Old Town Veterinary Hospital is a full service small animal hospital that is led by a team of veterinarians in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Dr. Rebecca Black and Dr. Vanessa Teresi have been working side by side with a dedicated team to bring Old Town Veterinary Hospital to the community of Murrieta. We are looking forward to building long-lasting relationships with our clients and their pets. The goal is to encourage gold standard medicine by offering services and products at affordable prices.
Meet Our Doctors
Our compassionate doctors, Dr. Black and Dr. Teresi, are a hometown favorite, proudly serving families from Murrieta and surrounding cities. Together they bring multiple specialities to better meet your pet's needs.
Dr. Rebecca Black
Dr. Rebecca Black grew up in northwest suburb of Chicago where she spent most of her childhood and young adult life assisting her father, Dr. Robert Merlo, in the family veterinary practice. It was at a young age she learned her passion for both animals and medicine and knew she would be following her father's footsteps.
She moved out to Southern California in 1997 to attend University of California, San Diego where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. She then went on to attend Western University of Health Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine as part of the charter class in 2007.
She has been working in Riverside County for the past 9 years as an associate veterinarian and recently achieved her long-term goal of opening Old Town Veterinary Hospital in Murrieta alongside her father Dr. Robert Merlo. She is excited about the vision of a family-oriented, welcoming environment taking form with personalized, compassionate care.
While Dr. Black enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and the diversity it can bring on a daily routine, her special interests include internal medicine (especially endocrinology) and soft-tissue surgery. She has an enduring enthusiasm to continue learning which expands her professional and personal life.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Houston, and 2 young sons, Charlie and Liam. When she is not too busy attending her son's sports events or attempting golf with her husband, she enjoys cooking different recipes to serve her family, home improvement projects, and interior design. She also shares her home with her beloved King Charles Cavalier, Macy.
Dr. Vanessa Teresi
Dr. Teresi was born in Chicago, Illinois, and spent considerable amount of her youth split between Chicago and Argentina. This is a result of her parents being of Spanish and Argentinian descent, before moving permanently to Chicago. In addition to allowing a multicultural upbringing, living in Argentina has provided Dr. Teresi the ability to speak Spanish fluently.
For her education, she attended college at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and then returned to the University of Illinois in Urbana to receive her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. She has been in practice since 2004 and is internship trained.
Dr. Teresi enjoys treating dogs and cats with all conditions, but her special interests include: chronic skin and ear diseases, weight management, and striving for overall health and well-being. In addition, Dr. Teresi has a professional and personal interest in nutrition and how it pertains to medical health management and prevention of many conditions.
Dr. Teresi is married to a wonderful husband named Gavin. In addition, they have three dogs, one cat and a horse. Dr. Teresi's personal interests include: horseback riding, organic gardening, reading, hiking, cooking and traveling with her husband.
Dr. Manya Miller
Dr. Manya Miller grew up in Murrieta, CA where she graduated from Murrieta Valley High School with letters in academics, water polo, and swimming. She went on to play Collegiate Division III water polo at California State University East Bay where she graduated with honors and earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology, with an option in Forensic Science and a minor in Chemistry.
She has always loved animals and her dream of becoming a veterinarian was well known by all, even when she was a little girl. Dr. Miller received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The University of Melbourne in Australia. She enjoyed working with diversity of animals there and she developed a love for wildlife and travel. She continues to represent her alma mater as an international ambassador and has travelled around the country talking with pre-veterinary students about achieving their own dreams in the field.
After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Miller went on to complete an internship with The California Veterinary Specialists in Murrieta and Carlsbad. It was there she developed a love for ophthalmology and went on to pursue an ophthalmology specific internship with The Animal Eye Institute in Cincinnati, OH.
She is interested in how ophthalmic health can be a reflection of a pet's overall health and how an eye exam can lead to early disease detection. She loves being a proponent of achieving the best quality of life possible for her patients and she is excited to join the experienced team at Old Town Veterinary Hospital.
Outside of work, Dr. Miller enjoys activities such as yoga, surfing, salsa dancing and attending local live music and comedy shows. She stays active by running and hiking with her young husky, Atreyu. She loves the outdoors. It is currently her dream to become involved with programs that offer veterinary care to developing countries that aim to uplift the human and animal condition.
Meet Our Team
Our highly educated and experienced staff collectively have 69 years of experience caring for animals. Their compassion and knowledge is evident in their daily dedication at Old Town Veterinary Hospital as well as in their personal life.
Jamie (Office Manager & Registered Veterinary Technician)
Jamie became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2008 and graduated from Mount San Antonio College with an Associate degree in Animal Science. She is passionate about her career in veterinary medicine and has been in the industry since 2003, with a special interest in dentistry and surgical nursing. Jamie enjoys camping and riding her horse, Breezy. She lives in Murrieta with her husband Eric and daughter Jaylynn, as well as her fur-babies.
Erin (Front Officer Supervisor)
Erin has been in the veterinary field for over 23 years. She genuinely loves animals and enjoys interacting with their families. She will be the first to greet you with a warm smile and contagious laughter. Erin has 3 adult children and 3 fur-babies. When not a work she loves camping with her family, fishing and going to Disneyland. Her dream is to own a small farm and fill it with any animal that needs a home.
Glori (Registered Veterinary Technician)
Glori originally obtained an A.A. in art restoration before discovering her true passion in veterinary sciences. She enrolled in Penn Foster University and began working towards her degree in Veterinary technology. Glori became a Registered Veterinary technician in 2017. She has been in the veterinary industry since 2011 and enjoys working with animals and continuing to expand her knowledge in sciences. In her free time she enjoys riding dressage, cooking, and DIY projects. Glori shares her home with her husband, Adam, two horses, three dogs and two cats.
Heather (Registered Veterinary Technician)
Heather has been in the veterinary profession since 2001 and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2017. At a very young age she always knew her passion would be working with animals. When she is not at work she loves spending time with her husband Daniel and sons Ayden and Brody. She enjoys the outdoors, hiking, beach trips, river trips and dirt bike riding. She has a love for the reefing hobby with a large salt water aquarium as well as 3 dogs and a cat at home.
Chandre (Veterinary Assistant)
Chandre was born and raised in South Africa and has worked at a family veterinary hospital since she was 18 years old. She became certified as a veterinary technician and has over 23 years of experience in the field. Chandre has a special interest in wildlife and has helped publish articles on the epidemic of Tree Squirrels in Big Bear with UC Davis in 2010. She feels it is an incredible honor to work with animals and it is her goal to be an animal advocate. Chandre enjoys riding her horses in her spare time and shares her home with her husband, Shane, 3 dogs, chickens and whatever wildlife she is rescuing.
Diana (Veterinary Assistant)
Diana has worked in the veterinary field since October 2012. She's always had a passion for working with animals and enjoys making a positive difference in the lives of both animals and their owners. Diana has a charming cat named "Dash." Her free time is spent reading, writing, watching documentaries, and going on outdoor adventures.
Jenni (Client Service Coordinator)
Jenni has been in the veterinary field since 2016 and loves helping clients and their pets. Her passion for animals started with rescuing and adopting at the age of five. She shares her home with Betsey, a three-legged "angel" kitty and a rowdy Aussie named Forrest "Life is like a box of chocolates...." Animals are a huge part of Jenni's life, both personally and professionally.
Anna (Client Service Coordinator/ Veterinary Assistant)
Anna has been in the Veterinary field since 2015. She attended Mount San Jacinto College and received her Veterinary Assistant certificate. She shares her home with her husband Pedro, her soulmate Xica, a toy poodle with a huge wardrobe, and cats Molly and Mr. Meow Meow. Her passion in this field came to play when she started rescuing stray dogs in Riverside when she would visit her family. When Anna is not working she loves being with her husband outdoors, hiking, kayaking and paddle boarding.
Dawn (Veterinary Assistant)
Dawn is a calm, kind presence who joined us in 2018. She has been in the veterinary industry since 1996. She has a full house with her husband and four kids, dogs, cats, chickens, horses and a tortoise. In her spare time she loves to camp, hike and take the dogs to the beach.
Mekenna (Registered Veterinary Technician)
Mekenna started her career in the veterinary field as a kennel assistant while studying to become a Registered Veterinary Technician through Platt College. Through suffering the loss of her own pets over the years, she developed a passion to help others maximize the quality and longevity of their pet's live. Her favorite aspect of the job, aside from the animals, is making connections with our clients. The great thing about Mekenna is she cares about our clients' pets as much as they do. She says "There is something satisfying in bringing comfort to fellow pet owners." Mekenna has 3 dogs, a boxer, Mastiff mix and an Anatolian Shepherd. She enjoys photography on her days off as well as being in nature.
Dr. Robert Merlo
Nov 7th, 1941 - Aug 14th, 2015
It is with great pride that I can say my father, Dr. Robert Merlo, has been my inspiration personally and professionally. His warmth and compassion for people and animals radiated from him. His ability to connect with people was immediate and powerful.
Most people who knew him would agree he was very infectious with his humor and his charismatic ways. He gave me the strength to be the woman I am today and I am so blessed to have shared our passion of veterinary medicine.
I am so grateful and honored that in the winter of his life, he helped establish my vision of Old Town Veterinary Hospital. It wouldn't have been the same without him. He touched the hearts of so many and inspire us all. I feel very fortunate that our team and many of our clients had the chance to get to know him and help keep the memories of him alive.
Dr. Rebecca Black