End of Life Care (in-home euthanasia) and Eco-Friendly Aftercare Services

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peter and_michelleDr. Peter Erling and Dr. Michelle Lorenzen

Dr. Peter Erling and Dr. Michelle Lorenzen met while in veterinary school at Texas A&M University, graduating together in 2003. They have been virtually inseparable ever since.

Originally from South Africa, Dr. Peter also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Texas at Dallas. Following vet school, he completed a 1-year internship and a 3-year residency in Emergency and Critical Care. Peter was a faculty member at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and was a member of the Michael E. Debakey veterinary cardiothoracic bypass team.

Prior to entering veterinary school, Dr. Michelle obtained a Master's Degree in Anthropology, studying apes and monkeys around the world. Dr. Peter and Dr. Michelle adopted numerous geriatric and ailing pets during vet school. Early on, they recognized that their own pets were more comfortable and at ease when transitioning at home. Dr. Michelle and Dr. Peter founded Choice Veterinary Care in order to provide caring and compassionate in-home euthanasia to pet owners in Los Angeles.

amy and bradDr. Amy Stillwell-Graiff and Brad Graiff

Dr. Amy Stillwell-Graiff and her husband, Brad Graiff, partnered with Choice shortly after its founding.

Dr. Amy began her studies by earning a BS in Biology at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She went on to graduate with honors as valedictorian from the Atlantic Veterinary College, earning her DVM. She then completed a 1-year internship at the VCA WLA Animal Hospital, focused in small animal surgery and medicine. Since that time, she has continued in general practice with a strong interest in volunteer work. Her many loyal clients often speak of her exceptional bedside manner and compassion for others.

Mr. Graiff earned his BS in Accounting/Finance at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. He went on to practice accounting for 10 years before advancing into a successful career in acting and modeling. A lifelong animal lover, he adopted a puppy several years ago who was diagnosed with Parvovirus. After a long hospital stay under the care of Dr. Amy, the puppy survived. The couple quickly fell in love and they were happily married a year later. Brad is currently CFO for Choice

Anne Marie ReikesAnne-Marie Reikes, DVM

Southern California native, Dr. Anne-Marie Reikes grew up in El Segundo, before attending UC Davis and Loyola Marymount University for undergraduate studies.  She attended Western University of Health Sciences Veterinary School and was a member of the inaugural class, earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.  Since her graduation in 2007, she has worked locally in Southern California as a general practitioner focused on small animal medicine.  Dr. Anne-Marie’s passion for animals dates back to a young age when she completed Girl Scouts’ highest achievement, the “Gold Award”, by planning an Animal Adoption Event.  She has thoroughly enjoyed the chance to love and care for her many patients and clients over the years.  When not working, she loves spending time with her family and enjoys the outdoors.
Dr. Anne-Marie has had an interest in offering in-home end-of-life care for many years and is excited to join the Choice Veterinary Care team with their mission to provide peaceful moments at home.

SamanthaSamantha Shone, DVM

As a 6-year-old, Dr Samantha Shone saw ponies on the country lanes of Birmingham, UK and immediately developed a love for horses. She was compelled to volunteer at horse stables and a small animal sanctuary, quickly realizing she wanted to be a veterinarian. An elderly couple she met had a variety of pets and farm animals. Over time, they taught her the value of good animal care and even bought Dr Sam her first rabbit. By age 11, she saved up enough money to buy a pony from the local auction, which her elderly mentors allowed her to house on their property in exchange for help milking their goats and cleaning their stables.
 
Dr Sam went on to obtain her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from St George's University in Grenada, West Indies after completing her clinical fourth year at Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Following graduation, she earned certification as a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and completed the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam, allowing her to practice veterinary medicine in the United States.  Dr Sam has extensive experience in critical care, emergency medicine, and general practice for small animals, but also enjoys working with rabbits, guinea pigs and avian species.
 
Fulfilling a promise to her animal advocate nana, Dr Sam is still known for her generous volunteer work, including time spent in the Singapore Zoo primate section, spay & neuter clinics, and various SPCA centers.  On her days off, she enjoys riding her quarter horse and hiking with her two rescue dogs. Dr Sam knows her vocation is to help animals and their families in the most compassionate, peaceful way and is excited to offer this with Choice Veterinary Care.

elizabethElizabeth Schuh, DVM

Southern California native, Dr Elizabeth Schuh, grew up in the San Luis Obispo area before moving north to attend the University of California, Davis for both her undergraduate (2006) and veterinary degrees (2012). After completing a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Illinois, she returned to her beloved home state as an Oncology Intern with the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego.

Since this time, Dr Elizabeth has worked in both emergency medicine and oncology. As well, she has contributed as a member of the renowned veterinary clinical trials team at The Ohio State University. She is currently completing a residency with Veterinary Cancer Group, working toward becoming a board certified specialist in medical oncology. Her training and experiences make her uniquely qualified to counsel in end-of-life decision-making. Dr Elizabeth is passionate about encouraging quality of life and peaceful passing of all her patients.

Veterinary Assistants

maggieMaggie Marsh, CVT

Maggie Marsh, veterinary assistant for Choice Veterinary Care, has had a lifelong love for animals, both small and large. Maggie was adopted at the age of three by a wonderful family in Malibu. Her first days with her new family, seeing all the animals in the home, took all her fears away. Maggie’s mother watched her walking, feeding, sleeping and especially dedicated to fixing any injured animal. Maggie was destined to care for animals. Growing up, Maggie could be found at the ranch. riding and caring for her horses, (of course always having a beloved family dog with her) or playing team volleyball on the court or beach. Maggie owned & operated her own flower shop in Beverly Hills & was also the CEO of a non-profit organization for ‘animal rescues in need’. Her love of animals was so strong that she studied & became a Certified, Veterinary Technician, starting a new career & working with several Veterinarians on the West Side of Los Angeles for the past 18 years.

Having been adopted herself, Maggie always had an affinity for animals looking for their forever home. She & her husband have opened their home to many types of animals, at all stages of life, large & small. She has passed on her love for animals to her three adult children, who each have dogs of their own. It is her strong love for animals at all stages of life, that has brought Maggie to join the Choice Veterinary Care team.

elizabethElizabeth Fredgant

Elizabeth Fredgant, veterinary assistant for Choice Veterinary Care, grew up in Los Angeles, California. After studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea for two years, Elizabeth went on to graduate with honors from UCLA, where she got her bachelors in Political Science. While she has always been passionate about her love for animals, (having many family pets throughout her life), it wasn't until 2008 that she adopted her best friend: an American bulldog named Crash. On her spare time Elizabeth enjoys dancing, watching sports, and finding new places to explore with Crash. Although she only has room for one 4 legged furry friend at the moment, she has helped find forever homes for many animals in need. Elizabeth feels very honored to be working with such a caring company and couldn't be more proud to be a part of the Choice Veterinary team.

christinaChristina Marx

Christina Marx, veterinary assistant for Choice Veterinary Care, grew up in a small town, in Northern Minnesota. Christina had many furry friends, including dogs, cats, horses, guinea pigs and chickens. By the time she was 5, Christina already knew her love of domestic animals & wildlife would be her passion. During this time, she often assisted her Dad, a dairy research scientist at the University of Minnesota, in helping dairy cows, sheep, pigs, goats and other animals in need of their care. After graduating from Whittier College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology, Christina began work at the Los Angeles Zoo as a Zookeeper. She also volunteered her time at the Wildlife Waystation where she met others who shared her passion for animals and her desire to bring awareness of the need for their protection. Since the recent passing of Christina’s beloved sheltie, Matthew, and her dachshund, Seymour, she has taken solace in fostering as many rescues as possible. Pictured with Christina is “Mouse”, her brother’s Alaskan Malamute, who was rescued when 9yrs old. Mouse currently lives very comfortably with Christina’s family in the frozen tundra of Minnesota.

SusanDeanSusan Dean

Susan Dean, veterinary assistant for Choice Veterinary Care, grew up in Southern California.  Always an animal lover, Susan has been drawn to horses since the age of three and, so far, has owned five throughout her life.  Of her many pets, two are rescues from the vet hospital for which Susan works.  The newest addition to the family, Kobe, is a nine-year-old blind diabetic miniature poodle.  Kobe’s previous family brought him to the hospital for euthanasia when they were no longer able to provide care for him. Susan knew Kobe could still have a happy life and, with their approval, decided to take him home.  Pumpkin, a calico Persian cat, was also rescued from the hospital by Susan, when she was willing to provide the surgeries necessary to help Pumpkin recover from her ill health that her previous family could not. Susan is happy to give both Kobe and Pumpkin a forever home as part of her growing family.  Susan now owns one horse, two dogs, and five cats.  Working many years at numerous animal hospitals, Susan is very happy & honored to join the Choice Veterinary Care team.

kathleenKathleen Kaufman

Kathleen Kaufman, veterinary assistant for Choice Veterinary Care, has always had a love for Siamese cats. Throughout her childhood, her family rescued many kitties of this beautiful breed from the shelter, thankfully giving them each a loving forever home. One of her fond memories as a child was knowing that having a kitty on your lap was often a “reasonable excuse” to not get up to do chores. Currently, she has a beautiful Siamese rescue named Doris, who has been in Kathleen’s life since Doris was 2-years-old.

When not working with Choice Veterinary Care, Kathleen can often be found in the dance studio studying or teaching. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from University of California, Irvine, she danced in several modern dance companies and musical theatre productions over the years. And once upon a time, she even worked in a circus! Kathleen grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where her two adorable nieces still reside, but currently she lives in Santa Monica. One of her great desires is for all people to own their power and their beauty.

 

Aftercare Manager

MeghanMeghan Ingstad, RVT

A Southern California native, Meghan was born and raised in Orange County. From a very young age, she knew she wanted to work with animals. As a 6-year-old girl, Meghan adopted her neighbor's pregnant cat, Pumpkin. With the help of her parents, she cared for several litters of kittens and found them forever homes. As a teenager, Meghan adopted a 7-year-old boxer named Arnold. Only a year after coming into Meghan's life, Arnold was diagnosed with cancer. He unfortunately lost his battle to survive 3 months later. Shortly after this difficult loss, Meghan was able to save the life of another boxer. Abby was only a year old when she was hit by a car and relinquished to an animal hospital, after her pet parents were unwilling to pay for treatment. Without hesitation, Meghan rescued Abby, nursed her back to health, and was repaid by 10 glorious years of unconditional love.
 
For 14 years, Meghan has been working in animal hospitals in Southern California.  She is a registered veterinary technician with specialty training in veterinary oncology. Through the years, Meghan has helped many grieving pet parents cope with the pain of losing a furry family member. She is honored to continue supporting pet parents through this difficult time by joining the Choice Veterinary Care team.
 
In her free time, Meghan enjoys baking cupcakes and visiting Disneyland. She also loves spending time with her 3 nieces, who fondly refer to Meghan as "Auntie Cupcake."

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