Dr. Wayne Berry is internationally revered in the field of veterinary neurology-neurosurgery, expertise gained from restricting surgery to exclusively spinal and brain surgery. Although respected as an authority on a range of procedures, he is especially recognized for his expertise on the following: • Spinal decompressive surgery for both neck and back disc ruptures. • Atlanto-axial luxation reduction-stabilization, a procedure to restore dislocation between the first and second neck vertebrae in mostly toy breeds. • Lumbosacral distraction-stabilization-fusion to alleviate discomfort and debilitation of sciatic and cauda equine compression, more commonly in large breed dogs. • Spinal fracture reduction/stabilization, a procedure in which spinal fractures are reduced and repaired using orthopedic implants.
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)
Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
Residency, Neurology-Neurosurgery, University of California, Davis
Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Master of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Bachelor of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Away from the hospital, Dr. Berry is an olive farmer. He and his wife have two adult sons.
Dr. Gayle Donner specializes in surgical oncology (the surgical treatment of cancers and tumors) and general soft tissue surgery. Her particular areas of interest include head and neck cancer surgery, and plastic and reconstructive surgery. The first veterinary surgeon to specialize in surgical oncology in a private practice referral setting, she pioneered the surgical technique that combines the removal of tumors with the implantation of chemotherapy beads in dogs and cats eliminating the need for postoperative radiation in many cases.
Dr. Donner’s caseload also includes cancers of the limbs and trunk, chest, abdomen, and urogenital system, as well as other soft tissue disorders and injuries. She performs all of her surgeries using magnification and microsurgical instrumentation, for the utmost in precision to achieve the best possible outcome.
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Residency, Small Animal Surgery, University of Florida, Gainesville
Internship, Large Animal Medicine and Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens
If not with patients, pets or family, Dr. Donner can be found at the stable on her horse.
Skilled in all aspects of surgery, Dr. Adam Gassel’s particular clinical interests include TPLO, a knee-stabilizing surgery, portosystemic shunts, surgical oncology, and minimally invasive procedures, especially arthroscopy and laparoscopy.
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Residency, Small Animal Surgery, Univeristy of Tennessee, Knoxville
Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Animal Specialty Group, Inc., Los Angeles CA
Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Animal Specialty Group, Inc., Los Angeles CA
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of California at Irvine, Irvine
Some of Dr. Gassel’s favorite pastimes include surfing, snowboarding and crossfit training. He and his wife have a son and two daughters, and the family pets include boxer mix Leroy and rabbit Roxy.
Dr. Silvia Pryor’s clinical interests include managing corneal diseases, cataract surgery and providing various medical and surgical options for clients and their pets.
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology
Residency, Comparative Ophthalmology, University of Georgia, Athens
Internship, Comparative Ophthalmology, University of Georgia, Athens
Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
Bachelor of Science, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
A fan of the outdoors, Dr. Pryor’s favorite pastimes include horseback riding, surfing, skiing, snowboarding and scuba diving. She lives with her husband, who is also a veterinarian, one dog, one horse and two cats.
Dr. Tracey Rossi likes treating patients with immune-mediated disorders. She has also taken a number of interventional radiology courses to be able to provide patients with lesser invasive methods for treating conditions like tracheal collapse and ectopic ureters. Another particular interest is treating dogs with aspergillosis, a fungal infection in the nasal sinuses.
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center, Norwalk CT
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Dr. Rossi enjoys boat time and time with her fur babies, Colton, Chicken, Jax and Reagan. She also likes traveling and has been to Kenya to help raise awareness for a school.
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Dr. Amy Vail worked as a veterinary technician for almost 20 years before attending vet school. She loves working in an emergency medicine service in a specialty hospital, and particularly enjoys surgery, both the technical aspects and the aftercare and healing process.
Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego, La Jolla CA
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow, Scotland
Bachelor of Science, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona
Dr. Vail married her Scottish vet school sweetheart who now loves living in the sunshine of California. They have a family of felines who provide them with an immense amount of love and loads of funny anecdotes.
Scarlette is passionate about continuing education and often lectures at local and national levels. Her clinical interests include her two specialties as well as advanced imaging and ventilator patient care, a subject in which she was published in the Veterinary Nursing Journal in 2017.