Dr. Adam Strom, DVM, MS, DACVS, Hospital Medical Director, President
Dr. Strom was born and raised in Los Angeles and is thrilled to still call it his home. He received his veterinary degree at UC Davis, where he first realized his love for surgery and emergency medicine. During his internship at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Strom honed his skills in veterinary medicine and decided that his true passion lay in surgery. After completing a one-year surgical internship with Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, he returned to Los Angeles to complete his 3-year surgical residency at Animal Specialty Group. Under the excellent guidance of the doctors there, Dr. Strom was exposed to and learned a wide range of skills.
With successful completion of the residency program and passing of the certification exam, Dr. Strom achieved diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2011. Until 2017, he worked alongside his prior mentors as a member of the surgical service. He enjoys all aspects of surgery, but is most excited by reconstructive and oncologic procedures, fracture repair, and newer, minimally-invasive procedures. In his free time, Dr. Strom enjoys skiing, scuba diving, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends, and of course, his dog, Frannie.
Dr. Mishka Williams, DVM, DACVS
Dr. Williams grew up in Toronto, Canada and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from The Ontario Veterinary College in 2011. She then moved to the Los Angeles area where she completed a small animal rotating internship, surgical internship and residency in small animal surgery at Animal Specialty Group where she was trained in orthopedic, oncologic, soft tissue and neurologic surgery. She enjoys all facets of small animal surgery however her favorite part of the job is working together with a skilled team of multiple specialists to be able to provide well rounded care for all patients in need. Dr. Williams’s extracurricular interests include musical theater, exploring southern California and spending time with her husband, James, and their herd of dogs: Gus, Tito, Minka and Elton.
Dr. Sady Cabrera, DVM, DACVS
Dr. Cabrera grew up in Guatemala City and California. She completed her undergraduate work at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, CA and California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. She then received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California, Davis in 1996.
She worked as a general practitioner in Southern California for 7 years and then pursued a specialty in small animal surgery. She completed her surgical residency at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital in 2007 and then obtained her board certification. Dr. Cabrera is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. She stayed as a surgeon at West LA Animal Hospital for several years before joining Blue Pearl Emergency and Specialty Hospital in Orange County on December of 2016. During those years she spent time teaching students, interns and residents.
She performs orthopedic procedures like TPLOs, fracture repairs, arthroscopic procedures, congenital deformities, soft tissue procedures and neurologic procedures. She has special interest in laparoscopic procedures, minimal invasive fracture repairs and wound management. She performs stem cell and platelet rich plasma treatments based on case selection. Dr. Cabrera applies multi-modal anesthesia and believes that good pain management is of utmost importance for healing and good recovery.
Linette, RVT, Surgery Department Manager
Linette is a Los Angeles native. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2000. She obtained her Bachelors in Veterinary Technology from Cal Poly Pomona. Linette’s passion in the veterinary field is for surgery and anesthesia. Linette will be pursuing her Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) in anesthesiology in the near future. She has four dogs, a Min Pin named Dilly, and three Pitbull’s, Katanna, Monster, and Xena. When not at work, Linette likes to spend time with her family, play video games and snowboard.
LaGloria, RVT, Surgery
LaGloria was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has been in the veterinary field for 5 years. She obtained her Associates in Animal Sciences from Pierce College and is an RVT. She also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NYU. LaGloria has a passion for emergency medicine and would like to obtain her VTS in emergency and critical care. She has two Chihuahuas, one named Gracie and one named Pip. When not at work, she enjoys going to the movies, spending time with family, and reading.
Hannah, RVT, Surgery
Hannah was born and raised in Orange County, CA. In June 2020 she will be moving to Los Angeles, CA to join the MASH surgery team. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2018. She has worked in an emergency hospital in the surgery department and this is where her passion lies. She also has experience in ICU, triage, and internal medicine. She wants to continue to grow as a surgical technician and her goal is to obtain her VTS in anesthesia or surgery. She has a Bachelors in Animal Health Sciences from Cal Poly Pomona. Hannah currently does not have any pets, but she has her sights set on adopting a cat and naming it Dreidel, soon. When not working, you can find Hannah at music festivals and concerts, exploring museums, traveling, or reading/binge watching shows on Netflix.
Mark, RVT, Emergency
Mark has been working in the veterinary field since 2013. He obtained his LVT in Nevada and graduated with his Associates in Animal Sciences from Mt. San Antonio College. He started his technician career in general practice and then joined the MASH team to better his skills as a tech in emergency. Because animals cannot communicate what is going on with them, Mark loves to be the voice of the patients he works with. Mark has a mixed border collie named Bailey. When he is not at work, he loves to go to Disneyland, hike, and go horseback riding.
Hansel, Veterinary Assistant, Surgery
Hansel was born and raised in Los Angeles. He has been in the veterinary field since 2012. Hansel started out in general practice but found that his passion was for specialty medicine. He is currently apart of our surgery department and wants to obtain his RVT license soon. Hansel likes working in the surgery department because there is always something new creating an environment for constant learning. Hansel has two cats named Damsiel and Tigre. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his kid and watch/play basketball and soccer.
Kathy, Veterinary Assistant, Surgery
Kat grew up in Los Angeles. She has been in the veterinary field since 2011. She started out working in general practice but has been working in the surgical specialty for four years. Kat is working on getting her RVT soon. Her passion in veterinary medicine is surgery. She loves everything about surgery, from the different cases, to the procedures, to even the different instruments. Kat has a Shih Tzu named Chubs and a cat named Panther. When not being a mom, Kat enjoys working out, shopping, sleeping, and food.
Melody, Veterinary Assistant, Surgery
Melody was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2013 and has been working with Dr. Bianco since MASH opened. She started her career in the veterinary field in Austin, Texas, before moving back to the LA area and joining the MASH team. In the fall, she will be attending Santa Monica College to become a surgical nurse for human medicine. She has a 9-year-old dachshund named Dozer. The newest member of her family is a polydactyly cat named Digits, who chose Melody after winding up at her door step. She loves attending music festivals, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and pets.
Kristine, Veterinary Assistant, Surgery
Kristine was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2012. She started out in reception and has worked her way up to technician assistant. She started her career in general practice and then moved into specialty. She has worked in neurology, cardiology and internal medicine. Kristine loves learning about the actual medicine side of veterinary medicine and hopes to continue learning through all specialties. Kristine a German Shepard mix named Solo, who is a rescued police dog. In her spare time, she likes to dirt bike, horseback ride and try new breweries.
Chris, Veterinary Assistant, Surgery
Chris was born and raised in Burbank, California. He has been in the veterinary field for 11 years, working in emergency and surgery. Chris plans on getting his RVT soon. He has a passion for wildlife and would like to work at a wildlife rehab center at some point. He has 2 dogs, a Pit bull named Ruby and a chihuahua named Mickey. When not working, Chris likes to play/watch sports, especially soccer, bowling, playing music, and drawing.
Tanya, Doctor’s Assistant, Surgery
Tanya was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2007. She started out working reception in generally practice and then moved to specialty practice. She loves specialty because she continues to learn and expand her knowledge. Tanya joined the MASH team in February of 2018 as a surgery DA. She has two cats, Akima (Spynx), and Butters (DSH). She also has a Sheba Inu mix named Kai. Tanya loves to be outdoors. She loves camping, hiking, fishing, and music festivals. She also loves to spend time with her family and friends.
Pamela, Doctor’s Assistant, Surgery
Pamela was born and raised in Sun Valley CA. She has been working in the veterinary field for since 2016. She has worked in emergency and surgery. Her goal is to be a veterinarian, specializing in either critical care or surgery. She joined the MASH surgery team in October 2019. Pamela has one dog, a 9-year-old Miniature Pinscher/Chihuahua mix named Bella. In her free time, she likes to hike, read, and be in nature.
Isabel, Doctor’s Assistant, Surgery
Isabel was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2008. She has worked in a variety of positions: customer service, humane resource, and financial departments. Isabel worked in general practice at first, but then switched to specialty veterinary medicine. Isabel is currently in school to become a registered nurse, where she hopes to one day join a specialty service in human medicine. She has an 8-month-old long hair chihuahua, named Lily. She also is a foster mom to a poodle. When not working, she loves to spend time with her kids, do outdoor activities, read, and watch documentaries.
David, Surgical Assistant, Surgery
David was born and raised in Los Angeles. Before joining the MASH surgery team in May 2018, he was a teaching assistant for special education. David is brand new to the veterinary medical field and is interested in working his way up to become a registered veterinary technician. David has one dog, Athena, a mixed breed. In his spare time, he likes to read and explore LA.
Jorge, Surgical Assistant, Surgery
Jorge was born and raised in Los Angeles. He is brand new to the veterinary field and joined the MASH emergency team in January 2019. Jorge has his sights set on either pursuing his RVT or obtaining his fire technology degree to become a fireman/paramedic. He is also very interested in obtaining his wildfire certification. He has a 13-year-old Lab mix named Spots, and two 1-year old Terrier mixes named Titan and Hunter. In his spare time, he likes to play basketball, go to the gym and go out with his friends.