Zoran Djordjevich, DVM

dr-zd-300x224Chief of Surgery Zoran Djordjevich, or “Dr. George” to most clients and staff, is a native of Yugoslavia. Growing up on a farm, his aspirations of being a veterinarian came at a very young age. He acquired his veterinary medical degree from the University of Belgrade in 1990 and then trained at the Royal Veterinary College in London, England. His persistent quest for innovation has always lead to improvement in his approach and technique paving the way for his great accomplishments in veterinary surgery.

Dr. Djordjevich has the distinct honor of being the first veterinarian in the U.S. to implant the Helica Total Hip Replacement (THR) Systems’ smallest acetabular 24 mm screw cup implant in June 2010. Today, this improvement has been NATIONALLY accepted as the standard for the Helica procedure. Dr. Djordjevich has achieved extremely favorable results for both his patients and clients.

The enhancement of the THR surgery by infusing the implant area with Adult Stem Cells to improve recovery, reduce implant rejection and to stimulate bone formation around the implant is another example of his quest for innovation to achieve the best results for his patients. As Mohnacky Animal Hospital’s Chief of Surgery, Dr. Djordjevich lends his surgical and medical knowledge to any case or doctor throughout the organization.

Joining Mohnacky Animal Hospital (MAH) of Carlsbad in 1998, he has always been an animal advocate by supporting rescue groups and animal help agencies by assisting them in achieving their goals. Dr. Djordjevich is an avid soccer player and also enjoys playing tennis outdoors and table tennis in his spare time. He and his wife Gordana take pleasure in traveling, entertaining family & friends, raising their three sons (Nikolas, Sasha and Filip), and watching after Bubbie their Maltase bundle of joy providing endless comic relief to his family.

Dr. Djordjevich is a member of the AVMA, CVMA and SDCVMA. He has a special interest in orthopedic surgery and advances in natural approaches to veterinary medicine. Dr. Djordjevich came to the United States in 1994 and with his love of this country, he became a citizen in 1999 continuing to work under the philosophy that “with many blessings come many responsibilities to give back”.

Thank you Dr Djordjevich for all you do.

Carly Bulliard, DVM

Dr. Carly Bulliard joined Mohnacky Animal Hospital of Carlsbad on October 15, 2012. She is originally from Louisiana and attended the University of New Orleans for her undergraduate degree. Dr. Bulliard received her DVM from St. George’s University and performed clinical rotations in Perth, Australia at Murdoch University.

She is a very positive person and oriented toward client service and satisfaction. Dr. Bulliard believes part of her job is to give clients the confidence that they have done the best job for their pet.

Her hobbies include exploring the unknown, hiking, camping, fishing and, of course, taking care of the pets she and her husband have in their household. Her pets include Cypress, a Beagle/Terrier mix, and Shiny, a Jack Russell Terrier mix.

Rica Roberto, DVM

IMG456-768x1024Dr. Rica Roberto is originally from Guam; she received her Bachelor’s degree from UC Davis. During that time she participated in a veterinary externship in Brazil and she received her DVM in 2016 from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Roberto has used her ongoing education and skills in varied capacities including volunteer work at Sacramento Zoo, Solano Feral Cat Trap Neuter and Release Task Force, Mercer Veterinary Clinic for the Homeless, Hawaiian Humane Society, Honolulu Zoo Veterinary Clinic and Guam Animals in Need.

Dr. Roberto is passionate about the veterinary profession, a team player and has a strong interest in animal behavior. She says that her passion for strengthening the human-animal bond is by creating a positive experience for each patient, each visit and through behavior modification which is something she implements with each patient encounter.

Dr. Roberto and her husband enjoy hiking, the out-of-doors, and binge watching TV series. Her pets include “Khaleesi”, a 2/1/2 year old large mixed breed, a 5 month old Belgian Malinois, and two kitties, “Simba” and “Lupin“.

Gloria Simons, DVM

Dr. Gloria Simons grew up in southwest Virginia with her mother and three brothers.  After graduation from high school she enlisted in the US Army where she achieved and was inducted into the Corp of the Non Commissioned officer.  During her time in the military she was able to spend time in Germany, Texas, North and South Carolina and California.  She also met and married her best friend, Michael – they have been together 17 years and share two wonderful sons, Tyler (15) and Miles (4). Dr. Simons began her career in Veterinary Medicine in the military in 1999 while attached to the military medical command in Texas. Dr. Simons later left the military and graduated from the VA/MD regional college of Veterinary medicine in 2010. 

Dr. Simons enjoys spending time with her family going to the beach, watching movies, and taking walks. Dr. Simons also enjoys the companionship of her two dogs, Freya (10 year old boxer mix) and Saphira (2 year old Labrador). After spending over 6 years in the corporate veterinary medical field, Dr. Simons is enjoying private practice. 

“It is wonderful to be in a practice where I have the freedom to really help people and protect the animals that they love so much.  When I learned about the outreach that is done at the Mohnacky Animal Hospital locations through the Helping Paws program, helping military families stay together and stay strong, I found a perfect fit to all the things that I hold important; family, service, and the special bond we have with our pets.  I knew that this was where I was supposed to be.”