Our Board-Certified Specialists
Dr. Stephen Hanson, Dip. ACVIM
Dr. Stephen Hanson graduated from the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. While at Purdue, he studied nerve regeneration at the Center for Paralysis Research. He completed an Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Kansas State University in 1993.
This was followed by a Residency in Neurology at Colorado State University, where he was trained in both medical and surgical neurology. He became board certified in the Neurology subspecialty of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1996. Dr. Hanson has been in private practice in Southern California since 1996.
Dr. Stacy Dillard, Dip. ACVIM
Dr. Stacy Dillard received her bachelor's degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. She went on to receive her veterinary degree from North Carolina State University in 2006, followed by a year internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. She returned to North Carolina State University where she completed a three-year residency in neurology and neurosurgery from 2007-2010.
As a native of Orange County, she is happy to be back home practicing in Southern California since 2010. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology).
Dr. Philip Schissler, Dip. ACVIM
Dr. Philip Schissler received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 2006. He stayed at Cornell to graduate from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Dr. Schissler then completed an internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego from 2010-2011 followed by a three-year residency in neurology and neurosurgery at the Veterinary Neurological Center from 2011-2014. He became board certified in Neurology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2014.
Having lived throughout the United States, including in New Jersey, New York, Maine, Phoenix, and San Diego, Dr. Schissler is happy to have returned to Southern California.
Dr. Kelley Vurik, Dip. ACVIM
Originally from the San Diego area, Dr. Kelley Vurik obtained her Bachelor's Degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Cal Poly, Pomona, then attended veterinary school at Colorado State University. She then completed and internship at Washington State University and a residence in neurology and Neurosurgery at the Ontario Veterinary College.
She is board certified in Neurology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
Dr. Erica Burkland, Dip. ACVIM
Originally from the New York City suburbs, Dr. Erica Burkland received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York in 2007. She then pursued graduate study in social work at the University of Pennsylvania before deciding to enter the field of veterinary medicine. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 2014. Dr. Burkland then completed a rotating internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York City from 2014-2015 followed by a neurology specialty internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego from 2015-2016, during which time she fell in love with southern California. She then completed a three-year residency in neurology and neurosurgery at Mississippi State University from 2016-2019. Dr. Burkland became board certified in Neurology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2019.
Jacqueline Heller, D.V.M.
Dr. Jacqueline Heller received her veterinary degree from Ross University in 2002. While practicing general small animal medicine, she obtained training through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, and became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. She performs holistic evaluations and acupuncture therapy in our office two days per week.
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