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Dr. Kim Rea is a native of Southern California. She received her Bachelor's degree from UC Davis and her DVM degree from Colorado State University. Since that time, she has worked for a Mobile Spay/Neuter clinic based in the LA area and served as the staff veterinarian at USC Medical School. She provided relief work at many hospitals around the South Bay Area before purchasing Redwood Animal Hospital in 2003. She enjoys the intimate atmosphere of a smaller family oriented practice. Her interests include dentistry, internal medicine and surgery with a special interest in comfort care for older patients. She has 3 cats that were all adopted from Redwood Animal Hospital. She also had a wonderful dog named Cuervo that used to go everywhere with her until he passed away in 2010. She vowed not to get another dog until she went to Arizona on a boat trip in 2012 where a border collie jumped in the back of her boat while she was getting gas. His name is Mojito and he comes to work with Dr. Rea every day and charms the clients for treats. She enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding and beach volleyball in her free time.
Dr. Kelly Suyehara is a South Bay native from Torrance and received her Bachelor’s degree in Evolution and Ecology from UC Davis. She spent several years working as a technician at a local referral center while volunteering at the Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur and the Los Angeles Zoo before attending the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. During her time there, she qualified to spend a Summer abroad working with the Uganda Wildlife Authority tracking lions, hyenas, and East African Buffalo for sample collection and disease surveillance further expanding her understanding of animal health and the idea of “One Medicine”. This life-changing experience inspired her to stay an extra year for additional education in Public Health and Zoonoses, Ecosystem Health, and Preventive Medicine before returning to her first love—companion animal general practice.
Having spent three years practicing medicine in Ventura County, she is very excited to be serving her home town and is 100% dedicated to delivering the best possible care for her patients with compassion and empathy. While she enjoys many facets of general practice, her special interests include Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Behavior, and Preventive Medicine.
Outside of the hospital, Dr. Suyehara enjoys spending time with her family—especially her husband Alex and son Dylan! She also enjoys being outdoors, reading, dancing, and Zumba. She has two cats named “Mazzy” and “Clash” and a rescue dog, "Rizzo".
Dr. Pirotto earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis in 2000. Originally from San Francisco, she has been practicing Small Animal Medicine in the South Bay for most of her career, and started working at Redwood Animal Hospital in 2009. After a 1 year hiatus in 2016, she returned to Redwood and is delighted to be back with her patients, clients, and the Redwood Team. She has extensive experience in all areas of general practice, with special interests in Internal Medicine, Dermatology, and Geriatric Care. Dr. Pirotto is married, has three children, a lovable Labrador Retriever named "Albus", and a California Desert Tortoise named "Dinosaur". When she is not caring for your furry family members, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time outdoors with her family.
Meghan is our Hospital Manager and Registered Veterinary Technician. She has been with Redwood since 2006 and is an absolute joy to be around. She and her husband have two beautiful children and have recently adopted a sweet senior pup with special needs named Elsie.
Adriana has been with us since 2008 and is now our Lead Receptionist. Everyone, both staff and clients, love her to pieces! She has a lovely family of four (well, make that eight if you include her 4 legged pups!) Note: if anyone is a Disney fan, this girl is it!
Mika joined us in June of 2020. She is a witty, talented addition and we enjoy her enthusiasm and ideas. She has a sweet little 'human' family, as well as a beautiful shepherd named Simba.
Mika's bio coming soon.
Originally from Norwalk, CT, Mimi moved to CA in 1985 “for a few years” and has never left. Mimi started off as a client at Redwood Animal Hospital and decided she loved us so much that she joined our team in 2009 as our Inventory Coordinator! She has a passion for hiking and riding her bike to work as well as taking her dogs on long walks and cuddling with her kitties. She loves sports and going on vacations with her hubby.
Gilbert has been with Redwood since 2005. He is one of our Veterinary Assistants, with a beautiful wife and 3 wonderful children. He has a fantastic sense of humor and keeps us entertained daily! His special interest at the clinic is in dentistry, and he assists the doctors during most dental procedures. He is also our "Go To" guy when anything breaks around the hospital!
Chelsea, also a Registered Veterinary Technician, has been with us since September 2015. She has an infectious smile and complements our Redwood family perfectly. She enjoys her time off with her fiance and furry family, which consists of 2 beautiful huskies and a spoiled Calico cat named Pepper!
Vicente is one of our Kennel Assistants and has been with us since 2005. He is quick to offer a hand, a smile and gives wonderful baths to the dogs! Always a positive attitude and no task is too great!
Maddie is our full time, 'Awesome' kennel assistant! She is always available to help in any capacity needed and is extremely reliable. We all love her personality, her caring heart, and ability to assist in any department.
Eduardo is our afternoon kennel staff who is always willing to help with various projects. Not only is he excellent at his kennel tasks, he can also be labeled a "Handy Man"!