What we’re all about:
It is our philosophy at Mission Valley Pet Clinic to provide the highest quality pet care and products for our patients and clients. We are committed to providing services in a professional manner through teamwork, dedicated employees, and client education. We are proud of our trained and talented staff and remain open to innovative changes and ideas through our team’s continuing education. We strive to be accessible, reliable, and trustworthy. We are devoted to preventive veterinary medicine and support our clients with compassion and respect.
Helen Green, DVM
Dr. Helen Green was born in New York and grew up on Long Island. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from C.W. Post College. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee School of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. She worked as a small animal practitioner in Knoxville for one year prior to moving to San Diego. In San Diego, she worked for many years at North Park Veterinary Hospital until taking over Mission Valley Pet Clinic in 2002.
Dr. Green’s special interests are internal and preventive medicine, dermatology, ear disorders, and dentistry. She enjoys getting to know all of her patients and their owners. She is especially proud of the staff members that have chosen to work with her at MVPC. Dr. Green attends several veterinary conferences per year. She enjoys sharing with her staff the most current information on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases in order to provide our patients with the highest quality care. Dr. Green is a longstanding member of several veterinary organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the California Veterinary Medical Association, and the San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association.
Outside of the hospital, Dr. Green enjoys playing tennis, ballroom dancing, going to the beach with her dog Brody, a Goldendoodle, reading and listening to audio-books, and spending time with her three children, Ian, Danny, and Sarah. In addition, Dr. Green has a cat named Georgie. She also has been known to let an assortment of stray animals call MVPC their home.
Karen Klinger, DVM
Dr. Karen Klinger came to Mission Valley Pet Clinic in 2006. Dr. Klinger grew up in Ohio and attended Ohio University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in zoology in 1990. She went on to receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University in 1994. After graduating, Dr. Klinger moved to Washington DC for six years, where she worked with two veterinary practices before moving to San Diego in 2000.
Dr. Klinger shares her home with her husband Michael and three cats. Wally is an orange tabby acquired from Mission Valley Pet Clinic, and Russell is a Norwegian Forest look-a-like who showed up in her front yard. After losing her beloved flame point Siamese, her newest addition is Nigel, the only seal point born in a litter of 5 black cats. Nigel’s now spayed mother belongs to one of our clients.
Dr. Klinger enjoys performing surgeries and loves the variety in her career- each day and each case is different. When she’s not working, Dr. Klinger enjoys hiking, kayaking, gardening, and reading.
Michelle Braunstein, DVM
Dr. Michelle Braunstein is originally from Springfield, Virginia. She completed her undergraduate degree in business at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Braunstein initially started working in the veterinary field as a veterinary assistant back in 2009. Dr. Braunstein graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (located in the Caribbean) in 2015 with the highest honors. After veterinary school, she completed a small animal rotating internship at the Regional Veterinary Referral Center in Virginia. During her internship, Dr. Braunstein received extensive training in emergency medicine and shadowed various specialty fields such as cardiology, oncology, internal medicine, surgery, neurology, and dermatology. After completion of her internship, she made the decision to move her life to the west coast! She has since been a full-time general practice veterinarian for cats and dogs.
Dr. Braunstein has a cat of her own named Romie (named after the popular 90’s movie “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion”)! In her free time, Dr. Braunstein really enjoys music and loves to sing. She has been involved in many choral groups, an acapella group and was previously a vocalist in two different rock bands. One day you may see her out and about at an open mic or karaoke event! She also loves spending time outdoors, especially in sunny San Diego. She received her scuba diving certification in the Caribbean and plans to continue using it. She also loves the beaches, mountains, and hiking trails.
Anne Herrera, DVM
Dr. Herrera recently moved down to sunny San Diego after getting married to her college sweetheart, and they are in the process of adding four paws to their family! When Dr. Herrera isn’t taking care of her patients, her hobbies include visiting new restaurants, hiking, and traveling all around the world.
Mike Casemier, DVM
Dr. Casemier was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI, but now calls San Diego home.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State University after an honorable discharge from the U.S Navy. He then went on to earn his veterinary degree from Michigan State University.
He worked with horses early in his career but has since focused on companion cats and dogs. Dr. Casemier is grateful for long-term relationships he develops with his clients.
When he isn’t taking care of his patients, Dr. Casemier enjoys spending time with his nine-year-old chocolate lab named Dexter and his five-year-old, aptly named cat, Lilith.
Dan Frankel, DACVS
Consulting Surgery Specialist
Born and raised in the Washington, DC area, Dr. Dan Frankel graduated from Amherst College in Massachusetts in 1993. He then spent a year training horses and teaching skiing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, prior to attending the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. There he earned numerous academic awards, including the Scholarship for Highest Academic Achievement in Veterinary Medicine.
Upon graduation in 1998, Dr. Frankel returned to Wyoming for two years of general veterinary practice before venturing north of the border to complete a 1-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College. His training culminated in a 3-year Small Animal Surgical Residency and Masters of Science program at Colorado State University. Dr. Frankel was accepted as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons soon after that.
He has authored several scientific articles on topics including total hip replacement and surgical treatment of liver shunts. He has also completed advanced training in TPLO, TTA, Total Hip Replacement, Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Regenerative Medicine.
Dr. Frankel has been practicing at specialty referral hospitals in the San Diego and San Francisco Bay areas since 2004. Once an avid skier and soccer player, he now gets on his surfboard at every opportunity.
Meet our amazing staff!
April joined MVPC in December 2017. She has several years of experience working in a veterinary hospital, and we are delighted to have her as part of our team.
April is originally from New Hampshire, where she was an animal lover from birth. She is certified in therapeutic horseback riding, and she volunteers her time to teach riding skills to people of all ages with disabilities.
April is married and has two canine fur babies named Dixie and Lilly. She also recently adopted a black and brown tabby named Willow. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking all over San Diego and going camping with her family. April’s goal is to use her skills in therapeutic horseback riding to help disabled veterans.
A San Diego native, Jennifer grew up with over 30 rescued cats. Her parents were always saving abandoned, feral and stray animals in their neighborhood.
In college, Jennifer studied philosophy, music, and cosmetology. In 2005, she took classes as a veterinary assistant, and Jennifer has stayed in the veterinary field ever since.
On her days off, she enjoys spending time with her family. They like to go camping, take road trips, go to amusement parks, and roller-skating rinks. Jennifer has a rescued Doberman named Klaus von Count and three cats named Felix, Baron von Shush, and Rx von Fuzzy Butt. Jennifer joined MVPC in April 2018. From day one, she knew this was the animal clinic that was meant for her.
Melanie is a native San Diegan. She has been part of the Mission Valley Pet Clinic family since 1998.
She graduated from the University of California San Diego with a Bachelor of Science degree in animal physiology and neuroscience. Melanie has been the Head Registered Veterinary Technician for many years and is also the manager of MVPC. Melanie attends continuing education meetings regularly, and her knowledge of veterinary medicine has enhanced the lives and treatment of many patients. She has expertise in many areas, including dentistry, cytology, medicine, nutrition, and behavior.
Melanie discovered her love of animals at a young age and brought home every stray animal that she could find. She has a three-toed box turtle named Catrina (poof-poof), a flame point called Josie, and Millie, an Australian Shepherd mix, both of which she adopted from MVPC. Melanie enjoys working where she can put her love for animals to good use. In her free time, Melanie enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time at the beach.
Rosa was born in Barranquilla, Colombia. She has been living in the United States since 2008. Rosa grew up in a family that was always involved in animal welfare. Her father is a veterinarian, and Rosa followed in his footsteps, staying in the veterinary field and becoming a registered veterinary technician. She graduated from the Registered Veterinary Technician program at Mesa College in 2012. Rosa has also worked as an instructor in the RVT program teaching dentistry, radiology, and anatomy. She enjoys working with dogs and cats, and her favorite fields are dentistry, surgery, and critical care. Rosa is a very caring individual, and our patients enjoy her kind nature in addition to her technical expertise. She and her husband have two daughters and three dogs.
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Melissa was born in Juneau, Alaska, and grew up in Topeka, Kansas. She moved to San Diego in 2015 and started working at MVPC in March 2017. She has a 15-year-old orange tabby named Cole (left at the clinic) and a 2-year-old black and white kitty named Holly.
Melissa is attending Mesa College and will be graduating from the Veterinary Technician program in May 2021. She has been involved with animals since she was a little girl. Her family pets include dogs, cats, ferrets, rats, and rabbits.
Previously Melissa was one of our kennel technicians and enjoyed caring for our boarding guests. Melissa enjoys playing soccer every week, running, hiking, traveling to visit family, and watching a good Netflix show.
Sarah joined Mission Valley Pet Clinic in 2003 as a receptionist. She took a brief absence in 2006 to travel but couldn’t stay away long. Sarah had planned to study writing and language but has since fallen in love with the veterinary field and decided to become a veterinary technician in 2010. She is now a Certified Veterinary Assistant.
Sarah and her husband have a large furry family consisting of a Lab named Benson, rescued from Labrador Rescuers. They also have four cats, Masen (born to MVPC’s Addie, when she added to the population with eight kittens), Henry, Zelda, and Emmy.
Sarah is a native San Diegan who enjoys cooking, working on her home, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Sarah enjoys educating clients, learning, and teaching about geriatric/preventative pet care and nutrition.
Danielle is from Southern California and moved to San Diego seven years ago. She graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in biology (emphasizing zoology) and a minor in psychology. She plans to attend veterinary school next year.
Danielle has always loved being surrounded by animals. She has volunteered with the San Diego County Animal shelter working with both dogs and cats. She has a miniature Australian Shepherd named Oakley and a quirky, lovable cat named Boots (which she adopted from MVPC). In her free time, Danielle enjoys going to the beach with her dog and traveling.
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Kathy has worked with Dr. Green for many years and came with her to Mission Valley Pet Clinic in 2002.
She was born in Ohio and graduated from Green Mountain College. Kathy then studied at the University of California Berkeley before obtaining her teaching credential from San Diego State University. In 1982 she received her Registered Veterinary Technician License from Mesa College.
In addition to helping care for the animals, Kathy functions as the inventory manager at MVPC. She has two cats named OB and Max and a chihuahua mix named PD. In her free time, she enjoys jogging, yoga, tai chi, kayaking, traveling, and visiting her children and grandchildren.
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