Board of Directors

Richard Johnson, DVM
Richard Johnson, DVMPresident/Veterinarian
Dr. Johnson has had a rich and full life deeply involved in Veterinary Medicine! Due to his passion to help others he created and founded All God’s Creatures Teaching Hospital and Surgery Center and Vet Tech Nursing Academy.
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 Gina Esoldi, CPDT-KA
Gina Esoldi, CPDT-KACOO/Program Director
Gina Esoldi was born and raised in New Jersey and via Florida, made her way to San Diego, CA back in 2001. For 30 years, she and her husband owned and operated a successful Real Estate Development business on both coasts.
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Ted Collins
Ted CollinsSecretary
Ted is a San Diego native and a third generation police officer.
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Stefan Bien
Stefan BienMilitary Liason
Stefan Bien is a retired U.S. Marine, having served 27 years in the infantry. He retired in 2017 and currently works as a defense contractor as an instructor and consultant on Camp Pendleton, California. Stefan began as a client of Next Step Service Dogs in 2018, having been referred to the organization by the Veterans Administration.
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Ian Dunbar, PHD, BVETMED, MRCVS
Ian Dunbar, PHD, BVETMED, MRCVSDirector
Dr. Ian Dunbar is a veterinarian, animal behaviorist, dog trainer and author. He received his veterinary degree and a Special Honors degree in Physiology & Biochemistry from the Royal Veterinary College (London University) and a doctorate in animal behavior from the Psychology Department at UC Berkeley, where he researched the development of social hierarchies and aggression in domestic dogs.
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Staff

Francie Nolan
Francie NolanAssistant Trainer
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Raul Castillo (30 yr. Ret. Vet) and Sunny
Raul Castillo (30 yr. Ret. Vet) and Sunny Assistant Trainer (Navy Veteran
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Mary Carey
Mary CareyOffice Manager
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