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.”