‘Gordo’ out of surgery…

09/18/2014 – 5:35pm

Good news. ‘Gordo’ is now out of surgery, which according to ACCESS veterinary surgeons went well. Dr. Lo will shortly be providing a statement to the press where she’ll provide more information, and we’ll be sure to post further updates as they unfold.

Once again, thanks to so many people who called, emailed, tweeted and texted good thoughts for this little guy. And for the many who so generously opened their wallets and purses to assist Gordo’s owner, well, what can we say, but “we love you all”.

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Update on ‘Gordo’…

09/18/2014 – 1:15pm

Gordo is currently going into surgery where Dr. Carey and Dr. Lo will work to save his little leg. Surgery time will be around two to three hours, after which we will post an update.

The below image is of Dr. Carey and Dr. Lo briefing the media and addressing the amazing outpouring of support for the little guy. #gordo #savethewhitedog

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ACCESS in action to help save ‘Gordo’…

More on this story soon.

But for now, here is a photo of “Gordo”, the little dog injured during a police chase in Los Angeles.

Thankfully, he could not be in better hands than those of ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital surgeons, Dr. Kim Carey and Dr. Annie Lo.

See more at: NBC Los Angeles (plus more information on this story can be found this morning on the web).
#savethewhitedog ‪#Gordo

Gordo #savethewhitedog

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Introducing Dr. Danielle Sawyer…

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Danielle Sawyer DVM, is currently a first year resident in emergency and critical care at ACCESS – Los Angeles. Her energy, determination, and adaptivity helps her excel in practice and in life.

Being raised in an Air Force family traveling from Japan, to Belgium to the US, and growing up with small animals and exotics, instilled in Danielle a deep respect and call to care for all living beings no matter where she was. Upon moving back to the States in her teenage years, Danielle first embarked upon her mission to become a veterinarian in Chelsea, MI as a vet assistant in a small general practice.

As a Michigan State Spartan, Danielle completed a BS in Zoology with a concentration in Animal Behavior and Neuroscience. Electing to attend an off-shore veterinary school in the Caribbean, Danielle earned her DVM degree as a Rossie in 2011. She developed her love of emergency and critical care in an internship at Animal Specialty Group in LA, followed by two years as an overnight emergency veterinarian in Thousand Oaks, CA prior to starting at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals.

From her collegiate varsity swimming years, Danielle continues to enjoy swimming and coaching swimming on her spare time. She also has fun taking her three happy dogs to the dog park and relaxing at home with her other pets including her loving Kittitian cat and her gorgeous rescued leopard gecko.

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Our family tree has grown by quite a few leaves…

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We have had a great summer! The past few months, our ACCESS family has grown in a big way! We’ve welcomed a new CEO, Howard Liberson to the team. Howard Liberson, has over 20 years of experience in business, finance, law, and accounting. Howard grew up in Chicago and attended UCLA as an undergraduate. He also graduated from Wharton Business School and Loyola Law School. He has two children – a 14 year old son and 12 year old daughter – and lives in Redondo Beach.

In addition to Howard, we’ve added a stellar team of over five client care coordinators, a client care manager, an administrative assistant, over a dozen veterinary assistants and technicians, and four emergency room doctors! ACCESS also has the pleasure of announcing that three of our client care coordinators have moved into new positions assisting our specialists in internal medicine, surgery, and critical care. We would like to take this opportunity to celebrate many new beginnings for our wonderful staff.

Our doctors have also welcomed new additions to their own families! We congratulate Lisa Mahlum, MS, DVM, DACVECC, and Elana Hadar, DVM, DACVIM on the birth of their children.

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Sophie now enjoys a breath of fresh air…

Sophie is a one year old domestic short hair cat who was adopted in January from a local shelter. A few weeks after arriving at her new home, she began to hack.

It sounded almost as if she was trying to pass a hairball, but something wasn’t quite right, so it was off to see Dr. Erinne Branter, an Internal Medicine Specialist at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital – Los Angeles.

A few tests and a radiograph later and Sophie was diagnosed with Feline Asthma, and recommended to ‘use an inhaler’ twice a day. What a difference: Sophie is now able to run, jump, roll-around and dream of what cat’s dream about without the hindrances she had to endure.

Thank you Dr. Branter.

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NOTE: Sophie’s owner is none other than Shannon Brown, our high-energy, always ready to serve others, ACCESS Hospital Representative.

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Congratulations to Clarisa Robles, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Clarisa Robles is now ‘Board Certified’.

Clarisa-Robles-DVM-DACVIM-(Neurology)This is no simple achievement. Besides having to complete veterinary school, an internship and a residency in a specialized area, further studies have to be undertaken over a number of additional years. This includes a publication accepted in peer reviewed journals, a time consuming and difficult endeavor that demonstrates and proves additional knowledge and expertise in a specific medical field.

So hats-off to Clarisa Robles, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology) who specializes in neurology and who has shown a commitment above and beyond to providing the best possible care for animals. We love you Clarisa!

 
Dr. Robles is based at the ACCESS Los Angeles Specialty Animal Hospital and is available Tuesdays to Fridays for appointments.

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A friendly lunch – BBQ at ACCESS Los Angeles…

Being a 24hr Specialty Animal Hospital pretty much guarantees long, busy, days and nights for the ACCESS Los Angeles medical, support and administration teams. So it makes sense that every now and again that our folks take a breather and catch-up with each other over an enjoyable lunchtime BBQ. Today was one of those days – and enjoyed by all.

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Meet Cheryl McDonald, our new Concierge!

At the ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital Group we place high emphasis on Customer Service, and we would like to introduce Cheryl McDonald, our new Concierge.

Cheryl grew up in the rural suburbs of Tacoma, Washington where her family lived on a few acres. While her parents cared for animals, it was Cheryl who truly formed lasting friendships with them. She recalls her neighbor’s dogs- Penny the boxer, and Chuckles the Bassett Hound coming over to her house after school and on the weekends to spend the day with her. Cheryl moved to California for the weather, and has been with ACCESS since 2008.

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Cheryl became a flight attendant twenty-seven years ago, and draws many parallels to her work in the Veterinary field, seeing a connection to the care and support she’s given to each client and patient over the years. During her career as a flight attendant, Cheryl began work as a Veterinary Technician. In 2006 she became a Registered Veterinary Technician after receiving both her Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees. She wanted to help sick and injured animals become well again, and that became the driving force behind starting her very own non-profit animal rescue.

Over the years, Cheryl has rescued over 150 dogs, cats, birds, and exotics off of the streets, from shelters, and some from homes where the pet needed a little more help than the loving owner could provide. Many animals—and people would have been lost without her. We are so fortunate to have Cheryl at ACCESS in her new position as Concierge!

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Meet Chloe – an ACCESS Client Care Coordinator.

Meet Chloe, one of our Client Care Coordinators, who joined ACCESS the Specialty Animal Hospital Group in 2013.

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What we love about Chloe, who is based at ACCESS-Los Angeles, is that she brings a sunny and positive outlook to work each day, making sure Pet Owners, patients, and Veterinarians are well connected and cared for.

In addition to working with us, she is very involved in the animal rescue community, volunteering at adoption events, fostering abandoned or unwanted dogs and cats, and participating in rescues – which helps explain why she hopes to run her own animal rescue service in the future.

In her spare time Chloe loves riding her bike and visiting the dog park with her three Chihuahuas Abba, Tina, and Nala, where she is able to interact with others Pet Owners.

But there’s more to Chloe: Having proudly finished her education in Interior Design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, she also has a gifted culinary side to her, as often proven by her ability to whip us delicious dishes for our in-house staff ‘cultural events and cooking competitions’.

If you are a Veterinary Receptionists or Client Care Coordinator, and attending one of our special events developed just for you, be sure to look out for Chloe and say hi.

She’d like that.

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