Although established in the 1960’s, Back Bay Veterinary Hospital became a fixture of Newport Beach in 1978 when Dr. George Katcherian, an Armenian immigrant from Cairo, Egypt, bought the practice. Since 1978, Back Bay’s mission has been to provide the most caring service possible to patients, guests and their human friends through a team of dedicated professionals. Dr. K (as he’s often called) has not only grown one of Newport Beach’s most successful veterinary hospitals but has also become one of Southern California’s most sought after canine orthopedic surgeons, often miraculously healing leg, knee, and hip injuries for all types of dogs. He also performs an array of smaller surgeries covering spay and neuters, tumor removal, amputations, and more.

Dr. Nabil Fanous has been a fixture of Back Bay Veterinary Hospital for over fifteen years. He has not only studied veterinary medicine at Cairo University in Egypt and the University of Iowa, but he also received his Masters in Pharmacology. Dr. Fanous’ interests lie in internal medicine and stem cell treatment for animals, especially those suffering from arthritis. An active member of the organization Animal Advocates, he is known for his passion for veterinary medicine and is committed to fostering strong, caring relationships with his clients and their furry companions. On his free time, he enjoys watching soccer and tennis as well as spending time with his cat, Tony. He has also been an avid, and very talented, chess player most of his life.

Dr. John Coleing was born and raised in the rolling countryside of England; he has always been passionate about animals and knew from a young age he wanted to be a veterinarian. After graduating from the prestigious Royal Veterinary College in London in 2007, Dr. Coleing practiced small animal medicine in England before deciding to move to the sunnier climes of the US in 2009. Dr. Coleing has an unwavering compassion and devotion to helping pets live happier, longer lives and a commitment to partnering with our clients to help make the best decisions for the health of their furry family members. Dr. Coleing likes to combine his love of travelling with wild life conservation. Travelling all over the world, Dr. Coleing has spent time researching monkeys in Sri Lanka to lassoing giraffes and wrestling pythons in South Africa. In his free time Dr. Coleing enjoys spending time at the beach, working out, football (soccer, of course), going to the movies, snorkeling and white water rafting.

Dr. Hernandez graduated in 2002 from University Autonomous of Queretaro, Mexico. After practicing for a few years, she immigrated to the United States where she completed an internship in Long Beach, California with a special interest in internal medicine and soft tissue surgery until she obtained her California veterinary license. Dr. Hernandez loves outdoor activities, particularly hiking and has a Maine Coon kitty cat named Mandush that she rescued. Dr. Hernandez joined our Back Bay team in November, 2018.

Dr. Isaac Atalla is a native Southern Californian who comes from a family of veterinarians. His mother and father are both DVM’s and his two sisters are both currently enrolled in veterinary school. He earned his B.S. in animal science from the University of California, Davis. Dr. Isaac then completed his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine with honors at Ross University. He completed his clinical training in New York at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Isaac has a special interest in marine life as well as feline and canine renal physiology.