Dr. Eckstein is a Southern California native and has lived in Ladera Ranch since 2004. She received her B.S. in Biology at Cal Poly State University San Luis Obispo and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. Her work experience includes general practice and shelter medicine. She especially enjoys internal medicine and rescue work. Dr. Eckstein is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, California Veterinary Medical Association, and the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association. She currently shares her home with her husband, 2 children (son & daughter), 3 dogs, 1 cat, and 1 fish. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, going to Disneyland, watching movies, and listening to country music.
Dr. Lara W. Alkofer, D.V.M.
Dr. Alkofer grew up outside of Charleston, SC. She received her Bachelor of Science in biology from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. She graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. She worked at San Diego’s Scripps Research Institute as a research assistant, which led to her desire to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She practiced in small animal emergency and general medicine practices in Eastern Washington for 6 years & has worked in Orange County since 2003. She joined the Rancho Viejo team in 2014. In addition to general medicine, she especially enjoys surgery & dentistry. Dr. Alkofer works in our hospital on Mondays and Tuesdays and when she is not working, she enjoys spending time in the gorgeous Southern California outdoors with her husband and children. We are happy to have such a kind, caring, and experienced veterinarian as a member of our team.
Robyn Tisdall — Registered Veterinary Technician
Robyn has been a Veterinary Technician for over 20 years, and a Registered Vet Tech since 2009. Robyn has been with Rancho Viejo Animal Hospital since it opened. She is passionate about her job and truly enjoys working with pets. Robyn enjoys all types of movies and music and she lives with her cat named “Wedgie.”
Analia Valerio — Veterinary Technician
Kevin Matthews — Veterinary Assistant
Cathy Zalasar — Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist
Holly Leon — Veterinary Receptionist
Bobbi Cain — Veterinary Receptionist
Max — The Office Cat