Meet Our Team

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Eric M. Irwin

Owner, Administrator

Eric's Bio
Eric owns Newport Mesa Animal Hospital with his wife Katie, and works as the Hospital Administrator. He has been working here since 2002, after basically growing up running around the hospital. After managing the clinic for 6 years, he purchased the hospital from his father, Dr. Tom. He enjoys working alongside his father (Dr. Tom), whom now strictly practices veterinary medicine anytime that he’s not out surfing! Eric previously worked as a firefighter in Central California but resigned after 6 years to focus on running the family business.

Outside work, Eric spends most of his time on the golf course. He played professional golf for a few years but now plays as an amateur in his free time. When he’s not on the links, he’s spending time with his family. Did we mention he is a die-hard Anaheim Ducks fan AND Green Bay Packers fan?

His pets include Penny (Chihuahua mix), Tobie (Tuxedo cat), Nancy (DLH cat), and Linda (French Bulldog).

Katie

Katie C. Irwin, RVT

Co-Owner, Head RVT

Katie's Bio
Katie has been with the hospital since 2005. She began her work with us as an intern, and with Dr. Tom’s training, she worked her way up to the Head Technician Position. Katie is very passionate about her work at the hospital, where she loves and cares for each patient as if they were one of her own. When Katie is away from work, she enjoys spending her time with friends and family. Katie is married to Eric Irwin, Dr. Tom’s youngest son and owner of NMAH!

Her pets include Penny (Chihuahua mix), Tobie (Tuxedo cat), Nancy (DLH cat), and Linda (French Bulldog).

Dr. Thomas M. Irwin (Dr. Tom)

Veterinarian/Medical Director
Dr. Tom's Bio

Dr. Tom is one of the most relaxed, down-to-earth vets you will ever meet. With over thirty years of small-animal practice experience, you will be in great hands here at Newport Mesa Animal Hospital. Haven’t met Dr. Tom yet? He will be the one running around in shorts and sandals, practicing medicine between sets at his favorite surf breaks.

Dr. Tom attended undergraduate school at University of Hawaii, where he fell in love with surfing. He then continued his education at the University of California at Davis and received his BS in Biology and Animal Science in 1978. He then continued his education at the University of California at Davis, where he received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1983. A very “low key and down to earth” person – his practice philosophy is to provide progressive quality medicine in a relaxed, common sense, honest practice with the pets well being of primary importance.

His other passions include his family and recently welcomed new granddaughter Olive! Surfing, hockey and live music are also other passions of his. 

He enjoys spending 1 week per month in San Jose del Cabo surfing, relaxing, helping Dr. Ruben Pawling (local Veterinarian) and two local animal rescues in Los Cabos.

His pets include Miller (Orange tabby – who lives at NMAH).

Dr. Jennifer A. Keating

Veterinarian
Dr. Keating's Bio
Dr. Jennifer Keating began her veterinary career right here at Newport Mesa Animal Hospital in 2002. She worked under Dr. Tom for 10 years while continuing her education for acceptance into a veterinary school. She graduated from UCI with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, then continued on for a second Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Health at Cal Poly Pomona. During her initial employment with us, she obtained her RVTg (Registered Veterinary Technologist) license. In 2012 Dr. Keating was accepted to the University of Minnesota Veterinary School. She completed her final clinical rotation with Dr. Tom at Newport Mesa Animal Hospital in early 2016, and ultimately graduated and obtained her DVM license from the University of Minnesota in the Spring of 2016.

Following graduation, Dr. Jennifer Keating happily accepted a full-time job offer to return to Newport Mesa Animal Hospital to work right alongside her lifelong Veterinary teacher, Dr. Tom. She now is working as our 2nd full-time veterinarian, and we couldn’t be happier to have her back in the NMAH family!

Her pets include: Oliver (Bernese Mountain Dog)

Kritiza

Krizia, RVT

Practice Manager, RVT

Krizia's Bio
Krizia starting working with us in May of 2012. She’s a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) who graduated from the Professional Veterinary Assistant school. Krizia works both as a veterinary technician as well as our Practice Manager. She’s bilingual and can speak fluent Spanish. Outside work, Krizia enjoys playing soccer and traveling.

Her pets include: Brock (Boxer) and Puffy (Poodle Mix)

Kristina

Office Manager

Kristina's BIo
Kristina has extensive experience in the veterinary field. After starting with us in 2013, she has worked her way into the position of our Office Manager. On the weekends, you’ll find Kristina at the soccer fields cheering on her son and daughter.

Her pets include: Storm (Husky)

Angela

Receptionist / Vet Assistant
Angela's BIo
Angela has been part of the NAMH family since 2014. She is cross-trained as both a Veterinary Receptionist and a Veterinary Assistant working in both positions. During her free time, she enjoys shopping, dancing, and spending time with her family. Her pets include Hotcakes (Chug).

Lily

Receptionist

Lily's Bio
Lily joined our team in May of 2018, bringing over six years of experience in the veterinary field. When not at NMAH, she enjoys spending time with her malti-poo Daisy, going on local hikes and visiting theme parks.

Her pets include Daisy (Malti-poo), Dipper (DMH).

Kailie

Receptionist

Kailie's Bio
Kailie joined our team in September of 2020 as a veterinary receptionist. She has previous experience in emergency veterinary medicine.
Katia

Edward

Receptionist
Edward's Bio
Edward joined our team in December of 2021.
Katia

Elise

Receptionist

Elise's Bio

Elise joined our team in May of 2022.

Katia

Serena

Receptionist

Serena's Bio

Serena joined our team in June of 2022.

Chelsea

Chelsea, RVT

Veterinary Technician

Chelsea's Bio
Chelsea joined the NMAH team in July of 2018. She is an RVT that graduated from Stanbridge University in 2016. She has been in the veterinary industry since 2015. During her time outside the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her family and hiking. Her pets include Zeppelin (Golden Retriever Mix) and Sabbath (Lab Mix).
Jorge

Jorge

Veterinary Technician

Jorge's Bio
Jorge had been part of the NMAH family since 2012. He advanced through hard work and training and now works as a veterinary technician. He’s a recent graduate from Platt College’s RVT program and will soon be a licensed RVT! Jorge is a natural at handling and caring for our patients. Outside work, you’ll find him spending time with his family or watching sports. His pets include Storm (Boston Terrier Mix) and Bradley (Lab Mix).
Katia

Katia

Veterinary Technician

Katia's Bio
Katia has been with our team since August of 2018. She started as a kennel attendant and has worked her way up to the technician position. Outside of work she loves spending time with her dogs, going to concerts and traveling the world in her spare time.

Her pets include: Simba (Golden Retriever) and Pumba (Pug)

Daniel

Daniel

Veterinary Technician

Daniel's Bio
Daniel started at NMAH in October of 2019 as a Veterinary Technician. He has been working in the industry since 2017. He originally studied veterinary medicine at PIMA Medical Institute. He’s a recent graduate from Platt College’s RVT program and will soon be a licensed RVT! In his free time, he enjoys taking road trips with his dog and hanging out with friends. His pets include KC (malti-poo).
Vanessa

Vanessa

Veterinary Technician

Vanessa's Bio
Vanessa joined our team in September of 2020 as a Veterinary Technician. She has extensive experience in the veterinary industry covering multiple positions. She’s currently in the RVT program at Platt College and will soon be a licensed RVT! Her pets include Booger (DSH), Lil Bun (Siamese), and Navi (Maltese mix).
Anastasia

Anastasia

Veterinary Technician
Anastasia's Bio
Anastasia joined our team in January of 2022. She’s been in the industry since 2018 and is currently studying to become an RVT. She’s working as a veterinary technician.

Her pets include: Zephyr (Maine coon mix), Kaila (DSH), Keena (DSH), and a foster dog Hussle (German Shepard/Husky mix).

Anastasia

David

Veterinary Technician

David's Bio
David joined our team in June of 2022.

We’re proud to serve Costa Mesa, CA and the surrounding communities since 1983.

At our family-owned and operated veterinary hospital in Costa Mesa, CA, we believe in treating patients with love and respect. You can count on us to be there when your four-legged family member needs us most!

Location

1542 Newport Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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Hours

Mon - Fri: 9:30am - 6:00pm
Sat - Sun: Closed
Please note: We are closed on major holidays

Contact Info

Phone: 949-642-2100
Fax: 949-722-7568
Email: reception@nmah.vet

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