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Pet Specialists of Monterey

Practice Timeline

2008

Monterey Peninsula Veterinary Surgical Service is formed and subsequently renamed to Pet Surgeons, Inc., which provides in-hospital surgery at local veterinary offices in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties.

2009–2010

Pet Surgeons, Inc. continues to operate locally and explores multiple fixed hospital locations in Monterey County.

2011

October: Pet Specialists of Monterey opened its doors as a 24-hour veterinary emergency and specialty hospital in Del Rey Oaks, California, as an expansion of Pet Surgeons. The hospital was started by the owner, one board-certified surgeon, Dr. Greg Marsolais, and one internal medicine specialist (small animal), Dr. Jonathan Fradkin. The emergency service was managed by Dr. Bill Sullenberger, an emergency veterinarian.

2012

June: Pet Specialists became an AAHA-accredited veterinary hospital.

July: Pet Specialists welcomed its first intern, Dr. Emily Montes, into the small animal internal medicine and surgery rotating internship through the AAVC Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program.

2013

April: Pet Specialists began offering dermatology services, provided by board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Alison Flynn.

July-June: Pet Specialists began its first remodel and expansion, moving into the former UPS Store. Pet Specialist’s second intern, Dr. Stacy Rael, began her yearlong rotating internship.

2014

January: The internal medicine department welcomed board-certified internal medicine specialist (small animal), Dr. Tara Ghormley. Additionally, Pet Specialist’s first surgical resident, Dr. Emily Montes, began her three-year residency at Pet Specialists.

July: Pet Specialists welcomed its third veterinary intern, Dr. Christine Parker-Graham.

2015

July: The fourth class of interns began with two veterinarians, Dr. Heidi Denenholz and Dr. Jenna Hinton.

November: Certified Veterinary Practice Manager, Emma J. Sanchez, joined Pet Specialists as the Hospital Administrator.

2016

June: The fifth class of interns began with three veterinarians, Dr. Christina Rettig, Dr. Mila Golovko, and Dr. Sierra Friedman.

September: Pet Specialists officially became the founding practice of Max’s Helping Paws Foundation.

October: Pet Specialists celebrated its fifth anniversary! The cardiology department was founded with the addition of board-certified cardiologist, Dr. Michael Lesser.

November: The hospital installed a 16-slice Toshiba Aquilion CT scanner and the outpatient CT imaging program was introduced to the surrounding veterinary community.

2017

January: Board-certified surgeon Dr. Mike Dearmin joined the team, expanding the surgery department and mobile surgery services.

February: The second remodel began and Pet Specialists expanded into the adjacent space at 457 Canyon Del Rey Blvd. Avian and Exotic Clinic of Monterey moved into adjacent shared space, allowing for expansion inside the hospital.

May: The Pet Specialists of Monterey Veterinary Conference Center was introduced and made available to the local veterinary community.

June: Pet Specialists was awarded Monterey County’s Small Business of the Year and the City of Del Rey Oaks’ Outstanding Recognition.

July: The Monterey Chamber of Commerce awarded Pet Specialists of Monterey the 2017 Business Excellence Award for Professional Services. The sixth class of interns began, Dr. Katlyn Lake, Dr. Kelly Rockwell, and Dr. Katie Roehl. Additionally, Smartflow software went live! IPads, tablets, and interactive television screens were installed around the hospital, allowing for top-notch communication between doctors and staff regarding all patients.

2018

Pet Specialists has transformed into a family of six board-certified specialists, six emergency veterinarians, and three veterinary interns, totaling more than sixty staff!

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