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Dr. Yelinek is a Massachusetts native, but has been a resident and family veterinarian in the South Bay for the last thirty years.
"Dr. Dirk", as he is known to his clients, received both his B.S. and DVM degrees from The Ohio State University. He brings integrative therapies as well as conventional medicine and surgery to the practice. He is IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society) certified in veterinary acupuncture, as well as AVCA (American Veterinary Chiropractic Association) certified in Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy or "animal chiropractic". He also practices Traditional Chinese Medicine with herbs and offers therapeutic FDA approved laser therapy.
Dr. Yelinek also maintains a position with the United States government as Deputy Commander of the National Veterinary Response Team - 4 (NVRT), working in animal disaster response and preparedness.
Aside from veterinary medicine, he spends time enjoying family life with his wife, Patti, their Chihuahua-Dachshund mix, Mary (whom you may see in the office from time to time) and their four cats. His hobbies include sailing, diving, skiing, hiking, and traveling, anytime and anywhere.
Dr. Shirley Cheng was born and raised in Los Angeles. She attended Cornell University for undergraduate studies, where she received a BS in Animal Science. She then returned to sunny California to receive her DVM from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, with a focus on small animal medicine. She has been a member of the Redondo Shores Veterinary Center team since June of 2013. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring new restaurants around Los Angeles, and being with her cat, Carl, and dog, Ellie (pictured).
Melodee joined the RSVC Team in December 2009. Melodee brings over 20 plus years of knowledge in client care and nursing assistance, and is also certified in Laser Therapy for Companion Animals. She enjoys getting to know each patient and their family and enjoys educating them on preventative health care. Born and raised in the South Bay, Melodee lives in Torrance with her terrier mix, Guinness and her Bearded Dragons, Waffles and Khaleesi, and Chinese Water Dragon, Valentine. In her free time, Melodee enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family.
Angel joined the RSVC team in February 2006. She has been in the field for over 15 years and enjoys helping and educating our clients. She is known for always being calm and in a good mood no matter what problems arise in the hospital. Her home life is not much different than work, surrounded by three dogs (Ace, Bear and Lulu [pictured]), three cats (Honey, Dopey, and Mama), three kids (Josh, Jake, and Jessie) and husband of 28 years, Bob. In her free time, she enjoys camping, going to the beach, and hanging out with friends and family :).
Rosie joined the RSVC team in September 2012. Rosie has been working as a doctor's assistant and client care services in the veterinary field for over 6 years. She plays a lead role in assisting the doctors in preventative medicine and life saving procedures. She has a sweet, fun loving nature and works well with both our lovable canines and purr-fect felines. If she is not here saving lives, you can find her hanging out with her two Sphynx cats, Pepper (pictured) and Frankenstein, climbing rocks, hiking, or surfing.
Jordan joined the RSVC team in August 2014, and after a brief 6 month stay in Oregon, is back in Redondo Beach. While she has two years of receptionist experience, she is excited to spend more time assisting the doctor's in treating patients and learning more about veterinary medicine. While not at work, she can be found hiking and camping, playing and watching sports, and spending time with her cat, Buddha (pictured), and Chiweenie, Chavo!
Ozzy came to us via caring clients, whom found him alone in their yard. Unable to keep him themselves, we took him in as a little kitten, and have loved every minute of his stay here! He's feisty, sweet, and makes our work days that much more enjoyable! He's shy with strangers, but you may see him hanging out on the counters behind the front desk!
Sweet Sunshine arrived at our back door via pet carrier in 2010. We had six wonderful years working with her, and sadly said goodbye to our sweet girl in May of 2016. She made our work days that much better, will forever be our ray of sunshine. Rest easy, sweet girl.
For specific treatments such as ultrasounds, cardiology consultations, and orthopedic surgeries, we have the pleasure of working with board certified specialists that come to our practice to treat your pet! Learn more about them below.
Dr. Fred Brewer is a board certified (American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine) veterinary cardiologist. He is a native of southern California, growing up in Long Beach where he attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School and later graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology. Later, he received his veterinary degree from Cornell University in 2009. Following the 4 years at Cornell University, he completed a 1-year general rotating internship at the California Animal Hospital Veterinary Specialty Group in West Los Angeles with Dr. Stephen J. Ettinger. This was followed by a 3 year Cardiology residency at Cornell University, where he was trained to perform minimally invasive interventional procedures such as pacemakers, balloon valvuloplasties, and PDA occlusions. He has a keen interest in electrophysiology, has extensively studied the canine sinus node, and has published in veterinary medical journals. Additionally, he is experienced in the management of complex arrhythmias and the treatment of refractory heart failure.
In addition to providing the best quality of care for his patients, Dr. Brewer is an avid surfer and enjoys playing water polo, traveling, and photography.
Dr. Linda J. Larsen is a board-certified small animal surgeon and the sole proprietor of Pacific Veterinary Surgery Services. She received her doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) degree from the University of Minnesota, college of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. She continued her advanced training through a one year rotating medicine and surgery internship at Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine; followed by a three year surgery residency and Master of Science (MS) degree program at Kansas State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon completion of her residency Dr. Larsen accepted a one year clinical instructorship position at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine where she trained residents, interns and students in small animal surgery. She then returned home to California entering private referral practice in 1999 and opening PVSS in November, 2006.
Dr. Reed is a 1991 graduate of Kansas State University. She completed her veterinary radiology residency in 1995 at the University of Missouri - Columbia. With this advanced training, Dr. Reed is a practicing Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Radiology. She performs advanced diagnostic techniques including ultrasounds, ultrasound guided procedures, and radiology interpretation.