Meet Our Team


Dr. Judith McClure DVM

     Judith McClure graduated with an Honors Degree in Biology from Trent University in Ontario, Canada.  She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada.  She started her veterinary career in Chicago and spent much of her time working as an emergency veterinarian at a 24 hour critical care facility on the north shore of Chicago.  She also enjoyed part time general practice relief work and feline house call practice.  She moved to San Diego in 2004 and continued to work as an emergency veterinarian.  When she was not doing emergency work she enjoyed contract surgery work for the San Diego Humane Society in addition to relief general practice.  She hopes that Sandy Paws Animal Clinic will allow her to foster longterm relationships with clients and their animal family members by providing advanced and affordable wellness care for a lifetime and emergency care when necessary.


Dr. Joe Ecker, DVM

Dr. Ecker is a San Diego native and a graduate of Western University College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to veterinary school he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Cell and Developmental Biology at UC Santa Barbara. Following veterinary school he completed a rotating internship followed by a specialized surgical internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego. Dr. Ecker enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine with particular interests in small animal surgery, general medicine, and emergency medicine. In his spare time he volunteers at the San Diego Humane Society providing veterinary care for dogs, cats, and pocket pets in preparation for adoption. Dr. Ecker is happy to be back in his hometown of San Diego where he has the opportunity to provide top quality veterinary care for his community.

Support Staff

Ashley Tillery RVT

     Ashley is a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) with over 7 years of professional experience. Following Ashley's training at PIMA Medical Institute, she started her career at ABC Veterinary Hospital in Solana Beach. Under new ownership by Dr. Lou Serrano and Dr. David Zanders, Ashley continued her employment at the same clinic with the new name Solana Hills Pet Medical Center.  

     After a merger between Solana Hills Pet Medical Center and Academy Animal Hospital  Ashley continued to work at the Solana Beach practice until her move to Sandy Paws Animal Clinic. Ashley will strive with the staff of Sandy Paws Animal Clinic to provide the best medical care possible for client pets. She lives in San Diego with her two cats Daxter and Mickey.

Dona Bruening RVT

     Dona moved from the Philippines to San Diego when she was a year of age. She does not remember much about the Philippines, but she considers San Diego her home and she loves it! She started her career at San Diego Mesa College. She graduated in May 2010 with an Associates Degree in Animal Health Technology. Completion of the Mesa College RVT program will permit Dona to submit her application to the Veterinary Medical Board and to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. On September 28, 2010 Dona passed her RVT exam and became a licensed RVT!

     Before coming to Sandy Paws, Dona was a customer service representative in the adoptions department of the Helen Woodward Animal Center for the past 4 years. This experience provided Dona with a wealth of knowledge in the area of pet care and pet ownership. She now looks forward to expanding her knowledge in the veterinary field while working at Sandy Paws Animal Clinic.

Devon Ayres BS, RVT

     Devon began her tenure at Sandy Paws Animal Clinic in January 2013 as the clinic's practice manager. After having graduated from UCSD with a Bachelors of Science in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience, Devon chose to pursue a career as a veterinary technician.

     Before joining the Sandy Paws team, Devon worked in both day practices and shelters and most recently in specialty small animal medicine, specifically in emergency and critical care at Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Sorrento Valley. She is excited to be part of the team at Sandy Paws Animal Clinic and looks forward to providing high quality care to the pets of San Diego.