New Vet In Town, Purple Paws Pet Clinic to Open May 29

Michael Mamaghani, engineering technologist and real estate investor, along with his wife Azita, sought to fill the need for an animal clinic and hospital after his former tenant, Crown Vet, moved out. Mamaghani is now the business side of Purple Paws Pet Clinic. After renovating and updating the facility at 817 Orange Ave, the doors to Purple Paws will open on May 29. Michael and his family have had a vacation home in the Cays for years and he acquired the veterinary building about four years ago.

Michael has staffed the clinic with two veterinarians. Dr. Marissa McNeil is a graduate of UC Davis and a Coronado native with specialties in general health and wellness, chronic disease care and dentistry. She is joined by Dr. Katherine Lopez who is also an adjunct professor at Vet Tech School in San Diego. Dr. Lopez specializes in advanced surgical care with an emergency room critical care background. The doctors are an excellent complement to one another in the care of animals from dogs and cats to exotics, birds, and reptiles.

Purple Paws will be offering preventative care and vaccines available through wellness plans for pets, which will be billed out monthly to head off expensive vet visits in hopes of keeping pets healthy. With the wellness plans, there will also be discounts on some services should the need arise. Routine and urgent care will both be available. The clinic philosophy is based on educating owners on their pets’ conditions so care decisions are made as a team and understood.


The clinic will be offering concierge services with pick up for large animals in need as well as house calls by appointment. The clinic will be open seven days per week and will have a doctor on the premises during all open hours.

The facility has increased the number of exam rooms to six by reducing space previously used for office purposes. This has been achieved through the implementation of smart technology, Mamaghani’s area of expertise. It also includes a paperless office with cloud-based record keeping allowing the animals’ owners to have 24/7/365 access to their pets’ medical records through a client portal. The technology also reduces the operating costs and improves efficiency, which is important to their efforts of keeping costs competitive while providing the highest quality of care.

Purple Paws Pet ClinicThe gray and white striped walls with the large purple paw prints were chosen to provide an uplifting atmosphere that gives a happy, peaceful and non-medical feel for pets and their owners. The clinic will also be offering pet boarding which will be doctor supervised, as well as some grooming services. The lab and equipment available will enable a full range of services to be provided in a familiar setting close to home for Coronado residents.


The community is invited to stop by any time to have a look and meet the staff as well as Purple Paws Animal Clinic mascot, the Mamaghani family pet, Fufee. An open house is being planned for the early part of June with pets and families welcome. Schedule your pet’s complimentary initial exam (new customers).

Purple Paws Pet Clinic is located at 817 Orange Avenue, Coronado. 619-996-3335. There is metered street parking in front on Orange Ave and a space right behind the building in the alley off of 8th Street.


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Chris is a native San Diegan who has had business ties to Coronado from when the bridge still had a toll. She vowed to herself one day she would make the island her home. Chris has been an entrepreneur for over two decades as a business owner and business/life strategist and coach. Her work has been seen in magazines, blogs, The Seattle Times and The Huffington Post.Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: