Dr. David A. Gordon
Dr. David A. 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 small animal medical/surgical 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 associate of 3 veterinary hospitals: Arroyo Animal Hospital in Lake Forest, Oceanside Veterinary Hospital in Oceanside, and Advanced Care Veterinary Hospital in Poway. He believes he has found his final destination at Arch Beach Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Gordon is a member of many professional organizations including the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the California 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 "gone back to his roots" 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 holistic medical therapies (acupuncture, chiropractic, herbal medicine, therapeutic laser, homeopathy, nutrition, stem cell therapy, and platelet enhancement therapy). In this way, he feels he is able to offer the best in both traditional and alternative care.
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 Chauncey, a rescue failure Yorkshire Terrier. Dr. Gordon has two sons and both are doctors as well. Daniel is a critical care veterinary specialist, based in Colorado. Adam is an M.D., currently doing a post doctoral orthopedic research fellowship in New York.
Dr. Mathew Cohen
Dr. Mathew Cohen was born and raised in Southern California. He then traveled up north to Davis where he graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and a Master’s degree in Animal Biology. During his Master’s he focused on reducing greenhouse gases from the agriculture sector while simultaneously improving animal welfare. He worked with Templin Grandin to redesign animal facilities at UC Davis to improve animal health and welfare. Dr. Cohen then continued on to obtain his DVM degree from Western University of Health Sciences. During his veterinary education he became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist from the Chi Institute. Dr. Cohen is passionate about integrating Eastern and Western medicine, and enjoys working on both large and small animals. He understands the limitations of both philosophies and uses them to complement each other to provide the best treatment for his patients. In his free time he enjoys taking his Dutch Shepherd Mix “Bella” to the dog beach and spending time with his Ragdoll “Riley”. He also enjoys outdoor activities such as volleyball, soccer, and wake boarding.
Dr. Elizabeth Edmunson
Dr. Elizabeth Edmunson is a Southern California native. She earned her bachelor degrees at UC San Diego and her veterinary degree from UC Davis in 2008. Immediately out of veterinary school she went to work in a very busy practice in West Los Angeles and worked there for 6 years. It was there that she started doing a large number and variety of soft tissue surgical cases. She also started working for the non profits SNP LA and Fixnation doing high quality/high volume/spay neuter during that time. Dr. Edmunson moved to Orange County in 2014. At that time, she continued to do spay and neuter work as well as general practice relief work. In 2017, she was hired by a large private practice veterinary hospital to do all of their soft tissue surgical cases. She is very efficient in surgery and makes “key hole” incisions for spays. This allows shorter anesthesia time and decreased pain during recovery. She has a passion for soft tissue surgery and while she isn’t a board certified surgeon, she will tackle most soft tissue surgery cases. In addition to spay and neuter surgeries, she also has vast experience and advanced training in many other types of soft tissue surgery commonly recommended by general practice or emergency veterinarians. She now travels to multiple Orange County hospitals to provide surgery services so that patients can be treated at the hospital that they are most comfortable with.
Dr. Edmunson is a member of AVMA, CVMA, and SCVMA, which provide access to high quality continuing education and collaboration with colleagues. She also serves the community by helping combat pet overpopulation and homelessness by working with local rescue groups, as well as the Orange County Animal Control. She lives in Ladera Ranch with her husband Paul Drury, their daughters Madeline and Lillian, and their crazy doodles Sammy and Daisy. They enjoy outings as a family to all the playgrounds, parks, beaches, hikes, bike rides, and more that Southern California has to offer. She loves to read, bake, and macrame as well. Helping people and communities care for their pets to the best of their abilities brings her great fulfillment.
Dr. Justin Greco, Dipl. ACVS (Surgical Specialist)
Justin J. Greco, DACVS (Surgical Specialist) is a native of southern California. His vision is to offer pet owners and their patients the best referral/university level surgical service possible. Dr. Greco is an experienced, board certified surgeon, and his goal is to make the entire process as pleasant as possible for the client and the patient!
Dr. Greco has been board certified in veterinary surgery since 2007. He is a 2002 Phi Zeta graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Upon graduation, he completed a rotating internship at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. He received his formal surgical training at the Animal Medical Center, in New York City, the oldest and most established post graduate veterinary training program in the country. After completing his surgical residency, he went on to become a lecturer in surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine and stayed on as a staff orthopedic surgeon and then adjunct assistant professor for 4 years. Dr. Greco is available for advanced surgery and orthopedics by appointment.
Dr. Zachery Smith, Dipl. ACVS (Surgical Specialist)
Dr. Zachery Smith is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and specializes in complex orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. During Dr. Smith’s training, he has been able to work with some of the best orthopedic surgeons in the country. He has also had the privilege of lecturing both domestically and internationally on topics such as elbow replacement biomechanics, novel therapies for canine arthritis including Platelet rich plasma (PRP), stem cell therapy, hyaluronic acid and intra articular injection treatment. These special interests carry over into his clinical practice with a pursuit for continued advancement in options for both minimally invasive and surgical therapies.
Zachery grew up in Northern California and knew from a very young age that he would pursue a career in veterinary medicine. He attended California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo where he achieved Magna Cum Laude for his BS in Animal Science. He continued his education at the University of California, Davis where he graduated with Phi Zeta honors and achieved his doctorate in veterinary medicine. After graduating, Dr. Smith completed a small animal internship at Animal Specialty Group (ASG) in Los Angeles before completing his training with a three-year surgical residency with Sage Centers for Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care.
Dr. Smith finds great honor in opportunities to advance the veterinary profession and is commonly found lecturing to fellow veterinarians, teaching other professionals or working on the development of novel surgical techniques. When not in clinics, Dr. Smith can generally be found working at the family’s horse ranch or at jumping competitions with his children, wife and 5 horses, 2 dogs, 3 chickens and cat.
Dr. Susan Bohrer, CVA
Dr. Susan Bohrer has been a practicing veterinarian for 14 years teaching home cooking techniques to clients. Certified in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine’s herbal, acupuncture and food therapy, she now provides an integrative approach to diet and nutrition for dogs using her holistically formulated Chi Dog meals, because Food is the First Medicine!
Chi Dog’s therapeutic and maintenance diets are cooked in Southern California with human grade, whole food ingredients, cooked to support and improve chronic imbalances in dogs. She works with a veterinary nutritionist to balance Chi Dog diets so they are AAFCO compliant and complete diets for dogs and puppies.
Upon referral by Dr. Gordon, Dr. Bohrer is happy to discuss your dog’ nutritional needs and customize Chi Dog meals to deliver to your dog’s door!