Emergency and Critical Care

George White, DVM, DACVECC

After graduating from Texas A&M University in 1973, Dr. White served in the Air Force as a staff veterinarian, before opening his own primary care practice in 1976.  While running his primary care practice, Dr. White served as a US Army Reserve Veterinarian until his Texas practice sold in 1994. Dr. White achieved Board Certification in Emergency and Critical Care that year. Dr. White has been involved training residents in various multi-specialty referral practices, and is published in multiple emergency and critical care journals. After finishing his resident programs in 2007, Dr. White continued to practice emergency and critical care medicine in Seattle, Washington, and now full time in Fresno, California at FVSEC. He currently resides in Heron, Montana, and enjoys playing banjo and fiddle in his spare time.


Ingrid Judge, DVM

Dr. Judge graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1995.  Dr. Judge remained at UC Davis until 2000, completing research towards a PhD Degree in Comparative Pathology with an emphasis on mucosal immunology and bacterial translocation. Remaining clinically oriented, Dr. Judge practiced emergency medicine in San Francisco while completing her research at UC Davis.  Following this time in academia, Dr. Judge continued to practice emergency medicine in West Los Angeles.  Dr. Judge began working in general practice in 2003 as she moved with her husband to the central valley to start a family.  Dr. Judge returned to emergency medicine in 2010 as a doctor at FVSEC.  Dr. Judge lives on a working cattle ranch with her husband and two daughters.

Katherine Burt, DVM, resident Emergency and Critical Care


Fresno native and former Fresno Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center Veterinary Assistant, Dr. Katherine Burt is a UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine alumni, graduating in 2013.  Dr. Burt recently completed a year long internship at a 24-Hour Emergency and Specialty Center in San Diego, California.  Veterinary medicine has taken her from her home town of Fresno to distant continents, including Africa.  She is pleased to be returning home to work as an emergency veterinarian at the hospital of her former team and FVSEC family. She has two cats and a Chihuahua, and can’t imagine a better profession to be a part of.    Dr. Burt is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Stephanie Lain, DVM

Following graduation from the University of Georgia in 2003, Dr. Lain attended Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in order to obtain her degree in Veterinary Medicine, which she achieved in 2013.  Dr. Lain has numerous years of experience in primary care veterinary medicine, working at various practices in Pennsylvania, Colorado, and California.

While working as an associate in various primary care veterinary facilities, Dr. Lain realized a passion for emergency medicine, and took a position as a relief veterinarian at some of the local emergency centers.  With a strong passion for teaching, Dr. Lain worked as the main Veterinarian for San Joaquin Veterinary College, where she performed surgeries and lectured.  Alternatively, Dr. Lain holds special interests in ultrasound, theriogenology, neurology, and oncology.

Kevin Lazarcheff, DVM

Kevin Lazarcheff, DVM, a native of Reno, attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Veterinary Science.  Following his graduation from University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993, Dr. Lazarcheff opened a small animal practice in Reno, NV.  Dr. Lazarcheff has practiced both small and large animal medicine over the years, practicing in Nevada, California, and Washington.  Dr. Lazarcheff has worked at numerous local emergency veterinary clinics in the area over the past 10 years.  While at home, Dr. Lazarcheff maintains a small mobile practice, serving the Oakhurst and other local mountain communities.  Currently, Dr. Lazarcheff is the District V Governor of the California Veterinary Medical Association and is the chair of the Political Action Committee.  Dr. Lazarcheff enjoys spending time with his wife and children, and his fur family of one dog and two cats.

Current Emergency and Critical Care Residents

Ayman Wassef, DVM
Katherine Burt, DVM


Andrea Cannon, DVM, DACVD

Dr. Cannon graduated from UC Davis Veterinary School in 1993 and completed her residency in veterinary dermatology at Davis in 1995. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. After her residency, Dr. Cannon completed a fellowship in human dermatology at the University of Miami and then returned to the Sacramento area to pursue her love of clinical medicine. She opened her first practice in Modesto, California, which was followed by additional practices in Roseville/Sacramento and Boise, Idaho. In 2006, together with her husband Mike, she designed, constructed and opened Animal Dermatology & Allergy in Rocklin, California.

Internal Medicine

JD Calsyn, VMD, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine)

DSC_1027JD Calsyn, VMD, DACVIM grew up in Southern California and attended college at University of California Los Angeles. After graduation from University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002, he did a rotating internship at the Bobst Hospital of the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Following his internship, Dr. Calsyn worked as an emergency doctor at Red Banks Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, NJ. Following his time as an emergency doctor at Red Banks, Dr. Calsyn started his 3 year residency in Internal Medicine. Since passing his boards, he has worked at Laurel Pet Hospital as the Medical Director.
Dr. Calsyn enjoys outdoor activities such as basketball, hiking, and skiing. He is currently a football coach at Flintridge Prepatory School in La Canada. He coaches the outside linebackers and quarterbacks as well as calling the plays for the Junior varsity offense.

Cardiology and I-131 for Hyperthyroid Cats

John Reed, DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Reed graduated from UC Davis in 1977. After graduating, Dr. Reed completed his internship at Washington State in 1978. During the years of 1978 – 1980 he worked on his cardiology residency at UC Davis. In 1982 he became board certified in cardiology through ACVIM. Since 2000, Dr. Reed has been an adjunct professor in the UC Davis Department of Surgery and Radiology.





Peter Walsh, DVM, DACVS

Dr. Walsh is a 1994 graduate of Colorado State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. He also has a Masters in Veterinary Science. He completed an internship in small animal surgery and medicine and a surgical residency at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Dr. Walsh joined the faculty at the University of California, Davis where he rotated coverage for all three of the small animal surgical services, and ultimately was instrumental in developing and running the small animal surgical oncology service. He is now in private practice and started Veterinary Specialists Group (VSG) which provides both orthopedic and soft tissue surgical service in the Northern California area. Dr. Walsh is board certified with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and has a particular interest in surgical oncology and reconstructive surgery. He is considered one of the leading authorities on limb-spare procedures in dogs with bone tumors.

Greg Marsolais, DVM, MS, DACVS

Dr. Greg Marsolais completed his undergraduate degree at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California in 1998. He completed a Master of Science in Veterinary Clinical Sciences and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Iowa State University, graduating in May 2002. The following year, he completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Maitland, Florida. In July 2003, Dr. Marsolais began his surgical residency at the University of Illinois. In July 2006, Dr. Marsolais concluded his residency and relocated to northern California where he helped found Veterinary Surgical Centers of the Delta. Dr. Marsolais became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (DACVS) upon successfully passing the ACVS examination in February 2007. In 2008, he moved to Monterey, California and founded Pet Surgeons, Inc., a small animal mobile surgical practice. In 2010, Dr. Marsolais formed Pet Specialists, Inc. Pet Specialists of Monterey opened its doors in 2011.


Ron Schueler, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

Dr. Schueler is a 1991 graduate of Kansas State University as a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine. In 1999, Dr. Schueler completed his residency with North Carolina State University and became Board Certified with the College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Neurology. Dr. Schueler currently owns Veterinary Neurologic Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in Westminster, MD.



Brook Niemiec, DVM, DAVDC


Dr. Niemiec is a 1994 graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Niemiec is a Board Certified Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry of both the American and European Veterinary Dental Colleges. In addition he is a Fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. He is one of fewer than 10 veterinarians worldwide to hold all three of these certificates.

In addition, he is Past President of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry as well as the AVD representative to the World Small Animal Association. Based on all these accomplishments, he is recognized as one of the leading authorities in veterinary dentistry.

In addition to his advanced dental training, Dr. Niemiec received extensive post-graduate training in the field of anesthesia, which helps to ensure the safety of pets in our care.

As an advocate for improved understanding, prevention and treatment of disease, Dr. Niemiec lectures extensively at local, national, and international meetings. He is also the creator and director of the San Diego Veterinary Dental Training Center.

In order to assist other veterinarians in providing optimal dental care, Dr. Niemiec founded the premier veterinary dental telemedicine website: vetdentalrad.com. This service provides dental x-ray interpretation and also offers instructional videos and educational posters.

Dr. Niemiec has authored or edited a dozen veterinary dental educational products. These include the definitive textbooks on veterinary periodontology (gum disease), endodontics (fractured and dead teeth), restoratives, extractions, orthodontics (braces), emergency dentistry and a color handbook on diagnosing oral disease. Dr. Niemiec has also authored numerous chapters in internal medicine textbooks as well as other dental books.

Dr. Niemiec has had the pleasure of providing high quality dental care for the pets of Southern California since 1995, performing over 40,000 dental procedures. Although Dr. Niemiec is skilled in all aspects of veterinary dentistry, his special interests include endodontic therapy (root canals), periodontal therapy and surgery, dental radiology, and implant dentistry.

In his spare time, Dr. Niemiec is an enthusiastic outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, fishing, skiing, and camping. He also enjoys time on the beach with his Labrador Retriever, Caeli.

Erin Ribka, DVM

unnamed (1)Dr. Ribka grew up in San  Francisco, California and began her  advanced studies at the University of California at Davis where  she majored in Physical Anthropology, with an emphasis in primate behavior. It was while working with monkeys at the California Primate Research Center that her initial interest in

veterinary dentistry began, and she went on to earn her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 2002 from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.

At UW-Madison, Dr. Ribka continued her pursuit in small animal dentistry, through elective classes and specific training with board certified veterinary dentist, Dr. Bill Gengler; earning the Gengler Dental Award her senior year. After completing Veterinary School, Dr. Ribka moved to New Orleans and worked

in general small animal veterinary practice in addition to another 5 years in Primate Medicine, gaining further medical, dental and surgical skills. In 2012, she began formal training in small animal dentistry, working closely with her mentor, Dr. Brook Niemiec.

Dr. Ribka served as an officer of the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association for 10 years, and is also a member of AVMA, AVDS, AAFP and Phi Zeta. She enjoys the outdoors, hiking, camping and traveling, as well as just hanging out with her family. Dr. Ribka resides in New Orleans with her husband Paul and their three children, Damon and Nora (twins), and younger brother Quinn, in addition to a house (and yard) full of animal kids!

The Ribka animal family members include: a 3-legged Pitbull Terrier named Stella; a longhaired chihuahua named Boca; three cats by the names of Little Whitey Dubois, Bochy and Sonic; a fish called Rex, 2 leopard geckos & a corn snake, as well as several happy chickens.

Robert Furman, BVMS, MRCVS

Allen Skinner, DVM