Welcome to Helix Pet Hospital

Your Veterinarian in La Mesa, CA

Call us at 619-469-2129

If you live in La Mesa or the surrounding area and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets – look no further. Dr. Ryan Lorber is a licensed California veterinarian, treating cats and dogs. Your pets’ health and wellbeing are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they deserve.

Helix Pet Hospital is a full-service animal hospital and welcomes pet patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care as well as being there for them in case of emergencies. Dr. Ryan Lorber has years of experience treating serious conditions and offering regular pet wellness care. Beyond first-rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and calm, so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting our veterinary team. *** *Please note, we schedule by appointment only.*

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative care is essential to the ongoing success of your pet's health. If you have any questions, call 619-469-2129 or email us [email protected] and we'll promptly get back to you. Our La Mesa veterinarian office is very easy to get to -- just check out the map below!

At Helix Pet we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Dr. Ryan Lorber
Veterinarian | Helix Pet Hospital | 619-469-2129

4223 Palm Avenue
La Mesa, CA 91941

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Meet The Staff

  • Dr.

    Dr. Ryan Lorber completed his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University in 2007. Originally a Cincinnati native, Dr. Lorber has been enjoying the California sunshine ever since graduating vet school. He originally practiced in Dana Point, and has been in San Diego since 2011. He shares his home with a young spunky domestic short hair named Lily, and a determined tortoise named Ulysses.

  • Janine
    RVT/Lead Technician

    Janine has been serving as a registered veterinary technician in San Diego since 2012.  She has worked in both general and specialty practices, but feels more at home in a general neighborhood practice.  Janine grew up in the Ocean Beach neighborhood, where her parents still live. 

  • Andrea
    Practice Manager

    A San Diego native, Andrea has been in the veterinary field for close to 20 years years.  She has been with Helix Pet Hospital since late 2016.  She believes strongly in making both pets and their owners feel at home and safe in the hospital.  In her spare time Andrea enjoys crafting, home improvement and spending time with her family.  Andrea shares her home with her husband, their 3 children, plus three cats, 2 bearded dragons, 2 geckos, a guinea pig and 4 chickens!

  • Stephanie
    Veterinary Assistant

    Stephanie came to us as a PIMA student and has since graduated, joined our team and now is an RVT! She shares her home with two children and her husband Joshua. They have 2 cats, Gema and Gatito, also 2 dogs, Spunky and Bones, both pit bull mixes. Stephanie loves domestic animals, but would love to also work with wildlife.

  • Tigo
    Resident Reptile

    Tigo has been with the Helix Pet Hospital since 2013. She is a Leopard Gecko. Her favorite staff member is Andrea, as she always makes sure her room is the appropriate temperature and she is well stocked on snacks. Her hobbies include: napping in his den, eating crickets and eavesdropping on interesting cases.

  • Patrick
    Veterinary Assistant

    Patrick has been with Helix Pet Hospital since early 2017. A San Diego native, he has always had a great love for all animals. When not at work, Patrick enjoys spending his free time with his baby, Golden Retriever Stella. Previous to joining the veterinary field, Patrick served in the Marines for 4 years.

  • N'Wondeii
    Veterinary Assistant

    I am N'Wondeii Martin! I am currently on my way to becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician and then on my way to South Korea to become a Veterinarian!

  • Monica
    CSR/Veterinary assistant

    Monica joined the team in 2022 after graduating from Pima. Monica has always loved and cared for animals, as a young girl she always knew that this is the career field that was meant for her! 

  • Stephanie R.

    Stephanie joined the team in October 2022, after taking a break from the veterinary field for some time, she was ready to get back to it!

  • Alania
    Veterinary Assistant

    Alania joined the Helix team in 2022. She has a strong passion for animalwelfare and a desire to make a positive impact in the veterinary industry.

  • Alex
    Veterinary Assistant

    Alex joined our team in 2022, after completing her PIMA internship with us.

  • Kristy
    Veterinary Assistant

    Kristy joined the Helix family in April of 2019. She has been working in veterinary hospitals since graduating from Pima Medical Institute in 2013. Kristy is an avid supporter of the arts and is always up for seeing live music or theatre. When not working with animals, Kristy works with her family at their business in Ocean Beach,

  • Giovanna

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*** ATTENTION*** WE WILL BE CLOSED ON SATURDAYS starting February 2023

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We look forward to hearing from you

  • "Great, friendly staff. We love them... Not only because they are close to our house, but because they are great to our fur-babies."
    Brian P.
  • "I love Helix Pet Hospital! The staff is friendly and truly caring. I highly recommend them!"
    A Google User
  • "The staff is excellent, the entire facility is spotless, our vet, every time we've been here, had made us feel as though we are the only patient here and our dog is the most important one. This is, by far, the most compassionate team of professionals I've ever encountered in animal ER. We feel blessed to have them close to home."
    Chris C.
  • "This place is great. They truly love animals. Staff is awesome.
    From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all you do for animals. Special thank you for taking care of our loved one!"
    America S.
  • "Took my cat in who was having potty issues. Reception, Vet & man (bad at names!) tech were great!
    Would bring my pet back!"
    Therese S.
  • "Dr. Lorber does an amazing job of having the treatment team communicating and informed, getting me Sammy's updates ASAP, being so compassionate and caring, knowledgeable about the latest research findings - I couldn't hope for a better vet !"
    Jana C.
  • "I want to Thank Dr. LORBER and his staff for helping my Cat and I after I thought he might have swallowed a sewing pin. I am a senior on a limited income. They worked with me and was also given a 10% senior discount, which is greatly appreciated. My cat didn't swallow the pin and all is well. I want to Thank the Dr and staff for their understanding and compassion. Prices to me seem reasonable. Thank you all once again."
    Peggy O.

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