Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of North Tustin Veterinary Clinic in Tustin! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 714-838-7440 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Veterinarians

Dr. Kali
Veterinarian

Dr. Kali 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 40 years 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. Virginia Phelps
Veterinarian

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.

Dr. Kumar
Veterinarian

Dr. Ratul Kumar moved to the United States with his family when he was a year old. He has lived most of his life in Southern California. Dr. Kumar obtained his veterinary degree from Saint Matthew’s University and has been providing medical care to patients since 2015.

Dr. Kumar, like most Veterinarians, has a passion for working with animals and enjoys the challenge of figuring out what is ailing a pet that can’t speak for itself. He also enjoys working with people who are as passionate as he is about their fur families.

“…at the end of the day, I can’t think of a more rewarding career.”

Dr. Kumar is also recently certified in Veterinary Acupuncture. This, in conjunction with Laser Therapy, allows him the opportunity to offer patients a complementary therapy to conventional type treatments.

Dr. Kumar and his family live in Yorba Linda with their lab mix named “Louie the Kingsmann III’. He enjoys biking, hiking and scuba diving when time allows. He is an avid sports fan and his favorite teams include USC, the Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Dr. Kate Moore
Exotic Veterinarian

Dr. Kate Moore grew up in Clinton Township, MI, but moved to California when she got accepted to veterinary school. She graduated in 2015 from Western University of Health Sciences, located in Pomona, CA. She currently lives in Long Beach. Dr. Moore’s specialty is treating exotic pets.

Dr. Moore has a small herd of pets:

  • Tanuki Udon – chihuahua mix
  • Jango Fett – chihuahua mix
  • Zappa – ball python
  • Dweezil – California king snake
  • Groot – leopard gecko

Ever since preschool, she has always wanted to become a veterinarian. She loves the challenge that each day brings – from examining patients that cannot verbally communicate with her, to accurately diagnosing and treating an array of illnesses in a wide variety of animals.

“I love not only helping animals, but also bringing peace of mind to owners who are worried about their sick pets. It has been and still is my dream job.”

Some of her favourite hobbies include sewing, reading books/comics, playing piano, going to Disneyland, and watching football.

Practice Manager

Terry
Registered Veterinary Technician/ Office Manager

Terry is one of our dedicated Registered Veterinary Technicians and also doubles as our Office Manager. She has been working in the veterinary field for more than 20 years. In her previous career she was an executive secretary and junior financial analyst for Boeing, so she is well adept at the organization and multi-tasking her job entails. She earned her technician’s degree from Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, California in 2000.

Terry’s favorite part of the day is interacting with clients and helping them with their beloved pets. When she is not working, she enjoys gardening, biking, & travel. Terry shares her home with her three cats, Romeo, Daisy, and Georgie.

Technicians

Nicole
Registered Veterinary Technician

Nicole is one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians who is from Santa Ana. She currently lives in Tustin and has a mini Dachshund named Tawnie.

Nicole loves helping animals and seeing how much their owners appreciate it.

When Nicole is not working she enjoys taking Tawnie on walks, going to the beach, hiking, working out and nail art.

Tyler
Registered Veterinary Technician

Tyler is one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians. He lives in Tustin and is originally from Irvine.

Tyler has had an interest in the veterinary field since age 15. He volunteered at the Irvine Animal Care Center for 2 years before coming to work with us. His grandmother was a client of ours and recommended him to us and he’s been an asset to us for over 6 years.

On his days off, Tyler enjoys hiking and surfing.

Destini Copely
Veterinary Technician

Destini is one of our Veterinary Technicians. She lives in Orange with her boyfriend Grant, and his mom Ruby. She has three pets: Minnie is a miniature weenie dog who is about two years old. She started her obsession with anything dachshund… her collection is steadily increasing! Lucy is a shepherd mix and is 15 years old! She makes old lady noises and is the queen of the house. Yotie is also a shepherd mix and just turned 7 a few days ago. She lives with another family and I am lucky enough to see her on a monthly basis for doggie outings.

She enjoys the veterinary field because she wants to be a part of keeping her animal family members happy and healthy. Destini feels animals bring such joy to all of us and enrich our lives so much. She feels the least she can do is learn to hear their needs and be the helping hand they need.

Destini also enjoys camping, hiking, spending time in nature, journaling, going to the beach, doing yoga, and cuddling up with her dogs, family, and a good movie.

Paula Gonzalez
Veterinary Technician

Paula is one of our Veterinary Technicians. She is from Santa Ana where she lives with her two cats Lunchbox and PJ and her dog Nola Bear. She has always wanted to work in the Veterinary field. She enjoys being a Veterinary Technician because she likes the variety of pets she is able to care for. In her spare time, Paula enjoys fostering kittens, managing Nola Bear’s instagram account, and hanging out with friends and family.

Jayde Whitacre-Holdcraft
Veterinary Technician

Jayde is one of our Veterinary Technicians. She is originally from Irvine, but now lives in Buena Park with her cat Gatsby and her dog Godiva.

Jayde loves veterinary medicine because she loves pets and is dedicated to improving their lives. She also enjoys interacting with the clients and making them happy. She enjoys painting in her free time.

Charli
Veterinary Assistant

Charli is one of our Veterinary Assistants. She grew up in Rancho Santa Margarita and now lives in Newport Beach. She has 2 Shih tzus, one named Molly and one named Cali.

Charli has always had a special connection with animals and loves that her job allows her to care for them. She is currently working towards getting her degree to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

When she is not working, Charli enjoys yoga and taking her dogs to the beach.

Front Office Staff

Laura
Receptionist

Laura is one of our Receptionists. She grew up in Huntington Beach and now lives in Anaheim. She has 2 dogs, Bella Fleur, a 3 year old Chihuahua, and Theodore Bear, 2 year old Terrier mix.

Laura enjoys working with us because she said it feels like a family. She especially loves helping clients with their needs and loves seeing their furry pets.

In her spare time, Laura enjoys going out to eat, meeting new people and traveling to new places.

Annalyssa
Receptionist/ Veterinary Assistant

Annalyssa is one of our Receptionists/ Veterinary Assistants. She was born and raised in Orange County. She has 3 cats: Toby, a Bengal mix, Sable a Bengal, and Figgy, a tuxedo domestic short hair.

Annalyssa has always loved animals and loves that her job allows her to help them.

In her spare time, she likes to participate in car shows, modeling, going out to eat and watching movies.

Tiffany
Receptionist

Tiffany is one of our Veterinary Receptionists. She grew up in La Mirada and has two dogs – Mack and Wednesday, two cats – Bernard and Chloe, and a hamster on the way! She loves the outdoors, reading and going hiking with her dogs. She is currently working towards a nursing degree, but finds assisting clients with their furry mates to be very rewarding work!

Trissy
Receptionist

Trissy is one of our Receptionists. She is originally from Newport Beach and now lives in Mission Viejo with her husband Jason. She has a cat named Nani and a dog named Zeke. She enjoys being in the Veterinary Field because she has a passion for helping all animals. Her hobbies include anything that involves working with her hands.

Michelle Webster
Groomer

Michelle is our Groomer and also works as a Kennel Attendant. She is originally from La Mirada and now lives in Anaheim with her husband Nick, and her son Malachi. She has a tortoise named Speedy, a cat named Baby, and three dogs – Monroe, Cotton and Armani.

Michelle has had a passion to work with animals since she was a young girl. She enjoys grooming the cats and dogs and making them look amazing! She also enjoys her role caring for the pets while they stay here with us.

In her spare time, Michelle loves spending time with her family and taking Malachi to the park.

Jocelyn
Kennel

Jocelyn is one of our Kennel Attendants. She is originally from Santa Ana and currently lives in Tustin. She has two dogs, a Maltese named Leon and a Bichon Frise named Pickles. Jocelyn is currently attending school to become a licensed Veterinary Technician.

She has had a passion for animals since she was a little girl. She wants to make a difference in the World by helping as many animals as possible, and plans to one day have a low cost clinic to achieve her goals.

She appreciates her Mom and boyfriend Matt who have supported her decision to have a career in Veterinary Medicine.

In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, running and playing with her dog Leon. She also enjoys cuddling with her other dog Pickles.

Caitlynn Ochs
Kennel

Caitlynn is one of our Kennel Attendants. She is originally from Riverside, and currently lives in Orange. She has two guinea pigs named Hazel and Chibi, and two Siamese cats named Mochi and Po. She also has two dogs; one is a Morkie (Maltese/Yorkie) named Morty, and the other is a German Shephard/Rottweiler mix named Heinz. She loves the Veterinary field because she loves animals and appreciates being able to participate in the healing process, and help them recover from illness and be healthy and happy. Caitlynn is especially appreciative of her Mom and her boyfriend Angel for supporting her career choice.

Caitlynn also loves the arts and her hobbies include crafting, painting and hiking.