Meet The Cardiology Team

Katie Hogan, DVM

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


University of Florida, DVM, 2013


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

Ashley E. Jones DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Dr. Jones is a board-certified cardiologist. She completed her cardiology residency at the University of Florida in 2014. Her residency research project described a novel technique for atrial pacemaker implantation in dogs, and she was awarded a Resident Research Award at the 2013 ACVIM Conference in Seattle, WA. Prior to her residency, she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Given her research experience and training at the University of Florida, Dr. Jones has a particular interest in congenital heart disease and interventional cardiac procedures, such as balloon valvuloplasties, PDA occlusions and pacemaker implantations. Dr. Jones maintains a strong passion for advancing the specialty of veterinary cardiology and thoroughly enjoys the variety of challenges she is presented with each day when managing cardiovascular disease.

Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, DVM, 2010

Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Internship in Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, 2010-2011
University of Florida Small Animal Hospital, Residency in Cardiology, 2011-2014
University of Florida Small Animal Hospital, Cardiology Fellowship, 2014-2015

Diplomate, American College of Internal Medicine (Cardiology), 2014

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.

Michigan State University, DVM, 2011

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.


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 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.

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)

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

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.

Robin Grammer, CVT, Cardiology Technician

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 obtained both her Associates degree in Veterinary Technology as well as her CVT licensure in the state of Massachusetts. When Robin is not at Angell, she can be found reading, cuddling with her beautiful cat Malloy, and searching for her next educational project.  Despite currently being a cat owner, she still harbors an immense love of rodents, and would love to meet yours!

Lauren Hamel, Veterinary Assistant

MSPCA-Angell West, Waltham

Lauren started with the MSPCA-Angell in 2013 as an Animal Care and Adoption Counselor at Nevins Farm. She has an extensive background in animal care, having worked with various farm and companion animals. She attended Essex Agricultural and Technical High School before continuing her education at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst,  where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in 2012. Lauren was raised with dogs and cats, but also has a special love for horses. She currently shares her home with her two tuxedo cats, Jack and Sophie. Some of Lauren’s other interests include hiking, skiing, horseback riding and canine training. She was very excited to move into her new role in February 2014 as a Veterinary Assistant at MSPCA-Angell West.

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!

Eve Tyler-Hanig, Cardiology Assistant

After working on an artisan goat cheese farm up in Vermont, Eve realized her passion for working with animals. She comes from a photographic background, but has always enjoyed volunteering and fostering for non-profit organizations and caring for her two cats Sophie and Iris. Eve joined the Cardiology team after working in the Inpatient Department for two years.