Our Specialists

Our veterinary specialists offer in-depth training, experience & expertise.

Meet our team of veterinary specialists who deliver the most advanced emergency and critical care available, plus referral care for surgery and internal medicine, including cardiology, oncology, gastroenterology and endocrinology for dogs and cats in the Cape Cod area.

Surgery


Edward Kochin, VMD, DACVS

Board-Certified: American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. Kochin earned his veterinary degree from the UPenn School of Veterinary Medicine and completed his surgical residency at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. His areas of expertise include diagnosis and management of lameness, fracture management, arthroscopy, soft tissue surgery, oncologic surgery and surgical management of spinal disease.

Credentials & Educational Background

Dr. Kochin was born and raised in Carnegie, just south of Pittsburgh, PA. He received his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He completed his surgical residency at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. In 1993, he became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Kochin is proficient in orthopedic, cardiovascular, respiratory, neurologic, oncologic, reconstructive, urogenital and gastrointestinal surgery.

• 1977-1981: Pennsylvania State University – BS Animal Bioscience, Graduated with Highest Distinction
• 1981-1985: University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – Ranked #1 in a class of 106, Graduated Summa Cum Laude

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
• 1985-1987: Limerick Veterinary Hospital, Limerick, PA
• 1987-1988: Newark Animal Hospital, Newark, DE
• 1988-1991: Surgical Residency, University of California at Davis
• 1991-1995: Surgeon, South Shore Veterinary Associates, Weymouth, MA
• 1996-2000: Surgeon, Medical Director, VCA South Shore Animal Hospital, Weymouth, MA
• 2000-Present: Medical Director, Surgery Specialist, Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists

CREDENTIALS
• Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (1993)

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
• Lameness: Diagnosis and medical and/or surgical treatment
• Management of severe or complicated fractures of limbs, pelvis or spine
• Arthroscopic Surgery, Joint Cartilage Surface Injuries; shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle
• Soft Tissue Surgery: Skin (including reconstructive surgery), ear nose and throat, cardiovascular, urogenital, respiratory, and gastrointestinal
• Knee Injuries: Cruciate ligament injuries, Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA), meniscus and multiple ligament injuries
• Oncologic Surgery
• Correction of Hereditary Limb Abnormalities: Luxating patellas, hip dysplasia, angular limb deformities, and growth plate injuries
• Surgical treatment and management of hip dysplasia in young and older dogs


Daniel Beaver DVM, DACVS

“I love my job. Veterinary surgery is always evolving and I thrive on the challenge of staying up to date on the latest techniques. In this way I This allows me to get the best results, in the most comfortable way possible for my patients. I feel extremely fortunate to work at this first class facility surrounded by the beauty of the Cape area. I spend my free time with my family outdoors, or on the water, or tending to our yellow Lab, orange cat, horses and chickens.”

Board-Certified: American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. Beaver earned his DVM in his hometown at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He completed a rotating internship at UPenn and a surgical residency at the University of Florida. During is his time in Florida, Dr. Beaver was directly involved with training of Surgery Residency candidates in private practice. He is a regular contributor to the Cape Cod Veterinary Specialist continuing education program, leading CE courses on various topics in surgery for practicing veterinarians. Dr. Beaver’s areas of expertise include arthroscopy, diagnoses and management of lameness, fracture care, soft tissue surgery and advanced oncologic, neurologic and orthopedic surgery.

Credentials, Experience, and Research Publications

Dr Beaver is originally from Madison, Wisconsin. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine.  After one year of internship at the University of Pennsylvania, he completed his surgical residency at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2000, Dr. Beaver became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He was a surgeon at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Jacksonville, Florida for 5 years. He then opened his own surgery practice in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, while his wife, Catherine completed her surgical residency training at LSU. Dr. Beaver has experience in orthopedic, cardiovascular, respiratory, neurologic, oncologic, reconstructive, urogenital, and gastrointestinal surgery. He also enjoys horseback riding, playing his guitar, fishing, and sailing.

EDUCATION:
• 1985-1989: University of Wisconsin Bachelor of Arts – Journalism Madison, Wisconsin
• 1989-1995: University of Wisconsin Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Madison, Wisconsin

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
• 1995-1996: University of Pennsylvania, Rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Philadelphia, PA
• 1996-1999: University of Florida, Residency in Small Animal Surgery Gainesville, FL
• 1999-2004: Affiliated Veterinary Services, Staff Surgeon Jacksonville, FL Orthopedic, Soft Tissue, Neurosurgery
• 2004-2006: Chiron Veterinary Surgery Owner Baton Rouge, LA Mobile Veterinary Surgery Practice
• 2006: President, Baton Rouge Veterinary Med. Assn.

BOARD CERTIFICATION:
• Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons  (2000)

PUBLICATIONS:
Beaver DP, et al: Risk factors affecting the outcome of surgery for atlantoaxial subluxation in dogs: (46 cases). JAVMA 216(7): 1104-1109, 2000.
Beaver DP, et al:  Subjective and objective evaluation of interfragmentary Kirschner wires as a component of SWP composite fixation for acetabular fractures in dogs. JAAHA 36(5): 456-462, 2000.
Beaver DP, et al:  Methylmethacrylate and bone screw repair of seventh lumbar vertebral fracture-luxations in dogs. J Small Anim Pract 37:381-6, 1996.
Beaver DP, et al: Mineralized OCD cartilage flap mimicking supraspinatus tendon mineralization. VCOT 8:200-202, 1995.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
• Arthroscopy:  Minimally invasive joint surgery
• Lameness: Diagnosis and medical and/or surgical treatment
• Management of severe or complicated fractures of limbs, pelvis or spine
• Soft Tissue Surgery: Skin (including reconstructive surgery), ear nose and throat, cardiovascular, urogenital, respiratory, and gastrointestinal
• Knee Injuries: Cruciate ligament injuries, Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO), meniscus and multiple ligament injuries
• Oncologic Surgery
• Correction of Hereditary Limb Abnormalities: Luxating patella, hip dysplasia, angular limb deformities, and growth plate injuries
• Surgical treatment and management of hip dysplasia in young and older dogs


Anne Minihan, DVM, DACVS-SA

Dr. Minihan is a native of Dorchester, MA and graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. Prior to veterinary school, she earned a Bachelor of Animal Science at UMass Amherst. Dr. Minihan completed a rotating internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York City and completed her surgical residency at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Angell Animal Medical Center. She became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2004.

Dr. Minihan has 2 decades of experience as a surgeon and was a staff surgeon in Boston for 2 years after completing her residency. She then moved to Maryland, where she worked as a staff surgeon at a large referral center for 18 years. Dr. Minihan also did relief surgery in Tennessee, South Carolina and Virginia. Her areas of expertise include TPLO repair for cranial cruciate repair, oncologic surgery and soft tissue surgery.

When she’s not working, Dr Minihan enjoys traveling,  scuba diving, ice hockey and volunteering to aid animals in remote areas for spay neuter clinics. She is also excited to give paddle boarding a try this summer! She also loves spending time with her two dogs Gobi a golden doodle, Deuce Bigelow, a bichon mix and her cat Percy, who thinks she is a dog!

Dr. Minihan is happy to be back in New England close to her family.

Credentials & Education

BOARD CERTIFICATION:

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (2004)

EDUCATION:

1997: Surgical Residency – Tufts University College of Veterinary Medicine, Grafton Massachusetts
1993: Rotating Internship – The Animal Medical Center, New York, New York
1993: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Columbus, Ohio
1982: Bachelor of Science – University of Massachusetts, Amherst Massachusetts

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

1999-2017: Orthopedic and Soft Tissue Surgeon – Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists, Annapolis Maryland
Relief Surgeon – Veterinary Surgical Center, Vienna ,Virginia
Relief Surgeon – Charleston Veterinary Referral Center, Charleston, South Carolina
2011: Relief Surgeon — Nashville Veterinary Specialists, Nashville Tennessee
1997-1999 Staff Surgeon – Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, Boston Massachusetts

POST-DOCTORAL TRAINING

Vacuum Assisted Wound Management, ACVS Wet Laboratory, Seattle Washington, 2010.
Tibial Tuberosity Advancement, Securos Wet Laboratory CVC, Baltimore Maryland, May 2008.
Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy, Slocum Laboratory, Eugene Washington, 1998

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Veterinary Orthopedic Society
Maryland Veterinary Medical Association
Anne Arundel Veterinary Medical Association


Abigail Mariano, VMD, DACVS-SA

Dr. Mariano received her Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012, graduating magna cum laude. After that, she spent one year at the Animal Medical Center in New York City for an intensive internship in small animal medicine and surgery.  She was then accepted to the competitive surgical residency at Tufts University, where she spent the next three years developing an expertise in soft tissue, neurologic, and orthopedic surgeries.
Dr. Mariano has a strong interest in minimally invasive techniques and has attended several training human and veterinary labs in addition to her experience at Tufts. She also particularly enjoys surgical oncology, and emergency procedures.
She also has several publications in veterinary journals on topics including renal transplantation in cats, bladder healing after stone removal, and TPLO (knee) surgeries in dogs.
Dr. Mariano is a native of Norwell, MA and is thrilled to be back to the area with her husband, horse, dog, and three cats.

Credentials & Education

Education:

  • 2002-2006—Dartmouth College, AB
  • 2006-2008—Tufts University, Post-Baccalaureate
  • 2008-2012—University of Pennsylvania, VMD, Magna Cum Laude

Board Certification:

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Employment:

  • 2012-2013—Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship, Animal Medical Center
  • 2013-2016—Small Animal Surgical Resident, Tufts University

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Minimally invasive Surgery
  • Urogenital Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Oncologic Surgery
  • Airway Surgery
  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Emergency Surgical Procedures
  • Neurologic Surgery
  • Joint Injections for Arthritis

SPECIAL INTERESTS

Minimally Invasive Surgery:

Dr. Mariano has a strong interest in minimally invasive procedures ranging from joint arthroscopy, thoracoscopy (chest), and laparoscopy (abdomen). She has extensive experience with laparoscopic spays, liver biopsies, gastropexies, and thoracoscopic pericardectomies. Research has shown that recovery from minimally invasive procedures can be faster and more comfortable for your pet.

Surgical Oncology:

Throughout her training, Dr. Mariano has found the surgical treatment of oncological tumors particularly rewarding. She is dedicated to teaming up with your veterinarian and cancer specialists to treat a wide range of cancers through a multimodality approach

PUBLICATIONS

Mariano AD, Kudej RK, Sutherland-Smith J, Penninck D. Ultrasonographic evaluation of canine urinary bladder healing following cystotomy. Prospective study, completed on a grant. Submitted for publication.

Mariano AD, Kowaleski MP, Boudrieau RJ. Novel TPLO Alignment Jig/Saw Guide Reproduces Freehand and Ideal Osteotomy Positions. PLoS One 2016; 11(8): doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0161110.

Phillips H, Mariano A, Aronson LR. Preoperative clinical picture of renal transplant cats with a focus on cardiac changes and surgical outcome. Pending imminent submission for publication.

Raske M, Kovak-McClaran J, Mariano A. Short-term Wound Complications and Predictive Variables for Complication After Limb Amputation in Dogs and Cats. J Small Anim Pract, 2015; 56(4): 247-52.

Durham AC, Mariano AD, Holmes ES, Aronson L. Characterization of post transplantation lymphoma in renal transplant recipients. J Comp Pathol 2014; 150(2-3): 162-8.

Wormser C, Mariano A, Holmes ES, Aronson LR, Volk SW. Post-transplant malignant neoplasia associated with cyclosporine-based immunotherapy: prevalence, risk factors and survival in feline renal transplant recipients. Vet Comp Oncol. Accepted Oct 2014, ahead of print, doi: 10.1111/vco.12120.

Raske M, Hulse D. SwiveLock bone anchor stabilization of the cranial cruciate ligament deficient stifle in dogs: Clinical outcome. Open Journal of Veterinary Medicine 2013; 3(7): 297-301.

Credited in acknowledgements for assistance with statistical analysis.

Equine cartilage regeneration. An independent study under Dean Richardson, DVM, DACVS, completed in Summer 2009 at the University of Pennsylvania.

Harvard University, William James Hall. Worked in a laboratory setting under two faculty psychologists. Compiled literature review presentations and ran behavioral studies, Summer 2005.


Internal Medecine


Amy Tamulevicus, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Dr. Tamulevicus graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. Prior to attending veterinary school, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Muhlenberg College, followed by a Master of Science degree from Rutgers University. After graduating from TUSVM, she did an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in New Jersey, and then completed a three-year residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at Kansas State University in 2008.

Since then, Dr. Tamulevicus, who became board certified in Internal Medicine in 2010, has been practicing mostly on the east coast, including New York City, New Jersey, and the Philadelphia area. She has strong interests in all aspects of internal medicine, and particularly enjoys complex endocrinology cases; immune diseases; gastrointestinal diseases; and infectious diseases.

Dr. Tamulevicus performs abdominal and thoracic ultrasounds; various types of endoscopy – including upper and lower gastrointestinal biopsy and foreign body removal, cystoscopy, rhinoscopy, and bronchoscopy; and bone marrow aspirate; as well as other procedures. The comfort level of her patients, as well as the involvement and understanding of the owners of those patients, is extremely important to her and is a priority in determining diagnostic and treatment planning.

When she’s not working, Dr. Tamulevicus’ enjoys kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, yoga, hiking, music, traveling, and spending quality time with family and friends. She grew up in New Jersey and is happy to call the east coast home along with her husband, who is also a veterinarian. They have a very busy household with five very active and loving cats — Chadwick, Rosalita, Cassandra, Eli, and newest member William.

Credentials & Education

BOARD CERTIFICATION: Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (2010)

EDUCATION:

2004-2015: Continuing Education: American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Conference – Las Vegas, Nevada
1999-2003: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine,  North Grafton, Massachusetts
1996-1999: Master of Science, Ecology – Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
1991-1995: Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science – Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

2016-2017: Senior Clinician/Internal Medicine Specialist – Veterinary Emergency Services/Veterinary Specialty Center, Middleton, Wisconsin
2014-2016: Senior Clinician/Internal Medicine Specialist – VCA Newark Animal Hospital, Newark, Delaware
2012-2013: Senior Clinician/Internal Medicine Specialist – Red Bank Veterinary Hospital at Cherry Hill, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
2011-2013 Senior Clinician/Internal Medicine Specialist – Red Bank Veterinary Hospital at Tinton Falls, Tinton Falls, New Jersey
2008-2011: Senior Clinician/Internal Medicine Specialist – Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group, Brooklyn,  New York
2005-2008 Resident, Small Animal Internal Medicine – Kansas State University,  Manhattan, Kansas
2004-2005 Emergency Clinician – Animal Care ER, Salina, Kansas
2003-2004 Intern, Small Animal Medicine and Surgery – Garden State Veterinary Specialists, Tinton Falls, New Jersey

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS:

American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
American Veterinary Medical Association
Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society

PUBLICATIONS:

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

  • Tamulevicus A, Harkin K, Janardhan K, et al. Disseminated histoplasmosis accompanied by cutaneous fragility in a cat. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association. May/June 2011: 47: e36-e41.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:

2006-2007 Resident Researcher, Clinical Sciences Department – Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, Kansas State University

  • Accuracy and Precision of Opti-Clik® Insulin Pen; Absorption/Glucose Curve of Glargine Insulin in Different Injection Sites

2000-2001 Student Research Assistant – Oncology Department, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine

  • Mast Cell Tumors – Response to Radiation Treatment

1996-1998 Graduate Student, Wildlife Ecology – Rutgers University

  • Population and Habitat Study of the Meadow Vole

1994 Student Researcher, Wildlife and Aquatic Ecology – Muhlenberg College

  • Ecological Health of Lake Topanemus in New Jersey

Emergency / Critical Care


Louisa Rahilly DVM, DACVECC

“My specialty, emergency and critical care, puts me in a position of being able to contribute in a truly significant way to the vital care of animals during life threatening situations. I am also deeply committed to supporting and guiding my patient’s owners during these critical times. I love my job at Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists, because all of my fellow doctors and employees are hard working, smart, compassionate people who are truly dedicated to a high standard of medicine and care for our patients and their owners. I am proud of our residency program because it creates an atmosphere of constant learning and improvement in order to deliver the best care possible. I spend my spare time with my family, outdoors and cooking.”

Board-Certified: American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Dr. Rahilly earned her DVM from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her residency training in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. In the Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists emergency and critical care department, Dr. Rahilly is on the front lines, stabilizing and managing critically ill and injured pets . She uses her expertise to assist with the management of all of the cases in the CCVS ICU and helped establish the emergency and critical care residency at CCVS. Her areas of expertise include management of severe infection, fluid therapy in critically ill animals, trauma stabilization, mechanical ventilation and pain management.

Credentials, Awards, and Research

Board-Certified: American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Dr. Rahilly grew up in Rochester, New York.  She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.  She completed an internship at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center and a residency in emergency and critical care at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Rahilly became board certified in by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2007.  She is proficient in stabilization and management of critically ill or injured animals.  She also enjoys running, swimming, cooking and rowing.

EDUCATION:
• 1994-1998: Boston College, Bachelor of Science- Biology and Philosophy, Chestnut Hill, MA
• 1999-2003: Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

SPECIALTY TRAINING:
• 2003-2004:  University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center Rotating internship in small animal medicine and Surgery St. Paul, MN
• 2004-2007:  University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Residency in small animal emergency and critical care Philadelphia, PA

BOARD CERTIFICATION:
• 2007:   Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
• Sepsis
• Fluid therapy in critically ill animals
• Trauma
• Respiratory disease
• Shock and Stabilization
• Mechanical ventilation
• Pain management

PUBLICATIONS
Original Peer-reviewed Papers in Refereed Journals
• Rahilly LJ, Keating JH and O’Toole TE. The use of Intravenous Human Immunoglobulin in treatment of Severe Pemphigus Foliaceus in a dog. J Vet Intern Med. 2006; 20: 1483-1486.
• Rahilly LJ, Waddell LS. Placement of an Abdominal Wrap to Control Hemodynamics. NAVC Clinician’s Brief December, 2009.
• Alberto L. Fernandez, DVM; Justine A. Lee, DVM, DACVECC; Louisa Rahilly, DVM, DACVECC; Ahna Brutlag, DVM; Lynn Hovda, DVM, RPh, MS, DACVIM;; Kristin Engebretsen, PharmD, DABAT. The use of intravenous lipid emulsions as an antidote in toxicology: a review. J Vet Emergency and Crit Care. In Press.

Book Chapters
• Rahilly LJ, Mandell DC. Carbon Monoxide Toxicity. In Silverstein D and Hopper K Eds. Saunder’s Manual of Critical Care Medicine for Dogs and Cats. St. Louis, MO; Elsevier; 2009: 369-373.
• Rahilly LJ, Mandell DC. Methemoglobinemia. In Silverstein D and Hopper K Eds. Saunder’s Manual of Critical Care Medicine for Dogs and Cats. St. Louis, MO; Elsevier; 2009: 374-377.
• Rahilly LJ. Electrolyte Evaluation. In Burkitt J Ed. Advanced Nursing and Monitoring Techniques for Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care. Ames, IA; Blackwell Publishing. In press.

AWARDS AND HONORS
• 2003 Small Animal Proficiency Award sponsored by Legacy Pharmacia, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton, MA.
• 2003 American Animal Hospital Association Award: Senior Student Award for Outstanding Achievement, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton, MA.
• 2003 Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine Academic Excellence Award, Class 2003, North Grafton, MA.
• 2002/ Inductee of Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society, Tufts University School of
• 2003 Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton, MA.


Shana O’Marra DVM, DACVECC

Dr. O’Marra graduated from Tufts Cumming School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, she completed a rotating internship in Denver, CO before returning to Tufts to complete a residency in Emergency and Critical Care. After completing her residency, Dr. O’Marra returned to Denver to practice as Director of Emergency and Critical Care and Intern Director for three years. She has recently returned home to Massachusetts to join the Critical Care team at CCVS. Dr. O’Marra’s research has been on coagulation and platelet disorders, and she has a special interest in sepsis, trauma and transfusion medicine.

Credentials, Awards, and Research

Board-Certified: American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

EDUCATION:
• 1993-1995: Simon’s Rock College of Bard, Associate of the Arts, Great Barrington, MA
• 1995-1997: Oberlin College, Bachelor of the Arts – Neuroscience
• 2002-2006: Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

SPECIALTY TRAINING:
• 2006-2007:  Alameda East Veterinary Hospital – Rotating internship in small animal medicine and Surgery; Denver, CO
• 2007-2010:  Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine/Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment and Specialties – Residency in Emergency and Critical Care; North Grafton, MA and Walpole, MA

BOARD CERTIFICATION:
• 2010:   Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
• 2010-2013:  VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital, Director of Emergency and Critical Care Services, Intern Director, Denver, CO

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
• Coagulation and platelet disorders
• Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
• Sepsis
• Trauma
• Shock and Stabilization
• Mechanical ventilation
• Pain management

PUBLICATIONS
• Worksheet author, RECOVER initiative.
Rozanski EA, Rush JE, Buckley JG, Fletcher DJ, Boller M, the RECOVER Advanced Life
Support Domain Worksheet Authors. RECOVER evidence and knowledge gap analysis on
veterinary CPR. Part 4: Advanced life support. J Vet Emerg Crit Care 2012, 22:S44–S64.

• O’Marra SK, Shaw S, DeLaforcade AM. Investigating hypercoagulability during treatment for
immune-mediated thrombocytopenia: a pilot study. J Vet Emerg Crit Care 2012; 22:126-30.
Selected for IVECCs Year in Review 2012

• O’Marra SK, DeLaforcade AM, Shaw S. Immune-mediated thrombocytopenia in the dog: 73
cases (2002-2008). J Am Vet Med Assoc 2011; 238:346-52.

• Taeymans O, O’Marra SK. Imaging diagnosis–acquired goitrous hypothyroidism following
treatment with trimethoprim sulfamethoxazole. Vet Rad Ultrasound 2009; 50:442-444.

• O’Marra SK, McCormick CK. Organization and connections of the dorsal descending nucleus
and other presumed acoustic areas in the brainstem of the teleost fish, Astronotus ocellatus.
Hearing Research 1999; 129: 7-19.


Alberto L. Fernandez DVM, DACVECC

Dr. Alberto L. Fernandez, obtained his veterinary degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004, and graduated with honors. Following graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Fernandez left academia to work in private practice, dedicating himself to emergency and critical care. He completed a residency in emergency and critical care at Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists in 2011, and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (DACVECC)  in 2012.

Dr. Fernandez worked as an Associate Professor at St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. He was appointed Assistant Medical Director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital Small Animal Clinic and an Associate Professor in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. Prior to joining CCVS in 2014 he worked at a Specialty Referral practice in Miami, Fl.

Credentials, Awards, and Research
BOARD CERTIFICATION: American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care; Diplomat 2012

EDUCATION
• 2011: Residency Emergency and Critical Care  Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists Buzzards Bay, MA
• 2005: Trevor Zoo Medicine Fellow, Trevor Zoo, Millbrook, NY
• 2004: Doctor Veterinary Medicine, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, West Indies
• 1999: B.S. Agriculture, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, Puerto Rico

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
• 10/14- current: Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists, Buzzards Bay MA. Diplomat ACVECC
• 10/13- 11/14: South East Veterinary Referral Center, Miami Fl.Emergency and Critical Care Specialist
• 07/11 – 07/13: St. Georges University, School of Veterinary Medicine.Associate Professor. Assistant Medical Director Veterinary Teaching Hospital
• 01/08- 06//2011: Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists, Buzzards Bay MA.  Resident Emergency and Critical care
• 08/07-1/08: Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists, Buzzards Bay, MA, Doctor Veterinary Medicine
• 1/06 – 08/07: Valley Cottage Animal Hospital and Emergency Clinic, Valley Cottage, NY, Doctor Veterinary Medicine
• 1/05- 5/07: T.A.R.A. (The Animal Rights Alliance), Monticello, NY, Doctor Veterinary Medicine
• 6/05-1/06: Animal Emergency Clinic of Kingston, Kingston, NY, Doctor Veterinary Medicine
• 10/04-8/05: Animal Emergency Clinic of the Hudson Valley, Poughkeepsie, NY, Doctor Veterinary Medicine
• 1/00-4/01: San Pablo Hospital, Dr. Pedro J. Beauchamp IVF Clinic, Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Embryologist
• 5/99-5/00: Puerto Rico National Zoo, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Veterinary Assistant
• 6/99-12/99: Rigau Farms, Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico, Agronomist
• 8/98-8/99: University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus – Research Station, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, ResearchCoordinator

RESEARCH
• 1/99-12/99: University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Research Assistant
• 8/98-12/98: Avian reproduction project development (i.e.,site implementation, daily health checks and data collection).
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Research Assistant

  • Field Work Coordinator.
  • Evaluation of the resistance of Haemonchuscontortus to common anthielmintics in goats.

ACHIEVEMENTS & AWARDS
• SVECCS Outstanding Clinician Award 2012
• Dean’s List 8/02 – 9/04
• Veterinary Colleague Award 2003
• Small Animal Surgery Team 2003
• Soccer Scholarship 8/96 – 12/99


Karie Walton VMD, Practice Limited to Emergency Critical Care

Dr. Walton grew up in the Philadelphia area and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in psychology. She then earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Veterinary Medicine and completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA Newark in Delaware. Her clinical interests include respiratory disease, severe infection, and polytrauma.

Emergency Room Associates


Diane Turner-Murray, DVM

Dr. Turner-Murray received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1993 from the University of Minnesota. Following graduation, Dr. Turner-Murray worked as a mixed animal practitioner in northern Maine treating both large and small animals. She returned to Massachusetts in 1995 and joined a small animal exclusive practice as a general practitioner. She joined the CCVS team in 2001.


Cathleen O’Donnell, DVM

Dr. O’Donnell grew up in Reading, Mass, and graduated from the University of New Hampshire. She then, worked in the surgical research department as a research assistant at the New England Medical Center (now Tufts Medical Center) for 3 years. After graduating from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001, (Go Gators!), she completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Illinois in 2002, and has worked at CCVS for the past 8 years. Dr. O’Donnell currently resides in Plymouth, MA with her cats Boo, Scout, and Monty, guinea pig Timmy and chinchilla Maxwell.


Anna Brandin, DVM

Dr. Brandin grew up in Lexington MA, and after completing undergraduate school at UCONN went to Tufts for veterinary school. She has returned to MA after spending the last two years in CO first at a small animal internship focusing on emergency medicine and then as an associate ER doctor.


Kristen Hennessy, BVSc

Dr. Kristen Hennessy earned her Bachelors of Arts and Sciences at Boston College in 1997. She later attended the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia where she graduated from the Veterinary Science Program with Honors in 2007. Following her studies in Australia, she worked as a small animal veterinarian in Southern Victoria before moving back to the United States in June of 2008. Upon her return, she completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at Angell Animal Medical Center. Dr. Hennessy joined Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists in February 2014.


Elizabeth P. Martin, VMD

DrMartinDr. Martin grew up in sunny and humid Atlanta, Georgia. She completed her undergraduate education at Bryn Mawr College, outside of Philadelphia, and stayed in the area to receive her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She moved back to Atlanta for her internship year at the Georgia Veterinary Specialists prior to starting an Emergency and Critical Care Residency here at CCVS. Her clinical interests include coagulation disorders and endocrine emergencies.


Emily Picciotto, DVM

Dr. Picciotto grew up on the South Shore in Weymouth, MA.  She graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont, and later received her veterinary degree from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.  She then went back to Vermont to complete a rotating small animal internship at the only 24-hour specialty and emergency practice in the state.  She is happy to be back in Massachusetts near family and the ocean.  

Residents


Leah Kramer, DVM

Dr. Kramer received her bachelors degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. After earning her doctorate from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, she completed an emergency/internal medicine internship at Greenbrier Veterinary Referral Center in Virginia Beach. Her clinical interests include management of trauma patients, mechanical ventilation, and coagulation disorders. Having grown up in North Andover, Mass, she could not be happier to be back in her native New England.


Matthew Turner DVM, MSc

Dr. Turner is originally from New York state. He attained his Bachelor’s of Animal Science at Cornell University and Master’s degree in Equine Science at the University of Edinburgh. Soon after completing his research he earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. He completed a rotating internship at the VCA Veterinary Referral & Emergency Centers in Connecticut before joining the Pennsylvania Veterinary Referral & Emergency Associates at Hickory Veterinary Hospital as a staff emergency doctor. Dr. Turner has excitedly joined the team at CCVS located at his favorite vacation destination! Dr. Turner’s professional interests include shock and stabilization, cardiac emergencies, pharmacology, and advanced fluid therapy.


Margret Donahue DVM

Dr. Donahue was born in Texas but has had the privilege of growing up in several places around the country. She earned a Bachelors in Science in Biology at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. Then, trading the Western NY tundra for midwestern corn fields, she completed her veterinary education at the University of Illinois. Dr. Donahue has arrived in Massachusetts after her small animal rotating internship at VCA Veterinary Referral and Associates in Maryland. Her clinical interests include pain management and renal disorders.


Emma Kate Evans DVM

Dr. Evans grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia and obtained Bachelor’s of Science degrees in biochemistry and animal science from Virginia Tech. Following undergrad, she stayed in Blacksburg, where she obtained her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Dogwood Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center in Richmond, Virginia. Her clinical interests include sepsis, coagulopathies, and immune-mediated disease.


Interns


Lauren Toleson, DVM