Dr. Michael Becker, DVM, DACVECC, Emergency and Critical Care Director
Dr. Mike Becker was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Becker earned his undergraduate from the University of Arizona and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The University of Illinois. Dr. Becker did his rotating, specialty internship, and residency in emergency and critical care at a busy specialty practice in Los Angeles. Dr. Becker joined the MASH Emergency and Critical Care team in May 2018. Dr. Becker has over 8 years of experience as a veterinarian (5 internships and residency), and 3 years as a criticalist at a private practice in LA.
Dr. Becker’s specific interests in emergency and critical care include trauma, sepsis and septic shock, antimicrobials, including antibiotic resistance and critical care nutrition. Dr. Becker is excited to help grow the Emergency and Critical Care department at MASH. He especially wants to continue to help his patients and help their owners make informed decisions for their ongoing care.
When not saving lives, Dr. Becker likes to do anything where he can be active and be outdoors. He enjoys running, hiking, home brewing beer, and he hopes to learn how to surf soon. Dr. Becker has 4 dogs, Charlie (11.5yrs), Towaoc (10 yrs), Billie Jean (5 yrs), and Min Flauta (10 yrs). He also has three cats, Rod Johnson (14 yrs), Homer (12 yrs), and Lord Bran (5 yrs).
Dr. Andrew Cruikshank, DVM, DACVECC
Dr. Andrew Cruikshank earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee in 2002. He then began a rotating internship at VCA West LA, where he discovered a love for critical care. He then went on to complete a critical care residency at ASEC and stayed on afterward as a criticalist and ultimately accepted a position at ASEC as Medical Director.
Though Dr. Cruikshank is experienced in many aspects of veterinary medicine, he takes special preference to respiratory diseases, ventilator therapy, and endocrine disease. Dr. Cruikshank enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with up and coming veterinarians as a Clinical Associate Professor at Western University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Andrew lives with his dog, Ginger and his cat named Mags. He also enjoys traveling, baking, and exploring Los Angeles.
Dr. Elizabeth Yi, DVM, DACVECC
Dr. Elizabeth Yi earned her DVM at Western University of Health Sciences in 2013. Following graduation, she completed a rotating small animal medical surgery internship at VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center in San Diego, CA. She was accepted to the VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center’s Emergency and Critical Care Residency Program and completed her training in July 2017. She became board certified in Emergency and Critical Care in September 2017.
Her focus is emergency and critical care medicine and enjoys the fast pace and challenging cases that come into the ER. Dr Yi’s primary goal is to provide the best care possible for her patients, while providing compassionate care and service during stressful and difficult situations to her clients.
Dr. Linda Ahn, DVM, Emergency
Dr. Ahn Wong is a Los Angeles native. She attended Western University of Health Sciences and obtained her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. She did a small animal 1-year rotating internship through Animal Specialty Group, where she stayed on to be an emergency veterinarian. Dr. Ahn joined MASH’s emergency team in April 2017. She has three dogs and one crested gecko. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.
Dr. Alexis Kotelko, DVM, Emergency
Dr. Kotelko attended UC Davis for both undergrad and veterinary school, attaining her degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2009. She practiced as a general practitioner in the CA Central Coast for the first two years out of vet school, then moved back to the Los Angeles area, where she grew up, to take on the challenge of overnight emergency medicine. Her interests include trauma and surgery and she loves the diversity of cases seen with emergency medicine. During her time off, she loves to hang out with her 3 cats (Neville and Stevie), watch Hockey (Go Kings!!), play video games, go to concerts, and enjoy the outdoors.
Dr. Stella Chu, DVM, Emergency
Dr. Stella Chu received her B.S. in Animal Science from Rutgers University in 2011 and went on to University of Pennsylvania to attain her Veterinary Medical Doctor degree in 2015. Dr. Chu then completed her rotating internship at the University of Illinois from 2015-2016, and recently, her internal medicine specialty internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Chu joined the MASH emergency and critical care team in August 2018. Dr. Chu is also interested in veterinary hematology, immune-mediated diseases, and nephrology.
In her spare time, Dr. Chu enjoys going to concerts, hanging out at the beach, cooking, painting, and spending time with her 3 pets: a Miniature Pinscher named Cookie, and two cats name Bear and Hoagie.
Dr. Natalie Fording, DVM, Emergency
Dr. Natalie Fording was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. She received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Saint Louis University in 2008 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri in 2012. After graduation, she moved to Brooklyn, NY and completed a year-long small animal rotating internship at Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group. Following her internship, Dr. Fording moved to Los Angeles and has focused solely on emergency medicine. She joined the MASH emergency and critical care team in October 2018.
Dr. Fording enjoys hiking, traveling, any Pittsburgh sports team, and spending time with her husband, two dogs, Tucker and Panda, and cat, Izzy.
Dr. Shyvonne Mathias, DVM, Emergency
Dr. Mathias originally grew up right outside of Philadelphia but has been a Californian for about 8 years now. She graduated from Ross University in 2017 and did her clinical year at the University of Minnesota Veterinary College. Dr. Mathias completed her rotating internship at VCA Animal Specialty Group here in Los Angeles in 2018 then followed with her surgical internship at Central Texas Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital in Austin, Texas. After leaving her internship, she decided to come back to LA because she loves California too much! She has a special interest in surgery, neurology, and physical therapy.
She has a 5-year-old Coconut Retriever named Anubis. Anubis and she enjoy hiking around LA, and you can usually catch her at the beach. Dr. Mathias also enjoys traveling, hanging with family and friends, and trying new restaurants.
Dr. Diana Jacinto, MS, DVM, Emergency
Dr. Jacinto is a Los Angeles native. She has a Master’s in Biology with a marine biology focus. She attended Western University of Health Sciences and obtained her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. She did a small animal rotating internship at VCA West LA. Dr. Jacinto joined MASH’s emergency team in August 2019. Dr. Jacinto has a one-eyed cat named Donut. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, tending to her house plants, and hanging out with her cat.
Dr. Crystal Cisneros, DVM, Emergency
Dr. Crystal Cisneros obtained her veterinary doctorate from Western University of Health Sciences in 2017. Being an Arizona native, she returned after graduation to complete a rotating internship at VCA Animal Referral & Emergency Center. She has spent the last 2 years focusing on emergency medicine and loving everything Los Angeles has to offer. She is a firm believer in high quality care and prides herself in strengthening the human- animal bond.
In her free time, she is always searching for her next adventure. She enjoys traveling, spoiling her dog Mowgli, beach days, and finding ways to give back by volunteering in her community.
Dr. Jasmine Amini, DVM, Emergency
Dr. Jasmine Amini grew up in the Boston area and graduated with a BA in International Relations from Tufts University. After a brief stint in finance she went back to school to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian.
Dr. Amini graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She competed two internships in Emergency/Critical Care medicine and moved to California in 2009. She returned to Los Angeles after living in the Bay Area and is gladly trading the fog for the sunshine.
Outside of work, she loves trying new activities and eating unique foods. Dr. Amini and her husband live with two small fluffy dogs and three fluffy cats.
Dr. Patrick Kirk, DVM, Emergency
Dr. Kirk was born in Philadelphia, PA but was raised in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Kirk earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Florida State University and earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences in 2013. He did a rotating internship with VCA California Veterinary Specialists prior to staying on as an emergency veterinarian for the past 7 years. In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports, spending time with his wife, Elizabeth, his dog Wylie and his cat Dot.