Rebecca Swimmer, DVM


Animal Specialty and Emergency Center

Los Angeles, CA

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

North Grafton, MA

Masters in Neurobiology

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Bachelors in Animal Science

with High Honors

University of Illinois

Urbana, Champaign, IL

Dr. Rebecca Swimmer grew up in the suburbs of Chicago knowing from the age of five that she wanted to become a veterinarian. It has been her lifelong dream come true to open Vet Villa Animal Hospital and to combine high quality veterinary medicine in a loving environment.


Dr. Swimmer’s educational pursuits began at the University of Illinois where she received her Bachelors of Science with High Honors in Animal Science. While an undergraduate, she developed a special interest in neurology and went on to pursue graduate studies at Harvard University where she graduated with her Masters in Neurobiology.


She continued her educational journey in Boston where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University. Research has played a large role in her journey, and she has been honored with training grants from the National Institute of Health both as a student at Harvard University as well as during her training at Tufts University. She has presented her research findings at veterinary conferences and has also been published in The Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.


After completing her formal education, Dr. Swimmer moved to Los Angeles where she completed a rigorous small animal rotating internship at the Animal Specialty and Emergency Center (ASEC). While at ASEC, she received advanced training with board-certified specialists in Emergency and Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Radiology, Cardiology, and Oncology. She further applied this knowledge and honed her skills during her years as an emergency and critical care veterinarian prior to transitioning to small animal general practice. She has also enjoyed donating her time to the community by performing spays and neuters for local rescue foundations.


Dr. Swimmer's professional interests include preventative wellness care for both dogs and cats, trauma medicine, dermatology, and geriatric medicine including hospice care to improve comfort for older patients.


Dr. Swimmer loves sharing her free time with her husband, young daughter, and her two rescue kittens, Atlas and Squirrel. She is excited to be part of the San Gabriel Valley. High quality medicine, state of the art equipment, and compassionate care are the foundations of Vet Villa Animal Hospital.


Welcome to the Vet Villa Family!

John Gil, DVM


The Animal Medical Center

New York, NY

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Blacksburg, VA

Bachelors in Zoology

University of Santa Barbara 

Santa Barbara, CA

Dr. Gil is one of the rare Los Angeles natives, having been born and raised in the port town of San Pedro. He has always been the “animal lover” in his family and was notorious for bringing in strays or hurt animals and nursing them back to health as a child.  

Dr. Gil graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Zoology. He then moved back home to Los Angeles where he worked as a veterinary nurse in a busy Intensive Care Unit for 2 years. He graduated from Virginia-Maryland's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015.  Afterwards, he completed a prestigious, intensive 1-year internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. There he received advanced training in internal medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, dermatology, neurology, critical care, oncology, cardiology and radiology. After this rigorous training, he moved to San Diego where he trained for 2 years under a team of board-certified internal medicine specialists, learning how to best manage a variety of chronic and acute illnesses. Since then he has worked at a large variety of hospitals where he honed his skills and kept current on the latest treatments and diagnostics available.

His special interests include internal medicine, ophthalmology, and neurology. He truly enjoys managing cases such as diabetes, gastrointestinal disease, epilepsy, ocular disorders, and kidney disease among others.  He stays current on the latest research and aims to provide the best and most up to date care for all his patients.

Outside of the office, Dr. Gil loves to travel, cook and eat. He and his partner have two dogs, Joey and Leah, and one cat, Nina. He is also an aquarium enthusiast and maintains his own reef tank. Dr. Gil is excited to meet all of our clients and their furred family members!

Dr. Elizabeth Craig's biography is coming soon...

Elizabeth Craig


Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncture
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist


Specialty Medicine Internship

Animal Specialty Group

Los Angeles, CA

General Medicine Rotating Internship
VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center
Norwalk CT

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

Atlantic Veterinary College

Prince Edward Island, Canada 

Bachelors in Biology 

Univeristy of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

Dr. Jessica Maynard's biography is coming soon...

Jessica Maynard, DVM

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine

East Lansing, MI

Cardiology specialist available for existing patients by appointment only.

Please call (626) 799-5900.

Dr. Nakamura was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He attended University of California at Davis for undergraduate studies and Tufts University for veterinary school. He completed a small animal internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, and an emergency and critical care Residency at Tufts University thereafter. He was in private practice in New Jersey for two years and then came to Southern California to complete a cardiology residency at Advanced Veterinary Care Center. Dr. Nakamura is board certified in both Emergency/Critical Care and Cardiology.


Dr. Nakamura enjoys running, traveling and attending sporting events in his free time along with taking care of his highly allergic Shih Tzu, Yuki.

Reid Nakamura,



Cardiology Residency

Advanced Veterinary Care Center

Lawndale, CA

Emergency and Critical Care Residency

Tufts University

North Grafton, MA


The Animal Medical Center

New York City, NY

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

Tufts University

North Grafton, MA


University of California, Davis

Davis, CA


Doctors' appointment times vary.
We are available by appointment only. 

The COVID-19 outbreak has put a significant strain on our staffing and supply chain. We have modified our hours until further notice to:

MONDAY                 8am - 6pm

TUESDAY                8am - 6pm


THURSDAY             8am - 6pm

FRIDAY                    8am - 6pm

SATURDAY                CLOSED

SUNDAY                    CLOSED

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