Get to know the amazing team of Tell Tail Veterinary Urgent Care.
Our Team of Professionals
Meet our amazing team of doctors and staff that will be providing expert veterinary care to your pets. To view a bio, simply click on an image.
A Southern California native, Dr. Henry knew from a very young age that she wanted to be involved in emergency medicine.
She started her career in Colorado as an emergency medical technician and then as a paramedic working on ambulances, helicopters, and Learjets.
After more than a decade, Dr. Henry decided she wanted to do more and combined her love of emergency medicine with her love for animals, pursuing her veterinary career at Ross University in St. Kitts, West Indies. Dr. Henry completed her clinical year at the University of Illinois before returning home to California. She worked in primary care medicine for a year until feeling the call to return to her emergency medicine roots.
Dr. Henry enjoys playing softball, golf, scuba diving, and reading in her spare time. She shares her home with a standard dachshund named Dodger.
Shirley has lived in Guam, the Philippines, Japan, and Hawaii before calling San Diego her home. She graduated from the Mesa College Animal Health Technology Program and received her RVT license in 2002. She has worked in the specialties of Emergency, Dermatology, Surgery, Opthalmology, and most recently, Oncology. In the past, she has taught the Junior Veterinary Program for kids at Palomar College, where she enjoyed passing on her knowledge to the next generation.
When she is not at work, Shirley can be found maintaining her Saltwater reef tank, doing photography, or paddleboarding.
Lorraine was born and raised in San Diego. She has worked in animal care for the past 19 yrs. She is married and has two grown children. She enjoys going golfing and attending Padre games with her husband. Lorraine loves taking her four pugs to the beach and other dog friendly establishments.
Josh is a native San Diegan. He has lived in San Diego his whole life. Josh started his veterinary career in 1996. He received his RVT license through the Veterinary Technology Department at San Diego Mesa College. Josh believes actively seeking out continuing education not only helps make each experience with animals a better one, but it also helps him continually learn and grow which is important in the field of veterinary medicine.
As an avid fitness buff, you can find Josh in the gym during his time off. He also likes to travel and go on adventures with his partner. Josh feels lucky to have family close to him in San Diego. He loves being an uncle and spending time with family on the weekends.
Bela was born and raised in San Diego. She grew up surrounded by animals from birds to cats to dogs and reptiles. She has been in the animal care field for 3 years and obtained her veterinary assistant certification in 2019 from PIMA Medical Institute. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, exploring new eateries, and spending time with her friends and family. Bela’s furry friends include Opie and Jax, two very vocal and friendly 6-year-old cats, and Mister, a very handsome and sweet 6-year-old pitbull.
Kylie grew up in Bakersfield and moved to Huntington Beach with her family when she turned 17. She has been working in the vet industry for 5 years. Kylie started as a receptionist but quickly moved to the back and became a vet assistant.
She enjoys spending time with her pets, going to pet-friendly establishments, trying new places to eat, spending time with her husband and friends, and binge-watching TV shows. Kylie grew up in a family of 4 kids. She is the second oldest. She and her husband are newly married and have 1 cat and 2 dogs. They are Winston, a 9-month-old Boxer, Baily, an 8-month-old domestic short hair, and a new Great Dane puppy coming soon.
Angel was born and raised in San Diego. He attended Universidad De La Salle Bajío in Leon, Mexico where he graduated veterinary medicine and zootechnics. He is working on validating his degree in the United States to one day become a DVM.
He considers himself a foodie and enjoys exploring and trying new restaurants. Angel also enjoys cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. He plays guitar, reads comics, and enjoys video games for fun. He grew up with an older sister and a younger brother, so he is the middle child. Now, he is a father to two amazing dogs, Toto and Trapo. Toto is his schnauzer, and Trapo is his chihuahua mix he adopted while studying in Mexico. Trapo has non-ambulatory paraparesis, so he rolls around in his wheelchair from time to time.
Tina is from Orange County but she spent a lot of years in the California Desert until she moved to Hawaii before arriving in San Diego. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Health Science and a Master’s degree in business. She has been working in the animal field for over 21 years. Tina has worked as an animal control officer for a shelter in California, an Animal Care Manager for the Humane Society in Hawaii, and she has managed several veterinary hospitals throughout the years.
Tina shares her home with her husband and 2 bulldogs who traveled from Hawaii with her. In her spare time, Tina likes to go to concerts and festivals, spend time with her dogs and attend baseball games.
DVM, Diplomate, ACVS
David Demner, DVM, Diplomate, ACVS (Board certified veterinary surgeon) graduated from the National University of Colombia in 2003. Upon graduation, he joined their soft tissue surgery department for advanced training in surgery for two years and then became an assistant professor. David moved to California and after a rotating internship, he completed his residency in surgery at a private practice in Southern California. He passed the certifying examination and became Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and after 5 years of working as a surgeon in a private practice, he founded Veterinary Mobile Surgical Specialist –VMSS. Dr. Demner’s vision is to offer excellent care to patients that need surgical care at a reasonable price. He enjoys all aspects of surgery, but his specific interests include orthopedic and soft tissue surgery.
Dr. Render grew up dreaming of becoming a zoo veterinarian at the San Diego Zoo. Cardiology pulled on his heartstrings after having the opportunity to work with great mentors; all of whom are cardiologists. The zoo and exotics veterinary field is still near and dear to his heart, as Dr. Render enjoys evaluating the hearts of all animals, big and small.
Dr. Render enjoys all aspects of small animal cardiology with particular interests in congenital defects and cardiac tumor evaluation. When not treating patients, Dr. Render enjoys watching sports and movies OR movies about sports, all things comedy, and cooking shows
Dr. Cecily Bonadio
Dr. Bonadio is our MOVES veterinary internal medicine partner in the San Diego area, available to perform consultations and advanced internal medicine procedures at Rancho San Carlos Pet Clinic. Dr. Cecily Bonadio obtained her veterinary degree from UC Davis in 2010 and then completed her Internal Medicine residency at UC Davis in 2015. She obtained board certification in 2016 and, after a brief time in Berkeley, decided to settle in San Diego, CA. Endocrinology and auto-immune disease are her favorite parts of Internal Medicine. Cecily is also interested in the management of chronic disease, geriatric medicine, endoscopy, and ultrasound. Dr. Bonadio enjoys explaining all of the options involved in the care of her patients and deciding which is the best choice for her clients. Cecily loves living in sunny San Diego and, when she is not at work, can be found either at the beach with her two dogs, Zach and Olive, or in Ramona with her horse, Skylar.
Dr. Tracy Nicole Frey was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and is a 2002 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her surgical training in New York and New Jersey and has been practicing in Southern California since 2009 with an emphasis on soft tissue and emergency surgery. Dr. Frey is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Dr. Frey is the sole traveling surgeon and founder of SoftSurg Incorporated, and has also been a relief surgeon for a number of specialty practices throughout California. Dr. Frey enjoys all aspects of soft tissue surgery, particularly gastrointestinal and oncologic procedures. She has a special interest in pain management and critical care and will work closely with owners and referring veterinarians to provide the utmost compassionate care for her patients.
Dr. Frey’s little princess is a gorgeous Pomeranian named “Pouf!” whose favorite hobbies are spinning in circles, playing fetch, and barking at all the cars on neighborhood walks in her pretty pink buggy!
Dr. Laura Halsey
Practice Owner & Medical Director
Dr. Laura Halsey grew up in San Diego and was inspired to become a veterinarian as a way to combine her love of animals and science with her passion for wanting to create positive change. After graduating UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010 she returned to San Diego to complete a rigorous internship in emergency and specialty medicine. She has been in practice around San Diego working in both general practice and emergency settings. Dr. Halsey seeks to evaluate the patient as a whole and has a special interest in surgery, pain management, ultrasonography, and emergency medicine.
Dr. Halsey shares her home with her husband, two human children, three dogs (Huxley, Nellie, and Quila), and a 21-year-old cat (Annie) who is credited with inspiring Dr. Halsey to become a veterinarian