Joel Conn, DVM

Owner, Veterinarian

Joel was born and raised in Blacksburg, Virginia but migrated to California with the rest of his family following high school. He attended college at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences in 2002. Joel went on to receive his doctorate at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, following an externship in Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine at the Animal Medical Center in New York. Joel’s primary interests include surgery and internal medicine.

Joel is a member of the Rotary Club of Pismo Beach/Five Cities, a board member since 2010, and the 2015/16 club President. He was also a 2009-2012 board member of the Mid Coast Veterinary Medical Association and 2012 President of the Central Coast Professional’s Network.

In his spare time, Joel loves playing Ultimate Frisbee. Joel lives in Pismo Beach with his wife, Dr. Sarah Conn, and his son, Jude.

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Deanna Brown, DVM

Veterinarian

Deanna was born and raised in Long Island, New York but relocated to California with her family in the 80’s. She is a graduate of U.C. Davis receiving her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. During her time at UCD, Dr. Brown focused her studies primarily on small animal Emergency/Critical Care and soft tissue surgery and was the president of the student chapter of the Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society.

Dr. Brown spent 10 years as one of the primary ER veterinarians in Arroyo Grande prior to joining her classmate, Joel Conn, DVM at his new facility, PETS Hospital. Dr. Brown enjoys all aspects of ER medicine, and particularly enjoys being able to interact with the clients and patients in their time of need.

Dr. Brown resides in Pismo Beach, California and in her (rare) off time, can be seen wine tasting, hiking or playing at the beach with her dog, Penny. If you run into her, please say Hi!

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Megan Drake, DVM

Veterinarian

Megan was born and raised in Idaho Falls, ID. She moved to California for college and never left. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from UC Davis in 2003. After graduation she took some time off from school and worked as a veterinary assistant in a small animal practice in Arroyo Grande for 4 years. She attended veterinary school at St George’s University and did her clinical training at Oregon State University.

After graduating in 2012 Dr. Drake worked in general practice for 3 years before falling in love with emergency medicine a year ago.

When not working Megan enjoys travel, reading, and spending time with her family. She is proud owner of a horse, beagle, and cat, none of whom ever obey her.

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Laurin Funk, DVM

Veterinarian

Laurin was born and raised in Massachusetts and obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She went on to obtain her DVM from Kansas State University in 2011. Dr. Funk has been working in emergency medicine since that time.

Laurin enjoys gardening and spending time with her family and friends. She has 3 cats: Doug, Teddy, and Bailey and a Pit Bull named Patty.

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Krista Hooper, DVM

Veterinarian

Krista graduated from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. After graduation, Dr. Hooper participated in a rotating internship in small animal and emergency medicine just outside of Washington DC. She moved to California in 2006 and worked in a small animal practice in the Newport Beach area for several years. Dr. Hooper relocated to the central coast after getting married in 2011.

In her free time, Krista loves hanging out with her husband (a firefighter for Kern County), her daughter (3yrs old), her son (1.5yrs old), and her Rhodesian Ridgeback. She loves swimming, hiking, and getting out and exploring the central coast. Dr. Hoopers passions are emergency medicine, nutrition, pain management, dentistry, and teaching.

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Vanessa Bradley, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Vanessa Bradley was born and raised by her parents in Adrian, Michigan with two younger sisters. She knew she wanted to be a veterinarian by the time she entered middle school, and worked at a small animal clinic in town during high school and on college breaks. Vanessa earned her bachelor's degree in Animal Science at Michigan State University, where she fell in love with riding horses and learned to play Polo. In 2014, Vanessa earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from MSU.

Following graduation, Vanessa completed an Equine Medicine and Surgery Internship at the University of Missouri. After completion of her internship, Vanessa migrated west to practice equine medicine on the Central Coast. Vanessa enjoyed practicing equine medicine, but ultimately chose to enjoy horses as her hobby. She has enthusiastically returned to small animal practice, with a focus on emergency medicine.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Vanessa is an avid rock climber, horse rider, and runner. She also enjoys playing with her playful and mischievous cat, Django.

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Dan Terhaar, DVM

Veterinarian

Dan grew up on a farm in Minnesota with five brothers. After spending time in the army, he obtained a bachelors degree in engineering from the University of Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993.

Dan has been an emergency medicine clinician since 1995, alternating between the Visalia and the Arroyo Grande emergency hospitals. Since 2001, Dan has owned and operated a mobile surgical practice, providing soft tissue and orthopedic surgical services for Central Coast veterinary hospitals. His special interests include: fracture repair, reconstructive surgery, and cruciate ligament injuries.

When not working, Dan can be found enjoying the outdoors, farming, and beekeeping.

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Meet our Veterinary Partners

Thomas J. Morrison DVM, ACVIM

Founder, Veterinarian (Cardiology)

Doctor T.J. Morrison, Founder of Coast to Coast Cardiology, is honored to provide cardiology specialty care to all animals on behalf of their human companions and referring veterinarians. The team effort, which includes the clients, their family veterinarian, fellow veterinary specialists, and Doctor Morrison, allows for the best possible cardiac care for our beloved animals. Doctor Morrison has practiced Veterinary Cardiology on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Caribbean Coasts.

Doctor Morrison received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Boston College and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Doctor Morrison completed his residency in Veterinary Cardiology at Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine. His intense training during this time focused on advanced diagnostic interpretation of electrophysiology, echocardiography, and especially minimally-invasive interventional procedures, commonly performing patent ductus arteriosus occlusions, balloon valvuloplasties and pacemaker implantation and interrogations. He obtained Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, specializing in Cardiology.

Doctor Morrison continued his practice of Veterinary Cardiology in Denver, Colorado, followed by a move to Southern California where he founded Coast to Coast Cardiology, practicing cardiology out of a variety of state-of-the-art veterinary referral hospitals. In 2013, he was appointed locum Veterinary Cardiology Clinician at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital, overseeing the Cardiology Department, instructing and teaching cardiology residents and veterinary students.

His other interests include running, having successfully completed the 2012 Boston Marathon, back-country telemark skiing, having camped throughout Colorado’s 10th Mountain Division Hut system, and learning to surf and fly.

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Reid Nakamura, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC

Veterinarian (Cardiology)

Dr. Reid Nakamura was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. After obtaining his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, he went on to complete an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York. Further continuing his higher learning of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Nakamura became an accomplished specialist having completed residencies in both Emergency and Critical Care at Tufts University, in Massachusetts, and Cardiology at Advanced Veterinary Care Center, in California. Dr. Nakamura obtained Diplomate status in both specialties, and through both residencies has obtained the highest levels of specialization in Emergency and Critical Care and Cardiology. Coast to Coast Cardiology is fortunate to have his expertise to strengthen the team. Dr. Nakamura has worked at multiple emergency and specialty centers throughout the country on both the East and West Coasts.

Dr. Nakamura has published multiple papers in peer-reviewed journals with topics including right atrial hemangiosarcomas, cardiac disease in cats, and clopidogrel therapy in dogs with immune-mediated hemolytic anemia.

In his spare time, Dr. Nakamura loves running and spending time with his dog Yuki.

Recent Publications

"Left Atrial Rupture Secondary to Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease in 11 dogs." Reid K. Nalamura, Emily Tompkins, Nicholas J. Russell, Sarah A. Zimmerman, Danielle L. Yuhas, Thomas J. Morrison, Michael B. Lesser. Published in the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 11/2014.

"A retrospective evaluation of doxorubicin-based chemotherapy for dogs with right atrial masses and pericardial effusion." S. Ghaffari, D.C. Pelio, A.J. Lange, J.W. Arndt, J.D. Chreitin, S.C. Fiocchi, D. Bianco, R.K. Nakamura. Published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice 05/2014.

"Presumptive immune-mediated thrombocytopenia secondary to massive Africanized bee envenomation in a dog." Reid K. Nakamura, Renee K. Fenty, Domenico Bianco. Published in the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care 11/2013.

"Postresuscitation myocardial dysfunction in a dog." Reid K. Nakamura, Ilana C. Zuckerman, Danielle L. Yuhas, Renee K. Fenty, Domenico Bianco. Published in the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care 12/2012.

"Isolation of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus lugdunensis in a dog with endocarditis." Reid K. Nakamura, Sarah A. Zimmerman, Ashley J. Lange, Michael B. Lesser. Published in the Journal of Veterinary Cardiology. 08/2012.

"Prevalence of echocardiographic evidence of cardiac disease in apparently healthy cats with heart murmurs." Reid K. Nakamura, Mark Rishniw, Megan K. King, Carl D. Sammarco. Published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. 04/2011.

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Sarah Zimmerman DVM, ACVIM

Veterinarian (Cardiology)

Doctor Sarah Zimmerman hails from Arizona, but moved to Fort Collins, Colorado obtaining her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine. She continued her training by returning to Arizona to complete a one year internship program in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Mesa Veterinary Hospital in Phoenix, where she met her future husband, Nathan.

Doctor Sarah Zimmerman then returned to her alma mater, Colorado State University, to complete a Residency in Cardiology. During her rigorous three-year cardiology residency training, she focused her studies on complex arrhythmias, cardioversion, pacemaker therapy and the histopathology of myxomatous mitral valves (degenerative mitral valve disease), the most prevalent cardiac diseases afflicting our canine patients. She attained board certification and Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) with a specialty in Cardiology.

Doctor Zimmerman cherishes the sacred human animal bond and focuses her skills on the needs of both the animal patients and their human companions. Coast to Coast Cardiology is humbled and honored to have such a distinguished colleague on the team.

Doctor Zimmerman is a competitive and formidable CrossFit enthusiast who enjoys running on the beach, lifting weights with her husband and reading. She lives in the Southern California with her husband, cats, and dogs.

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Melissa Hall

DVM, DACVD

Dr. Melissa Hall graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis in 2006. While attending UC Davis, Dr. Hall was involved in many clubs and received numerous scholarships. She served as the class president for several years as well as the President of the Veterinary Business Club. Upon graduation, Dr. Hall completed a 12-month rotating internship with the Florida Veterinary Specialists and the North Bay Animal and Bird Hospital in Tampa, FL.

During her earlier studies, Dr. Hall developed a passion for all things dermatology. She accepted a residency position in veterinary dermatology in 2007 at Animal Dermatology Clinic in Tustin, CA and achieved Diplomate status in 2011.

In her spare time, Dr. Hall enjoys yoga, knitting, travel and spoiling her four-legged children.

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Dr. Jordan Vitt

DVM, DACVIM

An Ohio native, Dr. Jordan Vitt completed both his undergraduate and veterinary degrees at The Ohio State University in Columbus. After graduation, he completed a Small Animal Rotating Internship in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and then worked as an emergency clinician in private practice for one year in Columbus, Ohio. He completed his three year Cardiology Residency at Texas A&M University in College Station and then obtained his Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Cardiology.

During his residency training, Dr. Vitt worked with 3D cardiac modeling and printing. He believes these innovative techniques can aid in minimally invasive and surgical planning techniques and will accelerate future advances in veterinary cardiology. In addition to treating patients, Dr. Vitt continues to contribute to veterinary science through his research. He published a case series in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine on Chagas disease in a family of Boxer puppies, has submitted a manuscript on the pharmacodynamics of pimobendan in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and is currently collaborating with multiple centers for a large retrospective study on the correlation of chest x-rays and echocardiography.

In his spare time, Dr. Vitt enjoys traveling and is developing his yoga practice. Recently, he was invited to teach at the Kasetsart University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand mentoring veterinarians in cardiology - he is truly a Coast To Coast Cardiologist!

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