Dr. Kaufman was born and raised in Burbank, California. He earned his undergraduate degree at UC Davis and continued his education at Araneta University in Manilla, Philippines where he earned his veterinary degree. He completed his clinical rotation at Louisiana State University before returning to Southern California and beginning his veterinary career. His first experience practicing medicine was at a hospital in Manhattan Beach.. He bought his first practice, Marina Animal Hospital, in Redondo Beach in 1990. The practice rapidly outgrew the small facility. The need for more space and the desire to to care for more pets in the South Bay helped Dr. Kaufman make the decision to purchase Harbor Animal Hospital in Torrance. Because Harbor Animal Hospital was just a few miles down the street, Dr. Kaufman was able to combine the two practices into one, at the new, larger facility.
Dr. Kaufman enjoys the challenges of all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery, but is especially interested in dermatology, dentistry, avian, and exotic medicine. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the California Veterinary Medical Association, the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, the Association of Avian Veterinarians, and has been President of the Sierra Veterinary Medical Association in the past.
When Dr. Kaufman has time off from his practice, he enjoys bicycling, snow-skiing, water-skiing, scuba diving, sailing, and, most of all, time with his wife Karen. They have two daughters, the eldest, Alison, is working on a PhD. in musicology, and the youngest, Delaney, is studying Mechanical Engineering at college on the east coast. Their family also includes a beautiful standard poodle, Fiyera, an ex-racing Greyhound, Mac, and one cat Nemo. In the past, the Kaufmans have also enjoyed owning a Moluccan Cockatoo, a sand boa and several Desert Tortoises.
Dr. Lauren Norby has been on the veterinary staff at Harbor Animal Hospital since 2004. She was born and raised in Southern California and attended UCLA to earn her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry. Following that she attended UC Davis where she earned her veterinary degree in 1995. The early years of her career were spent in the Sacramento area after which she moved to St. Johns, Michigan. There she served as an Associate Veterinarian at St. Johns Animal Clinic, which she enjoyed very much. She was responsible for the majority of the internal medicine cases and clinical pathology performed in the clinic. Additionally, she supervised the use of in-house diagnostics and the training and education of the staff. Dr. Norby also served in the areas of dentistry, anesthesia, and basic surgery. She maintained a strong emphasis on developing preventive care protocols and emphasized client education to raise the level of the patients’ care.
As part of the veterinary team at Harbor Animal Hospital in Torrance, Dr. Norby has continued her emphasis on internal medicine, clinical pathology, dentistry, and preventive medicine. She has also maintained a strong interest in the management of our senior patients to help make their golden years as comfortable as possible. Dr. Norby joined the professionals at Harbor Animal Hospital because of the high quality of medicine that is provided, along with the support of an excellent and caring animal healthcare staff. She has become an integral part of the continuing improvement of our medical techniques and the training of our team members. She enjoys educating both our clients and team members. She prides herself on knowing that we are here to provide the best possible care for all our clients’ pets. She also welcomes any questions or comments you may have.
When Dr. Norby has time to relax, she loves a good book or a long walk on the beach. Traveling is also a great joy for her. She shares her home with her young, very hyperactive dog, Daisy, and her two cats George and Aki. Living in Southern California offers a wonderful lifestyle that compliments the joy she takes in caring for animals.
Giselle Pomeranc-Mayer was born and raised in Miami, FL. From an early age, Dr Mayer discovered her love for animals. Her parents let her keep any little creature she found and she has fond memories of helping lost turtles after Florida rainstorms. Also, her favorite elementary school teacher helped foster her interests by encouraging students to take home and care for classroom pets. The love for animals and science that developed in this early time pointed Dr Mayer in the direction of veterinary medicine.
Starting at the age of 14, she began volunteering any free time she had in veterinary hospitals. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Florida International University before moving to California to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. After completing a 2-year registered veterinary technician program, she went on to earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Western University of Health Sciences in 2011. Upon graduation, she moved to the South Bay, where she has worked as a general practitioner ever since.
Dr. Mayer enjoys interacting with clients, colleagues, and support staff and values what they bring to her professional growth, as well as applying her knowledge and experience in taking the field to the highest level. Dr. Mayer has special interests in surgery and radiology. She currently lives in the South Bay with her husband, 2 small children, and crazy puppy, Rusty.