Our Veterinary Team
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.
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.
Zackarias Gardenfors, DVM
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
JD Calsyn, VMD, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine)
JD 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.
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.
Justin Greco, DVM, DACVS
Justin J. Greco, DVM, Diplomate, ACVS (Board certified veterinary surgeon), a native of southern California founded Precision Veterinary Surgery in 2016. His vision is to offer veterinarians and their patients the best referral/university level surgical service possible by an experienced, board
certified surgeon, and making the experience as pleasant as possible for the client and the patient!
Dr. Greco has been board certified in veterinary surgery since 2007. He is a 2002 Phi Zeta graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Upon graduation, he completed a rotating internship at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. He received his formal surgical training at the Animal Medical Center, in New York City, the oldest and most established post graduate veterinary training program in the country. After completing his surgical residency he went on to become a lecturer in surgery at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine and stayed on as a staff orthopedic surgeon and then adjunct assistant professor for 4 years.
Cindy Mar, DVM, DACVO
Following undergraduate studies at UC-Irvine and graduate school at California Polytechnic University, Dr. Mar earned her DVM at Colorado State University in 2000. She completed her internship at Cornell University Hospital for Animals in 2001 and her residency at Eye Care for Animals in 2004.
Dr. Mar specializes in the medical and surgical management of eye diseases. She is particularly interested in determining the underlying cause or causes of eye conditions, and treating patients through the integration of medical, surgical, nutritional and supportive therapies. She works closely with other specialists and is dedicated to improving the quality of pets’ lives through the maintenance of ocular health.
Dr. Mar also performs pre-breeding eye examinations for dogs.
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
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
Deborah Hoddeson, DVM, ACVD