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ACCESS at The Heart of Helping Family Fair

We were recently at the Heart of Helping Family Fair in Torrance along with Linda Baley and Too Many Bunnies! We talked about bunnies and veterinary care – what a perfect Saturday!




Captain Kappie’s Immune-Mediated Polyarthritis

Captain Kappie came in through our South Bay Emergency Department for non-weight bearing lameness of his left front leg and a mysterious skin condition that developed shortly after he started treatment with an NSAID to manage his lameness.

Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Stefanie Owczarczak, Dr. Jodi McKenna, and Dr. James Kim, a diagnosis of IMPA, or Immune-Mediated Polyarthritis, was made, explaining the lameness.

Based on biopsy results, the mysterious skin condition was thought to be a reaction to a commonly prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication reminding us all that, like people, pets can have reactions to prescription medications too! After 36 hours in the hospital, discontinuation of the NSAID, and initiating immunosuppressive treatment, Captain Kappie was back to normal. Dr. Marlene Townsell, an Internal Medicine specialist, is now managing Captain Kappie’s care, making sure he’s comfortable and his immune system stays in check!

 

Ike’s Day in South Bay…

Ike came in for a splenectomy and soft palate resection with our board-certified surgeon, Dr. James Kim, and is doing great! He has such an amazing demeanor and our ACCESS South Bay staff absolutely loves him.

Warm Hugs in the South Bay ER!

Jessica is one of the many amazing team members at ACCESS South Bay and she brought her own cat, Honey, in for a recheck. Honey loves hugs and had a great day with her mom at work!

How Long Does A Veterinary Specialist Go To School?

Did you know that veterinary specialists go through four years of undergrad, four years of veterinary school, a one-year internship and a three-to-five-year residency before taking their board exams? After all of that, they then need to acquire continuing education credits to maintain their licenses!

Dr. Clarisa Robles (pictured) is Los Angeles native and a board-certified neurology specialist. Along with her great technical training, she brings with her wonderful communication skills and a fondness for building close relationships with referring veterinarians and her patients’ families. She finds such collaboration allows for the best possible patient and client care.

Her interests include inflammatory brain disease, down dogs, and encephalitis, as well as spinal and intracranial surgery.

 

Joel in the Trenches!

Joel is the MRI Technician in the Neurology & Neurosurgery Department for ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals, Los Angeles.

He’s always looking for ways to help the hospital and his coworkers, and he decided to do a deep cleaning of the kennel drain.

Welcoming Dr. Reunan Guillou…

We are thrilled to announce that Reunan Guillou, DVM, DACVS has joined ACCESS Los Angeles to start the Bone & Joint Center.

The ACCESS Bone & Joint Center will enable all primary care veterinarians to provide the forefront of orthopedic care for their patients.

In addition to his extensive experience in routine orthopedic surgery (TPLO, patellar luxation), Dr. Guillou will offer access to advanced orthopedic procedures including total joint replacement (for the hip, stifle, and elbow), angular limb deformity correction, and minimally invasive osteosynthesis.

 

Mido’s Day with the Neurology & Neurosurgery Team

Mido came to see Dr. Robby Powers-Davis, one of our board-certified neurologists, for a CSF tap and an MRI. Everyone immediately fell in love with him and he spent the afternoon hanging out with his doctor!

Garfiliano’s Cardiology Visit…

Garfiliano came to see Dr. Steven Cole for his cardiology appointment and our team fell in love with him!

Chiti Dressed to the Nines…

Chiti dressed up for his Cardiology appointment at ACCESS – San Fernando Valley. His silky black tie perfectly complimented his beautiful coat!

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