Dr. Natalia Soto +
Dr. Natalia Soto received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Upon graduation, she completed a rotating internship in medicine and surgery at Garden State Veterinary Specialists and a surgical internship at Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, CT. She then completed her small animal surgical residency in 2014 at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Soto is honored to be the Chief of Surgery for TrueCare for pets. She performs both soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, with a strong interest in minimally invasive surgery, wound management and reconstructive surgery.
When not at work, she enjoys running, hiking and spending time with her cat, Little G.
Dr. Emilie Chaplow +
Dr. Emilie Chaplow received her Veterinary Medical Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. Following graduation, she completed a one-year rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City.
Dr. Chaplow then completed a residency in small animal internal medicine at California Animal Hospital in Los Angeles in 2005, and became board-certified later that year. She is currently on the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences, as an associate professor.
Dr. Chaplow is skilled in endoscopy, abdominal ultrasound, bone marrow aspirates, feeding tube placement (PEG and E-tube), joint taps, arterial blood gas, and numerous other areas of internal medicine. She has a special interest in immune-mediated disease, endocrinology, and gastroenterology, and has authored a chapter in Ettinger’s Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine, on “Dysphagia and Regurgitation.”
Dr. Chaplow resides with her husband, two sons, labrador and pug. When not working, she enjoys hanging with her kids, hiking, and running
Dr. Maya Lottati +
Dr. Jennifer Pierro, MS, DVM, DACVIM +
Dr. Jennifer Pierro grew up in Sydney, Australia and California. She did her undergraduate work in psychology at UC Berkeley. She then moved to Providence, Rhode Island, where she developed her passion for both basic science and clinical research during her graduate studies at Brown University. She went on to complete her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Purdue University, during which time she discovered her fascination with oncology and cancer biology. She completed an internship and medical oncology residency at University of Georgia. During that time, she was fortunate to have the opportunity to run clinical trials and bench top studies using feline cancer cell lines.
Dr. Pierro’s interests include feline breast cancer, feline lymphoma, novel chemotherapeutics, and drug repositioning. Most importantly, her focus is treating cancer while promoting quality of life. She is very excited to be joining the team at TrueCare, and to be continuing the oncology program.
Dr. Morgan Cavanaugh +
A native Californian, Dr. Morgan Cavanaugh graduated with honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1993 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. He was accepted into the Ivy League Veterinary program at University of Pennsylvania and graduated cum laude in 1998. After graduation he returned to California to complete a one year Surgery internship at California Animal Hospital with emphasis on Emergency Medicine and Critical Care.
In 1999, Dr. Cavanaugh began working as a full-time associate with the Animal Emergency Centre in Los Angeles. After falling in love with the patients and veterinary practice, he became an owner of the rapidly growing emergency hospital in 2001. Under his leadership the Animal Emergency Centre has continued to expand and grow. In 2005 the emergency veterinary hospital was relocated to a brand new modern facility which offers the latest in cutting edge technology for emergency and critical care.
In addition to being a veterinarian, His hobbies include surfing, scuba diving and traveling.
Dr. Juli White +
Dr. Juli White earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1992. She graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis in 1997. After graduation she completed a one year formal internship at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver, Colorado. This internship included additional training in Internal Medicine, Surgery and Radiology with a special emphasis on Emergency Veterinary Medicine and Critical Care.
For two years after her internship, Dr. White practiced Emergency Medicine full time at Veterinary Specialists of Kansas City in Overland Park, Kansas. These two years of practice allowed her to continue her training in an informal setting by working side by side with board-certified specialists in Internal Medicine. Surgery, Dermatology, Opthalmology, and Radiology.
Since July of 2000, Dr. White has been a full time associate with the Animal Emergency Centre in Los Angeles. In 2004 she expanded her involvement in the practice by becoming Staff Manager. She loves the excitement of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine and the pets and people that she gets to interact with on a nightly basis.
Dr. McGee Leonard +
Dr. Angel Wu +
Dr. Elena Hernandez-Merino +
Dr. Trish Ogle +
Dr. Priya Thakkar +
Dr. Priya Thakkar graduated from Michigan State University in 2011 after completing her undergraduate degrees in Animal Science with a minor in Chemistry from CalPoly Pomona. Upon her graduation from Michigan State University, she participated in a one-year rotating internship at the Animal Specialty group. Since 2012, she’s worked exclusively in the ER, and specializes in emergency medicine.
Dr. Priya Thakkar lives with her husband, 3-year-old daughter, and her two rescue pups, a Husky and a Min Pin Mix. When not at work, she enjoys traveling, yoga, hiking, and spending time with her family.
TrueCare for Pets is a Los Angeles pet emergency room offering emergency veterinary care, surgery, and internal medicine services to local pets. Located in the Studio City area of Los Angeles, our emergency veterinary clinic is fully accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association as a state-of-the-art animal emergency center.
Formally known as the Animal Emergency Centre we were established in 1980. We have now transitioned to provide 24 hour emergency services under our new banner TrueCare for Pets. Our primary goal is to work with your pet’s regular veterinarian to provide the absolute finest pet emergency room care in Los Angeles. We are now open 24 hours every day of the year.
In 2005 we moved to our new location at 11730 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604 (map). It is one of the preeminent custom-designed veterinary hospitals and is optimal for providing emergency and critical pet care. Our veterinary hospital serves as the Blood and Anti-Venom Bank for the San Fernando Valley and the greater Los Angeles area. Because of this, we are able to handle snake bite and severe trauma emergency situations.