DR. KARUPPANA KALI is the practice owner and grew up in a small village in India of only 150 people. His was a farming family so his experience with animals started at a very early age. He continued his education by obtaining a Masters degree in Microbiology and then earned his veterinary degree at the University of Guelph in Ontario Canada in 1976.
Since moving to California, in 1977, Dr. Kali has acquired more than 3+ DECADES OF EXPERIENCE in veterinary care, which included four years in an emergency practice, along with four years as a relief veterinarian for more than 30 veterinary practices. He acquired North Tustin Veterinary Clinic in 1984 and has been practicing here ever since.
Dr. Kali has seen it all, having treated thousands of dogs and cats as well as raccoons, skunks, tortoises, iguanas, rabbits, birds, goats, sheep, and more. This has given him such a wide range of skills, whether it be giving a kitten vaccine or doing a C-section on a tiny finch. Dr. Kali truly enjoys the variety of animals he treats, it has made his years of being a veterinarian very rewarding.
Dr. Kali lives in the Tustin area with his wife and two children. They share their home with their energetic, yellow lab named Rocky.
DR. CHRISTINE LEE is originally a native of Taiwan. After obtaining her veterinary degree in Taiwan, Dr. Lee accomplished training program in University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. She has been providing animal care since 2010. She also volunteered at the Seal Beach Animal Shelter as well as Irvine Animal Care Center.
Dr. Lee has been interested in Integrative Veterinary Medicine that can provide clients with allopathic and whole therapies. She is fascinated by acupuncture as it can be a complementary therapy to the conventional medicine.
Dr. Lee is Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA) from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) in Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Lee is also a member of many veterinary organization including the Southern California Veterinary Medicine Association (SCVMA) and American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (AATCVM). In her spare time, Dr. Lee and her husband are devoted to Christian work and enjoy swimming, travelling, and reading. She is also enthusiastic of attending continuing education meetings to further advance her knowledge. Dr. Lee’s furry family consists one domestic shorthair cat - Kina.
DR. VIRGINIA PHELPS is a 1981 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Wheaton College in Massachusetts and her Master’s Degree in Physiology from the George Washington University in Washington D. C. After completing veterinary school, she returned to her home state of California to pursue her career as a veterinarian. Dr. Phelps and her husband, also a veterinarian, owned a practice in Westminster for over 20 years. She has also worked at several hospitals in Orange County, including North Tustin Veterinary Clinic, over the past 36 years.
When not practicing veterinary medicine, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, stargazing, gardening and being entertained by her backyard birds and squirrels. She and her husband have lived in Tustin for over 30 years and currently share their home with 1 elderly cat and 2 small dogs. Their son received his Masters Degree in Nano Engineering from UC San Diego and is currently working in Boston.
Dr. Phelps is pleased to “rejoin” Dr. Kali, sharing his hospital’s commitment to high quality veterinary care…for pets and their “people.” She enjoys helping people manage their pets’ medical conditions with knowledge and compassion.