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Cardiologists & Radiologists

Dr. Christopher Paige
MS, DVM, DACVIM


Dr. Christopher Paige has always been passionate about animals. Today, he is proud to put that passion to work as a veterinary cardiologist who’s been in the field for over 12 years. Dr. Paige is board-certified in Cardiology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). For more than nine years, he has worked in private specialty practices in Mesa, Phoenix, and Flagstaff, Arizona, where he offers full, interventional cardiology services.

In 2012, Dr. Paige was recruited into cardiovascular research at a global human medical device company and temporarily left private practice for preclinical medical device research. In 2014, he started a mobile practice to provide veterinary cardiology services to Flagstaff, AZ, and surrounding areas of Northern Arizona. For the past 4 years, he also remains an adjunct clinical faculty member at Midwestern College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). In August 2016, Dr. Paige opened Valley Veterinary Cardiology to offer the Valley’s first cardiology-specific practice dedicated to patient, client, and primary care veterinarian support. Aside from mobile practice, he has stationary practices at various specialty hospitals in Arizona (Mesa, Phoenix, and Glendale). In collaboration with Dr. Jason Eberhardt (Internal Medicine Specialist), Dr. Paige opened Valley Veterinary Internal Medicine to expand the mobile veterinary specialty services. In 2018, he also opened AZVETIDEAS, which is a veterinary medical device consulting company.

After being a dedicated client of world-renowned human and veterinary ambulatory monitoring service, the opportunity had recently become available for Dr. Paige to maintain this high-quality service specifically dedicated to veterinary patients. Most importantly, many of the previous employees (technicians) from this large human ambulatory service have also joined Dr. Paige to help create AxisVetTM.

Dr. Zach Bassett

Dr. Zach Bassett
DVM, DACVR

 

Dr. Bassett has had a longstanding interest in veterinary diagnostic imaging.  While working on his undergraduate degree he shadowed in the radiology department at the Texas A&M University Veterinary Hospital. He began his career by attending veterinary school at TAMU, during which he was a student worker in the radiology department. 

Following veterinary school, he completed a small animal rotating internship at North Carolina State University.  He was fortunate to return to Texas A&M University and complete a residency in diagnostic imaging.  During his residency, he pursued his interest in cross-sectional imaging by focusing his research on rapid acquisition of MRI sequences in small breed dogs with intervertebral disc herniation.  Following residency, he works as a contractor for multiple telemedicine companies, a clinician in a large specialty referral center, and locum at his alma mater.

Jonathan Abbott

Dr. Jonathan Abbott
DVM, DACVIM

 

Dr. Abbott received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph and trained in veterinary cardiology at the University of Florida and at North Carolina State University. Dr. Abbott was board certified in the Specialty of Cardiology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in 1993. Prior to his appointment at the University of Tennessee, where he is currently Associate Professor of Veterinary Cardiology, Dr. Abbott held faculty positions at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech, and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. 

Dr. Abbott is a past president of the ACVIM Specialty of Cardiology and serves as a member of the Journal of Cardiology Editorial Board. He has published in diverse subject areas within the topic of veterinary cardiology. In 2018, Dr. Abbott joined Valley Veterinary Cardiology as a consultant. On October 2019, he was appointed on the medical advisory board of AxisVetTM.  

Dr. Keaton Morgan
DVM, DACVIM

 

Dr. Keaton Morgan is a New Zealand born, North American trained veterinary cardiologist. He obtained his Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Massey University in New Zealand then after a rotating internship at the Veterinary Specialists of Aotearoa travelled to North America. He completed an internship at the Ontario Veterinary College followed by a cardiology residency at the University of Minnesota where he achieved Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). 

 

Following residency Dr. Morgan returned to Auckland, New Zealand where he is only one of a few veterinary cardiologists in the country. His passion for cardiology led him to join AxisVet where he could have an international impact. Outside of cardiology Dr. Morgan enjoys competing in various endurance events. He aims to continue this passion by using these races as an excuse to travel. In the meantime, his life is pre-occupied by a young family and two mischievous dogs.

Dr. Stacey Leach

DVM, MS, DACVIM

Dr. Leach received his Bachelor’s degree in animal science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A&M University in 2003 and 2007, respectively.  He then completed both a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery, a three-year residency in cardiology, and a Master’s degree in veterinary sciences at the University of Missouri.  He became board certified in cardiology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2012.  Dr. Leach is currently an associate professor at the University of Missouri and serves as the chief of cardiology.  He has authored numerous publications, has lectured at both the regional and national level, and serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for several veterinary journals.   In his free time he can be found in the gym, enjoying the outdoors, or spending time with friends, family, and his two standard schnauzers. 

Dr. Rebecca Quinn
DVM, DACVIM

 

Rebecca earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University in 2005 and completed a small animal rotating internship at the Veterinary Referral Center & ER Center of Connecticut in 2006. She completed her residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at Texas A&M University in 2009 and her residency in Cardiology at Angell Animal Medical Center in 2012. Dr. Quinn is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Cardiology.¬† She practiced for several years at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, and is now at Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists.¬† In addition to clinical work, Dr. Quinn is a consultant for local zoos and aquariums, and performs literature review for several peer reviewed journal publications. She is also a proud crazy cat lady. Outside of veterinary medicine, Rebecca’s passions include her family, gallivanting around Boston, and chasing hermit crabs on the beach.¬†

Dr. Sara Beth Bordelon
DVM, MS, DACIVM

 

Dr. Sara Beth Bordelon obtained her DVM degree from Louisiana State University in 2005. She went on to complete a rotating internship at Advanced Veterinary Care Center in Los Angeles, CA and a three year cardiology residency program at Washington State University. She obtained diplomate status in the ACVIM College of Internal Medicine (Cardiology) upon completion of her residency in 2009. Dr. Bordelon has previously worked in both private practice and academic settings, and enjoys all aspects of cardiology, but has a passion for the management of feline heart disease and prevention of thromboembolism, diagnosis and management of pulmonary hypertension and diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias. Dr. Bordelon enjoys helping her patients with heart disease live fully for as long as possible.

Dr. Nicole Wyatt
DVM, DACIVM

 

Dr. Nicole Wyatt is a Minnesota native, currently
working as a veterinary cardiologist in Chicago, IL. She graduated from Western
University in 2014. After graduation she completed an internship in internal
medicine and surgery at VCA West Los Angeles, followed by a 3 year residency at
Colorado State University. During her residency, she also earned a Masters
degree with her research focused on congenital heart disease and aberrant
coronary artery formation. Outside of work, Dr. Wyatt is often traveling or exploring
the city of Chicago with her husband, two little boys, and two dogs
(Pit Bull, Waffle and Chihuahua, Chicken Nugget).  

Dr. Jared Jaffey DVM, MS, DACVIM

Dr. Jared Jaffey hails from Florida, where he obtained his
undergraduate degree in animal sciences from the University of Florida. He went
on to receive his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of
Florida in 2012. To continue his education, Dr. Jaffey completed a rotating
small animal internship at East Bay Specialists in California. After this, Dr.
Jaffey went on to complete two small animal internal medicine focused
internships at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists in South Florida while also
obtaining a Master’s Degree in biomedical sciences from Florida Atlantic
University. After this, he went on to complete a residency in small animal
internal medicine from the University of Missouri in 2018. Dr. Jaffey is an
active researcher with interests in endocrinology, vitamin D, hepatobiliary
disorders, pulmonary hypertension, coccidioidomycosis, and hereditary
methemoglobinemia 
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Outside of his life in veterinary medicine, Dr. Jaffey lives with his girlfriend, who is also a small animal internist, and their four dogs, Roscoe, Alfie, Zoey, and Luna, as well as two kittens, Sylvie and Odie. Dr. Jaffey enjoys watching college and professional basketball and football and dominating fantasy football leagues. He enjoys heading to the gym and an occasional pickup game of basketball or flag football. But, more than anything, he enjoys relaxing by a pool or body of water doing absolutely nothing.

Dr. Courtney Smith DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Courtney Smith is a veterinary cardiologist working in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from Oregon State University Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine where she developed a love of cardiology and alpacas. After training at a large specialty hospital in San Diego, she traveled North back to Oregon State University where she obtained a Master of Science degree and completed a comprehensive cardiology residency. Dr. Smith moved to Los Angeles shortly after her residency. In addition to her two-legged family members, she shares her home with two sphynx cat sisters and a Great Pyrenees puppy.

Dr. Karen Sanderson DVM, DACVIM

 

Dr. Karen Sanderson received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Colorado State University in 1999 followed by an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Atlantic Veterinary College on Prince Edward Island in Canada. She went on to pursue residency training in cardiology at the University of California at Davis and became a board certified cardiologist in 2003. She has worked in the field since that time first as an associate of a busy private practice in Los Angeles and then as the owner of a veterinary cardiology practice in the mountain west. She has participated in large international clinical trials and also involved in characterizing gorilla hearts for the Great Ape Project. Now she enjoys working again as an associate and spending time with her family. When not working she can be found on the trails with her dogs, on her horse, or hanging out with her husband and children.

Cardiographic Technicians

Art Clark

Art Clark

 

Arthur Clark BA/CCT has a long history of care and concern in ancillary human and veterinary cardiology with training under Welsh cardiologist Robert Marshall and veterinary cardiologist Clay Calvert and many others. For a number of years, he has been the lead technician at LabCorp Cardiac Services in Holter monitoring РHuman and Veterinary. He is also familiar with ambulatory BP/event monitoring and a resource person for technician training and assistance, including pacemakers. 

He has taken a great interest in assessing veterinary Holters for veterinarians all over the U.S., Britain, France, and Spain; this includes many university veterinary teaching hospitals and research facilities, including the Henry Ford Research Foundation. Well versed in Canine, Feline, and Equine Holters, he is looking forward to continuing helping patients at AxisVetTM!

Barbara Pearson

Barbara Pearson

 

Barbara Pearson, Certified Cardiology Technician through Cardiovascular Credentialing International. Barbara began working as an EKG technician at Duke University Medical Center in 1997, where she was trained. She has received training as an EKG technician at Alamance Community College as well as multiple refresher courses throughout the years. She has worked as a cardiology technician since 1999, doing EKG, Holter monitoring, and stress testing at Alamance Regional Medical Center. 

Barbara has been scanning Holter monitors for humans and animals for LabCorp since 2017. She has over 20 years of collective experience in noninvasive diagnostic cardiology testing.

Karen Samuel

Karen Samuel

 

Karen Samuel is a Cardiac Technician III and has been reading EKG’s since 1985. She became a Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT) from Credentialing International in Raleigh, North Carolina. Karen has experience reading EKG’s on both humans and animals, and she worked in the critical care unit as a telemetry clerk and ward secretary reading EKG’s and completing medical secretary duties. 

She was also a medical secretary with Alamance Regional Medical Center in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Karen enjoys shopping and traveling out of state during her free time.

Eric Sellars

Eric Sellars

 

Eric Sellars has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. For the past 10 years, he worked as a cardiograph technician under Arthur Clark in the Ambulatory Monitoring Department of Laboratory Corporations of America. He interpreted both human and veterinary monitoring studies from all over the world. These studies included patient event monitoring, telemetry monitoring, Holter monitoring, and ambulatory blood pressure studies. 

He has a vast amount of experience in canine and feline Holter studies. He is very proud to be a part of AxisVetTM and continuing to help patients all over the world.

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Laura Dishon

 

Laura Dishon enjoyed many years as a licensed Veterinary Medical Technician and working in Wildlife Rehabilitation in NC.  She received her certification for cardiology technician and has been reading primarily veterinary EKG studies, as well as human studies, for the last 17 years. 

Laura enjoys pet sitting, swimming, and traveling.  Some of her favorite destinations are Ireland, Florida, and the NC coast.  She is also an avid reader and enjoys a good mystery!