AJ Martin (Dr. Martin) grew up in Chino, California on his family’s dairy farm. He is proud of his Portuguese heritage, as well as the tradition of dairy farming, carried on by his parents, who were third generation dairy farmers.
AJ obtained his degree in Dairy Sciences from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2010. He went back to work on the family farm, which helped him realize his desire to become a veterinarian. He then earned his DVM from Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences (OSU-CVHS), where he met Kylie.
AJ has a passion for surgery and has taken advanced courses on orthopedic surgery. These specialized procedures include fracture repairs using internal fixation methods, femoral head ostectomy, medial patellar luxation repair, and lateral suture placements. He is also skilled in soft tissue surgery, with the ability to perform cesareans, splenectomies, pyometra surgeries, soft and hard palate repairs, and other complicated procedures. Dr. Martin loves creating lasting relationships with his clients and aims to be a servant to his community.
Kylie Martin (Dr. Byrd) grew up in Ada, Oklahoma, riding horses with her dad and spending as much time with animals as possible. Since the age of six, she knew she wanted to be a veterinarian, or, as she said, a “petnarian.”
She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from OSU in 2015, and her DVM from OSU-CVHS in 2019. At the time of graduation, she also earned her Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA) from the Chi Institute for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Florida, and believes in the power of acupuncture to both relieve pain and to balance the body, therefore relieving disease. She became a Certified Veterinary Food Therapist (CVFT), also from the Chi Institute, in 2021, and utilizes the healing power of food for her patients by creating custom homemade diets. She has been a certified Reiki practitioner since 2016.
Kylie has a passion for other holistic modalities as well, including laser therapy, Chinese herbal therapy, nutraceuticals/supplements, essential oils, manual therapy, and providing palliative and/or hospice care for geriatric and cancer patients. Dr. Byrd loves providing pet owners with the tools they need to make their pets as healthy and happy as possible.
Alejandra was born in Palo Alto, California. When she was little, her parents took her to Mexico where she grew up in a small town in the state of Michoacan. At the age of 18, she transferred to Guadalajara in order to obtain her degree. She then moved to San Luis Obispo, where she is a now an asset to our team as a veterinary nurse.
She studied Veterinary Medicine at the University of Guadalajara with a focus on small animals. She has experience working at an emergency veterinary clinic in Mexico. She has also been a volunteer in the conservation of endangered species, such as sea turtles. Ale is currently in the process of obtaining her veterinary license in this country.
Ale has always had a great love and interest in nature. Her focus is the welfare and health of animals in every situation. In addition, she likes to be surrounded by plants of all kinds.
Pictured is her sweet tortoise shell rescue, Cala.
Tanner is a recent graduate of Stanislaus State with a degree in criminal justice. After finishing her degree, she returned home to Morro Bay, and is now an amazing team member as a veterinary nurse.
Animals have always been a core aspect of Tanner's life. Growing up on a ranch and riding horses her entire life, she has developed a strong appreciation and love for all animals.
She currently has a three-year-old Australian Shepherd (pictured), named Barley, who is her fur baby. She has always enjoyed helping animals, so this job is right up her alley!
These are AJ and Kylie's fur children! They love hiking, chasing balls, eating food, and protecting mom and dad from evil mail carriers.