Staff

The neurologists at the Veterinary Neurological Center are board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). In order to obtain the title of specialist and receive board certification, individuals must first receive an undergraduate degree, complete four years of veterinary school, typically followed by advanced training during a one-year internship program. Then they participate in a three-year residency program (such as the VNC’s neurology residency training program) completing specific training and caseload requirements under the supervision of board-certified specialists, as well as conducting research and publishing in scientific journals. Following this training, candidates must submit a credentials' application and then pass a rigorous examination evaluating competence in the specific area of specialization. Once all credentials have been met, and the individual passes the exam, the status of board-certified specialist is granted.

 

Neurologists:

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Trevor Moore, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (neurology)

Dr. Moore was born and raised in Metro Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Moore’s interest in neurology stems from a deep desire to help those patients with no voice recover from debilitating injury and illness. Dr. Moore's professional interests include: All aspects of neurology and neurosurgery, in particular minimally invasive surgical intervention of neurologic diseases, spinal stabilization for traumatic and congenital/developmental disorders, and inflammatory brain disease Click here to read more.

 

 


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Laura Stainback, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (neurology)

Dr. Stainback was born in Plantation, Florida and raised in Bristol, Tennessee. Her interest in neurology began as an undergraduate while initially studying electrical engineering. “I was interested in the transmission of electrical impulses but was more drawn to this in a biological field as opposed to working with computers which is how I ended up in veterinary school. My interest in neurology evolved as I realized it combined my interests in impulse transmission and my love for “brain teasers” in a way that is unique to the neurological examination”. Dr. Stainback’s professional interests include inflammatory CNS disease and surgical neurology. Click here to read more.

 

 

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Kim Knowles, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (neurology)

Dr. Knowles was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised primarily in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Knowles professional interests include congenital and acquired deafness, vestibular disorders, epilepsy and infectious diseases of the nervous system. Click here to read more.

 

 

 

Neurology Residents:

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Olivia Shoup, DVM, MS

Dr. Shoup was born in Rochester, New York and raised in Dallas, Texas. Her interest in neurology first began after learning about the action potential of the neuron during undergraduate school. Dr. Shoup's professional interests include all aspects of neurology, client interaction, and parasitology. Dr. Shoup has a personal interest in marine mammals after having participated in a care and training internship with the US Navy Marine Mammal Program in 2012.
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Lydia Lovato, DVM

Dr. Lovato was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. She obtained a bachelor degree in neurophysiology, physiology, and behavior from UC Davis 2014, was part of the inaugural class at Arizona's first veterinary school, Midwestern University (MWU) College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2018, and completed both a small animal medicine and sugery rotating internship and internal medicine specialty internship at VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center of AZ in Mesa, AZ. Professional interests include researching immune mediated diseases of the brain and peripheral nervous system and tailoring immune modulatory therapies for each patient.
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The VNC Team
(Number in parenthesis = years employed at the VNC)


Doctors
Neurologists:
  Kim Knowles, D.V.M., M.S. DACVIM (neurology) (21)

  Laura Stainback, D.V.M., DACVIM (neurology) (14)
  Trevor Moore, D.V.M., DACVIM (neurology) (3)
Neurology Resident:
  Olivia Shoup, D.V.M., M.S. (2)
  Lydia Lovato, D.V.M. (1)
  Nathan Bernier-Parker, D.V.M. (<1)

Administration Team
Hospital Director:
  Wil Levesque, C.V.T. (32)
Practice Director: 
  Dan Levesque, B.S. (23)
Implementation Specialist: 
  Brian Boyer, C.V.T. (13)

Client Service Team
(Front Office Supervisor: Nancy Shaffer)
Client Service Representatives:
  Rebecca Roberts (6)
  Sarah Clissold (2)
  Julie Walden (1)
  Nancy Shaffer (1)
  Brianna Lucas (<1)
  Gina Rapacki (<1)
  Bailey Fails (<1)
  Marissa Thompson (<1)
  Jenny Hershberger (<1)
  Jen McCarthy (<1)
Medical Assistants:
  Sydney Roller (<1)
CSR Assistants:

  Jennifer Cornwell, C.V.T. (9)
  Cassandra Flores (1)

 

Patient Care Team
(Technical Supervisor: WIl Levesque)
Technicians: 
  Kim Hoover, C.V.T. (27)
  Nathaniel Nellessen (9)
  Fernando Fernandez* (5)
  Carrie Schmertz  (3)
  Stephen Wilson (3)
  Eliud Santano (1)
  Marysol Hernandez (1)
  Haley Stegmiller (<1)
Technician Assistant / Building Maintenance:

  James Burton (25)
Technician Assistant:

  Tucker Scolman (<1)
  Jack Blomberg (<1)
  Peyton Gadbery (<1)
Nighttime / Weekend Patient Caretakers:
  Caitlin Evangelesta (2)
  Brandy Johnson (2)
  Sara Gilliam (7) (<1)

  Vanessa Archuleta (<1)


* Foreign Veterinary Graduate (Mexico)