Our Veterinarians

Dr. Thomas Beighlie

Partner, Clinician, Surgeon

Dr. Beighlie’s veterinary medicine career has proven immensely satisfying for him. Most importantly, he feels an inner warmth when he can use his skills to keep animals healthy. Healthy, well-cared-for pets can enjoy longer relationships with their pet parents. Dr. Beighlie also likes to use his scientific mindset to solve complex medical cases that resemble intricate puzzles. Finally, Dr. Beighlie satisfies his artisan nature by using his hands to perform healing surgeries. Each day, he feels fortunate that he’s found a gratifying career that allows him to serve his clients and their beloved pets!

Thomas Beighlie grew up with agriculture in his genes, as his ancestors had homesteaded the Midwestern United States. His parents pursued a different path, though, as they worked for Trans World Airlines in the early years of commercial aviation. Since his father was an airline captain, Thomas and his siblings got quite an education in geography and culture, as they traveled to many corners of the world.

When Thomas was 11 years old, he told his father he wanted to be a veterinarian. This decision set Thomas’ career in motion, and he gained experience by working as a veterinary technician during his high school and college years. While earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Chemistry, Thomas also developed his technical skills and lifelong commitment to caring for pets.

After completing veterinary school in Italy, Thomas completed his post-graduate training at the New York City-based Animal Medical Center. Next, his 12 years of critical care and emergency service work helped him fine-tune his diagnostic, treatment, and surgical abilities. Dr. Beighlie expresses his gratitude to the many veterinarians, professors, and mentors who helped him become an accomplished veterinarian.

After settling in California, Dr. Beighlie’s veterinary practice work included serving as Chief of Staff of the Animal Emergency and Referral Center in Norwalk, California. He felt honored that his facility was asked to handle the routine and emergency care for the region’s police service dogs.

In 2008, Dr. Beighlie and Dr. Mintzer merged their practices, creating All Pets Medical and Surgical Center. Dr. Beighlie strongly feels that both doctors bring special skills and a wealth of experience to the practice. As a result, patients receive more efficient care and experience better outcomes; and pet parents often see reduced treatment costs.

Looking back at his 48 years in veterinary medicine, including 34 years as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Beighlie still loves being an active part of the veterinary profession. He thoroughly enjoys meeting his clients, and absolutely loves caring for their pets.

Dr. Beighlie also stays very busy in his personal life. He enjoys surfing, sailing, racing Go-Karts, and hitting the slopes with his son. Dr. Beighlie’s active life also includes plenty of hiking, cycling, and camping. Photography and history also pique his curiosity. He speaks Italian, French, and Spanish; which adds an extra dimension to his travels abroad.

Dr. Beighlie also believes in giving back to his community. He has helped to lead animal-related disaster relief efforts, served as a lecturer at the Long Beach Police Academy, and volunteered as a Cub Scout leader.

While Dr. Beighlie doesn’t currently have any pets, he’s amused by Foxy, his son’s papillon/miniature pinscher mix. Foxy is intensely jealous of Zeus, her feline housemate. Clearly, Foxy would love to put Zeus in his place. However, Zeus is bigger than Foxy, and she’s smart enough to realize the dangerous consequences of such a move.

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Dr. Charles Mintzer

Partner, Clinician

By the time Charles Mintzer was 10 years old, he was already known as the neighborhood animal caretaker. Growing up in a small Queens, New York apartment, Charles often walked neighbors’ pets and was always concerned about their health. In his own home, Charles kept non-traditional pets such as chameleons, garden snakes, a mynah bird, and a baby chick that somehow grew into a raucous rooster. Following a family trip to Florida, Charles even found himself with a baby alligator. Young Charles’ affinity for animals continued throughout his life, providing him with a wonderful foundation for his veterinary career!

Growing up with his mother and older sister, Charles enjoyed playing roller hockey, football, and stickball. He competed in Little League baseball until age 10, when he realized that he didn’t have the talent to succeed as a professional baseball player. Once he abandoned that goal, Charles happily focused on becoming a veterinarian, and enjoyed his mother’s lifelong support for his career choice.

During Charles’ high school years, he participated in a program for students who planned to become veterinarians. For two summers, Charles worked on dairy farms in upstate New York. Next, he enrolled in Cornell University’s undergraduate program, and worked in animal hospitals during his summers. In 1978, Charles graduated from the Cornell University College of Veterinary medicine. By that time, Charles was ready for a change of climate, and happily moved to warm, sunny southern California.

After purchasing and growing his own veterinary practice, Dr. Mintzer combined his efforts with Dr. Beighlie in 2008. After both practices were merged, the new All Pets Medical and Surgical Center offered more sophisticated technology and expanded treatment options.

In particular, Dr. Mintzer is intrigued by veterinary dermatology; and he has been fortunate to receive additional training from recognized dermatology specialists.

Dr. Mintzer has also become knowledgeable about veterinary dentistry, and has concerns about the potentially severe impacts of poor dental care on an animal’s overall health. He very much wants to focus on dental disease prevention, as the problems are often far advanced by the time his clients notice any symptoms.

While Dr. Mintzer appreciates the technology and treatments at his command, he always focuses on the profound human-animal bond at the heart of his clients’ relationships with their pets. His first dog Angel, a beautiful golden retriever who enriched the entire family’s life, taught him the life-changing importance of that relationship.

When Dr. Mintzer’s away from the hospital, he enjoys life with his wife Leslie. He’s also an energetic ice hockey player, and his team has won the league championship several times in the past few years. The couple’s son is currently a junior in college; and he enjoys playing a few rounds of golf with his father during breaks from school. The couple’s fourth-grade daughter is an active young lady who enjoys sports, dancing, and singing in the choir.

Finally, the Mintzer home has a well-balanced complement of furry family members. Carson the Chihuahua loves to relax on the Lazy Boy recliner with Dr. Mintzer’s mother, who also lives with the family. Mowgli the French bulldog is a people magnet who loves everyone. In contrast, the family’s two cats, Crookshanks and Sauly, have adopted their own agenda. These two independent felines believe they belong at the top of the household pecking order.

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