John Augustine , D.V.M.
Dr. John Augustine, the founding Veterinarian of Midland Animal Clinic, grew up on a farm surrounded by animals in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He received a BS in Biology from New Mexico State University and then served as a lieutenant in the army medical corp. in Vietnam. Following his military service he earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University. He and his wife, Diana, moved to San Diego in 1972 to be near better medical facilities for their developmentally disabled daughter, Annette. Dr. Augustine was instrumental in founding the FFA at Poway High School, and was an active guiding hand in the various 4H animal clubs for many years. Because of his love of the area, he served on the Old Poway Committee during the formative years. His favorite part of practice is the relationships he has developed with his clients and their pets. Many of his current clientele are the children and grandchildren of his earliest clients, and he now gets to treat their animals while watching their families grow. He feels honored to have been a part of several generations of families, and their pets. Outside of the clinic, Dr. Augustine enjoys traveling with his family, growing orchids, working in the yard, and taking communion to the homebound and elderly. He and Diana have three grown daughters—Annette, Debbie, & Amanda, three grandchildren—Camryn, Kyle, & Olivia, and three granddogs—Dallas, Chloe, & Spaz.
Norman Switzer , D.V.M.
Dr. Norm Switzer was born in Pasadena, California, the youngest of four boys. He grew up with a passion for nature, and the great outdoors. After attending Pasadena City College, U.C. Irvine and UC Davis, earning a BS in Biology and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, he moved to Poway in 1985, where he became part of the Midland Animal Clinic family. Dr. Switzer established himself as an excellent veterinarian and surgeon, and fully embraced Dr. Augustine’s vision for the clinic. In 1989, he became an equal partner with Dr. Augustine and over the years they have greatly enjoyed working together to meet the needs of their clients and pets. He is also the veterinarian for, and the Executive Director of, the California Wolf Center in Julian, and has served on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee for the University of San Diego for more than 20 years. Norm's interests outside the clinic are hiking, backpacking, body surfing, playing with his dog Tyndall, reading a good book, attending his children's sporting and music events, and rooting for the Padres and Chargers. He has been married to his wife, Patrice, for 34 years, and has three terrific children—Shannon, Nate, & Becca.
Karen McClurg , D.V.M.
Dr. Karen McClurg is a strong believer in the human - animal bond and feels that having pets greatly increases our quality of life. She was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado and received both her Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Colorado State University. Dr. McClurg has been a part of the Midland Animal Clinic family for 11 years now and says that her favorite part of working here is bonding with the clients and their pets. She finds it incredibly rewarding when clients come back to her with a new pet after the loss of an old friend. In her free time, Dr. McClurg enjoys cycling, skiing, hiking, and camping with her husband, Bob, and three boys—Sam, Jacob, and Ben. Her four legged family includes dogs—Tanna, Belle, and Penny, cats—Ninja and Frijole Negro, turtle—Sênor Tortega, and rats—Mr. Bigs and Calvin.
Marjorie Polishuk , D.V.M.
Dr. Marjorie Polishuk grew up in Santa Monica, California prior to moving to Massachusetts to attend Mount Holyoke College. After graduating with a degree in Biology, she moved to San Diego to be closer to her family and began working at Midland Animal Clinic as a veterinary technician. A year later, she was accepted to U.C. Davis, where she attended veterinary school and met her husband, Paul. Dr. Polishuk began working as a veterinarian in Omaha, Nebraska and Madison, Wisconsin as she followed her husband to those cities while he completed medical school and his residency in Urology. In 1998, they moved back to San Diego, where Dr. Paul Polishuk started his own Urology practice and Dr. Marjorie Polishuk rejoined the Midland Animal Clinic family, this time as a practicing veterinarian. In her spare time, Dr. Polishuk enjoys hiking, biking, playing the piano, and raising their daughters, Kimberly and Natalie.
Tracey Carrier , D.V.M.
Dr. Tracey Carrier is originally from Hesston, Kansas and moved to San Diego after receiving her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and Masters in Preventative Veterinary Medicine degrees from U.C. Davis. She ultimately ended up residing in Poway because she liked the small town atmosphere and excellent public schools. Dr. Carrier has been a part of the Midland Animal Clinic family since 2003 and loves the family feel of the practice. The part of being a vet that she enjoys most is when she gets to take on the role of a detective, and by working with clients and their pets, she gets to solve cases and help to improve the animals lives. Dr. Carrier is deeply committed to supporting the activities of her two children—Sarah & Cameron, and enjoys activities such as yoga, meditation, and visiting museums. The other members of the Carrier family include a poodle mix named Tobi, two cats—Marvin & Olive, and goldfish named Charles “fish stick” Carrier.
Bruce Willbrant, D.V.M.
Dr. Bruce Willbrant, who joined the Midland medical team in 2016, took a long and unusual route to his career in veterinary medicine. A native of upstate New York, he earned a degree in psychology at the State University of New York – Oswego, and began working with adults with developmental disabilities in 1989. After working for a few years and traveling the country, he arrived in San Diego, where he spent many years working with a non-profit agency in Carlsbad helping adults with developmental disabilities to live independently in the community. During this time, he began volunteering with the San Diego Humane Society, which led to working with the Spay Neuter Action Project to help address the problem of pet overpopulation. These experiences inspired him to pursue a second career in veterinary medicine. After completing veterinary school at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Willbrant returned to San Diego and is thrilled to have the opportunity to join the dedicated staff at Midland. Dr. Willbrant shares his home with two gorgeous and intelligent black lab mutts, Darwin and Skye. In his free time, he enjoys taking his furkids to dog beach, hiking, camping, biking, and flying.
Laura Schoenhaus, D.V.M.
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