Dr. Lara W. Alkofer, D.V.M
Dr. Alkofer grew up outside of Charleston, SC. She received her Bachelor of Science in biology from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. She graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. She worked at San Diego’s Scripps Research Institute as a research assistant, which led to her desire to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She practiced in small animal emergency and general medicine practices in Eastern Washington for 6 years & has worked in Orange County since 2003. She joined the Rancho Viejo team in 2014. In addition to general medicine, she especially enjoys surgery & dentistry. Dr. Alkofer works in our hospital on Mondays and Tuesdays and when she is not working, she enjoys spending time in the gorgeous Southern California outdoors with her husband and children. We are happy to have such a kind, caring, and experienced veterinarian as a member of our team.
Robyn Tisdall — Registered Veterinary Technician
Robyn has been a Veterinary Technician for over 20 years, and a Registered Vet Tech since 2009. Robyn has been with Rancho Viejo Animal Hospital since it opened in 2010. She is passionate about her job and truly enjoys working with pets. Robyn enjoys all types of movies and music.
Cathy Zalasar — Veterinary Technician Assistant
Cathy has been a part of our team since 2012 and working with animals since 2009. She is very passionate and enthusiastic about her job. In her free time, she enjoys spending time and coloring with her 2-year-old son.
Hannah Gomez — Veterinary Assistant
Hannah is one of the newest members of our team. She has been working with animals for 3 years since graduating from a local high school. In her free time, she enjoys going to Disneyland, hiking, going to the beach, and spending time with her dog and cat.
Max — The Office Cat
Max passed away in 2016, but he was the best “Office Cat” we could have ever asked for. He fit in perfectly with our hospital, wandered around happily, did not mind dogs, shared a bed in the office with Enzo, Dr. Eckstein’s dog. He kept us all smiling. He was a blessing and we were happy to give him the comfortable retirement he deserved.
Enzo — The Office Dog
Since adopting Enzo at 10 months old in 2015, he has become much more social and comes to work every day with Dr. Eckstein and hangs out (i.e. sleeps) in the doctor’s office. He loves to go to the dog park to see his friends and roll in the grass. He has food allergies among other things and eats a special diet. He is afraid of the Albertson’s delivery trucks, the mop bucket, and wet floors.