By Marti Gacioch
Established more than 40 years ago, small-animal medicine remains the primary focus of WindanSea Veterinary Clinic, now celebrating a major facility remodel.
Clinic owner Dr. Dina Raichel, DVM, who has worked at the facility since 2009, bought the practice in June 2011. She and associate Dr. Jean Spengle, DVM, head a support staff of 10 trained employees who assure a high standard of pet care.
“After I took over, we were voted the No. 1 vet practice in La Jolla,” Raichel said. “We’ve made all these great improvements to make sure that we have the best possible medicine available.”
Preventative medicine is essential at the clinic, which offers routine pet care check-ups, along with orthopedic care, puppy check-ups, inoculations, digital X-rays and dental cleaning for dogs and cats. The clinic provides complimentary exams for newly adopted pets from the Humane Society.
As needed, Raichel will bring in a cardiac specialist and a radiology specialist.
“We know what’s out there in terms of cutting-edge veterinary medicine,” Raichel said. “We’re starting to do minimally invasive procedures with laparoscopes, and our newly updated equipment includes a state-of-the-art digital X-ray system that gives us such great image quality that we can pick up on things that may not have been picked up otherwise.”
A graduate of the Colorado State University Veterinary School, Raichel earned a master’s degree in veterinary anatomy there before receiving her DVM. After graduation, she practiced in Colorado, Florida and Northern California before moving to La Jolla in 2005.
Raichel has a strong background in marine mammal medicine.
The clinic is open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. An open house is planned.
— WindanSea Veterinary Clinic, 6911 La Jolla Boulevard, (858) 454-0354.