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Dr. Ronald Newman received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1977 from Purdue University. A native of New York, Dr. Newman was attracted to California by its beautiful weather and currently lives in Moorpark. While he is a general practitioner, Dr. Newman has an interest in dermatology/skin conditions. His goal as a veterinarian is to participate and play a professional role in the human-animal bond. He is pleased to be able to do this at Porter Pet Hospital with “a world-class staff of like-minded people.” Dr. Newman’s favorite breeds include Burmese Cats, Golden Retrievers, and Great Danes. In his time off, he enjoys spending time with his wife, his two cats ("Harry" and "Bob"), his dog ("Izzi"); gardening; cooking; and eating.

Dr. Sandy Sanford is a Veterinary Ultrasonographer associated with VetImage West. He is a graduate of UC Davis Veterinary School in 1988. Dr. Sanford is Board Certified with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and was a Clinical Fellow in Small Animal Abdominal Ultrasound at UC Davis’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital from 2002 to 2003. After over 22 years of clinical practice, Dr. Sanford now enjoys being a mobile veterinary ultrasonographer. He really takes pleasure in working with people and animals and feels that “making a difference in a pet’s life is the best reward.” When Dr. Sanford is not busy with his work, he enjoys spending with his family (he’s been married for 20 years, has 4 children, 2 dogs, and a desert tortoise!), camping, and photography.


Francisco is a Registered Veterinary Technician and a graduate of CSUN in Biology. He worked at Porter Pet Hospital in 2000 before obtaining valuable experience at an emergency and specialty practice in L.A. though he couldn't stay away. Francisco is an experienced technician and graphic artist. In his spare time, he has many varied interests including: restoring classic cars, music, movies, reading, mountain biking, camping, watching sports, playing chess, photography, and attending church. Most importantly, he loves spending time with his family including his wife, daughter, baby boy, "Rocky Road" (his chihuahua), and "Bentley" (his Maine Coon cat).

Front Office

Annie has been working at Porter since 2011 (returning after working here 2003-2004). She is a bright and friendly team member. While Annie doesn't currently have a furry family, she is partial to cats. She has an MBA from West Coast College and is a wife and mother of two. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family.

L.J. (Liz) joined the team at Porter in 2012. She is a warm and personable addition to the team. She is a wife and a mother of two. LJ is partial to dogs, and her favorite breeds include Pitbulls, French Bulldogs, Chihuahuas, Labradoodles, Pomeranians, Miniature Pinschers, Labs, and Golden Retrievers. Her interests include arts & crafts, baking, and scrapbooking. On her days off, LJ spends time with her family and her little chihuahua, "Milo. "

Natalie has been a member of the Porter team since 1987. She has worked in every capacity at the hospital except for being the veterinarian. Natalie graduated from UCSB with a B.A. in Political Science. When she is not working, Natalie spends time with her boyfriend and their two loving but naughty cat, "Padma."

Technicians and Assistants

Elizabeth is received her degree as a Registered Veterinary Technician from Pierce College and the State of California in 2016. She is married and has a son and a daughter. She first came to Porter as a volunteer in 2007 but found she liked it so much, she couldn't leave! She is active in her church choir and very close with her family.

Gerardo has worked on and off at Porter since 2000. He is a passionate animal lover and our resident Dog Whisperer. He even speaks Chihuahua! Gerardo is extremely knowledgeable about veterinary medicine and is very friendly.

Idania started at Porter as a volunteer from Pierce College in 2012 and has continued on with the team and at Pierce in their Registered Veterinary Technician program. When she is not working or taking classes, she enjoys drawing, arts & crafts, and baking. She has a Maltese dog and 2 cats at home. Her favorite breeds include: Labs, Retrievers, Pitbulls, Calico cats, and Russian Blue cats.

While quiet, Tomás has a great attitude and is always willing to lend a hand when needed. Tomas has been a part of the Porter Pet Hospital team since 2006. He enjoys listening to music, playing soccer, camping, and participating in his church.

Grooming & Kennel

Karla is a caring and diligent hard worker. She has worked at Porter on and off since 2008. She is married and has two children at home. In her time off, Karla enjoys spending time with her children, camping, running, and going to church.

Teresa has been with Porter Pet Hospital since 1997. She has been professionally trained in grooming and styling pets' hair. Teresa spends her spare time with her family, gardening, cooking, and volunteering at her church.


Dr. Newman & Staff:
Thank you very, very much for the excellent work you did on our Cody. He came through his surgery with flying colors. A little groggy on Monday night but he sure made up for it since. You have the most wonderful & dedicated employees we have ever met. You & your staff make it a pleasure for us to do business with you always!

Sincerely, Greg & Maria C. and Cody & Sally / Northridge, CA

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