Our Team

Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Newport Mesa Animal Hospital in Costa Mesa, California! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 949-642-2100 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!


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    Eric M. Irwin

    Administrator / Owner

    Eric is the proud new owner of Newport Mesa Animal Hospital! He's been working at the…
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    Katie C. Irwin

    Co-Owner / Head Veterinary Technician

    Katie has been with the hospital since 2005. She began her work with us as an intern, and…

    Specialty Doctors

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    Dr. Paul Cechner

    Board Certified Surgeon - On Call

    Mobile surgery specialist Dr. Paul Cechner takes care of our hospital’s more complicated…


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    Krizia Reitano

    Assistant Manager

    Krizia starting working with us in May of 2012. She's a Registered Veterinary Technician…
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    Kristina Fipps

    Assistant Manager

    Kristina has extensive experience in the veterinary field. After starting with us in 2013,…


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    Alyson Sampuel

    Registered Veterinary Technician

    Alyson has worked in the veterinary field for over 10 years, and graduated from…
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    Patrick Espinoza

    Veterinary Technician

    Patrick has been with us since 2012. He started out as a kennel attendant, and now works…
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    Jorge Fregozo

    Veterinary Technician / Head Kennel Attendant

    Jorge was hired alongside Patrick. He has quickly advanced through hard work and training,…


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    Angela Spaan

    Veterinary Receptionist

    Angela enjoys working with animals and is currently attending Orange Coast College for…
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    Cherie Beteta

    Veterinary Receptionist

    Cherie loves working with animals and is currently enrolled in school to become a…
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    Fred Palacios

    Veterinary Receptionist

    Before joining the Newport Mesa Team. Fred worked in Emergency Veterinary and Critical…
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    Sarah Montefu

    Veterinary Receptionist

    Sarah came aboard in July of 2015 after working for many years at an emergency veterinary…

    Veterinary Assistants

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    Rubi Ruelas

    Kennel Attendant

    Rubi joined the team 2016 in june. She loves working with animals. previously she has…
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    Shelby Farnell

    Kennel Attendant

    Shelby started working here in August 2016. She is in school to become a RVT. She has…
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    Eema Moravej

    Veterinary Assistant

    Eema joined the team May of 2015. Hoping to pursue a career as a veterinarian, Eema has…
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    Nikki Alviz

    Kennel Attendant

    She has been working with us since August of 2016. She is currently enrolled in school…

    Medical Record Entry

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    Angela Jackson-Brunning

    Angela has been with us since 2012, and has been working with animals for the last 18…
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    Elke Christ

    Originally from Illinois, Elke has been an animal lover since before she could walk.…