Dedicated,
Caring Doctors




We are proud of the doctors we have assembled to provide the highest level of care for you and your pet. Each member of our team has completed a rigorous academic program, including years of advanced study, in his or her area of expertise.

Please select a staff member below to learn more.

Emergency Medicine

Monika Kaelble DVM, DACVECC

Medical Director
Board Certified Emergency &
Critical Care Specialist

Dr. Kaelble attended veterinary school at U.C. Davis. After graduation, she was selected for an internship at Purdue University. Upon completion, she relocated to San Diego and joined the Pet Emergency & Specialty Center (PESC) in 1993. Monika become board-certified in emergency and critical care medicine in 2000. As a partner in the Pet Emergency & Specialty Centers, Dr. Kaelble serves as Medical Director of the emergency and critical care service. Monika enjoys the challenges and rewards of helping pets and their owners in their time of need.

Jennifer WilleyDVM, DACVECC

Board Certified Emergency &
Critical Care Specialist

Dr. Willey received her veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota and went on to complete a residency and board certification in emergency and critical care medicine. Jennifer is passionate about working with the rest of our specialty team, emergency doctors and referring veterinarians and clients to care for our most critically ill patients.

Ira Feinswog DVM

emergency clinician

Dr. Feinswog grew up in San Diego and attended San Diego State before transferring to U.C. Davis to complete his undergraduate education. After completing veterinary school at U.C. Davis in 1986, Ira worked in several small animal and emergency practices before opening his own small animal practice in Vista. In 1993, he sold this practice and co-founded the PESC. His special interests include emergency medicine, surgery, and practice management.

Trevor GarbDVM

emergency clinician

While attending veterinary school at Texas A&M University, Dr. Garb completed a summer externship program here at the PESC. Upon graduating with his DVM degree he sought advanced training and was selected for a prestigious internship in emergency and critical care medicine at Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Oregon. Trevor joined our team at the PESC in 2000. His interests include emergency medicine, trauma and surgery.

Nirit Rosenberg VMD

emergency clinician

Dr. Rosenberg completed veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. She then relocated to San Diego and worked in general practice for one year before joining the PESC in 1998. Nirit has served as a staff clinician on our emergency service since this time. Her interests include emergency medicine, critical care, and surgery.

Lisa SekoDVM

emergency clinician

Originally from North Carolina, Dr. Seko received both her undergraduate degree in zoology and her veterinary degree at North Carolina State University. She moved to San Diego and joined the PESC as an emergency clinician after completing a one year rotating internship focusing on emergency and critical care medicine. Dr. Seko is a true animal lover who is dedicated to providing excellent patient care. She also enjoys surfing, running, biking and swimming. Dr. Seko has completed several marathons, triathlons and an ironman triathlon.

Melissa CodyDVM

emergency clinician

Dr. Cody was born and raised in Wisconsin. She attended undergraduate and veterinary school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Upon graduating, Dr. Cody sought advanced training and relocated to San Diego for a one year rotating medical and surgical internship. After completing her internship, she joined the PESC as an emergency and critical care clinician. Her medical interests include trauma and the treatment of toxicities. As a hobby, she enjoys cake decorating.

Carrie DeatonDVM

emergency clinician

Dr. Carrie Deaton originally grew up in Kentucky before heading to the nicer climate of San Diego in 2000. She worked as a veterinary nurse for many years, including several years at the PESC. In 2009, she graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Carrie was then accepted into the PESC’s demanding internship for advanced training in emergency and critical care. After completion of this program, she joined our team as a staff emergency and critical care clinician. Her special interests include pain management, trauma, toxicities and anesthesia.

Nicole SvehlaDVM

Emergency Clinician

Originally from Nebraska, Dr. Svehla received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska and went on to receive her veterinary degree at Kansas State University. Nicole worked as an emergency clinician in Phoenix and the Bay Area before moving to San Diego upon accepting a position at the PESC. Dr. Svehla’s professional interests include critical care, pain management, and trauma. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, hiking, and reading.

Kari KatoDVM

emergency clinician

Dr. Kato originally grew up in Orange County, CA before attending U.C. Berkeley to complete her undergraduate degree. After college, she worked as a veterinary nurse for several years in both general practice and at an emergency clinic. It was during this time she developed a passion for emergency and critical care. In 2011, she graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis. After completing a one year rotating internship with a focus on emergency and critical care medicine, Dr. Kato joined the PESC team as an emergency clinician. In addition to emergency and critical care, Kari has a special interest in behavior medicine. During her time away from the clinic she enjoys camping and hiking.

Katherine SanuiDVM

emergency clinician

Dr. Katherine Sanui grew up in Sacramento, CA and attended U.C. Davis for undergraduate and veterinary school. She completed a prestigious one year internship focused on emergency, critical care, and specialty medicine and then joined the PESC as an emergency clinician. Katherine’s medical interests include emergency trauma, critical care, and surgery. During her time away from the hospital she enjoys outdoor adventures, ethnic foods, and taking her dogs to the beach.

Teresa KaiserDVM

Emergency Clinician

A Wisconsin Native, Dr. Kaiser completed both her undergraduate and veterinary degree at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She moved to San Diego and joined the PESC as an emergency clinician after completing a one-year emergency and critical care internship. Dr. Kaiser loves the fast pace of emergency medicine and caring for furry critters and their owners in their time of need. When she’s not working, you can probably find her trail running, relaxing at the beach, cooking, or hanging out with her two cats Mira and Malbec.

Margaret WypartDVM, DACVAA

Board Certified Anesthesiologist
Emergency Clinician

Dr. Wypart grew up in Warsaw, Poland where she started her veterinary training. After graduation from veterinary school she worked in a large specialty referral hospital as an emergency clinician and anesthesiologist. She then completed a residency in veterinary anesthesia and analgesia at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2013, Dr. Wypart relocated to San Diego and joined the PESC team. Her professional interests include pain management, cardiovascular physiology and pharmacology especially as they pertain to anesthetized patients.

Virginia Fritsch DVM

Emergency Clinician

Dr. Virginia Fritsch grew up in northern California. She earned her B.A. at University of San Diego and then joined SeaWorld where she was involved in researching the harbor seals at La Jolla Children’s Pool. She completed her M.S. in biochemistry at UC Riverside and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis. After completing a prestigious one-year post-doctoral internship with an emphasis in emergency medicine and critical care she joined the PESC team as an emergency clinician. Dr. Fritsch enjoys running, biking, cooking and baking. In her free time she camps, hikes and backpacks with her two amazing dogs, Jade and Deacon.

Erica Rodriguez DVM

Emergency Clinician

Dr. Rodriguez is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. She completed her veterinary training at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and moved to San Diego for an internship focusing on emergency medicine and critical care. After completing her internship, Dr. Rodriguez joined the PESC team as an emergency clinician. In addition to emergency care Erica has a special interest in soft tissue surgery. When away from the clinic, she enjoys hiking, traveling abroad, crocheting and spending time at home with her cats and dog.

Chris Micheletti DVM

Emergency Clinician

Dr. Micheletti grew up in San Diego, working at the San Diego Zoo through high school and college. He attended undergraduate and veterinary school at UC Davis. He then returned to San Diego and completed a one year rotating internship with a focus on emergency and critical care medicine. His interests at work include emergency medicine, avian and exotic medicine, and pathology. Outside of his time at the hospital, Chris enjoys road cycling, running, playing piano and guitar, and seeing live music.

Internal Medicine

Alexandra ChisholmVMD, DACVIM

board certified internal medicine specialist

Dr. Chisholm earned her veterinary degree from University of Pennsylvania and her residency in Internal Medicine from Auburn University. She has been with PESC since 2000 and is currently a partner. Dr. Chisholm practices all aspects of internal medicine with extensive training in endoscopy and ultrasound. She enjoys individualizing advanced treatment modalities to improve her patient’s health.

Alyse ZacutoDVM, DACVIM

Board Certified Internal Medicine Specialist

A native of Southern California, Dr. Zacuto completed her veterinary degree at U.C. Davis before interning at the University of Minnesota. She returned to U.C. Davis for her residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine where her personality and compassion earned her favorite resident status two years in a row. While Dr. Zacuto enjoys all aspects of Internal Medicine, she is very interested in endoscopic and minimally invasive procedures. Alyse shares the PESC’s commitment to excellence in client communication and personalized patient care. She will work with you and your family veterinarian to determine the best care for your pet.

Cecily BonadioDVM, DACVIM

Board Certified Internal Medicine Specialist

Dr. Bonadio obtained her veterinary degree from UC Davis in 2010, and returned there for her residency in Internal Medicine. Endocrinology is a favorite part of Internal Medicine for Dr. Bonadio. Cecily is also interested in the management of chronic disease, geriatric medicine, endoscopy and minimally invasive medicine. Dr. Bonadio enjoys explaining all the options involved in the care of her patients and deciding which is the best choice for her clients.

surgery

Mike SerdyBVSc, DACVS

board certified surgical specialist

Dr. Serdy is a native Australian receiving his veterinary degree with first class honors from the University of Sydney in 1992. Mike worked for two years as a general practitioner in Australia before relocating to the United States where he completed an internship and surgical residency at U.C. Davis. In 1998, Mike joined the PESC as a partner and leads the surgical service. His advanced surgical training, research and international education have well prepared him to perform the most state-of-the-art surgical procedures. Mike will work with you and your family veterinarian to offer the highest level of surgical care available.

David DemnerDVM, DACVS

Board Certified Surgical Specialist

Dr. Demner graduated from the National University of Colombia in 2003. Upon graduation, he joined their soft tissue surgery department for advanced training in surgery. David moved to California and after completing a rotating internship, he completed his residency in surgery at the Pet Emergency & Specialty Center. David enjoys all aspects of surgery, but his specific interests include orthopedic, neurological and minimal invasive procedures. He enjoys working with clients to define the best possible surgical options.

avian + exotic medicine

Todd R. CecilDVM, DABVP - Avian Practice, Cert AqV

Board Certified Avian Medicine Specialist
Certified Aquatic Veterinarian

Prior to attending veterinary school, Dr. Cecil worked as a zookeeper at the San Francisco Zoological Society where he developed a keen interest in exotic species. He received his veterinary degree from U.C. Davis and a postdoctoral fellowship at Mississippi State. Todd has been with the PESC since 2006. He received his Aquatic Veterinarian Certification in 2014. Dr. Cecil is very active in local organizations that support care, ownership, and rescue of exotic pets and wildlife.

oncology

Melanie MutzDVM, DACVIM (Oncology)

Board Certified oncology Specialist

Originally from Florida, Dr. Mutz received her undergraduate and veterinary degrees from University of Florida. She then completed a small animal medical and surgical internship and medical oncology residency at Louisiana State University becoming board certified in 2013. Melanie relocated to San Diego and joined the PESC team. Dr. Mutz’s focus is on making cancer therapy understandable and accessible to PESC pets and their owners.

Ophthalmology

Reuben MeridethDVM, DACVO

Dr. Merideth has been a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists since 1981. A graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Merideth has practiced veterinary ophthalmology for more than 25 years. He has written more than 30 scientific articles along with five chapters for veterinary textbooks. His clinical interests include glaucoma and cataracts. Dr. Merideth practices at Eye Care for Animals’ offices in Tucson, Arizona and San Diego, California.

Dermatology

Mona BoordDVM, DACVD

Dr. Mona Boord graduated from the University of California Davis in 1992. She completed her residency with Animal Dermatology clinic and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD) in 1997. Dr. Boord is Co-owner of Animal Dermatology Clinic where she maintains special interest in claw disease, surgical dermatology, equine dermatology and dermatological laser procedures. She is a member of the Veterinary Surgical Laser Society and has lectured at the following locations: Western States Veterinary Conferences, Indiana State Veterinary Meeting, ACVD, and the University of Vienna in Austria. Dr. Boord is a contributing author of Kirk’s Current Veterinary Therapy XIII and Current Therapy in Equine Medicine V.

administration + service managers

Mike Gazza

Hospital Director

Mike Gazza serves as the Hospital Director for the PESC, overseeing many aspects of the day-to-day operations of the practice. Mike received a B.S. in Industrial Management from the Oregon Institute of Technology in 1992. As he had more than four years of experience as a technician in the veterinary field, he elected to combine his interests by pursuing a career in veterinary practice management. Mike joined the PESC in 1997. He is committed to providing excellent service to our referring veterinarians, clients, and patients.

Stephanie Leone, RVT

Emergency Service Manager

Stephanie Leone graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Delaware in 1999. A native of the east coast, Stephanie moved to San Diego in 2000 and attended Mesa College’s RVT program. After graduation, she joined the PESC as a technician on the emergency service. Stephanie now manages our emergency service, assuring that all aspects of the emergency department run smoothly while providing excellent client service and compassionate patient care.

Janice Speta, RVT

Specialty Services Manager

Janice Speta graduated with a B.A. in Sociology/Social Work from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in 1976, and a M.Ed in Education in 1977 from Springfield College in Massachusetts. A native of New York City, Janice moved to San Diego in 1994 and attended Mesa College’s RVT program. After graduation, she began as a technician on the emergency service where she became a Lead Technician. After 5 1/2 years, Janice took over as Lead Technician of the internal medicine service where she also supervised the oncology service. Janice now manages all of our specialty services (internal medicine, oncology, and surgery) and daytime emergency service.

Buzzy Parrish

Referring Veterinarian
Relations Manager

Buzzy joined the Pet Emergency & Specialty Center in 1999 as a Client Service Representative after moving from Connecticut where he directed a small animal hospital. Employed with the PESC as a Client Service Representative for 9 years, Buzzy spent a year interning with our Client and Referring Veterinarian Service Supervisor. After completing this training period, he was promoted into that position. Buzzy is committed to making sure that every client and referring veterinarian receives excellent care and has a positive experience with our facility. He has a passion for excellence and an enthusiasm that serves as a model for all of our staff.