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Vets we recommend to you and your pets!

~Here is a list of veterinarians that we use and recommend to others!~

***EMERGENCY VETERINARIAN HOSPITAL, OPEN 24/7***

Advanced Critical Care Los Angeles: http://www.accla.net/index.htm

24 Hour Emergency and Critical Care

(310) 558-6100

Advanced Critical Care
9599 Jefferson Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

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***SURGICAL SPECIALIST (ORTHOPEDIC, ETC.)***

Dr. Peter Sebestyen- Veterinary Surgical Specialists: http://www.vssoc.com/

Peter Sebestyen, DMV, Diplomate ACVS

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - University of Veterinary Sciences, Budapest 1989
Internship - Sonora Veterinary Surgery and Oncology, Arizona 1995
Residency - North Carolina State University 2000

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - University of Veterinary Sciences, Budapest 1989
Internship - Sonora Veterinary Surgery and Oncology, Arizona 1995
Residency - North Carolina State University 2000

Dr. Sebestyen graduated from the University of Veterinary Sciences in Budapest, Hungary in 1989. Following his graduation, he underwent two years of post-graduate training in anatomical pathology. In 1991, he moved to British Columbia and joined a general small animal practice. Early in his career as a veterinarian in clinical practice, he developed a strong interest in surgery and decided to pursue further academic training in this field.

In 1995 he joined Sonora Veterinary Surgery and Oncology in Scottsdale, Arizona and completed a rotating small animal internship. He enrolled in a 3-year residency program in small animal surgery at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing his residency, he joined the faculty of the CVM as a clinical assistant professor from 2000-2001. He also held a research position at the Department of Anesthesia at Duke University Medical Center in Durham NC and participated in microvascular surgical research. Dr. Sebestyen became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2001. Prior to his relocation to California, he has been in a small animal surgical referral practice in North Carolina.

During his residency and his academic and referral surgery positions, he completed several research projects, gave numerous seminars, and participated in advanced surgical courses. His research interests include total hip replacement, spinal biomechanics and tibial plateau leveling osteotomy. Dr. Sebestyen has a wide range of clinical experience in veterinary surgery from academic and private practice settings. His clinical interests are surgical oncology, reconstructive and microvascular surgery.

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***CARDIOLOGY (HEART) SPECIALIST***

Dr. Michael Lesser- Advanced Veterinary Care Center: http://www.advancedveterinarycarecenter.com/

Dr. Michael Lesser – Cardiology

Dr. Lesser graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. He went on to complete an internship in small animal medicine and surgery; and a residency in veterinary cardiology at the Animal Medical Center in New York. Upon completion of his residency Dr. Lesser took over as head of the clinical cardiology service until 1991.

In 1991, Dr. Lesser moved to Southern California. Shortly after his move, Dr. Lesser achieved Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Medicine specialty of Cardiology. He has been developing a cardiology referral practice in the Los Angeles area since then. Currently Dr. Lesser is the medical director and head cardiologist at Advance Veterinary Care Center in Lawndale, CA.

Dr. Lesser's expertise includes non-invasive techniques such as echocardiography, color flow Doppler ultrasound, electrocardiography and non-invasive blood pressure monitoring. Dr. Lesser also performs interventional cardiology including pacemaker implantation, balloon valvuloplasty, angiography and coil occlusion for patent ductus arteriosus.

Dr. Lesser's philosophy is to help provide animals with a good quality life for as long as possible. This is best achieved when there is a team effort which includes the owner, referring veterinarian and Dr. Lesser all working together to achieve a common goal.

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***OPTHAMOLOGY (EYE) SPECIALIST***

Dr. Allison Hoffman- Eye Care For Animals: http://www.eyecareforanimals.com/

Dr. Allison Hoffman, DACVO

Dr. Allison Hoffman completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California-Davis. She received her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oklahoma State University. She also completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. Dr. Hoffman was awarded membership to the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honors Society and has a special interest in retinal reattachment surgery, research, cataract surgery, and lasers in medicine and surgery. Dr. Hoffman is also a vitreo-retinal fellow at the Children’s Retina Institute of Los Angeles, and is one of three veterinarians in the world elected as a member of the American Society of Retinal Specialists. Dr. Hoffman has practiced at Eye Care for Animals since 2000, where she also completed her residency. She is board certified in veterinary ophthalmology and practices at the Eye Care for Animals office in Pasadena, California.

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***DENTAL SPECIALIST***

Dr. Anson J. Tsugawa, VMD- Dog and Cat Dentist: http://www.dogandcatdentist.com/

Dr. Anson J. Tsugawa graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Following graduation, he completed a one-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital (Akron, OH) and a three-year residency in Dentistry and Oral Surgery at the University of California-Davis, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. During the final year of his residency, he was elected as Chief Resident of the Small Animal Clinic.

In 2002, Dr. Tsugawa returned to the University of Pennsylvania as a Lecturer in Dentistry. Before opening Dog and Cat Dentist, Inc., in Culver City, Dr. Tsugawa was the veterinary dentist at the California Animal Hospital Veterinary Specialty Group in West Los Angeles. His clinical and research interests include surgical oral oncology, maxillofacial fracture repair, jaw reconstruction and dentomaxillofacial radiology.

Dr. Tsugawa became board certified in veterinary dentistry (Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College) in 2004. He is the previous Chairman of the American Veterinary Dental College Examination Committee (2007-2008), and served as President of the North Bay Westside Chapter of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association in 2007. Among his many accolades, Dr. Tsugawa was the 2005 recipient of the American Veterinary Dental College Outstanding Candidate Award (sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health), a national award presented to a highly qualified and productive veterinarian who has recently achieved board certification in veterinary dentistry.

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***FULL SERVICE VETERINARIAN***

Center Sinai Animal Hospital- Dr. Baum, Dr. Plechner, Dr. Williams

http://www.centersinaianimalhospital.com/

(310) 559-3770

10737 Venice Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90037

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***TORTOISE VETERINARIAN***

Greek & Associates Veterinary Hospital- Dr. Tom Greek, MS, DVM

http://tomgreek.com/

Born and raised in Southern California, Dr. Tom Greek’s interest in exotic animals began when he was given a snake at the age of 5 and watching zoologist Marlin Perkins on television.

He received his bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of California at Riverside and was presented the Jaegar Award for desert biology. He continued his studies in physiological ecology and received his master’s degree at the University of California at Davis. Dr. Greek graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. His interest and knowledge in exotic animal medicine qualified him for externship studies including: Lincoln Park Zoo, Laboratory Animal Medicine at U.C. Berkeley, University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine, Central Florida Zoo, St. Augustine Alligator Farm and the Crane Foundation.

Since graduating, Dr. Greek has practiced small and exotic pet medicine in Southern California. In November 2008 he opened Greek and Associates Veterinary Hospital, a state-of-the-art facility decorated in mid century modern Googie style.

A noted public speaker on exotic animals, Dr. Greek has given talks at local, regional and national conferences, schools, nature centers and clubs. He has had numerous papers, photographs and personal interviews published in national magazines including “Reptiles”, “Cat Fancy,” “Veterinary Product News” and “Ladies Home Journal.” In addition to his publications, Dr. Greek has performed numerous technical edits of book and journal manuscripts featuring exotic animal practice.

Dr. Greek has also been featured in television programs including Animal Planet’s “That’s My Baby”, local news programs in Madison, Wis. and San Diego, Calif., infomercials for the Oreck Air Purifier and Oreck Vacuum, consulted for producers of “Fear Factor” and even helped on an episode with alligator wrangling.

Married to his wife Desiree since 1996, they live in the city of Corona with their three dogs and some 30 tortoises, snakes, lizards and fish.