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"If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." – Henry Ford

Thomas P. Lewis II, DVM, Founder

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology​


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.

Anthea E. Schick, DVM, Founder

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology


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 (ACVD) 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 around the U.S. She helps train visiting senior veterinary students, interns and dermatology residents. Dr. Schick is an adjunct clinical professor at Midwestern Veterinary School and has served as Chair of the ACVD Education Committee. Dr. Schick has published over twelve research articles in peer-reviewed journals and contributed to a clinical textbook on 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 and California 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 (Scottsdale), California (Oakland) and Utah (Salt Lake City).


At home in Tempe, AZ, Dr. Schick lives with her husband, two daughters and collection of furry feathered and scaly pets. In her free time she enjoys yoga, hiking, rafting, traveling and spending time with family.

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Ed Jazic, DVM, Founder

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology


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. Dr. Jazic is currently seeing patients out of our Rochester NY, Latham, NY, and Williston, VT locations.


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.

Rose I. Miller, DVM, Founder

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology


Dr. Rose Miller spent her childhood in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where her days were filled with enjoying the great outdoors, as well as the company of animals and family pets throughout her youth. She attended Washington State University for both her undergraduate and veterinary school educations, where she spent three years on the school’s women’s rowing team and was selected as an Academic All American Athlete. As an undergraduate at WSU, Dr. Miller was accepted into veterinary school through an advanced honors program. After receiving her Bachelors of Science degree in Animal Science in 2005, she moved across campus to join the veterinary medicine program. She had her first class in dermatology during her second year of veterinary school and knew that it would be the career path she would follow. Dr. Miller earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 2008.


Following veterinary school, Dr. Miller moved to Tampa, Florida, where she completed a challenging internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Florida Veterinary Specialists. She began her residency in veterinary dermatology with Dermatology for Animals in 2009 and achieved board certification in November 2012. Dr. Miller became a partner in Dermatology for Animals in 2017.


At the clinic, Dr. Miller enjoys spending time with her clients to discuss their pets’ dermatology conditions. She offers progressive and extensive options to make pets comfortable and happy, and she takes pleasure in working closely with the family veterinarian to determine the most appropriate dermatological care. Her own adopted Chihuahua, Maybelle, developed liver disease and taught Dr. Miller the importance of patience when caring for an animal with a chronic disease.


When not at work, Dr. Miller enjoys beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, her hometown, and spending time with her family.


David Genovese, DVM

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology


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.

Christopher Hudec, DVM

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology


Dr. Hudec was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and received his Bachelor of Science in Zoology from The Ohio State University. He is a graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed his clinical year of veterinary school at Purdue University. He then moved to Seattle to complete a one-year rotating internship and then completed his three-year dermatology residency in San Diego, California.   Dr. Hudec became a board certified veterinary dermatologist in 2019. His special interests in veterinary dermatology include managing immune-mediated skin diseases as well allergic skin conditions. Dr. Hudec has authored papers researching feline stress as well as reactions to venomous insect stings, particularly honey bee reactions.


Dr. Hudec recently moved to the Bay Area with his wife. They have a Chihuahua/Terrier mix named Maximus. and a Norwegian Forest cat named Riddley (who enjoys taking walks around the neighborhood)! In his free time, Dr. Hudec enjoys playing basketball, golfing, and hiking.



Katherine Irwin, DVM

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology


Dr. Irwin is an Omaha native who has long had a love of science and caring for animals; it’s no surprise she became a veterinarian! She received her Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and then attended Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine where she 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) and then spent two years in private small animal practice as a general practitioner.


Dr. Irwin first became interested in veterinary dermatology during her time at veterinary school. As a practicing veterinarian, her interest in dermatology continued to grow and she was inspired 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 in 2012 and remained at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists until moving back to Omaha, Nebraska in 2014. Since then Dr. Irwin has enjoyed re-establishing herself locally at Dermatology for Animals, and is thankful to call this great city and state home.


Dr. Irwin's professional interests include managing allergic dermatitis in companion animals as well as all forms of feline skin disease. She shares her home with several kitties that keep her on her toes. They are jokingly referred to as her “pride.” Sadly, due to adult- onset allergies to dogs, Dr. Irwin doesn’t have any canine companions to call her own. However, she fortunately can still get her fix at work with all of the great pups she sees. Outside of work, Dr. Irwin enjoys traveling, particularly learning about different countries’ histories and cultures. She also is developing an interest in photography.


Dr. Irwin sees patients at our Omaha, Nebraska location.

Carine Laporte, VMD

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology


Dr. Carine Laporte was born and raised in New York. She graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. After graduation, Dr. Laporte participated in research at the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) that focused on human cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Laporte completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Following veterinary school, Dr. Laporte completed year-long 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 completed a three-year residency in veterinary dermatology with Dermatology for Animals and became a board certified veterinary dermatologist in 2017.


Dr. Laporte remains dedicated to the combination of teaching, research, and clinical practice in order to advance the profession of veterinary medicine. She was a recipient of the Peter J. Ihrke Resident Research Award during her residency. She has had the opportunity to author and co-author book chapters and several published articles both in the field of human cardiothoracic surgery and in the field of veterinary dermatology and pharmacology.


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 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 pets and their owners through the management of skin disease.


Over the years, Dr. Laporte has had a large family of pets, including two black gerbils, three cats, an Australian Kelpie dog, numerous fish, a parakeet, several pet rats, and two albino African clawed frogs. Her current animal family includes Linus (a mischievous Dachshund), Saian (a very sweet Staffordshire bull terrier), Mina (the cat who runs the household), and Shelldon (a Russian tortoise who patiently tolerates his furred siblings).

Samantha Lockwood, DVM

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology

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 completed her 3 year residency program with Dermatology for Animals in 2017 and became a board certified veterinary dermatologist in 2019. 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 is an adjunct professor for the veterinary program at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona, teaching the students about veterinary dermatology in both small animals and horses. She also spends time in the laboratory classes teaching clinical applications of sample collection and dermatologic exams. She truly enjoys seeing the students learn!  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. She and her husband Bill share their home with five furry babies: Gus the Great Dane, and their four cats Bug, Gary, Rory, and Theodore.

Sarah Flanagan, DVM

Dermatology Resident

Dr. Sarah Flanagan 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. Flanagan 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. Flanagan 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. Flanagan’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.


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. Dr. Flanagan joined the Dermatology for Animals Resident Program in 2017 and is practicing at our Gilbert, Scottsdale, and Avondale, Arizona locations.

Rebecca Mount, DVM

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology

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 became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology in 2014. Dr. Mount practices out of Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M.


Outside of veterinary medicine her interests include running, baking, and traveling. She is also an avid sports fan.


Dr. Mount is a sucker for special needs animals, She 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.

Meghan Solc, DVM

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology


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 her 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 completed her residency with Dermatology for Animals and has passed her board certification exam, becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinarian Dermatology. She is currently seeing patients in our Akron and Brook Park, Ohio locations.

Katrina Frost, DVM

Dermatology Resident

Dr. Katrina Frost grew up on a farm in western Canada and obtained her DVM from the University of Calgary’s Veterinary Medicine program in 2017. Shortly after completing a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery, Dr. Frost accepted a dermatology residency with Dermatology for Animals.


Dermatology became Dr. Frost’s passion after adopting an atopic dog and a food-allergic cat. This experience enabled her to better appreciate the challenges that clients face and has allowed her to develop a deeper respect for the human-animal bond. Honoring these precious relationships is what motivates her to practice the best medicine possible, in the most compassionate manner. When not in scrubs, Dr. Frost enjoys painting, geocaching, camping, biking, seeing live music, and taking selfies with her cats.


Dr. Frost joined the Dermatology for Animals Resident Program in 2019 and is practicing at our Gilbert, Scottsdale, Avondale and Tucson Arizona locations.

Lydia Harbour, DVM

Dermatology Resident


Dr. Lydia Harbour is a Bay Area native, born and raised in the South Bay. She went to UC Santa Cruz for undergrad, where she received her B.S. in Biology in 2012. Lydia received her DVM from Western University of Health Sciences in 2018. She knew from very early on that she wanted to be a veterinarian and is so happy to be home to continue this journey!


Lydia’s professional interests include small animal medicine, including immunology, endocrinology and dermatology. When she’s not working, she loves any chance to get outdoors and be active, including running, swimming, hiking, camping, golfing and snowboarding with her husband.


Dr. Harbour joined the Dermatology for Animals Resident Program in 2019 and is practicing at our Gilbert, Scottsdale, Avondale and Tucson Arizona locations.

Lara Tomich, DVM

Veterinarian


Dr. Lara Tomich grew up surrounded by horses, dogs, cats, chickens, pigeons, lizards, and fish in Warwick, NY and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Cornell University in 2011. She completed her veterinary degree at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 where she originally aimed to become an equine veterinarian before falling in love with dermatology during her dermatology course her third year. Following graduation, she completed a small animal rotating internship at Tufts VETS. 


Dr. TomichShe ventured to the Midwest to complete a dermatology specialty internship and a dermatology residency at the University of Illinois. While she enjoyed the shorter winters and the breathtaking sunsets, she couldn’t wait to come home to NY.


Dr. Tomich enjoys playing soccer, riding horses, listening to live music, skiing, and cooking in her spare time. Neither she nor her dog, Theodore, enjoy running but will occasionally give it another try.  

Erica, Hess, DVM

Dermatology Resident


Dr. Erica Hess was born and raised in Queens, NY. Her passion for helping animals was undeniable from a very young age. She began chasing her dream at the University of Connecticut where she received a B.S. in Animal Science in 2013. After graduating college, Dr. Hess moved to Prince Edward Island, Canada to attend veterinary school at the Atlantic Veterinary College. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. “The Gentle Island” quickly became one of her favorite places in the world with its beautiful red sand, fresh food and kind locals. 


Dr. Hess returned to her roots in New York to work in private practice with cats, dogs and pocket pets. She gained a wealth of knowledge and it was during this time in practice that she found her niche in dermatology. In 2019 she began a one year internship in small animal dermatology.  Following her internship, she was accepted to a three year residency with Dermatology for Animals.


Dr. Hess comes from a big family and believes that family is everything. She lives with her husband Brandon, whom she met in veterinary school and is also a veterinarian. Together, they have five purrfect cats (Bay, Goose, Uggs, Bambi, Gracie) and an amazing dog named Kenzie. Dr. Hess is a self-proclaimed crazy cat lady and is quite smitten with tuxedos. When she’s not working, she loves baking, singing, dancing and crafting. She especially enjoys anything and everything associated with the Fall season.


Dr. Hess joined the Dermatology for Animals Resident program in 2020 and is practicing at our Gilbert, Scottsdale, Avondale and Tucson Arizona locations.

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