VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital Staff

VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital

Phone: 949-770-1808
Fax: 949-583-9326
1 South Pointe Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Business Hours
33.658631<--lat long-->-117.697756

Caring for pets... and their people, too.

At VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital, we look forward to welcoming you, your dog, cat and other pets. Everyone on our staff believes that the better we get to know your pets, the better we can provide the best possible health care for them. In fact, when you come in, you'll see exactly why our veterinarians are praised for their kind and thorough care. We'll give you and your pet all the time you need, and never rush through an exam. We'll also carefully track the course of your pet's care, which is so important to your pet's long-term health.

In every case, you'll be served by experienced, knowledgeable members of our staff. Our veterinarians, veterinary technicians and other pet-friendly personnel are trained to the highest standards. Their knowledge of the latest veterinary medicines and procedures ensures that all our pet patients get the best in prevention and healing methods.

Local Medical Issues

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New to VCA?

In addition to the traditional services you'd expect from a veterinary hospital, we offer pets and pet parents a selection of specialized veterinary services. For example, we specialize in holistic care, including acupuncture and chriopractic. We also offer stem cell therapy.

If you aren't sure if we offer a specific service that's important to you, please ask us. If we don't already offer it, we can refer you to one of our sister animal hospitals in the area or to one of our veterinary referral hospitals.

We know that finding a quality veterinarian, who both you and your pet feel comfortable with, is very important.  We have grown over the past year and are extremely proud of our team here at VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital, we are excited to introduce you to our doctors.


Dr Jamie Ota has a special interest in surgery and critical care. 

Dr Jason Steenis has a special interest in internal medicine, surgery, and dermatology.

Dr David Gordon has a special interest in acupuncture, chiropractic, stem cell therapy,  platelet enhancement therapy and homeopathy

Dr Sabrina Keigley has a special interest in nutrition, herbal therapy, dentistry, surgery and rehabilitation. 

Dr Nicole Malecek has a special interest in surgery, canine rehabilitation and emergency medicine. 

Dr Lisa Buehler has a special interest in internal medicine and cardiology.  


The doctors are joined by our friendly, professional staff, made up of dedicated individuals who have made it their mission to help pets live long, healthy lives. To be true to this mission, the hospital team relies on several individuals, each equally important in helping us deliver the best patient and client experience for both you and your pet.

And if things get complicated, we are fortunate to have access to the nation's largest network of VCA veterinarians and board-certified specialists. In a word: TEAMWORK!

Teamwork is a constant in our daily practice. From check-in to check-out, our team of pet lovers works cohesively to create a warm and welcoming experience for both you and your pet.

As always, we strive to offer the exceptional service and caring concern that you have come to trust. We look forward to seeing you and your pet soon.

Dr. David Gordon
Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Other

Dr. David Gordon received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from UC Davis in 1977. His degree in veterinary medicine took a circuitous route,

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Dr. Nicole Malecek
Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Western University of Health Sciences

Dr. Nicole Malecek graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Animal Science. She received her veterinary degree from Western University

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Always Room
Arthur Field from Fallbrook

Although I live in Fallbrook, I have always taken my dogs to see Dr. Gordon as he was recommended to me because of his holistic approach to disease. I will tell you about my last dog Austin, who was 16 years old when he passed away this year. Last year, I had a terrible scare with Austin. Austin was choking in the middle of the night so I took him to the local emergency hospital. The vet there told me he had a major heart problem and that she would have to operate immediately. I was not comfortable with this, so I picked Austin up and took him the next day to a specialist in the area. After an ultrasound, the second vet found a different problem (with his adrenal gland) and said that Austin would need surgery on this tumor within the week. By that time, Austin was in terrible shape and very weak. He was coughing all the time, and not eating. I called Dr. Gordon at Arroyo and he said to bring Austin in immediately. I had to literally carry the dog in. Dr. Gordon ran a battery of tests. He showed me the x-rays and explained to me that, although Austin did have these other problems the specialists were concerned about, the real reason Austin was not doing well was that Austin had very severe pneumonia. I am not sure how Dr. Gordon did it, but after a day in the hospital with IV fluid therapy, IV antibiotics, acupuncture, and other treatments, Austin was able to walk out of the animal hospital! He went on to live for another 18 months and was happy and healthy until the end.

Convenient, Affordable Wellness Plans

Membership includes:

  • Convenient monthly payments
  • 5 visits to VCA each year
  • Doctor-recommended vaccines
  • Prevention and early detection tests for serious diseases
  • Routine dental care for your pet
  • Peace of mind knowing you are doing the best for your pet

To enroll in VCA CareClub®, call us at
949-770-1808 or request an appointment.