About Us

We are a mobile two doctor equine practice proudly serving the North San Diego and Southern Riverside Counties. Our clients range in size from the backyard owner with one horse, to the professional trainer and breeder with over 100 horses. We are experienced in treating horses in all disciplines and at all levels of competition, along with the family owned pleasure horse. We specialize only in quality veterinary medicine at reasonable rates that the average person can afford.

Our mission at West Coast Equine Medicine is simple: To provide the highest quality care possible in cooperation with the owners of our patients. We are a team at West Coast Equine Medicine and we include our clients in the decision making process.

  Daniel H. Grove, D.V.M. (Veterinarian/Practice Owner)-- Daniel graduated magna cum laude from the University of   Illinois in 2003.  After graduating, he immediately went into private practice in the San Diego North County area.  Since he began practicing veterinary medicine, he has earned a reputation for providing excellent service to his clients.  His desire to make a difference in the community gave him the idea to start his own practice. 

  When he is not at your ranch treating your horses, he has several other interests to keep him busy.  Being an avocado grower is something that was easy to get into in Fallbrook, and having fresh avocados to enjoy each year is a nice bonus!  He enjoys deep sea fishing and looks forward to summer each year so that he can spend some time out on the ocean fishing.  He also enjoys scuba diving and loves to explore the ocean.

  Ryan K. Heaton, D.V.M., CEVMMP (Veterinarian/Practice Owner)– Ryan is originally from Murrayville, IL and attended the University of Illinois to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences. He stayed at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana campus to earn his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and graduated in May 2010. After achieving his veterinary degree, he completed an internship at Prairie Equine Veterinary Clinic in Mundelein, IL where he concentrated on sports medicine and surgery. His professional interests include equine sports medicine, nutrition and reproduction.

His interest in sport horse medicine has led him pursue licensing with the FEI. Ryan is an FEI permitted treating veterinarian and intends to also become an FEI Veterinary Delegate.

In 2014, he attended the Integrative Veterinary Medical Institute (IVMI) in Ocala, Florida to complete the Equine Veterinary Medical Manipulation course. He is now a Certified Equine Veterinary Medical Manipulation Practitioner (CEVMMP).

Outside of Veterinary Medicine, Ryan enjoys mountain biking, golfing, sports and   spending time with his family and friends.

Denise F. Gonzalez, DVM, PhD (Associate Veterinarian) - Denise is originally from San Diego and has aspired to return home to work as an ambulatory equine veterinarian. She earned her earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She went on to complete a combined Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (2015) and a Ph.D. (2016) at the University of California, Davis. She completed a rotating internship in equine primary care, surgery, and medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017. Her primary interests include equine wellness, dentistry, preventative medicine, and imaging. She also has an interest in equine acupuncture that she hopes to pursue in the near future.

Growing up in a veterinary family, Denise has been around animals her entire life. She has been riding horses since the age of ten and solidified her interest in equine veterinary medicine during her time working as a technician in the Large Animal Clinic at the UC Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Her hobbies include horse riding, stand up paddle boarding, cooking, and exploring new places. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends and her two rescue pups Reno and Kali.

   Michelle Gervais (Veterinary Assistant) -- Michelle was raised here locally in the Bonsall/Fallbrook area growing up on a horse ranch with her parents. She has been lucky and from a very young age she has been raised around horses and livestock her entire life since her parents owned and operated a horse ranch that consisted of breeding and showing along with her father being a farrier.

When Michelle is not busy with assisting the veterinarians in the practice she is spending her time with her three children and husband on the small ranch that they own. They currently have three horses that they enjoy showing in various events.