Dr. Judy's career in veterinary medicine started in 1979 after graduating from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Having grown up in the Midwest, he ventured to Southern California after graduating to begin his practice which included companion animals and exotic and equine medicine. Currently, he serves companion animals exclusively and holds membership to CVMA, AVMA, and SDCVMA. He also serves as Chair on the Board of Directors for Lions Tigers and Bears, a non-profit organization serving neglected and abandoned exotics.
Dr. Judy has remained steadfast in his ethos - dedication to the well-being of animals - by frequently attending continuing education seminars beyond the required state board minimums and seeking out the latest technology to benefit his patients.
When not working with animals, Dr. Judy likes to spend time with his wife, their cat Skunk, and four dogs, two Golden Doodles, Bugs and Lola, a Pom-Tzu, Georgie, and a Terrier mix, Tinkerbell, at their home away from home near Lake Tahoe. Presently, he is taking guitar, bass, and vocal lessons, so once he retires, he fully intends to become a rockstar.
Tina has been a southern California resident the majority of her life. She joined Lions Tigers & Bears in November 2018 to assist with the many tasks and duties that need tending to around the sanctuary. From setting up our White Oak retreat for guests, to helping maintain our offices, surgical suite and gift shop, to helping with purchasing and other administrative duties - she does it all! Tina's favorite aspects of working at Lions Tigers & Bears are learning something new every day, and making a difference in the rescued animals lives.
Naomi Heidenreich is a San Diego native, and grew up in a small area not far from Lions Tigers & Bears in Alpine, CA. Naomi always wanted to make a difference by helping animals ever since she was little. "I truly believe I was put here on this earth to save animals and so I made it my goal to only work towards that. My goal is to eventually open my own nonprofit sanctuary and to help rescue and rehabilitate exotic and domestic animals. I would love to be able to work with gorillas and orangutans one day. My role models are Dian Fossey, Jane Goodall and Bobbi Brink." Naomi lived in Suffolk, England for three years where she volunteered at a small farm in the countryside helping tend to the animals. In January of 2021, she moved back to San Diego and started as an intern at Lions Tigers & Bears shortly after in February 2021. By March, she was happy to join us on staff.
Naomi leads the role of the receptionist and administrative support. Her duties consist of answering phones, taking down messages, handling any inquiries that come in, booking visits, data entry, attending morning keeper meetings to take notes and assisting Bobbi with any special projects.
"My favorite thing about being a part of the Lions Tigers & Bears team is being able to closely work with such great people who are kind and are all here for the animals. It is one of the only jobs I've had where I feel such a positive environment and where I can truly see everyone loves their role at the sanctuary because it is for the animals. I love working at Lions Tigers & Bears because it is one of the only true accredited animal sanctuaries in the world. I have never worked for a job where I can proudly say I fully support everything they are doing and what their mission is. I believe we need more people who care like Bobbi Brink and are here truly because they want to make a difference for every animal. I love coming to work every day seeing each animal here live out their best life and knowing that we are making a huge impact on the world to end roadside zoos, the exotic animal trade, cub petting, animals in the entertainment industry and all the other horrible animal industries and trades. I think it is so important that people are educated on what is happening to these animals because a lot of people do not even know what is going on behind closed doors. I think by educating the public on what is actually happening will make a major difference and soon we will be able to end this inhumane trade."
Hello friends, my name is Lyndsey Nayfack. I have a bachelor's degree in Sociology from San Diego State University. Go Aztecs! My professional experience prior to working at Lions Tigers & Bears consists of case management for adults with developmental disabilities, behavioral specialist within various school districts in East County, and working in VIP services and sales for Live Nation. My role at Lions Tigers & Bears is the "Volunteer Administrator" which generally consists of recruiting/onboarding our wonderful volunteers, organizing outreach events, facilitating volunteer orientations, scheduling, and assisting with Lions Tigers & Bears' special events. My favorite part about working at Lions Tigers & Bears is the serene mountain escape, hearing the lions roar throughout the day, and knowing that what I do here makes a difference in the lives of our rescued animals.