Doctors

David Kim, DVM - Norco Animal Hospital, Norco, California

David Kim, DVM

Norco Animal Hospital

Dr. Kim is a native of Southern California who joined Norco Animal Hospital in 2017, where his areas of special interest include internal medicine, radiology and endocrinology. He earned his undergraduate degree in biological sciences from California State University, Fullerton, and completed his veterinary studies at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona. His previous experience... Read Full Bio »

Thomas Worfel, DVM - Valley Veterinary Clinic, Murrieta, California

Thomas Worfel, DVM

Valley Veterinary Clinic

Growing up in Michigan, Dr. Worfel obtained his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University before relocating to California a few years after graduation. Dr. Worfel settled in Escondido, where he and his wife, Roxanne, owned and operated Walker Veterinary Hospital for nearly 20 years. For the last 18 years, Dr. Worfel has been an integral member of the staff at Valley... Read Full Bio »

Kermit Smith, DVM - Norco Animal Hospital, California

Kermit Smith, DVM

Norco Animal Hospital

Recognized as Best Veterinarian by Inland Empire Magazine in 2004, Dr. Smith graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. Here, he double majored in Animal Science and Dairy Science before completing his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Smith soon returned to his native state of California where he began practicing in Upland. In 1989, he founded... Read Full Bio »

Jamie Righter, DVM, Valley Veterinary Clinic, Murrieta

Jamie Righter, DVM

Valley Veterinary Clinic

Dr. Jamie Righter grew up in Kansas, and she knew she wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as she could remember. She has fond memories of tagging along with her father and grandpa on their family’s buffalo ranch as a child.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Kansas State University, and then went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from... Read Full Bio »

Ed Shin, DVM - Norco, Lake Elsinore, Valley Veterinary

Ed Shin, DVM

Norco, Lake Elsinore and Valley Hospitals

Hailing from Sacramento but based in Southern California for the last 20 years, Dr. Shin earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the top nationally ranked School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Post-graduation, he completed his internship in internal medicine, surgery, and emergency care prior to coming on board at Norco Animal Hospital in 2007... Read Full Bio »

Guy Tarvin, DVM, ACVS - Norco, Lake Elsinore and Valley Hospitals

Guy Tarvin, DVM, ACVS

By Referral

A Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Dr. Tarvin received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed his internship and residency training at New York’s renowned Animal Medical Center, following which, he moved to Illinois to take an assistant professor role at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the... Read Full Bio »

Tajinder Pawar, DVM - Lake Elsinore Animal Hospital, California

Tajinder Pawar, DVM

Lake Elsinore Animal Hospital

A member of the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), Dr. Pawar graduated from Orissa Veterinary College in his native country of India. After earning his degree, he completed a one-year rotating internship in small- and large-animal medicine and surgery, following which he perfected his practice at a clinic specializing in the rescue and treatment of abandoned and neglected... Read Full Bio »

Abigail Carrillo, DVM - Lake Elsinore Animal Hospital, California

Abigail Carrillo, DVM

Lake Elsinore Animal Hospital

With local roots in the Lake Elsinore area, Dr. Carrillo obtained her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, ranked No.1 among U.S. veterinary schools by U.S. News & World Report. Dr. Carrillo joined the SCVG team in 2010 at Norco Animal Hosital, then in 2011 she was invited to join the respected team at her hometown’s... Read Full Bio »

Kirsten Hentz, DVM

Kirsten Hentz, DVM

Lake Elsinore Animal Hospital

Dr. Hentz is a California native whose veterinary experience has taken her throughout California and to the other side of the world.

She grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and went on to earn her bachelor of science degree in animal science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Upon graduation she moved to Central Valley to complete an internship at a... Read Full Bio »

Albert Yoon, DVM - Norco Animal Hospital, California

Albert Yoon, DVM

Norco Animal Hospital

A native of San Jose, California, Dr. Yoon earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Davis; he returned several years later to the university’s No.1-ranked veterinary school to obtain his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. After earning his doctorate, Dr. Yoon continued his training via a yearlong rotating internship at Animal Specialty & Emergency Center (... Read Full Bio »

Beth Sperka, Valley Veterinary Clinic, Murrieta

Beth Sperka, DVM, MS

Valley Veterinary Clinic

Dr. Beth Sperka has always had a passion for all animals, from marine animals and wildlife to her own cats and dogs. She knew from a young age growing up in Ocean City, Maryland, that she wanted to work with animals.

She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in the biological sciences field, becoming certified in human cytogenetics while working for Northwestern Memorial Hospital... Read Full Bio »

Timothy Runion, DVM - Norco Animal Hospital, California

Timothy Runion, DVM

Norco Animal Hospital

Another SCVG SoCal native, Dr. Runion received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (ranked No. 1 nationally). Following graduation, he continued his training via a yearlong rotating internship at Sacramento Animal Medical Group; upon completion, his outstanding performance earned him an invitation to stay on as... Read Full Bio »

Anne Lorkowski, DVM - Norco Animal Hospital, California

Anne Lorkowski, DVM

Norco Animal Hospital

Proudly serving the California Veterinary Medical Board as a hospital inspector and expert witness, Dr. Lorkowski received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the top-ranked University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Over the course of her career, Dr. Lorkowski has practiced throughout the Inland Empire, San Bernardino Mountains, and High Desert. In 2015, she accepted... Read Full Bio »

Cho Cha, DVM - Norco Animal Hospital, California

Cho Cha, DVM

Norco Animal Hospital

Born and raised in Korea, Dr. Cha earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the No.1 nationally ranked School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Upon graduation, she completed a yearlong rotating internship at California Veterinary Specialists’ Murrieta and Carlsbad locations. In 2013, Dr. Cha joined Norco Animal Hospital, where she brings specialized skill... Read Full Bio »