Meet Our Team


Dr. Vassilev

Elena Vassilev, DVM, DACVECC

Medical Director & Board-Certified Emergency and Critical Care Specialist

Dr. Vassilev earned her DVM degree at the University of Illinois, then completed advanced training through a one-year private practice internship in Ventura, California. Traveling to Texas, she fulfilled a residency in emergency and critical care medicine at the Animal Medical Center leading to board certification in emergency and critical care medicine in 2005. Dr Vassilev has been practicing veterinary medicine in the San Diego area for 15 years and frequents the dog parks and beaches with her six amenable dogs (see Mini’s Story). 


Dr. Olsen

Jenna Olsen, DVM

Dr. Olsen originally grew up in Los Angeles before attending UC Davis to complete her undergraduate degree. She then worked as a veterinary nurse in general practice prior to completing her degree in Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis. She moved to San Diego after being accepted into a demanding one year rotating internship program focusing on emergency and critical care. In addition, Jenna has interests in ophthalmology, radiology, zoo and exotic animal medicine. During her time away from the clinic, she enjoys playing sports and being active, going to the beach, exploring San Diego with her dogs, Sandwiches and Plop, and spending time with family and friends.


Dr. Keene
Marshia Keene, DVM, CVA

Dr. Keene grew up in Boulder and attended Colorado State University to complete her undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology. After graduating from CSU, Marshia moved to southern Florida where she worked as a Wildlife Rehabilitation Specialist for several years. She then moved to Oregon where she worked in the wine industry specializing in crafting delicious Oregon Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio before changing course to earn her degree in Veterinary Medicine from Oregon State University. While applying to and attending veterinary school Marshia worked as a veterinary nurse at the local animal emergency hospital. After graduation she moved to San Diego to pursue a demanding one year rotating internship program focusing on emergency and critical care. Marshia cultivates additional interests in acupuncture, rehabilitation, and feline medicine, which she puts to good use now at B Street Veterinary Hospital. During her time away from the clinic, she enjoys standup paddle boarding, hiking, boxing, going to the beach, exploring San Diego, and spending time with family and friends.


Dr. Ellison

Julia Ellison, DVM

Dr. Ellison was born and raised in Mammoth Lakes, CA where she discovered her passion for science and animal husbandry early in life as an active member 4-H. She moved to San Diego during high school where she stayed to attend USD to complete her undergraduate degree in Biology. She worked at Helen Woodward Animal Center as a veterinary nurse prior to completing her degree in Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis with a focus in livestock medicine. After graduation she moved back to San Diego to complete a demanding one year equine internship program. Dr. Ellison found her passion for internal medicine along with the importance of preventative medicine during her internship. She eventually hopes to further focus her skills in infectious disease, internal medicine, and advanced imaging. During her time away from the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, snow skiing, and exploring new outdoor places with her Boston Terriers, Lani and Isla.


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