Janelle started out with ACCESS in our San Fernando Valley location in April 2015, working with our Internal Medicine specialist, Dr. Domenico Bianco. Since then, they’ve come to ACCESS – South Bay to provide internal medicine services to the pets there! We’re excited for her new beginning and wanted to learn more about her!
How did Janelle decide to work in veterinary medicine?
She always had a true passion for animals, having grown up saving birds, snakes, and mice in her Massachusetts hometown. As a child she shared her bedroom with two orphaned turtles and a variety of pocket pets. When she found out that Holyoke Community College offered a veterinary technician program, it was a natural choice for her!
Why did she choose the internal medicine?
Janelle was happy to be placed in the department, as that is where she was needed most at ACCESS. She likes the challenging cases and variety of those seen. Speaking with clients, assisting her doctor, and scrubbing in for procedures. “It’s different every day!”
What brought Janelle to ACCESS?
Janelle has traveled quite a bit, living in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Mississippi, Arizona, and San Diego. She worked as the head technician at a practice in Mississippi, managed a hospital in North Carolina, and was a Realtor in Arizona, where she sold $1.6 million of real estate in her first year. She decided it was time to get back into veterinary medicine and wanted direct experience in specialty medicine, which is when she found ACCESS.
What is her favorite animal and why?
Janelle loves chipmunks! They remind her of autumn at home and she enjoys how tiny and adorable they are.
Does Janelle collect anything?
In high school, Janelle worked at a jewelry store, where she developed a passion for gemstones! Her collection varies from precious to stones collected at the beach, with her favorite being labradorite for its beautifully unique colors.
What would he be doing if she weren’t at ACCESS?
Outside of veterinary medicine, Janelle has dreams of owning her own café.
What is Janelle’s favorite meal and the best thing she cooks?
Janelle LOVES seafood but her best prepared meal is Chicken Carbonara.
What is her favorite procedure to see or do?
Janelle really enjoys laparoscopic procedures. She is fascinated with surgery in general but with the use of a camera to collect images and biopsies of a specific organ is rewarding.
What is one thing Janelle wishes pet owners would start doing?
From an internal medicine prospective, Janelle advises pet owners to stick to one nutritional diet and always consult a veterinarian before changing it. “Frequent changes to a diet can cause minor to major issues, such as pancreatitis.”
What does she consider to be her greatest achievement?
“My life has afforded me the means and opportunities to discover the world. I have made many lasting friendships, cherished memories, experienced different cultures and walks of life. I believe it’s made me a more open-minded and accepting person.”
Outside of the hospital, Janelle likes going to the beach, cooking, fishing, and spending time with her friends and family. We are so lucky to work with such a caring, dedicated, and intelligent person and we’re very happy to have her in our family!