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Meet Our Dedicated Team

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Our Doctors

  • DR.
    DIRK YELINEK

    Dr. Yelinek, originally from Massachusetts, has been a resident and family veterinarian in the South Bay for the last thirty-plus years. 'Dr. Dirk', as he is known to his clients, received both his B.S.and DVM degrees from The Ohio State University. He brings integrative therapies as well as conventional medicine and surgery to the practice. Heis IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society) certified in veterinary acupuncture, as well as AVCA (American Veterinary Chiropractic Association) certified in Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy or animal chiropractic'.

    Dr. Yelinek also maintains a position with the United States government in animal disaster response and preparedness with the NationalVeterinary Response Team (NVRT).

    Aside from veterinary medicine, he enjoys family time with his wife, Patti, and their two dogs, Mary and Monkee, and four cats. His hobbies include cooking, sailing, diving, skiing, hiking, and traveling, anytime and anywhere.

  • DR.
    SHIRLEY CHENG

    Dr. Shirley Cheng was born and raised in Los Angeles. She attended Cornell University for undergraduate studies, where she received a BS in Animal Science. She then returned to sunny California to receive her DVM from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, with a focus on small animal medicine. She has been a member of the Redondo Shores Veterinary Center team since June of 2013. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring new restaurants around Los Angeles, and being with her cat, Carl, and dog, Ellie (both pictured). 

  • DR.
    SUMREETA MATHAI

    Dr. Sumreeta Mathai was born and raised in Los Angeles County. She attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to receive her B.S.in Animal Science, in which she graduated with honors, and with a minor in Music. She also received her M.Sc. in Environmental and evolutionary biology with a thesis in animal behavior. She returned to SouthernCalifornia to attain her DVM from Western University of Health Sciences. Her hobbies include yoga, drinking tea, and traveling the world. She loves to spend time with her family, friends, Cocker Spaniel, Mowgli, and her black cat, Aphrodite. She also loves to spend time with her extended dog family, Thompson, and Frankenstein


In Hospital Board Certified Resources

  • DR. FRED BREWER
    CALIFORNIA PET CARDIOLOGY

    Dr. Fred Brewer is a board certified (American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine) veterinary cardiologist. He is a native of southern California, growing up in Long Beach where he attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School and later graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology. Later, he received his veterinary degree from Cornell University in 2009. Following the 4 years at Cornell University, he completed a 1-year general rotating internship at the California Animal Hospital Veterinary Specialty Group in West Los Angeles with Dr. Stephen J. Ettinger. This was followed by a 3 year Cardiology residency at Cornell University, where he was trained to perform minimally invasive interventional procedures such as pacemakers, balloon valvuloplasties, and PDA occlusions. He has a keen interest in electrophysiology, has extensively studied the canine sinus node, and has published in veterinary medical journals. Additionally, he is experienced in the management of complex arrhythmias and the treatment of refractory heart failure.

    In addition to providing the best quality of care for his patients, Dr. Brewer is an avid surfer and enjoys playing water polo, traveling, and photography.

  • DR.
    LINDA LARSEN
    PACIFIC VETERINARY SURGERY SERVICES

    Dr. Linda J. Larsen is a board-certified small animal surgeon and the sole proprietor of Pacific Veterinary Surgery Services. 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 entering private referral practice in 1999 and opening PVSS in November, 2006.

  • DR.
    ANN REED
    RADIOLOGY & DIAGNOGISTC IMAGING

    Dr. Reed is a 1991 graduate of Kansas State University. She completed her veterinary radiology residency in 1995 at the University of Missouri - Columbia. With this advanced training, Dr. Reed is a practicing Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Radiology. She performs advanced diagnostic techniques including ultrasounds, ultrasound guided procedures, and radiology interpretation.

  • Dr.
    Mayu Matsuda
    Veterinary Internal Medicine & Imaging, Inc.

    Dr. Matsuda started her veterinary career at Michigan StateUniversity, where she received her veterinary degree in 2006. She then moved to Chicago and went into general practice for two years before returning to academia for her residency training at AuburnUniversity. She completed her Internal Medicine residency in 2013 and successfully passed the board exams. In 2015, she officially became board-certified in the college of Veterinary Internal Medicine after her publication was accepted.

    A year and a half after having a child, she decided to leave the hospital life and started Veterinary Internal Medicine &Imaging, Inc., a mobile consulting service, in May 2019. Through VIMI, she is able to bring internal Medicine directly to primary veterinarians. She considers herself a general internist, but her special interests include endocrine disorders, anemias, and anything feline-related. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and following cats on Instagram.


Patient Care Services

  • Angel
    Patient Care Services

    Angel joined the RSVC team in February 2006. She has been in thefield for over 15 years and enjoys helping and educating ourclients. She is known for always being calm and in a good mood no matterwhat problemsarise in the hospital. Her home life is not much different than work, surrounded by three dogs (Ace, Bear, and Lulu [pictured]), one cat (Kaiju), three kids (Josh, Jake, and Jessie), and a husband of 28 years, Bob. In herfree time, she enjoys camping, going to the beach, andhanging out withfriends and family :).

  • DULCE
    Patient Care Services

    Dulce joined the RSVC team in March of 2018. She is a South Bay native, and brings over 10 years of veterinary experience to our team! Outside of the clinic, you can find her hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, traveling, and spending time with her husband, two cats (Toro & Mio), and Poodle mix, Archimedes. 

  • Samm
    RVT

    Samm was born and raised in SoCal and graduated from Carrington College in Ontario with an Associate's Degree in VeterinaryTechnology inMay 2020. She has proudly fulfilled her journey to becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician in May 2021. After years of studying and gaining experience in the veterinary field, she later became a part of the RSVCfamily and is now able to share her knowledge and appreciation of animal health/care with clients and patients! Samm enjoys spending her free time playing video games, listening to music, and hanging out with her three silly dogs (Data, Cloud, and Trigger).

  • Susan
    RVT

    Susan has been an animal lover all her life. As early as she can remember, feeding the ducks and squirrels at the local parks brought her joy and happiness. Her love of animals has never faded, only grown stronger throughout the years. This love led her to obtain a veterinary technology degree, so she can assist with helping animals as a registered veterinary technician. Susan also earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology which helps her better understand and cope with the people side of veterinary medicine. Susan Is happily married and a proud mama to a human daughter and son, along with two rescue mutts, and two water-dwelling fish. She is also a proud grandma to a Russian tortoise and two Cavies. Susan’spassion has been and always will be helping animals and their people experience the full extent of the human/animal bond by assisting the veterinarians in keeping those animals as healthy as possible through preventative care and healing those that are sick. Outside of work, she finds herself drawn to observing wildlife as well as being a voice for our animal cohorts. Susan was proud to join Redondo ShoresVeterinary Center inAugust 2020 and has found the team to be some of the most compassionate animal lovers in town.

  • Wendy

    Wendy is a proud, born and raised, resident of Long Beach. Her interest in animals sparked at the age of four when she got her first pet, a cat. Growing up she went on to have all sorts of pets as well as help the neighborhood strays and injured birds. Wendy knew when she grew up she wanted to help animals, they taught her kindness, respect, and the value of life. She took an animal care class in high school which educated her with real-life experiences in the veterinary field. A few years later she continued her education in veterinary assisting and now has five years of work experience as a veterinary technician. Wendy enjoys spending time with her loved ones. When it's time to unwind she likes to sit back, listen to music and watch movies with her kitten Aslan.


Client Care Services

  • Angelica
    Client Care Services

    Angelica was born and grew up in SoCal. She has 11+ years of pet care experience. She now enjoys being part of the RedondoShores Vet Center family & sharing her knowledge to help our clients provide a healthy & happy life for their pets too! Angelica has had many kinds of pets but currently enjoys the company of Samantha, her German Shepherd. Plus 4 cats (Spud, Little Cow, Chicken, and Rupert)!When not at work she enjoys spending time with her family, road trips, listening to music/podcasts, and hiking with her dog!

  • Jess

    Jess has lived in California for the past 10 years. Prior to moving to California, she lived in the Colorado mountains and Michigan. In addition to working at RSVC, she is also studying to be a nurse!

    When she’s not working or studying, she enjoys spending her free time outdoors or hanging out with her family. She loves hiking and enjoys traveling to national parks and going to the beach. Jess loves animals of all sorts and enjoys helping the clients and patients of RSVC!

  • Miranda

    Miranda has been surrounded by animals her whole life both at home, with many pets who have crossed the rainbow bridge, and during a stint as an amarine biology research intern. Whether they were cats, rabbits, ferrets, dogs, parrots, or octopuses, she has loved them all. When she graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Administration, her first move was to join the Redondo Shores team and put that knowledge to good use with her favorite kind of patient: pets. At home, Miranda is a mother of two precocious girls and a partner to an amazing husband. She spends her time playing, writing, and tackling a number of creative pursuits, her favorites being the ones she can eat or give to her kids to play with or wear.

  • Emily

    Emily graduated from Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. There, she specialized in classical cello performance and contributed to music academia with her thesis Evolution of Jazz Cello. Emily has provided administrative support for local orchestras including Long Beach Symphony and Los AngelesPhilharmonic. She is passionate about helping others and is proud to be a member of the Redondo Shores Veterinary Center team. She spends her free time hiking, collecting houseplants, and taking care of Tommy the dog.

  • Yvonne

    Yvonne is a SoCal native and joined the RSVC team in April 2021. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in May 2021 with a B.S. in anthropology and a minor in Animal and Veterinary Science. She decided to get some experience with animals as she intends to pursue higher education in animal-related degrees. During her free time, Yvonne enjoys hiking, playing video games, and hanging out with her 2 cats (Mango and Peach) and 2 dogs (Pancake, a terrier mix, and Cookie, a Chihuahua).

  • OZZY
    hospital cat

    Ozzy came to us via caring clients, whom found him alone in their yard. Unable to keep him themselves, we took him in as a little kitten, and have loved every minute of his stay here! He's feisty, sweet, and makes our work days that much more enjoyable! He's shy with strangers, but you may see him hanging out on the counters behind the front desk!

  • SUNSHINE In Memorium

    Sweet Sunshine arrived at our back door via pet carrier in 2010. We had six wonderful years working with her, and sadly said goodbye to our sweet girl in May of 2016. She made our work days that much better, will forever be our ray of sunshine. Rest easy, sweet girl.