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.
Jessie Skanes, CVA/ Office Manager

Jessie grew up in Cincinnati Ohio, where she first realized her love for animals. Here, she got her first job as a customer service representative and kennel technician at a complete pet hotel and spa. Once graduating high school, she started her travels south to the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Biology.

Through her college career, Jessie continued to travel by studying abroad in Belize focusing on the jaguar populations there, and then to the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Boyd, Texas working with large carnivores. After college, she focused on continuing education with a Veterinary Technology degree and is currently on route to graduate as an RVT. Jessie and her husband live locally with their two amazing kitties, Aries and Sully. Jessie loves coming to work and spending time with the incredible people she meets each day at West Hollywood Animal Hospital.
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, who's 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)
Eric Coggsdale, RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician)
Vivian Solis, CVA (Certified Veterinary Assistant)

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.
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!
Cory Wakamatsu, CVA (Certified Veterinary Assistant)

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.
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.
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.
Ori Nagasaka, CVA (Certified Veterinary Assistant)

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, CVA (Certified Veterinary Assistant)

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.
Sara Popolizio, Veterinary Assistant

Sara is from New Jersey and moved to Los Angeles at 18 to go to school for special effects. She also has a cosmetology license and previously worked as a sought after celebrity hair dresser and WeHo salon owner. Sara has two gorgeous daughters, Sophie and Soleil, two dogs, Pork Chop and Bobby, a cat named Skelita, and a fish named Cheese. She has extensive experience in the veterinary field, having worked in both specialty and general practice. Sara likes to paint and draw cartoons. One of her favorite things to do is go to the Equestrian Center and feed the horses with her children.
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.
Leslee Whitacre, Veterinary Assistant

Leslee is a California native who worked as a veterinary assistant in a speciality hospital in Orange County for over a decade. She took a hiatus to raise her two sons, living in Arizona and Colorado where she tended a ranch and cared for horses, chickens, goats, dogs, cats and a miniature donkey.  Now that her sons are grown, she is excited to be back in California with her rescue Greyhound, Vito, doing what she loves. Leslee enjoys the patients immensely and prides herself on her excellent veterinary and nursing care. Her goal is to make every pet's visit to the vet as positive as possible.

John Cina, Dog Park Attendant
Hernan Godoy, Dog Park Attendant
Keenan Lee, Kennel Attendant
Lisa Smith, 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- Kennel Attendant
Will Hubbard, 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, 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!

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.