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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. 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 is Vet Villa's Assistant Medical Director. She 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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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. 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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Christina Rostami, DVM

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
Western University of Health Sciences

Pomona, CA

Bachelors Degree of Science

Biology

University of California, Irvine

Irvine, CA

Dr. Rostami grew up in Los Angeles, California surrounded by a diverse array of pets in the

household. Early on she developed a keen interest in veterinary medicine and delved into her

veterinary career by volunteering at various kitten and dog rescues, along with contributing to

equine care at a physical therapy center for special needs children.

Her academic journey led her to a Bachelor’s degree in biology at UC Irvine, followed by the

attainment of her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Western University of Health

Sciences in Pomona, California. Dr. Rostami's veterinary passions encompass preventative and internal medicine, as well as continual refinement of her surgical skills to ensure optimal patient care.

In her leisure moments, Dr. Rostami indulges in quality time with loved ones, beach outings,

hikes, and video games. Adding to her joy, she shares plenty of moments with her cherished

chinchilla, Teddy.

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Biography coming soon..

Brittany Grenus, DVM

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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

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