Veterinarians

MEET OUR DOCTORS

Dr. Kristen Van Maele

Dr. Van Maele grew up in Michigan and attended Michigan State University for both her undergraduate work and veterinary schooling.
During vet school she worked with the World Health Organization doing research on food borne illness in Thailand and working at the first elephant hospital. After graduating in 2005, she moved to sunny San Diego and completed a rigorous surgical/emergency internship. She has worked at several emergency animal hospitals with multiple specialists on staff throughout San Diego. For many years she worked with and learned from a talented boarded surgeon. She loves being a veterinarian and maintains special interests in small animal surgery, emergency and internal medicine.

Aside from veterinary medicine, Dr. Van Maele is a very passionate traveler. Some of her favorite adventures include visits to monasteries and orphanages in Tibet and Thailand. She has enjoyed volunteering her veterinary skills with stray dogs and cats all over the world; and helping orphaned elephants and orangutans in Sri Lanka and Indonesia. When not being a vet or traveling, Dr. Van Maele enjoys living simply, spending time with her dogs at the beach and gardening with her chicken “Butters.”

Dr. Mitchell Ferenstein

Dr. Ferenstein received his Bachelor degree in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona in Tucson in 2002. He went on to obtain his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed his clinical rotations at Oklahoma State University. In his first year, Dr. Ferenstein worked as a general practitioner full time while working emergency relief shifts on his free days. Dr. Ferenstein then decided he should further his veterinary knowledge and joined a rigorous 1- year rotating internship with surgical emphasis at a Specialty Clinic in San Diego. He has special interests in emergency medicine, orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries.

Dr. Ferenstein has always been an avid traveler with a passion for wildlife rehabilitation. He has spent numerous months backpacking around the world working with primates. Some of his favorite experiences have been working at the Orangutan Care Center in Borneo with Dr. Birute Galdikas where he was able to treat and release endangered orangutans back into the jungle. In addition, he has participated in numerous other programs including the release of spider monkeys and capuchin monkeys in Bolivia. When not working or traveling, he spends his free time with his border collie mix named Oso, surfing and running.

Dr. John Traversi

Dr. John Traversi hails from Attleboro, Massachusetts. He came to San Diego 15 years ago to train dolphins for the United States Navy. After a fulfilling career with the Navy, Dr. Traversi decided to go to veterinary school. He graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Upon graduating Dr. Traversi became a veterinarian for the National Marine Mammal Foundation.

Dr. Traversi began his career with companion animal medicine while working for the national marine mammal foundation. After only a few short months of working with dogs and cats, he realized that was in fact his calling. Since 2012, Dr. T has been working full time in the OB/Point Loma area serving the needs of local dogs and cats. His primary focus is patient care and client communication. His favorite part of working at San Diego Bay Animal Hospital is that he is able to practice all aspects of Veterinary Medicine including surgery, internal medicine, emergency medicine, and preventative medicine.

When not working as a Veterinarian, Dr. T enjoys spending time at dog beach with his own three rescue dogs, practicing yoga, and volunteering.

Dr. Karen Lantrip

Dr. Karen Lantrip grew up in Northern California. She completed her undergraduate degree at UC Davis then studied Veterinary Medicine at University of Edinburgh in Scotland. During vet school she traveled throughout England, New Zealand, India and the US working and volunteering at zoos and animal sanctuaries.

After graduating veterinary school, Dr. Lantrip completed a rigorous 1 year small animal rotating internship emphasizing in emergency/critical care and surgery in Maryland. Since then, Dr. Lantrip has been working days and nights as an emergency veterinarian. Dr. Lantrip loves being a vet and has special interests in emergency medicine and surgery and zoo medicine.

In her spare time, Dr. Lantrip enjoys spending time with her Labrador, Lemon, and two Chihuahuas, Olive and Small Paul. Other hobbies include: traveling, hiking, pottery, weightlifting and quilting.

Dr. Ashleigh Wallace

Dr. Wallace grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She moved down to San Diego and received her bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego. She received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Western University of Health Sciences. After veterinary school, Dr. Wallace went through a demanding emergency/surgery internship here in San Diego. Her professional interests include internal medicine and emergency medicine.
She has several animals including her two cats, Stewie and Chloe, and her Labrador mix named Baxter. Dr. Wallace spends a lot of her free time outdoors. Her hobbies include water skiing, snow skiing, hiking and SCUBA diving.

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