Dr Mark Anderson
Born and raised outside Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dr. Mark Anderson received his veterinary degree from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. Prior to attending veterinary school, however, Dr. Anderson received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University. Dr. Anderson enjoyed working as an engineer in the environmental industry, which provided him with the opportunity to work throughout much of the western United States, including Wyoming, Washington, Utah, Nevada, California, and New Mexico. It was after spending a year working at a wind powered electrical plant in Costa Rica that Dr. Anderson made his way to Australia to fulfill his dream of becoming a veterinarian. Shortly after graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Anderson returned to the United States, quickly establishing deep roots in Southern California and making San Diego his home. Dr. Anderson stays up-to-date on the latest developments in the diagnosis and treatment of veterinary disease through countless hours of continuing education, and via membership to online boards, which gives him access to guidance from specialists throughout the world whenever the need should arise.
Over the years, Dr. Anderson has developed special interests, knowledge, and skills in soft tissue surgery, hip dysplasia, orthopedic disease, cruciate repair, stem cell therapy, dermatology, pain management, and ultrasound. Dr. Anderson is certified in the PennHIP radiographic procedure, which allows Dr. Anderson the ability to make appropriate recommendation(s) for corrective/preventative actions for dogs at risk of having hip dysplasia. His diagnostic credentials include, among others, certification through Oncura for diagnostic abdominal and cardiac ultrasound. Dr. Anderson is also a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, ensuring your feline pet th
e best management and care whether visiting the hospital for a wellness exam, or in the case of illness or injury. As well, he is a credentialed VetStem veterinarian, capable and skilled at applying stem cell therapy. He is also USDA accredited, allowing him to complete international and interstate pet travel health certificates.
One facet of medicine that Dr. Anderson particularly enjoys, is developing practical solutions (non-surgical and surgical) for difficult, unique, and/or chronic cases and problems. Challenge him with your pet’s difficult problems — he looks forward to working with you to provide you and your pet with long term relief!
Dr. Anderson enjoys experiencing the world through the eyes of his hilarious and energetic 6 year old daughter and spending time with his wife. Together the three enjoy surfing, hiking, skiing and spending a lot of time being silly. They share their home with Spencer, a sweet and happy Papillon Chihuahua mix.
As the new owner of the Bernardo Heights Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Anderson is excited to join the amazing BHVH team, and to meet you and your family of pets!
Dr Nadezhda Palikarova (Dr Nadia)
Dr. Palikarova was born in the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia.
After studying humanitarian science in Montpellier, France for one year, she decided to pursue her childhood dream and become a veterinarian. She graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Forestry in Sofia, Bulgaria as the Valedictorian. After working in Bulgaria for one year, she decided to move to the USA and work in the most progressive veterinary environment in the world, so she can find the newest and most effective solutions for her patients’ problems. She began her North American veterinary work in Central California.
She then moved to San Diego with her husband, Dr Palikarov, to join Bernardo Heights Veterinary Hospital's team.
Her interests are in providing the best medicine possible to her patients as she deeply believes that animals are the heart of the family.
In her free time she is always trying to keep up with the developing veterinary field by participating in continuing education courses and reading the latest publications.
When not working, Dr Palikarova is enjoying the perfect California weather with her husband and their energetic and curious German Shorthaired Pointer Siren
Dr Ira Abrams
Dr. Abrams grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois' College of Veterinary Medicine in 1979, where he was proudly the Valedictorian of his class. Upon graduation, he worked for one year in Chicago and then he migrated to warmer weather in Los Angeles, California. After a year as an associate veterinarian in a small practice, Dr. Abrams moved to San Diego where he did relief veterinary work for several practices. He subsequently bought his own practice in San Marcos, California in 1985. After 21 years, he decided to sell his practice so he could spend more time with his wife and 18-year old son. In his spare time, Dr. Abrams enjoys traveling and attending sporting events with his family.
Sara, Lead Registered Veterinary Technician
Sara attended Brown Mackie College where she received an Associates of Science degree in 2014. Sara has been working in the veterinary field for nine years. She moved to San Diego in July of 2017 from Elkhart, Indiana where she grew up. Sara has two dogs, a papillon mix and a border collie mix. Sara enjoys spending time with her fiance and his daughter doing various activities including camping, snow boarding, surfing, hiking and rock climbing.
Sandi, Registered Veterinary Technician
Sandi is a native San Diegan who graduated from UCSD with a degree in biology. She started working in the veterinary field in 1990 and received her RVT license in 1994. In her free time, Sandi enjoys reading, skiing, rock climbing, cooking and spending time her family and friends.
Liz, Registered Veterinary Technician
Liz has been an RVT for 6 years and has been working in the veterinary field for 15 years.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude with an Associates degree in Animal Science from Hartnell College (Salinas, CA) in June , 2010. She passed her state board exam and became an RVT in October of 2010. She has two animal kids at home; a wiener dog named Peter and an orange cat named Leonard.
They are best friends and rough house daily. She also has a two-year-old son named Henry and is grateful to be a full time mom and part time RVT. Her love for animals started at a young age and will continue into her old age.
Megan, Registered Veterinary Technician
Megan has been an RVT for 6 years and has been working in the veterinary field for 10 years. She has 2 dogs, Meesha, a Belgian Malinois and Stella, a chihuahua mix. She loves hanging out with family, friends and her pets in her spare time. Her hobbies include paddle boarding at the beach, off-roading, and camping in the desert .
Theresa, Client and Patient Care
Theresa was born in New York but considers Poway home since she was a young girl. She has always had natural love and passion for animals as far back as she can remember. For the past 33 years, working in the veterinary field has given her the privilege of doing what she loves. Caring for animals has been the most rewarding career she could have hoped for. Theresa enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling with her ever growing family. She has 3 dogs of her own, 2 grand doggies and 2 grand kitties. Her most recent adventure began last year when her and her husband were blessed with their first grandchild.
Evelyn, Client and Patient Care
Evelyn has been working in the veterinary field for about 3 years now. She recently graduated from CSUSM with a degree in Biology. She is planning on continuing her education and is currently signed up for MCAT prep classes starting in August. She has always had pets and currently has an adorable 2 year old Shiba Inu named Mochi whom she takes everywhere. She spends her free time either doing school work or going out with Mochi hiking, to the beach or out to new restaurants.
Emaleigh, Patient Care
Emaleigh has been in the veterinary field for 5 years. She has two dogs, Zeus, a Pomeranian and Midori, an American Bully who rule her world. Emaleigh moved to San Diego from Washington State in 2012. She has also lived in Texas, but considers San Diego her home. In her spare time, she likes to go to the beach, listen to music and travel.
AJ, Lead Receptionist
Aj was born in Tijuana and raised in San Diego. She has always had a passion for helping animals and has been in the field since 2008. She went to Pima Institute for both the Vet Assistant and Vet Technician programs. She shares her home with her husband Todd, daughter Kiara as well as her Great Dane "Kong" and her English Bull Terrier "Roxy". She also has 6 chickens and 2 tortoises! She treats all animals as if they were her own and looks forward to helping you with your fur babies.
Savannah, Patient Care
Savannah grew up in Virginia, and after a two-year detour in the Boston/New Hampshire surrounding areas she is now glad to call San Diego her home. Savannah loves people and all their four-legged family members. When she is not at work her hobbies include painting, practicing guitar, watching hockey (GO BRUINS!), reading, yoga, trying new foods, traveling and dog beach days with her four-legged best friend, Jonas. She is currently attending Mira Costa College, finishing her associates degree, and completing her general education courses for CSU transfer. Savannah has been in the animal care industry since 2013. The journey has been rewarding and humbling for her. She cannot wait to meet you and your four-legged family members!