Laurie Koorhan, DVM
Dr. Koorhan’s interest in veterinary medicine began as a high school student working in a pet store. In college she attended a class entitled “Veterinary Hospital Practice,” taught at a large veterinary referral practice in Southern California. After completing this course she joined the staff of the hospital, developing her skills as a technician. It soon became clear that a career in veterinary medicine was the path she wanted to take, and from that point on she focused her studies on fulfilling the education and work requirements needed for acceptance into veterinary school.
In 1985, Dr. Koorhan was accepted to the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. In 1989 she graduated and completed an internship program at Coast Pet Clinic of Hermosa Beach, California. There she furthered her knowledge and experience in the fields of internal medicine, surgery, oncology, emergency and general medicine.
In 1991, Dr. Koorhan and her family opened Doctors Pet Clinic in Murrieta, California. In 2004, doors to a beautiful new building opened allowing her practice of medicine to continue to grow, keeping up with new advances in medicine and technology to ensure the very best for your pet.
Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVT)
Marla Jeanplong RVT
Marla has been a Registered Veterinary Technician for 27 years, spending the last 21 years here at Doctors Pet Clinic. Besides spending time with her husband of 27 years and her 2 grown sons, Marla enjoys backpacking in the Eastern sierras and the company of a 14 year old cat at home.
Brandi Shepperd RVT
Brandi has had a passion for animals since she could remember. She always owned different types of pets from small rodents, reptiles to cats and dogs. Brandi currently has 4 dogs, 2 cats and a guinea pig. She loves her fur babies. She obtained her veterinary technician degree in 2013 at Carrington College and is a licensed technician (RVT). Brandi started here at Doctors Pet Clinic 2014 and is loving learning everything we have to offer.
Steve Armitage RVT
Steve’s passion for animals happened more by chance than desire. At the age of 15 he decided to take a job as a ranch hand instead of playing high school football. It wasn’t long before Steve was helping to break, train, exercise, and show cutting horses. It was then that Steve started following the Equine Vet around during his visits and taking a big interest in the medicine side of things. School brought Steve to southern California, where he attended Cal Poly Pomona, initially seeking a degree in the Equine Industry, but after deciding that horses hurt too much, he joined the Pre-Vet program. It was then that he got his first job as a Technician Assistant at Doctors Pet Clinic. His interests in the medicinal side again kicked in, and it wasn’t long before he was asking questions and learning all he could about the Technician world. After deciding he liked what he saw, he again switched majors and joined the Animal Health Science program, allowing him to pursue his BS and eventually become a Veterinary Technologist. Since joining DPC 7 years ago, Steve has moved up from technician assistant to the technician position, a title he still shares today. In an attempt to broaden his knowledge base, in the last year Steve has also taken a second job as an ER/Critical Care Technician at California Veterinary Specialist-Ontario. In the next few months Steve hopes to finish his last class and sit for the RVT exam. In his rare spare time, Steve enjoys spending time with his 2 year old daughter, and expecting wife.
Technicians and Assistants
Hello, my name is Rob. I am 19 years old and I have worked at Doctors Pet Clinic for over a year. I have been around animals all my life. My goal is to eventually become a RVT in the state of California and possibly further my education in veterinary medicine.
I am so excited to be back with the amazing Doctor’s Pet Clinic staff after leaving in 2003 to be a stay at home mom. I have missed working with all the wonderful animals and their great owners . At home we have our sweet Spike and Jaxxx .
Front Desk Coordinator
I have lived in California all my life and I have been with Doctors Pet Clinic since 2007. Time flies when you’re having fun! I have an incredible love for animals, and for their dedicated owners. I am the proud mother of four beautiful children; three dogs and four cats complete my busy household. LIFE IS GOOD!
Janine grew up in the San Fernando Valley where her love of animals started early, from hamsters to stray cats and the beloved family German Sheppard named “Candy”, that she would race to the pool every day after school. She’s held residence with eleven dogs, 3 cats a menagerie of birds, ducks and a brood of hens (loved those fresh eggs). She’s also been “Mom” to and fostered a number of parrots including double yellow headed Amazon an African Grey and a few Macaws. She currently has six rescue “Fur babies” that take up much of her time. She was a client of Doctor’s Pet Clinic before she came to work with us in 2001. Back after a 2 year absence she is again home where she belongs with DPC.
Lisa is from northern Minnesota where she grew up on a small family farm. She developed her love for animals while caring for their cattle, goats, chickens, cats and dogs. Lisa worked at a vet clinic in the hi-desert for 8 years before moving to Murrieta and joining the Doctor’s Pet Clinic team. Lisa enjoys her spare time hiking, shooting, going to the beach, and spending time with her three dogs Fluffy, Squiggy and Maverick.
My name is Tricia and I have been the Practice Manager since May of 2011. I have been working in veterinary medicine since 1999. This team truly has the heart for patient and client care! I am so happy to have added the Doctors Pet Clinic family into my growing family of a wonderful husband, a sporty Seth, a dancing Leah!