9000 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA
(310) 275-0055
OUR LOCATION
West Hollywood Animal Hospital
9000 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 275-0055

HOSPITAL HOURS
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Daily



Staff

Dr. Monica Revel, Owner

Dr. Revel feels fortunate to be able to do what she loves and feels passionately about. She looks forward to going to work each and every day. She is a proud graduate of the top ranked U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, after first receiving a triple bachelors degree from Brandeis University (triple majoring in Biology, Neuroscience, and Psychology and double minoring in Chemistry and Theater).

While attending college, she joined the mentoring program "Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of America" where she was paired with a "little sister" who inspired her to become a veterinarian.

A retired singer and musician, she has performed on Broadway, sung the National Anthem at NBA basketball games, and played her original music at numerous bars and clubs in Los Angeles and New York City.

Prior to opening WHAH in 2012, Dr. Revel worked at over 30 animal hospitals including General Practices, Specialty Practices, Emergency Rooms, and performed over 20,000 spays and neuters for Los Angeles area shelters! Dr. Revel has been a vegan for the last 20 years. She lives locally with Joplin (a stray Great Dane rescued in 2003), Peter (adopted from a pot bellied pig rescue in 1995), Toast (a cat whose rescue in 2010 can be read about here), her husband (rescued from bachelorhood in 1995), and her three human children.
Dr. Carol Shih, DVM

Dr. Shih received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 2002 and completed a competitive rotating Internship at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. She has a special interest in feline medicine, emergency/critical care, and surgery.

She was born in California, but at the age of one, moved to Taiwan. She remained in Taiwan for a decade before moving to Illinois where she spent the rest of her formative years.
Dr. Shih shares her home with two cats, Mihiki and Tomo. When she is not at the hospital, she enjoys gardening and snowboarding. She is a classically trained soprano and sings regularly as a member of the Angel City Chorale.
Dr. Camille O'Donnell, VMD

Dr. O'Donnell is a proud graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, earning her Veterinary Medical Degree in 2009.   

She grew up in the rainy city of Seattle, WA, but moved to the East Coast to pursue her education. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a major in Biology, and when she was not studying, she was at the barn competing on the Varsity Intercollegiate Riding Team.  After a stint as a Research Assistant in a neuroscience lab and working as a Marketing Assistant for an emerging horse pharmaceutical company, Dr. O'Donnell went on to follow her true passion of veterinary medicine. 

Returning to the West coast and trading in rain for sunny Southern California, Dr. O'Donnell focused on equine medicine, first in a rotating surgical and medical Equine Internship and then in Equine practice for two years. Realizing that smaller animals continued to call to her, she completed an additional rotating surgical and medical internship at the Animal Specialty and Emergency Center (ASEC), and then on to general practice in the Los Angeles area for the past several years. In her current practice, Dr. O'Donnell is particularly interested in forming long lasting relationships with clients, preventative medicine, dentistry, and surgery, among other areas of interest.

Dr. O'Donnell lives with her dog Nora (rescued in 2013) and Fred, a Chinese Box Turtle that has been with her since the age of 12. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, walking Nora, cooking, quilting and exploring LA.

Dr. Katherine Hillebrand, DVM

Dr. Hillebrand joined us after practicing in Chicago's North Shore, where she was raised. She graduated from the University of Virginia (UVA) with a double major in biology and music, where she sang opera and was on the University Riding Team. She received her DVM from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.

Dr. Hillebrand went on to complete a competitive rotating internship in medicine and surgery in Charlottesville, Virginia, before she settled back in Chicago for several years. Finally tired of the cold winters, she moved to Los Angeles in 2014. She is thrilled to have found such a wonderful place to practice and is inspired by her patients, clients and coworkers daily.

Dr. Hillebrand has a Bernese Mountain Dog named Moose, who comes to work with her and can be seen playing in the WHAH dog park. In her free time, she can be found running, practicing hot yoga, singing at special events, trying new restaurants, and exploring Southern California.

Dr. Mike Boling, DVM

As a child, Dr. Boling could usually be found surrounded by animals. When not spending time with the family Golden Retriever, Barney, he was frequently pet sitting the neighborhood dogs. He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology where he graduated Summa cum Laude with a BS in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Computer Engineering. Eighteen months later Dr. Boling started his own technology company, which eventually provided special effects systems to the television industry, including CNN, ESPN, Fox, and Univision. Despite the exciting nature of technology, he knew something was missing. After some soul searching, he re-discovered his real passion - caring for cats and dogs. He sold his business and entered veterinary school at the University of Georgia, where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in 2008.

Prior to joining WHAH, Dr. Boling worked at small animal hospitals in Los Angeles, Chicago, Michigan and Atlanta. His particular areas of interest include internal medicine, neurology, and feline medicine. When not working, Dr. Boling enjoys time at the gym, playing tennis, and going to the movies. He especially enjoys time with his husband, Rob, and their cats, Christie, Maggie, and Andy.

Vivian Solis, CVA / Technician Supervisor

Vivian is a graduate of the VASE registered veterinary technician (RVT) program and is preparing to take her board exam soon to become a licensed technician. 

She lives with her Bull Terrier mix, Cannoli and an adorable Pit Bull mix puppy.  She has been working in veterinary hospitals for over ten years and loves being a part of this exciting profession.
Cassie Burns, CVA/ Reception Supervisor

Originally from Lompoc, CA (Santa Barbara area), Cassie worked in the veterinary industry for four years prior coming to WHAH. She graduated from Santa Barbara City College Cosmetology Academy in 2007, but changed gears and went on to receive a Certificate of Completion in Veterinary Assistant Training from Penn Foster in 2011.

She has a two-year-old son named Rio who loves to color, play soccer, cuddle with their pit bull, Cookie, and talk. Cookie is a coach-potato and a beach lover. Cassie loves spending time with her family, watching movies, going to the beach and dancing.
Kelli Bryant, RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician)

Kelli was born and raised all over California and knew at a young age that her passion involved helping animals. After attending school to become a registered veterinary technician (RVT) in Orange County, she moved up to Los Angeles to begin her career as an RVT. What she loves most about her job is being able to work with such smart and talented people who are just as motivated and dedicated to animals and their health as she is. She currently lives with two chatty kitties named Benny and Jerry who are the loves of her life. On her days off, Kelli enjoys traveling and being with her friends and family.
Paloma Fierro, RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician)

We feel very fortunate to have Paloma as part of our team. Her wealth of knowledge and experience are only outshined by her calm and positive nature that put every pet at ease. Paloma has over 15 years experience in the veterinary field, having worked in general practice as well as specialty (Emergency, ICU, Internal Medicine, Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy). She received her Masters of Science degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her family includes one husband, their son, four cats, and a dog, Patti, whose rescue story can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C22UwfmROG4.

In her free time, Paloma enjoys gardening, yoga, Pintrest, DIY, and collecting Mid Century furniture and décor.
Rachel Halpern, RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician)

Rachel is originally from Atlanta, GA. She graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a major in history, but found that working with animals was her true calling. She attended Bel-Rea Institute in Denver where she became a Registered Veterinary Technician. She then ventured out to Los Angeles along with her two golden retrievers, Cali and Bella. In her free time she enjoys skiing, road biking, pilates, being outdoors, seeing live music, spending time with family and friends, and traveling to new places.
Eric Coggsdale, RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician)
Chanel Friesen, RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician)

Chanel was born in England and moved to Vancouver, Canada when she was four years old. She relocated to Los Angeles in 2003, where she graduated from the Piecre College Vet Tech program. Chanel has Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Business Administration. When not at work, she enjoys teaching water aerobics to senior citizens and disabled students, reading mysteries and true crime novels, and any activity in, on, or around the water.
Maria Delavogias, CVA (Certified Veterinary Assistant)

Maria was named one of the top three veterinary technicians in the country by PetPlan!  She is a graduate of the VASE veterinary technician program and is currently studying to take her RVT board exam.  She  grew up in New Jersey in a family that always included dogs and cats. In 1982, she moved to California, and shortly after began her career assisting veterinarians.

Maria started out working in very busy spay/neuter clinics, and eventually worked her way up to full service hospitals. She currently is owned by three gorgeous cats, Spot, Mr. Leo, and Curiosity. Maria's passion and love for animals is evident in the work that she does. She always goes out of her way to make sure each patient is as comfortable as possible.  
  
Saya Patel, CVA (Certified Veterinary Assistant)

Saya moved to Los Angeles in 2003 from a small town in Virginia.  She grew up sharing her home with a handsome and chatty Amazon Red-Crowned Parrot.  For the past six years, Saya has been actively gaining experience working with dogs, cats, and exotic pets.  She's thrilled to have found her niche here at West Hollywood Animal Hospital and looks forward to the prospect of attending veterinary school in the future.  Until then, she can't wait to meet you and your fur babies and hopes you'll become an extended member of our family.
Scott Backman, CVA/ Client Service Representative

Scott was named one of the top three veterinary receptionists in the country by PetPlan! Scott comes to us with many years of experience in the veterinary and animal fields. He and his accent are originally from New Jersey, but moved to Boston to attend Suffolk University prior to moving to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming a professional comedian.

His love for animals is evident when seeing him interact with all of our patients. Our clients love coming in when Scott is working, as it is not uncommon for him to provide comedic relief to all around him. On his lunch breaks you can usually spot Scott in the doggie daycare playing with the dogs. We feel extremely fortunate to have Scott as part of our WHAH family!
Toni Taub, CVA/ Kennel Attendant

Toni comes to us with 20 years experience working in animal hospitals! Her loving and gentle nature with our patients will put any pet parent at ease. When she's not walking dogs, keeping cat litter boxes clean, and making sure that all the dogs and cats have fresh food and water, she prides herself on keeping West Hollywood Animal Hospital clean and spotless. We are very happy to have Toni as part of our team!
Jonathan Canas, CVA (Certified Veterinary Assistant)

Jonathan was born in Santa Monica and knew he wanted to work around animals ever since obtaining his first job at a pet store.   In his free time he enjoys hiking and going to live music concerts.  He lives locally with his rescued terrier mix, Beans, and his two cats (pictured), Chicken and Waffles.
Dawn Hamilton, Veterinary Assistant

Dawn comes to us with nearly a decade of experience working in the veterinary field.  She has a BA in music (performance emphasis) and is currently a teaching assistant and graduate student at UCLA earning a Master's degree in clarinet performance.  In addition to being a master clarinetist, Dawn is also a singer and actor who loves photography, hiking, and puzzles.  She shares her home with Rosie, an eight year old black cat who loves cookie dough and hand lotion.
Lisa Smith, CVA- Certified Veterinary Assistant

Lisa was born in Grenada and raised in the Virgin Islands. She moved to Orlando for high school and after attending Bauder College to study fashion merchandising realized her true passion was in animal care so attended the University of Florida to study Animal Science.  

She has over a decade of experience working as a veterinary technician. She lives locally with her Shih Tzu, (pictured) Ming Lee.  In her free time she enjoys working as a free lance make-up artist.

Sarah Nugen- CVA (Certified Veterinary Assistant)

Sarah is originally from Laguna Beach, California. She is an undergraduate student at UCLA, pursuing a major in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution and minor in Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Environmental Science. She plans on applying to vet school in the future and hopes to one day combine her passion and commitment to animals with conservation, hoping to work with endangered species locally and abroad. Sarah loves to run, hike, snowboard, and find new adventures.
Will Hubbard, CVA (Certified Veterinary Assistant)/ Reception

Will was born and raised just outside Rochester, NY. Shortly after receiving his Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Rochester, Will moved to Southern California where he lives with his girlfriend and two cats, Loki and Natasha. Will's passion for veterinary care started at a young age after seeing the compassion provided by his hometown veterinarian to his sick cat. Since then, Will has volunteered at animal shelters and worked in animal hospitals as a Veterinary Assistant. He currently volunteers in wildlife welfare centers around Los Angeles. In his free time, Will enjoys spending time with his friends, playing board games and reading. 

Lydia Santogade, CVA (Certified Veterinary Assistant)/ Reception

An East Coast native, Lydia comes to us all the way from North Carolina! She earned her degree in biology from Elon University where she studied animal behavior, herpetology, and comparative vertebrate structure & function. After realizing her love for studying and working with animals, she is working full time while completing her pre-requisites for vet school. Lydia moved to Los Angeles in 2015, and feels so happy to be a part of the WHAH team - constantly surrounded by great people and such adorable fur babies. In her free time Lydia can be found exploring the city, baking something elaborate, in a Pure Barre/yoga class, or reading a book (usually Harry Potter). She can’t wait to meet you and your beloved pets!

Shailyn Moore, Kennel Attendant

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Shailyn relocated to Los Angeles to attend UCLA, where she is currently a pre vet biology major. She loves to swim and be near the ocean, and has always been fascinated by marine mammals. Shailyn has two cats, Max and Sam, and a very sassy dog named Josie. Her favorite part of the job is being able to work with animals and their people.
Doneisha King, Reception

Hailing from Cleveland, Doni received her B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University. She moved to Southern California to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. In her free time she enjoys relaxing with her Yorkshire Terrier, Diamond, drawing, painting, collecting art, and challenging the status quo.

Barbra Orozco, Veterinary Assistant

Barbra graduated from California State University Northridge with a Bachelors degree in biology. She is currently attending Pierce college to obtain her RVT license. She discovered a passion for animals at an early age and has had many pets of all shapes and sizes; turtles, hamsters, birds, bunnies, cats and dogs. In her free time, Barbra enjoys hiking in the Santa Monica mountains with her two dogs, Koda and Happy. The best part of her day is spending it with the animals and seeing the strong bond between the owner and pet.

Christian Varguez, Veterinary Assistant

Christian was born and raised in Los Angeles, the youngest of eight children. He has worked in the veterinary field for over a decade and is a graduate of the VASE RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician) program. When not at work, Christian can be found cheering on the Dodgers with his Bull Terrier, Pit Bull, and three Chihuahuas.

Heidi Bang, Dog Park/ Kennel Attendant

Heidi is a Los Angeles native who has always loved all animals. Although in childhood her only pets were fish, she now is proudly owned by three dogs (all terriers, they're her favorite!). Heidi has a B.S. in wildlife management and conservation. She loves getting to see the quirks of each individual dog in daycare. In her free time she enjoys watching movies, going to Disneyland, and hiking the local trails.
Christina Cen, Kennel Attendant

Christina grew up in Sacramento, California, but moved to Los Angeles to study Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA. Volunteering at her local animal shelter during high school made her realize that she wanted to dedicate her life to advocating for animals who do not have a voice of their own. Her goal is to one day not only heal patients as a veterinarian, but to guide people toward finding compassion for animals. She hopes to attend veterinary school and pursue shelter medicine or wildlife conservation. She lives with three mice, Ellie, Edgar, and Chip.

Lydia Hunter, Puppy Playtime Attendant

Being the daughter of a career Navy man, Lydia traveled around the world for most of her childhood. The one constant factor was her love for animals. Since moving to Los Angeles about 3 years ago, Lydia has been able to turn that love into a career training and socializing dogs.

Her partner-in-crime is her happy-go-lucky dog, Traeger, who is a furry film star in the making. He has appeared in multiple commercials and films! When not working, they go for long hikes or play ball in the park, making sure to sniff every flower along the way!

Mary Hirt, Certified Dog Trainer

Mary was born and raised in Santa Monica and has always loved animals. Although she pursued a successful career in education, she is happy to return to her passion of helping animals.   She is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, CDPT-KA, and received her foundational training through Animal Behavior College. 

Mary implements the latest dog training techniques grounded in the scientific principles of positive reinforcement, operant conditioning, desensitization, and counter conditioning. 
She is an accomplished educator with over 20 years experience teaching physical education.  She is a National Middle School Teacher of the Year, a published author,  has earned her National Board Certification for Teachers, and travels the country training teachers how to create a positive learning environment for their students. Mary has been able to successfully combine her teaching skills with her love for animals to help create homes where dogs can thrive and live cooperatively with their human guardians.

Mary is the lead trainer for the Boxer Rescue Los Angeles Mentor Program, which is designed to help boxers in the program develop the social skills to become successful members of their adopted families.  During her spare time, Mary spends time on her mountain retreat, hiking and enjoying the outdoors with her three adopted dogs, Gracie, Degas, and Chata.
Pre Vet Graduates
Cori Wakamatsu, U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2020

A Los Angeles native, Cory grew up in Santa Barbara received her BS in applied mathematics from U.C. San Diego, where she also minored in music and African studies.  Legend has it that Cory was raised by the family dogs; chasing cats and barking at the mailman, smelling bushes and sleeping on the floor. After domestication, she developed a passion for guinea pig breeding around age six and would go behind her mother's back(she believed 30 guinea pigs was enough)to just try one more gene crossing, intent on getting the most recessive phenotypes. She's taken care of rats, rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, guinea pigs, dogs, cats, chickens, mice, snakes, bearded dragons, and volunteered at animal shelters and farms.  In her free time, Cory enjoys hiking tall mountains (Mt. Whitney, Mt. Kilimanjaro) and scuba diving barrier reefs (Great Barrier Reef, Mesoamerican Barrier Reef).  She is an avid drummer, from playing in a punk band to soloing on kettle drums in Carnegie Hall, to performing traditional Taiko drums in Japanese festivals from San Diego to San Jose. 

Cory has two cats;  a calico , Chloe, and a Maine coon mix, Thor, who were found as orphaned kittens under a remodeled house. She loves them and they tolerate her. 

In addition to working here, Cory is currently pursuing a second bachelor's degree in Microbiology, with plans to attend veterinary school in the future. Every patient at WHAH further inspires her to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian.
Ori Nagasaka, U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2020

Ori was born in San Gabriel, CA and grew up in the the midwest.  She moved back to California to attend UCLA, where she is currently a pre-vet student pursuing a bachelors degree in Biology. In her free time, she loves playing tennis, hiking, going to concerts, and taking her dog Raffy to the beach.  Ori has a special way with our dog and cat patients, always putting them at ease with her gentle nature.
Jessica Lam, U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2021

Jessica is a pre-vet student at UCLA, majoring in Biology.  She enjoys singing with her a cappella group and playing music.  She hails from the Bay Area where she loves taking her dog, Athena to Fort Funston National Park.