Dr. Ryan Lorber


Dr. Ryan Lorber has been practicing veterinary medicine for 11 years. He 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 for the last 6 years.  Dr. Lorber has a special interest in dentistry.  He believes in offering his patients a complete oral health assessment with each dental cleaning, to catch unseen problems and improve their quality of life.  His other areas of clinical interest include: internal medicine, geriatric and preventative care.  Dr. Lorber enjoys making strong relationships with his clients and their fur babies, and creating an environment that feels more like family than a vet office.  In his free time Ryan enjoys running, trying new restaurants and visiting the World Famous San Diego Zoo.  He shares his home with an 8 year old domestic shorthair named Lyla.  Fun Fact:  As a good Cincinnati boy Dr. Lorber enjoys his chili 3 ways: chili, spaghetti and cheese.


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.  She attended UC San Diego and graduated with a major in Anthropology and a minor in History.  After college she worked for a time as a hotel concierge.  Janine eventually decided that she really wanted to work with animals and went back to school at San Diego Mesa College’s Animal Health Technology program, graduating in 2012.  Janine especially enjoys veterinary dentistry and focusing on good patient care.  One of our resident crazy cat ladies, Janine shared her home with her two domestic shorthairs, Minky and Cookie, her rabbit, Violet and her husband, Juan.



Practice Manager

A San Diego native, Andrea has been in the veterinary field for 15 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 daughter, her boyfriend and their three cats: Starla, Stevie Nicks and Edco, and a
bearded dragon named Khaleesi


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. In addition to Stella, Patrick shares his home with two cats: Izzy and Tabby. Fun Fact: Patrick is the nephew of Helix's previous veterinarian, Dr. Dowell.


Veterinary Assistant

Kristy joined the Helix family in April of 2019. She had worked in the veterinary field for 6 years before joining our team. Kristy is an avid supporter of the arts and is always up for seeing a concert or checking out the latest play. When not working with animals Kristy works with her family at their theater company, the "OB Playhouse". Kristy has always been an animal lover and shares her home with a very gregarious long haired chihuahua named Dennis. Fun Fact: Kristy's favorite food is Shabu Shabu.



Veterinary Assistant

Aley was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She grew up in Memphis, Tennessee.  Aley has worked with animals for over 10 years.  She started working with animals in Memphis, which is where she met her Husband, Steve.  In 2015 the Navy sent them to sunny San Diego, where she continued to work in the veterinary field.  Though Aley loves veterinary medicine and animals will always have a special place in her heart, she is currently in school pursuing human nursing.  She and Steve share their home with their three labs, Daisy, Sophie, Knox and their human son Tripp.
Aley enjoys outdoor activities and watching college football.  Fun Facts: Aley is obsessed with the T.V. show Friends.







Veterinary Assistant

Trinity was born in Pine Hurst, North Carolina. She moved to El Cajon, CA when she was 6 years old. While growing up she always had a furry friend by her side whether it was her hamsters, her mice, her rats, or her puppy Biscuit. After graduating high school, she moved to Descanso with her significant other, Austin. They continue to live in their mountain side home surrounded by furry babies including Biscuit the terrier mix, Bear the pittie/GSD mix, Poco the cat, and 2 guinea pigs named Stetson and Foxtrot. Trinity has always loved animals and hopes to earn a degree in animal medicine one day. Fun facts: Trinity loves to cook, and her favorite thing to wear is cowboy boots.


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 her den, eating crickets and eavesdropping on interesting cases.


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