West Coast Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital and welcomes both routine and urgent care cases by appointment. We also see pet patients in need of diagnostic services, surgical, and dental care. Our doctors have many years of experience treating serious conditions and offering regular pet wellness care.

West Coast Animal Hospital is proud to serve the San Diego, CA area for everything pet-related. Our animal hospital is run by Dr. Megan Gibbings, who is a licensed, experienced veterinarian.

Dr. Megan Gibbings

Owner/Medical Director
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Gibbings has worked in the veterinary field for over 20 years and provides expert care of your furry companions with a practical and candid style. A San Diego native, Dr. Gibbings grew up in Vista and obtained a B.S. degree from UC San Diego in 2007. She completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA and graduated with honors. Dr. Megan is currently pursuing board-certification for the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in Canine & Feline practice. She serves on the board of directors for the San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association (SDCVMA) and is a Regional Thought Leader for Idexx Laboratories. Before getting married, Megan was known as Dr. Phillips when she was practicing at Melrose Veterinary Hospital. She currently resides in the Mission Valley area with her husband Tom, a terrier mix rescue dog and their three cats.

Dr. Stefanie Young

Associate Medical Director
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Young is originally from Palm Desert, CA. She has always been passionate about helping animals and decided she wanted to become a veterinarian at 5 years of age. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2010. Following graduation, she completed a 1 year Small Animal Emergency Internship at Pet Emergency and Specialty Center in San Diego and has been practicing in San Diego ever since. Her special areas of interest are surgery and emergency medicine. She has two cats, Artie and Melody. In her spare time she enjoys: cake decorating, pilates, spending time with her family, eating sushi and enjoying all the outdoor activities that San Diego has to offer.

Dr. Aleli Camacho

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Camacho, raised in Tijuana, Mexico, moved to San Diego when she was 22 to pursue her passion in veterinary medicine. She graduated with Dr. Gibbings from Western University in 2012. After spending 6 years working in emergency medicine and general practice, Dr. Camacho brings that expertise to West Coast Animal Hospital. Her special interests include neurology and emergency/critical care. She is fluent in Spanish which helps us accommodate our Spanish-speaking customers.

Dr. Melinda Benitez

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Benitez is a San Diego native, born and raised in the Point Loma/Ocean Beach area. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Physiology from the University of Washington in 2012 before crossing the state to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 2018. Melinda graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors along with completion of the veterinary business association capstone project. Melinda’s interests involve preventative medicine, surgery, ultrasonography, internal medicine and all the Golden Retrievers! She strives to foster the human-animal bond along with creating a trusting and lasting relationship with her clients + patients. In her spare time, Dr. Benitez enjoys going to sporting events and outdoor activities including camping and hiking with her husband, son, and 2 dogs.

Dr. Jessica Tyler

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Tyler is a California native originally from the Bay Area. She attended undergraduate school at the University of Nevada Reno and then moved to Colorado where she earned her degree in veterinary medicine in 2006. During her time in veterinary school, Dr. Tyler worked at the local animal shelter and headed the student chapter of the American Association of Feline Practitioners. She also became a certified veterinary acupuncturist. After veterinary school, Dr. Tyler practiced in Las Vegas for four years. She then moved to San Diego in 2010 to be closer to family. Dr. Tyler has a special interest in animal behavior, dentistry, internal medicine, and surgery. She enjoys creating long-lasting relationships with her clients and building the human-animal bond. Dr. Tyler loves watching her patients eager to come in for their next visit and practices fear-free medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Tyler enjoys spending time with her two human children, two dogs, and three cats. She loves exploring the local hiking trails, vineyards, and campgrounds.

Dr. Lauren Coulson

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Lauren Coulson was born and raised in San Jose, CA. Her veterinary career started at age 15 as a kennel attendant and she has been in the business ever since. After graduating from San Jose State in 2009, she went on to pursue her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA and graduated in 2013. It also happens to be the same college Dr. Gibbings and Dr. Camacho attended as well! Dr. Coulson especially enjoys working with feline patients, senior pets, and performing surgery. With a background in the nonprofit world, Dr. Coulson’s empathy and compassion for animals is evident in the way she practices medicine and one of her greatest strengths. She resides in Carlsbad with her two cats Brooke and Moo Shu, and dog Dakota. She enjoys everything the beautiful San Diego coast has to offer, but especially loves trying new restaurants for brunch, taking Dakota to the beach, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Dr. Brianne Bower

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Bower was born and raised in San Diego. She obtained her Bachelors of Animal Science at UC Davis in 2017, and went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2021 before returning home to sunny San Diego. Dr. Bower is well educated in the most recent therapies, treatments, and research in the veterinary field and places emphasis in practicing preventive medicine to such an extent that she served as the Liaison for the American Heartworm Society during her time in veterinary school. Her favorite part of being a veterinarian is getting to nurture the human animal bond and developing lasting relationships with both pets and clients. Dr. Bower takes special interest in preventive medicine, soft tissue surgery, and internal medicine. She lives at home with her cat Tibbs, and dog Gabby and in her free time enjoys hiking, discovering where the best California Burrito is hiding, learning to surf, and playing board games!

Dr. Tyler Hodgson

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Hodgson is from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, and always had a passion for animals. After earning a degree in Animal Biology from the University of Guelph he went on to complete his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the Ontario Veterinary College. After medical school, Dr. Hodgson made his way to San Diego through a rotating internship program at Veterinary Specialty Hospital and loved everything about San Diego and veterinary medicine. Throughout his career, Dr. Hodgson has practiced exclusively in small animal medicine and received additional training in his areas of interest: ultrasound, dermatology, and internal medicine. Dr. Hodgson’s style focuses on collaborating with his human clients to create individualized treatment plans for his furry patients. Dr. Hodgson lives in San Diego with his husband, son, dog, and cat. When not spending time with his family and friends he enjoys CrossFit, playing board games and cooking.

Dr. Jessica Greene

Doctor of Chiropractic, IVCA Certified Animal Chiropractor

We are thrilled to have Dr. Jess on our team to provide alternative medical therapy for pets! As a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Jess treats humans most days of the week, but with special certification combined with many years of experience, she is able to provide compassionate healing care for pets! As such, Dr. Greene works by veterinarian referral only. A referral form for chiropractic examination and adjustment must be completed by your veterinarian before setting up an appointment.


Tom Gibbings


A San Diego native, Tom graduated from Point Loma High School in 1998. His background in healthcare IT and business helps him to continuously improve the client and patient experience. Tom has a BS of Computer Engineering from UC Davis and a MBA from USC.


Stacy, RVT

Practice Manager

Stacy has over a decade of experience as an RVT and is one of the best in the business. Her focus is on advanced procedures such as dental extractions, dental radiographs, critical patient care, and orthopedic surgeries.



Office Operations Manager



Technician Supervisor


Damian, RVT

Surgery Manager

Janette, RVT

Technician Lead


Employee Development Manager


Technician Lead