Meet the Doctors

Dr. Karen Perry

Dr. Karen Perry is a Southern California native who has always had a passion for nature and animals. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California Davis in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and then went on to veterinary school planning to become a wildlife veterinarian. However, by senior year in veterinary school she realized how much she liked the hands on interaction with cats and dogs and really enjoyed the aspect of being the medical detective for animals that can't speak. She decided at that point to fully focus her talent on the practice of veterinary medicine for cats and dogs.

After veterinary school she completed an internship with The Sacramento Animal Medical Group, and did rotations in internal medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, emergency medicine and general practice. Dr. Perry moved to San Diego in 1995 and practiced in Escondido for 4 years before starting with Advanced Care Veterinary Hospital where she has been since 1999. In 1999, she further distinguished herself when she earned her diplomate status from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Canine and Feline Practice. Her special interests are internal medicine, geriatric patient care and ophthalmology. It has always been her goal to develop lasting relationships with her clients, provide the highest quality medicine and work to give the patients she cares for the longest and healthiest life possible. She loves working with people who are as passionate about their pets and their quality of life as she is

Dr. Perry is a member of the AVMA, CVMA, and SDCVMA. In her spare time, Dr. Perry enjoys hiking, camping, nature, and spending time with her two daughters, pets, and husband (Dr.Y who recently retired from Advanced Care)

Dr. Kimberly L. Hiller


Dr. Kim Hiller is originally from the Phoenix area. She attended the University of Michigan for her undergraduate degree and initially began working in government and politics. When that wasn’t completely fulfilling, she changed course and decided to pursue a lifelong dream of veterinary medicine. After completing a 1 year Master’s degree at Colorado State University, she attended Oregon State University for veterinary school.

After veterinary school, Dr. Hiller moved to San Diego to pursue an internship at the Pet Emergency and Specialty Center. She also worked at a small animal practice in Del Mar before joining the team at Advanced Care Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Hiller enjoys meeting new clients and their furry family members and the challenge of helping patients who cannot speak for themselves. She has special interests in veterinary oncology and canine rehabilitation as well as internal medicine.

When not at work, Dr. Hiller enjoys spending time with her husband, Andrew, and their two schnauzer mixes, Scout and Phoebe. They enjoy being out by the water and trying new local restaurants and breweries.

Dr. Laura B. Oh

dr_kim.JPGDr. Oh grew up in Michigan and moved to Oceanside while in high school. She received a BS in Zoology in 1989 and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1996 both from UC Davis. During her undergraduate studies, she worked with a variety of animals, from dogs and cats to monkeys, horses, dairy goats and birds of prey. Asa veterinary student, she co-founded Students Alleviating Pet Overpopulation, an organization focused on educating the public about the pet overpopulation problem and helping them to select pets that were the best fit for their families.She worked in the San Francisco Bay Area in small animal practice for several years after school before relocating to San Diego to be closer to family. She has lived in Poway for the past 17 years and has raised two sons with her husband Ken.

Dr. Oh has been an active volunteer in the Poway Science Olympiad Program for several years. Her love of camping, hiking and the outdoors has been passed onto her sons through 10 years of leadership in Scouting.

Dr. Oh enjoys treating dogs, cats, rabbits and rodents. She is especially interested in geriatric and hospice care and healthy weight management programs to keep pets moving comfortably into their senior years. Her emphasis is on thorough client education so that pet owners can take an active and informed role in the medical management of their beloved companions.

When not at work or volunteering, Dr. Oh enjoys playing softball, mountain biking, swimming and hiking. She aspires to hike the Pacific Crest Trail in weekend warrior style. She is an avid reader of fiction and science fiction and enjoys strategy game nights with her extended family. She and her family share their house with a yellow Labrador, a Russian tortoise and a giant Plecostomus fish.

Dr. Tara Haley


Dr. Tara Haley is a native of the Philadelphia area. Her path to veterinary medicine began in childhood with her fondness for a variety of pets and other animals. She earned both her Bachelor of Science in Biology (1995) and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (1999) from Cornell University in New York.

Upon graduation, Dr. Haley immediately moved west. She worked in small animal practice in San Diego for six years, treating dogs, cats, and exotic pets. From 2005 to 2014 she practiced at a small animal hospital in Orange County, CA. Throughout her career Dr. Haley has maintained a strong interest in internal medicine, especially endocrine, liver, kidney, and gastrointestinal diseases. Other areas of interest are ultrasound, dermatology, behavior and the care of senior pets. She strives to enhance the health and happiness of patients and their families by providing knowledgeable and compassionate care. Dr. Haley is a member of the AVMA, SDCVMA, and CVMA.

Dr. Haley and her husband share their lives with their daughter and pets. In her spare time, she likes to travel, bake, read and explore the wonderful local beaches.

Dr. Marguerite M. Basso


Dr. Marguerite Basso is originally from the Bay Area. She went to undergraduate school at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she studied Animal Science before attending the University of California, Davis to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, Dr. Basso moved to San Diego and completed a 1-year internship in small animal emergency and specialty medicine. Next, she moved to Knoxville, Tennessee where she spent several years practicing in emergency medicine. Dr. Basso was extremely happy to get the opportunity to move back to San Diego. She really enjoys connecting with pets and their people and takes great pride in being a part of promoting long and happy lives. Her special interests include ophthalmology and preventative medicine.

Dr. Basso loves to spend her free time with her husband, who is also a veterinarian, their two dogs, Sebastian and Koa, and their little old lady cat, Hermione. She enjoys traveling, running, reading, camping, and anything to do with the ocean.

Dr. David A. Gordon


Dr. David Gordon received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from UC Davis in 1977. His degree in veterinary medicine took a circuitous route, first starting in California and ending in Italy where he graduated from the University of Perugia in 1983. After completing his internship at Bay Cities Pet Hospital in Torrance, California, Dr. Gordon began his professional career as an associate at AnaBrook Animal Hospital in Anaheim from 1985-1987. From 1987 to the present, Dr.Gordon has been the owner and then medical director of Arroyo Animal Hospital. He has guided its growth from a 1250 square foot strip-mall space on El Toro Road to its current 8000 square foot free-standing building. This hospital was voted 2005 Hospital of the Year. He is a member of many professional organizations including the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the California VMA, the San Diego County VMA, the Southern California VMA, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, the American Association of Veterinary Acupuncture, and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Gordon has now teamed with Drs. Perry, Oh, Haley, and Hiller to form the type of veterinary hospital he has always envisioned, emphasizing old fashioned courtesy, care, and value. Dr. Gordon enjoys all facets of small animal veterinary medicine but has developed a special interest in acupuncture, holistic medical therapies (chiropractic, herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutrition), stem cell therapy, and platelet enhancement therapy.

In his spare time, Dr. Gordon consults with other veterinarians regarding holistic care, enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, fishing, physical fitness, and music. He and his wife Sharon share their home with their two sons, Daniel and Adam, along with the true “King of the Castle”, Chauncey, a Yorkshire Terrier whom they rescued after breaking his leg as a young puppy. Dr. Gordon's eldest son, Daniel, is also a veterinarian and is doing his residency in critical care at The Ohio State University. Dr. Gordon's youngest son, Adam, is attending medical school in Wisconsin.

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