While many veterinarians begin to practice immediately following veterinary school, each of our doctors participated in an additional year of intensive internship training, focusing on specialty fields, such as emergency medicine, oncology, surgery, internal medicine, and ophthalmology. This gives them greater in-depth experience and allows them to be better prepared for the complicated cases that arise at our hospital.
Dr. Elyse Frank
Dr. Frank received her undergraduate degree at UCLA (go Bruins!) and completed her doctorate of veterinary medicine at Kansas State University (go Wildcats!).
A Southern California native, Dr. Frank returned to the area after receiving her veterinary doctorate to begin a small animal internship. This provided an amazing opportunity to enhance her knowledge and skills by focusing on internal medicine, oncology, and surgery. After completing her internship, she began a career in general practice and has been providing care for pets in the Long Beach area for over 10 years.
Dr. Frank has a special interest in feline medicine, is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), and volunteers with a trap-neuter-release feral cat organization. She lives in Redondo Beach with her husband, daughters, and three cats Chester, Zoey, and Tasha.
"…she has been providing care for pets in the Long Beach area for over 11 years."
Dr. Rachel Sitler
After completing her studies in Animal Science at Cornell University, Dr. Rachel Sitler went on to receive her veterinary degree from the University of Wisconsin.
Following her formal veterinary education, Dr. Sitler then completed an intensive additional year of training in surgery, emergency medicine, ophthalmology, and internal medicine at an esteemed program in Southern California.
Following her internship, Dr. Sitler worked as an emergency veterinarian, gaining valuable knowledge she will now be able to use to address the needs of your pets in an emergency situation.
Dr. Sitler currently lives in Belmont Shore with her husband, her son, and her dog, Bailey, an Irish Setter.
She has spent the past 15 years serving the needs of clients and patients in our Long Beach communities and has been co-owner of Belmont Shore Veterinary Hospital since 2007.
"Following her formal veterinary education, Dr. Sitler then completed an intensive additional year of training"
Dr. Elizabeth Ingram
Dr. Elizabeth Ingram was with us part-time for several years before we got lucky enough for her to be with us full-time. She is a California native who majored in Biology with a minor in Japanese before completing her veterinary degree. Following veterinary school, she completed two rigorous internship programs. The first year-long program was a small animal internship focused on emergency, oncology, neurology, and internal medicine. She then went on to complete a surgical internship, where she trained under some of the nation’s top surgeons at a prestigious facility in Los Angeles. In addition, Dr. Ingram has authored numerous veterinary medical publications. Most importantly, she is a kind and compassionate veterinarian, and we are so thrilled to have her as part of our team.
"Dr. Ingram has authored numerous veterinary medical publications."
Dr. Bob, also know as Mr. Executive Whiny Pants, is our onsite feline specialist.
After graduating from the prestigious Felius Catus University he joined our team in 2007. While he rarely sees patients, he is always willing to consult with our human doctors, and often offers valuable advice and therapeutic snuggles. In addition, Dr. Bob generously donates blood for sick patients in need of blood transfusions.
Talia Dutra, CVPM
Talia joined our practice in October 2016, after relocating from Houston, Texas. She has worked in the veterinary field since 2005 and gained experience as a veterinary assistant, technician, and client service supervisor before pursuing Practice Management. She has a B.S. in Psychology, served on the Board of Directors of the Houston Veterinary Practice Managers Association, and is an active member of the national organization, Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. She is one of approximately 500 Veterinary Practice Managers in the nation who have earned certification (CVPM), the highest level of credential for professional veterinary managers. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s Degree program focusing on Business Administration.
She loves her job because she gets to serve as a liaison between our team, our clients, and our patients, hoping to ensure a comfortable and compassionate environment for everyone.
Her focus is client service, so if you ever want to reach out to her, she loves to hear any feedback our clients or potential clients may have. She can be reached directly at email@example.com.
Registered Veterinary Technicians
Registered Veterinary Technicians are pet nurses. To become registered, they are required to complete rigorous testing, extensive formal training, and have over 4,000 hours of clinical experience. They have been certified to practice as veterinary nurses by the California Veterinary Medical Board. We are lucky to boast more of these highly qualified team members than most veterinary hospitals in the area.
Alberto Cardenas, RVT
Alberto leads our technician team. The thing he enjoys most about working in the veterinary field is the ability to directly help animals and their families. He started as a kennel attendant, progressed to technician assistant, then technician, and eventually obtained his licensure as a registered veterinary technician. Because of his technical skill, enthusiasm, and constant willingness to help the team, he was promoted to technician manager. He manages our technician staff, patient care, and hospital inventory system. He has a special interest in veterinary dentistry because it immediately impacts the quality of patients’ lives by alleviating painful situations in their mouths. Alberto has two mischievous cats, Jack and Olivia. He enjoys going to Dodger games, coaching baseball with his son, camping and spending time outdoors with his family.
Amy Powell, RVT
Amy has worked for Belmont Shore Veterinary hospital since 2003 after graduating summa cum laude from Cal Poly Pomona. She has a special interest in dentistry, low-stress patient handling, and geriatric health care (older critters make her heart melt).
Amy has two dogs (and older German Shepherd and a young mixed-breed), two lizards, four rabbits, and a horse of her own. In her free time, she spends as much time as possible at the stable with her horse; rescues and fixes homeless rabbits, and snuggles with her soulmate – a one-eared rabbit named Fernando.
Marica De Luna, RVT
Marica joined the BSVH team in 2014 with a B.S. n Agriculture Biology from Cal Poly Pomona and RVT training through Mt. San Antonio College. Her years of professional animal care started at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro, where she helped rehabilitate and release rescued seals and sea lions. She went on to work with companion animals by spending her days at a spay and neuter clinic and her nights at an emergency hospital before she came to BSVH. Her dedication, attention to detail, and overall positive energy have proven to be an invaluable asset that we are happy to share with our clients and patients.
In her free time, she loves to spend time outside swimming, bicycling, and walking with her dogs.
Parker Lew, RVT
Parker joined our team in 2014 as one of our valued technician assistants. After hard work and rigorous study, he obtained his license as a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2017. His great attitude and willingness to help everyone – patient, client, or coworker – make him an essential part of the team.
Shannon Stalford, RVTg
Shannon is a Registered Veterinary Technologist who has been with BSVH since 2015. Her interest in veterinary medicine began after volunteering with a small shelter clinic near her hometown in Washington State. She attended Cal Poly Pomona where she received her BS in Animal Health Science.
In addition to animal nursing, she maintains the hospital’s prescription diet department. Her professional interests include animal nutrition, veterinary dentistry, and client education. She hopes to work in veterinary hospital management in the future.
In her off hours, Shannon enjoys yoga, surfing, and spending time with her pets: a pug named Bert, and her two cats, Ruby and Ichabod
Carly Crowell, RVT, ABCDT – Certified Behavior Trainer
Carly is our in-house Certified Behavior Trainer and brings an incredibly important and unique skillset to our hospital. Carly has been part of the BSVH family since 2009. She left our hospital for a few years to work under Dr. Karen Sueda, one of the most renowned Veterinary Behavior Specialists in California, where she gained invaluable and highly specialized experience – we are very excited to have her back and to share this training with our clients.
During her time away, she was able to utilize her training background to work with much more challenging behavior disorders. Carly has been a guest behavior speaker at the Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association Conference, has worked in shelter settings to train rescue dogs prior to adoption, and has worked diligently to help educate and create behavior awareness in the veterinary community. She has taught puppy socialization classes geared towards happy veterinary experiences for puppies, and offers private training to owners with behavioral training questions and concerns for their pets. She has a special interest in canine early development and creating low-stress veterinary visits for all animals and has recently completed the Dr. Sophia Yin course requirements to receive her Low Stress Handling Certification.
If you have a new puppy or new kitten, a pet who is overwhelmingly nervous or anxious at his or her visits to the vet, general questions about your pet’s behavior or training, a pet who needs obedience training, a cat who is urinating outside the litter box and you’ve ruled out medical reasons, a pet that is aggressive with other pets or people, separation anxiety, introducing a new pet or new baby into a house with established pets, noise phobia and other phobias, Carly can help. Call 562-961-0028 to schedule a consultation.
Edgar is hard working and motivated. He brings a positive attitude and an upbeat personality to work each day. His work ethic, dedication, and reliability make him an important part of our technician team. Edgar helps manage our inventory and will be testing for his Veterinary Technician license in the coming months.
Eva has been a part of our amazing technician staff since 2008. Her compassion, hard work and sweet personality make her a favorite team member. Everyone enjoys working with her; she keeps us smiling throughout the day!
Client Care Representatives
Princess Buttercup has worked at BSVH as a professional greeter since 2009. She started her life on the streets and was brought to us by a kind client. Thanks to her strong will and motivation to learn, she excelled in our patient greeter program. After a rigorous year of training she was awarded a permanent position with us which includes plenty of love, lots of stimulating work, and a fully funded retirement program. We are very happy to have her here with us! For more on Princess Buttercup please visit her Instagram page.
Westerly Davis – Lead Client Care Representative
Westerly leads our client care team. She joined us in February 2017 shortly after moving to Long Beach. She previously worked an animal hospital in Santa Clarita for four years as a receptionist. After proving her strong dedication and dependability, she was asked to lead our team of client care representatives. She brings tremendous client service skill to our team and we’re excited to have her.
In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, going to the mountains, and spoiling her senior terrier-mix, Tobee.
Roberta has been with us nearly two years. She is sweet, friendly, and is able to help our clients immensely by staying calm and focused in stressful situations. Prior to BSVH, she honed her customer service skills while working at Chanel, and then found her passion for animals working as a veterinary assistant.
She and her husband are expecting their first child and she couldn’t be more excited. In her spare time, she enjoys cuddling with her two bunnies, Gizmo and Delilah, who she adopted here at BSVH. She enjoys traveling the world, and makes a yearly trip to Barras de Piaxtla, MX to help with releasing sea turtles.
Bio coming soon!
Christina Van Meter
Christina is a Long Beach native who started her career in animal health in 2006, and has been working with pets ever since. She has explored many positions in the veterinary field, which has helped her become a proficient and experienced teammate.
She has one daughter who is currently obsessed with Hatchimals and loves the water. Christina’s hobbies are swimming, camping, and anything that makes her daughter smile. They have one kitty cat named Tom Tom who thinks the bathtub faucet is his own personal water bowl 🙂
Alex joined the team in September 2017. She enjoys working in our veterinary hospital because of her love for helping animals and people as well. She has experience in an emergency hospital, which taught her how to handle emergency cases and delicate situations. She has a handsome furbaby named Roky Marciano who accompanies her on trips to the beach, long walks, and other random adventures!