Dr. Wendy Brooks has been the owner and Medical Director of the Mar Vista Animal Medical Center since 1997. She is a board certified specialist in Canine and Feline Practice and Educational Director for VeterinaryPartner.com (a branch of the Veterinary Information Network). She has authored all of the information articles available in the extensive libraries of this web site. The "Ask the Vet" function on the home page connects directly to her email address (AltheaVet@aol.com) where she is happy to answer questions about your pet's care directly.
Dr. Brooks is a native of the Los Angeles area, but attended Mount Holyoke College, graduating with high honors in 1983. She graduated from the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1988, followed by an internship at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. She is available for appointments Friday through Monday and every other Thursday.
A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Moore attended the University of California at Davis for her entire college career, obtaining first a bachelor’s degree in genetics, and then her DVM degree in 1988. Dr. Moore practiced in northern California for five years before relocating back to L.A. in 1993. As a veterinary school classmate of Dr. Brooks, Dr. Moore shares the same practice philosophy of offering the most up to date expertise in veterinary medicine to each and every patient and owner.
Dr. Moore’s outside interests include reading, horseback riding, world travel, and acting classes. In addition, Dr. Moore is a published author of four fantasy fiction novels (The Griffin's Daughter trilogy and A Tangle of Fates, first book of the Vox Machina trilogy), all available through amazon.com. Dr. Moore is the veterinarian at Mar Vista Animal Medical Center most every Tuesday and Wednesday, and every other Thursday.
Dr. Johnson completed her undergraduate studies at Mount Holyoke College, earning a Bachelor of Science in biology, awarded Cum Laude. She then completed her veterinary education at The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, earning a V.M.D. degree. After graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Johnson was awarded a one year internship in large animal medicine and surgery at The University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. On finishing her internship, she worked primarily with horses, and then expanded her practice to include companion and exotic animals. Dr. Johnson moved to Calabasas in the spring of 2004 and started Oakhill Shockwave to bring innovative therapy technology to the animals of southern California.
Dr. Johnson completed 210 hours of postgraduate training in animal chiropractic at the Options for Animals program in Wellsville, Kansas. This training has included extensive lecture and practical hands-on training in the chiropractic care of horses and dogs. Dr. Johnson has successfully completed rigorous practical, clinical competency, and written exams and has earned certification in Veterinary Chiropractic by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. She brings her considerable skills to our hospital monthly. Ask our receptionists for scheduling information.
For more information about chiropractic (and shockwave therapy) visit Dr. Johnson’s Oakhill Shockwave & Veterinary Chiropractic website. Dr. Jenny Johnson is now available monthly to perform chiropractic treatments.
Dr. Linda J. Larsen is a board-certified small animal surgeon who visits different hospitals weekly to perform non-routine surgical procedures, allowing clients and patients the expertise of a surgery specialist in the familiar facility of their regular veterinary practice.
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 and entered private referral practice in 1999, and continued in private referral practice in the Southern California area until November 2006.
Pacific Veterinary Surgery Services (PVSS), Dr. Larsen's mobile surgery practice, was established in 2006 by Dr. Larsen herself to improve and/or prolong the quality of life for dogs and cats through quality surgery services, which are provided in the comfort and security of the general practitioner's hospital. She has been a surgery specialist with us since 2008.