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Practice Area: Internal Medicine (Neurology, Large Animal Medicine)

Cody Alcott has a long and extensive background in both small and large animal medicine and specifically neurology. After he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Alcott pursued primary care practice in California working on dogs, cats and horses. He was given the opportunity to pursue a residency in large animal medicine back at Iowa State. After completing his residency and becoming board certified in Internal Medicine, he was asked to stay on as part of the teaching faculty as an Equine Medicine Clinician at the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center – teaching hospital for the Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine. It was during this time at Iowa State that he decided to pursue his love of neurology and neurosurgery, so he completed a neurology residency there while fulfilling his teaching duties. Dr. Alcott has done extensive research, receiving over $76,000 in grant money, has published over 20 peer-reviewed papers as well as given numerous lectures while at Iowa State. As much as he loved his time in Ames and all of those years in an academic setting, private specialty practice is what he longed to return to. He and his wife, Portia (a primary care veterinarian), along with their three children and multiple four legged members of their family, are thrilled to make Tucson their new home (our warm and sunny Arizona climate is an added advantage after their years in the upper Midwest!).

  • 2015: Diplomate Certification in the American College of Veterinary Medicine (Neurology)
  • 2014 – Present: Neurologist/Neurosurgeon, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2011-2014: Residency in Comparative Neurology, Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, Iowa
  • 2009-2014: Equine Medicine Clinician and Teaching Faculty, Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, Iowa
  • 2009: Diplomate Certification in the American College of Veterinary Medicine (Large Animal Internal Medicine)
  • 2006-2009: Residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine, Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, Iowa
  • 2004-2006: Primary Care Veterinarian in Small Animal and Equine Medicine, Grantline Veterinary Hospital, Inc., Elk Grove, California
  • 2000-2004: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, Iowa
  • 1996-2000: Bachelor of Science, California Polytechnic University, Pomona, California
Practice Area: Critical Care

In emergency situations, experience counts. With the specialized training that Dr. Babski brings to our staff, the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson always has two full-time board-certified specialists in emergency and critical care to provide the highest quality of care and coverage 7 days a week. With her interests in hiking, horseback riding, indoor and outdoor gardening, green living, good coffee and cinema, Dr. Babski balances the chaos and stress of emergency medicine and fits very well into the Tucson lifestyle of southern Arizona.

  • 2011 – Present: Board-certified specialist in Emergency and Critical Care doctor, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2012: Diplomate specialty certification by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
  • 2008 – 2011: Residency in Emergency and Critical Care, University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, Athens, Georgia
  • 2007 – 2008: Internship in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 2006 – 2007: Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2006: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton, Massachusetts
  • 2000: Bachelor of Arts in Psychobiology, New College of Florida, Sarasota, Florida
Practice Area: Surgery

Dr. Jim Boulay received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. He completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston in 1982, one of the largest and most highly respected small animal hospitals in the country. During that year, Dr. Boulay received the Intern of the Year and the Outstanding Intern in Surgery awards for his clinical proficiency and skills in small animal surgery. He was a resident in small animal surgery at the University of Minnesota from 1983 to 1986 where he completed a master’s degree in veterinary surgery, radiology and anesthesia. As a resident, he received the Most Outstanding Resident Research Presentation Award at the 21st Annual Meeting of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1986. Dr. Boulay returned to Angell Memorial in 1986 as a staff surgeon and became a Board Certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1988. Dr. Boulay left Boston to start a surgical referral practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico before returning to the surgical staff at Angell Memorial in 1990. In 1993, he was honored with the Munson Blakely Award for Excellence in Teaching by the intern class at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital. From 1994 to 1997, Dr. Boulay was the Director of the Department of Surgery at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital. During his time at Angell, he introduced numerous new orthopedic, soft tissue and neurological surgical techniques. In 1996, he received the Mary Mitchell Award for Advancement of Veterinary Medicine for development of the kidney transplant program at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital. In August of 1998 he started Arizona Veterinary Surgery in Tucson, Arizona. In 2004, he built and co-owns the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, the largest emergency and multi-specialty hospital in southern Arizona.

Dr. Boulay is a member of numerous veterinary medical organizations, and has been a member of the editorial review board for the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association since 1988. In 1997, Dr. Boulay became one of the first veterinary surgeons on the east coast to be licensed to perform the Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy technique for reconstruction of cranial cruciate ligament deficiency in dogs. In 2001, he became one of the first surgeons to be certified to teach this technique and has since instructed the majority of the courses offered in the United States and Europe. In addition, Dr. Boulay has authored multiple articles and publications on orthopedic and neurologic disease in the dog. He has lectured at local, state, national, and international meetings on small animal surgery. Dr. Boulay performs orthopedic, neurologic, and soft tissue surgery and his special interests include elbow dysplasia, angular limb deformity and alignment, and neurologic disease.

  • 1981 – DVM – Colorado State University
  • 1982-1983 – Internship, Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, Boston Intern of the Year and Outstanding Intern in Surgery Awards
  • 1983-1986 – Residency and Master’s Degree, University of Minnesota Most Outstanding Resident Research Presentation at the ACVS 21st annual meeting in 1986
  • 1986-1988 – Staff Surgeon, Angell Memorial Animal Hospital
  • 1988-1990 – Owner, Surgical Specialty Practice, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1990-1998 – Staff Surgeon and Director of Surgery, Angell Memorial Animal Hospital
  • 1993 – Munson-Blakely Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 1996 – Mary Mitchell Award for Advancement of Veterinary Medicine for feline kidney transplantation
  • 1998 – Owner, Arizona Veterinary Surgery, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2004 – Owner, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson

Frequent author and lecturer at local, state, national and international meetings on TPLO, Hip replacement, angular limb deformity and elbow dysplasia.

Practice Area: Critical Care

Dr. Heather Connally graduated from Colorado State University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1993 and her Master’s degree in Pathology in 1996. She continued as a research associate in the Feline Marrow Transplant Laboratory at CSU while earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated in May of 2000. That same year, Dr. Connally was the recipient of the Iams/Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society Award for proficiency in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Following graduation, Dr. Connally stayed in Colorado to complete a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital. She then returned to Colorado State University to pursue her residency in Emergency and Critical Care from 2001 to 2004. During her residency she was the recipient of the Resident Abstract Presentation Award at the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society’s Symposium in 2002. Dr. Connally stayed on at CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine as a postdoctoral fellow in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine where she also pursued a second Master’s degree in Clinical Sciences. Following her board-certification as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2005, Dr. Connally became the head of the emergency and critical care service at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, making her the first Board Certified veterinary specialist in emergency and critical care in Tucson.

Dr. Connally has published numerous scientific journal articles, abstracts, and book chapters as well as lecturing frequently to the veterinary and lay community on emergency and critical care topics. She is a member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, American Veterinary Medical Association and Southern Arizona Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Connally enjoys photography, foreign travel, scuba diving and movies in her spare time as well as spending time with her husband, Marty, eight cats and one dog.

Practice Area: Dermatology

Dr. Cindi Donnelly is a native New Mexican. After high school she left the Southwest for the Pacific Northwest to pursue an undergraduate degree in aquatic biology at the University of Washington in Seattle. From there she went to the University of Florida where she obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1983. After practicing small animal medicine for one year in Sarasota, Florida, she moved with her husband to Israel, where she worked at Safari, a wild animal park, in Ramat-Gan. Upon returning to the US in 1985, she entered private small animal practice in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1989, Dr. Donnelly began an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City, the largest small animal hospital in the country. She completed a residency in veterinary dermatology in 1992 at the Animal Medical Center and remained there for an additional year as a staff dermatologist. After becoming board certified in veterinary dermatology in 1994, she and her family moved to Tucson, Arizona, where she opened a small animal dermatology referral service, Dermatology and Allergy for Animals, located within Pima Pet Clinic/Animal Emergency Service. While maintaining her current schedule at Pima Pet Clinic, she joined the staff of Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson upon its opening in July 2004.

  • Native of New Mexico
  • Undergraduate degree in aquatic biology – University of Washington, Seattle
  • 1983 – DVM – University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 1983 – general practice veterinarian – Sarasota, Florida
  • 1984 – veterinarian at Safari wild animal park in Ramat-Gan, Israel
  • 1985 – general practice veterinarian – Bethesda, Maryland
  • 1989 – internship – The Animal Medical Center, New York City
  • 1990-1992 – residency – Dermatology – The Animal Medical Center, New York City
  • 1992-1993 – staff dermatologist – The Animal Medical Center, New York City
  • 1994 – Diplomate, ACVD
  • 1994-present – Owner, Dermatology and Allergy for Animals, Tucson, Arizona Veterinary Surgery
  • 2004 – part-time dermatologist, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson
Practice Area: Radiology

Dr. Eichelberger received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of California in Davis and while a student there, was recognized with numerous scholarships for her academic achievements. She completed her residency and a Master’s degree in radiological health sciences at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Eichelberger is a very experienced board-certified veterinary radiologist with a long career that has spanned both small and large animals in both private specialty practice and in a university faculty position at the renowned Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Eichelberger is well published with 8 peer-reviewed papers in the veterinary literature and has given numerous lectures to national, state and local veterinary groups. As much as she has loved all of her varied career positions, she was happiest working in a specialty veterinary practice and is thrilled to have found what she hopes will be her dream job at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson as a staff radiologist providing diagnostic imaging services in radiology (x-rays), computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear scintigraphy and ultrasound. Both she and her husband actively enjoy the outdoors and are excited about their move and opportunities here in Tucson.

  • 2014 – present: Radiologist, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson
  • 2009-2014: Clinical Assistant Professor, Faculty in Radiology, Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, College Station, Texas
  • 2009: Diplomate Certification in the American College of Veterinary Radiology
  • 2008-2009: Staff Clinician in Diagnostic Imaging, Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital, Woburn, Massachusetts
  • 2005-2008: Residency and Master’s Degree in Radiological Health Sciences, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • 2004-2005: Internship, Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital, Ocala, Florida
  • 2000-2004: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, California
  • 1993-1997: Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, California State University, Sacramento, California
Practice Area: Critical Care

Dr. Fulks is a Tucson native that graduated cum laude from the University of Arizona and was an emergency technician at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson from the day it opened in 2004 until she left to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010, followed by an intensive small animal internship at Angell Memorial Animal Medical Center in Boston prior to completing her residency in emergency and critical care at a busy multi-specialty practice on Cape Cod. She has always dreamed of returning to the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson to pursue her career in Emergency and Critical Care. We are beyond thrilled to have Dr. Fulks back as an integral part of our team that allows us to further expand our very busy emergency service to give the pets of Tucson the best possible care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • 2014 – Present: Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2011- 2014: Residency in Emergency and Critical Care, Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts
  • 2010-2011: Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2006-2010: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Colorado University College of Veterinary Medicine, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • 2002-2006: Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Science, University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Tucson, Arizona
Practice Area: Ophthamology

Dr. Kubai was born and raised in Wisconsin and attended veterinary school in Wisconsin. She is hard working, down to earth, caring, friendly and passionate about veterinary ophthalmology in a variety of species (not just cats and dogs!). She has many interests including hiking, soccer, and playing the violin and piano. She excelled in academic, athletic and language arts: she was co-captain of the Ripon College Women’s Varsity soccer team; she majored in German and Biology in school and received numerous scholarships for her studies over the years. Originally thinking that she was destined for university practice, Dr. Kubai was so impressed by the hospital facility, equipment, teaching opportunities and philosophy of practice at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, (not to mention the mild Arizona winters) she signed on to join our staff!

  • 2014 – Diplomate specialty certification by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  • 2013 – Present: Board-certified specialist in Ophthalmology, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2013 – Masters of science in Veterinary Clinical medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
  • 2010-2013: residency in Comparative Ophthalmology, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Urbana, Illinois
  • 2009-2010 Ophthalmology Internship, Louisiana State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 2008-2009 Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship, Michigan Veterinary Specialists, Southfield, Michigan
  • 2004- 2008 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, Madison, Wisconsin
  • 2008 ACVO Student Award presented by the University of Wisconsin – Madison Veterinary Ophthalmology Department for excellence and extra effort in ophthalmology
  • 2005 University of Wisconsin: School of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship
  • 1998 – 2002 Bachelor of Arts, Ripon College, Ripon, WI Majors: Biology & German
Practice Area: Surgery, American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. Doug Rohn has practiced soft tissue, orthopedic and neurologic surgery since 1997. He established the surgery service at VetCare Emergency and Specialty Care Center in California when it opened in 1997. He then founded Bay Area Veterinary Specialists in 1998, a large multidisciplinary specialty and emergency hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was the Medical Director at Bay Area Veterinary Specialists from its inception through 2009. More recently, he has worked as a staff surgeon at Veterinary Emergency + Referral Center of Hawaii in Honolulu and Gallatin Veterinary Hospital in Bozeman, MT. Dr. Rohn has learned over the years that a team approach and 24-hour care provide the best patient outcomes, and he is very excited to join this level of care and bring his expertise to the pets of southern Arizona. In addition to providing the best surgical experience for each patient, Dr. Rohn’s goal is to ensure that every patient’s family is a fully informed partner in the management of their pet’s illness. Dr. Rohn is the author of numerous scientific papers and book chapters, is a frequent lecturer on small animal surgical topics, and has consulted for biotechnology companies. When not working, Dr. Rohn enjoys adventurous outdoor activities such as rock and ice climbing and fly fishing.

  • 2013 – Present: Surgeon, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2012-2013: Chief of Surgery, Veterinary Emergency + Referral Center of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 2011-2012: Staff Surgeon, Gallatin Veterinary Hospital/Montana Veterinary Surgical Service, Bozeman, Montana
  • 1998 -2011: Chief Executive Officer, Medical Director, Managing Partner, Chief of Surgery and Staff Surgeon, Bay Area Veterinary Specialists and Emergency, San Leandro, California
  • 1998 – 2000: Consultant and Research Surgeon, S.L.I.M. Technologies, Ltd.
  • 1998 – 2002: Speaker and Consultant, Biopure Corporation
  • 1997: Staff Surgeon, VetCare – Veterinary Emergency and Specialist Care Center, Dublin, California
  • 1997: ACVS Diplomate Specialty Certification
  • 1991-1997: Fellowship in Cardiovascular Physiology, (one of two Inaugural Fellows) in the Joint Scholars Program in Comparative Cardiovascular Program at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, College Station, Texas and the Texas Heart Institute
  • 1991-1994: Residency in Small Animal Surgery, Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, College Station, Texas
  • 1990-1991: Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Manhattan, Kansas
  • 1990: GG Graham Prize awarded to the outstanding student in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • 1990: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, Iowa
Practice Area: Radiology

Despite the fact that Dr. Roy was born in New Hampshire and is a staunch New England Patriots fan, he has spent the majority of his life in the West pursuing his veterinary education. A board certified Diplomate in radiology, Dr. Roy is adept in all modalities of diagnostic imaging, which includes digital and contrast radiography studies, ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear imaging. His tele-radiology service at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, allows primary care veterinarians to send digital images for his consultation and review bringing his expertise into veterinary clinics across Southern Arizona and beyond.

  • 2007 – Present: Radiologist, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2007: ACVR Diplomate Specialty Certification
  • 2004- 2007: Residency and Master’s Degree in Radiology, Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • 2002-2004: Faculty Lecturer in Small Animal Emergency Medicine, University of California Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, Davis, California
  • 2000-2001: Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Southwest Veterinary Specialty Center, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2000: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, University of California Veterinary Medical College, Davis, California
Practice Area: Internal Medicine

Dr. Schlacks is one of those people who give 110% to whatever interest she pursues. She has excelled in both athletic and academic areas throughout her life. She was awarded an athletic scholarship throughout her undergraduate career at Regis College, in Denver for playing on the Regis Women’s Lacrosse Team, NCAA Division II. Yet, she always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian and so devoted herself to her studies and won numerous honors throughout her educational career for her academic standing in both college and veterinary school. In addition, in 2011, Dr. Schlacks was awarded a Research Grant by the Great Rockford Area Veterinary Association to study canine Blastomyces susceptibility to anti-fungal drugs. Her interest in fungal and other infectious disease is just one of the many reasons that Dr. Schlacks is excited about returning to Southern Arizona, where she has family and absolutely loves the Tucson lifestyle. She is thrilled about the opportunity to be part of the Internal Medicine Department at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson.

  • 2013 – Present: Practice limited to Internal Medicine, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2013: Masters Degree in Veterinary Science, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana, Illinois
  • 2010-2013: Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Urbana, Illinois
  • 2009-2010: Small Animal Rotating Internship, Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2009: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana, Illinois
  • 2006-2009: Dean’s List for recognition of being ranked in the top one third of her class. University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana, Illinois
  • 2005: Bachelor of Science, Major: Biology, Minor: Music, Regis University, Denver, Colorado
  • 2001-2005: Athletic Scholarship for playing on the Regis Women’s Lacrosse Team, Regis, University, NCAA Division II, Denver, Colorado
Practice Area: Valley Fever Center for Excellence

Dr. Lisa Shubitz graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 1991. She practiced full time for 18 months in general small animal practice in Prescott, Arizona, before returning to biomedical research at the University of Arizona. Dr. Shubitz continued to practice veterinary medicine part-time in Tucson. In 1996, she became involved with Valley Fever research, specifically vaccine development, which fortuitously overlapped with her clinical interests in companion animals as dogs and cats suffer from the disease with a range of symptoms and outcomes similar to humans. She is dually affiliated with the Department of Veterinary Science and Microbiology at the University of Arizona and the Valley Fever Center for Excellence, which is a joint effort of the U of A and the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System.

Dr. Shubitz spearheaded a 3-year study into the epidemiology of Valley Fever in dogs in Tucson and Phoenix. Her goals regarding Valley Fever include seeing a vaccine become available to prevent this illness, stimulating increased interest and clinical research into all aspects of Valley Fever in animals, understanding the immunology of the disease, and improving treatment in animals.

Practice Area: Surgery

Dr. JT Walker grew up in Oklahoma and attended Oklahoma State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science, followed by his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oklahoma State University in 2004. After spending 5 years in private practice as a primary care veterinarian in Oklahoma working for a mentor who was the greatest influence on him becoming a veterinarian, Dr. Walker decided to specialize in the area of small animal surgery. He completed a general small animal internship in medicine and surgery as well as a specialized internship in Small Animal Surgery at a large multi-specialty private practice in Florida. In addition to receiving great training in Florida, he also met his future wife there! Not being able to stay away from Oklahoma for too long, Dr. Walker returned to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oklahoma State University where he completed his Small Animal Surgical Residency and his Master of Science Degree. He so impressed the doctors and staff at OSU that he was hired as a faculty lecturer in Small Animal Surgery to assist in teaching the veterinary students.

Dr. Walker received several notable awards recognizing his surgical proficiency during his time as a veterinary student, as well as his time in primary care veterinary practice in Oklahoma where he served on several committees with the Oklahoma State Veterinary Medical Association who honored him in 2007 with the OVMA Young Veterinarian of the Year Award. Although Dr. Walker enjoys all aspects of veterinary small animal surgery, he has a particular love for orthopedics and has pursued advanced training and expertise in minimally invasive joint surgery (arthroscopy) and fracture repair techniques. We at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson feel extremely fortunate to have him join our staff and he is equally as excited to bring his expertise to the pets of southern Arizona. Dr. Walker and his wife, Brunella, are also looking forward to establishing their new home in Tucson, where the threat of tornadoes is pretty low!

  • 2015 – Present: Surgeon, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2015 – Diplomate Certification, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • 2015 Master of Science Degree in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, Oklahoma State University Center of Veterinary Health Sciences, Stillwater, Oklahoma.
  • 2014-2015: Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery, Oklahoma State University Center of Veterinary Health Sciences, Stillwater, Oklahoma.
  • 2011-2014: Residency in Small Animal Surgery, Oklahoma State University Center of Veterinary Health Sciences, Stillwater, Oklahoma.
  • 2010-2011: Small Animal Surgical Internship, Affiliated Veterinary Specialists, Maitland, Florida
  • 2009-2010: Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Affiliated Veterinary Specialists, Maitland, Florida
  • 2006 – 2009: Associate Veterinarian, University Animal Hospital, Norman, Oklahoma
  • 2004 – 2006: Associate Veterinarian, Professional Animal Health Center, Newcastle, Oklahoma
  • 2004: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma
Practice Area: Emergency

Dr. Wynn is a true, blue Tucson native! She attended the University of Arizona where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine with a minor in Chemistry while receiving Honorable Mention for Academic Distinction and making the Dean’s List. Following college, she worked as the Emergency Service Coordinator as a Certified Veterinary Technician at Valley Animal Hospital for 4 years before deciding to further her career in Veterinary Medicine. She went back to school and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Purdue University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. While at Purdue, Dr. Wynn was involved in a variety of leadership positions, including serving as the Student Chapter President of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society for 2 years. In addition to being named to the Dean’s list for all four years, she was recognized with several scholarships and awards for her veterinary abilities and leadership, most notably, earning the prestigious Proficiency in Emergency and Critical Care Award from the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society in 2012.

The outstanding reputation, high emergency case load and variety of specialty services offered here at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson in Dr. Wynn’s home town are what brought her back to pursue a one year internship in emergency medicine and surgery. Following the completion of her advanced training/internship, Dr. Wynn was then offered a permanent emergency staff doctor position at VSCT. Dr. Wynn is looking forward to her many opportunities to help the pets of Tucson when a need arises, and we are thrilled to have her as a part of our hospital team.

  • 2014 – Present: Emergency Veterinarian, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2013-2014: Internship, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2009-2013: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • 2005-2009: Emergency Service coordinator, Certified Veterinary Technician at Valley Animal Hospital, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2001-2005: Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine with a minor in Chemistry, University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Tucson Arizona
Practice Area: Surgery

ryan-mcclay-4x6-jbw_7562Dr. Ryan McCally is an Arizona native, having been born in Phoenix and grown up in Ahwatukee. He attended Mountain Pointe High School where he was an All-State swimmer and baseball player. He continued playing baseball at Stanford University, where he played in four consecutive College World Series and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and a Master’s degree in Biological Sciences. After graduating from Stanford, he was a pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays minor league system, playing for teams in Hudson Valley, NY; Charleston, SC; and Bakersfield, CA. After retiring from professional baseball, he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2010 from Washington State University. Dr. McCally then completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Florida. He continued his surgical training with a one year surgical internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, TX, before starting a small animal surgical residency at the University of Missouri. During his surgical training, Dr. McCally completed a research project investigating different methods of providing pain relief for dogs undergoing TPLO surgery. He presented his results at the 2014 ACVS Symposium, and he earned an Outstanding Surgical Resident Award for his First Place Clinical Research presentation in the Small Animal Resident’s Forum. Also in 2014, Dr. McCally received the honor of being inducted into the Mountain Pointe High School Hall of Fame. He completed his residency training in 2015, and he stayed at the University of Missouri for an additional year as a Clinical Instructor. Dr. McCally became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2016.

Dr. McCally’s surgical interests include arthroscopy, minimally invasive fracture repair, total hip replacement, and cardiothoracic surgery. He has been fortunate to train with some of the pioneers and leaders of veterinary arthroscopy; minimally invasive fracture repair; total joint replacement; and angular limb deformity, and he looks forward to bringing his talents and expertise in these areas to the Tucson community. In his spare time, Dr. McCally enjoys spending time with his wife, Ashley, and their daughter, as well as baseball, swimming, hiking, and golf.

2016 Present: Surgeon, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona2016: Diplomate Certification, American College of Veterinary Surgeons

2015 2016: Clinical Instructor in Small Animal Surgery, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

2012 2015: Residency in Small Animal Surgery, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

2011 2012: Small Animal Surgical Internship, Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, Houston, Texas

2010 2011: Internship in Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

2010: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

2005: Master of Science Degree in Biological Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, California

2003: Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, California

Practice Area: Internal Medicinepolina-vishautsan-w-pet_cgm9617

Dr. Polina Vishkautsan obtained her DVM degree in 2001 from the Koret Veterinary School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She moved to the United States to pursue specialized veterinary education. After an internship in an emergency and specialty clinic in Wisconsin, she completed a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine in Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. For the following 7 years she worked in several emergency and specialty practices in Arizona and California. From 2014 to 2016 she pursued a two year Fellowship in Small Animal Infectious Diseases under the mentorship of Dr. Jane Sykes, at the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. During her fellowship, Dr. Vishkautsan, subspecialized in treating complex, both common and rare infectious diseases of dogs and cats and completed a research project on use of anti-fungal drugs in cats. In her spare time Polina enjoys travelling the world pursuing exotic locals for bird photography with her partner Henry. When she is at home, she loves hiking at the Sonora Desert and exploring the hidden gems of the beautiful state of Arizona.

2016- Present: Internal Medicine Specialist

2014 – 2016: Fellowship in Small Animal Infectious Diseases, University of California, Davis, CA

2010-2014 Internal Medicine Specialist, Atascadero Pet Center, Atascadero, CA

2010-2012 Internal Medicine Specialist, Sonora Veterinary Specialty, Phoenix, AZ

2008-2010 Internal Medicine Specialist, Arizona Emergency and Referral Center, Mesa, AZ

2006-2007: Internal Medicine Staff Doctor, Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston, MA

2004-2006: Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine, Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston, MA

2003-2004: Rotating Emergency and Critical Care internship at Animal and Emergency Center, Glendale WI

2001-2002: ECFVG clinical program at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

1997-2001: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree, Koret Veterinary School, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

1994-1997: Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, Major: Animal Sciences, The Faculty of Agriculture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Practice Area: Practice limited to Dentistry and Oral Surgeryroxane-maclellan-web_cmm1426

Dr. Roxane MacLellan “Dr. Mac”, grew up in the military, and has lived in many different states and countries around the world. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2002 from the Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and graduated in the top ten percent of her class. After graduating she joined a multi-doctor practice in Cheyenne, Wyoming, practicing all aspects of small animal medicine. In addition to her interests in oral surgery and dentistry, she completed a vigorous 140 hour course in Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians at Colorado State University in 2003. Moving to Arizona in 2006, Dr. MacLellan worked in a small animal practice in Chandler, Arizona. In 2011, Dr. MacLellan had the chance to help grow the dentistry service at Colorado State University. She started her post doctoral fellowship in Veterinary Dentistry and Oral surgery at the James Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University and was asked to stay on to run the dentistry service and teach veterinary students until 2015. In 2015, the University of Minnesota, Veterinary Medical Center asked her to assist in teaching the veterinary students in Dentistry and Oral surgery, which she did until 2016. In addition to her full time work Dr. MacLellan volunteers with the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental foundation, and has done dentistry procedures on lions, and tigers and bears, Oh My! Dr. MacLellan is a member of the American Veterinary Dental Society, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association and the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation.

2016 – Present: Practice limited to Dentistry and Oral Surgery, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona2015 – 2016 – Dentistry and Oral surgery service locum instructor, University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center, St. Paul, Minnesota

2012 – 2015 – Assistant professor, Dentistry and Oral surgery, James L Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Colorado State University, Fort Collin, Colorado

2011 – 2012 – Post Doctoral Fellow in Dentistry and Oral surgery, James L Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Colorado State University, Fort Collin, Colorado

2010 – 2011 – Associate Veterinarian Avenues Pet Clinic, Cheyenne, Wyoming

2009 – present – Owner, Veterinarian – Pathways Veterinary Services, PLLC, Owner -Mobile Veterinary practice, providing dentistry, relief and acupuncture, Gilbert, AZ and Cheyenne, WY

2008 – 2009 – Residency in Dentistry and Oral surgery, Arizona Veterinary Dentistry and Oral surgery, Gilbert, Arizona

2006 – 2008 – Associate Small Animal Veterinarian – Ocotillo Animal Clinic, Chandler, Arizona

2002 – 2006 – Associate Small Animal Veterinarian – Avenues Pet Clinic, Cheyenne, Wyoming

2002 – Associate Small Animal and Exotics Veterinarian – North Star Veterinary Clinic, Ft. Collin, Colorado

2002 – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree – College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, Ft Collins, Colorado

Dr. Karyn Carlson was born and raised in Tucson and she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Development at The University of Arizona. She worked for a year and a half for an agency contracted by Child Protective Services to provide in home assessments and assistance to families previously identified as in need for additional help for the safety and wellbeing of their children. It was after that she decided to pursue veterinary medicine. She attended and completed veterinary school at the University of Price Edward Island – Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, PE Canada and vowed to never return to a place where shoveling of snow was required to get to work or school. Her fourth year of school had a heavy emphasis on shelter medicine and high volume high quality spay and neuter services. Following a one year general rotating internship at Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, she worked as a shelter veterinarian at Pima Animal Care Center while working on her Masters in Shelter Medicine through the University of Florida. She returned to Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson and is completing her Master’s program.

Dr. Carlson’s interests include behavior and welfare, pain management, wound management, and the human and animal bond. In her spare time she enjoys reading veterinary literature, hiking and spending time with her soon to be husband and menagerie of dogs.

Practice Area: Emergency

Dr. Raj Joshi, a Texan native, received his Bachelor’s degree in Avian Biology and Biological Sciences from the University of Georgia. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. While at UGA, Dr. Joshi was active in many student organizations including the Zoological Medicine club, the Student Chapter of the Emergency and Critical Care Society, as well as the wildlife treatment crew. After veterinary school, Dr. Joshi completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Sonora Veterinary Specialists in Phoenix, AZ. The variety of exciting cases and fast pace that come with emergency medicine captivated Dr. Joshi and he has been practicing as an emergency doctor ever since. Dr. Joshi is honored to be a member of the VSCOT team and is excited to practice the highest quality of medicine in beautiful Tucson. Aside from veterinary medicine, Dr. Joshi enjoys hiking, wildlife photography, herpetology, travel, and spending time with his loved ones and pets (3 dogs and a box turtle).

2016-current: Practice limited to Emergency and Critical Care, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, Tucson, AZ

2014-2016: Emergency doctor at Marathon Veterinary Hospital, Marathon, FL

2013-2014: Emergency doctor at Sonora Veterinary Specialists, Phoenix, AZ

2012-2013: Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Sonora Veterinary Specialists, Phoenix, AZ

2008-2012: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, Athens, GA

2003-2008: Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences in Biological Sciences and Avian Biology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Practice Area: Emergency

Anna-Novakowski_web-CGM4044Dr. Anna Novakowski is a Massachusetts native. She escaped first in 2007 to go to Colorado State University for her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science. After graduation, she spent a year enjoying Fort Collins, and the surrounding mountains, before returning to Massachusetts for her veterinary degree at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Novakowski moved out west again for an internship with the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson. She enjoyed working with the other veterinarians and staff of VSCOT so much that she happily accepted a position as a full time emergency veterinarian. In her spare time, Dr. Novakowski enjoys hiking, playing soccer, playing ball with her dog, Elphaba, and spending time with her family.

2016- present: Emergency veterinarian, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona

2015-2016: Small Animal Rotating Internship, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona

2011-2015: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Grafton, Massachusetts

2007-2010: Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

Practice Area: Emergency

sarah%20therio%204x6%20jbw_8199Dr. Sarah Therio is an Arizona native, having grown up in rural northern Arizona. She attended the University of Arizona, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science with Honors and minored in Creative Writing, while making the Dean’s List. She also enjoyed serving as a Resident Assistant there for four years, where she mentored hundreds of undergraduate students and promoted their social, professional, and educational success. She then attended Colorado State University to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2016. While at Colorado State University, Dr. Therio worked as a nurse in the Emergency and Critical Care department at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, was an Emergency Small Animal Surgery technician, and was a member of the Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. She was also involved in a variety of leadership positions, most notably serving as the President of the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, which allowed her to travel across the country advocating for veterinary students. During her Presidency, she focused on bringing awareness to the issue of wellness in veterinary students. Dr. Therio was also involved in various research projects at CSU, including studies in canine parvovirus and canine hemangiosarcoma. Combining her interests in writing and veterinary medicine, Dr. Therio also published several educational articles for pet owners on a range of topics, from preventative medicine to common pet emergencies.

During her last year at Colorado State University, Dr. Therio visited the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson and was impressed with the high quality of medicine, professionalism, and individualized care provided here. After graduation, she was thrilled to be offered a permanent emergency staff position at VSCT, where she could participate in providing outstanding patient care, while returning to the beautiful desert and enjoying the Tucson lifestyle.

2016-Present: Emergency Veterinarian, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona

2012-2016: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Fort Collins, Colorado

2015-2016: Emergency Small Animal Surgery Technician, James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

2013-2015: Urgent Care Hourly Nurse, James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

2008-2012: Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Veterinary Science with a minor in Creative Writing, University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Tucson, Arizona

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Therio enjoys reading and writing creatively, playing guitar, watching stand-up comedy, searching for the perfect cup of coffee, spending time outdoors, and adventuring with her French Bulldog, Chloe.