Meet the Team

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Meet the Team

We treat your pet like we would our own, with tenderness, compassion, and dedication. Learn more about us here, or stop by and say hello anytime—we have all the cookies and all the pets waiting!

Dr. Earl

Dr. Earl

Dr. Donald Earl started his career in veterinary medicine in 1989 when his wife, Andrea, brought home a very sick puppy named Booboo. Over the next 2 weeks, Booboo was diagnosed with distemper and Donny and Andrea were told by an emergency doctor to put her to sleep. They loved her too much to give up that quickly, so they took her to another doctor for a second opinion. They met a fantastic vet named Dr. John Symes, who told them Booboo still had a little fighting room left. Over the next few months, Booboo’s bill went into the thousands, so Dr. Symes let Donny start helping at the hospital to defray some of the costs. He worked part time at the hospital for the next 7 years until he left for veterinary school.

While he was working as a technician, he also volunteered 2 days a week at The Friends of the Sea Lion in Laguna Beach. On his birthday in 1996, his greatest supporter, his wife of 25 years Andrea, told him he should go back to school to follow his lifelong dream of being a veterinarian. Dr. Earl graduated with his D.V.M. from the University of Florida in 2000. Since then, he has enjoyed practicing small animal medicine in Irvine and Rancho Santa Margarita, and currently in Newport Beach, CA. Especially dear to him is his rescue work with German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and The Pup Squad Rescue.

Dr. Earl is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, California Veterinary Medical Association, Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, and Feline Practitioners of America. He has lectured on “Technology in the Fully Integrated Veterinary Practice” in Chicago, Honolulu, and Southern California. He is an Eagle Scout, Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 636, Cubmaster of Pack 727, and an avid supporter of The Boy Scouts of America.

Daniel

Daniel

Dr. Earl has known Dan for over 20 years. Their professional relationship began when Dan was an R.O.P. working his internship at the same animal hospital. Donny was assigned to show Dan “the ropes,” and their friendship began. Dan and Dr. Earl’s paths parted for the next 5 years as Dan continued his career in veterinary medicine and Dr. Earl left for veterinary school. They met up again in 2000, and Dan has worked as Dr. Earl’s hospital manager for the past 14 years. Dan has a wealth of experience and his welcoming smile and warm laughter have become somewhat of a trademark for our hospital.

Suzann

Suzann

Suzy joined our family in 2002, when she worked on a part time basis as she earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from UCLA. During that time, her dog, Cinco, had a severe stroke and was unresponsive. Suzy drove him to the hospital at light speed and spent the next 48 hours by his side. He did recover with her TLC, and because of that crisis, Suzy realized her passion for animal care. She became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2010, and she was a natural fit, as she and Dan are brother and sister! Although Suzy is a dog lover like all of us, she is also the proud mama to four gorgeous cats! Our feline patients are always in good hands with Suzy on board.

In 2005, our trio headed off to an adventure that would forever bond them as a true family. After Hurricane Katrina, Dan learned of a rescue center that was in need of medications. After researching it further, he learned that the center not only needed medicine, but also had no doctors. Within 24 hours, the three were on a plane headed for the Mississippi-Louisiana border. They expected to be travelling on boats into the heart of New Orleans. Upon arriving in Jacksonville, MS, the rescue center asked that they stay and help them build and run an emergency ICU. Over the next four days, they slept a total of 5 hours and worked in sub-standard conditions.

With no diagnostic equipment other than penlights, a stethoscope, and their combined years of training, they ran the emergency hospital and oversaw the care of over 450 animals, and only lost one patient, a very stressed out pet bird. The experience showed them how much you can do with only your education and instincts to guide you, and it changed them forever.

Nick

Nick

Nick joined our family in the summer of 2010. We found ourselves in need of support during the busy summer months and asked for his help. We had known Nick for years, as he and Erin have been dating for a long time. We found him to be so valuable that we never wanted him to leave, so we made the job full time! He has become Dr. Earl’s “Go-To Guy” and Dan and Suzy’s “MVP”. Feel free to ask him any questions, and if he does not know the answer he will be your liaison in the lobby that makes sure your needs are met.

Erin

Erin

Erin joined our family in 2005 after deciding that she would like to try the field of Veterinary Medicine. Previously, she had been in nursing school, but she decided that her lifelong love of animals was leading her in a different direction. She started in the industry working as a receptionist and after three years, she began working with patients. She currently runs our customer care group and helps Dr. Earl manage the practice. She also continues to help Dan and Nick with patients on Saturdays. Erin has a soft spot in her heart for pit bulls and pit mixes, so your beautiful pit bull will always be welcome here!

Sam

Sam

Sam has been the heart of Lido’s reception since its opening in August 2009, blending her love for animals with unmatched hospitality. Her home is a lively sanctuary for Mini, a 14-year-old Chihuahua mix; George, a joyful 2.5-year-old Golden Doodle; and Fuzzy, the 13-year-old tarantula. Beyond spending time with her family and animal companions, Sam finds joy in travel, cooking, and tending to her garden, where citrus trees, veggies, and roses flourish. Her warmth, passion for animals, and diverse interests enrich our team and the Lido community.

Uli

Uli

Uli joined our team in February 2022 and is currently enrolled at Orange Coast College for kinesiology and physical therapy. His love for animals was ignited in childhood when he rescued 1 of 2 wandering Golden Retrievers found outside of his home.  Balto, the loveable pup, became his devoted companion for 13 years. Currently, Uli’s home is shared with Monty, an 11-year-old rescue Chiweenie; Sammy, a 14-year-old rescue mutt; and Stumbles, an 18-year-old three-legged tuxedo cat. When he is not at work or studying, Uli enjoys napping and listening to podcasts as well as engaging in outdoor activities like hiking, camping, and weightlifting, he keeps an active lifestyle. He also indulges in reading, gaming, and photography, capturing the world’s beauty and his pets’ antics.

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