Dr. Bigelow has been a veterinarian for over 25 years. His undergraduate work was completed at UC Davis. He went to veterinary school at Ross University. Dr. Bigelow worked in Cleveland, Ohio for five years in a small animal practice and also worked one day a week at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Since moving back to California in 1996 to be closer to family, Dr. Bigelow has worked at Center Veterinary Clinic and became the owner in 1999. He has a special interest in dentistry.He volunteers his time with the Feral Cat Coalition and many other adoption and rescue agencies. He owns two dogs, two cats, and one bird! In his spare time, he enjoys golfing and hanging out with his four children. Dr. Bigelow’s favorite thing about being a veterinarian is watching pets grow up and be a special member of the family!
Dr. Michael Kirkpatrick
Dr. Michael Kirkpatrick started practicing medicine at Center Veterinary Clinic in early 2017. He was born and raised in Germany and received his undergraduate degree from the University of San Diego and his veterinary degree from Edinburgh University in Scotland.
In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife Tiffany, their daughter, Hazel and their Dachshund, Sami. He enjoys an array of outdoor activities, especially fishing and hiking. Dr. Kirkpatrick is an avid sports fan and former college and professional basketball player who likes to stay active.
Dr. Kirkpatrick has a deep love for animals and enjoys helping owners and their pets. His special interest in veterinary medicine are surgery and pain management.
Natalie Acuna, Registered Veterinary, has worked at Center Veterinary Clinic since 2004. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree at UC Davis and completed the 2 year Animal Health Technology Program at Mesa College. Natalie serves as our OSHA Safety Officer and is one of our lead technicians. She is always ready to learn something new and loves to ask questions. Natalie’s furry child, Moose, is a beautiful cat who will soon be 19 years old. Natalie enjoys watching all types of movies, going on walks with friends, going to concerts and spending time with her husband at Disneyland . Her favorite thing about working at CVC are the great people she works with and getting to see and help all of the cute pets everyday.
McKenzie Schultz came to CVC after relocating from North Carolina in 2010. McKenzie was just one month shy of receiving her nursing degree when she decided her real passion was to care for animals. McKenzie just completed the education to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. She lives with her husband and her 2 dogs. In her free time, McKenzie enjoys cleaning, redecorating and taking her dogs to the beach. Her special interests in veterinary medicine include radiology and dentistry. We feel so blessed to have such a positive, dedicated and kind person caring for clients and pets at CVC
Julie Hanson has worked at CVC since 1996. She received her degree from UCSD and went onto complete the Veterinary Technician Program at Mesa College. Julie has two active children and you can often find her supporting them at water polo games and swim meets. Her family loves to camp, boat, and ride motorcycles. Julie has two Australian Shepherds and an adorable cat. Julie has a special talent for getting even the most nervous pets to calm down. Julie favorite thing about working at CVC is the people that she works with.
Linda Driscoll, has worked as a client relations specialist and as an administrator since 1996 at Center Veterinary Clinic. Linda knows first hand what it is like to have a house full of pets as she has 1 dog and many cats! She is also the proud grandma of 4 beautiful grandkids who keep her very busy. Linda’s expertise in all areas of the hospital , her helpful and upbeat nature and her compassion make her an invaluable member of the CVC Team.
Gail Bigelow, Hospital Manager, has worked at CVC since 1999.. She first started from home managing the books and now works most days in the hospital. She has four children and spends as much time as she can spending time with them and traveling the country to see them all!. She graduated from San Diego State University and was a classroom teacher for 10 years. In her free time, she enjoys running, volunteering and going on adventures with her family. She shares her house with 2 dogs, 2 cats and 1 bird. Her favorite thing about working at CVC is how different each day is and seeing and interacting with all of the cute pets!
Stephanie Warfield, Vet Assistant, has grown up in Rancho Penasquitos and joined our staff as a veterinary assistant in early 2014. She lives with 2 dogs and 2 cats. Stephanie LOVES interacting with the pets and giving them tons of attention. She also enjoys helping clients. If you’ve ever had any contact with her you know what a positive, helpful happy gal she is. On her time off, Stephanie loves going to concerts, the movies and is a wonderful aunt to her two beautiful nieces! Center Vet Clinic wouldn’t be te same without our Steph!
Kristin Yin, Veterinary Receptionist, started working as a receptionist in 2014. She is an expert with technology and helps us all anytime we ask. She has three beautiful dogs, Blue, Mila and Rex. Kristin loves to welcome every pet into the clinic with a warm smile. In her free time, Kristin loves make up and on the weekends, she enjoys roaming around to all the swap meets in San Diego. Kristin loves hanging out with her fiance and having fun with her family. Kristin is such a warm and helpful girl that I’m sure you will love her as much as we do!
Lisa, Veterinary Technician, started out as a Veterinary Assistant Student in 2014. She is such a hard worker and quick learner that we decided to have her join our team.Since then, Lisa has gone on to also finish her schooling to make her a Registered Veterinary Technician. Lisa loves working with animals She has 2 beautiful daughters and a husband in the Navy. When Lisa isn’t working, she enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her family at the park.
Jhazmin Carnes, Client Relations, joined our team in the summer of 2016. She is attending school working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Jhazmin has 4 cats named Apollo, Ares, Boo Bear and Nyxie. She loves coming to CVC to get her dog fix! In her free time, she enjoys reading a ton, watching Netflix and playing World of Warcraft. We are so lucky to have her bright smile and kind spirit here!
Madison Nagano, Veterinary Assistant, joined the Center Vet Team in 2016 starting as a volunteer. We were so impressed with her hard work ethic and awesome treatment of the pets, that we wanted her to become a permanent team member. Madison owns one dog, 2 guinea pigs, 1 snake and 3 tarantulas. In the past, she has raised hissing cockroaches. Madison currently is in college studying to go to veterinary school one day. She is always willing to help and one of the kindest people we have ever met!
Shandra Decker, Registered Veterinary Technician has been working at Center Veterinary Clinic since early 2017. She has over 10 years of experience as a Registered Veterinary Technician in San Diego. We were thrilled that she shared her expertise in dental radiography with our team. Shandra has two adorable cats, Chowder and Potato, 1 snake and 1 gecko. She has been married for 8 years. When she isn’t working, Shandra enjoys movies, video games, gardening, traveling, listening to music and relaxing at home with her husband and furry children. We are so happy to have such an experienced and kind member of our team!
Our Clinic Cat
Diego is our four year old male clinic cat. He came to live with us after he injested a foam puzzle piece and needed abdominal surgery. Dr. Bigelow also tried to take him home, but he ate a foam dart during that short stay and needed another surgery. That is when we decided it was safer and better to keep Diego here with us. He enjoys lounging about all day in between the office and treatment area. We enjoy his spunky, naughty attitude.