9728 Carmel Mountain Road, Suite E • San Diego • CA • 92129

Our Staff


Debbie Kirkpatrick

Practice Manager

Debbie has been with our clinic since January of 1989. She attends many Practice Management meetings in order to offer the best customer service to our clients. She is married to her perfect man, Glen and had 3 wonderful sons, Russell, Trevor and Terrence and one amazing daughter-in-law, Carmen. she is very active in her church and a HUGE football fan! Go Chargers!! Debbie is dedicated to helping all our clients and patients have a great experience at our clinic.

Tina James

Lead Technician

Tina has been caring for our clients and our patients since September of 1997. She schedules and supervises all of our surgeries, acting as the second in command to our doctors. She keeps our clinic well organized and well supplied and she keeps our day to day operations running smoothly. Tina is the owner of our part-time clinic cat Ziggy-Schmutz who goes home with her every night to join his four feline companions, Toad, Elliot, Maddie and Nino.

Jennifer Katz, RVT, CVT

Register Veterinary Technician

Jen started her veterinary career here at Penasquitos Pet Clinic in 2000. After working here for 4 years she left to obtain additional training in internal medicine, anaesthesia, dentistry, emergency, and veterinary practice management. During this time, Jen obtained her RVT and CVT Licenses as well as her Veterinary Dental Technician Certification. In addition to working here full time, Jen keeps busy with her 2 young daughters, her husband, 3 dogs and her cat.


Tori Kane

Administrative Assistant

A Poway resident since 1989, Tori came on board as a "perfect fit" for our clinic back in early 2008. She enjoys time with her two sons, Ronnie and Kevin. Tori is also "Mom" to her 4 dogs, Duger, Jaxson, Willow and Orca. Tori offers an extra special service for our clients and patients...she offers pet sitting for our clients who would prefer to have their beloved pets stay at home rather than be boarded in a kennel.

Ceceilia Butler

Client Service Specialist

Ceceilia started as our client service specialist in May of 2014.  While in high school she completed a veterinary assistant program and received her certification.  She brings with her a wealth of experience from her 2 years working at Helen Woodward Animal Center in the adoption department. She is the pet parent of 3 horses, along with many well-loved cats, one of whom she adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center.  Ceceilia has a passion for anything Disney, as well as a love for her fiancee Dallas who proudly serves as a medic in the Army Reserves.

Angela Jordan

Veterinary Assistant

A former Tennessee resident, Angela moved to San Diego to further her career in Veterinary Medicine.  She joined our practice in 2014, bringing with her nearly 20 years of formal academic training and clinical experience.  She has a true

passion for animals and veterinary medicine.  In her spare time she loves to hike and go to the beach with her rescued shelter dog, Joshua (an American Pit Bull Terrier) whom has earned his Canine Good Citizenship Award as well as being a Certified Service Dog.

April Hernandez

Pet Stylist

April has recently moved back from Europe, settling in San Diego. She is an avid animal rights activist and environmentalist. A Vegan for almost 10 years, she practices what she preaches and does what she can for a better, brighter world. She has an exceptional education in grooming and keeps up to date on all the latest trends and styles. April's mantra is "Humanity before Vanity" always putting your pets comfort and safety first.


Hospital Cat and Greeter

We adopted Mittens in 2006 while recovering from the loss of our two beloved cats, Chloe and Puffy who both passed away in 2005. Like all good cat greeters she hangs out near our "dog lobby". She comes down off her perch on a regular basis to annoy the reception staff. Her main goal in life is to lie on her perch in the sun or watch the birds that play outside our big picture window.