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, Sam and Cougar and one bird, Iga Flyga. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, fantasy football, taking the dogs to dog beach 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!
A native of Kentucky, Dr. Emily Clore completed her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville majoring in Human & Organizational Development. Then after a quarter-life crisis brought on by an unfulfilling career in corporate sales in Boston, she returned to her childhood dream and set her sights on vet school. Dr. Clore graduated from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012.
At Center Vet Clinic she specializes in preventive medicine for dogs and cats where she puts particular emphasis on pet owner education and empowerment to help you make informed decisions for your pet’s health care. She enjoys working with you to create careful, customized diagnostic and treatment plans for your furry family member.
Trading the gray cubicle life for the exam room was the right choice for her. But when she’s not in the clinic you can find her playing with her dogs Iggy & Herbie, cycling up the coast or chasing a golf ball around with her wife. She volunteers and raises money for JDRF to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and interviews applicants for her alma mater. Sometimes, she even sleeps.
Dr. Bellmund graduated from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017 in New York. Her undergraduate degree is in Animal Science from Cornell University. Dr. Bellmund is originally from a suburb of New York City and moved to San Diego in 2017. She has special interests in surgery and treatment of chronic diseases including Diabetes and Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s Disease). Dr. Bellmund loves living in San Diego with her wife and her two rescue dogs! In her free time, she enjoys running and snowboarding.
Natalie, 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 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 every day.
McKenzie is a Registered Veterinary Technician and 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 2 dogs, Odin Jame, and Daisy Mae. In her free time, McKenzie enjoys cleaning, working out, redecorating and hiking. 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 is a Registered Veterinary Technician and 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 who are both in currently in college. Her family loves to camp, boat, hike, travel and ride motorcycles. Julie has two dogs. 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.
Gail, 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 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, 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 the same without our Steph!
Kristin, Veterinary Receptionist, started working as a receptionist in 2014. She is an expert with technology and helps us all anytime we ask. Kristin has a Pit Bull, Blue and a cat. Kristin loves to welcome every pet into the clinic with a warm smile. In her free time, Kristin loves makeup 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!
Jhazmin, Client Relations, joined our team in the summer of 2016. Jhazmin attends school working on her Bachelor’s Degree and helps out with administration duties in the clinic. Jhazmin has 4 cats named Geoffrey the Brave, Honey Kitty, 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, 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!
Gina, Registered Veterinary Technician, has been working at Center Veterinary Clinic since 2017. She is the mother to 2 active boys and a zoo of animals including 2 dogs, a chinchilla, a bearded dragon and 4 cats. In her time off, you can often find Gina watching one of her boys in some sporting event. Gina loves how veterinary medicine is always changing so she has many opportunities to keep learning. We are lucky to have her calm, compassionate demeanor on our veterinary team!
Kara, Client Service Representative and Vet Assistant, has been working at Center Veterinary Clinic since 2017. She graduated from Cal State San Marcos with a degree in Kinesiology. Kara loves building relationships with the pets who visit the clinic and making them feel comfortable. She has special interests in Animal Rehabilitation and Nutrition. In her free time, you can find Kara at the beach or hanging out with her family. Kara is an extremely hard worker with excellent organizational skills who is always here to help you and your furry family members.
Steven, Registered Veterinary Technician, has been working at Center Veterinary Clinic since 2019 but has been in the veterinary field for many years. Steven has a cat named Buster who had many urinary issues. He has done a lot of research in this area and likes to help others going through similar struggles. Steven is a twin and a native San Diegan. He is currently attending college and spends any free time hiking and being outdoors. Steven’s favorite part of veterinary medicine is client education and preventative care. Steven practices careful, concise and kind medicine and has made our Center Vet team even stronger.
Halie, Registered Veterinary Technician, has been working at Center Veterinary Clinic since 2018 when she was doing an externship for her Veterinary Technician Degree. We loved her so much, that when she finished, we hired her right away! Halie has a cat and enjoys working out, spending time at the beach and living an active lifestyle. Halie is so excited to be learning so much about her new career field. She has a special interest in anesthesia and dentistry. Halie is extremely patient, kind and caring and we are all excited she joined the Center Vet team!
Michelle, Expert Groomer, has been working at Center Veterinary Clinic since 2018 but has over 14 years of grooming experience. You can find Michelle’s house filled with Six Dogs (French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, Chihuahuas and Terriers) and Two Cats. In her free time, Michelle and her husband like to hike and take walks at the Zoo and Safari Parks. Michelle has such a calm and soothing presence with the pets and each time they come out looking fabulous. Michelle takes great pride in her work and does a top notch job each and every visit. Having Michelle as part of our Center Veterinary Clinic Team has allowed us to offer awesome grooming to all of our fur babies. We know you will enjoy her sweet, kind demeanor as much as we do!
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.