Meet Our Team

Dr. Jewel Reese, Owner

Dr. Reese is a native Southern Californian who took an indirect route to veterinary medicine. She graduated from UC Riverside in business and started her career in accounting. After obtaining an MBA and working her way up the corporate ladder of an international manufacturing company in Orange County (including a managing stint in Hong Kong), she decided to change careers to her childhood love of veterinary medicine. She returned to school while working as both a part time Controller and a part time veterinary technician before attending veterinary school at UC Davis. After veterinary school she initially returned to LA County before moving to La Mesa, and eventually Eastridge Animal Hospital.

Dr. Reese’s previous experience has given her a unique appreciation for what it is like to be on “the other side of the table.” That is, she remembers how worrisome a sick pet can be, and how confusing the doctors can sometimes seem. After all, how do you really pill a 10 pound, angry cat with teeth and nails!

This is why she is known for taking the time with each patient and client. She wants each animal to feel at ease and relaxed, while she wants their owners to fully understand what is going on. It is not unusual for her to do her exams while lying on the floor, or sitting on the bench.

On a personal level, Dr. Reese is somewhat of a Renaissance woman who enjoys participating in everything life has to offer. She has piloted an airplane, studied at the Sorbonne, and gone scuba diving off The Great Barrier Reef. She loves to travel and has been to every continent including Antarctica. She loves going to the theater, working on crafts, and hiking. She is a big-time football and soccer fan and is always happy to talk about sports, however, she can just as easily strike up a conversation about world history or Impressionist art. Her favorite quote is from the film Auntie Mame, and she clearly lives by it:

“Life is a banquet, and most poor souls are starving to death.”

Dr. April Rodriguez

Dr. Rodriguez is a home-grown veterinarian from La Mesa. She grew up in Fletcher Hills and graduated at the top of her class from Grossmont High School. As a child she was inspired to become a veterinarian after seeing the family’s beloved Labrador saved from snail bait poisoning. After high school, Dr. Rodriguez received both her Bachelors of Science in Genetics & her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis. She is married, has two beautiful children, and continues to enjoy the local neighborhoods.

Dr. Rodriguez strongly believes in the bond between people and animals, and feels that it is the doctor’s job, as veterinary professionals, to foster and enhance that bond through education and compassionate care.

Dr. Sofia Padilla

Dr. Sofia Padilla was born and raised in Escondido, California. and received her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture/Animal Science from New Mexico State University and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences. She became Reiki I certified in 2009 and completed the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society's Certification Course in Basic Veterinary Acupuncture.

​​​​​​​Dr. Padilla has a special interest in integrative medicine, pain management, geriatric medicine, palliative/hospice care and internal medicine. She lives in La Mesa with her husband, son, four cats - Rush, Fiona, Gatita and Izzy, and two dogs - Dottie and Jessie.

Dr. Alexandra Rosales

Dr. Alex Rosales is a San Diego native, who recently moved back after graduating veterinary school. From a young age, she has always wanted to help animals after many visits to the San Diego Zoo. Dr. Rosales received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Washington and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Her special interests include exotic pets, soft tissue surgery, and internal medicine. Dr. Rosales’s favorite part of veterinary medicine is experiencing the bond between owners and their pets. She believes each patient should be treated as if they were her own and will go the extra mile to make sure that both owners and their pets have a positive visit.

In her spare time, Dr. Rosales enjoys spending time outdoors playing soccer and softball, hiking, going to the beach, and playing games with friends. She currently lives with her husband, two cats – Chili and Pepper, and a chocolate Lab – Dakota.

Christa Oakes, RVT

Christa Oakes is a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). She graduated from the PIMA Institute in Chula Vista. Before joining the Eastridge family she worked at a grooming facility for 4 years. As a technician, she is known to have strong skills with a soft touch. She is exceptionally adept at using Fear Free techniques like treats and toys to soften even the toughest pet.

Christa has 4 furry kids at home (3 cats and 1 chinchilla): “Bart” the grouch, “Dasher” the talker, “Mowgli” the costume fashionista, and “Oscar” the Chinchilla. All of them are rescues, although Christa notes that they more likely rescued her. Christa enjoys spending time with her furry kids, the outdoors, and secretly dancing when no one is looking.

Janine Charkins, RVT

Janine has been in the veterinary field since 2005. She has always had a passion and love for animals. Kittens are her favorite. She graduated from Mesa College in 2010 and received her Associate degree in Animal Health Technology. She obtained her RVT license shortly after. Don’t let her small stature and neutral disposition fool you. She will stay strong and focused (as needed) in the face of an emergency, but her heart melts for all animals and she is able to manage even the largest dogs.

In Janine’s spare time she enjoys reading, shopping, spending time with friends and enjoying the warm weather. She has a cat named “Tinkerbell” and a 3-legged dog named “Princess.”

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