Dr. Crupi was born and raised in New Hampshire and completed her undergraduate degree in animal sciences at the University of New Hampshire. In 2010, she made the move to California to pursue her veterinary education at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation she went on to complete a one year rotating internship at Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group (VMSG) in Ventura. Dr. Crupi worked locally in private general practice until joining VSEC. Her professional interests include emergency medicine, critical care, and surgery.
Dr. Crupi and her husband Will, a large animal veterinarian, reside in Ventura County with their three dogs and seven horses. When not working, Dr. Crupi enjoys spending time at home with her husband and animals, riding horses, camping, and snowboarding.
Dr. Alana Deegan graduated from Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. Hailing from the East Coast, she returned there after graduation to complete additional training in a small animal medical and surgical internship before working in Emergency Medicine. After several years on the East Coast, she returned to California and is happy to practice medicine in the state where she underwent her veterinary training.
When she is not working she enjoys traveling, exploring all that California has to offer and spending time with her French Bulldog, Oliver.
Dr. Hobson is a 1981 graduate of the Royal Veterinary College in London, UK. He spent 20 years in general small animal practice before his increasing interest in dentistry led him to practice exclusively in this area of veterinary surgery. There are very few veterinarians who work in veterinary dentistry and are able to perform complex dental treatment such as root canal treatment, treatment of malocclusions and surgery for oral tumors.
Dr. Hobson has worked exclusively in veterinary dentistry for 15 years. During that time he moved from the UK to Los Angeles and now see cases both in Southern California and in the UK.
His commitments to veterinary dental education include teaching at the Royal Veterinary College as a guest lecturer, presenting at conferences and local meetings and authoring articles for veterinary books, journals and newsletters.
Dental disease is extremely common in pets. It causes immense pain and suffering, but our pets are not good at telling us about it. It is his mission to bring the best in veterinary dentistry to all pets by both providing great dental care on a referral basis and by better educating veterinarians in general practice about dental issues.
Dr. Hobson provides a comprehensive service in dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Dr. Ireland was born & raised in Delaware and received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech. She studied veterinary medicine at Ross University and graduated in 2013 following her clinical year of study at Auburn University. Dr. Ireland spent several years in private practice on the east coast until relocating to California to join the VSEC emergency team. Her professional interests include emergency care and internal medicine. Dr. Ireland currently resides in Southern California with her Bengal cat, Monica, and enjoys riding horses, beach days and travel.
Originally an east coast native, Dr. Kelly received her veterinary degree from Tufts University in 2011 and went on to complete a small animal internship in veterinary private practice in Connecticut. She then made the big move to the west coast for a specialty internship in veterinary medicine, where she fell in love with not just internal medicine but California as well. She completed her residency training in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and is now a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Kelly’s professional interests include nephrology, immune mediated disease, and gastroenterology.
Outside of the hospital she enjoys running, eating ice cream, lazy days at the beach, and spending time with her dog Matilda.
Dr. Robert Moore grew up in Florida surrounded by orange groves and family pets. After attending the University of Florida, he graduated from Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1978 and then completed an internship and surgical residency training at Colorado State University along with a Masters in Science during the same period. He completed ACVS certification two years later after moving to Southern California and entering private practice. During his career, he founded and served as director for 7 veterinary hospitals in LA and Orange County, and received surgical referral cases during that time. He has worked extensively in the southwestern US region in multiple large surgical and specialty referral practices for the past 10 years.
Dr. Robert Moore’s surgical practice includes orthopedics, soft tissue, neurologic, and oncologic related procedures.
His outside-of-work activities revolve around his family (wife and 4 kids), working on the farm raising Devon cows, and enjoying time in the sky as a private pilot and builder of experimental aircraft.
About Reid Nakamura, DVM, DACVECC, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Dr. Nakamura was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He attended University of California at Davis for undergraduate studies and Tufts University for veterinary school. He completed a small animal internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, and an emergency and critical care Residency at Tufts University thereafter. He was in private practice in New Jersey for two years and then came to Southern California to complete a cardiology residency at Advanced Veterinary Care Center. Dr. Nakamura is board certified in both Emergency/Critical Care and Cardiology.
Dr. Nakamura enjoys running, traveling and attending sporting events in his free time along with taking care of his highly allergic Shih Tzu, Yuki.
Research, Publications & Abstracts
Panek CM, Nakamura RK, Bianco D. Use of enoxaparin in dogs with primary immune-mediated hemolytic anemia: 21 cases. J Vet Emerg Crit Care 2015; 25(2):273-277.
Nakamura RK, Tompkins E, Russell NJ, Zimmerman SA, Yuhas DL, Morrison TJ, Lesser MB. Left atrial rupture secondary to myxomatous mitral valve disease in 11 dogs. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 2014; 50(6):405-408.
Ghaffari S, Pelio DC, Lange AJ, Arndt JW, Chretin JD, Fiocchi SC, Bianco D, Nakamura RK. A retrospective evaluation of doxorubicin-based chemotherapy for dogs with right atrial masses and pericardial effusion. J Small Anim Pract 2014; 55:254-257.
Nakamura RK, Rishniw M, King MK, Sammarco CD. Prevalence of echocardiographic evidence of cardiac disease in apparently healthy cats with murmurs. J Fel Med Surg 2011; 13(4): 266-271.
Mellet AM, Nakamura RK, Bianco D. A prospective study of clopidogrel therapy in dogs with primary immune-mediated hemolytic anemia. J Vet Intern Med 2011; 25(1): 71-75.
Dr. Jana Norris has been a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons since 2002. She is a graduate of UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, and finished an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City in 1998. Following a surgical residency at Tufts University and Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, she was a lecturer in the Department of Surgery at The University of Pennsylvania from 2001-2002. She is a reviewer for Veterinary Surgery, the peer review journal of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgery.
Dr. Norris’ special surgical interests include external skeletal fixation, trauma, angular limb reconstruction, cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, skin and reconstructive surgery, and surgical diseases of the airway, particularly, laryngeal paralysis and tracheal collapse. She is the author of the original research findings from Tufts University involving the use of intraluminal tracheal stent placement for dogs with tracheal collapse.
Dr. Norris has an ongoing interest in pain management both for the acute surgical patient, and chronic pain management of degenerative osteoarthritis, including NSAID therapy, chondroprotective agents, and novel therapies such as physical therapy and rehabilitation.
About Nick Russell, BVSc, MVS, FANZCVS, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Dr Russell is a board-certified veterinary cardiologist that graduated from the University of Sydney, faculty of Veterinary Science in 1998. He went on to complete a master’s degree and residency in small animal medicine at Murdoch University, Australia. He then moved to the USA and completed a residency in veterinary cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania. During this time he achieved both fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS), chapter of small animal medicine; and gained Diplomate status of the American College of veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), in the specialty of cardiology.
Dr. Russell’s cardiology expertise includes assessment, diagnosis and advanced treatment of all cardiovascular diseases in animals. His extensive broad training in multiple specialties enables an integrated approach to patient’s cardiovascular disease in light of the rest of their body systems. Dr. Russell has performed hundreds of interventional cardiac catheterization and surgical procedures, including pacemaker implantation, pantent ductus arteriosus (PDA) embolization, and balloon valvuloplasty.
Dr. Russell aims to provide specialty and compassionate care to animals, and helping owners maintain optimal quality of life for their pets.
Research, Publications & Abstracts
Adult-onset nemaline myopathy in a dog presenting with persistent atrial standstill and primary hypothyroidism. Nakamura RK, Russell RN, Shelton GD. Journal of Small Animal Practice 2012 53, 357-360.
Left atrial tears secondary to myxomatous mitral valve disease in 11 dogs. Nakamura RK, Russell NJ, Zimmerman SA, Yuhas DL, Morrison TJ, Lesser MB. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 2014, 50;405-408.
Constrictive pericarditis following surgical repair of peritoneopericardial diaphragmantic hernia in a cat. Murphy L, Russell NJ, Dulake M, Nakamura R. Journal of Feline Medicine & Surgery. 2014, Apr 30.
ECG of the Month. Atrial flutter in a dog. Nakamura RK, Russell NJ. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2013; 242(12):1650-2.
Pharmacokinetics of carvedilol in cats. Russell NJ, Carlson J, Boothe DM, Sleeper MM. (in progress)
Double-blinded randomized clinical trial of carvedilol in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Russell NJ, Sleeper MM, Tangeman LT, Nakamura RK. (in progress)
Comparison of the radio-immunoassay and chemiluminescent assay methods for estimation of canine blood cortisol. Russell NJ, Irwin PJ, Clark P, Robertson I, Lewis D, Foster S. Australian Veterinary Journal 2007 Dec;85(12):487-94.
Primary hypoparathyroidism in 16 dogs: A retrospective study. Russell NJ, Bond KA, Parry BW, Irwin PJ. Australian Veterinary Journal 2006 84(8):285-295.
Acute Necrotising Pulmonary Vasculitis and Pulmonary Hypertension in a Juvenile dog. Russell NJ, Irwin PJ, Nicholls PK, Hopper BJ. Journal of Small Animal Practice 2008 49(7):349-355.
Pneumatosis coli in a Maltese dog. Russell NJ, Tyrrell D, Irwin PJ, Beck C. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 2008 Jan-Feb;44(1):32-5.
Percutaneous transendocardial delivery of self-complementary adeno-associated virus 6achieves global cardiac gene transfer in canines. Bish LT, Sleeper MM, Brainard B, Cole SG, Russell N, Withnall E, Arndt J, Reynolds C, Davison E, Sanmiguel J, Wu D, Gao G, Wilson JM, Sweeney L. Molecular Therapy 2008 Dec;16(12):1953-9
Lymphangiosarcoma in two cats. Lenard ZM, Foster SF, Tebb AJ, Russell NJ, O’Hara AJ, Lester NV. Journal of Feline Medicine & Surgery. 2007 Apr;9(2):161-7
Four cases of snake envenomation responsive to death adder antivenom. Swindells KL, Russell NJ, Angles JM, Foster SF. Australian Veterinary Journal 2006 84(1-2):22-29.
Cardiac Gene Transfer of shRNA Directed Against Phospholamban Effectively Knocks Down Gene Expression But Causes Myocarditis and Death in Canines. Bish L, Sleeper M, Reynolds C, Withnall E, Russell N, Arndt J, Davison E, Peddle G, Buchlis G, Gao G, Wilson J, Sweeney H. American Heart Association 2009.
Catheter Based Delivery of scAAV6 Leads to High Level, Global Gene Transfer to the Canine Heart Superior to scAAV8, scAAV9, and ssAAV9. Bish L, Sleeper M, Brainard B, Cole S, Russell N, Withnall E, Arndt J, Davison E, Sanmiguel J, Gao G, Wilson J, Sweeney HL. Circulation, Oct 2007; 116: II_65.
Novel catheter based transgene delivery to the myocardium is well tolerated in healthy dogs. Sleeper M, Bish L, Reynolds C, Withnall E, Russell N, Arndt J, Peddle G, Bushlis G, Davison E, Sweeney HL, Gao G, Wilson J. British Society of Gene Transfer, Edinburgh, Apr 7-9, 2008.
Comparison of the radio-immunoassay and chemiluminescent assay methods for estimation of canine blood cortisol. Russell NJ, Irwin PJ, Clark P, Robertson I, Lewis D, Foster S. Australian College of Veterinary Scientists Science Week 2005.
Resolution of Histiocytic Ulcerative Colitis in Six Boxers. Mansfield C, Russell NJ, James FJ, Davies D, Nicholls P, O’Hara A. Abstract Proceedings European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine 2004.
A case control study of doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide chemotherapy for 7 dogs with suspected right atrial hemangiosarcoma. Pelio D, Heller D, Nakamura R, Lange A, Zimmerman S, Russell NJ, Yuhas D, Morrison TJ, Lesser M. Veterinary Cancer Society 2012, Las Vegas NV.
Sinus Node Dysfunction. Russell NJ. Pulse: Journal of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association. 2012;6:18-19.
Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Russell NJ. Pulse: Journal of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association. 2011;6:14-15.
Dr. Cindy Sibrian’s veterinary career began as an emergency/ ICU technician at a busy emergency practice in the San Fernando Valley in 2005. Her undergraduate degree was completed at California State University, Northridge. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State College of Veterinary medicine in 2013. She graduated as a member of the Society of Phi Zeta, an honor society of veterinary medicine. After graduation, she completed a one-year rotating internship at Animal Specialty Group, in Los Angeles CA. Her special interest includes emergency medicine and ophthalmology. She resides with Angel, a German shepherd mix and 3 cats; Uscello, Rosso, and Caitlynn.
Dr. Tangeman is a board-certified veterinary internist. Together, with your family veterinarian, Dr. Tangeman will determine the course of action that is best for both you and your pet.
Dr. Tangeman received her Bachelor of Science from the University of California, San Diego, and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences. She completed residency training in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Her academic interests include infectious disease, hepatic disease and gastroenterology.
Research, Publications & Abstracts
Clinicopathologic Features and Atypical Presentations of Naturally Occurring Canine Leptospirosis: 51 cases (2000-2010). LE Tangeman, MP Littman. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2013; 243: 1316-1322.
Abdominal Cryptococcosis in Two Dogs: Diagnosis and Medical Management. LE Tangeman, DL Davignon, RT Patel, MP Littman. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association. (in press 2015)
Abstract presentation – Clinicopathologic Features and Atypical Presentations of Naturally Occurring Canine Leptospirosis: 51 cases (2000-2010). LE Tangeman, MP Littman. American College of Internal Medicine Forum 2012, New Orleans.
Dr. Walsh Cueva grew up in Santa Clarita, California, leaving only to attend UC Davis where she completed both her undergraduate degree in Animal Science and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis. She then returned to southern California and worked in private practice for five years prior to joining VSEC. Dr. Walsh Cueva’s special interests include critical care, anesthesia, dentistry, and hospice. She also has extensive research experience in reproduction and canine genetics and has published several works as a result. Dr. Walsh Cueva believes in finding a way to help every patient by listening closely to her clients’ needs.
On the home front, she enjoys writing, photography, and traveling.
Dr. Wallach is a Toronto native. She received her undergraduate degree in industrial design at the Ontario College of Art and Design and then obtained her veterinary degree from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Dr. Wallach spent three years working in both general and emergency practice. She now works weekends with us and spends her weekdays as director of an animal rescue. When not working, Dr. Wallach enjoys traveling, refurbishing furniture, and spending time with her fiancé and their many animals.