Meet the Team


Meet the Team

Caring and compassionate veterinary team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Melrose Veterinary Hospital in Vista, CA! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets! Please call us at 760-727-5151 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Veterinarians and Management


Dr. Paul Richieri <br/>DVM, MS, APC<br/>Practice Owner photo

Dr. Paul Richieri
DVM, MS, APC
Practice Owner

Dr. Richieri graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. He also received a Masters degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of California, Irvine. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association. He opened Melrose Veterinary hospital in 1990. Dr. Richieri regularly attends lectures and seminars on the latest veterinary medical advances.

Dr. Mary Gibbs<br/>DVM, MS photo

Dr. Mary Gibbs
DVM, MS

Dr. Gibbs is a 1987 graduate of Auburn University, School of Veterinary Medicine. She has also received a Masters degree in Animal Science from the University of California, Davis. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Gibbs joined our staff in 1999.

Dr. Kristie Watanabe<br/>DVM photo

Dr. Kristie Watanabe
DVM

Dr. Watanabe obtained her bachelors degree in Biology at Occidental College in Los Angeles in 2010. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences in 2015. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and California Veterinary Medical Association. Originating from Honolulu, Hawaii, Dr. W enjoys going to the beach, hiking, and trying new foods.

Dr. Puja Buch<br/>DVM photo

Dr. Puja Buch
DVM

Dr. Buch, originally from Mumbai, India, became a Cincinnati resident with her family as a young girl. Her family, being mostly medical professionals, helped pave the way for her love of medicine. Puja knew at a young age that her passion was animals. She attended Ohio State University where she obtained her B.S. in Biology & Psychology, and is currently in pursuit of her M.S. degree in Animal Behavior and Welfare. Dr. Buch moved to Southern California to attend Western University of Health Sciences and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2015.

Lana Jackson<br/>Practice Manager photo

Lana Jackson
Practice Manager

Lana has been with Melrose Veterinary Hospital since 1994. She really enjoys interacting with the clients and caring for their pets. Lana loves all aspects of the veterinary field, but has a special interest in animal nutrition. She has completed the veterinary technical nutrition counselor program and continues to educate herself in this area. Lana’s philosophy is that excellent veterinary care is one of the best ways to keep pets healthy and happy.

Taylor Hinkel<br/>Asst. Manager  photo

Taylor Hinkel
Asst. Manager

Robin Reeh<br/>Asst. Manager  photo

Robin Reeh
Asst. Manager

Our Staff


Kelly<br/>RVT  photo

Kelly
RVT

Courtney<br/>Vet Tech  photo

Courtney
Vet Tech

Carina<br/>Vet Tech Assistant  photo

Carina
Vet Tech Assistant

Tami<br/>Receptionist  photo

Tami
Receptionist

Beverly<br/>Receptionist  photo

Beverly
Receptionist

Melrose Veterinary Hospital

1680 South Melrose Dr. Suite 104
Vista, California 92081


Phone: 760-727-5151
Fax: 855-287-5760



Hours

Monday 7:30am - 6:00pm

Tuesday 7:30am - 7:00pm

Wednesday 7:30am - 7:00pm

Thursday 7:30am - 7:00pm

Friday 7:30am - 6:00pm

Saturday 8:30am - 4:00pm

Sunday Closed