Summer Wetzel serves as the THRIVE Affordable Vet Care Area Medical Director for Los Angeles and Orange County. THRIVing since 2019, Summer supports the medical staff in sunny SoCal so THRIVE’s veterinarians can do what they love the most!
“I love that our veterinarians can work up their cases and take on exciting surgeries – and I get to support my doctors to practice fearless medicine along the way! “
Name: Summer Wetzel
Title: Area Medical Director
Region: Los Angeles and Orange County
Start Date: November, 2019
Veterinary School: Western University of Health Sciences, 2007
- I was born in Thailand and raised in California
- I’m such a beach baby that the first time I saw snow, I told my mom that they had weird sand here!
- I’m a BMX and softball mom! My 5-year-old stud Bryce is in BMX and my daughter Izzy plays center and catcher. I love to travel and we love exploring new BMX tracks and traveling for softball but most of all celebrating wins!
- This year we added to our family with a cute baby hedgehog, Walter. He’s actually quite cuddly and oh so cute!
- My hubby Mat and I enjoy getting alone time and I think we are foodies. Exploring new restaurants from posh to hole in the wall is always exciting. We enjoy adding new favorites to our list!
I was drawn to the affordability aspect of THRIVE, which really allows doctors to practice the medicine that they have always wanted to practice. I love that our veterinarians can work up their cases and take on exciting surgeries – and I get to support my doctors to practice fearless medicine along the way!
When did you know you wanted to become a veterinarian?
When I was 16, my dog Harley had some abnormal bloodwork. ALKP (alkaline phosphatase) was elevated. I was so worried about her and I didn’t understand anything about why this was elevated, what it meant, and how concerned I needed to be. It was then that I knew I needed to know all things veterinary medicine and I decided to become a vet.
Come grow with us and join Summer’s team today! Explore new opportunities at THRIVE.