Dr Alberto Fernandez, DVM, DACVECC
Dr. Alberto L. Fernandez, DACVECC obtained his veterinary degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and graduated with honors. Following graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Fernandez left academia to work in private practice, dedicating himself to emergency and critical care. He completed a residency in emergency and critical care at Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists in 2011, and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (DACVECC) in 2012.
Previously, Dr. Fernandez worked as an Associate Professor on faculty at St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, where he was the Assistant Medical Director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital Small Animal Clinic and an Associate Professor in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. He also practiced at a Specialty Referral practice in Miami, FL before joining Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists as a criticalist in 2014. Dr. Fernandez shares his house and life with his four-legged children, Yuisa and Maya, and joined the VETgirl team in 2012.
Shelby Reinstein, DVM, DACVO
Dr. Shelby Reinstein is excited to be a member of the VETgirl team! She graduated from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following veterinary school, she completed a rotating internship at Michigan State and then a one-year internship in vision research at the Retinal Disease Studies Facility at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. After completing the specialty internship, Dr. Reinstein completed three-year residency in ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Reinstein now runs the ophthalmology service at the Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center in Levittown, Pa.
Kari Santoro-Beer, DVM, DACVECC
Dr. Kari Santoro-Beer, DVM, DACVECC is thrilled to be on faculty as part of the VETgirl team. Dr. Santoro-Beer is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency Critical Care (DACVECC), and is one of approximately 500 veterinary specialists in her field. Dr. Santoro-Beer obtained her veterinary degree from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following veterinary school, Dr. Santoro-Beer completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also completed her three year residency in emergency and critical care. She has been published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and is actively involved in research and textbook contributions. Dr. Santoro-Beer lectures in emergency and critical care, and has spoken at several IVECCS conferences. In her free time, Dr. Beer enjoys exploring Philadelphia, distance running, competing in triathlons, cooking and traveling.
Michelle Trappler, DVM, DACVS
Dr Michelle Trappler grew up in Langhorne, PA and completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at UMBC, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Behavior and Physiology and a Master’s degree in Applied Molecular Biology. Dr Trappler then attended veterinary school at University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 2008. She completed a rotating internship at Coral Springs Animal Hospital in Coral Springs, Florida, followed by a surgical internship at Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center in Dallas, Texas.
Dr Trappler completed a 3-year surgical residency at Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center (VSEC). While at VSEC, Dr Trappler developed a special interest in wound management and vacuum-assisted wound closure. During that time, she also began regularly working with Dr Sherman Canapp of the Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group (VOSM) on arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine cases. Dr. Trappler achieved board certification in small animal surgery in February 2014. Following her residency, she completed a 1-year sports medicine and arthroscopy fellowship at VOSM, refining her arthroscopy skills and working with various regenerative medicine therapies for orthopedic disease. She is now the new head of surgical services at the Hospital Veterinario San Fransciso de Asis in Hatillo, Puerto Rico. During her free time, Dr Trappler enjoys baking, cooking, photography and travel.
Gordon Peddle, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Dr. Peddle is a Diplomate of the American College Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology). He is originally from New York and received his Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (VMD) degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. He then completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, NJ before returning to the University of Pennsylvania to complete a three year residency in veterinary cardiology. He achieved Diplomate status as a board-certified cardiologist in 2010. Dr. Peddle has been published in the Journal of Veterinary Cardiology and Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, among other scientific journals. Dr. Peddle’s particular cardiology interests include pulmonary hypertension, congenital heart disease, infectious endocarditis, heart failure therapy, and catheter-based interventions. He lectures to veterinarians and non-veterinarians on these and other relevant subjects. Dr. Peddle spends his free time enjoying music, New York sports, nonfiction literature, and planning travel adventures (as well as trying to find time to take travel adventures!).
Amy Kaplan DVM, DACVECC
Dr. Kaplan-Zattler is a New England native originally from Maine. Escaping the cold, she earned her DVM from the University of Florida. She then completed a small animal internship in Tampa, FL before moving back to New England to pursue a 3-year Emergency and Critical Care residency program at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA. After the completion of her residency she earned her diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. She then achieved certification through Colorado State University in western veterinary medical acupuncture, which she uses in conjunction with standard medical practices for pain control and overall patient well-being. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with all who are pursuing careers in veterinary medicine, and she has presented at veterinary conferences to both technicians and veterinarians, and has taught at the local veterinary school. Her specialty interests include anesthesia, pain medicine, wound management, and toxicology. In her free time she enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, as well as dabbling in free-lance art and medical illustrations. She enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and her three feline fur babies.