Jessica H. Waldman, VMD, CVA, CCRT
Dr. Waldman received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998. She continued her education at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine and received her Veterinary Medical Doctorate in 2004. Dr. Waldman achieved the Dean's List each year during veterinary school.
While attending veterinary school, Dr. Waldman was the Alumni Representative for four years and volunteered in a program in the Native American Reservations of the Southwest to spay and neuter pets in need. Dr. Waldman completed two additional externships in small animal surgery with board certified veterinary surgeons in New York City at the Animal Medical Center and in Los Angeles at the Surgical Group for Animals.
Following graduation, Dr. Waldman completed an additional year of specialty training, as an intern at California Animal Hospital in Los Angeles. During this internship year, she worked with board certified surgeons, neurologists, internists, cardiologists, and dentists. Dr. Waldman also published a paper on the topic of critical care in Pulse veterinary publication. Upon completion of her internship in July of 2005, Dr. Waldman has enjoyed practicing small animal medicine.
Dr. Waldman completed a certificate program from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist. She is also a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist through the Chi Institute. Dr. Waldman enjoys integrating acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine into her practice of pet rehabilitation.
Dr. Waldman is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the California Veterinary Medical Association, the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. She is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the states of New York and California. She is one of the founding members of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians.
Joanne C. Bak, DVM, CCRT
Nicolette M. Bertolone, DVM, CVA
Throughout veterinary school, Dr. Bertolone was the class president of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2009. This position enabled her to develop valuable leadership skills and she served on several committees dedicated to improving the students’ clinical experience. During vet school, Dr. Bertolone founded "Vets for Pet’s, 5k run/walk with your pet" in 2006. The event was held to benefit several local rescue organizations and hosted hundreds of people with their pets. The event is still held yearly, celebrating the 8th annual race, with growing numbers of supporters at Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine!
Additionally, Dr. Bertolone traveled to Spain with several colleagues, volunteering for one week at Scooby Medina in Medina del Campo, Spain - a Galgo (Spanish Greyhound) rescue camp. She has a passion for all sighthounds, especially Greyhounds. There she provided spay/neuter services and also collected information for, and was the author of a publication in the journal of Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, entitled "Serological Study of Selected Vector-Borne Disease in Shelter Dogs in Central Spain Using Point of Care Assays."
After graduating from vet school, Dr. Bertolone completed an intensive one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. During this time, she worked side by side with board certified surgeons, internists, cardiologists and neurologists. She was also able to explore integrative and alternative medicine with Dr. Joann Bak (a CARE colleague)- this is when Dr. Bertolone realized her niche in the veterinary field.
From 2010-2013, Dr. Bertolone enjoyed practicing small animal medicine and surgery at Hancock Park Veterinary Clinic. She received her Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist training from the Chi Institute in 2011 and began the alternative medicine and acupuncture aspect of the clinic. She traveled to China with the Chi Institute to study acupuncture, Chinese herbs and Tui Na in more detail. She has completed several courses in Veterinary Chinese Herbs through the Chi Institute, as well as courses in energy healing through Healing Touch for Animals.
Realizing her passion for pain management and natural healing, Dr. Bertolone decided to focus her energy to pursue the specialty field of veterinary rehabilitation. She is in the process of becoming a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. She has truly loved helping pets improve comfort and longevity through the combination of rehabilitation, Chinese Medicine and herbals and acupuncture.
Dr. Bertolone completed a triathlon as part of Team In Training for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and worked to raise money for the cause. She has also finished 3 marathons and numerous half marathons. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, traveling, cooking, snowboarding and spending time with her husband Ben and her two dogs Billie Jean (greyhound) and Pickle (terrier).
Stefanie Scheff, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Dr. Stefanie Scheff received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Psychology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 2001. From there, she decided to venture off to see the world and lived in Sydney, Australia for six years where she earned her Veterinary Medicine and Surgery degree from the University of Sydney in 2006. While studying in Sydney, Dr. Scheff became interested in marine mammal veterinary medicine. She started working with Australian and New Zealand Sea Lions, Leopard seals, and native penguins at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo marine mammal department. As well, she did internships at Zeehondencreche, a seal rehabilitation in the Netherlands, and the Marine Mammal Center in San Pedro, CA.
After graduating in 2006, she returned home to California to start practicing veterinary medicine in Ventura, California as a small animal practitioner. She became interested in furthering her knowledge in medicine and sought to help heal her patients, which acupuncture, eastern and holistic medicine seemed to be able to do. She became certified in veterinary acupuncture from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2011 and she is looking forward to becoming a certified canine rehabilitation therapist which is next on her "to do" list.
Dr. Scheff is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Australian Veterinary Medical Association, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the California Veterinary Medical Association, the Santa Barbara-Ventura Veterinary Medical Association, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and Surfrider Foundation. In her free time, Dr. Scheff enjoys surfing, hiking, cycling, rock climbing, and just about any other outdoor activity. She lives in Ventura with her dog, Mercury, and her two cats, Aiden and Jacob.
Nicole Schiff, DVM, CVA
Dr. Schiff received her Bachelor of Arts in Zoology from UC Davis in 1997, and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis in 2002. From 2002 to 2008 she practiced small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center of Southern California.
When her own dog was diagnosed with epilepsy and benefited immensely from acupuncture treatments she was inspired to pursue an understanding of how acupuncture can complement more traditional western therapies. In 2008 she completed a certification in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture from Colorado State University. She enjoys integrating acupuncture with other treatment modalities, and has lectured at veterinary meetings on the scientific basis of acupuncture.
Dr. Schiff is also dedicated to working with several Los Angeles based non-profit groups that work to alleviate pet overpopulation. She lives in the South Bay with her husband Dan and their beloved dog Einstein.