Veterinarians

Nina Mahoney

DVM

Dr. Nina Mahoney earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Western University of Health Sciences School of Veterinary Medicine in California. After veterinary school, Dr. Mahoney pursued specialty training and completed a rotating internship in emergency and critical care, internal medicine, and surgery. Dr. Mahoney completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA where she graduated with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in physiological science. During her time at UCLA, Dr. Mahoney worked at the David Geffen School of Medicine, an internationally recognized leader in research, medical education, and patient care. Even at a young age, she exhibited profound skill in the areas of science and math, and she was honored with recognition by the National Merit Scholarship Program. When it came time to choosing between human medical school and veterinary school, Dr. Mahoney’s love for animals prevailed and she elected to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

Dr. Nina Mahoney was born and raised in Southern California. She has dedicated her time to working with animals since she was a teenager, and she advocates high quality medicine for her patients and the remainder of the veterinary field. While Dr. Mahoney deeply cares for all her animal patients, she holds a special place in her heart for geriatric and special needs animals. This affinity led her to adopt her beloved cat, Gemini, who has an autoimmune disease called feline stomatitis. Dr. Mahoney also has two rescue dogs in her family, Googol and Foxy.

In her time off, Dr. Mahoney enjoys spending time with her family and friends, kowtowing to her fabulous cat Gemini, and immersing herself in the world of arts and culture. She also takes pride in volunteering for animal rescue organizations and serving as a mentor for future veterinarians.

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 Malamute.

Crystal Cisneros

DVM

Dr. Cisneros obtained her veterinary degree from Western University of Health Sciences. After veterinary school she completed an internship to obtain extensive knowledge in emergency & critical care, internal medicine, surgery, neurology, oncology, and exotics medicine. After practicing in Arizona, she is now excited about welcoming all that sunny California has to offer. She is a firm believer in quality patient care and prides herself in strengthening the human- animal bond.

In her free time, she is always searching for her next adventure. She enjoys traveling (especially humanitarian trips), spoiling her dog Mowgli, watching sports, and finding ways to give back by volunteering in her community

Sharon Kim

DVM

Dr. Kim received her veterinary medical degree from the Ohio State University where she became interested in emergency and critical care. Her interest stemmed from her background in infectious disease and public health working in emergency preparedness and outbreak investigation. Following veterinary school, she received training in internal medicine, surgery, critical care, and emergency in northern California. Prior to veterinary medicine school, she also received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Davis.

In her free time, Dr. Kim loves traveling and learning about different cultures. She is a big foodie and loves being active and outdoors, including backpacking, hiking, and running with her dog.

Melanie Tarosky

DVM

Dr. Tarosky received her veterinary medical degree from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, she has worked in and sought additional training for emergency and critical care through multiple US regions. Her primary interests include intensive care medicine, interventional procedures, CPR and teaching. She is passionate about the foundation of education fueling knowledgeable critical thinking for every case, and pursuing the highest quality of medicine possible.

When not working, she spends much of her time with her border collies- Razer and Skylar. With them, she practices agility, tricks training and obedience. She also enjoys martial arts, drawing, and other outdoor activities.

Edward B. Leeds

DVM, 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.

Cheslymar Garcia

DVM, MS

Dr. Garcia earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and spent her clinical year at the veterinary teaching hospital at Michigan State University. After graduating in 2015, Dr. Garcia pursued a Small Animal Rotating Internship at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and remained in Blacksburg for her Small Animal Surgery Residency. After completing her residency, she decided to continue her career on the west coast. She is excited to bring her skillset and compassion for animals to Southern California for surgical consultations and procedures.

Her surgical interests include a variety of soft tissue surgeries, orthopedics and neurosurgeries. Her Master’s of Science thesis focused on the prevalence of asymptomatic bacteriuria in dogs with cranial cruciate disease and she continues to consider its significance in veterinary medicine, especially with the increasing antibiotic resistance in our field.

During her free time, Dr. Garcia enjoys traveling, painting, and spending time with her friends and family.

JD Calsyn

VMD, DACVIM

Dr. JD Calsyn specializes in Internal Medicine. He grew up in SoCal, and attended college at the University of California Los Angeles. He has 2 pets, a dog named Nolan and a cat named Remy. He enjoys all sports and participating in outdoor activities and coaches a High School Football team.

Ann Murata

DVM, Practice limited to Avian & Exotics

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.