About Us

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webiste pic DTDr. Dody Tyneway, DVM, CVA, CAVCA, CCRT
Dr. Dody Tyneway holds a B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University. She graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. Postgraduate studies include an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the world renowned Animal Medical Center in New York City. She became certified in veterinary acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, is a certified Tuina practitioner and has studied classical acupuncture and herbal medicine with Dr. Xie at the Chi Institute. Dr. Tyneway is a veterinarian certified in animal chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. She has studied veterinary homeopathy with Dr. Richard Pitcairn and is certified by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT). Additionally, Dr. Tyneway is certified in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine through both the Chi Institute and the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies.

Dr. Tyneway has two young assistants/sons, Billy and Jack, and shares her home with her husband Bill, three dogs, three cats and a fish tank.

website pic LMDr. Linda Mackinnon, DVM, CVA, CTCVMP
Dr. MacKinnon graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine with the President’s Award as the outstanding graduate of her class. In 1996, she completed the IVAS acupuncture course and began her journey into holistic veterinary medicine. In 2002, Dr. MacKinnon completed the Options for Animals animal chiropractic course and five years later completed the University of Tennessee rehabilitation course. In 2015, Dr. MacKinnon was certified by the Chi Institute as a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Practitioner. Her hobbies are playing music with friends and riding her Quarter Horse, Tucker, on the 7000-acre ranch where he boards.

website pic SBDr. Sabine Buerchler, DVM
A native of Switzerland, Dr. Sabine Buerchler graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Zurich in 2005. She subsequently spent two years in the UK working at a large Equine practice, before relocating to California where she spent a year at UC Davis performing stem cell research. Since then, Dr. Buerchler has spent several years practicing equine and small animal veterinary medicine in the greater Los Angeles area, while also practicing for two winters in Dubai, UAE.

Dr. Buerchler has always had an interest in complementary medicine. She completed the Options for Animals Course in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation (Chiropractics), is certified by the IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society), and in 2016 completed the Pitcairn course in Veterinary Homeopathy. Most recently Sabine enrolled in the CCRP (Canine Certified Rehabilitation Practitioner) course at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Buerchler is excited to put all of these pieces together, along with her continuing practical veterinary experience, in order to help her patients live long and healthy lives.
Outside of work, Dr. Buerchler can be found at the Santa Anita or schooling one of her off the track thoroughbreds to prepare them for a career in eventing or show-jumping.

website pic SKDr. Sue Katila, VMD
Dr Susan Katila was raised in Philadelphia, and began her medical career as a registered nurse in adult critical care. She achieved both her Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Nursing from Hahnemann University, in Philadelphia. She received a Master’s in Laboratory Animal Science in 1992, and her veterinary medical degree from University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 1996.

Dr. Katila has extensive experience in small animal practice, emergency and critical care medicine and has worked in several specialty hospitals across the United States. Professional affiliations include positions as secretary, Vice President and President of the Cobb County Veterinary Medical Association in Atlanta, Georgia; former member of DC Academy of Veterinary Medicine in Northern Virginia; and recent-past president of Southern California Veterinary Medical Association( North Bay chapter). Dr. Katila was also a member of peer review boards in Atlanta. Her professional interests include: small animal medicine/ surgery, emergency and critical care, as well as feline medicine.

Dr. Katila’s furry family consists exclusively of adopted rescues including Daisy, her blind cockapoo, adorable chihuahuas, and cats. Her hobbies include knitting, crocheting, reading, cooking and music.

“Animals are my passion and I dedicate myself to their health and well being”.

website pic JGJulie Gupta, PT, DPT, CCRT, CCMT
Julie holds her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Midwestern University, and has a background in human orthopedic and neurologic rehabilitation. Julie completed her certification in Canine Rehabilitation through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. She has also completed her 200-hour Canine Massage certification with the Chicago School of Canine Massage (formerly Canine Massage Chicago). Julie enjoys hiking, going to the beach, and exercising with her furry best friend, Dosha.

website pic NL dogNancy Lee, RVT, CCRP (Manager)
Nancy is a Registered Vet Technician and has been working in the veterinary field for almost 15 years. She graduated from the Pierce College veterinary technician program in 2002 and the University of Tennessee canine rehabilitation program in 2012. Nancy grew up and still resides in the Woodland Hills area. She has a bearded dragon, a cockatiel, and a beta fish. In her spare time she practices yoga, hikes, reads, and relaxes with friends, family, and pets.

website pic LSLaura Kirschbaum, RVT, CCRP (candidate)
Since she was a little girl, Laura has always wanted to work with animals. She finally feels that she has found her place in life, helping animals in a rehabilitation setting. She is currently working towards her certification in Canine Rehabilitation.

She is a proud mom of two fur-babies. When she is not spending her time caring for her patients and animals at home, she is a pet sitter for disabled animals.


website pic LKRLaura Kaufman BS, RVT (candidate)
After stumbling upon a YouTube video of a paralyzed Cocker Spaniel regaining his ability to walk post physical therapy treatments, Laura knew exactly what she wanted to do with her life. She went from walking dogs through the streets of Brooklyn to studying to become a RVT. She graduated from Pierce College in August 2017, adding an Associates degree to her existing Bachelors. She is planning to get her certification in Canine Rehabilitation following her graduation. Laura enjoys going to cat yoga classes and taking her dog on park adventures.

website pic AZAshley Zuniga, RVT (candidate)(Manager)
Ashley has been in the veterinary field for over ten years now. With the goal of becoming an RVT, Ashley is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Science at Cal State University (Northridge). On her days off, if she’s not running around Disneyland, you can find Ashley hiking with her husband and their furry family.

website pic KDKyle Dolvik, AA (Animal Science), RVT (candidate)
Kyle’s love of his golden retriever, Silas, is what steered him to the world of veterinary medicine. He has been working in the field since 2014 and just completed the RVT program at Pierce College. While Kyle thrives in all aspects of his work, he especially enjoys surgery and dentistry. When he is not cleaning pets’ teeth, you can find Kyle rock climbing, skate-boarding, or just enjoying the great outdoors.


website pic YGYvonne Garst, CMT
Yvonne’s passion is helping people with their dogs. She attends numerous classes and seminars to learn current techniques in manual therapy and training. She has over 5,000 working hours treating dogs in a hydrotherapy setting. She lives with her husband and two Bernese Mountain Dogs, and enjoys competing with them in nose work, drafting, rally, and obedience.



website pic SSSheryl Sanders, MS (Nutrition), CCMT (candidate)
Sheryl has her masters in Nutritional Science and is currently working on her certification to be a Canine Massage Therapist. She is a proud mom of two sons (one is a veterinarian), two dogs, two tortoises, and many grand dogs and cats. When she is not studying or working, she is an avidly training her dogs for obedience titles and in canine assisted therapy.



website pic CFChelsea Fields
Chelsea cannot remember a time when she did not want to work with animals. Having been around horses her entire life, she assisted a non-profit organization helping thoroughbreds get off the ground. She has been a veterinary technician for 12 years, specializing in the care of exotic animals. Chelsea always wondered about ways to help animals that would limit side effects and would promote a long and healthy life. Thanks to some wonderful people, she now has the opportunity to be doing just that in veterinary rehabilitation. She is the proud mother of 3 fur babies, and enjoys going to the beach, walking, and hiking with them in her spare time.

website pic SASara Apardian
Sara has been working in the veterinary field for the past five years. She loves being part of the rehabilitation process and watching the patients’ progress on a weekly basis. Learning about new developments and techniques in the veterinary industry are also very exciting to her. When she’s not at the clinic, Sara enjoys cooking and crafting. Her birthday cake pie is incredible! You can also find her spending time with her husband and their menagerie.


website pic ARAngela Reynoso
Having been in the veterinary field for over ten years now, Angela enjoys learning about new treatment options and goes to continuing education seminars whenever possible. The different possibilities that alternative therapy provide are what brought Angela to us in the first place. She is intrigued and inspired by the progress that can be made by less invasive treatment measures. In her free time, Angela enjoys relaxing at the beach or having long conversations with her husband. They plan to have a fur family of their own one day soon!

website pic KSZKelly Smith-Zacuto
Kelly has been working in the veterinary field for since 2001, and prior to that she worked at the LA Zoo as an animal care taker. She has always had pets growing up and currently has two pit-bull pups of her own, Nessa and Atticus. When Kelly is not helping animals at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and horseback riding.


website pic RKRachel Koch, BS (Accounting)
Growing up, Rachel dreamed about being a veterinarian. After high school, however, she decided to try the family business and got her B.S. in Accounting. After a few years, Rachel could not continue to deny her passion for animals. She got her grooming license and became a groomer at a boutique salon. Rachel is now pursuing her childhood dream and recently enrolled in Pierce College to take courses in the RVT and Pre-Veterinarian programs. When she is not studying, Rachel is playing volleyball, riding horses, or having fun at Disneyland.

website pic MSMei Shemtov
After eight years in the graphic design field, Mei decided to change professions and pursue her interest in animal care. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2006. When she is not spending time with her husband and three boys, Mei loves to travel, hike and bake. We also love when Mei bakes!



website pic CSCasey Sognalian, AA (Animal Science in progress)
Casey is an alumnus from North Hollywood High School’s Zoo Magnet Program, where she took courses in animal behavior, zoology, and animal husbandry. Through her husbandry course, Casey worked alongside a zookeeper and with over 18 species of birds and hyraxes. This is where Casey truly found her love for working with animals. After graduating, Casey continued her education at Moorpark College as a biology major and did a semester interning with the college’s Butterfly Project Program. She then transferred to Pierce College and is currently working toward her RVT certification. Casey loves dancing and adventuring the great outdoor with her favorite pup, Phoebe.

website pic SLSusan Labardi, AA (Child Development)
Susan has gained immense veterinary experience working in the field since 2002. This experience helps her take excellent care of her two labrador retrievers and four tortoises. She and her husband married in 1981 and are proud parents to two beautiful women. Susan loves reading, relaxing at the beach, and spending time with her dogs.



website pic MKMeredith Koplin