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Our Veterinarians

Dr. Oceane Aubry is board certified in veterinary oncology. Here she is with a black dog.
Oceane Aubry
DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Oceane Aubry
DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology
Oncology
Servicing Locations
Interested in all aspects of oncology, Dr. Oceane Aubry’s particular clinical interests include lymphoma and mast cell tumors.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
  • Master of Science, Biomedical Sciences, Auburn University, AL
  • Residency, Small Animal Medical Oncology, Auburn University, AL
  • Internship, Small Animal Oncology, Florida Veterinary Specialists, Tampa FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca
Dr. Aubry loves to travel and scuba dive around the world. She has a dog named Claude.
Dr. Wayne Berry is board certified in veterinary neurology.
Wayne Berry
BVSc, MMedVet, MRCVS, DACVIM (Neurology)
Neurology, Neurosurgery
Wayne Berry
BVSc, MMedVet, MRCVS, DACVIM (Neurology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Neurology
Neurology, Neurosurgery
Servicing Locations
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. Vivian Chiang is board certified in critical care veterinary medicine.
Vivian Chiang
DVM, DACVECC
Critical Care
Vivian Chiang
DVM, DACVECC
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Vivian Chiang specializes in the management of critical patients, including those in respiratory distress and sepsis. Her areas of interest include the treatment of hypertensive encephalopathies and heatstroke in patients. Her primary goal is to continue providing the highest level of care to critically ill pets and helping her clients through difficult times.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Emergency & Critical Care, University of California, Davis
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Specialists of South Florida, Fort Lauderdale
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University College, Ithaca, NY
Dr. Chiang enjoys yoga, hiking, baking cookies and collecting all things related to owls.
Dr. Autumn Denison is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Autumn Denison
DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Autumn Denison
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Associate Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Autumn Denison is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She is most interested in ophthalmology.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA
Dr. Denison enjoys gardening with her husband and cooking. She is currently in the process of writing her own cookbook.
Dr. Gayle Donner is board certified in veterinary surgery.
Gayle Donner
DVM, DACVS
Surgery
Gayle Donner
DVM, DACVS
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery
Surgery
Servicing Locations
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.
Dr. Stephanie Dugas is board certified in veterinary neurology.
Stephanie Dugas
DVM, MSc, DACVIM (Neurology)
Neurology
Stephanie Dugas
DVM, MSc, DACVIM (Neurology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Neurology
Neurology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Stephanie Dugas has a particular interest in epilepsy, vestibular diseases, neuromuscular diseases and all brain conditions.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)
  • Residency, Medical Neurology, Universite de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Master of Science, Universite de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Guelph University, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Universite de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Dr. Dugas’ favorite pastimes include beach time, swimming and triathlons. She has two daughters and three cats.
Dr. Christopher Eich is board certified in veterinary surgery. Here he is with a black puppy.
Christopher Eich
DVM, DACVS
Surgery
Christopher Eich
DVM, DACVS
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Skilled in all aspects of surgery, Dr. Christopher Eich particularly enjoys orthopedic and wound construction cases.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, Animal Medical Center, New York City
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Animal Medical Center, New York City
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Microbiology, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Eich and his wife, a veterinary ophthalmologist, have two active boys. His hobbies include gardening, especially orchids and bonsai.
Dr. Adam Gassel is board certified in veterinary surgery.
Adam Gassel
DVM, DACVS
Surgery
Adam Gassel
DVM, DACVS
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery
Surgery
Servicing Locations
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. Rachel Kurzbad is a veterinarian in our nutrition service.
Rachel Kurzbard
MS, DVM
Nutrition
Rachel Kurzbard
MS, DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Nutrition
Servicing Locations
Dr. Rachel Kurzbard enjoys working on cases with multiple concurrent conditions. She is also interested in assisted feeding, critical care nutrition and weight loss plans.
  • Residency, Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital, Irvine
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona CA
  • Master of Science, Animal Biology, University of California, Davis
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of California, Davis
Outside of work, Dr. Kurzbard enjoys jogging and reading. She and her family like to spend time outdoors, especially near the ocean.
Dr. Amanda Liggett is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. Here she is with a black and white dog.
Amanda Liggett
DVM
Cardiology
Amanda Liggett
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Specialty Intern
Cardiology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Amanda Liggett is a cardiology specialty intern who is passionate about learning, mentoring and client communication. Her particular clinical interests include internal medicine and feline medicine.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, Overland Park KS
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona CA
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Sciences, Kansas State University, Manhattan
Some of Dr. Liggett’s favorite pastimes include outdoor time, reading, traveling, playing video games, and volunteering with her church. She has a cat named Augie.
Dr. Toufeer Mehdi is a small animal medicine & surgery intern.
Toufeer Mehdi
DVM, MS, PhD
Associate Veterinarian
Toufeer Mehdi
DVM, MS, PhD
BluePearl Veterinarian
Associate Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Toufeer Mehdi is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. He has a background in microbiology, immunology and infectious diseases.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France
  • Master of Science, Microbiology, Bordeaux Segalen University, France
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan
Dr. Mehdi enjoys playing squash, hiking, reading, traveling for food and exploring different cultures.
Dr. Sarah Miller is board certified in veterinary cardiology.
Sarah Miller
DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Cardiology
Sarah Miller
DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Cardiology
Cardiology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Sarah Miller is highly regarded for her work using minimally invasive techniques to close patent ductus arteriosus (PDAs) from the carotid artery in very small dogs. She is most interested in the role of live 3D transesophageal echocardiography in veterinary medicine.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)
  • Residency, Veterinary Cardiology, University of California, Davis
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Angell Memorial Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Dr. Miller enjoys water skiing, traveling, listening to music, watching Ohio State football and running. She and her husband have three daughters, two geriatric cats and two golden retrievers.
Illustration of a silhouette of a figure with a stethoscope draped around their neck.
Kyley Olson
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Kyley Olson
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kyley Olson enjoys the fast pace of emergency medicine, as well as the variety of cases she sees every day. She finds the process of triaging critical patients and facilitating appropriate diagnostics and treatments particularly rewarding.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Specialty Hospital, San Diego CA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Midwestern University, Glendale AZ
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, California State University, Fullerton
Dr. Olson has two cats, Ice Man and Indy, and two dogs, Vier and Scampi. In her free time, she enjoys camping and traveling.
Dr. Roger Pettigrew is board certified in veterinary neurology. Here he is with a brown dog.
Roger Pettigrew
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Neurology
Roger Pettigrew
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Neurology
Neurology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Roger Pettigrew has worked all over the United States at different universities and private practices, which has exposed him to a lot of unique and challenging cases. He is most passionate about surgeries and MRI interpretations, and he finds it extremely gratifying to make a neuroanatomical localization, confirm the lesion on MRI and, in some cases, do surgery to fix it.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)
  • Residency, Neurology & Neurosurgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Internship, Small Animal Neurology & Neurosurgery, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Internship, Surgery, Long Island Veterinary Specialists, New York
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Animal Specialty Group, Glendale, CA
  • Clinical Rotation, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Pettigrew enjoys biking, swimming and spending time with his wife, two daughters, three dogs, two cats, fish and 80lb sulcate tortoise.
Dr. Silvia Pryor is board certified in veterinary ophthalmology. Here she is with a dog.
Silvia Pryor
DVM, DACVO
Ophthalmology
Silvia Pryor
DVM, DACVO
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology
Servicing Locations
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 is board certified in veterinary internal medicine. Here she is with a black and brown dog.
Tracey Rossi
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Tracey Rossi
DVM, DACVIM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
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.
Dr. Emily Southward is board certified in veterinary emergency & critical care. She is holding a brown tabby cat in her lap.
Emily Southward
DVM, MS, DACVECC
Critical Care
Emily Southward
DVM, MS, DACVECC
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Emily Southward has been practicing emergency & critical care medicine for over 20 years. She thrives on opportunities when she can think outside the box to find unique solutions to daily problems, whether it involves creating a missing piece or solving a clinical sign puzzle.

Dr. Southward finds metabolic derangements, traumatic brain injuries, multimodal anesthesia and analgesia and trauma the most gratifying to treat.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Emergency & Critical Care, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Master of Science, Biomedical Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Internship, Small & Large Animal Anesthesiology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of California, San Diego
Although Dr. Southward admits that she’s not very creative, she does enjoy painting, writing and drawing whenever she can. When she’s not feeling artistic, Dr. Southward spends her time hiking, exploring new places, traveling or relaxing with her spouse and four cats.
Dr. Amy Vail is an emergency medicine veterinarian. Here she is with a gray cat.
Amy Vail
BVM&S, MRCVS
Emergency Medicine
Amy Vail
BVM&S, MRCVS
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
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.
Dr. Tingting Xia is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. She is holding a tan and white puppy.
TingTing Xia
PhD, DVM
Associate Veterinarian
TingTing Xia
PhD, DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Associate Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. TingTing Xia is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She prides herself on her customer service skills, team player mindset and her professional and positive attitude.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
  • Bachelor of Science, Biotechnology, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China
Dr. Xia enjoys cooking and playing musical instruments. She has a husband who works in biological scientific research, a 6-year-old son and two black and white cats.
Dr. Amy Zide is a board certified small animal surgery. She is holding a brown tabby cat.
Amy Zide
DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Amy Zide
DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Amy Zide is an experienced surgeon with a particular interest in head and neck surgery and arthroscopic treatment of orthopedic disease.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Master of Comparative Veterinary Science, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX
When not at work, Dr. Zide enjoys spending time outside in the sun, especially horseback riding and traveling. She has one cat named Lola.
Dr. Sara Zimmers is a doctor in our emergency medicine service. She is holding a small white kitten in her arms.
Sara Zimmers
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Sara Zimmers
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Sara Zimmers enjoys soft tissue surgery and finds stabilizing a critical patient very gratifying.
Dr. Zimmers enjoys playing piano, horseback riding, hiking and traveling. She and her husband have one son and a variety of pets, including two parrots, two cats and three dogs

Technicians (VTS)

Photo coming soon.
Scarlette Donovan
VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia), VTS (ECC)
Critical Care
Scarlette Donovan
VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia), VTS (ECC)
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
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.