Our Veterinarians

Dr. Robert Totman

Owner, Medical Director

When he was a toddler, Robert Totman’s family dog, Spot, would watch him as he played in their front yard. Occasionally, young Robert would wander toward the street. Spot would come up behind him and grab his diaper, pulling him back out of harm’s way! Now Robert gives back the compassion Spot gave him as a child, caring for pets every day as the Owner and Medical Director of Vineyard Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Totman grew up in Wichita, Kansas, as the eldest of three children. His veterinary journey began in Costa Mesa, California, where he took a position at one of the first referral practices in Southern California. After a year, he was transferred to a satellite practice in San Clemente. He eventually opened up his first practice in Laguna Niguel, practicing there for 20 years! In January 2003 he purchased Vineyard Veterinary Hospital.

Soft-tissue and orthopedic surgery is a special area of interest for Dr. Totman, and he prides himself in his high surgery success rate. He also likes seeing young puppies grow into healthy adults, and working with geriatric patients to deliver the best quality of life possible.

Robert lives with his wife Joan—Practice Manger at Vineyard Veterinary Hospital—and their four dogs: Jimmy, a poodle; Sully, whose favorite pastime is eating; Sophie, who sees Robert off to work every morning; and Annie, an elderly adoption. The family also owns a Cockatiel who is simply and appropriately named Cockatiel!

In his spare time, Dr. Totman enjoys woodworking, cooking, and wine tasting. A carving that Robert did of a grapevine can even be seen at the clinic. He especially enjoys finding excellent wines for reasonable prices, before they are discovered by the general public!

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Dr. Sperka

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Sperka spent several years of her childhood living in Ocean City, Maryland, where she was fascinated by the local marine animals and wildlife. She fed geese near the bay almost every day after school; when she came home late one evening and neglected to feed the animals, they followed her home and pecked at the door for their daily bread treat. Dr. Sperka considers this the first moment that she knew she wanted to work with animals—now, she’s a licensed veterinarian!

Dr. Sperka moved back to her native northwest Indiana with her family at the age of 12. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the biological sciences field, becoming certified in human cytogenetics while working for Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the University of Chicago during her studies. She was then accepted into the Western University of Health Science’s veterinary program in 2004, graduating with her DVM in 2008. Dr. Sperka has been practicing veterinary medicine in California ever since! She joined the Vineyard Veterinary Hospital family in the spring of 2016, and especially enjoys clinical pathology, internal medicine, dental care, and routine wellness examinations.

At home, Dr. Sperka and her husband, John, live with several pets of their own. They have two dogs, Brodie and Maia, as well as a pair of lovable cats who go by Zachary and Romeo. When she isn’t enjoying family time or caring for Temecula’s pets here at the hospital, Dr. Sperka likes catching up on television shows with her husband, reading fiction novels, and writing. She’s written over 300 pages of her very own novel, and has larger plans for a trilogy!

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