Bjorn Barre` D.V.M.
Dr. Bjorn Barre’s family immigrated from Denmark to California, where he was born. At the young age of four, Dr. Barre’ convinced his family to adopt a stray, pregnant, Santa Ana River cat. This cat along with frogs, fish, birds, mice, and dogs were part of his childhood family. Thus, began his love and passion for animals.
Dr. Barre’ stayed in California to attend college. Bjorn’s undergraduate studies were at UCSD, where he majored in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. He spent a summer studying in Copenhagen, Denmark, learning about his family’s language and culture. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2004. His graduate studies then took Bjorn to UC Davis, where he received a nutrition scholarship, volunteered at the spay and neuter clinics for the pets of the local homeless population, participated in Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation fundraising events and finished Veterinary School in 2009. Dr. Barre’s extended family includes a chocolate lab, Kahlua, a mastiff mixed- breed dog named Piggy, and assorted reptiles and fish. Dr. Barre’ enjoys racquetball, surfing and fishing, even though his love, passion and work with animals keeps him very busy. His extended family continues to grow and now includes the patients and clients at Kearny Mesa Veterinary Center. /

Kearny Mesa Veterinary Center, KMVC, veterinary, vet, clinic, pet, dog, cat, San Diego, groom, grooming, kitten, puppy, AAHACraig Marvil D.V.M.

Dr. Marvil grew up in the Pasadena, California area. He always had animals and began working in an animal hospital as soon as the veterinarians would let him. “I was too young to drive, so I got rides or took the bus to work.” His most memorable moment was raising an abandoned collie puppy from two days of age, bottle feeding around the clock, and having it become a treasured family member. Following graduation from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Marvil joined a multi-doctor practice in Covina, a suburb of Los Angeles. “It was a very busy practice with a large case load. I developed extensive experience in surgery and internal medicine.” In 1975, he and his wife Joan, a special education teacher, moved to San Diego. His son and daughter were raised in San Diego. Dr. Marvil formed Kearny Mesa Veterinary Center in 1998 by merging Dr. Broady’s practice with his own. “I find veterinary medicine a constantly stimulating and exciting profession. I look forward to going to work each morning. It’s not just the medicine, but the people I meet and the staff I work with, that make it rewarding.” Dr. Marvil is a past president of the San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association and has chaired the peer review committee for the association the last several years. When not practicing medicine, he enjoys bicycling, golf, skiing, scuba diving and underwater photography. “The whole family enjoys these activities and we have had some great experiences.” /

Emily Cross D.Kearny Mesa Veterinary Center, KMVC, veterinary, vet, clinic, pet, dog, cat, San Diego, groom, grooming, kitten, puppy, AAHAV.M., DABVP(Canine/Feline)/ Dietician

As many of you already know, Dr. Emily Cross recently earned diplomate status with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (canine/feline), making her one of the only two veterinarians in San Diego to achieve this prestigious medical distinction in this specialty.
Dr. Emily Cross grew up in Syracuse, NY. At the tender age of 5 she declared to her parents that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Wanting her to get a real world experience in animal care, her parents encouraged an externship at the Syracuse Zoo when she was 13. After shoveling up a lot of monkey poo all summer, she was still committed to veterinary medicine and her parents started to take her seriously! She graduated in 2003 from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine as a member of the Phi Zeta honor society. She worked in a high volume general practice and referral hospital in Syracuse for 2 years before joining the team at Purina Veterinary Diets as a Veterinary Communications Manager in August 2005. Her special interests include nutrition, dermatology, and internal medicine. She says, “I love being able to help an animal who has been feeling sick without always having to reach for long term medications. Sometimes it is just as simple as the right diet change.” She greatly enjoys having left the cold Syracuse winters behind her and plays beach volleyball regularly. At home her cat Simon keeps her very busy when not working at her two jobs! /

Avi Shaprut D.V.M.

Dr. Avi Shaprut earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University in 1998. Originally from New York, he relocated to San Diego in 2000 and has loved it here ever since. In 2006 Dr. Shaprut completed the Small Abdominal Ultrasound Fellowship at UC Davis Veterinary School. He now has over 15 years of experience in this area. His other special interests include cardiology, internal medicine and surgery. Dr. Shaprut has worked at KMVC since 2003. Even though he now works full-time for Nestle Purina our staff and clients are happy that he still works at KMVC regularly as an independent contractor. In his free time Dr. Shaprut enjoys spending time with his family, cats, and his almost-too-smart Shih Tzu, “Jelly”. His interests when not wearing his lab coat include physical fitness, surfing, tinkering with technology, and getting together with good friends. /


Shira&PennyShira Horenstein D.V.M.

Dr. Shira Horenstein, from Phoenix, Arizona, has grown up with animals rather than siblings. She earned her undergraduate degree from Occidental College in biology with a marine biology emphasis. While at Occidental, she worked on their research vessel and taught students her love of the ocean. She presented her research at the annual Southern California Academy of Sciences meeting. She went on to study veterinary medicine at Ross University in St. Kitts. She came back to the states to complete her veterinary degree at Texas A M University.

After graduating in 2004, she completed a veterinary internship at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Her research was published in the Biological Bulletin. After her internship, she married her college sweetheart and they moved to Maryland. Her practice included dogs, cats and exotics. After four years, she moved back to her hometown to practice in a corporate veterinary field. Since 2009, she has practiced veterinary medicine in the San Diego area.

Her special interests include dermatology and internal medicine. She enjoys educating clients on all aspects of pet health and developing a bond with clients and their pets. She is a member of American Animal Hospital Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the San Diego County VMA. Dr. Horenstein enjoys reading, knitting, training and competing in performance agility with her Welsh Pembroke corgis Penny Lane and Benji . Dr. Horenstein and her husband share their home in Rancho Penasquitos with two cats as well, Tigger and Jude. /