Meet Our Team

  • Ellie Newcomb

    Dr. Newcomb was an animal-lover from the start. To her mom’s displeasure, this meant bringing all kinds of creatures home as a child, including giant moths, earthworms, and even snakes, as well as the more conventional stray cats and fallen nestlings.

    Her fascination with animals led her to first pursue an art degree from the University of San Diego, where animals were always the subject of her work. Realizing she wanted a profession that would not only center on animals but benefit them as well, she went on to study Wildlife Biology at Washington State University.

    Dr. Newcomb assisted in nutrition-related research at the Jennings Center for Zoological Medicine, investigating ultraviolet light transmission in primate and reptile enclosures. She took part in a U.S. Forest Service Terrestrial Ecology study by identifying mammals and birds inhabiting Old Growth forests of the Pacific Northwest. She completed a preceptorship at the Burnett Park Zoo in upstate New York where she hand-reared zoo orphans, and completed another preceptorship at the Atlanta Humane Society where she treated abused and injured animals. She also worked for the Ohio Department of Public Health on the Vector-Borne Disease Unit, banding and sampling wild bird populations for the St. Louis Encephalitis Virus.

    Dr. Newcomb continued on to receive her Degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Ohio State University. After working as an associate in the frigid Chicago suburbs, she returned to San Diego where she eventually made her home at Paradise Ridge Pet Clinic (originally Animal Medical Clinic of Valley Center). Here, she enjoys spending time with her favorite Valley Center residents and their pets.

    Dr. Newcomb has lived in Valley Center for more than 20 years with her husband, where they raised two children along with everything else from horses and pigs to guinea hens and ducks. When she’s not caring for the area’s furry friends, she enjoys traveling, photography, hiking and kayaking. 

  • Trina West

    Trina has been with the PRPC team since January of 2013. While her initial hire was in practice management, her life-long dream of being in the veterinary field led her quickly to the medical aspect of the clinic. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science and years of clinical hours, she began the process of becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in 2016. In 2017, she accomplished her mission and received her RVT license from the Veterinary Medical Board. 

    Trina loves the variety of tasks that each day brings and thrives on the continuing education she receives. She enjoys making a positive difference in the lives of the PRPC patients and their owners.

    When not at PRPC, she enjoys spending time with her family, camping with their horses, reading and volunteering. Her extended critter family includes her two Corgis, a Blue Heeler, two cats, a Cockatoo, an African Grey, horses, goats, sheep, pigs, a rabbit, chickens and a turkey!

  • Jamison Peairs

    Jamison was born and raised in Orange County and moved to Valley Center with his wife and cat family in 2014. He started his career in veterinary hospitals in 2005, thanks to his brother who helped get him his first job at an emergency veterinary clinic. Since then, he has gained years of experience at emergency clinics, humane societies, day practices, and a cats-only clinic.

    Jamison does not know what it would be like to live without animals, since his family always had pets while growing up. With how much he loves animals, it just made sense for him to be working with and helping animals everyday. He truly loves his job.

    Jamison also enjoys the outdoors, hiking, camping, and a little off-roading from time-to-time.

    He is happy to be a part of this small town veterinary clinic, and looks forward to raising his own family here in Valley Center soon.  

  • Yadira Valtierra

    Yadira has been a part of the PRPC family since 2015. She's lived in Valley Center her entire life and currently owns two lovable dogs.

    As a toddler she loved rescuing bees, lizards, and birds, which sparked her love for animals and a desire to help them.

    Now she has become a veterinary assistant and enjoys helping the PRPC family deliver the best care to all patients.

  • Jessica Villar

    Jessica is a resident of Escondido but loves the unique environment and hospitality that Valley Center provides. Jessica feels honored everyday to work with Dr. Newcomb and her staff while providing exceptional care for pets.

    As a child Jessica had guinea pigs, a tortoise, a turtle, and fish. During her childhood, she feared dogs, but over the years learned to be compassionate and loving towards them. She is now the proud owner of two dogs. In her free time,

    Jessica enjoys spending time with her pets, volunteering as a tutor at an elementary school, hiking and going to the beach. Jessica is a Biology major in college and is hoping to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine. She was inspired by animal sanctuary organizations/rescues with the hopes of one day rescuing and/or rehabilitating animals.

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    Josie / Valley Center, CA

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