Meet Our Team

Jackie Short, BVMS, DACVECC

Critical Care Specialist

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Dr. Jacqueline Short graduated from veterinary school at the University of Glasgow in 2007 and worked at the university for a year during a rotating internship. She completed her residency at local specialty hospitals around the Southern California area and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in October of 2014. Dr. Short has authored multiple articles featured in veterinary publications and has lectured on diverse topics including smoke inhalation trauma and blood transfusions. Her special interests include transfusion medicine, multimodal analgesia, and the diagnosis and treatment of nonsurgical diseases, especially of internal organ systems such as the respiratory, digestive and urinary tract.

In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, surfing, snowboarding, and spending time with her dog, Thurso.

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.

Cheslymar Garcia DVM, MS

Practice Limited to Surgery

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Dr. Garcia earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and spent her clinical year at the veterinary teaching hospital at Michigan State University. After graduating in 2015, Dr. Garcia pursued a Small Animal Rotating Internship at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and remained in Blacksburg for her Small Animal Surgery Residency. After completing her residency, she decided to continue her career on the west coast. She is excited to bring her skillset and compassion for animals to Southern California for surgical consultations and procedures.

Her surgical interests include a variety of soft tissue surgeries, orthopedics and neurosurgeries. Her Master’s of Science thesis focused on the prevalence of asymptomatic bacteriuria in dogs with cranial cruciate disease and she continues to consider its significance in veterinary medicine, especially with the increasing antibiotic resistance in our field.

During her free time, Dr. Garcia enjoys traveling, painting, and spending time with her friends and family.

Lauren Kramer, DVM

Associate Emergency Veterinarian

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Dr. Lauren Kramer is an Indiana native. She attended Purdue University and received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Biotechnology. She went on to graduate veterinary school from Ross University in 2008, then completed her clinical year at the University of Minnesota. She also completed a rotating internship in Los Angeles and spent three years of further training in small animal surgery in southern California, Louisiana and South Carolina. She is experienced in emergency medicine, critical care and the demands of a multi-specialty center. Dr. Kramer enjoys the challenge of emergency medicine and has a special interest in trauma, wound care and emergency surgery. During her free time she enjoys reading, cooking and traveling. She has two cats and two dogs that are all rescues from all over the nation.

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.

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.

Taylor Venable

RVT

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Taylor was born and raised in the beautiful city of Torrance. She began her career in 2017. Taylor started with our hospital as an intern while going to school. She completed her training to become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in April of 2019. Taylor earned her Bachelors Degree in Cellular & Molecular Biology graduating from Cal-State University Dominguez Hills as Summa Cum Laude. She was given the opportunity to work alongside bears at The OC Zoo and contributed to their enrichment form as a student scholarship fellow. At home she has a bearded dragon named Artemis, a Russian tortoise, Lilo and 5 doggies Max, Hunter, Bella, Lulu & Paisley. Outside of work, Taylor enjoys the outdoors, going to Disneyland, spending time with friends and family, and loves listening to music while singing along horribly, as she says!

Dylan Lane

RVT

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Dylan has had a passion for caring for animals from a very young age. At the age of 16, she began her career in the field as a veterinary assistant. In 2019, she passed the VTNE and received her RVT license. Growing up in picturesque Huntington Beach she has always enjoyed the ocean and marine life. She enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, Blake and two rescue dogs, Dahlia and Archer.

Sebastian Sanchez

Veterinary Technician

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Sebastian is one of our amazing veterinary technicians. Over the years, he has gained experience in working with exotics, surgeries, and he has worked his way up to becoming a reliable technician in emergency vet medicine. He is constantly looking for ways to improve his skills as a technician. When Sebastian is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his dog, Bones and his two chinchillas, Jet and Chewie. Bones and Chewie were both rescues and Jet was a birthday gift. He also enjoys playing video games, watching movies, hiking, swimming and spending time with friends.

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.