This is a team of animal lovers. And this is a team of people lovers, too. We don’t come in to work to punch a clock. To us, caring for your pet the way we would care for our own is a calling. Now it’s time to meet the people by your side.
Originally from Michigan, Dr. Vineyard left the Midwest and moved to San Diego to pursue her career in Veterinary Medicine.
Originally from Michigan, Dr. Vineyard left the Midwest and moved to San Diego to pursue her career in Veterinary Medicine. She has worked in several small animal practices in the San Diego area. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology as well as Animal Science at MSU. Dr. Vineyard is an active member of the American, California, and San Diego Veterinary Medical Associations as well as one of the very few Certified Veterinary Acupuncturists practicing in the San Diego area. She has a special interest in surgery, internal medicine, integrative medicine, chronic pain management and acupuncture.
Her passions include cooking, walking her energetic pups, and rooting for MSU sports teams. In her downtime, you can find her attending as many Bruce Springsteen concerts as possible!
She shares her household with her loving husband, Ben. The house is ruled by Mony (the wise springer/border collie mix), Wiggles (the always in motion Labrador… her name is very fitting), Skid Mark (a very sweet domestic shorthair), and Lucille Bald (a Sphynx that loves to cuddle, but also nibble on your ear).
When asked what her favorite part of her job is, she replied “Being able to share in the bond between pets and their people.”
Dr. Bec Crawford, DVM CertAqV BSc (Hons)
Dr. Crawford obtained her doctorate from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in affiliation with the University of Sydney.
As a Canadian, she chose to move to California following completion of her rotations in the Caribbean and Australia. Her passion for veterinary medicine and the natural world was initially nurtured with a degree in marine biology from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, and through veterinary school she worked to obtain the Certified Aquatic Veterinarian credential alongside her doctorate via the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association.
Following two years in small animal practice in San Francisco Bay Area, she made the shift to emergency medicine and surgery for small animals and exotics in Orange County.
Dr. Crawford has now returned to general practice here in San Diego with professional interests including epidemiology, infectious disease, internal medicine, pathology, preventive medicine, surgery and toxicology. In her free time, she enjoys hitting the gym and time spent in and around the water. Her hobbies including hiking, music, photography, scuba diving and stand up paddle boarding. Dr. Crawford looks forward to meeting you and your beloved creatures! She is available to see all pets- from cats, dogs and other mammals to amphibians, birds, fish and reptiles.
Practice Manager, RVT
Born and raised in Southern California, Lauren grew up on a small ranch- complete with horses, chickens, dogs, cats and lots of surrounding wildlife. At the age of 13, she got her very first job- pet sitting for a neighbor’s pets while out of town. Pet sitting then grew into a small side “business” for her for many years, but most importantly it ignited and solidified her love for animals.
Both of Lauren’s parents worked as medical professionals, so with a desire to follow in their footsteps and also fulfilling her destiny to care for animals, she started working at her first animal hospital in 2006. That same year, she enrolled in the Veterinary Technician program at the Professional Veterinary Assistant School. While juggling four part time jobs and attending school, she received the only “Perfect Attendance” award of her class at her graduation in 2010. She immediately completed the state board exam and received her Registered Veterinary Technician license. Lauren worked several years as an RVT at many veterinary hospitals in Orange County, then eventually grew into the Practice Management position. In addition to veterinary nursing, Lauren truly enjoys her role in management supporting her team as well as communicating with pet owners.
In the fall of 2020, Lauren started a new chapter and relocated to the beautiful county of San Diego. She and her fiancé bought their first home and currently have two kids: a toy-obsessed “Cock-Pit” mut rescue dog named Koda and a super sassy black “foster failure” cat named Rosemary. In her free time, Lauren enjoys singing, traveling, cooking, shopping and laughing with loved ones.
Patti has been licensed as an RVT since 2019 working for Towne Centre Animal Hospital since June of 2020. She loves working with all critters, but particularly enjoys pocket pets and exotics. She lives with her wife, two sassy cats; Lyla and Bridget, and Rocket, the best terrier mix ever. In her free time, she likes to hike and go to the movies.
Veterinary Assistant Supervisor
Shelley has worn many hats since originally joining the Towne Centre Animal Hospital team (formerly Cote Animal Hospital) in 2002, including Customer Care Representative, Veterinary Assistant and she is now a Supervisor.
Shelley and her husband have a have a large, assorted pet family consisting of a terrier mix named Luna, 4 cats (Albert, Ruby, Harley Quinn, and Nall), two chinchillas (Drop Dead Fred and Scabbers), a 3 toed turtle (Morla the Ancient One), and two birds (a black capped conure named Ziggy Stardust and a canary named Monte).
Shelley has loved being around animals ever since she was a little girl. She and her seven siblings grew up on a ranch here in Southern California. Both of her parents volunteered with animal rescues, and at 10 years old, Shelley got her very first job working at her family’s owned and operated boarding facility.
When Shelley isn’t working she enjoys spending time soaking up everything “America’s Finest City”, San Diego has to offer. Shelley’s favorite music includes 70’s and 80’s alternative/post punk/punk music.
Mariecor earned her DVM in 1985 from de La Salle Araneta University (formerly named Gregorio Araneta University Foundation) in Manila, Philippines. From there, she managed her family owned piggery and poultry farm while also employed as an Associate Veterinarian at a small animal practice for nine years.
In 1994, Mariecor relocated to the United States to join her family. Her mother is an English major graduate and a retiree of San Diego County District Attorney Office. Her father is an Accounting major graduate is a retiree of the San Diego County Department of Public Administration Social Services, now known as Human and Health Services Agency.
Mariecor has worked as a Veterinary Technician since coming to San Diego in 1994 and joined Towne Centre Animal Hospital (formerly Cote Animal Hospital) in 2003.
In her spare time, Mariecor enjoys spending time with her family and pets.
Athena is a Marine Corps Veteran. She is originally from New York and moved to San Diego in 2010. After completing her Bachelors in Psychology, she decided she wanted to switch gears and do something she absolutely loved, which is working with animals.
In 2017, Athena completed her Veterinary Assistant certification at Pima Medical Institute. She plans to return to complete the Vet Tech program in the near future. Shortly after interning with the Humane Society, Athena joined the team here at Towne Centre Animal Hospital (formerly Cote Animal Hospital) in 2018 and expresses she has “enjoyed every minute of it since!”
Athena’s hobbies include painting and spending time with her girlfriend and their two dogs, “Lola” and “Cali”.
Lisa recently graduated from UCSD with a major in Physiology and Neuroscience. She started out as a volunteer at Towne Centre Animal Hospital (formerly Cote Animal Hospital) in the fall of 2016 during her first year of college. Lisa was born and raised in San Diego, but hopes to be accepted into vet school soon. She has one dog named “Dooby”, aka “Jimmy”, a 9-year-old chiweenie (Chihuahua/Dachshund mix).