Our Staff

Selecting a care provider for your pet is a major decision.  At Morena Pet Hospital, we strive to maintain a warm and friendly relationship with both you and your pet. This page highlights the doctors and staff - our training, experience and dedication to veterinary medicine.

Caring Team

At Morena Pet Hospital, we work hard to maintain an excellent staff of veterinarians, receptionists, technicians,and kennel assistants. Our staff is a great, caring team, with the right mix of skills and backgrounds. 

Back Row: Gina Laura, Jessica, Rebecca, Dr. Porterfield, Dr. Steib, Dr. Mahlberg, Shahla, Melissa, Marcie, Sarah, Marcela

Front Row: Rob, Melanie, Ashley, Marcella

Well-Trained Staff

In order to keep all team members aware of the rapid advances in veterinary medicine, our veterinarians hold regular staff training seminars. Dr. Steib, Dr. Mahlberg, and Dr. Potter are
strong advocates of ongoing continuing education, attending several educational conferences annually and support all staff members in their efforts to do the same.

Our Philosophy

It is our desire to provide both you and your pet with the very best in veterinary care. By having a caring, knowledgeable, and professional staff, utilizing the latest technological advances, and implementing the foremost medical practices, we hope to provide for the long-term health and happiness of your pet. Keeping your pet healthy and happy is important to us; at Morena Pet Hospital we strive to offer quality care in a compassionate environment.


Our Goals

We aspire to go above and beyond what is expected of us in the care of your pets. Two of the ways we try to achieve this are through customer service and client education. After all, we understand that the typical healthy pet may solely come in to see us for their annual health check-up, leaving 364 days out of the year in your care. That is why we concentrate on building upon the pet/pet owner relationship and aim to educate you throughout your pet's various life stages from puppy/kitten to adulthood.


Meet Our Veterinarians


Dr. Crystal Steib

Dr. Crystal Steib graduated top of her class from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009, and is now the proud owner of Morena Pet Hospital. In 2006, she received her BS in Animal Science from Louisiana State University. She is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the California Veterinary Medical Association, and the San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Steib is an active participant and advocate of continuing educational seminars. She joined the staff of Morena Pet Hospital as a full-time associate in August 2011.

Dr. Steib was raised near Baton Rouge, Louisiana and moved to San Diego in August 2011. She enjoys hiking, yoga and camping with her husband Rob. Phoebe, her tiny rescued Chihuahua, loves to greet her after a long day at work and go out to dinner.  Athena and Mickey, her two cats, keep Phoebe entertained at home.



Dr. Jeanne M. Potter

Dr. Jeanne M. Potter, now a part-time associate,  is a 1987 graduate of U.C. Davis, and was the previous owner of Morena Pet Hospital since 1989. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Association of Avian Veterinarians, California Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, and the Greater San Diego Business Association. Dr. Potter is a past president and longtime board member of the San Diego County Veterinary

Medical Association.

Dr. Potter was born and raised in Southern California. When she is not busy taking care of her patients, clients, and staff at Morena Pet Hospital, she is taking care of her 3 dogs, 2 cats, 3 birds, and teenage son at their home in Hillcrest. In her spare time, she enjoys running, cycling, swimming, and other outdoor activities, oil painting, and travel.


Dr. Jo-Dee Mahlberg

Dr. Jo-Dee Mahlberg is an associate veterinarian. She earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State in 2010 and completed a small animal rotating internship in Norwalk, Connecticut in 2011. Dr. Mahlberg worked emergency and critical care for the past five years and has now transitioned in to general practice where she can get to know your pets and help keep them healthy for many years to come. Her areas of interest are clinical pathology, head trauma and renal disease.

Dr. Mahlberg shares her home with three dogs and two cats. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, snowboarding, playing volleyball, and going to the beach.





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