Although the holidays may be an exciting time of the year for you, your pets may find the festivities a little overwhelming. Even normally well-behaved pets can experience a little anxiety when th ...View Article
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Our doctors are committed to providing the very best quality medical and surgical care in a compassionate and considerate manner. They place a strong emphasis on client education so that you are educated about how to keep your pet healthy and happy. With more than 40 years of combined experience in treating Orange County Area pets, our veterinarians take a team oriented approach to medical care, sharing ideas and expertise on difficult cases. The older vets provide wisdom gained through experience and the newer vets bring innovative new treatment and surgical options... and your pet benefits!
All the veterinarians on our team share an exceptionally strong commitment to continuing education. Each doctor attends conferences, seminars, and regular training opportunities each year. The doctor's meet regularly to share knowledge gained from continuing education, discuss cases, and strategize about ways to provide the very best medical care to their patients and service to their clients. But, what really makes our doctors so special? It's all about caring!
Dr. Mandelin was born in Seattle, Washington and raised in sunny Southern California. She graduated high school from the Bishop’s Schools of La Jolla, California, and soon thereafter made her way to Fairbanks, Alaska where she attended the University of Alaska on an athletic scholarship in volleyball. She spent several years living the Alaska lifestyle before heading south to ‘thaw out’ in sunny Clearwater, Florida.
Prior to her career in veterinary medicine, Dr. Mandelin pursued a career in the human medical field. She studied orthopedic and emergency medicine while serving as a medic in the US Army. After her military service she became the lead orthopedic technician for a busy orthopedic surgery department in Denver, Colorado and also worked in emergency rooms and nursing homes in Denver and Fort Collins, Colorado. It was during these years of working in the human medical field that Dr. Mandelin was introduced to veterinary medicine. Her goal of going to medical school to become an MD soon evolved into the goal of going to veterinary school…..and she has never regretted that decision!
After graduation from Veterinary College at Colorado State University in 1998, Dr. M. practiced briefly in San Diego before accepting a position as the medical director of a small clinic near Palm Springs, California. Two years later, she would go on to purchase her own practice. After successfully building that practice, she sold and became a private contractor of veterinary medical services for numerous clinics throughout California and Florida. Dr. Mandelin’s experience in the human medical field has allowed her to create a unique and much-desired blend of high quality veterinary medicine.
Her special interests include Emergency Medicine, Soft Tissue Surgery, General Wellness and Chinese Acupuncture. In her spare time she enjoys running half marathons (her goal is to run one in each of the 50 states), sailing, kayaking, bicycling and loving on her four kitties….Mina, Fu Manchu, Levon and D’Accord, and her Australian Shepherd dog Shiloh.
Dr. Dion Moffatt-Steenis was born and raised in San Diego, California. From a very young age she wanted to be a Veterinarian so she could care for small animals. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from San Diego State University before attending Veterinary school at Western University of Health Sciences. She graduated with Phi Zeta honors. Her focus included internal medicine, neurology, dermatology and soft tissue surgery. Through out her career Dr. Steenis has been able to work with multiple veterinary specialists in Southern California learning the newest diagnostics and therapies.
In her free time Dr. Steenis enjoys, horseback riding, snowboarding, reading and spending time with her family. She and her husband enjoy taking care of their two cats, Dave and Frankie and their two dogs, a special needs Chihuahua, Mouse and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Madison.
Dr. Katie Bennett is a Southern California native who completed her undergraduate education at the University of California, San Diego. She received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in 2013. She was initiated into the Phi Zeta veterinary honor society in 2013.
Dr. Bennett has worked in the veterinary field for more than 10 years. She has always enjoyed small animal medicine because of the strong bond she is able to build with her patients and their loving families. She also enjoys pocket pets and exotic animal medicine as well.
In her free time she enjoys yoga, painting, the sand and surf, and spending time with her Golden Retriever, Koa and cat, Faith.