Emergency & Critical Department

Jonnie Quantz, DVM, Hospital Director

Dr. Quantz received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University.  After graduating, Dr. Quantz moved to Southern California and quickly discovered her passion for emergency veterinary medicine.  She has been practicing in Emergency and Critical Care for over 30 years and completed a residency within this field in 2007.  Dr. Quantz founded Animal Emergency Referral Center in May of 2000 to provide the community with a 24 hour Emergency and Critical Care facility and promote the best possible care of our animal companions.

 

She resides in Rancho Palos Verdes with her husband, two dogs, and two cats. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, spending time with her three children, and reading.

Nina Mahoney, DVM

Being born and raised in Huntington Beach, Dr. Nina Mahoney is a native of California.

 

In 2008 she graduated from UCLA  with a Bachelor’s degree in Physiological Science and continued on to graduate from Western University of Health Sciences with a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

 

During her time at UCLA she worked at the David Geffen School of Medicine, an internationally recognized leader in research, medical education, and patient care. She finds adrenal diseases fascinating and holds a special place in her heart for her geriatric patients.

 

In her time off, she loves spending time with her family and friends and going to the ballet.

Natalie Fording, DVM

Dr. Natalie Fording received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Saint Louis University in 2008 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri in 2012.

 

After graduation, she moved to Brooklyn, NY and completed a year-long small animal rotating internship at Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group.  Dr. Fording’s professional interests include emergency medicine, critical care, and internal medicine.

 

Originally from Pittsburgh, Dr. Fording enjoys playing sports, hiking, and spending time with her dog, Tucker, and cat, Izzy.

Robert Righter, DVM

Dr. Robert Righter attended Kansas State University and in completion obtained his veterinarian license. He began practicing in 1972 all throughout the mid west with both large and small animals. Once he moved to the west coast, Dr. Righter began focusing on small animals.

 

Dr. Righter is an animal lover, especially when it comes to his dog, Greta, a 3-year-old German Shepard. In his free time, Dr. Righter loves spending time with his family and loves working out.

Ravi Kumar Srungaram, DVM

Dr. Ravi Srungaram is a Southern California native who grew up in Long Beach. Dr. Srungaram grew up working at his father’s veterinary practice which built his love for the profession.  He majored in Biology at Loyola Marymount University before going to UC Davis for his DVM in 2015.

 

When not working, he enjoys playing basketball, running, and spending time with friends and family. His favorite dog breed is the Malamut.

Joohee Seo, DVM

Dr. Joohee Seo graduated from Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Music.  She then continued her education to earn a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences.

 

Dr. Seo has experienced many externships and clinical rotations through New York, New Jersey, and California, where she continued gaining knowledge in a wide breadth of medicine including emergency and critical care, internal medicine, and surgery and anesthesia.

 

She has also completed a summer training program in comparative medicine at New York University and externships in Columbia University Medical Center and Stanford University Medical Center. Throughout veterinary school, she was actively involved with various national organizations.

 

She took several leadership positions such as a vice president for the Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society and a class representative for the Student Chapter of the American Animal Hospital Association.

 

She finds that having the ability to help the debilitated animals back to health is a fascinating and rewarding career. She cares for her patients and their families with a warm heart and great passion.

 

Outside of work, Dr. Seo enjoys traveling, playing the piano, going to music concerts, art galleries and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

Internal Medicine Department

Skye Stanley, DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Skye Stanley received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University.  He completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the world-renowned Animal Medical Center (AMC) in New York City and completed a rigorous residency program in internal medicine, also at the AMC.  Following completion of his residency program, Dr. Stanley became a board-certified specialist with Diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (DACVIM).  Dr. Stanley subsequently joined VCA Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists in NYC where he served as an internal medicine specialist and medical director for nearly a decade.

 

Dr. Stanley greatly enjoys teaching students and contributing to the veterinary community by giving continuing education lectures.  He has also published several papers in the veterinary literature.  Previously, he was a faculty lecturer and clinical instructor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine where he was responsible for training residents, interns, and veterinary students.  Dr. Stanley has also worked in private practice in Southern California and given several educational lectures to the referring veterinarian community.

Recently, Dr.  Stanley was honored and inducted by his peers as a distinguished practitioner and fellow by the National Academy of Practice for Veterinary Medicine.  He remains as one of the youngest doctors to ever receive this high distinction.

 

Dr. Stanley has a wide variety of clinical interests including nasal disease, gastroenterology, endocrinology, liver and kidney disorders, respiratory and laryngeal disorders, and infectious and immune-mediated diseases.  He also enjoys the problem-solving nature and ‘putting the pieces of the puzzle together’ with complicated cases in internal medicine by critically evaluating what treatments and diagnostics have already been performed as well as taking a thorough history and performing a complete hands-on physical exam of his patients.  In addition, he is highly proficient in advanced diagnostic procedures such as abdominal ultrasound and a wide variety of endoscopic procedures including rhinoscopy, upper and lower GI endoscopy, esophageal and gastric foreign body removal, bronchoscopy, esophageal stricture dilation, and feeding tube placement; he also performs bone marrow aspirates.

 

In his leisure time, Skye enjoys exercising, reading, meditation, golf, challenging crossword puzzles, keeping up with current events, and being an advocate for charity organizations and pets.

 

Surgery Department

Edward B. Leeds D.V.M

Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Dr. Leeds was the first board certified veterinary surgeon in Los Angeles, and has been performing surgery on a referral basis in Los Angeles since 1974.

 

Dr. Leeds received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ohio State University in 1966.

 

Following graduation he completed a 15 month rotating internship at the prestigious Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, Mass. Upon completion of his internship, Dr. Leeds was appointed as the first surgical resident in Angell Memorial's history.

 

As part of his residency Dr. Leeds taught surgery to the senior students at the Harvard Medical School while rotating through the surgical Procedures of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital.

Following his residency he became a fellow in the Department of Surgery at the New England Medical Center and instructor in surgery at the Tufts Medical School in Boston, Mass.

 

Dr. Leeds became certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1973. He has lectured extensively at the international (Japan), national, and local levels and has authored and co-authored dozens of papers in the fields of orthopedic and soft tissue surgery.

 

Dr. Leeds established the Surgical Group for Animals in Los Angeles in 1976.

 

Avian & Exotics Department

Dr. Murata was originally born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Hawaii and went on to receive a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University.

 

After spending two years at a 24 hour practice in Hawaii, Murata came to California in 1991 and has been practicing here ever since.  She has had a special interest in the treatment of avian and exotic animals since graduation from veterinary school.  This interest has grown into a career specialization in the medical and surgical treatment of birds, small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.

 

As a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, Murata is actively involved in acquiring and implementing the latest diagnostic, treatment, and surgical methods available for these unique animals.

 

She enjoys cooking, hiking, swimming, and taking care of her assortment of furred  scaled and feathered friends.

Ann Murata, DVM

Practice limited to Avian & Exotics

ANIMAL EMERGENCY MEDICAL CENTER

3511 PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY, SUITE A

TORRANCE, CA 90505

TELEPHONE: 310.325.3000

FAX: 310.257.0900

EMAIL: (GENERAL INQUIRIES):

INFO@AEMCVET.COM

HOURS OF OPERATION:

24 HOURS A DAY

365 DAYS A YEAR

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