Santa Monica Veterinarians

We invite you to explore the biographies of our doctors and learn more about them. Our doctors have a wide variety of backgrounds and interests.

  • Frank Lavac

    Medical Director
    Board Certification: DABVP/Avian
    Veterinary School: Colorado State University
    Graduate School: Colorado State University

    Our Medical Director is Dr. Frank Lavac. He is board certified in Avian Medicine and Surgery and leads our team of veterinarians and staff. While Dr. Lavac has expertise in birds and exotics, most

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  • Michelle Jack

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Ohio State University

    Dr. Michelle Jack grew up surrounded by pets, from cats and birds to lizards and mice. As a result, she knew from a young age she wanted to be a veterinarian. She completed her undergraduate training

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  • Pernilla Edstrom

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Western University of Health Sciences

    Dr. Pernilla Edstrom was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, and moved to Los Angeles when she was 15 years old.

    While she always knew she had a passion for animals, growing up

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  • Sumeet Gupta

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Ohio State University

    Dr. Sumeet Gupta is originally from San Diego, and went to UC San Diego for his undergraduate before going to Ohio State for veterinary school. Dr. Gupta’s passion is wildlife medicine, and he’s

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  • James Schulke

    Associate Veterinarian
    Board Certification: DABVP/Feline
    Veterinary School: Oregon State University

    Dr. Jim Schulke is board certified in Feline Medicine. He also sees lots of dogs, as well as other species.

    A native of Oregon, he obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree

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