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MEET THE DOCTORS

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Rebecca Swimmer, DVM

Internship
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!

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Dr. Bailey Hand was born in Lihue Kauai, and raised in Laguna Beach, CA. She has been in the

veterinary field since the age of 15, working her way up from kennel attendant to veterinary

assistant to surgical and veterinary technician. An avid horseback rider, she rode in state-wide

equestrian hunter-jumper competitions, winning blue ribbons in numerous shows. She

interned at local equine surgical hospitals, and although horses will always hold a special place in her heart, Dr. Hand decided to pursue her passion in small animal medicine.

Dr. Hand obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science at Cal Poly, Pomona, and her

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State

University. Although she enjoyed Oregon and the changing seasons, she was thrilled to return

to southern California and to join the team of professionals at Vet Villa Animal Hospital. Her

special interests include cardiology, ultrasound and radiology, as well as helping her canine and feline patients receive the best possible medical care.

During her free time, Dr. Hand enjoys spending time at the beach and in the ocean, trying

unique foods and restaurants in Pasadena, going to the gym, and tending to her jungle of house plants. She also loves to spoil her dog, Ellie, and her two cats Theodore and Clarabelle.

Bailey Hand, DVM

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

Oregon State University

Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine

Corvallis, Oregon

Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Sciences

California State Polytechnic University

Pomona, California

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Dr. Balian was born and raised in Pasadena, California. She has always loved animals (from land and sea), biology and field research and received her Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. After two years of working in a small animal private practice, she knew her true calling in life was to help animals and their humans live as many happy, healthy days together as possible. She moved to Glendale, Arizona to pursue her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Midwestern University. She then moved right back to her home of sunny California to start her career in veterinary medicine. Her professional interests include all things feline, preventative medicine (for felines and canines), dermatology and expanding on her surgical skills. 

 

In her free time, Dr. Balian loves exploring the local hiking trails, finding her center with yoga, discovering good vegetarian food, and snuggling with her three wonderful cats, Oliver, Archie and Sam. She speaks fluent Armenian. 

Danielle Balian, DVM

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

Midwestern University

Glendale, AZ

 

Bachelors in Marine Biology

Occidental College

Los Angeles, CA 

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Laura Soto, DVM

Dr. Laura Soto was born and raised in Southern California. Growing up low-income, Dr. Soto understands how financial constraints can place undue stress on pet owners. She sadly lost a couple of childhood pets to preventable diseases. Her financial limitations early in life helped her realize the importance of preventative care, client education, and resources for pet owners so that others would not have to experience the sudden loss of a pet. 

 

Dr. Soto attended the University of California, Riverside for undergraduate studies and moved to The Grand Canyon State to study veterinary medicine at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. She dreamed of the day she could return to practice veterinary medicine in Southern California and upon graduating from veterinary school, she moved back to the Golden State to reunite with her pets and family. 

 

In her free time Dr. Soto enjoys taking naps with her senior Chihuahua Sunny, having a tasty pastry at Porto's, and taking trips along the stunning California coastline. Dr. Soto is bilingual in Spanish and English. 

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

Midwestern University

Glendale, AZ

 

Bachelors in Animal Science

University of California, Riverside

Riverside, CA 

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Dr. Arellano grew up in the local San Gabriel Valley area. Her first pets included snakes, geckos, mice and eventually her first cat, Galaxy. She has been on the path to become a veterinarian starting at a young age and began with volunteering at animal shelters. Eventually, she obtained her Bachelor Degree in Animal Science at UC Davis. She took a gap year before veterinary school to solidify her technical skills and expand her knowledge in the field where she volunteered at the Aquarium of the Pacific and a small animal private practice in Pasadena. Afterwards, she completed her veterinary training and obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the Ohio State University. She always planned on returning back to sunny California to begin her career in small animal private practice medicine. Her interest includes preventative wellness care, feline geriatric medicine, and dentistry. 

 

During her free time, Dr. Arellano likes to explore new restaurants, visit Disneyland and museums, and relax at home with her cat, Luna. 

Lauren Arellano, DVM

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Columbus, OH

 

Bachelors in Animal Science

University of California, Davis

Davis, CA 

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Dr. Ranique Hsu was born in Northern California. At a young, she understood the unconditional love between animals and humans and wanted to help maintain that bond by becoming a veterinarian. She moved to Taiwan for several years to learn the language and culture before attending veterinarian school there. After graduation, she practiced small animal medicine in Taiwan for a year before returning home to the United States. Given her education, she is both fluent in Mandarin and English. She received further education by completing a clinical year at the University of Missouri. After Missouri, Dr. Hsu was chosen to undergo additional training through an internship program in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center. Her professional interests include ophthalmology, preventive medicine, and surgery. 

 

In her free time, Dr. Hsu enjoys being active, playing tennis, snowboarding, hiking, and going to the gym. She is also a huge foodie who explores sunny Southern California through food. Her partner in crime is currently a little munchkin cat named Pooky, and she is looking to add to the crew in the future. 

Ranique Hsu, DVM

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
National Pingtung University of

Science and Technology
Neipu, Taiwan

Internship

Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center
Rancho Cordova, CA 

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Sheena Forsberg, MRCVS, DVM

Dr. Sheena Forsberg is an experienced veterinary surgeon with a keen interest in providing quality care to companion animals as well as a friendly and empathetic service to clients. 

She became a veterinarian to help other animals like her own. When she was in college as pre-med her Jack Russell Terrier was attacked by coyotes and was saved by an ER Veterinarian. As such she spends her weekends as an ER veterinarian so she can do the same for other animals. 

She has a diverse educational background with a Bachelor’s in Political Science with an emphasis in International Politics. Loving travel she obtained her veterinary degree from the Royal Veterinary College in London. 

Upon completion of her degree she remained in London to practice for awhile before returning to California. She is a new mom with a human baby and fur baby who are now best friends. 

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
Royal Veterinary College
London, England

Bachelors Degree

California State University, Fullerton

Fullerton, CA

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Dr. Tiffany Li grew up around a variety of animals, which ignited her interest to learn more about them. She started off volunteering at her local animal shelter in high school and she has been working with animals ever since then!

Dr. Li received her Bachelor’s degree in animal science with a pre-veterinary emphasis at California Polytechnic University in Pomona. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Dr. Li received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Midwestern University in Arizona. Dr. Li’s interests in veterinary medicine include internal medicine, preventative care, and expanding her surgical knowledge.

When Dr. Li is not at work, she enjoys hiking, roller skating, trying new food spots, and watching movies. She is currently 'livin' the life' with her two amazing furry sidekicks- Possum the cream tabby cat and Beanie the Golden Retriever

Tiffany Li, DVM

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
Midwestern University 
Glendale, AZ


Bachelors Degree
California Polytechnic University 
Pomona, CA

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Cardiology specialist available for existing Vet Villa patients only scheduled by appointment.

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,

DVM, DACVECC, DACVIM

(Cardiology)

Cardiology Residency
Advanced Veterinary Care Center
Lawndale, CA

Emergency and Critical Care Residency
Tufts University
North Grafton, MA

Internship
The Animal Medical Center
New York City, NY

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
Tufts University
North Grafton, MA

Bachelors
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA