Our Veterinarians

Elizabeth Arthur
DVM, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Elizabeth Arthur
DVM, DACVS-SA
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Elizabeth Arthur's particular clinical interests include oncologic surgery, treatment of cruciate ligament injuries and other disorders of the knee, and pain management.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists, Columbia MD
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Animal Medical Center, New York City
  • Internship, Surgery, Gulf Coast Veterinary Surgery, Houston TX
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Missouri, Columbia
Dr. Arthur enjoys hiking and horseback riding. Her dog Della was lucky to have mom perform TPLO surgery on both of her knees to repair torn ligaments.
Dr. Elizabeth De la Torre is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Elizabeth De la Torre
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Elizabeth De la Torre
DVM
Veterinarian Associate
Servicing Locations
Dr. Elizabeth De la Torre is a small animal medicine and surgery intern with interests in exotic medicine, soft tissue surgery and internal medicine.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. Georges University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. De la Torre likes traveling, hiking, watching Netflix, completing escape rooms and going to the beach. She has a mixed breed dog named Pukka from Grenada.
Brandi Hurwitz
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Brandi Hurwitz
DVM, DACVIM
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Brandi Hurwitz has extensive experience in ultrasonography and endoscopy and is trained in minimally invasive endourologic techniques. Her special interests include hepatology, nephrology, immune-mediated diseases and hematological diseases.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Long Island NY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, Tufts University, Medford MA
Dr. Hurwitz is an avid skier and recreational cyclist. She shares her home with Ernie, an American hunt terrier.
Alisa Kubala
DVM, MVS, MRCVS
Emergency Medicine
Alisa Kubala
DVM, MVS, MRCVS
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Alisa Kubala has worked in many emergency hospitals in the U.S., London and Australia, and in an avian and exotics hospital. She has participated in trips to Africa where she’s worked with gorillas, chimpanzees, cheetahs, warthogs and many other species, and has even participated in a study of platypuses. Dr. Kubala is working towards her PhD in Conservation Medicine studying infectious diseases at the wildlife/domestic animal interface. Her current work is the study of blood parasites in great apes and humans in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In addition to infectious diseases, her clinical interests include trauma, toxicities and acute abdomens of all kinds.
  • Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Master of Veterinary Studies, Conservation Medicine, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia
  • Internship, Clinical Oncology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science, Emmanuel College, Boston MA
In addition to the pursuit of her PhD, Dr. Kubala spends her free time rowing and traveling. She is also a classically trained musician. She has a large, English “attack cat” named Chopin and a petite, bluetick beagle dog named Daisy.
Wendy Kuo
MS, VMD
Emergency Medicine
Wendy Kuo
MS, VMD
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Before veterinary medicine, Dr. Wendy Kuo was a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She is currently an intern in our emergency service.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Master of Science, Applied Biomedical Engineering, John Hopkins University, Baltimore MD
  • Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin
Dr. Kuo loves to cook and bake, and to try new restaurants. She also enjoys running, yoga and hiking. She has two Boston terriers, Bella Jane and Georgia.
Vincent Michels
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Vincent Michels
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
As a child, Dr. Vincent Michels knew he wanted to be a scientist. Once he learned that veterinarians were scientists that got to play with animals all day, he never looked back.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Detroit MI
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg VA
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg
Dr. Michels is passionate about cooking. He lives with Dexter, a Sharpei mix whose hobbies include sleeping and eating, and Fossi, his black cat, who talks a lot and has a vendetta against all toilet paper.
Liza Nusinovich
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Liza Nusinovich
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Liza Nusinovich has worked in both primary practice and emergency medicine for a number of years.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Friendship Hospital for Animals, Washington D.C.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal & Avian Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park
Dr. Nusinovich’s furry companion is Walter, an orange cat who thinks he’s a tiger and in charge of everyone.
Julie Pera
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Julie Pera
DVM, DACVIM
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Julie Pera has special interest in kidney and urinary tract disease as well as endocrine diseases.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Animal Medical Center, New York City
  • Internship, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ
Dr. Julie Pera like exploring the mountains with her husband and their dogs, Belladonna and Rylee, and relaxing at home with their cat, Lilly, and cockatoo, Popeye.
Rachel Rasmussen
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Rachel Rasmussen
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology
Oncology
Servicing Locations
Before veterinary school, Dr. Rachel Rasmussen worked as a veterinary assistant and in research at the National Cancer Institute within the National Institute of Health. She is particularly interested in hematologic cancers and osteosarcoma, and the use of the immune system to better treat cancer.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
  • Residency, Oncology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona CA
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences & Animal Science, University of Vermont, Burlington
Dr. Rasmussen and her husband have one daughter. In addition to family time, she enjoys playing golf, running and travel. The family pet is a chocolate Labrador named C. Randall.
Jessica Steere
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Jessica Steere
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jessica Steere likes the challenge of emergency medicine and particularly enjoys treating toxicities, head trauma and blood transfusion cases.
  • Clinical Rotation, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, State University of New York, Oswego
Dr. Steere is an avid triathlete and runner, preferring trail running to road running. She also enjoys attending concerts and international travel with her husband. They have two mixed breed dogs, Iris and Xande. Tituba is their tabby cat, and Harry Winston is their sphinx cat.
Jonah Williams
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Jonah Williams
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jonah Williams Clements is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg VA
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, James Madison University, Harrisonburg VA
Dr. Williams loves to travel and has been to 15 countries. His pets include a Catahoula/husky mix, Ghost, and a tabby cat, Khaleesi.
Erica Zaritsky
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Erica Zaritsky
DVM
Emergency Medicine
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Dr. Erica Zaritsky's favorite cases include laceration repairs, Addison’s disease, pain management and anesthesia.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Southpaws, Fairfax VA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, State University of New York, Albany
Dr. Zaritsky loves time with her husband and daughter. Some of her favorite pastimes include working out, cooking, horseback riding, reading, gardening, crotcheting and watching movies. The family has three pets: mixed breed dog Calvin, and cats Hobbes and Pickles.