Joel Conn, DVM

Owner, Practice Administrator, 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.

Ever since childhood, Joel has had a passion for working with and helping animals and has wanted to be a veterinarian since the age of five. 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 traveled to India in 2016 as part of a medical ambassadorship to assist with NID (National Immunization Day) activities aimed to eradicate polio worldwide. He was a 2009-2012 board member of the Mid Coast Veterinary Medical Association and 2012 President of the Central Coast Professional’s Network. Since 2014, Dr. Joel has served as a Purina Veterinary Ambassador, receiving regular advanced training in veterinary clinical nutrition. In the past few years, Joel has worked with local Rotary and Rotaract Clubs, the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Pismo Beach to fundraise and host several Rise Against Hunger food packaging events. In 2017, he was honored with The San Luis Obispo Tribune “Top 20 Under 40” award. In 2019, Dr. Joel was selected to be part of Leadership SLO, a county-wide leadership development and training program. In late 2019, Dr. Joel was invited to join the board of directors for Stand Strong, an organization devoted to providing support and resources to end domestic violence in SLO county. In 2020 he was honored to be elected Vice President of the Stand Strong board. Dr. Joel regularly provides consulting services for research firms investigating trends and practices in the veterinary field.

In 2016, Dr. Joel cofounded PETS Hospital in Orcutt, CA. PETS is a 24/7 emergency and specialty animal hospital that focuses on the customer experience and developing a collaborative partnership with area general practice veterinarians. His hope is to expand the facility to offer an ever increasing array of specialty services including Cardiology, Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Surgery, and Emergency and Critical Care.

In his spare time, Joel obsessively plays ultimate frisbee and goaltimate. In 2010, Joel helped found Central Coast Ultimate - an organization dedicated promoting ultimate on the Central Coast. He now organizes 5-6 pickup games per week, annual local ultimate leagues, and club teams. He regularly competes in regional, national, and international club tournaments and championships. Joel lives in Pismo Beach with his wife, Dr. Sarah Conn; his son, Jude; his dog, Bella; and his cat, Pickles With Milk.

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Deanna Brown, DVM

Owner, Medical Director, 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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Michelle Wright

Practice Manager

Michelle moved to the Central Coast from the Fresno area in 2008. It had been her lifelong dream to live on the coast. She and her daughters, Katelyn and Megan, have enjoyed the SLO life after their move to Atascadero. In 2015 she married her husband, Ethan, and moved to Arroyo Grande where her family grew to include his son Ethan and his now wife Danyele. Michelle began her career in the medical insurance field and quickly moved from claims processing to Regional Customer Service management. Opting for a life change, she moved to Ophthalmology clinic management for 3 years before joining Pismo Beach Veterinary Clinic and PETS Hospital. Her customer service and personnel skills are put to good use daily ensuring every patient and staff member is treated with care and their experience is satisfying and rewarding for all who visit.

When not spending time snuggling with Barney: poodle/shih tzu mix, Cici: white / tan domestic longhair or Baby: calico shorthair kitten or T’Chala and Shuri; black short hair kittens; she and her family love to travel, explore new foods, cook, walk on the beach, watch movies and read.

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Yoneko Tamaki

Office Manager

Yoneko was born and raised on the Central Coast. While going to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in Carlsbad, CA she started volunteering full time with a dog rescue. It was during that time that she discovered a desire to pursue a career in Animal Wellness. In 2009 Yoneko started working for a group of Equine Veterinarians in Murrieta, CA and has been in the Veterinary field ever since. With a move in 2012 back to the Central Coast, she immediately started working for a local small animal veterinary clinic. Additionally, she has provided relief work to several local veterinary clinics, volunteered with non-profit organizations benefiting animal rescue programs, and participated in numerous Career Days for local elementary and middle schools.

Yoneko has worked as a kennel, CSR, Vet Assistant, Surgical Assistant, Dept. Lead (Exam Room and Pharmacy), and Dept. Supervisor (CSR) - she has moved quickly learning all she can in her multiple roles. She is passionate about animal advocacy and doing her part to support the bonds between people and their companion pets.

When not providing her expertise to the veterinary world she loves to go Rockhounding, hiking with Max (the most perfect German Shorthair Pointer), camping, reading and enjoying quality food with good friends.

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Laurin Funk, DVM

Associate 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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Vanessa Bradley, DVM

Associate 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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Livi Clagett, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Livi Clagett is originally from Fort Collins, Colorado, where she received her undergraduate and veterinary degree. She moved to Tennessee to do a rotating internship, where she fell in love with emergency medicine. She stayed on after as an emergency doctor for 2 years. She has been in the central coast area for a year now practicing emergency medicine and surgery, with a strong interest in exotic and zoologic medicine.

Pugs and dachshunds are her absolute favorite patients. Her favorite past time is hiking with her two and four legged family. She hopes to make a permanent home in California and looks forward to developing long lasting relationships with the community and their pets!

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Michael O'Hara, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Michael O’Hara grew up in Orcutt, CA and studied molecular biology and biochemistry at the University of California Santa Cruz. He initially began working in the local veterinary medical community as a veterinary technician, and he went on to earn his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Western University before returning to the Central Coast to practice.

In his free time, Dr. O’Hara enjoys golfing and hiking with his wife Katie and three dogs.

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Dan Terhaar, DVM


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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Carly Gerhardt, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Carly Gerhardt comes to us all the way from Michigan, swapping freshwater Great Lakes for the Pacific Ocean. She received her Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Michigan State University. After visiting the central coast, Dr. Gerhardt knew this was the place she wanted to make home.

While attending Michigan State University, she was a board member for the Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (SVECCS). In her final year of veterinary school, she was selected by faculty to receive the American Animal Hospital Association Award for Proficiency in Primary Care. Her veterinary interests include emergency medicine, oncology, and caring for geriatric (senior) pets. She is Fear Free Certified and believes in making every veterinary visit as positive as possible for her patients.

Dr. Gerhardt shares her home with four pets. She has two dogs, a Pittie/Labrador named Oliver, and a senior English Setter named Miriam. She also has two kitties, Frannie and NoNo, who may or may not be quite mischievous. She occasionally expands this number when fostering special needs pets for local animal rescues.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Carly enjoys any adventure with her dogs, whether it be trail hiking, camping, or visiting the dog beach. She can’t wait to further explore all that the central coast has to offer!

She is honored to join the PETS team and serve the community and pets of the central coast!

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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.

For more information about Dr. Morrison and his team of cardiologists and staff, please go to

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