LIVS

Medical Staff

Robert Waddell, DVM

Dr. Robert E. Waddell, a native of Nassau County, New York, graduated from the State University of New York at Cortland where he received the bachelor of science degree. He was subsequently awarded the doctor of veterinary medicine degree when he graduated with honors from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Waddell completed his veterinary clinical training at the Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine and he was the recipient of the Brasmer Award for Small Animal Surgery while attending Ross University. He  completed an intensive one year small animal internship in medicine and surgery at Long Island Veterinary Specialists and then completed a one year surgical internship before returning to Long Island Veterinary Specialists where he is currently completing, under the direction of Dr. Dominic J. Marino, the surgical residency requirements for certification in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr Waddell enjoys all aspects of small animal surgery with special interests in orthopedic procedures including those that are minimally invasive.
 

Ann Bilderback, DVM, DACVIM

Ann Bilderback, DVM, DACVIM (neurology) graduated with honors from Dartmouth College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and then graduated with distinction from Cornell University where is received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. During her senior year of veterinary school, Dr. Bilderback was honored with the Merck Manual Award, the American Animal Hospital Association Award, the Neuroanatomy and Clinical Prize and the Grant Sherman Hopkins Prize. She then completed a comprehensive one-year Rotating Small Animal Internship and a three-year veterinary Neurology/Neurosurgery Residency at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Foster Hospital for Small Animals. Dr. Bilderback is boarded by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology).She has lectured on a variety of neurology/ neurosurgery topics and has published articles in scientific journals. Studies of research that she has been involved with include Transfrontal Craniectomy, Radiation Therapy, and/or Chemotherapy in the Treatment of Canine Meningiomas and Immunohistochemistry of Primary Brain Tumors in Dogs. Dr. Bilderback’s areas of special interest include seizure management and non-infectious encephalitis.
 

Dominic J. Marino, DVM, DACVS, DACCT, CCRP

Dr. Dominic J. Marino is the Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Staff of Long Island Veterinary Specialists, an internationally recognized veterinary specialty center with a staff of over 180.  He is the founding director of the Canine Chiari Institute at LIVS and founding board member of the New York Veterinary Foundation. Dr.Marino was honored with both the Martin and Beatrice Weiser Outstanding Research Award and the North Shore Animal League Petering Scholarship Award during his residency. He is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and is the former head of Orthopedic/Neurosurgery service at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Marino has published many scientific articles, and authored chapters in veterinary medical textbooks as well as editor and contributing author of Chiari – like malformation and syringomyelia, a handbook for veterinary professionals. He lectures extensively on many surgical topics including soft tissue, orthopedic and neurosurgery. Dr. Marino served as chairman of the Eastern Veterinary Orthopedic Society for several years and was on the National Advisory Board of North Shore Animal League of America. He served as the surgical consultant to Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY.

He currently serves as surgical consultant for: The Humane Society of New York, NY.  North Shore Animal League of America, Port Washington, NY; Bide-A-Wee Animal Adoption Center, NY, The Guide Dog Foundation, Smithtown, NY; Sweet Briar Nature Preserve, Smithtown, NY; and is on the executive board of the Police Surgeons Benevolent Association.
Dr. Marino is the veterinary surgeon for New York City Police Department, MTA Police Department, Nassau County Police Department, Nassau County Sherriff’s Department, Suffolk County Police Department, Port Authority of the State of New York, US Customs and Border Patrol,  Federal Air Marshalls and the Secret Service.

Dr. Marino’s areas of special interest include joint replacement surgery, neurosurgery and trauma involving the nervous system.

 

John S. Sapienza, DVM, DACVO, Chairman

John S. Sapienza, DVM, DACVO, Chairman received his Bachelor of Science and veterinary degree from Cornell University. He completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine & surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, and a three-year residency in comparative ophthalmology at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Sapienza is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, and the consultant veterinary ophthalmologist at the Bronx Zoo and the N.Y. Aquarium. Dr. Sapienza’s special interests are cataract surgery with phacofragmentation, intraocular lens implantation, laser glaucoma therapy, glaucoma implants, and reconstructive eyelid procedures. He was the first veterinary ophthalmologist to perform phacofragmentation and intraocular lens implantation in animals on Long Island, and has performed over one thousand cataract surgeries on Long Island patients. Dr. Sapienza also offers equine ophthalmic examinations at the farm or at our facility.

Dr. Sapienza was the first veterinary ophthalmologist in this country to perform injectable foldable acrylic intraocular lens implants in dogs. He has conducted extensive studies on the effect of laser energy in eyes with glaucoma, and has published several articles on glaucoma therapy, Golden Retriever uveitis, and ocular reports in exotic species. Dr. Sapienza is the first and only veterinary ophthalmologist to perform laser glaucoma therapy on Long Island pets (dogs, cats and horses included!). Dr. Sapienza's special surgical interests include: endolaser glaucoma therapy, glaucoma implants as well as cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants.

He has lectured extensively throughout the Continental United States, Hawaii, Europe and South America. Dr. Sapienza speaks fluent Spanish, and is a frequent lecturer in Spain, as well as North and South America, for interactive advanced courses in Spanish. Dr. Sapienza received national attention for his medical treatment of “Ashley” the cat, owned by Regis and Joy Philbin, resulting in an appearance on the “Live With Regis” show.

 

Joshua W. Tumulty, DVM, DACVIM

Joshua W. Tumulty, DVM, DACVIM(Internal Medicine), Chairman graduated with honors from the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio, where he received both a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree. He received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University, where he was awarded the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Award for Excellence in Small Animal Medicine. Dr. Tumulty completed a one-year internship in a small animal medicine and surgery, and a two-year residency in small animal internal medicine at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. While a resident, Dr. Tumulty received the Outstanding Veterinarian Award for Excellence. He is board certified by The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is currently on staff with the Department of Internal Medicine at Long Island Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Tumulty's areas of interest include: all aspects of internal medicine, including medical oncology, cardiology, as well as ultrasonography and minimally invasive video endoscopy.

 

Joseph D. Stefanacci, VMD, DACVR

Joseph D. Stefanacci, VMD, DACVR received his Bachelor of Science degree, with honors, in 1979 from the Pennsylvania State University.  He attended veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania and obtained his VMD in 1983.  Following six years of private small animal practice in Philadelphia, Dr. Stefanacci completed a three year residency in radiology and alternate imaging (ultrasound, CT, MRI, nuclear scintigraphy) at the North Carolina State college of Veterinary Medicine. In 1993, he became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology and joined the staff of the Animal Medical Center (AMC) in New York City.

He chaired the department of radiology for ten years and was the director of education where he coordinated all internal and international continuing education programs for post-graduate studies. He created a shared continuing education program that provided the four local veterinary medical societies in the metropolitan New York area with nationally recognized speakers annually and served as the liaison between the AMC and the international veterinary community.  Dr. Stefanacci served on various committees while at AMC, including the intern selection committee, medical executive committee and the reconstruction planning committee. 

He joined the staff of Long Island Veterinary Specialists in 2001 and has been the Staff Radiologist since 2002, and is the Chief RSO (Radiation Safety Officer). Dr. Stefanacci has directly supervised the advancements in the radiology department including the addition of MRI, nuclear medicine, and radioiodine (1131) therapy, and digital radiography. Dr. Stefanacci has authored and co-authored numerous articles and narratives published in the veterinary literature, and lectures at local, national, and international veterinary conferences. 

 

 

 

 

 

Rada Panich, DVM, DACVD

Rada Panich, DVM, DACVD, Chairperson completed her residency in veterinary dermatology at the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, and spent an additional year at Cornell as a research associate.  Dr. Panich has been in private referral practice since 1991, and is currently the only Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology in the Long Island and New York City area. Dr. Panich is especially interested in immune-mediated dermatopathies, allergic skin disease and alopecias. She has authored numerous articles and several veterinary textbook chapters on dermatology, and is currently the chairperson of the Department of Dermatology at Long Island Veterinary Specialists.

 

Emergency Staff

David Chen, DVM is a native Southern Californian. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego where he received his Bachelors of Arts in business and economics with a minor in biology. He attended Kansas State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, where he completed a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, Dr. Chen completed an intensive one-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Long Island Veterinary and has been practicing emergency medicine at multiple hospitals throughout Long Island and Queens, NY. He is currently on staff with the Department of Emergency and Critical Care at Long Island Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Chen's areas of special interest include emergency medicine, surgery, internal medicine and ultrasonography.

 

 

 

 

Marissa Berman, DVM is a native of South Florida.  She graduated from the University of Florida where she received her Bachelors of Sciences in animal sciences with a minor in zoology.  She attended Western University of Health Science, College of Veterinary Medicine, where she completed a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, Dr. Berman completed an intensive one-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Long Island Veterinary Specialists. She is currently on staff with the Department of Emergency and Critical Care at Long Island Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Berman's areas of special interest include emergency medicine, dentistry, oral and facial surgery and ophthalmology.

 

 

 

 

Amanda Pisano, DVM completed her Bachelors of Science in Animal Science with minors in Biology and Wildlife Conservation at the University of Delaware.  She went on to obtain her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine  at Ross University, completing her clinical year at Oklahoma State University.  After graduating veterinary school, Dr. Pisano completed a one year general internship at Long Island Veterinary Specialists, where she is now on staff in the Emergency and Critical Care Department.  Her areas of interest include emergency medicine, internal medicine, and exotic species.  She currenty resides on the south shore of Long Island, with her husband, who is also a veterinarian, and their rescue dogs, Trooper and Layla.

 

 

 

 

Olivia Busuttil-Cashman, DVM completed her Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences at SUNY at Plattsburg. She obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed clinical rotations at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals in May 2009. After veterinary school, Dr. Cashman worked at a mixed-animal general practice in Clinton County, NY. She completed an intensive rotating general internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Long Island Veterinary Specialists in 2012 and has stayed on as an emergency clinician. Dr. Cashman has special interests in emergency and critical care, neurology, and holistic medicine.

 

 

 

 

Alina Culica, DVM was born and raised in Bucharest, Romania. Dr. Culica completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences at Texas A & M University before she attended Veterinary School, also at Texas A & M University. Upon receiving her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Culica completed an intensive one and a half year internship in Small Animal Surgery and Internal Medicine at Med Vet Memphis, in Memphis, Tennessee, then spent 2 years in a surgical internship on Long Island, following which she practiced emergency medicine throughout Long Island before joining the emergency staff at Long Island Veterinary Specialists. Her areas of interest include surgery, emergency medicine, internal medicine, and neurology

 

Heidi L. Hoefer, DVM, DABVP

Heidi L. Hoefer, DVM, DABVP- Avian Practice graduated  from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. She completed a comprehensive one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Following her internship, Dr. Hoefer completed a two-year residency program in avian and exotic pet medicine at the Animal Medical Center. Dr. Hoefer served as a staff veterinarian in the department of Avian and Exotic Pets at the Animal Medical Center for eight years before joining Long Island Veterinary Specialists.

Dr. Hoefer is presently an adjunct instructor for Long Island Veterinary Specialists and is currently available for consultations at Island Exotic Veterinary Care located in Huntington Station, NY. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Avian Practice since 1993 and has served as Avian Residency Chairperson and on the Credentialing Committee of the ABVP .Dr. Hoefer has been a veterinary consultant for Veterinary Research Associates and Antech Diagnostic Laboratory for several years. She has lectured extensively on avian and exotic animal topics both nationally and internationally and has authored many scientific articles and chapters for veterinary textbooks. Dr. Hoefer's practice has been limited exclusively to small exotic pets since 1988.

 

Sabrina Poggiagliolmi, DVM, MS, attended the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy, where she graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994.

Dr. Poggiagliolmi was engaged in private practice in Italy until she moved to the US in 2006 to enroll in a 3-year comprehensive clinical residency in veterinary behavior medicine at the University of Georgia where she was awarded a Master of Science degree with a major in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.

“Dr. Sabrina” as she likes to be called speaks both English and Italian fluently.

 

Mr. Chris Hanley is the founder of Canine Commander, with a decorated career in Law Enforcement as a K-9 handler and New York State certified Trainer/ Examiner. Chris has built an extensive foundation of knowledge through situational and hands on experience. He has trained with some of the best trainers in the world and has considerable knowledge in canine evaluation, disposition, and trainability.

 

Jacqueline Carver, DVM, DACVS

Jacqueline Carver, DVM, DACVS graduated with honors from Colorado State University where she received both her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees. She completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at The Animal Medical Center in New York City and was awarded the Intern of the Year Award by the faculty. Following her internship, Dr. Carver completed a three-year comprehensive residency in small animal orthopedics, soft tissue and neurosurgery at The Animal Medical Center. She is board certified by the American college of Veterinary Surgeons.    Dr. Carver served as the Director of Surgery at The North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, NY and in 2000, was honored with the Alex Lewyt Veterinary Medical Center award for achievement by North Shore Animal League America.

Dr. Carver has published many scientific articles and lectures extensively on a variety of surgical topics. She is currently on staff with the Department of Surgery at Long Island Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Carver’s areas of special interest include cardiovascular, urogenital, and exotic animal surgery.
 

Heather Goodman, LVT, (CCRP)

Heather Goodman is a graduate of Suffolk Community College Veterinary Technician Program, and she studied at University of Tennessee for Canine Physical Rehabilitation. Born and raised on Long Island, Heather has been interested in veterinary care since she was young; she previously worked in small animal medicine prior to joining the staff at LIVS. Heather’s interests include Physical Rehabilitation, and small and exotic animal care.

 

Dominic J. Marino, DVM, DACVS, DACCT, CCRP

Dr. Dominic J. Marino is the Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Staff of Long Island Veterinary Specialists, an internationally recognized veterinary specialty center with a staff of over 180.  He is the founding director of the Canine Chiari Institute at LIVS and founding board member of the New York Veterinary Foundation. Dr.Marino was honored with both the Martin and Beatrice Weiser Outstanding Research Award and the North Shore Animal League Petering Scholarship Award during his residency. He is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and is the former head of Orthopedic/Neurosurgery service at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Marino has published many scientific articles, and authored chapters in veterinary medical textbooks as well as editor and contributing author of Chiari – like malformation and syringomyelia, a handbook for veterinary professionals. He lectures extensively on many surgical topics including soft tissue, orthopedic and neurosurgery. Dr. Marino served as chairman of the Eastern Veterinary Orthopedic Society for several years and was on the National Advisory Board of North Shore Animal League of America. He served as the surgical consultant to Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY.
He currently serves as surgical consultant for: The Humane Society of New York, NY.  North Shore Animal League of America, Port Washington, NY; Bide-A-Wee Animal Adoption Center, NY, The Guide Dog Foundation, Smithtown, NY; Sweet Briar Nature Preserve, Smithtown, NY; and is on the executive board of the Police Surgeons Benevolent Association.
Dr. Marino is the veterinary surgeon for New York City Police Department, MTA Police Department, Nassau County Police Department, Nassau County Sherriff’s Department, Suffolk County Police Department, Port Authority of the State of New York, US Customs and Border Patrol,  Federal Air Marshalls and the Secret Service.
Dr. Marino’s areas of special interest include joint replacement surgery, neurosurgery and trauma involving the nervous system.

 

Genevieve Mak, DVM

Genevieve Mak, DVM, graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and then received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences, where she was presented with the Pfizer Internal Medicine Award. Dr. Mak completed a one year internship and a three year residency in small animal internal medicine at California Animal Hospital Veterinary Specialty Group. She is currently on staff in the Internal Medicine Department at Long Island Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Mak’s interests include all aspects of internal medicine as well as ultrasonography and critical care.

 

Kay, Kim, VMD, DACVO

Kay, Kim, VMD, DACVO

Dr. Kay Kim grew up in northern New Jersey and graduated with honors from Princeton University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She received her Veterinary Medicine Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Following completion of a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Kim joined Long Island Veterinary Specialists in 2009 for a one-year ophthalmology internship under the mentorship of Dr. John Sapienza. In 2013, Dr. Kim completed a three-year residency program in comparative ophthalmology at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and achieved board certification as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. Dr. Kim returns to LIVS in September 2013 as a staff ophthalmologist. Her areas of special interest include infectious corneal disease and cataract surgery.

 

Curtis W. Dewey, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVIM

Curtis W. Dewey, DVM, MS, DACVS,  DACVIM (neurology) graduated from Cornell University, where he received both his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees. He completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Following his internship, he completed a three-year comprehensive residency at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and earned a Master of Science degree in anatomy. At the University of California College of Veterinary Medicine, he completed a two-year comprehensive residency in neurology and neurosurgery. Dr. Dewey is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology). He has served as the Director of Neurology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, and serves on the editorial review boards of several scientific journals. He has recently completed a comprehensive veterinary neurology textbook, A Practical Guide to Canine and Feline Neurology, and is an international authority on topics in veterinary neurology. He is a member of the board of directors of The New York Veterinary Foundation and a senior clinician at the Canine Chiari Institute at Long Island Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Dewey’s areas of special interest include neurosurgery, trauma involving the nervous system, myasthenia gravis and magnetic resonance imaging.
 

Victoria L. Kearns, LVT, CCRP

Victoria L. Kearns studied as a Veterinary Technician at the State University of New York at Delhi.  She graduated with an Associate Degree in Applied Science in May, 2007.  Upon graduation, Ms. Kearns then worked as a Veterinary Technician in a local small animal hospital before joining our practice in March, 2008 as one of the Canine Rehabilitators.  In December, 2009 Victoria graduated from the University of Tennessee as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner.  Ms. Kearns currently oversees all of the daily aspects conducted in the Rehabilitation Department as well as performing physical rehabilitation on our patients.   Victoria has always had a passion for canine physical rehabilitation with a special interest in easing canine arthritis and rehabilitating patients with spinal and orthopedic conditions.

 

Brian P. Grossbard, DVM, DACVS

Brian P. Grossbard, DVM, Dip. ACVS,  a native of Florida, graduated with honors from the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he received both his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Biology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Dr. Grossbard then completed a one-year internship in Small Animal Surgery, Critical Care and Medicine at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He went on to complete an intensive one-year internship in Surgery and a post graduate one-year internship in Neurology at Long Island Veterinary Specialists.

Dr. Grossbard completed a three-year comprehensive residency in small animal orthopedics, soft tissue and neurosurgery at Long Island Veterinary Specialists and is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Grossbard is certified in Stem Cell Therapy and is currently involved in research involving diagnostic imaging and surgery in patients with traumatic spinal cord injury. His areas of special interest include neurosurgery, minimally invasive orthopedic surgery and soft tissue surgical oncology.

 

Catherine A. Loughin, DVM, DACVS, DACCT

Catherine A. Loughin, DVM, DACVS, DACCT earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan, from which she graduated in 1995. She then attended Michigan State University, where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2000, and was the recipient of the Berrien County Kennel Club Scholarship award. Dr. Loughin completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery, a post-graduate surgical internship and a comprehensive  three-year residency in small animal orthopedic, soft tissue and neurosurgery under the direction of Dr. Dominic J. Marino at Long Island Veterinary Specialists.

Dr. Loughin is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Clinical Thermology and was granted research fellow status by the latter. She has published scientific articles on a variety of surgical topics and is responsible for establishing the “standards for thermal imaging” in the dog. Currently, as a senior member of The Canine Chiari Institute, she is a frequent lecturer both at national and international conferences and is the principle investigator of several clinical studies. Dr. Loughlin's interests include all aspects of soft tissue, specifically reconstructive surgery, tracheal and urethral stenting, orthopedic and neurosurgery.
 

Shadi Ireifej, DVM

Shadi Ireifej, DVM graduated from the State University of New York, Binghamton in Binghamton, NY, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He then attended Cornell University where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Dr. Ireifej was the recipient of many awards while in veterinary school including the Pfizer Dermatology Award. He completed an intensive one-year small animal medicine and surgery internship at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston Massachusetts and an intensive one-year small animal surgery internship at Long Island Veterinary Specialists in Plainview, NY. Dr. Ireifej is presently completing the surgical residency requirements for certification in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons at Long Island Veterinary Specialists under the direction of Dr. Dominic J. Marino. Dr. Ireifej has lectured locally and has been published in scientific journals. He enjoys all aspects of surgery with special interests in joint replacements.

 

Brian P. Grossbard, DVM, DACVS

Brian P. Grossbard, DVM, Dip. ACVS,  a native of Florida, graduated with honors from the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he received both his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Biology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Dr. Grossbard then completed a one-year internship in Small Animal Surgery, Critical Care and Medicine at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He went on to complete an intensive one-year internship in Surgery and a post graduate one-year internship in Neurology at Long Island Veterinary Specialists.

Dr. Grossbard completed a three-year comprehensive residency in small animal orthopedics, soft tissue and neurosurgery at Long Island Veterinary Specialists and is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Grossbard is certified in Stem Cell Therapy and is currently involved in research involving diagnostic imaging and surgery in patients with traumatic spinal cord injury. His areas of special interest include neurosurgery, minimally invasive orthopedic surgery and soft tissue surgical oncology.
 

Catherine A. Loughin, DVM, DACVS, DACCT

Catherine A. Loughin, DVM, DACVS, DACCT earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan, from which she graduated in 1995. She then attended Michigan State University, where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2000, and was the recipient of the Berrien County Kennel Club Scholarship award. Dr. Loughin completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery, a post-graduate surgical internship and a comprehensive  three-year residency in small animal orthopedic, soft tissue and neurosurgery under the direction of Dr. Dominic J. Marino at Long Island Veterinary Specialists.

Dr. Loughin is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Clinical Thermology and was granted research fellow status by the latter. She has published scientific articles on a variety of surgical topics and is responsible for establishing the “standards for thermal imaging” in the dog. Currently, as a senior member of The Canine Chiari Institute, she is a frequent lecturer both at national and international conferences and is the principle investigator of several clinical studies. Dr. Loughlin's interests include all aspects of soft tissue, specifically reconstructive surgery, tracheal and urethral stenting, orthopedic and neurosurgery.

 

Dominic J. Marino, DVM, DACVS, DACCT, CCRP

Dr. Dominic J. Marino is the Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Staff of Long Island Veterinary Specialists, an internationally recognized veterinary specialty center with a staff of over 180.  He is the founding director of the Canine Chiari Institute at LIVS and founding board member of the New York Veterinary Foundation. Dr.Marino was honored with both the Martin and Beatrice Weiser Outstanding Research Award and the North Shore Animal League Petering Scholarship Award during his residency. He is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and is the former head of Orthopedic/Neurosurgery service at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Marino has published many scientific articles, and authored chapters in veterinary medical textbooks as well as editor and contributing author of Chiari – like malformation and syringomyelia, a handbook for veterinary professionals. He lectures extensively on many surgical topics including soft tissue, orthopedic and neurosurgery. Dr. Marino served as chairman of the Eastern Veterinary Orthopedic Society for several years and was on the National Advisory Board of North Shore Animal League of America. He served as the surgical consultant to Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY.
He currently serves as surgical consultant for: The Humane Society of New York, NY.  North Shore Animal League of America, Port Washington, NY; Bide-A-Wee Animal Adoption Center, NY, The Guide Dog Foundation, Smithtown, NY; Sweet Briar Nature Preserve, Smithtown, NY; and is on the executive board of the Police Surgeons Benevolent Association.
Dr. Marino is the veterinary surgeon for New York City Police Department, MTA Police Department, Nassau County Police Department, Nassau County Sherriff’s Department, Suffolk County Police Department, Port Authority of the State of New York, US Customs and Border Patrol,  Federal Air Marshalls and the Secret Service.
Dr. Marino’s areas of special interest include joint replacement surgery, neurosurgery and trauma involving the nervous system.
 

Curtis W. Dewey, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVIM

Curtis W. Dewey, DVM, MS, DACVS,  DACVIM (neurology) graduated from Cornell University, where he received both his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees. He completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Following his internship, he completed a three-year comprehensive residency at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and earned a Master of Science degree in anatomy. At the University of California College of Veterinary Medicine, he completed a two-year comprehensive residency in neurology and neurosurgery. Dr. Dewey is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology). He has served as the Director of Neurology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, and serves on the editorial review boards of several scientific journals. He has recently completed a comprehensive veterinary neurology textbook, A Practical Guide to Canine and Feline Neurology, and is an international authority on topics in veterinary neurology. He is a member of the board of directors of The New York Veterinary Foundation and a senior clinician at the Canine Chiari Institute at Long Island Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Dewey’s areas of special interest include neurosurgery, trauma involving the nervous system, myasthenia gravis and magnetic resonance imaging.

 

Jacqueline Carver, DVM, DACVS

Jacqueline Carver, DVM, DACVS graduated with honors from Colorado State University where she received both her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees. She completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at The Animal Medical Center in New York City and was awarded the Intern of the Year Award by the faculty. Following her internship, Dr. Carver completed a three-year comprehensive residency in small animal orthopedics, soft tissue and neurosurgery at The Animal Medical Center. She is board certified by the American college of Veterinary Surgeons.    Dr. Carver served as the Director of Surgery at The North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, NY and in 2000, was honored with the Alex Lewyt Veterinary Medical Center award for achievement by North Shore Animal League America.

Dr. Carver has published many scientific articles and lectures extensively on a variety of surgical topics. She is currently on staff with the Department of Surgery at Long Island Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Carver’s areas of special interest include cardiovascular, urogenital, and exotic animal surgery.

 

Ann Bilderback, DVM, DACVIM

Ann Bilderback, DVM, DACVIM (neurology) graduated with honors from Dartmouth College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and then graduated with distinction from Cornell University where is received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. During her senior year of veterinary school, Dr. Bilderback was honored with the Merck Manual Award, the American Animal Hospital Association Award, the Neuroanatomy and Clinical Prize and the Grant Sherman Hopkins Prize. She then completed a comprehensive one-year Rotating Small Animal Internship and a three-year veterinary Neurology/Neurosurgery Residency at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Foster Hospital for Small Animals. Dr. Bilderback is boarded by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology).She has lectured on a variety of neurology/ neurosurgery topics and has published articles in scientific journals. Studies of research that she has been involved with include Transfrontal Craniectomy, Radiation Therapy, and/or Chemotherapy in the Treatment of Canine Meningiomas and Immunohistochemistry of Primary Brain Tumors in Dogs. Dr. Bilderback’s areas of special interest include seizure management and non-infectious encephalitis.

 
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