Kathrine Irwin, DVM, DACVD
Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Dr. Katherine Irwin received her Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She then attended Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. After graduation Dr. Irwin completed a one-year small animal medicine and surgery internship at two VCA practices in the Chicago area (VCA Berwyn and VCA Aurora). She then spent two years as a general practitioner at a private small animal practice.
Dr. Irwin became interested in veterinary dermatology during her time at veterinary school. As a practicing veterinarian, she enjoyed dermatology cases so much that it motivated her to become a dermatology specialist. In 2008, Dr. Irwin began a one-year dermatology internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas, followed by a three-year residency. Dr. Irwin became a board-certified veterinary dermatologist November 2012 and remained at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists until moving back to Omaha in 2014.
Dr. Irwin's professional interests include managing allergic dermatitis in companion animals as well as all forms of feline skin disease. She enjoys establishing close and long-lasting relationships with her clients and referring veterinarians.
Ed Jazic, DVM, DACVD
Dr. Ed Jazic received his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Toronto in 1994. He then earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. While at the University of Illinois, he served as president of the Theta chapter of Omega Tau Sigma and was active in community and social events.
After graduation, Dr. Jazic worked in private practice for three years in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area of Florida. Dr. Jazic completed his dermatology residency with Dermatology for Animals in 2005 and received board certification in veterinary dermatology in 2006. He has published an extensive review of the clinical, infectious, and histopathological features of feline acne in the international journal Veterinary Dermatology. Dr. Jazic has authored chapters in several veterinary textbooks on the subjects of feline acne and cutaneous tumors and ticks. He currently sees patients out of our Akron office.
As a child, Dr. Jazic spent three years on a farm in Croatia. He credits those years with fostering his love of animals. He speaks Croatian fluently. In the past decade Dr. Jazic has adopted six furry felines named Sherlock, Watson, Felicity, P.W., Janet and Krissy. Outside the hospital, he enjoys traveling, sports, live music and spending time in his native Toronto.
Thomas P. Lewis II, DVM, DACVD
Dr. Lewis was born and raised in Arizona, where he grew up knowing he wanted to be a veterinarian since the second grade of elementary school. After graduating from Arizona State University and marrying his high school sweetheart, Dr. Lewis attended Colorado State University where he earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. He worked at Mesa Veterinary Hospital for two years before starting his residency in dermatology. In 1991 Dr. Lewis finished his residency and achieved his diplomate certification from the American College of Veterinary Dermatology.
In 1991, Dr. Lewis founded the Dermatology Clinic for Animals (later Dermatology for Animals) with offices in Mesa and Tucson, Ariz., as well as in Albuquerque, NM. Within three years clinics were added in Utah, Texas and Nebraska. It was the first time most residents of these areas had access to board-certified veterinary dermatologists that could treat their afflicted pets.
Dr. Lewis' principle interests include investigating the role of allergies and the effect they have on the skin. Dr. Lewis has written journal articles and supported research on a number of projects during his career. He is frequently invited to lecture at veterinary continuing education meetings around the country and is always eager to share the insight he has gained.
When not at the hospital, Dr. Lewis enjoys being outdoors. He is a birding enthusiast, and enjoys sailing, hiking and camping. He sings in his church choir and in the Sonoran Desert Chorale. He has performed with the Chorale in famous cathedrals throughout Italy, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic.
Pat Mckeever, DVM, DACVD
Dr. Pat McKeever enjoyed an invigorating childhood on a remote island bordering Minnesota and Canada, on scenic Lake of the Woods, becoming an avid fisherman and feeling drawn to a career involving animals.
He obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1968, followed by an internship and a master's degree in cardiovascular surgery from Washington State University in 1970. He became a board-certified Diplomate with the American College of Veterinary Dermatology in 1986.
In 1971, after a year in a large and small animal practice in Kenora, Ontario, Dr. McKeever returned to the University of Minnesota and established the Veterinary Dermatology program. With no training programs available for Veterinary Dermatologists at that time, he trained with residents of the Department of Dermatology in the Medical School. He served as primary professor of Veterinary Dermatology for 27 years, until 1998. He was primary advisor for two Doctorate and twelve Master of Science candidates, and mentor and advisor for nine dermatology residents. In 1994 he established McKeever Dermatology Clinics in the Minneapolis-St Paul area.
Dr. McKeever has authored 24 journal articles, eight book chapters and one book, Skin Diseases of the Dog and Cat, translated into five languages.
Enthusiastic for life's next adventure, Dr. McKeever moved to North Scottsdale with his wife and cat and joined Dermatology for Animals in February 2016. Dr. McKeever has a great love for helping owners to alleviate discomfort and disfigurement associated with skin disease of their pets. His leisure interests include travel, reading, mentoring, church activities, and exploring their new home state.
Rose I. Miller, DVM, DACVD
Dr. Miller was raised in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Ever since she was a child she has loved the company of animals. As an undergraduate at Washington State University she received numerous honors including membership in the National Collegiate Scholars and Phi Eta Sigma. She was also selected as an Academic All American Athlete. Following her freshman year, Dr. Miller was accepted into veterinary school through an advanced honors program and had the privilege of working with many different animals including cows, horses, wildlife, exotic animals, dogs and cats. She spent three years on the WSU women's rowing team and competed in PAC-10 and national regattas during her last two years.
In 2005, Dr. Miller received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Washington State University and moved across campus to continue in the veterinary medicine program. During her second year of veterinary school she had her first class in veterinary dermatology and knew that it would be the career path she'd follow. Through numerous externships in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, North Carolina, Washington and Oregon, she worked closely with veterinary specialists and enhanced her skills in veterinary medicine, particularly in the field of dermatology.
After earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 2008, she moved to Tampa, Florida where she completed a challenging internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Florida Veterinary Specialists. During her internship she developed training in veterinary dermatology by spending extra rotations with board-certified veterinary dermatologists.
Dr. Miller began her residency in veterinary dermatology with Dermatology for Animals in 2009 and achieved board certification in November 2012. She practices at the Salt Lake City clinic and loves being able to pursue her love of the outdoors activities in the beautiful state of Utah.
At the clinic, Dr. Miller enjoys spending time with her clients to discuss their pets' dermatology conditions. She is able to offer progressive and extensive options to make their pets comfortable and happy, and takes pleasure in working closely with the family veterinarian to determine the most appropriate dermatologic care. Her own adopted Chihuahua, Maybelle, has developed liver disease and has taught Dr. Miller the importance of patience when caring for an animal with a chronic disease.
Rebecca Mount, DVM, DACVD
Dr. Rebecca Mount was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of New Mexico in 2005 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University College of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences in 2009. Following graduation, Dr. Mount completed a challenging internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Garden State Veterinary Specialist in New Jersey.
Throughout veterinary school Dr. Mount worked closely with the dermatology department on various studies and projects which helped develop her passion for the diagnosis and treatment of dermatological cases. She was also drawn to the long-term relationships that are formed between animals and their owners during management of chronic dermatologic diseases.
Dr. Mount began her residency with Dermatology for Animals in 2010 and primarily practices out of Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M., and El Paso, Texas. Outside of veterinary medicine her interests include running, snowboarding and traveling. She is also an avid sports fan.
A sucker for special needs animals, Dr. Mount has a pit bull named Petey with heart disease and a cat named Clarence with a neurological condition. She also has one normal cat named Cagney.
Heide Newton, DVM, DACVD
As an example that we all follow unique paths, Dr. Heide Newton moved between states four times before the age of 12 then settled in Ohio for high school. She started college with plans for a science-based career and a desire to develop her many and diverse interests during her education. She graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in 1988 and then changed course to start her career as an attorney, earning a Juris Doctor with honors from the College of Law in 1991. During law school she adopted a puppy who opened her eyes to the joys of canine companionship and sparked her interest in improving the lives of pets. After working as an attorney for a few years, she decided to redirect her career path to veterinary medicine.
Dr. Newton graduated from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000 in the top 10% of her class. After graduation she enjoyed working as a general practitioner in small animal veterinary practices in Arizona and Texas. Desiring to gain expertise in managing skin disease, she entered a veterinary dermatology residency program in California in 2003 and became a board certified Diplomate in Veterinary Dermatology with the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD) in 2006.
Dr. Newton practiced veterinary dermatology in southern California until she joined Dermatology for Animals in January of 2012. In addition to working full-time in the Tucson practice, she has served on the ACVD Exam Committee and lectured for the North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum (NAVDF) Resident Education Forum for veterinary dermatology residents. She also lectures periodically for local general practitioners, has published articles in veterinary journals and is an author of several veterinary dermatology textbook chapters.
Dr. Newton is delighted to call Tucson her home and loves her work as a veterinary dermatologist, especially her interactions with clients and their beloved canine and feline companions. Dr. Newton enjoys the challenge of managing chronic skin disease and allergies and finds satisfaction in improving the quality of life of affected pets and the people who love them. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, and spending time with her husband and extended family.
Anthea E. Schick, DVM, DACVD
Dr. Anthea E. Schick earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1994. She then attended Cornell University where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. While at Cornell, Dr. Schick worked with some of the leading veterinary dermatologists in the country.
In 2003, Dr. Schick completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at a private referral practice in Albuquerque, N.M. After completing a residency at Dermatology for Animals in 2006 and achieving her board certification from the American College of Veterinary Dermatology in 2007, she decided to stay on with the team and, in 2009, became part owner of Dermatology for Animals.
As an educator, Dr. Schick has given continuing education lectures to veterinarians in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. She helps train visiting senior veterinary students, interns and dermatology residents. Furthermore, Dr. Schick has published an extensive review of the microbiologic diagnosis of canine otitis in the internationally published Veterinary Dermatology.
Dr. Schick enjoys all aspects of veterinary dermatology but has a special interest in allergies and ear disease. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Arizona, California and New Mexico Veterinary Medical Associations, the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology and the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. Dr. Schick practices in several western states including Arizona (Avondale, Scottsdale and Gilbert), New Mexico (Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Santa Theresa) and Utah (Salt Lake City).
At home in Tempe, Ariz., Dr. Schick lives with her husband and two daughters. In her free time she enjoys hiking, rafting and spending time with family. She has first-hand experience with managing canine allergies with her very allergic Chihuahua, Pookie.
Diana Simões, DVM, DACVD
Dr. Simões earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Oberlin College in Ohio. After working in West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years, she knew she wanted to pursue veterinary medicine. In 2009, she obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California at Davis. After graduation, Dr. Simões completed a small animal internal medicine and emergency internship at Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura, California, and then went on to work in general practice for a few years. She soon discovered her love for dermatology and pursued a veterinary dermatology internship in the New Jersey area, followed by a three-year residency with Dermatology for Animals in 2013. In 2016, Dr. Simões obtained her certification as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Medicine.
Her love of veterinary medicine has always been deeply rooted in the human-animal bond. Now as a veterinary dermatologist, Dr. Simões helps foster that relationship by improving the quality of life of both pets and their owners through proper disease management. Dr. Simões adores her clients and referring veterinarians, and enjoys working in a team-based approach to achieve the best possible outcome.
Although originally a New York and Portugal native, Dr. Simões calls California her home. She lives and works in the beautiful city of Oakland, California with her husband, two kids, and three characters: Frankie, the three-legged terrier, Petunia, the gentle giant, and Eloise, the ever curious blind kitty.
Carine Laporte, VMD
Dr. Carine Laporte was born and raised outside of New York City, New York. She graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with her Bachelor of Arts in Biology. After graduation, Dr. Laporte participated in research at the hospital at the University of Pennsylvania that focused on human heart surgery. She published several research papers during this time. Dr. Laporte completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Dr. Laporte received several honors during her tenure in veterinary school, including Dean's List and awards for excellence in the study of biochemistry and cardiology. Furthermore, she co-authored a veterinary textbook chapter.
Following veterinary school, Dr. Laporte completed a challenging and extremely gratifying internship at Texas A&M University, where one of her primary roles was to help teach fourth-year veterinary students in various veterinary specialties, including dermatology. She remains dedicated to the combination of teaching, research and the development of positive client relationships in order to advance the profession of veterinary medicine.
Dr. Laporte's interest in veterinary dermatology comes from a passion to improve not only the quality of life of her animal patients, but also that of their owners as they relate to their pets. As the proud owner of a food and environmentally allergic dog named Linus, she understands how hard it is to see a pet be itchy or uncomfortable, and she is passionate about helping to improve the quality of life of both pet and its owners through the management of skin disease.
From an early age, Dr. Laporte had a large family of pets, including two black gerbils, three cats, an Australian Kelpie dog, a goldfish, and two albino African Clawed Frogs. Her current animal family includes Linus, a Dachshund mixed breed dog, and Mina, a fantastic cat who was rescued from the streets of Philadelphia. Dr. Laporte loves learning new musical instruments, trying new foods, and traveling any chance she can get.
Samantha Lockwood, DVM
Dr. Samantha Lockwood is a California native who has lived all over the state—from sunny San Diego to cold, wet winters near Tahoe. Growing up on a farm in rural northern California, Dr. Lockwood always had a love of being around furry friends. She was raised to work hard and care for all types of animals including the chickens, horses, sheep, dogs, cats, pigs and reptiles. Dr. Lockwood knew veterinary medicine would be the best career to share her passion and love for animals.
Dr. Lockwood attended the University of California Santa Cruz and graduated in 2006 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After graduation she spent two years working in San Diego as a veterinary technician. During this time, she learned new aspects of caring for animals and decided to attend veterinarian school, graduating from Western University of Health Sciences in 2012 with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an intense and gratifying rotating small animal internship at VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While in New Mexico, her love for dermatology grew strong as she worked closely with Dermatology for Animals.
Dr. Lockwood started her residency with Dermatology for Animals in 2014. During that time period she has focused on advancing her knowledge in dermatology through working closely with her mentors (Drs. Schick and Lewis) and numerous clinical studies including her research on cyclosporine use in felines.
Dr. Lockwood completed her residency in July of 2017 and will be taking her board certification exam later this year. Dermatology for Animals is privileged to have Dr. Lockwood as part of our team. She is compassionate, well-rounded and excited about caring for the skin of her patients.
Dr. Lockwood loves the outdoors including: camping, hiking, and snowboarding. Her and her fiancé Bill share their home with five furry babies: Gus the Great Dane, and their four cats Bug, Gary, Roary, and Theodore.
Stephanne Schwartz, DVM
Dr. Stephanne Schwartz was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. She grew up with a menagerie of pets, including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, a rabbit, hermit crabs, frogs, and fish. From a very young age, she knew that caring for animals was her passion. This passion fueled her drive to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.
Personal experiences with her own cat, Kitty, who suffered from atopic dermatitis (environmental allergies) sparked Dr. Schwartz's interest in veterinary dermatology. She understands how difficult it can be to have an itchy and uncomfortable pet, and through her work in the field of veterinary dermatology, Dr. Schwartz hopes to improve the quality of life of her patients and promote the human-animal bond.
Dr. Schwartz's animal family currently includes a Labradoodle named Hiccup, and three domestic shorthair cats named Willow, Jezibel, and Aria. All of her furry children used their adorable personalities to convince her to adopt them or take them home from work. In her free time, Dr. Schwartz enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her wonderful husband, family and friends.
Brooke Simon, DVM
Dr. Brooke Simon grew up just outside the city of Philadelphia and spent her childhood split between Pennsylvania and summers in Maine. She always knew she had a passion for veterinary medicine, and started working at a small animal clinic in Maine when she was 16. She went on to pursue a Bachelor of Science at University of Delaware and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 2014. She then completed a strenuous small animal internal medicine and emergency internship at the renown Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
Her love for veterinary dermatology started during her summers in Maine where she was able to see how allergic animals struggled with seasonal allergies. Further dermatology classes during her time in veterinary college and spending time with the dermatology service at Angell confirmed her passion for veterinary dermatology and the complex disease processes involved. She published two abstracts and presented posters on MRS cultures at Angell and a rare autoimmune disease in cats called Erythema Multiforme at the North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum and the World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology respectively.
Dr. Simon currently lives with her dog Henry, who has traveled with her across the country on her adventures since he was first adopted in Minnesota. They are excited for their latest adventure in Arizona where Dr. Simon has joined the Dermatology for Animals Resident Program. She will be practicing in Gilbert, Scottsdale and Avondale, Ariz.
Meghan Solc, DVM
Dr. Meghan Solc grew up on a hobby farm in Brockville, Ontario, Canada. She graduated with a major in chemistry and a minor in biology from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2007. After taking a year off to work on a dairy farm she was accepted into the Atlantic Veterinary College in P.E.I. Dr. Solc received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2012 and continued to further her education by attending a rotating internship in Toronto, Canada.
Her focus in dermatology grew stronger in her final year of veterinary school and continued through a rotating internship. A career in dermatology was solidified during her second internship in dermatology in Toronto, Canada. During this year, her interest in multi-drug resistant organisms took the forefront.
Dr. Solc is currently seeing patients in our Akron, Brook Park, and Girard Ohio locations.
David Genovese, DVM, DACVD
Dr. Genovese was born and raised in the Chicago area and remains a loyal Cubs, Bears and Bulls fan. He was drawn to veterinary medicine since animals have been a part of his life from a young age, and is very grateful to be able work with animals on a daily basis. He became a veterinarian in 2010 after graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois with high honors. He then completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Florida in 2011. This was followed by a dermatology residency in Virginia from 2011-2014 and Dr. Genovese became board certified in veterinary dermatology in 2014.
He has practiced in Virginia since 2011 and is very excited to now be seeing patients in California (Campbell and Aptos). While he enjoys all aspects of veterinary dermatology, he is particularly thankful that this field allows the development of long-term relationships with pets and their owners. Dr. Genovese finds it rewarding to be able to control allergies safely with the use of immunotherapy (allergy shots) often minimizing the need for immunosuppressive drug therapy. He also enjoys managing immune-mediated skin conditions, infectious and parasitic dermatoses as well as chronic ear disease. He has authored and co-authored papers in the field of dermatology on the topics of sphinx cat skin and allergic skin disease in dogs.
Dr. Genovese was a collegiate tennis player and enjoys playing golf in his free time. He moved to California with his wife (also a veterinarian), daughter, son, English bulldog, Chihuahua, toy poodle, and three sphinx cats.
Sarah Morar, DVM
Dr. Sarah Morar was raised in Northeastern Ohio but also enjoyed spending summers with extended family on their western Pennsylvania farms. She grew up with many furry, finned, and feathered family members, including Golden Retrievers, cats, hamsters, a guinea pig, fish, chickens and horses. From a young age Dr. Morar knew she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She worked as a veterinary assistant for a local small animal clinic from high school through her first year of vet school.
Dr. Morar attended the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio and graduated in 2011 with her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She went on to veterinary school at The Ohio State University and graduated in 2015. She pursued a one year internship at Genesee Valley Equine Clinic in Scottsville, NY, then a rotating small animal internship at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital in Akron, Ohio. Dr. Morar’s interest in veterinary dermatology was initially inspired by her own dog, Rory, who dealt with chronic atopy and food allergy throughout her life. She is passionate about animal dermatology as well as working with and supporting owners and their pets.
Dr. Morar is excited to be starting her residency with Dermatology for Animals in Arizona. She currently lives with her rescued Siamese/Akron street cat mix, Oliver. She enjoys learning new things such as the violin, spinning yarn, hiking, running, and looks forward to exploring the southwestern area.