Meet Our Doctors


Dr. Nicoleta Popescu

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Nicoleta Popescu was born in Romania into a family of teachers. She inherited her great love of animals from her father who taught veterinary medicine for 50 years and the love for teaching from her mother who taught children to read and write for 40 years. So very naturally, after completing veterinary school Dr. Popescu continued to work in the same University teaching veterinary students microscopic anatomy.

In 1997 Dr. Popescu met her husband Sorin and settled permanently in the United States. She worked as a veterinary technician for one and a half years, completed an additional year of veterinary school at University of Columbia Missouri, and then furthered her knowledge and skills through an internship at Animal Specialty Group in Glendale. Following the veterinary internship, Dr. Popescu worked relief at 15 different hospitals around Los Angeles and volunteered at multiple spay and neuter clinics. Finally she settled into a long-term position in La Crescenta at a prestigious animal hospital where she worked for 9 years as a dedicated full-time veterinarian.

It has always been Dr. Popescu's dream to have her own practice and when Dr. Duane Erickson decided to retire in April 2011, she got just that opportunity here at Nordhoff. Dr. Popescu brings more than a mastery of modern veterinary medicine to Chatsworth and the surrounding communities; she cares for the residents and their furry families a great deal! She is a compassionate communicator and a consummate animal lover.

When not taking care of pets Dr. Popescu likes to spend time with her husband, their daughter Victoria, and their cat Sam. She also greatly enjoys cooking and loves to work outdoors around the garden at her home in Granada Hills.

Dr. Christian Croquenois

Dr. Christian Croquenois

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Christian, as he prefers to be called, is originally from France where he practiced veterinary medicine for 12 years. He moved here 7 years ago and is passionate about continually learning new medical techniques and technology in veterinary medicine.

Though he loves working with small animals in our hospital, Dr. Christian is also rides horses professionally and formerly managed a Hunter-Jumper Equestrian training program. He lives nearby with his wife and two children and outside of work enjoys scuba diving and all things science and nature!

We’re thrilled to have such a talented, dedicated, compassionate, and warm presence on our team!

Meet Our Practice Manager


Max Mendez

Certified Veterinary Practice Manager

Max brings unwavering commitment and unparalleled passion for animal care to Nordhoff Veterinary Hospital. Max has been working in the veterinary field nearly a decade and is a gifted veterinary nurse. Max is a great joker and his deadpan sense of humor keeps things lively around the office. He lives nearby with his dog Toothless (who you might on occasion see around the hospital!)

In 2015, after 4 years at Nordhoff Veterinary Hospital, Max Mendez obtained Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) designation. CVPM designation is achieved by those who demonstrate the knowledge and experience necessary to successfully manage the ever-changing operations of today’s veterinary practices.

  • The CVPM program is a three-part process based on veterinary practice management experience, achievements and knowledge.
  • CVPMs must demonstrate a minimum of three years’ experience in a veterinary hospital.
  • CVPMs must demonstrate management knowledge in Human Resources, Law and Ethics, Marketing, Organization of the Practice and Finance through a rigorous examination.
  • Among veterinary practice leaders, the CVPM designation is recognized to represent the highest level of credential.
  • Currently there are less than 400 CVPMs in the United States.

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