Meet The Cardiology Team

Katie Hogan, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Dr. Hogan graduated from the University of Florida in 2013. She completed a rotating internship at Angell from 2013-2014 and stayed on as a cardiology resident at Angell.

EDUCATION

University of Florida, DVM, 2013

SPECIALTY TRAINING

Angell Animal Medical Center-Boston, Rotating Internship, 2013-2014

Angell Animal Medical Center-Boston, Cardiology Residency 2014-2017

Ashley Lange, DVM

Ashley Lange graduated from Michigan State University in 2011 and completed a rotating small animal internship at Advanced Veterinary Care Center in California. Upon completion of her internship, she worked as an emergency clinician at the Maine Veterinary Referral Center in Portland. She joined us in 2015 as a cardiology resident.

EDUCATION
Michigan State University, DVM, 2011

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Advanced Veterinary Care Center, California, Rotating Internship, 2011-2012

Nancy J. Laste DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology), Director of Medical Services

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.

EDUCATION

New York State College of Veterinary Medicine (Cornell University), DVM, 1989

SPECIALTY TRAINING

Angell Animal Medical Center-Boston, Residency in Cardiology, 1992-1994
University of Georgia, Small Animal Internship, 1990-1991

CERTIFICATION

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology), 1995

Julia Lindholm, DVM

Born at Lowell General, Julia took a very roundabout way to find herself at Angell. She moved to Georgia when she was six and later to North Carolina. She lived in multiple cities in Texas, including College Station where she attended veterinary school at Texas A&M University. A rotating medicine and surgery internship in Indiana was followed by a cardiology internship in Ohio. Finally circling back to the beautiful city of Boston for her cardiology residency. She couldn’t be happier. Her passion, outside of cardiology, is in horses. She rode hunters and jumpers professionally for a short time before attending veterinary school. Her quaint Boston apartment doesn’t suite a horse very well so her after work animal fix is two tuxedo Manx boys. Coming home to specialize in cardiology is quite simply a dream come true for Julia.

Education
Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM 2015

Specialty Training
Purdue University Rotating Medicine and Surgery Internship, 2015-2016

MedVet Cincinnati Cardiology Specialty Internship, 2016-2017

Rebecca L. Malakoff DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

MSPCA-Angell West, 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.

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

Natalie Morgan, DVM

Originally from Minnesota, Dr. Natalie Morgan graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012 and moved to Iowa shortly after to attend veterinary school at Iowa State University. Following graduation from veterinary school in 2016, she stayed at Iowa State for another year to complete a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery. Outside of veterinary medicine, Natalie enjoys playing ice hockey, volleyball, softball, percussion, and spending time with friends, family, and her two dogs and two cats.

EDUCATION
University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012 Iowa State University, 2016

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Iowa State University, Internship in Small Animal Medicine, 2016

Angell Animal Medical Center-Boston, Residency in Cardiology, 2020

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

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.

EDUCATION

Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2005

SPECIALTY TRAINING

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

CERTIFICATION

Diplomate, American College of Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine), 2009
Diplomate, American College of Internal Medicine (Cardiology), 2013

Arleia LeDonne, CVT, Cardiology Technician

Arleia completed her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from North Shore Community College in 2012. After graduating, Arleia passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in the state of Massachusetts. She has worked in the field since 2011 and started working at Angell in 2014 as a Clinic Technician. Arleia Joined the Cardiology team in 2015 and she is very excited to be a part of such a specialized team. Arleia grew up on a horse farm in West Newbury, MA, where she had dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, rabbits and of course horses! On her time off you can find her making a trip to the family farm with her two dogs Maizy and Layla.

Angela Kaczenski, BA, CVT, Cardiology Technician

Angela obtained her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in March of 2013. She had been living in Colorado for 7 years and decided that she wanted to move closer to family. She returned to MA and immediately started applying for a job at Angell. She started in August of 2013 in our Clinic department. She stayed there for 2 years and just recently moved to the Cardiology department. Angela is very excited for this new opportunity and is enjoying learning new things. When she is not at Angell she enjoys spending time with her dog Stella and her nieces and nephew. She has also spent a lot of time at the beach since returning home from Colorado!

Vivian Ojeda, Cardiology Assistant I

Vivian graduated from Brown University in 2016 with a degree in biology. She was ecstatic to join the staff at Angell in 2017. With a serious passion for animal science, Vivian accepted an assistant position with the Cardiology team and has since been able to gain more hands-on experience as well as a well-rounded view of veterinary medicine. She is excited to see what educational opportunities are in store for the future. When not at Angell, Vivian enjoys choreographing for her dance company at her alma mater, finding new eats all around Boston, and spending time with friends watching movies or playing Dungeons and Dragons. She enjoys all animals and looks forward to meeting your pets.

 

Melissa Vazquez, Cardiology Assistant II

Melissa grew up in Cape Cod and would frequently visit the MSPCA Centerville with her family. She comes to Angell with many years of experience; she originally started as a kennel attendant, and then transitioned into an assistant position. Melissa’s future goals include obtaining certification as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She works closely with Dr. Quinn in the Cardiology service, as they both share the same passion for Cardiology and Internal Medicine. When she is not at work,  Melissa enjoys going to concerts, spending time with her dogs or finding the perfect taco Tuesday location.

Rachael Ouellette, Client Care Coordinator, Cardiology

Rachael joined Angell in January of 2015 and fulfilled her dream of combining her extensive client service background with her passion for animals. She began her work at our front desk as a Client Service Representative and moved to her current position as Client Care Coordinator with the Emergency/Critical Care, Internal Medicine, and Cardiology services in May 2016. Rachael has always been surrounded by animals and, from a very young age, knew she was destined to work with them. In her free time, Rachael enjoys being in the company of friends and family and traveling, internationally and locally exploring her home city of Boston.

Casey Bruno, Cardiology Secretary

Casey grew up in Westfield MA and started working at Angell in 2013 as a Client Liaison. Now, she works as the Specialty Secretary for our Cardiology and Dermatology services. In her spare time, she does CrossFit and Yoga, and recently started Stand-Up Paddle Boarding. She also loves to spend time with her Jack Russell mix, Huxley, and her roommate’s dogs and cats!  She loves to travel and hopes to visit the South of France on her next trip.