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Our Veterinarians

Meet the folks who make it all happen. We see big potential in every moment, and care deeply about what we do every day.

Dr. Laura Johnson

Practice Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Laura Johnson, DVM

Fear Free Certified Professional

Dr. Laura Johnson grew up in San Diego with her parents, sister, and plenty of family pets. She always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian, but it wasn’t until college that she decided to follow her dream. On her 27th birthday, she asked herself what she really wanted to do with her life: veterinary medicine was the clear answer. Dr. Johnson hasn’t looked back since—now, she’s the proud owner and operator of Santaluz Animal Care!

Dr. Johnson attended Ross University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in the Caribbean to earn her veterinary credentials, then joined a high-volume walk-in veterinary clinic in Riverside after graduation. She would continue on to work in a San Diego-based clinic for a short time before joining a hospital in Del Mar, where she would help pets and their owners for the next 14 years and even meet her husband, Brian, through a client.

After more than 16 years working as an Associate Veterinarian in private small-animal practices, Dr. Johnson set out to create her dream practice in the summer of 2018. The following spring, she opened the doors of Santaluz Animal Care for business. She and her team have been serving the area’s pets and animal parents ever since! Dr. Johnson loves practicing integrative medicine and enjoys recommending alternative therapies to patients who can benefit from them, and she’s also fond of routine office visits. She loves to see and treat the whole patient and offer her own brand of comprehensive care for the animal companions of the area. 

When she’s not at work, Dr. Johnson enjoys swimming, working on home-improvement projects, dabbling in art projects, and raising her boys alongside her husband. She and Brian have three sons named Nate, Blake, and Luke, and the family also has several pets. The canine contingent of the family includes Howler the Malamute and a Yellow Labrador named Sunny. There are also three cats named Shades of Grey, Domino, and Dice, as well as a 40-pound Sulcata tortoise named Crash Bash Bando Johnson, a pair of ball pythons named Cobra and Kah, Blue Stripe the leopard gecko, and several koi fish and red-eared sliders in the backyard pond. 

Dr. Allison Brennan

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Allison Brennan

Fear Free Certified Professional

At age 10, before the days of Google, Dr. Allison Brennan diagnosed her pet rabbit, Beau, with ear mites. Her journey to become a veterinarian began the day her local veterinary staff let her watch the mites crawl around under the microscope! Dr. Brennan’s dream just never quit. Now, she’s an Associate Veterinarian with the Santaluz Animal Care team and gets to help pets and their owners every day. 

Dr. Brennan grew up in a large family in Connecticut, and worked full-time as a Veterinary Technician while obtaining her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. After graduating, she set off to call California her forever home, and soon signed on for veterinary school at the University of California-Davis. She moved to Southern California to complete a small-animal rotating internship and has been in the area ever since. Having known Clara and Dr. Johnson since her Technician days, Dr. Brennan was happy to join forces once again here at Santaluz Animal Care! 

Around the clinic, Dr. Brennan likes the variety of work she gets to do on a daily basis, and she loves to pass her knowledge on to pet owners whenever possible. Additionally, Dr. Brennan plans on becoming a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist in the near future. 

In her free time, Dr. Brennan enjoys cooking, practicing yoga, completing puzzles, enjoying the sunshine in the great outdoors, and spending time with her pet at home. She lives with a geriatric tripod cat, Reptar, who can be bribed to stand on one leg if the price is right.