What is a Veterinary Specialist?
Just as in human medicine, some doctors choose to pursue higher education by specializing in a specific area of interest. To become a board-certified specialist veterinarian, these doctors had to complete a minimum of a one year-internship or equivalent training, and three to four years of intensive residency training in their specialty after they have completed vet school. In addition, to become a specialist, the veterinarians must successfully pass a rigorous series of examinations.
Dr. Domenico Bianco, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM, Hospital Medical Director
Dr. Bianco graduated in 1998 from the University of Torino (Italy) and completed a Ph.D. program in 2002 at the same institution. He met the requirements for practicing as a veterinarian in the United States in 2003 at Purdue University. He did his rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Columbia-Missouri, his residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Minnesota, and became a diplomate at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2008. He authored several publications in peer-reviewed journals and lectured at many international meetings.
He loves all aspects of small animal internal medicine and his research is focused on hematology, coagulation, and immune-mediated diseases. His clinical interests include gastroenterology, nasal and pulmonary diseases, endocrinology, hepatology, nephrology, urology, and pancreatic diseases. He is skilled in abdominal ultrasonography, thoracic ultrasonography, laparoscopic biopsy techniques, gastroduodenoscopy, colonoscopy, rhinoscopy, tracheo-bronchoscopy, cystoscopy, vaginoscopy, bone marrow evaluation, and tracheal/urethral stenting.
He spends his free time with his family, friends, as much as he can. He loves going to the beach, playing soccer, alpine skiing, swimming, tennis, and travelling back home to Italy and any other fun places to discover.
Dr. Eloise Stikeman, BVMS, Practice Limited to Internal Medicine, Hospital Medical Director
Dr. Stikeman was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto. She moved to Perth, Australia to attend veterinary school at Murdoch University and was a founding executive and President of the Murdoch Animal Welfare Society. Following graduation, she undertook a rotating medical and surgical internship at a private specialty practice in Connecticut before moving inside the Beltway to work as a generalist for two years. Drawn by a fascination of Internal Medicine’s unique ability to answer (almost) any question, she moved to Texas to pursue a specialty internship and subsequent Residency at the Center for Veterinary Specialty + Emergency Care. Dr. Stikeman has successfully completed all board examinations and is awaiting publication of her research paper to attain board-certification.
Dr. Stikeman is extensively trained in ultrasonography including echocardiography and enjoys all diagnostic endeavors. Her areas of clinical interest include intestinal diseases at large, protein-losing enteropathies in particular, as well respiratory diseases and pulmonary hypertension, endocrine disorders, and all aspects of feline medicine. While uncommon in Los Angeles she also enjoys fungal infections and has an extensive background in managing them from her time in Texas. Dr. Stikeman adores all of her patients and the chance working at MASH provides to meet the wonderful cats and dogs of the Los Angeles community!
When not at work, Dr. Stikeman is a pilot who can usually be found in the skies flying out of Santa Monica Airport, at home studying aeronautical maps and world history (especially WWII), or can be found watching Blue Jays baseball and working on future travel plans. She also loves spending time with her two (giant!) cats Winston and Clementine, and visiting her sister and her cat, Ray Finkle.
Dr. Joseph V. Bisignano, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM) Head of Internal Medicine Department
Dr. Joseph Bisignano originally grew up in Brooklyn, NY and graduated from New York University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Biochemistry in 2006. He attended veterinary school at Western University of Health Sciences, graduating in 2010. He went on to complete his internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital, followed by completion of his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Bisignano is a board-certified specialist in Internal Medicine.
Dr. Bisignano has advanced training and interest in the field of interventional endourology. He performs specialized procedures such as lithotripsy and percutaneous cystolithotomies (PCCL) that are minimally invasive approaches for removal of bladder and urethral stones. He also performs laser procedures to correct ectopic ureters as well as cystoscopic interventions for urinary incontinence. These procedures allow patients to recover faster and with less pain than traditional surgery and have more successful outcomes. He is one of very few doctors in Los Angeles trained to perform these procedures. Dr. Bisignano is available for consultation regarding minimally invasive methods for stone removal, management of urinary incontinence, congenital urinary conditions and long-term solutions and management for prevention of urinary stone disease in dogs and cats.
In addition to his interest in urology, Dr. Bisignano manages endocrine, gastrointestinal, liver and kidney diseases. He has a special interest in marine mammal medicine, specifically Bottlenose Dolphins, having worked as both a marine mammal trainer and veterinary preceptor at the New York Aquarium, Dolphin Quest Hawaii and the US Navy Marine Mammal Program in San Diego. He also serves on the Medical Advisory Board for the Los Angeles Zoo. Dr. Bisignano has published several research articles about feline endocrine diseases, inflammatory bowel disease in dogs, minimally invasive urinary interventions in cats and gastrointestinal disease in marine mammals. He has written and published several textbook chapters on the clinical management and prevention of urinary stones.
In his spare time, Dr. Bisignano loves cooking and trying new restaurants and cuisines. He and his partner have a beautiful son and he loves every minute of being a father. Dr. Bisignano has two dogs- a Rhodesian ridgeback named Brodie and a maltese named Shorty.
Dr. Bisignano is in the office and available for consultation Wednesday through Saturday each week.
Victor, RVT, Internal Medicine Dept. Manager
Victor was born and raised in Los Angeles. He has been working in the veterinary field since 2014. Victor obtained his Associates in Animal Sciences from Platt College and after graduating, received his RVT License. Victor has a passion for emergency and critical care medicine as well as anesthesia. He is interested in getting a VTS (Veterinary Technician Specialty) in the future. Victor rescued a husky mix, named Hazel, that came into MASH from Hope for Paws. When not working, Victor likes to binge watch television shows and would like to spend more time dancing.
Sandra, RVT, Internal Medicine
Sandra was born and raised in Inglewood. She graduated from Pierce College and received her RVT license in 2018. Sandra has been in the veterinary field since 2017. For now, she is venturing the field in hopes of pinpointing where she would like to integrate her passion for animals. She has three dogs, Benny the bulldog, Lucas the terrier and Zoe the Basset. In Sandra’s free time she likes to work out, go on bike rides, and spend time with family and friends.
Ivonne, RVT, Internal Medicine
Ivonne was born and raised in Los Angeles and has been in the veterinary field for six years. She has worked as a veterinary technician in GP and an RVT/linac tech in Radiation Oncology. Ivonne joined Mash's Internal Medicine team in 2021 as RVT. On top of her A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology from L.A. Pierce College, she would like to get certified in Canine Rehabilitation. She has a 12-year-old cockapoo named Estrella. When she isn't working, Ivonne loves going to Disneyland with her kids, swimming, and camping. She also loves to cook and try new recipes.
Jace, Veterinary Assistant, Internal Medicine
Jace was born and raised in Santa Monica. He has been working in the veterinary field since 2000. Jace has worked in general practice, emergency and critical care, surgery, and oncology. Jace joined the MASH team in November 2018 and found that his passion lies in internal medicine. Jace plans on getting his RVT and then would like to pursue his VTS in internal medicine. He has a 15-year-old Italian Greyhound named Tula. Jace likes to be very creative, so in his spare time he enjoys making costumes and props for Anime Cosplay, building items and painting, as well as, playing video games and working on computers.
Nicole, Veterinary Assistant, Internal Medicine
Nicole was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2012 and plans on obtaining her RVT. She started out in general practice but found her passion in emergency medicine. Nicole likes the challenge of emergency medicine and likes to help be able to be the voice of her patients. Nicole has a 7-year-old pug/chihuahua mix named Chubbs. In her spare time, she loves going to breweries and is a major foodie.
Gie, Veterinary Assistant
Gie is originally from North Carolina and moved to Los Angeles in 2010. Gie has been working in the veterinary field since 2016. He has worked in reception and has been a veterinary technician assistant in general practice. He is currently in school to become an RVT, and his goal is to get a VTS or to become a veterinarian. Gie has two cats, a domestic shorthair and Siamese. In his free time, he likes to listen to music (classical, Jazz, R&B), workout, watch movies, and practice classical piano.
Gaby, Veterinary Assistant
Gaby has lived in South Central Los Angeles her whole life. She has worked as a VA in general practice for almost one year and hopes to become an RVT one day. She will be joining the Internal Medicine Department as our newest VA! She has an English Bulldog named Chata and a Pug named Peaches. When she isn't working she likes to explore new things.
Angela, Veterinary Assistant
Angela is from Lomita, CA and has lived in Los Angeles on an off her whole life. She has worked in the veterinary field for seven years as a tech, in reception, and in GP and hopes to become an RVT. She will be joining the MASH IM department as our newest VA! She has a Pitbull/Boxer mix named Milo. When she isn't at work, she likes to go to the gym and spend time with her niece.
Jacky, Technician Assistant, Internal Medicine
Jacky was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2014. She started out in reception and worked her way up to be a doctor’s assistant/technician assistant. She joined MASH’s internal medicine team February 2019. Her goal is to become an RVT and she is currently in school to get her veterinary technician associates. In her free time, she like to practice guitar and drums, go to concerts, check out new brewers, watch sports (especially LA Kings), watch movies, go to Disneyland and play video games.
Max, Doctor's Assistant, Internal Medicine
Max was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2016. Max started out in reception but found that she wanted to be more hands on with the animals, so she moved up to be a doctor’s assistant. Max joined MASH’s internal medicine team in March 2019. She has a 3-year-old Schnauzer mix named Cerberus (Cerbi for short), and a 1.5-year-old Havanese named Anubis. When not working, she likes to be in nature. She likes to hike, go for walks and drive around looking at nature.
Sandra, Doctor's Assistant
Sandra was born and raised in Los Angeles and has worked in the veterinary field since 2015. She has worked as a receptionist, Doctor’s Assistant, Technician Assistant, and kennel assistant – all at general practice. She is currently going to Pierce College to earn her RVT! Sandra will be joining the MASH team as Doctor’s Assistant in Internal Medicine. She has 1 dog, Princess (Lab mix), and 4 cats, Xena (Torti), Caramel (Torti), Beetlejuice (DMH), Blackpanther (DSH). She loves spending time with her family, husband, and two children – an 11-month-old and a 13-year-old. She also loves going to the movies and being outdoors.
Allyson, Front Office Supervisor, Customer Service Representative
Allyson is a Los Angeles native. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2017. Before joining the MASH team, Allyson worked at a dog hotel and has also worked at animal rescues as a receptionist. She has a degree in cosmetology and used to work on shoots. She plans on learning more about veterinary medicine through her work at MASH to find where her passions lies in the veterinary world. Allyson has three dogs: a pit mix named Moulder, a cattle dog mix named Moma, and a Chihuahua mix named Navie. When not at work, she loves to go out, try new places to eat, hike, hang with her dogs, and experiment with cooking/baking.
Abi, Customer Service Representative
Abi is a southern California native. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2015. She has worked as a receptionist, doctor’s assistant, and veterinary assistant in general practice and emergency/critical care. Abi joined the MASH surgery team in December 2020. Abi wants to continue to work in veterinary medicine and her goal is to get her real estate license on the side. Abi has a Great Pyrenees named Hades. In her free time, she likes to ride horses and work out.
Sheyla, Customer Service Representative
Sheyla was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has worked in the veterinary field as a receptionist since 2017, working in general practice, specialty, exotic, avian medicine, and ophthalmology. She joined the MASH internal medicine department in August 2021. She has a B.S. in Public Health from CalState Fullerton and is studying to become a nurse practitioner in Emergency Medicine. She dreams of creating and owning a farm-animal sanctuary to rescue and rehabilitate abused farm, domestic, and wild animals. She has four toy poodles, (Rocky, Blacky, Snowy, and Chunks), a chow chow mix (Kody), and a yorkie (Timothy). In her free time, Sheyla likes to do hot yoga or snorkel in San Diego and Catalina Island.
Dr. Courtney Smith, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Dr. Courtney Smith is a native Oregonian who has spent time enjoying the rain as well as chasing the sunshine. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California Santa Cruz. Following her time in Santa Cruz, she returned to Oregon to attend veterinary school where she developed a love of cardiology and alpacas. After training at a large specialty hospital in San Diego, she traveled North back to Oregon State University where she obtained a Master of Science degree and completed a comprehensive cardiology residency.
Dr. Smith gained extensive experience with echocardiography, electrocardiography, minimally invasive interventional cardiology, and pharmacology during her cardiology residency. She conducted research specifically looking at the treatment of a congenital cardiac disease called pulmonic stenosis. Dr. Smith enjoys working closely with families to provide the very best care and quality of life for her patients.
Dr. Smith moved to Los Angeles shortly after obtaining diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology). She has called the South Bay home for the past 4 years where she can be found outside hiking, camping, gardening, and playing at the beach with her family. She shares her home with a French bulldog, Ruby, and two sphynx cat sisters, Minion and Blue, who couldn’t be happier with the warmer weather.
Carla was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Carla has been working in the veterinary field since 2018. She has worked at a technician assistant in general practice and a veterinary assistant in cardiology and emergency. Carla joined the MASH Cardiology team in July 2020. Carla’s goal is to become an RVT and get her VTS in emergency and critical care. Carla graduated from Platt College with an AA in Veterinary Technology and is in the process of finishing up her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Humboldt State University. Carla has two cats, Dottie and Lumi, a Husky named Storm, a Terrier mix named Nena, and a Lab/Pit Mix named Luna. In her free time, Carla loves to go hiking and be outdoors. She likes going to the beach and tide pooling. She also enjoys making friendship bracelets, hanging out with her family and friends, and spending time with her animals.
Mirella is from South Los Angeles and has lived in LA since she was born. She has been working in the veterinary field for about six years. She started as a TA until she passed her VTNE, and has been an RVT since then. She worked in Neurology for five years, moving to Ophthalmology later on. Her goal is to specialize in a specific field. She joined the MASH Cardiology department as RVT in 2021! She has two chihuahuas, Shortie (a mix) and Minnie. She also has a red ear slider named Natelie. When she has time to herself, she loves to hike, go to the beach, watch movies and bake.
Vanessa, Doctor's Assistant
Vanessa was born and raised in Redondo Beach, CA. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2019. Vanessa has worked as a receptionist and administration assistant in veterinary specialty hospitals. Her goal is to be able to grow in the veterinary field as either a doctor’s assistant, RVT or in administration. Vanessa has a DSH cat named Fester, a brindle French Bulldog named Ollie, and a mixed breed dog named Sandy. In her free time, she likes to draw, play video games, and play Dungeons and Dragons with her friends.
Erica, Customer Service Representative
Erica was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2017. Erica has worked in general practice and emergency specialty veterinary medicine. Erica’s goal is to become an RVT. Erica has two adorable cats, Lilo and Harley.
Dr. Avenelle Turner, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Dr. Turner was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado and has always known she wanted to be a veterinarian. She attended Colorado State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in microbiology in 1997, and then graduated from Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Dr. Turner then completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in NJ. This was followed by a comprehensive three-year residency in medical oncology at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in TX. She completed board certification and became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2005. After completing her residency, Dr. Turner returned to the east coast and was the head of the oncology service at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists, a prestigious referral practice located in New York City. Her heart was always drawn to clinical research and practicing medicine at an innovative cancer center and so in March 2010, she relocated to Los Angeles, California to accepted a position at one of the largest oncology practices in the world where she was the senior oncologist and the primary investigator of multiple clinical trials.
Dr. Turner has authored numerous publications and manuscripts. She has been interviewed by national magazines and blogs. She speaks regularly to the local veterinary community and general public and enjoys educating both veterinary professionals and pet owners. Dr. Turner’s professional interests are lymphoma, clinical research, comparative oncology, chemotherapy, metronomic therapy and palliative care. She also supports a combination approach to cancer care, utilizing both eastern and western principles. Dr. Turner works regularly with holistically trained doctors to meet the needs of her patients. Dr. Turner’s primary focus is to provide the best possible care to pets with cancer. She believes in a bond-centered practice and delivers medical care along with compassion. Improving and providing a good quality of life for her patients is her top priority. Dr. Turner feels strongly that the treatment for pet cancer should not be worse than the disease itself.
Dr. Turner resides in Marina del Rey, California with her long-haired dachshunds, Sookie! and Romo. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Southern California, wine tasting, traveling abroad, reading and yoga. Dr. Turner is also active with the non-profit organization CLEAR (Canine Lymphoma Education Awareness and Research), for whom she does “pop-up” community-education cancer talks. She was recently featured in their award winning documentary “My Friend, Standing Strong” https://clearcaninecancer.com
Stephanie, Veterinary Assistant, Oncology Dept. Manager
Stephanie was born and raised in Sylmar, CA. She has been working in veterinary medicine since 2013. She has worked as a receptionist and veterinary assistant in general practice and has been a chemo technician. Her goal is to become a RVT and sit for her boards soon! She has three Miniature Pinschers named Mia, Buck, and Petunia. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her daughter, paint, watch movies, listen to music and make countless trips to Target.
Carlos, Veterinary Assistant
Carlos was born and raised in Koreatown in Los Angeles, CA. He has been working in the veterinary field since 2014. Carlos has worked as a veterinary assistant in general practice. He joined the MASH oncology team in January 2020. His goal is to become a veterinarian. He has an Associates in Natural Sciences and is currently in a pre-vet program. He has a DSH named Simba and two turtles named Tuga and Squirtle. When not working, you can find Carlos modifying cars, working out, vlogging, photography or drawing.
Bryant, Veterinary Assistant
Bryant is a southern California native. He has worked in the veterinary field since 2013. He has worked as a receptionist in general practice and oncology. He joined the MASH dermatology team in March 2021. Bryant’s goal is to learn everything he can about dermatology and then possibly expand his knowledge in other specialty departments. He has a Pitbull named Jinx. In his free time, He likes to watch and play baseball/basketball, go out to eat at new places, fish, camping, hiking, and train/teach mixed martial arts.
Samantha, Veterinary Assistant
Samantha was born and raised in Los Angeles and has been in the veterinary field since 2015. She will be joining the MASH Oncology department as our newest VA! She spends her free time with her seven dogs (Bloo Chyna, Chonco, Blacky, Munchies, Calimba, Timon, Sophia) and four cats (Sir Flea, Bacon, Snow White, and Siniyi).
Sophie, Doctor's Assistant
Sophie is originally from the northeast (PA and MD). She moved to Los Angeles when she was 16 years old. Sophie has been working in the veterinary field since 2019. She has worked as a receptionist and doctor’s assistant in oncology and emergency. Sophie joined the MASH Oncology team in April of 2021. Sophie’s goals are either to become an RVT or go to veterinary school and then specialize in radiology. She has a Bachelors in English from UCLA. Sophie has a Lab/Pit Bull mix named Nero. When not working, she likes to hang out with her dog, her friends, and family. She also likes to listen to music, watch movies, and play video games.
Yirialim, Customer Service Representative
Yirialim was born and raised In Los Angeles. This is her debut in the veterinary field, and she is excited to join the MASH oncology team! She has volunteered in shelters and briefly in an animal hospital. She is currently in school taking the credits she needs to apply to veterinary school. She has a Psychology degree from Loyola Marymount University. Yirialim has an English Bulldog named Leo and a Yorkie Terrier named Bruno. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, watching crime shows, spending time with family, friends, and her dogs, and reading. Her real love is interior design and home decor.
Dr. Adam Strom, DVM, MS, DACVS, 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, 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 year 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 on 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 (TPLOs, fracture repairs, arthroscopic procedures, congenital deformities), soft tissue procedures and neurologic procedures She has special interest on 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 utmost important for healing and good recovery.
Kathy, Veterinary Assistant, Surgery Dept. Co-Manager
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.
Hansel, Veterinary Assistant, Surgery Dept. Co-Manager
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.
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, Surgery
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.
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.
Adrian, Veterinary Assistant
Adrian was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. He has been working in the veterinary field since 2016. He has worked as a surgery scrub nurse. Adrian joined the MASH surgery team in September 2020. Adrian’s goal is to own his own business one day. Adrian has a dog and a cat. When not working, Adrian like to be on the ocean paddle boarding or out with his friends watching sports.
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.
Brandon, Veterinary Assistant
Brandon was born and raised in Glendale, CA. He has been working in veterinary medicine since 2013. He has worked his way up from kennel assistant to veterinary assistant. He has worked in general practice, surgery, internal medicine, and emergency. His goal is to become an RVT and then eventually transition to human medicine and be a RN. Brandon has a DSH named Handsome. In his free time, he likes to watch movies and work out.
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.
Illiana, Doctor's Assistant, Surgery
Illiana is a Southern California native. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2018. She has worked as a receptionist and doctors assistant in general practice and emergency/critical care medicine. She has three associate degrees from Santa Monica College. Illiana has an Exotic Shorthair cat named Ferguson and a DSH named Kiwi. In her free time, she loves to be outdoors. She likes to drive the PCH, watch sunsets, discover new music, play basketball, and spend time with her family.
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.
Chelsea, Surgical Assistant, Surgery
Chelsea was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. This is her first time working in the veterinary field and is excited to learn! Chelsea joined the MASH surgery team in October 2020. Her goal is to become a radiologic technician. Chelsea is currently in school working on a degree. She has a Mini Poodle mix named Mochi and a German Shephard mix named Rocco. In her free time, she likes to color, draw, paint, and hike.
Derek, Surgical Assistant, Surgery
Derek is a Southern California native. This is Derek’s first time working in the veterinary field. He joined the MASH surgery team in June 2021. His goal is to gain more knowledge about caring for animals so that he can achieve his dream of having a ranch with rescues. He has a Chihuahua named Noodle and a mixed breed dog named Macaroni. He also has an Albino milk snake. In his free time, Derek enjoys playing with his dogs and streaming video games on Twitch.
Jessica, Customer Service Representative
Jessica is a Los Angeles native. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2018. She has worked as a receptionist in general practice and is excited to learn about specialty medicine. She joined the MASH surgery team in January 2021. Her goal is to be certified in medical terminology, medical billing/coding and eventually work in a human hospital. She has a Maltese Shih-tzu mixed named Bella and a Maltese Poodle mix named Lilly. In her free time, Jessica likes to read, workout, and watch Netflix.
Andrea, Customer Service Representative
Andrea was born and raised in Inglewood, CA. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2015. Andrea has worked as a receptionist in general practice making this her debut in emergency and specialty medicine. Andrea joined MASH’s emergency team in February 2021. She is currently in school to become a human respiratory therapist. She has a Siamese named Bellatrix Lestrange, a DSH named Krystal, a American Staffordshire named Gypsy and a Rottweiler mix named Roc. Andrea likes to read, travel, and spend time with her pets. She also spends time working on her small business making charcuterie boards. She also likes to try new hobbies and she is currently learning to ice skate!
Emergency & Critical Care
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. Daniel Avenick, VMD, DACVECC
Dr. Daniel Avenick was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Avenick obtained his undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University and then his Veterinary Medicine Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. Following graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Avenick stayed on and completed his rotating internship at UPENN. He then went on to complete an emergency and critical care residency at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego. Dr. Avenick served as a critical care specialist in Santa Barbara, CA prior to joining MASH in November 2020. Dr. Avenick’s clinical interests include transfusion medicine, trauma, respiratory emergencies, and mechanical ventilation.
Dr. Eileen Wong, DVM, DACVECC
Dr. Wong graduated from UC Davis in 2014, after which she did a rotating internship at VCA West Los Angeles. During her internship, she developed an interest in Emergency and Critical Care, and thus pursued an Emergency Critical Care residency at the University of Georgia. With a passion for pathophysiology, Dr. Wong is particularly interested in pulmonary physiology, mechanical ventilation, acid/base physiology, and electrolyte disorders. Dr. Wong has a tri-pawed pittie named Tater and two cats, Watson and Cricket. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, cooking, and of course, eating all the tasty cuisine that LA has to offer.
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. 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. 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. 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.
Dr. Belinda Abbott, DVM, Emergency
Jennifer Geiger, DVM, Emergency
Dr. Paul Hobson, BVetMed, MRCVS, Head of Dentistry
Paul Hobson graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 1981. He owned and operated veterinary hospitals in the UK for 20 years before moving full time into veterinary dentistry. He has focused his skills on oral and craniomaxillofacial surgery for the last 17 years. He operated a large dental referral practice in the UK before meeting his wife and moving to California. He started to work in California, while still frequently travelling back to the UK. He is now working full time in Southern California and is working towards his dental specialty qualification in the USA. Interested in all aspects of veterinary dentistry and craniomaxillofacial surgery, Paul is especially interested in endodontics, craniomaxillofacial trauma treatment and reconstruction, and oral oncologic surgery. He is also adding dental implantology to his treatment options.
Paul lives in the Hollywood Hills with his wife and 5-year- old son. They have a German Shepherd named Nola to further add to the chaos at home, so his passions for triathlons and street photography are on the back burner for now.
Arlene, RVT, Dentistry Dept. Manager
Arlene was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2004. She has been working as a veterinary assistant in emergency, dentistry, surgery, and general practice. She joined MASH Dentistry team in January 2020. Arlene’s goal is to get her VTS in Dentistry. She has two chihuahuas named Dexter and Didi, a tuxedo cat named Stinky, and a bird named Chappy. When not working, Arlene like to hike, got to the movies, and try new restaurants.
Elisa, Technician Assistant
Elisa was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2015. She started as a receptionist and now is working as a veterinary assistant. She joined the MASH dentistry team in January 2020. She wants to expand her knowledge in this field and eventually become an RVT. She has a Chihuahua named Sammie, a Terrier cross named Logan, and two Tortie cats named Patches and Aroona. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her kids going on fun adventures.
Amelia, Technician Assistant
Amelia was brought up in Southern California. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2011 as a kennel assistant and inventory assistant. She joined the MASH Outpatient team in 2021 as a technician assistant to help multiple departments. Her goal is to be a part of the inventory team. She has two Chihuahua mixes named Negrito and Chwee. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her mom.
Jonathan, Technician Assistant
Jonathan was born and raised in Los Angeles. He has worked in the veterinary field for 10 years. He has done it all, from being a receptionist, to a kennel assistant, a surgery assistant, and a vet assistant in both general practice and specialty practice. He joined the MASH Dentistry team as a technician assistant, and plans on becoming an RVT. In his free time he likes to spend time with family and friends, watch movies, go to events/concerts/sports games and listen to music. He has a cat (DSH) named Marley and a dog (Chihuahua/Terrier mix) named Lyla.
Dr. Eva Ganz, DVM, DACVD, Head of Dermatology Department
Dr. Eva Ganz received her veterinary degree in 2008 from Western University of Health Sciences. After graduation, Dr. Ganz completed a one-year rotating internship at a multi-specialty practice in Glendale, California. Dr. Ganz's interest in dermatology grew from experience with her own dog who suffered from severe allergic symptoms. Following her internship, she completed a three-year residency in small animal dermatology at Animal Dermatology Clinic in Marina del Rey, CA. In November 2013, she successfully passed her board examination and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. In her spare time, Dr. Ganz enjoys reading, cooking, yoga, and most of all spending time with her family.
Dr. Tracy Yen, DVM, DACVD
Dr. Tracy Yen is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA. She received her veterinary degree from Western University of Health Sciences in 2008, followed by a one-year rotating internship at VCA West Los Angeles. After working for several years in general practice and emergency medicine in the Los Angeles area, Dr. Yen successfully completed her residency training at Animal Dermatology Clinic in Marina del Rey and achieved Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Yen enjoys exploring the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Dr. Roubina Honarchian, DVM, Dermatology Resident
Dr. Roubina Honarchian is thrilled to continue her veterinary training with the MASH dermatology service. After growing up in LA and attending UCLA for her undergraduate degree, Dr. Honarchian left her home to attend veterinary school at St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies. After a great experience there, she returned home to Los Angeles and completed a rotating internship at VCA Animal Specialty Group. She wanted to pursue further training and moved to Philadelphia for a position at UPENN. After living in Philadelphia for three years, she returned to Los Angeles and worked for several years as an emergency clinician. Due to her love for pathology and medicine, she decided to pursue continued training in veterinary dermatology.
Dr. Honarchian has a Shephard mix named Flex, a cat named Tigger, and a Sun Conure named Maui. She loves to spend time with her family and watch her two boys grow up. She also loves to hike, travel and garden.
Tami, Dermatology, Department Manager
Tami Rae grew up and was raised in Southern California. In 1990, she was hired at a veterinary hospital in Malibu, California and from then, knew this was the field she wanted to be in. Over the years, she has worked her way through different aspects of veterinary medicine, ultimately finding dermatology to be the most rewarding. Tami finds great joy in, not only helping the animals, but helping to re-establish that close bond with their owners again. Tami is personable and loves to educate her clients on the special care their furry friends will need going forward. Tami has been working as Dr. Schmidt's assistant since 2010.
Tami is also a professional sailing photographer. You can find her on the ocean shooting races up and down the So Cal coast. She has two dogs, a lab mix named Buddy, and a long-haired dachshund mix named Ginger.
Pamela, Veterinary Assistant
Pamela was born and raised in Ecuador. She has been living in Los Angeles since 2014. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2011. She has her Veterinarian and Zoo Technician degree from Ecuador. Her goal is to become a licensed veterinarian in the United States and become a wildlife rehabilitator. As a veterinarian in Ecuador, she worked in general practice. Pamela has a Golden Retriever named Elliot. In her free time, she likes to hike, volunteer at the wildlife rehabilitation center, cook, and play video games with her son.
Irma, Doctor's Assistant
Irma was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. While working in the veterinary field since 2017, Irma has worked in general practice as a receptionist, tech assistant, and doctor’s assistant. She joined the MASH dermatology team in August 2020. Irma’s future goals are to become a human nurse and help her parents open a coffee shop. Irma has a Bachelor of Science from CSULA. Irma has five dogs: Terrier named Pinguis, a Tibetan Spaniel named Chewbacca, a Labrado/Pit mix named Xuma, and two Min Pins named Chapo and Loquis. Her and her family also have parakeets, chickens, quails, turkeys, rabbits, and goats. When not working, she enjoys baking for her friends and family as well as enjoy time outdoors. Irma says that any chance she has to get out and go camping is enjoyed to the fullest!
Patty, Doctor's Assistant
Patty was brought up in Southern California and has been working in the veterinary field since 2005. She has worked in both general practice and specialty as a receptionist, technician assistant and supervisor. Patty loves veterinary medicine and is always seeking more work and promotions. She has three mini-Dachshunds named MooMoo Van Sausage, Stella, and Henny. She also has three cats named Bobby, Peter, and Lola. In Patty’s free time, she likes to be with family and friends, shop, travel, and swim.
Samantha, Doctor's Assistant
Samantha was born and raised in West Hills, California. She just moved back to California after living in Chicago for four years. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2017. She has worked in reception and has some training as a veterinary assistant in general practice. Samantha joined the MASH oncology team in November 2020. She has an AA from Santa Barbara City College and a BA in theatre arts from CSU Northridge. She has two senior DSH cats named Smokey and Scooter. In her free time, she enjoys baking bread and other baked goods and watching Law and Order SVU!
Tasha, Customer Service Representative
Tasha just moved to Los Angeles from Olympia, Washington! (Welcome!!) She has worked in the veterinary field for almost a year and a half as a receptionist at a general practice. She will be joining MASH's Dermatology department as their newest CSR. She has a B.A. (with an emphasis in United States History and Activism) from Evergreen State College and would like to get into non-profit and legal studies surrounding climate justice animal rights and conservation. She has a Calico kitten named Blossom and a Lion Mane bunny named Yay. In her free time she likes to play volleyball, workout, drink coffee, and cook both vegetarian and vegan food.
Dr. Rick Lanuza, DVM, DACVO, Head of Ophthalmology Department
Dr. Rick Lanuza is a California native, born and raised in the city of San Gabriel. He attended St. Georges University School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, West Indies and completed a small animal rotating internship at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. After two years as a general practitioner, he took a position as an ophthalmology intern at Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center and remained there to complete his ophthalmology residency. He has worked as a boarded ophthalmologist along the California coast for the last four years spanning from Arroyo Grande to Santa Barbara. Dr. Lanuza is excited to be part of the MASH family and bring quality ophthalmic services to the Hollywood area.
Josue, Doctor's Assistant
Josue was born and raised in San Fernando Valley. He has been working in the veterinary field since 2017. Josue has worked as a veterinary assistant in general practice and emergency medicine. He joined the MASH ophthalmology team in June 2020. His goal is to obtain his RVT license. Josue currently has his veterinary assistant certification. Josue does not have any pets currently but hopes to in the future. When not working, Josue likes to go to the golf range, go river tubing, and ride jet skis in Laughlin. He also enjoys to playing games on the PS4.
Desiree, Doctor's Assistant
Desiree was born and raised in Glendale, CA. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2014. She started working as a receptionist/ technician assistant for a single doctor general practice and then switched over to a reception/inventory position with a multi-doctor general practice. Desiree joined the MASH oncology team in February 2020. Her number one goal is to go to Africa and volunteer with spay and neuter clinics. She has a general medical assistant license. Desiree has two cats: Belle and Justin. When not working, you can find her hiking, at the beach (rain or shine), at flea markets, or trying out the latest trends in iced coffees around LA.
Melody, Veterinary Assitant
Melody was born and raised in Hollywood, CA. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2017. She has worked as a doctor’s assistant and technician assistant in specialty, mainly oncology. She joined the MASH oncology team in March 2020. Her goal is to obtain her RVT through Pierce College’s RVT program soon. She has a Chihuahua named Miley and a Dachshund mix named Theodore. In her free time, she loves to go to the park or dog beach and listen to true crime podcasts.
Dr. Lisa Weeth, DVM, DACVN®, Head of Nutrition Department Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
Dr. Weeth received her veterinary degree from the University of California, Davis, in 2002. After two years in general and emergency practice, she returned to UC Davis in 2004 for a Residency in Clinical Nutrition. She completed her training in 2007, became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN), packed up her family and moved from the west coast to the east coast. There she established the first dedicated Clinical Nutrition Department in a private practice setting at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Fall, NJ. Dr. Weeth provided nutritional support to veterinarians and pet owners in the greater New Jersey/New York area until January 2014, when she and her family (including the 3 cats) once again packed up and moved, this time to the United Kingdom. While living overseas she started Weeth Nutrition Services, a veterinary referral service that provided nutrition telemedicine to veterinarians and technical support to members of the pet food industry. In August 2016 she and her family moved back to California and Dr. Weeth was able to expand her telemedicine service to offer in-person appointments to patients and their caregivers in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.
In her free time Dr. Weeth enjoys spending time with her family, exploring new parks and walks with her rescue dog Penny, and traveling to new and interesting places. Dr. Weeth loves all things food and food-related from growing the ingredients in her garden to putting them together in delicious ways for her friends and family.
Dr. Stewart Morgan, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Nutrition) Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
Dr. Stewart Morgan is originally from the East Coast (Maryland). Dr. Morgan went to college at Haverford College, graduate school (Ph.D. in Genetics) at Stony Brook University, Veterinary school at Cornell University, and completed his residency in comparative (large and small animal) Veterinary Nutrition at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. He has practiced in Hawaii, Virginia, and California. He is currently an Associate Professor at Western University College of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. He has two dogs (Brittanys) that he competes with named Brad and Glenn. He also has a cat named Wakshlag. Dr. Morgan is excited to help pets in MASH's Nutrition Services.
Melinda, Customer Service Representative
Melinda was born in California but grew up in Florida. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2013. She has worked as a receptionist in general practice for years, but suddenly turned her interest in specialty veterinary medicine. Her goal is to continue to learn and become either a doctor’s assistant or veterinary practice manager. Melinda has a Pit Bull named Khalessi. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, dancing, hiking, and exploring new restaurants.
Joe is very excited to join MASH as our new CEO. From a very young age, he has been passionate about two things, caring about people and loving his pets. His caring took a long road through life as a medic in the Army in a MASH unit, then nursing in hospitals throughout Los Angeles, followed by many years in healthcare administration focused on improving healthcare to all. Now he gets to combine that caring with his love of animals and ensure that at MASH every patient and their owners are treated to the highest standard of care.
While not at work Joe enjoys riding his motorcycle, traveling, often on his motorcycle, and riding his horses, "Guinness" the Irish Draught, and "Bruiser", an Irish Sport Horse. At home he enjoys cuddling up with his dogs Dexter the Pitbull, and Little One the giant Pomeranian.
Rick, Hospital Manager
Rick was born in Burbank but grew up in Northern California. He has been in the veterinary field since 2010. He has worked his way up from being a client service representative, a technician, and now to his current position as MASH’s Hospital Coordinator. He helped to form MASH in its beginnings and designs all of MASH’s artwork and logos. Rick graduated with his Bachelors in Geography from Cal State Northridge. Rick has one tuxedo cat named Lucky. Rick has a passion for nature and is a Certified California Naturalist and avid birder. In his free time, you can find Rick fishing, working on motorcycles, at a plant sale, surfing, or at a skate park.
Tomas, Practice Manager, MASH Outpatient
Tomas was born in Cuernavaca, Mexico, but was raised in Los Angeles, CA. He has been working in the veterinary field since 2013. He was a receptionist supervisor for a specialty veterinary cancer center and then was a client care assistant manager at a large animal specialty center. Tomas joined MASH’s front-end management staff June of 2020. His goal is to get his certified practice management certification soon. He has a miniature Schnauzer named Kody. When not working, Tomas enjoys spending time with his friends. He also absolutely loves to go to theme parks, especially Disneyland! (He has all the passes!). He also enjoys watching movies and taking car rides to new and exciting places.
Alexis, Practice Manager, MASH
Alexis was born and raised in Bismarck, North Dakota. She has been living in Los Angeles since 2005. Alexis has been in the veterinary field since 2008. She has worked her way up from reception to an RVT. She has worked in general practice and specialty medicine. Alexis’s goal is to get her VTS in Emergency and critical care. She has three horses, six goats, three dogs (two Pitbulls and a pug), three cats, one rabbit, and a Macaw. When not working, Alexis likes to hike, ride horses, kayak, fish, mountain bike and ride motorcycles.
Holly, Human Resources
Rebecca, Veterinary Social Worker, LCSW
Rebecca is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, born and raised in Los Angeles. She completed her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Emerson College, and received her Master of Social Work degree from USC. She is a lifelong animal lover and advocate, and recently transitioned to the veterinary field from medical social work. Her goal is to one day own her own farm sanctuary. Rebecca has a 1 year old mutt named Marty, and a betta fish named Sandy. In her free time, she loves watching scary movies, and recently got into roller skating.
Lily, Veterinary Social Worker, MSW
Lily was born in Mississauga, Ontario, and moved to Denver, Colorado, where she pursued her undergraduate degrees in biology and social work at Colorado State University. After graduating in 2019, Lily obtained her Masters in Social Work and certification in Animal-Assisted Therapy at University of Denver. Lily previously worked as a CSR and a technician at a variety of clinics, and is passionate about how animals impact our lives and our overall environment. She joined MASH's team in 2021 as Veterinary Social Worker and is currently working to obtain her LCSW. In her free time, Lily enjoys spending time with her orange tabby, Wylie, and her husky/shepherd rescue, Dexter. She also likes horseback riding, spending time with friends, continuing her education, and exploring California.
Victor, Veterinary Social Worker
Alli, Finance Manager
Alli has over 20 years of organizational management experience working in retail, law firms, a major pop culture collectibles company, and most recently in the last five years, back in the veterinary field, at VCA TLC, ASG, and now MASH!
She has two, crazy, adorable, feline boys: Stevie Wonder and Jaxxson. They are the BEST! Her hobbies are more of a passion. Alli currently volunteers at Apex Protection Project (amazing organization, amazing people). She has also volunteered at Pacific Marine Mammal Center for 14 years as an animal care specialist rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing sea lions, elephant seals, harbor seals, small whales and dolphins. When not volunteering, Alli is either traveling or going to shows, as music is another big passion of hers.
Caylynne, Charge Nurse
Caylynne was born and raised in Southern California, but lived in Oak Harbor, Washington for two years where she began her veterinary career. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2005. She has worked as a receptionist and technician assistant in general practice, emergency, exotics, and specialty medicine. Caylynne aspires to become an RVT, but lately she has been exploring the administration/management side of veterinary medicine. She has a bachelor’s in animal health sciences from Cal Poly Pomona University. Caylynne has three rescue dogs: a Cockapoo/Shih Tzu mix named Ozzie, a Jack Russel/Poodle mix named Beast, and a Maltipoo named Gracie. When not working, Caylynne enjoys movie nights, brunching with friends, trips to Disneyland, trips to the beach and bowling with family and friends. During these Covid months, she has enjoyed days spent cuddled up with a good book, playing with her daughters in the backyard, walking her dogs around the neighborhood, family game and movie nights, adult coloring books and Zoom happy hours with friends.
Jolene, Charge Nurse
Jolene was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has been working in the veterinary field for 6 years. She started out in general practice and has worked as a kennel attendant, technician assistant, and now receptionist. Jolene loves learning new things and being helpful to clients and patients. Jolene goal is to go back to school to obtain an RVT license. Jolene has 3 cats, Kernel, Batman, and Buggy. She also has 4 dogs: Monkey (Shih Tzu mix), Bella (Border Collie Mix), Speck (Terrier mix), and Benjamin Waffles (Lasa Apso Mix). When not working, she likes to spend time with her son, hike with her dogs, and catch up with friends.
Kindra, RVT, Inventory Manager
Kindra was born in Utah and moved to Los Angeles when she was 12 years old. She has been in the veterinary field since 2014. She obtained her Associates in Animal Science from Pierce College and is an RVT. She has always had a passion for emergency and critical care medicine but has also worked in general practice and neurology. In the future, Kindra would like to obtain her VTS in emergency and critical care. She has a 2-year-old Australian Cattle Dog named Olive, and a 9-year-old cat named Maggy. In her free time, she like to hang out with her husband and dog hanging at breweries, cooking or reading.
Micaela, Marketing Manager
Micaela was born in Pasadena and raised in Altadena, CA. She has proudly worked with a wide range of companies but is new to the veterinary field, and is very happy to be joining the diverse team of experts at MASH. After previously working in the Chiropractic field, she has a grounded appreciation for all the staff members in any health care setting and the time / effort put into each patient’s wellbeing! Micaela is excited to help MASH's goal of reaching and offering more care to animal patients in need. She has a BA in Literature and Creative Writing from University of California, Santa Cruz. Her family dogs, Beau (a Shih-Tzu/Maltese mix) and Honey (a Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix) are very loved and spoiled. In her free time, she loves to write poetry and short stories. Her love of music, reading, taking pictures of hummingbirds, visiting local gardens with her fiancé, and eating ridiculous amounts of ice cream will never falter.
Aliyah, Office Manager
Kelsey, Front Office Supervisor, Client Service Representative
Kelsey was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has been in the veterinary field since 2008. She started out working in general practice and then moved to specialty reception. Kelsey has always been drawn to this field because of her love for animals. She has one dog, a beagle mix named Kylo, and four cats, Tinkerbell, Stitch, Jager, and Scruffy. When not at work, she loves to go to LA Kings hockey games and Disneyland with her husband.
Allyson, Front Office Supervisor, Client Service Representative,
Allyson is a Los Angeles native. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2017. Before joining the MASH team, Allyson worked at a dog hotel and has also worked at animal rescues as a receptionist. She has a degree in cosmetology and used to work on shoots. She plans on learning more about veterinary medicine through her work at MASH to find where her passions lies in the veterinary world. Allyson has three dogs: a pit mix named Moulder, a cattle dog mix named Moma, and a Chihuahua mix named Navie. When not at work, she loves to go out, try new places to eat, hike, hang with her dogs, and experiment with cooking/baking.
Edgar, Front Office Supervisor, Client Service Representative
Edgar was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He has been working in the veterinary field since 2019. He has worked at a non-profit cat rescue as a foster/medical counselor. He has a passion to help save animals lives as well as rescue. His biggest aspiration is to become an RVT. He wants to be able to make an impact in their lives and their owners. Edgar has two amazing cats, Odesza, a DLH Tabby and Diva, a Snowshoe Siamese. In his free time, he enjoys socializing with his cats, hiking, hanging out with family/friends, go dancing, and watch reality TV shows.
Lindsey, Client Service Representative
Lindsey was born and raised in South Bay. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2008. Lindsey has worked as a receptionist and technician assistant for specialty veterinary medicine, but her passion is for customer service. She joined MASH’s reception team in December 2018. Her goal is to one day own her own dog rescue. She has an 8-year-old Chiweenie named Emjay, a 6-year-old Miniature Pincher named Petey, and a 5-year-old Pekinese Mix named Noodle. She absolutely loves dogs and plans on adding more to her family. Lindsey has a love for rescuing animals, so a lot of her free time is spent volunteering, however she also loves going to Kings hockey games and spending time with her family.
Andrea, Customer Service Representative
Andrea was brought up in Inglewood, CA. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2015. Andrea has worked as a receptionist in general practice making this her debut in emergency and specialty medicine. Andrea joined MASH’s emergency team in February 2021. She is currently in school to become a human respiratory therapist. She has a Siamese named Bellatrix Lestrange, a DSH named Krystal, an American Staffordshire named Gypsy, and a Rottweiler mix named Roc. Andrea likes to read, travel, and spend time with her pets. She also spends time working on her small business making charcuterie boards, and is currently learning to ice skate!
Jennifer, Customer Service Representative
Jennifer was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has worked in the veterinary field as a receptionist and has attended RVT school. She joined Mash's ER Department as CSR in 2021. Her short term goal is to become an RVT, and her long term goal is to earn a DVM that specializes in wildlife animals (specifically marine mammals). She has been working on transferring from Mt. Sac and Fullerton College with an Animal Science degree into the University of Hawaii or Cal Poly Pomona. She has 3 cats and 4.5 dogs, and when she isn't spending time with them, she enjoys camping, hiking, snowboarding, ice skating, making costumes, and playing video games.
Alix, Customer Service Representative
Alix is from Ventura County and has lived in the Los Angeles area for two years now. During her eight years working in the veterinary field, she has worked in reception for an ER/Specialty hospital and has been a Cardio DA. She has joined the MASH ER department as our newest CSR! She has a short Pitbull mix named Junior, and when she isn't watching him play with toys, she likes to hike, be with friends, and be outside. She hopes to travel the world one day!
Yessenia, Customer Service Representative
Yessenia was born and raised in Los Angeles and has been in the veterinary field for two years as a receptionist. She is joining the MASH ER as our newest CSR! She has a French Bulldog. She loves to spend her free time camping and hiking with her family.
Ruby, Customer Service Representative
Ruby has lived in Los Angeles her whole life and started working in the veterinary field two years ago as a receptionist in general practice. She has joined our ER Department as our newest CSR! She hopes to one day become a human nurse. She has a Pitbull named Smoky and a Cane Corso named Shadow. When she has free time, she likes to bike, hike, skate, go to the gym, and learn new things on Youtube.
Carlos, Head of Maintenance
Carlos is originally from El Salvador. He moved to the LA area in 1999. Carlos has been working in the veterinary industry doing maintenance for over 13 years. Carlos is your quint essential handy man. Carlos has a wide range of trade skills: repair work, maintenance work, plumbing, electrical, and both exterior and interior work. In his free time, he likes to fish, both watch and play soccer, and enjoys eating at the local Mexican joints.
Porfirio was born in El Salvador. He has lived in LA for 28 years. This is his first foray into the veterinary field and has worked with us for nearly a year. He has two small mix dogs. In his free time, he likes to go fishing and eat, not necessarily in that order.
Jasmine was born and raised in El Salvador. She moved to Los Angeles in 2001. She is brand new to the veterinary field and joined the MASH maintenance team in November of 2019. She has a Chihuahua named Laky. In her free time, she likes to go on walks with her daughter near the river.
Santos is originally from El Salvador but has lived in Los Angeles since 1985. This is Santos’s first time working in the veterinary field and he is excited to join the MASH family. Santos would like to adopt a Chihuahua one day, as this is his favorite dog. In his free time, he likes to both play and watch soccer, watch TV, and eat barbecue with his friends and family.
Vera was born and raised in El Salvador. She has been living in Los Angeles since 2010. Vera joined the MASH Maintenance team in August 2020. When not working, Vera loves to take walks around Los Angeles.