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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 nephew and niece, Jason and Ella—being outdoors, reading, dancing, and Zumba. She has two cats named “Mazzy” and “Clash” and a rescue dog, "Rizzo". Speaking of children, she and her husband, Alex, are expecting their first child in June. Very exciting!
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.
Deni has known Dr. Rea for over 20 years. They worked together at several different animal hospitals. Deni got her start in the veterinary world in 1991. She moved to Arizona in 2007 to get a better education for her teenage son. In 2012 she moved back to her native Southern California and became the Hospital Manager for Redwood because she missed being around the furry faces!! She has adopted FOUR (4!!) beautiful black kitties from Redwood and would adopt 100 more if she could! Her Son decided to stay in Arizona with Grandma, so she goes to visit him as often as she can.
Adriana - Receptionist
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Marieke - Receptionist
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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.
Meghan is a Registered Veterinary Technician and she has been with Redwood since 2006. Meghan and her husband have a beautiful daughter of 2+ years, and will be welcoming a baby brother this Spring. We all love hearing Meghan singing in the treatment area (even if she sometimes makes up her own lyrics!)
Gilbert has been with Redwood since 2005. He is one of our Veterinary Assistants and has an awesome cat named Jessica. He has 3 wonderful children and loves Soccer and spicy foods! He has a crazy sense of humor and keep us all entertained on a daily basis! His special interest is in learning more about veterinary dentistry and he assists the doctors during every dental procedure. 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 boyfriend and furry family, which consists of 2 beautiful huskies and a spoiled Calico cat named Pepper!
Evelyn - Veterinary Assistant
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Mario came to Redwood in 2010. He is our Kennel Supervisor and loves his job very much. He enjoys playing with the dogs and takes time to let the kitties out for playtime as well. He also does wonderful summer shaves for the doggies and kitties!! Not only does he manage the kennel, but Mario also assists our Technicians and Doctors with procedures and surgeries. When Mario isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his daughters.
Vicente is one of our Kennel Assistants and has been here since 2005. He is always very happy and has such a cheerful attitude. Our hospital cats love when he comes to work because they know he is going to feed them and give them treats! He also assists our Technicians and Doctors with procedures and is always so positive. He is so wonderful with all of our furry pets and we know that when we go out of town and board our babies, they are in the best of hands with Vicente and Mario!
Antonia - Kennel Assistant
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