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Meet the Veterinarians at Acacia Animal Health Center

Gary Gallerstein, DVM


Hospital director and co-owner of Acacia Animal Health Center, Dr. Gallerstein has dedicated his career to being his patients’ advocate. A San Diego native, he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of California at Davis. In 1984, he acquired Acacia Animal Health Center, formerly known as Acacia Animal Hospital, and began moving forward in his dream to create an all-species small animal hospital dedicated to the highest quality medical care and client service.

Dr. Gallerstein combines 30+ years of practicing veterinary medicine and is best known for his expertise in the medical care of birds, rabbits, and rodents. He is the author of The Complete Bird Owner’s Handbook and co-author of First Aid for Birds. While he has a special interest in exotic animals, he continues to have a deep interest in the medical, surgical, and dental care of dogs, cats, and other cherished pets.

Dr. Gallerstein lives in Escondido with his wife, Laura, and has three children. He enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including triathlons, reading, traveling, and hiking with his wife and dogs, Blaze and Hop.

Carmine Bausone, DVM, CVA


Dr. Bausone is co-owner of Acacia and director of the Integrative and Holistic Medicine Department. He is passionate about combining the best that Western and Eastern medicine have to offer in caring for and treating your cherished companion.

A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Bausone graduated from the University of California at Davis with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1996. He has a special interest in working with birds, rabbits, reptiles, and other exotics animals in addition to his passion for providing holistic medical therapies to all species. Dr. Bausone has had extensive training in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and received his Certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2008. He is also trained in Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation, which is similar to chiropractic medicine in humans. Dr. Bausone has extensive training in both Chinese and Western herbs. Additionally, he uses laser therapy, homeopathy, bio-regulatory medicine, prolotherapy, platelet rich plasma (PRP), and stem cells to achieve healing for his patients.

Dr. Bausone enjoys living in Valley Center with his wife, Victoria, and their two sons. They share their home with a menagerie of pets, including a tortoise, dogs, cat, parrots, chickens, and horses.

Tanya Adams, DVM


Dr. Adams has been an associate veterinarian at Acacia Animal Health Center since 2003. Her true professional interest is akin to that of a family practitioner where she strives to develop and maintain a long-term relationship with her patients and their owners.

Dr. Adams grew up in Merced, California, and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of California at Davis in 1997. Her professional interests focus on the medical, surgical, and dental care of dogs and cats. She has a special interest in endocrinopathies (hormone-related diseases such as diabetes, Cushing’s, and thyroid illnesses), dermatology, and dental care. Dr. Adams enjoys preventive medicine as well as the challenge of managing the medical concerns of her patients as they journey through the various stages of life. She strives to always provide friendly, personalized, compassionate care.

The family cats, Jack and Crookshanks, allow their home to be shared with Dr. Adams, her husband, and two daughters. In her free time, Dr. Adams enjoys running and camping with her family.

Carrie Bone, DVM


Dr. Carrie Bone has been an associate veterinarian at Acacia Animal Health Center since 2005. Along with dogs and cats, Dr. Bone enjoys treating rabbits, pocket pets, and birds. She has special interests in pain management, nutrition, diagnostic ultrasound, and soft tissue surgery in all species.

A San Diego native, Dr. Bone graduated from the University of California at Davis with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She prides herself in keeping current with the latest theories and techniques in her field and particularly enjoys researching difficult and challenging cases. Dr. Bone is committed to providing her clients with excellent care that begins with taking the time to thoroughly discuss all available options and then tailoring the care to the individual.

Dr. Bone realizes and loves that her name lends a special meaning to her chosen career. She shares her home in North County with her husband, daughter, and terrier-mutt named “Larry Bird.” Her time away from work is spent hanging out with her family, enjoying the San Diego waves, and trying to catch as many live music shows as possible.

Amy Lockwood, DVM CVA


The newest addition to Acacia Animal Health Center is Dr. Amy Lockwood. She is native to San Diego and has been practicing in North County since she graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.

She is excited to become a part of Acacia's Integrative and Holistic Medicine department and begin incorporating new healing modalities into her repertoire. Dr. Lockwood is passionate about blending more traditional western medicine with acupuncture and other holistic therapies to provide dogs and cats with the highest quality medicine. She has now completed her Certification of Veterinary Acupuncture. She has had advanced training in Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM, animal chiropractic), laser therapy, and herbal medicine.

Dr. Lockwood lives in Oceanside with her boyfriend and daughter and spends her time outside of work working in her organic garden, traveling, reading, and dancing.

Alan Geller, DVM

Dr. Alan Geller may be the newest member of Acacia Animal Health Center, but he brings more than 30 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian in Escondido. As former owner of Animal Medical Hospital of Escondido, Dr. Geller treats dogs and cats. He has a particular interest in small animal surgery, infectious disease and preventative medicine.

A native of Colorado, Dr. Geller decided to become a veterinarian when he was ten years old, and never wanted to do anything else. After growing up in Denver, he attended Colorado State University at Fort Collins and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology. After two years working as a Research Associate in the Colorado State Microbiology Department, he entered the School of Veterinary Medicine where he earned his doctorate.

In 1981, he left the winters of Colorado for San Diego, and settled in North County. He enjoys playing the guitar, practicing martial arts, skiing, and fishing. He hikes often through the local mountains with his dog Zack. He lives in Escondido with his lovely wife Kate and their teenage daughter Michelle. His family also consists of two cats, four exotic reptiles and a horse.

Dr. Geller has an ongoing commitment to continuing education. He attends a major veterinary conference every year and goes to numerous locally offered veterinary seminars. He is especially interested in helping clients prolong the lives of their pets with the latest research and medical techniques.

Dr. Geller’s mantra is "Our pets need love, exercise, and food…in that order."

John Harrison, DC, CVCP

harrison Dr. John Harrison has been a professional partner with Acacia Animal Health Center since 2008, providing pets with outstanding chiropractic care in the form of Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation.

He received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer Chiropractic College and began his chiropractic profession in Encinitas. He has worked closely with athletic trainers and medical physicians, as well as consulted on wellness training and taught anatomy to health professionals. In 2008, Dr. Harrison earned his Certification in Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM) and has found that working and serving animals with this technique has been fulfilling and inspiring.

Offering services in Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM), under the supervision of Dr. Bausone, to our patients at Acacia on Saturdays and Tuesday afternoons, Dr. Harrison continues to care for his human patients, offering chiropractic care and exercise therapy at his office in Encinitas.

Dr. Harrison lives in San Marcos with his wife, Kate. They have two married children, Forest and Heather, and three lovely grandchildren. He enjoys surfing, cooking, reading, teaching, photography, and continuing his education ... AKA life!

Denny Aron, DVM, DACVS

Acacia welcomes Dr. Aron as our surgical specialist. He has more than 30 years of experience as a surgeon, professor, and researcher. Dr. Aron’s work has been recognized internationally, and he has been the recipient of numerous awards for helping advance the clinical and educational practice of veterinary specialty surgery.

Dr. Aron received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University and his surgical residency was completed at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He has been a professor of surgery both at Cornell University and the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Aron's special interests include orthopedic surgery, joint reconstruction, total hip replacement, wound repair and management, trauma surgery, and canine physical rehabilitation. His published writings are numerous and cover a wide variety of both orthopedic and soft tissue surgery topics.

Dr. Aron lives in Escondido with his wife, Lorraine (Rainy), two of their four daughters, and numerous pets. To learn more about Dr. Aron, please visit his website: