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Dr. Steve Anderson received his DVM from Iowa State University in 1980, and is one of the owners of Tehachapi Veterinary Hospital. He is a member of the American, California, and Kern County Veterinary Medical Associations, as well as the American Animal Hospital Association. His interest is in surgery, particularly orthopedics. Dr. Anderson and his wife, Nanci (who helps manage Tehachapi Pet Lodge), have lived in Tehachapi for over 20 years and have raised three children here. In his spare time, he likes spending time with his family and friends, boating, camping and golfing. The Anderson family includes a Laborador Retriever, a long-haired miniature dachshund, and last but not least, two cats who are pretty sure they are big dogs as well.
Obispo for two years, and Bakersfield College for two years prior to that. Immediately after graduation, he joined Tehachapi Veterinary Hospital, and became one of the owners of the hospital a few years later. He is a member of the American, California, and Kern County Veterinary Medical Associations, and the American Animal Hospital Association. His primary interest is in internal medicine with particular emphasis on geriatric pets. He and his wife, Liz (who helps manage Tehachapi Pet Lodge) have three children that they raised on their ranch in the hills. Two children are in college and their youngest attends Tehachapi High School and is currently employed at Tehachapi Veteriary Hospital. In their spare time the Komins like to travel, go camping, boating, horseback riding, and their newest passion: scuba diving. Their large collections of pets includes two Australian Shepherds, a little dog that defies placing her in any specific breed, four cats, and two horses.
Dr. Joshua Freng earned his DVM degree from Kansas State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. He completed his undergraduate work in Pre-Vet Animal Science at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2002. Dr. Freng grew up in Tehachapi, graduating from Tehachapi High in 1998. During high school he worked at Tehachapi Veterinary Hospital as an assistant, and then as a technician during the summers while completing college. His professional interests include internal medicine, veterinary behavior, diagnositc imaging, and the human/animal bond. He is a member of AAHA, AVMA, and AVSAB (American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior). Dr. Freng's personal interests consist of hiking, reading, listening to jazz, watching movies, and managing his three cats and three dogs.
Dr. Heidi Ditmyer grew up in the Antelope Valley and visited Tehachapi during summer breaks as a child. After graduating from Palmdale High School, she attended Antelope Valley College before transferring to San Diego State University. She graduated from Western University of Health Sciences with her DVM in 2007 and completed an Anatomic Pathology residency in 2010 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She prefers to work with live patients though, and has worked in small animal practice exclusively. She is a member of the CVMA and has professional interests in dermatology, preventative care, diagnostic imaging, and feline practice. Personal interests include painting, reading, home projects and relaxing family time. Although she loves cats, she currently has a single dog that more than keeps her hopping.