Meet Our Veterinarians

Dr. Acton

Dr. Chuck Acton was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.  He moved to California to do an internship in small animal medicine at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine after graduating from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1974.  He purchased Laguna Hills Animal Hospital in 1983 following his tenure as chief of staff at Grand Ave Pet Hospital in Santa Ana, California.  For years he was one of only a handful of veterinarians in California with a special interest in neurology and cultivated a large referral practice.  He passion for providing the best in veterinary medicine lead him to become a Board Certified Veterinary Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine in 1983.

His passport has stamps from throughout the world.  His adventures are not for the timid.  One of his favorite travel memories is scuba diving with Great White sharks.  On a tamer note, he can be found on the golf links or ballroom dancing with his wife Dianna.  His love of animals extends to the plethora of cats and dogs he has adopted over the years, many from LHAH.

Dr. Acton’s career in veterinary medicine has had many memorable moments.  He delights in recalling the delivery of a pygmy goat in the parking lot of Laguna Hills Animal Hospital.  How many people have a ‘kid’ named after them?

“Veterinary medicine is an honorable and well-respected profession.  I would recommend it highly and would do it all over again.”

Dr. Acton has become our Veterinarian Emeritus seeing patients at LHAH on a part-time basis.

Dr. Cruz

Teacher, doctor… teacher, doctor, while growing up in Los Angeles, Bernadine couldn’t decide which profession she wanted to pursue.  She had contemplated entering human medicine but had a nagging fear that she might get bored. But by becoming a veterinarian, she could be a pediatrician to gerontologist, a surgeon or behaviorist, internist or general practitioner and all the while be an educator-SCORE!

Attending UC Davis was a culture shock… small-town life, riding bikes, country swing dancing and 121 classmates who worked hard and played hard.  Her 4 years of veterinary school were some of the best in her life.

A stint at the Los Angeles Zoo was where Bernadine encountered Caesar, a juvenile low land gorilla who is still the most memorable animal she has ever met. She has served the needs of other spectacular animals while venturing to Alaska, Canada and Minnesota as a trail veterinarian for numerous sled dog races including the Iditarod and Yukon Quest…brrrrrh cold!

Bernadine has been able to follow her passion of educating the public by acting as a veterinary medicine multi media consultant for several major veterinary pharmaceutical companies, along with being featured on local and national television shows such as the Early Show, the Today Show, the Doctors and Inside Edition. She is the creator and host of the internet based radio show, ‘the Pet Doctor’, part of She wrote the edu-taining book ‘the Secret Sex Life of Dogs and Cats’ and has been given the moniker of ‘America’s Pet Pediatrician’.

Dr. Cruz began her career at Laguna Hills Animal Hospital in 1986.  She cherishes having become a health team member to so many pet parents and their fur babies (she has two cats of her own). When not at the office, experimenting in the kitchen, gardening, traveling (Tibet stole her heart) and staying close to her daughter and three grandgirls keeps her busy.

Dr. Jackson

Dr. Cassidy Jackson has been on the veterinary staff at Laguna Hills Animal Hospital since 2016, and was named Medical Director in 2017.  She was born and raised in Southern California, and obtained her Bachelors of Science with an emphasis in genetics from the University of California Irvine. Subsequently she graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine with high honors and completed her clinical year training at Virginia Maryland School of Veterinary Medicine.

During veterinary school, Dr. Jackson had the opportunity to study abroad in South Africa with the Vets in the Wild program.  Dr. Jackson learned about the role of veterinarians with the conservation efforts in South Africa.  Dr. Jackson was responsible for case management and field work-ups with various wildlife species including, giraffes, zebras, and elephants.

As part of the veterinary team at Laguna Hills Animal Hospital, Dr. Jackson has continued her emphasis in preventative medicine, genetic health testing, non-invasive diagnostic imaging, and soft tissue surgery. She has also maintained a strong interest in the management of our senior patients to help make their golden years as comfortable as possible.  She enjoys educating both our clients and team members. She prides herself providing the best possible care for all our clients’ pets and strengthening the human-animal-bond.

When Dr. Jackson has time to relax, she loves spending time in Lake Havasu boating and off-roading in her Jeep.  You can also find her competing in American Kennel Club events such as Conformation, Obedience, and Agility with her Dalmatian, Hunter. Dr. Jackson is an avid soccer and volleyball player and loves to travel but admits she will never say no to a Netflix marathon.

Dr. Sultzer

Dr. Jon Sultzer was born and raised in Southern California.  He attended UCLA and CSULB for his undergraduate degree.  He received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University.  He’s been with Laguna Hills Animal Hospital since 1998.

Dr. Sultzer enjoys all aspects of general medicine and surgery.  He is passionate about strengthening the human-animal bond and treating patients throughout their lives.

Dr. Sultzer enjoys spending time with his furry and scaly pets, following his kid’s equestrian competitions, mountain biking, hiking, camping and travel.