Meet Our Team

Thomas Babcock, DVM

Medical Director

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Dr. Babcock completed Veterinary School at Colorado State University in 2006. He then completed an internship at the Animal Emergency Medical Center in 2007. Since then he has practiced emergency medicine full time in the Southern California region.

In his spare time he enjoys many outdoor activities, including surfing, biking, and motorcycles. 2 years ago he rescued a scruffy terrier, named Pia, who also enjoys running along the beach.

Corrie Kerr, DVM

Associate Emergency Veterinarian

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Dr. Corrie Kerr discovered her true calling in veterinary medicine by taking the road a little less traveled. After beginning a career in architecture (& concurrently volunteering at the local humane society in her spare time), it didn’t take long for her to realize that her genuine passion was in caring for animals.

She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences. Following graduation, she completed a year-long small animal rotating internship at an emergency & specialty referral hospital in Irvine. It was there that she developed a strong interest in emergency medicine.

Originally from Ohio, Dr. Kerr currently resides in the Long Beach area with her husband & their furchildren (two cats & a pittie mix). When not working, she enjoys spending time with family & friends, crafting, traveling, hiking & being outdoors in the beautiful SoCal sunshine.

Joseph Simmons, DVM

Associate Emergency Veterinarian

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Dr Simmons graduated from Western University of Health Sciences. He started his career as a general practitioner before deciding to pursue a career in emergency medicine. Dr Simmons enjoys a wide variety of surgical and medical cases. Outside the hospital, he can be found surfing, hiking and enjoying the outdoors.

David Beeh, DVM

Associate Emergency Veterinarian

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Dr. Beeh’s passion for veterinary medicine grew while he was working in the field as a veterinary technician. He started at an all cat general practice prior to branching out into emergency medicine. Dr. Beeh attended Western University of Health Sciences and graduated in 2012. He then joined Long Beach Animal Emergency where he enjoys the dynamic of emergency, especially emergency surgery. Although Dr. Beeh is a softie for kittens, he is almost always accompanied by his shadow, Jay the Pit Bull. In his spare time, Dr. Beeh enjoys running, hiking, snowboarding, gaming, or experimenting with his fish tanks.

Ravi Srungaram, DVM

Associate Emergency Veterinarian

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Dr. Ravi Srungaram is a Southern California native who grew up in Long Beach. Dr. Srungaram grew up working at his father’s veterinary practice which built his love for the profession. He majored in Biology at Loyola Marymount University before going to UC Davis for his DVM in 2015.

When not working, he enjoys playing basketball, running, and spending time with friends and family. His favorite dog breed is the Malamute.

Melanie Tarosky, DVM

Associate Emergency Veterinarian

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Dr. Tarosky received her veterinary medical degree from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, she has worked in and sought additional training for emergency and critical care through multiple US regions. Her primary interests include intensive care medicine, interventional procedures, CPR and teaching. She is passionate about the foundation of education fueling knowledgeable critical thinking for every case, and pursuing the highest quality of medicine possible.

When not working, she spends much of her time with her border collies – Razer and Skylar. With them, she practices agility, tricks training and obedience. She also enjoys martial arts, drawing, and other outdoor activities.

Drew Cabrera, DVM

Associate Emergency Veterinarian

Bio coming soon.

Allen Beneli, DVM

Associate Emergency Veterinarian

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Dr. Beneli received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences. His passion in veterinary medicine began early in life, spending his summers volunteering at the local humane society. His love of animals grew through experience in emergency and general practice medicine. Outside of the hospital Dr. Beneli enjoys spending time outdoors including camping, fishing, and hiking.

Jen Oliver

Practice Manager

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Jen has been in the veterinary field for 10 years and has managed a general practice before coming to LBAE. She truly believes in the hospitals core value of being respectful, empathetic and compassionate at all times to the pets and the pet parents that come in.

When Jen is not busy working at the hospital, you can find her at home with her husband Mike and her son Kota. She loves to cook, crochet and spend time with family and friends.

Deanelle Abatayo

Client Service Manager

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Deanelle, a Southern California native joined the veterinary field 7 years ago as a Client Service Representative. She has been with Long Beach Animal Emergency since March 2018 and is currently the hospital’s CSR Manager. Deanelle’s interest in veterinary medicine was influenced by her sister who is also in the veterinary field as a veterinarian’s assistant and animal lover caretaker.

Outside of the hospital, Deanelle is a Polynesian dancer and instructor of 10+ years. She loves to travel and enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and furbabies Moloa and Bro.

Jesus Lopez

Equipment Manager

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Jesus found his passion working with animals when he was hired at a small animal practice in La Habra CA. While at this practice, he attended Mt. San Antonio College. After six years he joined an Emergency clinic in Southern California, where he was a valued team for four years. After that time he joined Long Beach Animal Emergency, and became a lead Technician. On his time off he is the PROUD father of three little boys, Jaden A. Owen K. & Evan S. Lopez and one 18 year old cat Bella. They enjoy going out to the movies, parks, fairs, gaming together and Snowboarding.

Kathryn Andrew

RVT

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Kathryn Andrews has 5 yrs experience in the veterinary field. She received her Registered Veterinary Technician license in 2009 from the Professional Veterinary Assistant School.

Kathryn in her spare time loves to do many things such as going to the movies, beach, and of course the mall. She has a special interest in Critical Care. Kathryn or “Kat” as we call her here at Animal Emergency Referral Center, has a mini dachshund “Missy”, a calico cat “Bleachy” and new puppy “Africa”.

Sharifa Rastegar

RVT

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Sharifa joined our team in 2012. She began her career with Veterinary Medicine in 1996, after graduating from the Bel-Rea Institue of Animal Technology in Denver, CO. She has worked in a general practice as well as performed rescue work for the animals at ASPCA. Sharifa then transitioned to Specialty and Emergency care. Sharifa is a mother to two amazing boys (10 and 11 years old) and took 5 years off from doing what she loved to raise them! In addition to her two children, she has two furbabies – her dog Banksy, a pitbull rescue and her cat, Pete the Cat. Sharifa grew up overseas and enjoys to travel, loves hot yoga, snowboarding, and hiking!

Benedicto Flores

RVT, Technician Manager

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Benedicto Flores is a RVT who has been in the field for 10 years. He grew up in Bakersfield, California where his career began, in 2008. Originally wanting to be an elementary school teacher, he quickly realized his true passion of working with animals and pursued his true path. Starting out as a kennel attendant, he worked his way up the ladder and after years of being in the field finally pursued his licensing. A graduate of Stanbridge University, Benedicto has also acquired a wide range of skills through on-the-job training, ranging from general practice to specialty hospitals.

Benedicto dedicates a large portion of his spare time to improving his skills on the mats. He is a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has recently acquired his brown belt. Always having been an active person you can typically find him doing something outdoors, be it hanging at the beach or riding his bicycle. When he is not outdoors you can find him watching movies with his two dogs Karma and Brian, and his two ferrets Bonnie and Clyde.

Kristen Bender

RVT

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Brianna McKinney

RVT

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“Brianna graduated from Stanbridge University and was awarded her license as RVT in 2019. At home she enjoys her two black cats: Banjo and Hades. Outside the hospital Brianna enjoy Polynesian dancing. She has spent the last 10+ years as a dancer, having had many grateful opportunities to travel and compete with the dance studio.”

Marissa Fernandez

Surgery Technician

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Marissa has been in the veterinary field for 8 years and has worked her way up to become a surgery technician. At home, she has a 6-year-old rat terrier fur baby, Rexy, and her kitty, Hanzo. During her spare time, she enjoys working on cars, listening to music, cooking and spending time with friends.

Valerie Flores

Inventory Manager

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Valerie has been in the veterinary field for 16 years, working as CSR and Administration. Valerie has 2 dogs, Puggie Sue the pug, and Dallas along with her cats Arthur Fonzerelli and chops. In her free time, Valerie enjoys watching football, attending concerts, and spending time with family and friends.