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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!

Dr. Sawyer visits the Korean Youth & Community Center

Dr. Sawyer gave her “So You Want to Be a Veterinarian” talk at the Korean Youth & Community Center in Koreatown recently!

There were over 20 children in attendance and they were some of the most behaved and well-mannered group of kids either of us had seen before!  They absorbed all the info, asked great questions, and even stumped Dr. Sawyer with a scientific species name for a panther.

We always love seeing little faces faces light up, and we can practically see the wheels turning in their heads when they realize what veterinarians do for animals, so they can maybe grow up to do that too.

A visit from Min!

Dr. Becker brought his dog, Min, to work and we fell in love!

All Smiles for Surgery!

Kayla came to see Dr. Kim Carey at ACCESS Los Angeles to have a bump on her leg looked at. She smiled before, during, and after her exam, especially when we snuggled her!



The Punk Rock Neurologist with a Heart of Gold


 
Dr. Robby Powers-Davis is the newest addition to our neurology team at ACCESS Los Angeles, which now provides 6 days of service! The former bassist of a punk band, Robby comes to us with a wealth of neurology experience. He has quite an interesting origin story, so we sat down with him to learn more about what makes him tick.

How did Robby decide to work in veterinary medicine?
He began as an honors Economic major at UCSD, where he was given presentations by people who were financially driven, which did not sit well with him.
Then one day, Robby was visiting the Getty and came across a work by Monet. He was completely moved by it and knew then and there he wanted to become a veterinarian. He then pursued a specialty career in veterinary neurology because he found the logic-based field exciting and interesting.

What brought him to ACCESS?
Robby grew up in Dana Point, California and wanted to come back to Southern California after school, an internship, and a residency. He actually had several choices in where to work—a practice in San Francisco, a practice in Hong Kong, or ACCESS in Los Angeles—and he chose ACCESS.

What is Robby’s favorite animal and why?
Elephants! Prior to joining the neurology department at ACCESS Los Angeles, Robby spent three months traveling. His trip took him to Thailand where he worked as a veterinarian for a week, treating elephants who had traumatic injuries from landmines.

What would he be doing if he weren’t at ACCESS?
Outside of veterinary medicine, Robby’s mind is still set on helping others, which is why he could see himself being a public interest lawyer where he could help non-profits.

What is Robby’s favorite meal and the best thing he cooks?
Robby is a burrito lover who whips up a mean balsamic pulled pork, carefully cooked in a slow cooker.

What is his favorite procedure to see or do?
Robby truly enjoys performing back and brain surgeries as well as tumor removals. He finds himself calm and focused inside of the OR with a clear, sharp mind.

What is one thing Robby wishes pet owners would start doing?
Pay better attention to your pet’s diet, as being overweight can cause a hefty helping of issues in animals. “I don’t understand how a dog could be fat,” says Robby, adding in to check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet.

In addition to being known for his extreme bandage art during his residency, Robby found his Pitbull, Amelie. She had come in paralyzed with a broken neck and surgery wasn’t an option. Luckily, the rescue who had Amelie saw the bond between the two and she went home to live with Robby. Over the course of three months, Robby bandaged Amelie from her head to her torso to help heal her neck. He pulled her around in a little red wagon until she was ready to be walked in a sling and from there, Robby taught her how to walk again.
We’re lucky to have Dr. Powers-Davis on our team, with his compassion, knowledge, musical skills, and personality! If you’d like to speak with him, give us a call at 310-558-6100 to schedule a consultation.

Toy Drive Success!

Leo is an ER team member at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital – Los Angeles. Each year he collects toys for the patients at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and this year was no different! Here, he’s seen delivering toys donated by our team members with Dr. Patty Paravicini.


Muscle Car Maven with a Knack for Caring

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Yolie has worked at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital Los Angeles for eight years and in that time she’s been a receptionist, doctor’s assistant, and most importantly—compassionate. She loves muscle cars and even used to legally race her raised Mustang, having to replace her tires often due to the wear and tear from showing it off! Knowing all of that, we just had to learn more about her!

How did Yolie decide to work in veterinary medicine?
Yolie’s best friend’s husband worked at ACCESS and told her she absolutely had to check it out. Eight years later and she still loves it! 

Why did she choose Neurology?
Yolie likes that Neurology is something completely different that many people don’t know about. She enjoys being able to learn more about this specific specialty.

What brought Yolie to ACCESS?
After having such a strong recommendation from her friend, Yolie saw the opportunity for growth with the company and that’s what sold her. “Everyone is about growing your career here and pushing you to reach your highest potential. The doctors want to teach the staff. That’s powerful.”

What is her favorite animal and why?
“I love fat cats! When they’re cranky they’re just misunderstood.” 

Does Yolie collect anything?
Yolie is a major Hello Kitty fan. She has dozens of memorabilia ranging from blankets and bobble heads to hair brushes and sporks! She loves the adorable cartoon cat so much that she looks forward to attenting Hello Kitty events . Yolie also loves sneakers and has about 20 pairs!

What would she be doing if she weren’t with ACCESS?
Yolie truly loves helping others and can see herself being a Nurse in pediatric oncology or working with special needs children.

What is Yolie’s favorite meal and what is the best thing she cooks?
Yolie loves anything spicy and loves to cook fish ceviche for her friends and family.

What is her favorite subject in neurology?\
Yolie finds seizures to be an interesting subject. She loves educating her clients about how to care for their seizuring pet.

Yolie’s advice to pet owners:
“Research pet insurance companies and read the fine print to ensure you’re covered based on your needs. It’s also it also important not to always rely on Google for all your questions, your specialist is your best source.”

Yolie greets every day with a sense of focused optimism and we are so thankful to have the chance to work with her. Be sure to stop and chat with Yolie about fat cats, Hello Kitty, or souped-up cars the next time you see her!

 
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