Veterinarians

Below are the veterinarians of CARE. To meet other parts of our team, please visit our pages for physical therapists and staff.

  Dr. Jessica Waldman
 

Jessica H. Waldman, VMD, CVA, CCRT
Veterinarian
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist
Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

Dr. Waldman and Dr. Kramer realized that the unique collaboration of a physical therapist and veterinarian would provide optimal pet therapy outcomes. Together they founded and opened California Animal Rehabilitation (CARE) in June of 2007.

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.

Dr. Waldman speaks at veterinary meetings on the subject of Canine Rehabilitation and she has a special interest in neurological rehabilitation and in nutrition for all life stages. Dr. Waldman loves to see her patients’ quality of life improve, and she counsels in nutrition utilizing a combination of Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine for the best possible outcome.
On the personal side, Dr. Waldman enjoys volleyball, hiking, painting, and spending time with her family. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Stuart, her daughter, Gemma, her twins, Blythe and Delia, and her dog Tate.

 

 

 

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Joanne C. Bak, DVM, CCRT
Veterinarian
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist
Acupuncture and Alternative Medicine Services

Dr. Joanne Bak earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine graduating with honors in 1996. She then completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery with the Animal Specialty Group in Los Angeles. (1996-1997)

For over ten years, Dr.Bak practiced emergency medicine, general medicine and surgery with the VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. Dr. Bak developed a special interest in feline and canine geriatric medicine, acupuncture and physical rehabilitation. She has had the opportunity to have been mentored by pioneers in these fields. To enhance her ability to provide the best options for her patients, Dr. Bak sought further study.

In 2006, Dr. Bak completed coursework in acupuncture with IVAS, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and obtained further experience in China through the Chi Institute with a focus on geriatric medicine. In 2007 she obtained further coursework in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), including Chinese Medicine Food Therapy.

Dr. Bak became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist in 2007 through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Additionally, she has completed externships in both veterinary acupuncture and veterinary rehabilitation therapy.

In 2008, Dr. Bak pioneered Animal Specialty Group’s Rehabilitation and Alternative Medicine Department. She created a successful rehabilitation and acupuncture practice there working alongside veterinary specialists in the fields of surgery, neurology, internal medicine and oncology. Dr. Bak served as their rehabilitation therapist, acupuncturist and holistic practitioner for almost five years prior to joining CARE in 2013.

Dr. Bak provided a case report for the February 2011 edition of Pulse Magazine regarding the rehabilitation of a dog with cervical spinal trauma and wrote an article regarding rehabilitation therapy for pets which can be seen in the Tails magazine publication for April 2011.

Dr. Bak’s areas of interest include pain management, rehabilitation of the geriatric patient, neurological rehabilitation, traditional Chinese medicine, food therapy, and exploring other areas of complementary and alternative medicine practice. She is an active member of the California Veterinary Medical Association, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. She has lectured for local veterinary groups, teaching hospitals and for the general public.

Dr. Bak has previously participated in or attended charity events for AIDS Walk Los Angeles, LA Works, Kids & Pets, The Rescue Train, and Guide Dogs of America. In 2009, Dr. Bak helped obtain a world record (Record Holder’s Republic) by participating in "Thrill The World." This charitable event involved a total of 22,923 people in 32 countries dancing simultaneously to Michael Jackson’s "Thriller" and raised over $85, 000 for 80 charities.

Dr. Bak enjoys spending time with her husband Eric and her dog Appelonia ("Apple"), traveling, photography, fashion, cooking, dance, hiking and catching up with her favorite shows (Dancing With the Stars, American Idol and the Walking Dead to name a few). She has been spotted at various locals participating as a "Flash Mob" dancer!

 

 

 

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Nicolette M. Bertolone, DVM, CVA
Veterinarian
Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (Pending)

Dr. Bertolone received her Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Pre-Veterinary Medicine from Kent State University in 2004, and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University in 2009.

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).

 


 

 

 

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Stefanie Scheff, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Veterinarian
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist
Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

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.

 

 


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Nicole Schiff, DVM, CVA
Veterinarian
Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

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.