Meet the Team

Nancy J. Laste DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology), Director of Medical Services
at Angell-Boston and MSPCA-Angell West in Waltham]

Nancy Laste, 
DVM, DACVIM(Cardiology)

Dr. Laste is a board-certified cardiologist who has been with Angell since 1992. Although her primary practice is focused on medical treatment of cardiac diseases in domestic animals (primarily dogs and cats), she is active in interventional cardiology — cardiac catheterization, pacemaker implantation and cardiac surgery. In 1998, Dr. Laste started the thorascopic surgery program, which has successfully treated more than 100 patients with minimally invasive techniques, avoiding the need for open-chest surgery.

New York State College of Veterinary Medicine (Cornell University), DVM, 1989
Angell Animal Medical Center-Boston, Residency in Cardiology, 1992-1994
University of Georgia, Small Animal Internship, 1990-1991
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology), 1995

Rebecca Malakoff,

Rebecca L. Malakoff DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
[Practicing at Angell-Boston and MSPCA-Angell West in Waltham]

Dr. Malakoff is a board-certified cardiologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in pets. Her work includes testing such as echocardiograms, electrocardiograms and blood pressure measurement, the stabilization of critical cardiac patients, and the long-term medical management of congenital and acquired forms of heart disease. Dr. Malakoff performs cardiac catheterization procedures to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of specific cardiac disorders including procedures such as pacemaker implantation, Amplatzer ductal occlusion and coil embolization of PDA, and balloon valvuloplasty. Dr. Malakoff is the director of the cardiology residency program, which trains aspiring cardiologists in the art and science of cardiology.

North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2000
Angell Animal Medical Center-Boston, Residency in Cardiology, 2001-2003
Angell Animal Medical Center-Boston, Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, 2000-2001
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology), 2004 

Rebecca L. Quinn, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology and IM)

Rebecca Quinn,
DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine and Cardiology)

Dr. Quinn is board certified in small animal internal medicine and cardiology.  Given her dual training, Dr. Quinn is particularly interested in managing patients who not only have heart disease, but who may also have other conditions such as renal, gastrointestinal, liver, or endocrine disease. Dr. Quinn is trained in cardiovascular diagnostic tests such as echocardiogram and electrocardiogram. She has a special interest in interventional radiology, and performs procedures such as PDA repair, balloon valvuloplasty, pacemaker placement, and tracheal stenting. She is also trained in gastrointestinal and respiratory endoscopy.

Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2005
Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center, Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, 2005-2006
Texas A&M University, Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine, 2006-2009
Angell Animal Medical Center, Residency Cardiology, 2009-2012
Diplomate, American College of Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine), 2009
Diplomate, American College of Internal Medicine (Cardiology), 2013

Adam Kane, DVM, Cardiology Resident (2011-2014)

Adam Kane, DVM

Dr. Kane, hailing from Syracuse, NY, comes to the Angell Cardiology Service with significant small animal private practice emergency and critical care experience. In addition, Dr. Kane has actively participated in cardiovascular research. Specifically, he has been involved with investigating the canine model for Duchene muscular dystrophy in golden retrievers. Dr. Kane’s special interests include interventional cardiology and approach to the critically ill cardiac patient.  He is currently working on research projects related to thoracoscopic surgery and echocardiographic changes in myocardial disease in cats.

New York State College of Veterinary Medicine (Cornell University), DVM, 2008

Ocean State Veterinary Specialists, Rotating Internship, 2008-2009
Angell Animal Medical Center, Residency in Cardiology, 2011-Current

Robin Grammer, Cardiology Assistant
Robin has been at Angell for since 2006. She joined our team as part of the general liaison group, and quickly discovered a strong interest in cardiology. She joined the Cardiology team in 2008, and worked for 2 years as the Cardiology secretary, which is where she began to develop her love of a more ‘hands on’ approach with her patients. With the support of her ‘cardiology family,’ Robin accepted an assistant position within the Cardiology service in 2010. Since then, she has dedicated herself to receiving formal certification as a veterinary technician and is currently working towards this goal.
When Robin is not at Angell, she can be found studying, reading, and cuddling her lovable pet rats.

Dania Tonelli, Cardiology Assistant
Prior to coming to Angell, Dania received her bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology from Wheaton College, and worked at a rescue organization in Boston where she gained a strong interest in animal medicine and behavior. Dania joined Angell's Cardiology service in December 2011.  As a cardiology assistant, Dania takes detailed medical histories, performs diagnostic procedures such as electrocardiograms and blood pressures, and educates clients in all aspects of the specialty.
In August 2012, Dania adopted her cat, Juno, from the MSPCA’s adoption center after meeting her during a cardiology appointment to evaluate her for congenital heart defects.  Juno was diagnosed with a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), and our amazing Angell surgical team was able to close this hole in her heart!

Ellen Vancelette, Cardiology Assistant
Ellen began her work at Angell in August 2013. She majored in Animal Science at the University of Rhode Island, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University. Ellen enjoys working hands on with animals, as well as advocating for them in the policy arena. In her free time, she loves to go for hikes with her dog Addy.

Rebecca StlaskeStlaske
Rebecca is our Cardiology Secretary. Rebecca has worked at Angell Animal Medical Center since 1999. As an Angell Client Liaison, Rebecca provides superior customer service by scheduling appointments, educating callers on general pet health care, and triaging pet emergencies over the phone. Rebecca also serves as the Client Liaison for the Dermatology and Behavior specialty services offered at Angell.

In the Fall of 2000, Rebecca became a Client Liaison Supervisor for Angell. In this position, Rebecca managed all of our Client Liaisons and assisted in the development of a new telephone call center for Angell.

Rebecca joined the Angell Cardiology service in 2012. Rebecca brings with her years of experience in customer service and of course a great love for animals!      

To make an appointment with the Cardiology service or to refer a patient, please call 617 541-5038 or e-mail