned many practices all over the country throughout the course of his career, most recently selling his practice in Lake Arrowhead and relocating to San Diego. He has extensive experience preforming a variety of complex and routine surgical procedures. Dr. Mayne works Monday through Wednesday as our in-house surgeon. In his free time he enjoys playing tennis regularly, traveling, and spending time with his family, his wife, their poodle FiFi, his kids and grandkids.
DR. DAVID JUDY
DVM, Founder & Former Owner
It is with great sadness that we announce Dr. Judy's retirement at the beginning of July 2018. He leaves behind a legacy that spans more than three decades within the San Diego community and his associates, staff, and loyal clients will miss him dearly. Beginning his career in veterinary medicine in 1979 upon graduation from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, he ventured to Southern California to begin his practice which included companion animals in addition to exotic and equine medicine, although he eventually served companion animals exclusively. During this time, he held membership to a few professional organizations including the CVMA, AVMA, and SDCVMA. He also served as Chair on the Board of Directors for Lions, Tigers, and Bears - a local non-profit serving neglected and abandoned exotics.
The JVC family wishes Dr. Judy the best in his retirement. At present, his plans include relishing in some much earned and needed relaxation time when he's not taking guitar, bass, and vocal lessons in anticipation of becoming a rock star god. In addition, he will be enjoying more time with his wife, their cat Skunk, and four dogs, two Golden Doodles, Bugs and Lola, a Pom-Tzu, Georgie, and a Terrier mix, Tinkerbell, at their home near Lake Tahoe.
Office Manager, Veterinary Technician
Charlene started her career at Judy Veterinary Clinic in 1987 as a kennel assistant and has worked every job in between until becoming our Practice Manager in 2010. As a child, Charlene knew she wanted a career involving animals. Ever the creative one, she would often get into trouble for using the first aid kit on her dolls, horses, and other animals. She even made her own bandages and casts if she didn’t have the materials she needed. At the age of fourteen, she went to every clinic within biking distance from her home in Lakeside offering to volunteer in exchange for experience. Luckily for us, none of the practitioners at the clinics she visited before meeting Dr. Judy took her up on her offer. In addition to years of on the job experience, she is also an ROP Certified Veterinary Assistant and has attended countless continuing education seminars. Charlene juggles multiple jobs beyond management, ranging from minor construction to IT services to foster mom to the many abandoned kittens that are brought into the clinic. Charlene has hand raised many kittens that have gone on to become companions to several clients over the years. In her spare time, Charlene enjoys home projects with her husband, weekend camping trips to the desert with their family and friends, and vintage vehicles. She has several animals that she has rescued throughout the years - two rambunctious Pugs, Pearl and Barbosa, three cats, Wyland, Bootstrap Bill, and Wilson and a Tortoise, Stanley.
Registered Veterinary Technician, Floor Manager
Rebecca, or Becca as we call her, joined the Judy Vet team in 2013 having five years of experience under her belt. Becca graduated from San Diego State in 2007 with a BA in Classics and had initially planned on obtaining a law degree, but her desire to fully immerse herself in animal care led her to become a fully licensed Veterinary Technician in 2013, after graduating from San Juan Community College’s Veterinary Technology program. Her skill level and knowledge are indispensable and she is always willing to take on any project to help streamline efficiency at the clinic. Her hobbies include shopping, especially for vintage items, as well as biking, day trips to Disneyland, catching up on her favorite shows, and traveling with her husband and very spoiled Pomeranian, Lily. Becca is also our resident “crazy” cat lady, often fostering (see: adopting) special needs kitties to accompany her current cat’s (much to their chagrin), Emma, and Oliver.
MariCarmen, affectionately known as MC, came to us in 2007 after graduating from Pima’s Veterinary Assistant program. MC can always be counted on for a good time, often making everyone laugh with her jokes and stories, but her dedication for her job extends beyond the clinic. She often rescues newborn puppies and young dogs that were not weaned properly or abandoned and would have an otherwise unknown fate. She has bottle fed several puppies, ensuring they are of age and healthy enough before finding them permanent homes. MC has saved countless puppies that have grown to become healthy, sweet companions, including her own dogs. On her days off, you will often find MC helping out at her family’s bakery, traveling, enjoying the great outdoors with her family, and spending time with her husband, their four kids, and three dogs, two Poodles, Tutti and Ken, Schutzen, a German Shepherd and her new Sphynx kitten.
Gayle started out like her predecessors before her as a kennel assistant in 2011, going on to become a technician in 2014. Although she’s currently studying for her bachelor's degree in Marine Biology, she has a passion for small animals. Her easy going attitude and laid back, playful personality makes her a joy to work with even when things get stressful. You can always count on Gayle for a smile on her face and a witty remark to lighten things up. However, despite her laid back approach, Gayle manages the controlled substances log that Judy Vet is required by law to keep, maintaining meticulous records in the event of an inspection. An avid reader, Gayle spends her free time reading novels off the most current book lists, baking (which we especially appreciate), enjoying time with her husband, son, their cat Jesse, and Golden Retriever, Leo,
Brian came to us in 2015, having graduated the Veterinary Technology program at Mesa Community College in 2012. Brian has proven himself not only as a technician, but by pitching in at the front desk when needed and oftentimes providing client education. He also manages the pharmacy compounds for the clinic and our clients. While many human medications can be safely used in pets, compounded medications allow for greater use and customization down to flavor. For this reason, compounded medications require time and attention to detail, of which Brian is dedicated. In his spare time, he enjoys bowling, hiking, and watching anything having to do with sports, particularly the Broncos, and chillin’ with his dog, Logan, a Daschund mix.
Norma joined the clinic family in 2013, shortly before graduating from San Diego State with a BA in Biology, wanting to be part of a field where she could continue working with companion animals, making a difference in the life of not only the pets, but their two legged companions as well. During college, she was a member of the pre-vet club and spent time volunteering at a local veterinary clinic in order to gain hands on experience. Having previously worked at Petco, Norma started as a technician, which paired well with her experience handling and managing care for many of the pocket pets and exotics that Petco features. Norma has relocated to Texas to start her new adventure with her family but continues to help out our clinic remotely with HR related duties. In her free time, Norma enjoys crafting, decorating, singing in the praise band at her church, spoiling her menagerie of pets - two itty bitty Chihuahuas, Kringle and Daisy, an orange tabby, Sawyer, and spending time with her husband, sons, and daughter.
Maggie joined the team in 2014 as a receptionist with over 17 years of experience, coming from another practice where she worked every job from reception to technician to manager. Although her background includes a BA from San Diego State in International Security and Conflict Resolution, Maggie has spent countless hours in the veterinary field. Initially working the front desk at a local clinic while in college, she went on to manage a new satellite location for several years. After a company reorganization, she took on the role of technician, which she excelled at. She was lured away a few years ago by a former (now current) co-worker to join the Judy Vet team. In that time, Maggie has become an asset to the clinic, becoming the go to gal for many clients and staff, redeveloping our website, social media accounts and managing clinic inventory as well as other clerical duties and tech appointments. Ever the foodie, in her spare time, Maggie enjoys trying new restaurants and dishes, catching up on her favorite shows, camping, paddle boarding, and rock climbing with her husband.
Diane joined our team in 2020. She was born and raised in Santee, she grew to love animals at a young age and decided to pursue a career which would enable her to help as many as possible. She followed her passion after school working as a veterinary assistant for 7 years at a small animal clinic. Diane may be a familiar face to those who have adopted pets though our local shelter - she worked there for 23 years helping pets find their forever home. On her days off Diane enjoys hiking, shopping, traveling, playing poker with her friends, and spending time with her grandkids.
Gretel joined our JVC family in 2020. A couple of us, having worked with her previously, finally convinced her to make the switch to our clinic and we couldn't be happier she did. She comes to us with over 12 years of experience. She has been a resident of East County almost all of her life. She loves working with all animals but especially with pugs, hence her nickname, the Pug Whisper. On her days off she enjoys shopping and spending time with husband, two kids and of course her two pugs Twister Bug a.ka. Arthur, Ridus a.k.a Boyfriend and new addition to the family- Kit Kat, a kitty that was brought in to our clinic at two days old after being abandoned by his mommy.
Gigi joined our team in 2020. She was born in raised in the South Bay area of San Diego. She has always been drawn to animals, often bringing in injured hummingbirds, cats and dogs. She became more interested in veterinary medicine after volunteering at local animal shelters. She attended Pima Medical Institute where she obtained a Certificate in Veterinary Assistant. After getting her Certificate, she started working part-time at a vaccine clinic and has worked with many different clinics throughout San Diego County which has enabled her to gain a lot of experience. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, spoiling herself during restaurant week and spending time with her cat, Cookie.
Luke joined our team early 2021, after being away for a couple of years. Luke grew up in San Diego in a country setting which allowed him to gain a lot of experience working with a variety of animals. With this love for animals he decided to pursue a career in animal care. He has an AA in Humanities and Fine Arts and received a Vet Assistant certificate from Grossmont College. Luke has quickly become an asset to our team, filling in as a receptionist, kennel aid, vet assistant and helped us give our clinic a little paint refresh. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, spending time with his family, playing base guitar with friends, and of course spending time with his calico cat, Nala.
Receptionist & Rx Food Guru
Shannon has been a familiar voice and face to many clients since joining the practice in 2006. She handles many tasks on a daily basis, including acting as a liaison between us and El Cajon Animal Control, who we provide many services for, and maintaining our extensive prescription food inventory. Having grown up in Jamul, she is an avid horsewoman, having ridden hunt seat, dressage, and western saddles, although now her interests lie with trail riding classes. In her free time, you will often find her at the barn, on trail rides, watching her kids ride, and spending time with her husband, two daughters, and their many pets - Frances, a Poodle mix, Sunny, an Australian Cattle Dog mix, two one eyed felines, Edith and Margo, and four Guinea Pigs, Dolores Beaver, Violet, and Agnes Morgan.
Cassie started working with us in August of 2018; however, she was a familiar face around here several years ago, working as a kennel assistant. A local to East County, Cassie graduated from El Capital High School with a passion for animals. Having relatives in the veterinary field and a house full of “fur babies” only fueled her desire to work in a way that gives back to the animal kingdom. Cassie spent some time working for a local pet memorial facility, where she was tasked with administrative responsibilities as well as caring for the remains of beloved pets. Wanting a change of pace, she came back to us at the perfect time. In her free time, Cassie can be found taking care of any number of her family’s pets, hiking, camping, treasure hunting at thrift stores, enjoying arts and crafts projects with her son, and enjoying her social, talkative Cockatiel, Fawkes and playful cat Binx.
The Cat Boss
Joey started managing our clinic in 2018 and quickly became one of the clinic favorites. You will usually find him roaming around supervising all of the staff, sunbathing, and greeting our clients at the front desk. In his spare time Joey likes to find plastic materials and other treasures around the clinic to chew on, steal, and hide either in his food bowl or scattered around the clinic for us to find the next morning. He is also working on becoming a professional food taster - many a bag of cat and dog food have been sampled by him when we're not looking. Good news - everything we carry is Joey approved!
TK a.k.a Tube Kitty
TK came to us in the spring of 2010, after she was hit by a car and had a fractured jaw. Her jaw was wired by another vet in the area and Dr. Judy and our staff helped her recover by tube feeding her until she healed, hence her name. We all fell in love with her during this process that we decided she would permanently stay with us. She is the oldest and most motherly/loving of all of our clinic cats, often helping us raise and clean other kittens that we have helped care for over the years. TK spends a lot of time lounging in comfortable places around the clinic. She ventures up front from time to time to visit and say hello to clients.
DAISY a.k.a Chinny Chin
The Shy One
Daisy came to us in the summer of 2018. She was having some urinary issues and was relinquished to us. She has since recovered from these issues and lives a very comfortable life but is still very shy around people. She spends the majority of her time lounging around in our cat room, venturing out usually in the early morning or late night hours after all is calm and quite.