Dr. Robles Has Your Back!

Dr. Clarisa Robles is a board-certified neurologist and neurosurgeon who works at our Los Angeles hospital. She’s seen here performing a hemilaminectomy, a surgery in which a portion of the vertebra is removed.

Each vertebra contains two pedicles and lamina, which are bony sections that form the sides of the vertebral arch and function as a base for the vertebra. The purpose of a hemilaminectomy is to remove a portion of the pedicle and lamina while still maintaining the stability of the spine.

The removal of bone allows access into the spinal canal to remove any material compressing the spinal cord, such as herniated disc material or cancerous masses. This helps to release nerve tissue from pressure.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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