Our Team

Meet the team at Belmont Shore Veterinary Hospital! We’re pleased to provide exceptional veterinary care for your pets! Please call us at (562) 961-0028 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Veterinarians

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. 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. Sean Pador

Dr. Pador was born and raised in the Southern California area and received his bachelor’s of science degree from the University of California, San Diego. He spent most of his free time during undergrad volunteering at a local animal hospital and shelter. He decided that veterinary medicine was the career path he desired and then obtained his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Western University of Health Sciences. Upon completion, Dr. Pador underwent a small animal rotating internship that placed an emphasis on surgery, internal medicine, and emergency and critical care. He is dedicated to providing the most up to date medicine to his patients and is committed to a lifestyle of lifelong-learning. In his free time, Dr. Pador likes to rock climb and spend time with his family, friends, and his two cats. 

"He is dedicated to providing the most up to date medicine to his patients."

Dr. Cheryl Garcia

Dr. Garcia graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelors in Biological Sciences. She then drove across country to attend Western University of Health Sciences where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Soon after, Dr. Garcia underwent additional training in oncology, neurology, ophthalmology, surgery, cardiology, emergency medicine and internal medicine after a year long small animal rotating internship at a reputable specialty hospital in Southern California. Following her internship, Dr. Garcia joined the Belmont Shore Veterinary Hospital team and is excited to serve the communities’ pets and their owners. Dr. Garcia has a Chihuahua mix named Penny who is her life companion and travel buddy since her undergraduate years. She also most recently adopted Whiskies, a sweet and loving domestic short hair kitty.

"[She] is excited to serve the communities’ pets and their owners."

Dr. Bob

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.

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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.

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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.

Stefanie Kim, RVT

Stefanie is our lead RVT and has been with us since 2018. She graduated from the veterinary technician institute in Pittsburgh, PA. Stefanie has been an RVT for 6 years and working with animals for 10 years. She has a passion for surgery/anesthesia and experience in emergency and critical care. Stefanie has a pet snake and tarantula. On her down time she likes to go hiking, gardening, rock climbing, and camping.

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Yvette Ramos, RVT

Yvette has been with our team since April 2020. She started in the veterinary field over 12 years ago as an assistant. She worked from there until she received her RVT license 6 years ago. Yvette is in this field because of her love for animals and her part in strengthening the bond between other people and their pets. She loves the nursing aspect of take care of someone else’s baby and educating the owners on recovery. When she’s not working, Yvette spends time with her friends and family. While she doesn’t currently have any pets, she has plans to live with many pets and animals in the future.

Brooklyn Munton, RVT

Brooklyn was born and raised in Southern California. She has been working with animals as long as she can remember– volunteering at animal shelters and pet sitting until she was old enough to do it professionally! She has been a technician for 4 years and received her RVT license in November 2019. Although general practice and preventative medicine is so much fun, emergency and critical care is her passion. You can find Brooklyn at ACCESS specialty center when she is not at BSVH. When she has time off, Brooklyn loves to nap with her cats, outdoor adventure with her dogs, and relax on the beach.

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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.

Technicians

Edgar Sanchez

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.

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Eva Ramirez

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!

Cora Starnes

Cora started in the veterinarian field in 2013 as a receptionist before transitioning to the treatment area to train as a technician. She likes all aspects of her job, but her favorite part is seeing her patients feeling better. Cora has a dog at home, Joplin. She also has become a mother to our in-house clinic cat, Squinton. Cora enjoys roller skating, cooking, and anything to do with live music.

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Andrea Buchanan

Bio coming soon!

Melissa Leal

Melissa has been working in the veterinary field since 2015 and currently working toward her RTV license at Mt. San Antonio College. Her hobbies include spending time with family, drawing, painting, reading, skating, and playing roller derby. Melissa has two family pets– Brittany, a 10 year old maltipoo and Simba, a 4 year old tabby.

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Technician Assistants

Perry Snyderman

Perry started in veterinary medicine while in college by working as a veterinary assistant for a mobile large vet. He came to us in February 2020 and has a strong passion for quality animal care and making all our patients feel comfortable. He spends his weekends gardening with his elderly cat, who he cherishes with all his heart. Perry’s long-term goal is to pursue veterinary school. In the meantime, he is enjoying learning the veterinary business from the ground up.

Jason Christoforou

Bio coming soon!

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Myrna Mendez

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Client Care Representatives

Princess Buttercup

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.

Sam Valdez – Lead Client Care Representative

Sam leads our client care team. She joined us in July 2018 shortly after moving to Long Beach from Chicago.  Sam’s mother was a veterinary technician in the Army, which exposed her to animals and the veterinary world from a young age. She started her journey to us in 2012 by cleaning kennels at a large/small animal hospital in Texas. She eventually moved up to technician before taking on the receptionist role– a little bit of everything! Her top priority is client/patient experience and she wants every owner to leave feeling cared for and informed. Sam spends her free time playing video games, hiking, collecting vinyl, and entertaining her two cats, Jane and Moon.

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Alexandra Calera

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!

Jazmine Equihua

Bio coming soon!

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Ty Deed

Ty has been with us since 2018 and in the veterinary field since 2011. She is in the veterinary field because she has always been an animal lover! Ty really does get happiness from watching an owner be reunited with their healthy fur baby and being a part of that process. While Ty does not have any pets of her own, she is plenty busy with her 3-year old son. She enjoys spending her free time with her baby boy and finding fun outdoor activities for them to do together.

Lisa Zahnter

Lisa came to us in 2019 with over 25 years experience in the veterinary field. Lisa is in this field because she thinks animal lovers are the best people to work with. She has been an animal lover all her life. Her nature is to want to take care of people and all animals, including her 2 dogs and 2 cats. Lisa’s life goal is to have made a difference in this field.

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Janine Byrd

Janine is new to the Belmont Shore team. She has been working in the veterinary field for 10 years because of her love for people and their furry companions. She has a passion for knowledge and takes advantage of each new day as a learning experience. Janine spends most of her time with her 2 kitties, walking, or caring for her succulent garden.

Tuyen Le

Tuyen joined our team in November 2020 with a long-term goal of becoming a veterinarian. She enjoys working in the veterinary industry because she can be surrounded by animals while lending a helping hand. Tuyen has 4 dogs (Spot, Moon, Boy and Bear) and 1 cat (Bubba). Her pets are all crazy in their own way and it’s never a boring day at home with them!

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