The team at Butterfield Animal Hospital is comprised of highly trained and experienced animal health professionals who have a genuine love for working with pets. Our staff treats every patient with the highest quality of medical care as well as a gentle touch.
Dr. Kenneth Kalthoff
Dr. Kalthoff graduated with honors, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Science in 1984 from the University of Idaho. He then attended Washington State University where he received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. While attending Washington State University, Dr. Kalthoff participated in an advanced training program in emergency medicine and critical care.
Upon graduation, Dr. Kalthoff continued to work in the field of emergency medicine and critical care, first in Longview, Washington, and then when he moved to Southern California. He managed an emergency clinic in Orange County for five years and then worked for four years at an advanced veterinary diagnostic and treatment facility in Fountain Valley. In 1993, he left emergency medicine and purchased a private small animal practice in Vista, California, along with Dr. Kenneth Porte who was a veterinary school classmate. In 2007, Dr. Kalthoff opened Butterfield Animal Hospital in Temecula.
Dr. Kalthoff met his wife Angela while working in Longview, Washington. They have two children. They share their home with two dogs, a cat, and a parrot. Dr. Kalthoff enjoys volunteering at the San Diego Maritime Museum where he assists with maintenance of the tall sailing ships, is an active sailor, and serves as the mizzen mast captain on the H.M.S Surprise. He and his wife enjoy photography, culinary adventures, and wine tasting.
Dr. Gary Fox
Dr. Gary Fox was born in Denver. He started working at veterinary hospitals while he was still in middle school and has been caring for pets ever since. He received his bachelors at Colorado State University in physical chemistry, and went on to get his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1984. He interned at a dental specialty hospital in Denver and has done additional studies in soft tissue surgery, stem cell therapy, and endoscopy.
He and his wife Deborah, also a veterinarian, have been in southern California since 1989. They have a daughter who graduated college from Cornell. Dr. Fox has three pets at home – Buster, Freddy and Archie; his “spoiled” pets have him well trained.
In his spare time, he enjoys fly-fishing and target shooting. His passion is trying to give the best health care possible for his patients.
Dr. Melissa Goulet
Dr. Goulet has had a life-long passion for animals and as a young girl she dreamt of becoming a veterinarian. Her early career, however, ended up on a different course. Dr. Goulet attended the University of California at Riverside where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and minor in the Spanish language.
She then attended the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C. and, on completion of her law degree, practiced Labor & Employment law in Los Angeles for about 7 years. Although there were many benefits to a career in the law, Dr. Goulet’s dream of becoming a veterinarian was something that she felt she needed to pursue.
So, she packed up her family (including 2 dogs and 2 cats) and moved to New Zealand, where she attended the AVMA-accredited veterinary program at the Institute of Veterinary, Animal, and Biomedical Sciences at Massey University. After 5 years in New Zealand, Dr. Goulet returned home to California in 2010, where she has been practicing small animal medicine ever since.
Dr. Goulet, her husband, and her daughter all enjoy the beautiful Southern California weather, the many opportunities for outdoor adventure here (including hiking, camping, and SCUBA diving), and the friendliness of the community here in the Temecula Valley. We are happy and proud to be a part of the Butterfield Animal Hospital family!
Dr. Kaitlynn Scholl (Reed)
Dr. Scholl was raised in Oceanside, California. As a high school student, she started working for a local veterinary hospital. She attended Cal Poly Pomona and graduated with honors with a bachelor degree in animal science. She then went on to receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University.
After graduation, she went to work at an emergency and specialty hospital in Colorado. In April of 2015, Dr. Scholl returned to southern California and was employed at Butterfield Animal Hospital. In practice, she has a special interest in client education and internal medicine.
While attending school in Colorado, she met her soon to be husband, Travis Scholl. When she is not working, Dr. Scholl enjoys spending time with her family, Jackie (her Rottweiler), Mittens (her cat) and Frogsbe (her frog). In her free time, Dr. Scholl enjoys the outdoors. She loves running on the beach and riding dirt bikes in the desert.
Dr. Blake Tafoya
Dr. Tafoya was born and raised in Orange County, California. As a high school student, he started working for a local veterinary hospital and then continued on to be a relief emergency veterinary technician throughout undergraduate and veterinary school. He attended UC Merced for 2 years before transferring to Sonoma State University where he graduated with his bachelor’s degree in biology. He then went on to receive his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Midwestern University in Arizona. In practice, he has a special interest in client education, cardiology, and surgery.
He began dating his wife, Danielle, over 10 years ago while still in high school. They got married in 2016 and now share their home with their daughter and rescue dog. In his free time, Dr. Tafoya enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, camping, making lattes, and playing board games.