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Meet the Team

Our team is comprised of a number of compassionate, caring, and experienced veterinary technicians, customer service representatives, hospital management, and our veterinary doctor staff. EPIC Vets has assembled a great team to help take care of your sick and injured pets, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Dr. Lonny Pace, DVM

Dr. Lonny Pace, DVM is the Medical Director and Staff Critical Care Specialist for EPIC Vets. Dr. Pace graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts: Human Biology and Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and where he also earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

He has published research including Brown Recluse Spider Envenomation in Small Animals and has volunteered as a veterinarian at the Dolphin Research Center, Marathon Wild Bird Center, and the Turtle Hospital. Dr. Pace believes that he and his fellow veterinarians have made a lifetime commitment to provide hope and care to those most precious family members who unquestioningly and unerringly love, and that is what makes it all worth it.

Dr. Kim De La Peza, DVM

Dr. Kim De La Peza, DVM graduated from California Polytechnic University, Pomona with honors before completing her DVM degree at Michigan State University. After graduation, she completed a rigorous small animal rotating internship at VCA Sacramento Referral Center in Sacramento, California. During her internship, Dr. De La Peza realized she enjoyed all facets of veterinary medicine with surgery, emergency medicine, and general practice medicine being her passions.

It is the family-style relationship that is nurtured between her and her clients while providing excellent quality care for her patients, that motivates her to do what she loves.

Dr. Matthew Owens, DVM

Dr. Matthew Owens, DVM graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from UC Davis. Dr. Owens loves emergency medicine and being able to help critically ill animals.

Dr. Christoff Saaiman, DVM

Dr. Saaiman completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at the University of California San Diego in 2009. After graduating, he worked with a wildlife veterinary team specializing in capturing and relocating Cape Buffalo in Thabazimbi, South Africa.  He earned a veterinary degree at Western University of Health Sciences in 2015.

His professional interests are in polytrauma and soft tissue surgery.

Dr. Saaiman calls San Diego home, and outside the hospital, he pursues long-distance endurance training, open water ocean sports, and woodworking.

Dr. Randall Bryden, DVM

Dr. Randall Bryden earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Agriculture at Austin Peay State University and has enjoyed working as a veterinarian for the past five years. Dr. Bryden loves the challenge and evolving world of emergency veterinary care and the progress toward more advanced veterinary care.

Dr. Ted Townsend, DVM

Dr. Townsend graduated from Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine and has worked in both Emergency and Day practice over the last 30 years. He enjoys surgical cases and is currently working to increase his skills with diagnostic ultrasound in the emergency and critical care setting. When not in the hospital, Dr. Townsend enjoys spending time with his wife, two daughters, three cats, a dog, and two tortoises. Most of his remaining free time is devoted to working on a small commercial vegetable farm that he and his wife co-own and operate. He is also an avid beekeeper and has a passion for growing fruit trees.

Kristi Hundelt, RVT
Hospital Manager

Kristi has dedicated her life to the care of animals. She loves all facets of veterinary medicine—especially working with staff and patients and she strives to have a positive influence within EPIC Vets and the community.

Alice DeJohn, RVT
Assistant Hospital Manager


Courtney Pomeroy, SHRM-CP
HR Manager


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  • Julianna

  • Kaylie, RVT

  • Angel

  • Alicia, RVT

  • Kathy

  • Tristen

Customer Service Representatives

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  • Jennifer

  • Tracy

  • Deseri

  • Michelle

  • Thomas

  • Eva

  • Jenne

  • Lauren

  • Marta

  • Lissa

  • Kayla

Financial Coordinators

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  • Gillian, Supervisor

  • Ibeth

  • Chantel

  • Lynette E.

  • Austin