Dr. Yvette Archie
Doctor Yvette Archie has known since she was seven years old, she wanted to be a veterinarian. She got her love of animals from her father and her thirst for medicine from her mother. After graduating from 12th grade, she had volunteered at UCLA cancer research for animals and knew then she could achieve her dream of becoming a veterinarian. While attending U.C. Irvine, she worked the emergency shift at a 24-hour animal hospital where she pioneered their ambulance services and became a nurse at Lion Country Safari. After graduation, she worked with Woodland Park Zoo as a keeper, nurse, and then a veterinarian. She has been chased by a buffalo, beat up by a monkey and pooped on by an elephant. She is a great believer of incorporating both traditional & holistic medicine and was fortunate to work in small animal clinics utilizing both techniques. Having been raised to always give back, she volunteered with oil-spill birds at The Donner Clinic and was part of a small group that created science to save wildlife a program that targeted minority and at-risk kids through zoo animals to encourage them with math & science. She received a B.S. in Biology from U.C. Irvine and went on to graduate from WSU with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Gretchen Becker
After being the starting center for Clemson University in undergraduate school and graduating from the University of Georgia with a DVM, Dr. Gretchen Becker began work at The Animal Emergency Center in Studio City under Dr. David Griffiths and Dr. Tony Shipp at his Animal Hospital in Beverly Hills but the was also caring for the animals of The Armada Foundation, one of the largest charities helping homeless animals. She was also able to work with Dr. Martin Dennis, the famed exotic animal vet, helping treat zoo and circus animals. She is a trained veterinary acupuncturist from the world-renown Chi Institute in Reddick,Fla. and is also certified biofeedback, stress management, and pain specialist, including using cold laser and supplements. She incorporates Eastern and Western philosophies into her diagnostic and treatment protocols. She has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, Clemson University,1981. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University Georgia, 1985.
Dr. Jennifer Cola
Dr. Jennifer Cola was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She attended Concordia University, in Montreal, where she completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree and veterinary prerequisites. She then went to Ross University to commence her veterinary studies and then on to the University of Montreal to complete her degree.
Upon graduation she spent two years practicing in Montreal at a local animal clinic. Wanting to offer her patients greater care and medical services, Dr. Cola decided to advance her passion for ministering to her ill patients by enhancing her skills by becoming a surgeon. She did her surgical internship in Long Island, New York and moved to Los Angeles where she completed her surgical residency.
Dr. Cola’s desire for more challenging adventures brought her to South Africa where she volunteered her services working with native wildlife. Challenging herself more, she moved to Pretoria to teach and practice veterinary surgery at the University of Pretoria, Ondestepoort.
Dr Cola’s passion is patient care and animal wellbeing. Through her surgical abilities, she is able to help animals in their time of need and distress. She has demonstrated her compassion by spending the last three years working for a not-for-profit clinic, several rescue organizations and has worked pro bono offering many veterinary services.
In her free time, one may find Dr. Cola hiking or running with her German Shepard mix, Argo. For relaxation she enjoys yoga, biking, and gardening.
Specialized Veterinary Services By Appointment Only
Dr. Jason Balara, Veterinary Specialist
DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Dr. Jason Balara is a Massachusetts native who received his veterinary schooling and training right in his home state: he attended veterinary school at Tufts University, completed an internship at Angell Animal Medical Center, and finished his residency at both institutions between 2005-2008. Upon the completion of his residency, Dr. Balara went "in search of better weather," where he spent several years working in the Carolinas and found his fiance. They then moved to Houston, TX where Dr. Balara spent three years working for Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists; at the end of his tenure, they both heard sunny Southern California calling and promptly made their way west. Dr. Balara believes in constantly improving the state of veterinary medicine, and therefore passes on his wisdom by teaching students, interns, and residents alike. Dr. Balara is also passionate about minimally invasive surgery and joint replacement.
Dr. Bruce Barrett
Veterinarian - Surgery
Dr. Bruce Barrett graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island in 1993. He has a special interest in orthopedics and reconstructive soft-tissue surgery. From Tibia Plateau Leveling Osteotomy and Medical Patellar Luxation correction to traumatic fractures and skin grafts, he performs them all. Dr. Barrett has been licensed and certified to do TPLO since 2002 and has successfully performed more than 2,000 TPLOs. He is also certified to do the Total Knee Replacement (TKR) Biometrix taught at The Ohio State University. In addition, he is also trained and licensed to do PennHIP evaluations. Dr. Barrett has completed a surgical internship and started a residency but did not complete it for personal reason. Although not ACVS board certified, he regularly attends the surgical symposium annually to stay current and informed in his career . His special interests include breeding and showing English Cocker Spaniels and going to the movies, as well as swimming, dancing, and traveling. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association. Favorite shop: Starbucks.
Dr. Sarah Young
Dr. Sarah Young was born in Sweden to British parents and was fortunate to experience life in several countries before settling in California as a teen. She received a BS in Biology in 1991 at UC Davis, and went on to complete the rigorous UC Davis veterinary school curriculum, receiving her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1995.
Dr. Young completed a veterinary internship in Ventura County before entering private practice and practiced mixed and small animal medicine for 10 years. General practice showed her the tremendous value and benefit of ultrasound in medical diagnosis and treatment, and she began intensive training in ultrasound techniques and interpretation.
Dr. Young subsequently purchased Echo Service for Pets, a mobile ultrasound service for companion and exotic animals, and has been providing veterinary ultrasound services for over a decade.She greatly enjoys helping animals and their owners with accurate and timely ultrasound care to assist in medical diagnosis and treatment. In her free time, Dr. Young delights in hiking with her dog, camping, scuba diving, horseback riding and travel.