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Meet the Anesthesia Team
Becca Reader, DVM, DACVAA
Dr. Reader attended Wesleyan University for her undergraduate degree, and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University in 2013. She spent a year in private practice before returning to Tufts in 2014 for a combined internship in Anesthesia and Emergency/Critical Care. Dr. Reader then stayed on at Tufts University to pursue a residency in Anesthesia and Pain Management, which she completed in 2018. Her clinical interests include critical care anesthesia, as well as the management of perioperative pain, stress and anxiety in hospitalized patients. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, and is also certified in veterinary medical acupuncture through the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association/Curacore Integrative Medicine.
In her spare time, Dr. Reader enjoys running, cycling, practicing hot yoga, and chasing the perfect sunrise/sunset views. She shares her home with her husband, Andy, and their three dogs Izzy, Nellie, and George Michael.
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, DVM, 2013
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, 2018
Leah Contreras, Lead Anesthesia Technician
Leah joined the anesthesia team at Angell as a certified veterinary technician in the fall of 2020. She is originally from Santa Monica, CA, and has been in the veterinary field since graduating high school. Leah started as a high-volume spay and neuter surgical assistant at various shelters in Los Angeles. After three years, she wanted to try out specialty/emergency medicine, and accepted a position as a radiology assistant at ASEC and transferred to the surgical department after a year. In 2016, Leah became a registered veterinary technician. Over the next five years, she worked primarily as a surgical technician and cross-trained in the ECC/ICU department. In the fall of 2019, she decided to move states to work exclusively as an anesthesia technician at a university teaching hospital. She primarily taught fourth-year veterinary students during their small and large animal anesthesia rotation. Professionally, Leah loves critical anesthetic case management, local/regional anesthesia, exotics, teaching, and lecturing. Outside of work, Leah loves to try out local food spots, travel to different countries, play volleyball, swim, and snuggle with her mischievous cat, Obi.
Jez Magarinos, RVN, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia), Anesthesia, Surgery, and Dentistry Department Manager
Jez has worked in the veterinary field since leaving higher education in England. There, he held the role of head nurse, managing a small animal practice and then as a veterinary standards and training officer, travelling the country auditing and training technicians and doctors. He came to Boston in 2001 and has worked for Angell- Boston since 2002 in a variety of roles from supervisor to lead anesthesia technician and now as the manager of the surgery, anesthesia and dentistry departments. He is a registered veterinary nurse (RVN) in England and has achieved his veterinary technician specialist (VTS) in anesthesia/analgesia. When not at work, Jez runs a B&B, volunteers in and around Boston, likes to travel and spend time with friends and family. Winston, his cat, is very affectionate.