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Meet our San Fernando Valley Hospital Administrator…

Kristina Eifert

Hospital Administrator

Kristina
 
Kristina, our people oriented hospital administrator, is a native to the San Fernando Valley, with an acute insight into understanding and forecasting the needs of this community.

Her story of business success is based on her dedication to hard work and personal growth. She joined the veterinary community in 2000 and worked her way up from a veterinary receptionist to becoming the Hospital Administrator for Animal Emergency Care Center in 2006. When the center was acquired by ACCESS Specialty Hospital Group in 2012, Kristina was hired to stay on and continue her successful role as administrator, helping to transform a general emergency hospital into a mega-center offering an additional five veterinary specialties.

A devoted mother to three beautiful daughters, Madisyn, Montana, and Harlow, Kristina also has two loveable pugs, Murphy and Sasha.

Dogs in California

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Three of our fabulous team…

Although all of our staff are fabulous, every month we choose a few who have gone just that little extra mile in demonstrating excellence in teamwork and efficiency in their jobs.

Here are three champions;

In order they are: Abel our MRI Technician and winner of January’s award. Alicia our Internal Medicine Lead Technician and winner of February’s award. And last but not least is Carol, our seasoned and rockstar receptionist and winner of the March award.

We love them all.

Employees of the Month - January-February-March

Employee of the month

Woofstock! What a great day…

On April 27, 2014, Malibu Coast Animal Hospital hosted ‘Woofstock Malibu 2014’ – and wow, what a great day!

Rosa Del Leon, Carmen Alivera, (smiling below) and JB Badanguio proudly represented ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals at the lively event which benefited Healthcare for Homeless Animals, which was formally known as Malibu Pet Companions. The event was filled with music, food, goodies, and of course, pets who participated in a one mile dog walk!

ACCESS would like to thank Woofstock Malibu and Malibu Coast Animal Hospital for inviting us to this very special event, and we look forward to doing so again next year.

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It’s for the birds…

“What exactly is parrot fever, and can I get it from my bird? I’ve heard wild birds can be affected with West Nile Virus, but can my parrot get sick from that disease as well? What is the difference between avian tuberculosis and human tuberculosis? Can I get TB from my bird?”

To hear the answers and to find our more, please join Dr. Olivia Petritz, our board-certified avian and exotics veterinarian, at her presentation on Avian Infectious Diseases and Zoonotic Diseases of Parrots at the West Valley Bird Society on Friday, May 16th, at 7:30 p.m.

So if you’re a bird lover, or simply curious, you are more than welcome to come alone.

To find out more, please visit the West Valley Bird Society website.

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Day two of an important week…

It’s day two of Administrative Professional’s Week and we have three of our exceptional receptionists ready to enjoy the tasty cupcakes provided by appreciative staff members. Thank you ladies for all that you do!
Access specialty animal hospital receptionists

Peanut and Napoleon…

This is Peanut the pug, who was a recent patient and her ‘BFF’ Napoleon the French bulldog. We think they are both adorable.

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“We are very grateful for the quality of the care that we got from ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital and will never forget how awesome you guys were. The veterinarians were smart, competent and took the time to explain the procedures with us in a way we understood. There are a lot of places to take a sick pet but I can’t see us going anywhere else.” _Peanut’s Owner

Critical Care – It’s in our DNA

Did you know that in 2005 we launched a small specialty practice to provide Emergency and Critical Care services for animals?

Today we have two leading animal hospitals offering 24 hour Emergency and Critical Care Services – supported by a variety of specialty departments.

Staffed with Criticalists, highly qualified doctors, dedicated medical technicians and compassionate receptionists, the team at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals is driven to provide referring veterinarians and their clients the best possible Emergency Services and Critical Care for animals in Southern California.

Services include: Advanced CPR, Mechanical ventilation and ‘life support’, Blood transfusions, Management of high-risk anesthesia and post-operative critical patients, Cardiac emergencies, Metabolic emergencies, Kidney failure and Liver failure, Advanced pain management, Neurologic emergencies.

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Have a little heart…

Brody is a young French Bulldog that was born with a heart murmur.

Using an ultrasound of the heart called an echocardiogram, Dr. Jason Arndt from ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital’s Veterinary Cardiology Department, was able to indentify ‘severe pulmonic stenosis’, a narrowing of the pulmonic outflow from the right ventricle of the heart in little Brody .

The narrowing was putting a large amount of stress on the right side of Brody’s heart, so an interventional procedure called a ‘balloon valvuloplasty’ was performed which significantly improved the stenosis.

Even better news is that the little guy was able to return home the following day!

Below is a picture of Brody’s ‘angiogram’ showing the pulmonic stenosis. (An angiogram is an imaging technique that uses fluoroscopy to visualize blood flow to the arteries and veins.)

Brody-angiogram-Veterinary-Cardiology

The Cardiology Services at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals specializes in minimally invasive correction of many congenital cardiac diseases in animals.

 

We know how it feels…

We take care of every patient at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals as though they were part of our own family. Occasionally though, our staff members experience medical emergencies with their own pets which reminds us how it feels to entrust others with the care of our furry family.

Kali-Surgery-PhotoThis is exactly what happened to Kristen, a surgery assistant to Jana Norris, DVM, DACVS.

Kali, her dog, wasn’t eating, had vomited a few times, and just didn’t seem like herself, so just in case, Kristen brought her to work.

It’s a good thing she did. A physical examination, blood test, and an ultrasound by Dr. Elana Hadar revealed an enlarged and very inflamed kidney that was near failure. At that point we knew what had to be done: she needed her kidney removed, and it needed to be done quickly.

Kristen responded to the news as a loving and worried pet owner and not as an employee. She felt confident all would be well, but struggled to keep back the tears and needed a hug. So instead of her usual role of being part of the surgical process – helping owners admit their pets into the hospital, prepping animals for surgery, and assisting the surgery team – Dr. Norris and the rest of our staff insisted that they would handle everything.

So Kali was prepped for surgery, protocol was set, and the team at ACCESS San Fernando Valley swung into action.

Good news! It wasn’t long before Kristen was told that the surgery went very smoothly, and the prognosis for Kali’s recovery was excellent. Kali, who had won the hearts of all who cared for her, recovered quickly and comfortably, and continues to improve at home, looking and acting better than ever!

Go Kali and Kristen!

We know that you love your pet – your companion and your friend. We also know the stress and worry that comes along when they are sick, and we know the pain and heartache when tragedy strikes. We love our pets and would do anything for them, which is why we take care of every patient as if they were our own, because we know how much you love them.

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Locations

South Bay

2551 W. 190th St., Torrance, CA 90504

Tel: (310) 320-8300 - Fax: (424) 293-7254

Los Angeles

9599 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

Tel: (310) 558-6100 - Fax: (310) 558-6199

San Fernando Valley

20051 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Tel: (818) 887-2262 - Fax: (818) 704-0323

Central Valley

4300 Easton Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93309

Tel: (661) 281-1320 - Fax: (661) 302-4193

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