Dr. 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 and the Integrative Veterinary Medical Institute. She has practiced rehabilitation over 12 years and is certified by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Additionally, Dr. Tyneway is certified in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine through both the Chi Institute and the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies.
Dr. Tyneway’s family consists of a husband, two sons, three dogs and three cats. She is actively involved in dog sports having participated in numerous AKC and USDAA agility championships and her dogs also compete in nose work.
Dr. Kelly Watrobski, DVM
Dr. Watrobski’s knack for math and science and natural love of animals were a perfect match for someone who ultimately pursued a career in veterinary medicine. This veterinarian “can’t imagine doing anything else.” Through school she worked as a veterinary nurse, caring for the hospitalized animals. After veterinary school she completed an internship and naturally settled in the area to be close to her family.
Dr. Watrobski’s special interests in veterinary medicine include dermatology, wound management and pain management. She is working towards acupuncture certification and is looking forward to integrating holistic medicine in to her treatment plans.
Outside of work Dr. Watrobski’s participates in an outreach program called Wings of Discovery as one of her special interests is wildlife and conservation medicine. Some day she would like to work the Iditarod as a vet. Seems like she has landed at the right spot as we do treat a lot of animal athletes in our practice! She shares her home with a feline geriatric wonder named Leland. In her spare time she enjoys reading and doing jigsaw puzzles with Leland by her side.
Dr. Jennifer Conrad, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Jennifer Conrad is a native Californian who loves animals. Dr. Conrad went to vet school at UC Davis (1994) after attending UC Berkeley for undergrad. She feels that alleviating animal pain is her greatest goal and that her greatest happiness comes from making animals happy. In her free time, Dr. Conrad enjoys swimming in the ocean, traveling, drawing, and reading classic fiction.
Dr. 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.
Dr. 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.
Laura Kaufman BS, RVT
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.
Ashley 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.
Yvonne 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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Casey 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.