Dr. Yelinek is a Massachusetts native, but has been a resident and family veterinarian in the South Bay for the last thirty 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. He is 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'. He also practices Traditional Chinese Medicine with herbs and offers therapeutic FDA approved laser therapy.
Dr. Yelinek also maintains a position with the United States government as Deputy Commander of the National Veterinary Response Team - 4 (NVRT), working in animal disaster response and preparedness.
Aside from veterinary medicine, he spends time enjoying family life with his wife, Patti, their Chihuahua-Dachshund mix, Mary (whom you may see in the office from time to time) and their four cats. His hobbies include sailing, diving, skiing, hiking, and traveling, anytime and anywhere.
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).
IN-HOSPITAL BOARD CERTIFIED RESOURCES
For specific treatments such as ultrasounds, cardiology consultations, and orthopedic surgeries, we have the pleasure of working with board certified specialists that come to our practice to treat your pet! Learn more about them below.
DR. FRED BREWERCALIFORNIA 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 LARSENPACIFIC 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 REEDRADIOLOGY & 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. Sumreeta Mathai was born and raised in Los Angeles County. She attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to receive her B.S. and M.Sc. She returned to Southern California 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-Golden Retriever mix, Milton, and her black cat, Aphrodite. She also loves to spend time with her extended dog family, Thompson and Frankenstein.
ANGELPatient Care Services
Angel joined the RSVC team in February 2006. She has been in the field for over 15 years and enjoys helping and educating our clients. She is known for always being calm and in a good mood no matter what problems arise in the hospital. Her home life is not much different than work, surrounded by three dogs (Ace, Bear and Lulu [pictured]), three cats (Honey, Dopey, and Mama), three kids (Josh, Jake, and Jessie) and husband of 28 years, Bob. In her free time, she enjoys camping, going to the beach, and hanging out with friends and family :).
DULCEPatient 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.
AngelicaClient Care Services
Angelica was born and raised in Los Angeles; the middle child of three kids and first generation of immigrant parents.
As a young child Angelica visited her mother’s home state in Mexico, a small tobacco farm spending all summer riding horses, playing in the dirt with dogs and napping with cats! It helped her realized how these animal companions can bring so much happiness even with so little. So as an adult it only made sense to work with people who love & respect animals just as much as she does!
Today Angelica has 11 years of pet care experience. She now enjoys being part of Redondo Shores Veterinary 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 her 2 dogs (Dixie a Rat Terrier/Chihuahua Mix & Samantha a 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 dogs!
Jess has lived in California for the past 10 years. Prior to moving toCalifornia, she lived in the Colorado mountains and Michigan. In additionto working at RSVC, she is also studying to be a nurse. Jess has a catnamed Myla, who enjoys running around at 3 AM, trying to escape outside andeating lots of treats.
When she’s not working or studying, she enjoys spending her free timehiking, riding horses and hanging out with her family. She loves theoutdoors and enjoys traveling to national parks and going to the beach.
Samm was born and raised in SoCal and graduated from Carrington College in Ontario with an Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology in May 2020. She has had almost 400 hours of veterinary volunteer experience and is no won journey to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. After years of studying and gaining volunteer experience in the veterinary field, she later became a part of the RSVC family 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 videogames, cooking, and hanging out with her four silly dogs (Data, Cloud, Trigger, and Shadow).
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.