Dr. Julio Lopez & His Patient Tootsie

Dr. Lopez & Tootsie

One of his patients who insisted on joining him!

Dr. Julio Lopez in elementary school

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Dr. Julio in elementary

Dr. Julio López

Dr. Julio López was born and raised in Los Angeles. As a kid he dreamed about being a veterinarian and having his own practice. One of his earliest memories helping animals includes taking care of orphaned new born kittens with the help of his mom.

 

He attended High School at North Hollywood High Zoo Magnet where classes were held in bungalows located in the parking lot of the LA Zoo. While in High School he was part of the Student CITES project and was awarded a scholarship to assist researchers studying black sea turtles in Baja California.

 

He received his Biology degree from UCLA and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. Dr. López returned to Los Angeles to complete a one-year rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at California Animal Hospital Veterinary Specialty Group, followed by a three-year residency in Internal Medicine. He successfully completed the rigorous testing and publishing requirements set by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine to become a Board-Certified Specialist.

 

Dr. López has experience in all aspects of internal medicine with a special interest in diseases of the kidney and bladder, as well as endocrine diseases such as diabetes, Addison’s, Cushing’s and hyperthyroidism.  He also has extensive training in ultrasound and the diagnosis and management of heart disease. 

 

Dr. López has lectured both nationally and internationally and has authored chapters for The Clinical Veterinary Advisor textbook & The Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

 

Outside of veterinary life he enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling anywhere there is a beach, and keeping up with the Dodgers, Lakers, 49ers. If he wasn't a veterinarian he would be a conservation biologist working all over the world protecting endangered species.

Dr. Christine Fabregas-Arnau

Dr. Christine Fabregas-Arnau was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. Her first experiences with the love of animals came as a child. She cared for puppies, fed the neighborhood squirrels, played with hamsters and rolled around in the grass with the neighbor’s friendly cat. Animals were always a part of her life.

She graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s in Mathematics Applied Science. Upon graduation, she shifted gears into her passion of veterinary medicine, working as a veterinary technician prior to vet school. This involvement led down her path of obtaining her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University. She

Dr. Christine Fabregas Arnau & her Cockatiel Baki

completed her clinical year at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School. After graduation, she continued on to a rigorous one year rotating internship at East Bay Veterinary Specialists in Northern California.

 

Outside of helping to save animal lives, Dr. Christine enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially her husband Lanzio (who was her high school prom date) and children Sebastian and Juliana. She also loves to play with their two dogs, Cece and Grace, cockatiel Baki, and tortoise Rafael.  They love to be adventurous and outdoors. You can find them volunteering & serving the senior community at her family’s board and care facilities. You can catch them having fun at the movie theaters, camping, playing in the snow, swimming and learning to surf.

Dr. Noosha Kohan

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Dr. Noosha Kohandarvish was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and attended Taft high school. She then went on to receive her undergraduate degree in psychology from UCLA.

 

After years of pet sitting, rescuing all types of animals and working at a veterinary practice Dr. Kohan decided to finally pursue her true passion and become a veterinarian, incorporating her psychology background to advance the human-animal bond. She received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from UC Davis, one of the top veterinary programs in the country. After graduation she provided general, emergency & surgical care at a busy multi-doctor practice in Hollywood. Her interests include behavior and dermatology.

 

In her free time, she loves making art, doing yoga and spending time with her husband and dog Athena.

Dr. Ashley Katich

Dr. Ashley Katich was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She was an inquisitive child who loved animals and knew she wanted to become a veterinarian at a young age. Her local small animal vet and mentor was always encouraging of her interest and she started shadowing her as soon as she was old enough.

 

In her senior year of high school at Cor Jesu Academy, she applied for the AgScholar program at the University of Missouri in Columbia. She was accepted and gained another mentor and more experience in large animal medicine, including working at the University Dairy Farm, while pursuing a Bachelor’s in Animal Science. She graduated from the University of Missouri Veterinary School and went on to complete a Rural Animal Health Internship at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. After her internship, she decided to return to small animal practice in St. Louis. 

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For the last several years she has been working in busy small animal preventative care practices, first in Missouri, and then in California. She is especially interested in internal medicine, but has experience with a wide variety of cases including dermatology, ophthalmology, and dentistry.

 

Outside of veterinary medicine, she enjoys baking and outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and traveling with her husband and their two dogs, Pumba and Hugo. 

Dr. Adrienne Verayo

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Dr. Adrienne Verayo is a Los Angeles native and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences. She received her Bachelor’s in Kinesiology from the University of Southern California as she initially intended to go into human medicine. She shifted fields in college after receiving her first puppy as a gift from her boyfriend (now husband).

Timid of cats while growing up, Dr. Verayo now loves them and is currently completing a two-year course specifically in feline medicine from the University of Sydney. Her other areas of interest include preventative medicine, dentistry, & surgery.

Dr. Verayo is a San Fernando Valley resident and enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and their new golden doodle puppy Snuggles. She spends her time away from work watching movies and trying new restaurants. While she enjoys snowboarding, you will usually find her on the bunny slopes with her daughter these days.

Dr. Lauren Matzuka

Dr. Lauren Matzuka grew up in a small Midwest town south of Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at Beloit College in Wisconsin and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine with honors from Western University of Health Sciences as part of the inaugural class in 2007.

After graduation, she completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine, critical care and surgery at Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura. After her internship she worked in Studio City for 6 years followed by Thousand Oaks for 5 years.

Dr. Matzuka has vast experience in practice, with particular interests in internal medicine, abdominal ultrasound, and emergency and urgent care.

When she is not taking care of your loved ones, she is either catching up on movies, salsa dancing, having a nice dinner or spending time with her family- her supportive husband Byron, their son and their cats Jade and Cici. She also is an avid marathoner having completed over 10 marathons, including the Boston Marathon 3 years in a row!

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Dr. Amber Cohn

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Dr. Amber Cohn was born and raised in Southern California and left to attended Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine in New York. Upon graduation, she returned to California and completed a rotating internship in a large emergency and specialty practice in San Diego.

 

Since completing her internship, Dr. Cohn has been helping pets in general practice, emergency practice and at home care settings. She also worked for several years in the pet nutrition industry.  

 

Through her diversity of experiences, she understands the importance of involving pet parents in the care of their animals, and her passion is to extend the longevity and quality of life for pets.

 

In her free time, Dr. Cohn enjoys spending time with her husband and two rescue cats Ries and Cru, traveling, yoga, and loves trying new food & restaurants.