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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.

Internal Medicine

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dr. Jodi Kuntz, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), Doctor, Internal Medicine

Dr. Jodi Kuntz is thrilled to be part of our team at MASH. Before veterinary school, Jodi grew up in the Midwest and was raised by two wonderful hippy parents. As a teenager she studied ballet and ended up touring with a band as a swing dancer while getting her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Political Science. After finishing her bachelor degrees she moved to the West Coast where she managed a youth hostel in Eugene, Oregon. During this time she traveled as much as possible, exploring Mexico, Costa Rica, India, and Europe. Jodi originally planned to become an human rights attorney (also her father’s profession) but her interest in science and animals drew her to veterinary medicine. She attended veterinary school at Ross University and Cornell, graduating magna cum laude. Following veterinary school she completed an internship at Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital then a residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. After completing her residency she worked at 2 of the largest veterinary hospitals in New York City before finding her way back to the West Coast.

Jodi has completed extensive postdoctoral training in interventional radiology and interventional endoscopy and is proficient in a variety of advanced treatments for urologic, respiratory, and endovascular conditions as well as minimally invasive oncologic treatments for non-resectable liver and prostatic tumors. She has published and lectured on interventional radiology, diseases of the kidney, liver, and respiratory systems, management of diabetes, and the human-animal bond. In her free time, Jodi loves to do anything that takes her outside. She enjoys spending time with her family and is a long-time runner, a mediocre gardener, and accomplished snuggler of her dog Mazzy.

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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.

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Sandra, RVT, Internal Medicine Dept. Co-Manager

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.

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Allyson, Front Office Supervisor, Customer Service Representative, Internal Medicine

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.

Neurology

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Dr. Jeremy O’Neill, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology), Head of Neurology Department

Dr. Jeremy O’Neill is a board certified veterinary neurologist extensively trained in both medical and surgical neurology. Dr. O’Neill was born and raised in New Jersey. He received a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech and graduated with High Honors from Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. He continued his advanced training with a rotating and specialty neurology/neurosurgery internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, NJ. Dr. O’Neill then completed his neurology/neurosurgery residency at the University of Georgia and became board certified by ACVIM in 2013. Dr. O’Neill has worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 7 years and is excited to bring his services to MASH. Today, his interests include intracranial and spinal surgery, Neuro-Ophthalmology, and dedication to working closely with primary care veterinarians and patient’s families to improve the quality of life of patients with neurologic disease. Outside of work he can be found fishing, enjoying sports (Virginia Tech Hokies, UGA Bulldogs, New York Giants, and Chelsea Football Club). He enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and family French bulldog Didier.

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Abel, Manager, MRI Technician

Abel is a Los Angeles native. He has been working in the veterinary field since 2013. Abel has experience as a MRI technician, neurology technician, laboratory technician and doctors assistant working mostly in specialty veterinary medicine. Abel’s goals are to continue to increase his knowledge of the veterinary field. He is extremely interested to learn about anesthesia and learn how to monitor anesthesia. Abel has an Associates in Occupational Science in MRI. He also has his ARMRIT License (MRI). He has two green cheek Conures named Frida and Booger. When not working, Abel likes to be in nature (mountains or beach), play video games, and spend time with family and friends.

Cardiology

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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.

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Carla, Manager, RVT, Cardiology

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.

Oncology

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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.

Surgery

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hansel, Veterinary Assistant, Surgery Dept. 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.

Emergency & Critical Care

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Dr. Elizabeth Yi, DVM, DACVECC, Emergency

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.

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Dr. Daniel Avenick, VMD, DACVECC, Emergency

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.

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Dr. Eileen Wong, DVM, DACVECC, Emergency

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dr. Belinda Abbott, DVM, Emergency

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Monica, RVT, Emergency/ICU Manager

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Kristine, ICU Supervisor

Kristine was born in New Jersey but grew up in the San Fernando Valley and Simi Valleys. Kristine has been working in the veterinary field since 1994. She is an RVT and just recently got her VTS in emergency and critical care in 2019. She joined the MASH emergency and critical care team in January 2020. Her goals are to use her knowledge and skill to minimize patient fear and maximize patient comfort. She also wants to teach all that encompasses emergency and especially critical care to the MASH emergency team. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family, go to the beach and be outdoors, also enjoy good food and wine.

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Stephanie, Veterinary Assistant, Triage Supervisor

Stephanie was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2000. She started out in general practice veterinary medicine but found that her passion was in emergency medicine. Stephanie joined the MASH emergency team in February 2019. Her goal is to become a registered veterinary technician. She has a 4-year-old Chiweenie named Jelly. She also enjoys rehabbing wildlife and currently has a squirrel named Lucky. When she has free time, she likes to be in nature and hike in the surrounding LA mountains. She also enjoys being with friends and family.

Dentistry

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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.

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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.

Dermatology

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tami, Dermatology, Department Manager

Tami 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.

Ophthalmology

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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.

Nutrition

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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.

Administration

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Joe, CEO

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.

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Rick, Hospital Co-Manager (Administrative)

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.

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Kristine, Hospital Co-Manager (Clinical)

Kristine was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2012. 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.

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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.

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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.

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Libby, Human Resources Manager

Libby was born and raised in California. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management and a Minor in Economics from the University of California Riverside. She also has a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management from the University of Washington. Libby has a variety of pets. She has birds, fish, cats and dogs. Her two favorite pets are her two chihuahua mixes named Coco and Bobbie. In her free time, she enjoys playing video games and watching anime.

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Shannon, Marketing/Referral Coordinator

Shannon has lived in Los Angeles her whole life. She is currently working on getting a business and marketing degree at Pasadena City College and has the goal of expanding her marketing career. Shannon has a Golden Retriever named Petal. In her free time she likes to spend time with her daughter, go on camping trips, hot yoga, hikes with her dog, and spending time with her friends.

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Lilly, Marketing/Referral Coordinator

Lilly was born in Ohio and recently moved to Los Angeles. She graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Media and minor in Marketing. She has always loved animals her whole life and plans on living on a rescue farm one day. She plans on getting a cat in the future. In her free time, she enjoys riding horses, hanging out with friends, and anything fashion-related.

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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.

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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.

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Victor, Veterinary Social Worker

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Kindra, RVT, Operations 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.

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Alli, Special Projects 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.

Front Office

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Aliyah, Office Manager

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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.

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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.

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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.

Maintenance

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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.

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Porfirio, Maintenance

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.

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Jasmine, Maintenance

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.

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Santos, Maintenance

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.

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Vera, Maintenance

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.