Meet the 24/7 Emergency and Critical Care Team

Lauren Baker, DVM

MSPCA-Angell West, Waltham

Dr. Lauren Baker is originally from Virginia, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Virginia. After working in a transgenics lab at the National Institute of Mental Health in Maryland for a few years, she went on to earn her DVM degree from Tufts University in North Grafton, Massachusetts. She completed a rigorous, post-graduate internship with a focus on emergency medicine at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.  She went on to work as an emergency veterinarian in Connecticut from 2012-2014.  Dr. Baker enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine with a special interest in feline medicine, pain control, wound management, and trauma. In her spare time, Dr. Baker enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and spending time with her fiance and their cats, Gherkin and Azrael.

EDUCATION
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2011
University of Virginia, BS, 2005

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2011-2012

Ryan Bookstaff, DVM

EDUCATION
North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2015

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2015-2016

Kiko Bracker, DVM, DACVECC, Director, Emergency and Critical Care

Dr. Bracker co-directs the Emergency and Critical Care service with Dr. Whelan. Dr. Bracker is a board-certified specialist with Angell’s Emergency and Critical Care Department. In 1997, Dr. Bracker completed his internship at Southwest Veterinary Specialty Center in Tuscon, AZ, where he then worked for several years on their busy emergency service. In 2002, he accepted a residency position at Angell before becoming an Angell staff veterinarian in 2005 in the Emergency/Critical Care Department.

EDUCATION
University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 1997

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Residency in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, 2002-2005
Southwest Veterinary Specialty Center, Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, 1998

CERTIFICATION
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, 2005

Stephen Cai, VMD

EDUCATION
University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, VMD, 2015

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2015-2016

Chelsea del Acazar, VMD

EDUCATION
University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, VMD, 2015

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2015-2016

Gerard Ferrick, DVM

EDUCATION
North Carolina State University, DVM, 2015

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2015-2016

Emily Finn, DVM

MSPCA-Angell West, Waltham

Dr. Emily Finn is from Massachusetts and did her undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  After graduating, she spent three years in Boston performing research in human oncology and infectious diseases. She moved on to obtain her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Tufts University in 2011. Upon graduation, she entered a yearlong intensive post-graduate training program at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Finn enjoys all aspects of small animal and exotic veterinary medicine – whether it be caring for an intensively ill dog or educating families on rabbit husbandry. She enjoys spending her time away from the hospital hiking with her dogs, reading with her cats, and exploring the world with her son and husband.

EDUCATION
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2011
University of Massachusetts, BS, 2004


SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2011-2012

Jessica Hamilton, DVM

MSPCA-Angell West, Waltham

Dr. Hamilton grew up in Charleston, WV. She obtained her undergraduate degree in biology from Minot State University in 2004. She earned her veterinary degree from North Carolina State University in 2008 and following that completed a year-long rotating internship at VCA Aurora and Berwyn Animal Hospitals outside of Chicago, IL. She has been working as an emergency doctor for the past 4 years at a specialty referral hospital and emergency center in Cincinnati, OH prior to relocating to the Boston area to be with her fiancé. Her special interests include surgery and trauma medicine.

EDUCATION
North Carolina State University, DVM, 2008
Minot State University, BS, 2004
SPECIALTY TRAINING
VCA Aurora and Berwyn Animal Hospitals rotating internship, 2009

Tara Herold-Eichhorn, DVM

EDUCATION
University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2015

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2015-2016

Audrey Keebaugh, DVM

EDUCATION
Western University, College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2015
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2015-2016

Roxanna Khorzad, DVM

Dr. Khorzad joined Angell in 2012 after completing her residency in Emergency and Critical Care at Angell Animal Medical Center. Dr. Khorzad is a 2008 graduate of Western University of Health Science College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a one-year rotating internship and a three-year E/CC residency at Angell Animal Medical Center.

EDUCATION
Western University of Health Science, DVM 2008
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center Rotating Internship 2008-2009
Angell Animal Medical Center, Residency in Emergency & Critical Care, 2009-2012

Caitlin Kozel, DVM

EDUCATION
Kansas State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2015
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2015-2016

Meredith Leary, VMD, ECC Resident (2014-2017)

Dr. Leary earned her DVM from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in June of 2014 from Angell’s Small Animal Rotating Internship program. Meredith remains at Angell as an ECC resident.

EDUCATION
University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, VMD, 2013
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2013-2014

Beth Lieblick, DVM, ECC Resident (2015-2018)

Beth Lieblick is a 2013 graduate of Western University of Health Sciences. She completed a small animal rotating internship at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital in 2014. She joined Angell in 2015 as an ECC resident after spending a year working as an emergency clinician at VCA West Los Angeles.  

EDUCATION
Western University of Health Sciences, DVM, 2013
SPECIALTY TRAINING
VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital, Small Animal Rotating Internship, 2013-2014

Barbara Linnehan, DVM

EDUCATION
University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2015
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2015-2016

Ashley Lockwood, DVM, ECC Resident (2015-2018)

Ashley Lockwood is a 2014 graduate of Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a small animal rotating internship at Angell Animal Medical Center in 2015. Ashley remains at Angell as an ECC resident.

EDUCATION
Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2014
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center Rotating Internship 2014-2015
Angell Animal Medical Center, Residency in Emergency & Critical Care, 2015-2018

Amanda Lohin, DVM

MSPCA-Angell West, Waltham

Dr. Amanda Lohin grew up in the greater Boston area. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from St. Michael’s College in 2003, after which she worked as a veterinary technician at a local primary care practice for several years. In 2010, Dr. Lohin moved to St. Kitts to attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical year of training at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation in 2013, Dr. Lohin stayed at Tufts for another year to complete a small animal rotating internship. Dr. Lohin enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine, although she has a special interest in soft tissue surgery, trauma and dentistry. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys hiking, running, biking or anything outdoors with her dogs.

EDUCATION
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Clinical Training, DVM, 2013
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
St. Michael’s College, BS, 2003
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Internship, 2013-2014

Whitney Long, DVM, ECC Resident (2013-2016)

Dr. Long graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2012. After graduating, she completed a year-long small-animal rotating internship at the Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners hospital in New York City.

EDUCATION
University of Tennessee, DVM, 2012
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in NYC, Small-Animal Rotating Internship 2012-2013

Evan Mariotti, DVM

EDUCATION
Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2015
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2015-2016

William Marscher, DVM

EDUCATION
University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2015
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2015-2016

Hannah Marshall, DVM

EDUCATION
Colorado State University, College of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, DVM, 2015
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2015-2016

Meredith Montgomery, DVM

EDUCATION
University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2015
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2015-2016

Courtney Peck, DVM

MSPCA-Angell West, Waltham

Dr. Courtney Peck is originally from Massachusetts and graduated from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She completed a 13 month rotating small animal internship at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston in 2004, and then spent 8 years as an emergency clinician at a large specialty and referral hospital in Seattle, WA. In 2012, Dr. Peck returned to Boston to pursue a residency in Emergency/Critical Care, which she completed in July 2015. Dr. Peck joined the Angell West team in Waltham in October 2015, continues to build a collaborative and progressive environment with the team and clients. In her free time, Dr. Peck enjoys spending time with her two children and looks forward to doing all the things she hasn’t done during her residency.

EDUCATION
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2003
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center Rotating Internship 2003-2004
Angell Animal Medical Center, Residency in Emergency & Critical Care, 2012-2015

Emma-Leigh Pearson, DVM, ECC Resident (2013-2016)

Dr. Pearson graduated from the University of Illinois in 2012. She then accepted a position as a small-animal rotating intern at VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center in Sacramento, California.

EDUCATION
University of Illinois, DVM, 2012
SPECIALTY TRAINING
VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center, Small-Animal Rotating Internship 2012-2013

Patrick Satchell, DVM

EDUCATION
Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2015
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2015-2016

Brooke Simon, DVM

MSPCA-Angell West, Waltham

Dr. Brooke Simon grew up in rural eastern Pennsylvania. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree from University of Delaware and then followed her dream to attend veterinary school at University of Minnesota. In 2014 she returned to the east coast to complete a rotating internship at Angell Animal Medical Center with a focus on dermatology. She is currently practicing emergency medicine at Angell West and will be completing a dermatology residency in Phoenix in 2016.

EDUCATION
University of Minnesota Veterinary School, DVM, 2014
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center Rotating Internship 2014-2015

Virginia Sinnott, DVM, DACVECC

Dr. Sinnott is a 2003 graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a one-year internship program and practiced emergency medicine for two additional years in Tucson, Arizona. She then completed a three-year emergency and critical care residency at the University of Pennsylvania. For the next five years she was the supervisor of the residency program at Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists until she joined Angell’s senior staff in 2014. She is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Her clinical areas of interest include infection control, antibiotic therapy, coagulation, sepsis and fluid therapy. Dr. Sinnott is the Chair of the Infection Control Committee at Angell. She is also enthusiastic about veterinary clinical education and enjoys mentoring interns and residents and speaking at local and national meetings.

EDUCATION
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2003
SPECIALTY TRAINING
The University of Pennsylvania, Residency in Emergency and Critical Care, 2006-2009
Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialty and Emergency, Rotating internship, 2003-2004
CERTIFICATION
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, 2009

Susan Smith, DVM

EDUCATION
Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2015
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2015-2016

Cara Steele, DVM

EDUCATION
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2015
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2015-2016

Catherine (Caty) Sumner, DVM, DACVECC

Chief Medical Officer, MSPCA-Angell West, Waltham

Dr. Sumner directs the Emergency and Critical Care service at MSPCA-Angell West. Dr. Sumner is a 2007 graduate of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She completed a one-year internship program at Angell, a three-year E/CC residency at Tufts, and then was a staff criticalist at Tufts VETS before joining MSPCA-Angell West. She is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.

EDUCATION
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, DVM, 2007
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and Tufts VETS, Residency in Emergency and Critical Care, 2008-2011
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2007-2008
CERTIFICATION
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, 2012

Margaret Thies, DVM, ECC Resident (2013-2016)

Dr. Thies graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2011. She then pursued a small-animal rotating internship at the VCA Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle. Following this, she completed a yearlong E/CC internship at the Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital in Wouburn.

EDUCATION
University of Minnesota, DVM, 2011
SPECIALTY TRAINING
VCA Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle, Small-Animal Rotating Internship 2011-2012
Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital, E/CC Internship 2012-2013

Sarah Vidal, DVM

EDUCATION
Tufts University, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2015
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2015-2016

Megan Whelan, DVM, DACVECC, CVA, Internship Director and Director, Emergency and Critical Care

Dr. Whelan co-directs the Emergency and Critical Care service with Dr. Bracker. Dr. Whelan is a 2003 graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a one-year internship program at Angell and a three-year E/CC residency at Tufts before joining Angell’s senior staff. She is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, and is also Director of Angell’s Internship Program. As Internship Director, Dr. Whelan oversees the clinical education of new veterinarians as they rotate through all of Angell’s specialty services.

EDUCATION
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2003
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Residency in Emergency and Critical Care, 2004-2007
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2004
CERTIFICATION
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, 2007

Yao Yao, VMD

MSPCA-Angell West, Waltham

Dr. Yao received her bachelor’s degree in molecular biology with a minor in art history from Bryn Mawr and Haverford College prior to attending University of Pennsylvania, where she obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. After graduation, Dr. Yao completed one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, NJ. Before becoming a full time veterinarian, Dr. Yao dedicated a lot of time in academic research projects including ones involving human esophageal and pancreatic cancer. In her free time Dr. Yao enjoys traveling, cooking, painting, spending time with family, friends and her lazy grey tabby Logan.

EDUCATION
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 2012
Bachelor of Science, Bryn Mawr and Haverford College, 2008
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, 2012-2013

Liz Henry, Care Coordinator (1st shift), Emergency/Critical Care

Liz graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelors Degree in Business in 2005.  After graduating, she worked for 7 years at a brokerage firm.  In 2012, she decided to follow her dream to work with animals and joined Angell as a Client Liaison in the Communications Center.  In 2014, Liz joined the Care Coordinator team and works with the Internal Medicine and Emergency/Critical Care services. A lover of all animals, Liz volunteers with the Advocacy department at Angell and is passionate about changing the negative stereotype associated with pit bulls.  Outside of Angell, Liz loves to hang out with Patch, her dog that she rescued from a shelter in West Virginia.

Kathryn Bowen, Care Coordinator – (2nd Shift), Emergency/Critical Care

Kathryn has been working with animals for five years. She took veterinary technician and animal behavior classes at North Shore Community College in 2011. She is passionate about animals and is a Pit Bull Advocate. Kathryn lives with her two Puerto Rican rescue dogs, Reese and Maya, and two shelter cats, Shovelpaw and Madmartigan. When she’s not indulging her love for animals, Kathryn enjoys her other passion, music, by playing piano and guitar.