End of Life Care (in-home euthanasia) and Eco-Friendly Aftercare Services

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San Fernando Valley, and San Gabriel Valley

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peter and_michelleDr. Peter Erling and Dr. Michelle Lorenzen

Dr. Peter Erling and Dr. Michelle Lorenzen met while in veterinary school at Texas A&M University, graduating together in 2003. They have been virtually inseparable ever since.

Originally from South Africa, Dr. Peter also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Texas at Dallas. Following vet school, he completed a 1-year internship and a 3-year residency in Emergency and Critical Care. Peter was a faculty member at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and was a member of the Michael E. Debakey veterinary cardiothoracic bypass team.

Prior to entering veterinary school, Dr. Michelle obtained a Master's Degree in Anthropology, studying apes and monkeys around the world. Dr. Peter and Dr. Michelle adopted numerous geriatric and ailing pets during vet school. Early on, they recognized that their own pets were more comfortable and at ease when transitioning at home. Dr. Michelle and Dr. Peter founded Choice Veterinary Care in order to provide caring and compassionate in-home euthanasia to pet owners in Los Angeles.

amy and bradDr. Amy Stillwell-Graiff and Brad Graiff

Dr. Amy Stillwell-Graiff and her husband, Brad Graiff, partnered with Choice shortly after its founding.

Dr. Amy began her studies by earning a BS in Biology at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She went on to graduate with honors as valedictorian from the Atlantic Veterinary College, earning her DVM. She then completed a 1-year internship at the VCA WLA Animal Hospital, focused in small animal surgery and medicine. Since that time, she has continued in general practice with a strong interest in volunteer work. Her many loyal clients often speak of her exceptional bedside manner and compassion for others.

Mr. Graiff earned his BS in Accounting/Finance at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. He went on to practice accounting for 10 years before advancing into a successful career in acting and modeling. A lifelong animal lover, he adopted a puppy several years ago who was diagnosed with Parvovirus. After a long hospital stay under the care of Dr. Amy, the puppy survived. The couple quickly fell in love and they were happily married a year later. Brad is currently CFO for Choice

stephanieStefanie Owczarczak, DVM

A Buffalo, NY native, Dr. Stefanie Owczarczak (pronounced Ow-char-check) has had the opportunity to work with all sorts of animals. She attended Rochester Institute of Technology for her Bachelors degree and started volunteering at the Rochester zoo and a wildlife center in Buffalo where she worked with large cats and birds of prey. She then attended Cornell University for her Veterinary degree, during which time she went to Honduras to aid wildlife centers and traveled to Turkey to help sea turtle conservation. She first came out to California to do training at Sea World and the San Diego Zoo.
Ultimately, working with dogs and cats, and aiding people with their fur families, proved to be most rewarding. Since graduating, she has moved to Southern California and worked in a variety of small animal emergency settings. Dr. Stefanie is passionate about providing a unique experience to families to help them with the passing of their beloved pets.

During her spare time, Dr. Stefanie is a triathlete and enjoys spending time with her running and triathlon clubs. She also enjoys Southern California’s craft brewery scene, traveling abroad, and scuba diving.

SamanthaSamantha Shone, DVM

As a 6-year-old, Dr Samantha Shone saw ponies on the country lanes of Birmingham, UK and immediately developed a love for horses. She was compelled to volunteer at horse stables and a small animal sanctuary, quickly realizing she wanted to be a veterinarian. An elderly couple she met had a variety of pets and farm animals. Over time, they taught her the value of good animal care and even bought Dr Sam her first rabbit. By age 11, she saved up enough money to buy a pony from the local auction, which her elderly mentors allowed her to house on their property in exchange for help milking their goats and cleaning their stables.
 
Dr Sam went on to obtain her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from St George's University in Grenada, West Indies after completing her clinical fourth year at Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Following graduation, she earned certification as a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and completed the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam, allowing her to practice veterinary medicine in the United States.  Dr Sam has extensive experience in critical care, emergency medicine, and general practice for small animals, but also enjoys working with rabbits, guinea pigs and avian species.
 
Fulfilling a promise to her animal advocate nana, Dr Sam is still known for her generous volunteer work, including time spent in the Singapore Zoo primate section, spay & neuter clinics, and various SPCA centers.  On her days off, she enjoys riding her quarter horse and hiking with her two rescue dogs. Dr Sam knows her vocation is to help animals and their families in the most compassionate, peaceful way and is excited to offer this with Choice Veterinary Care.

elizabethElizabeth Schuh, DVM

Southern California native, Dr Elizabeth Schuh, grew up in the San Luis Obispo area before moving north to attend the University of California, Davis for both her undergraduate (2006) and veterinary degrees (2012). After completing a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Illinois, she returned to her beloved home state as an Oncology Intern with the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego.

Since this time, Dr Elizabeth has worked in both emergency medicine and oncology. As well, she has contributed as a member of the renowned veterinary clinical trials team at The Ohio State University. She is currently completing a residency with Veterinary Cancer Group, working toward becoming a board certified specialist in medical oncology. Her training and experiences make her uniquely qualified to counsel in end-of-life decision-making. Dr Elizabeth is passionate about encouraging quality of life and peaceful passing of all her patients.

 

 

joseph2Joseph Masciana, DVM

Dr. Joseph Masciana is originally from Long Island, New York and attended veterinary school on the beautiful island of Grenada in the Carribean at St. George's University. Dr. Joe next continued to North Carolina State University where he finished his fourth year rotations. He then completed a small animal rotating internship at VSH of the Carolinas in Raleigh, North Carolina and subsequently stayed working as an Emergency Veterinarian prior to starting his Emergency and Critical Care Residency at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital.

Dr. Joe has worked extensively in emergency and is passionate about patient care and well-being. His training makes him uniquely qualified in discussing each patient’s comfort with their family members and counseling in quality of life decisions. Dr. Joe is passionate about your pet’s ability to have as much good time with your family as possible.

Veterinary Assistants

maggieMaggie Marsh, CVT

Maggie Marsh, veterinary assistant for Choice Veterinary Care, has had a lifelong love for animals, both small and large. Maggie was adopted at the age of three by a wonderful family in Malibu. Her first days with her new family, seeing all the animals in the home, took all her fears away. Maggie’s mother watched her walking, feeding, sleeping and especially dedicated to fixing any injured animal. Maggie was destined to care for animals. Growing up, Maggie could be found at the ranch. riding and caring for her horses, (of course always having a beloved family dog with her) or playing team volleyball on the court or beach. Maggie owned & operated her own flower shop in Beverly Hills & was also the CEO of a non-profit organization for ‘animal rescues in need’. Her love of animals was so strong that she studied & became a Certified, Veterinary Technician, starting a new career & working with several Veterinarians on the West Side of Los Angeles for the past 18 years.

Having been adopted herself, Maggie always had an affinity for animals looking for their forever home. She & her husband have opened their home to many types of animals, at all stages of life, large & small. She has passed on her love for animals to her three adult children, who each have dogs of their own. It is her strong love for animals at all stages of life, that has brought Maggie to join the Choice Veterinary Care team.

elizabethElizabeth Fredgant

Elizabeth Fredgant, veterinary assistant for Choice Veterinary Care, grew up in Los Angeles, California. After studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea for two years, Elizabeth went on to graduate with honors from UCLA, where she got her bachelors in Political Science. While she has always been passionate about her love for animals, (having many family pets throughout her life), it wasn't until 2008 that she adopted her best friend: an American bulldog named Crash. On her spare time Elizabeth enjoys dancing, watching sports, and finding new places to explore with Crash. Although she only has room for one 4 legged furry friend at the moment, she has helped find forever homes for many animals in need. Elizabeth feels very honored to be working with such a caring company and couldn't be more proud to be a part of the Choice Veterinary team.

Aftercare Manager

MeghanMeghan Ingstad, RVT

A Southern California native, Meghan was born and raised in Orange County. From a very young age, she knew she wanted to work with animals. As a 6-year-old girl, Meghan adopted her neighbor's pregnant cat, Pumpkin. With the help of her parents, she cared for several litters of kittens and found them forever homes. As a teenager, Meghan adopted a 7-year-old boxer named Arnold. Only a year after coming into Meghan's life, Arnold was diagnosed with cancer. He unfortunately lost his battle to survive 3 months later. Shortly after this difficult loss, Meghan was able to save the life of another boxer. Abby was only a year old when she was hit by a car and relinquished to an animal hospital, after her pet parents were unwilling to pay for treatment. Without hesitation, Meghan rescued Abby, nursed her back to health, and was repaid by 10 glorious years of unconditional love.
 
For 14 years, Meghan has been working in animal hospitals in Southern California.  She is a registered veterinary technician with specialty training in veterinary oncology. Through the years, Meghan has helped many grieving pet parents cope with the pain of losing a furry family member. She is honored to continue supporting pet parents through this difficult time by joining the Choice Veterinary Care team.
 
In her free time, Meghan enjoys baking cupcakes and visiting Disneyland. She also loves spending time with her 3 nieces, who fondly refer to Meghan as "Auntie Cupcake."

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