Dr. Cassie Jones, founder/owner of Point Vicente Animal Hospital, has enjoyed a professionally rich and rewarding career since her graduation from the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, in 1988.
Subsequent to receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, she completed a one-year internship at West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. In 1990, Dr. Jones joined the staff at Wilshire Animal Hospital in Santa Monica. During the following nine years, she worked with not only dogs and cats but also a wide variety of small animals, including birds, reptiles, rabbits, "pocket pets," and pot bellied pigs.
In 1995, while working in Santa Monica, Dr. Jones became a member of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). What does that mean? Dr. Jones underwent a difficult process of additional study and examination to become a Board Certified Specialist in the care and treatment of dogs and cats. As an ABVP Diplomate, it is accepted that she has proven knowledge and expertise above and beyond what is required to practice veterinary medicine. It also means that your pets are receiving expert treatment and a strong commitment to providing the best possible care to animals in need.
Equally concerned about enhancing the quality of care for all animals, Dr. Jones has been and continues to be involved in numerous professional organizations. She is a Past President of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association and served four years as a Veterinary Medical Board Hospital Inspector for the California Department of Consumer Affairs. In addition, Dr. Jones has held numerous positions with both the California and American Veterinary Medical Associations and as a District Governor to the CVMA.
Her current extracurricular affiliation is with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy where she serves on their Board of Directors. Preserving open space for the education and enjoyment of all is their mission and her special interest is in providing awareness to people of this beautiful place and making sure they can appreciate the diversity of animal life in our Preserves, in the sea, on the shore and in the air. What does she think about the peacocks? "Well, they're really pretty....and the chicks are very cute."
In 2001, Dr. Jones re-opened a closed veterinary hospital in the Golden Cove Shopping Center in Rancho Palos Verdes. After 10 years of success and 10 years of a leaky roof, she moved the practice to the new building next door. A Rancho Palos Verdes local, Cassie lives in Portuguese Bend with two cats, two tortoises and one husband. Point Vicente Animal Hospital opened in 2001.
Dr. Teresa Micco, received her DVM in 2011 from Ross University and Louisiana State University Schools of Veterinary Medicine.
Prior to attending veterinary school, Dr. Micco was an RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician) for 25 years, working primarily with birds and exotics in addition to dogs and cats. She has been involved in conservation, rehabilitation, and aviculture for many years. After completing her studies in Biological Sciences at California State University, Long Beach, she moved to the Caribbean island of St. Kitts to attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine for her pre-clinical training.
For her final year of veterinary school, she attended Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in Baton Rouge. While completing her clinical rotations, she assisted in the care of injured birds and sea turtles during the BP oil spill.
Dr. Micco is an active member of the AAV (Association of Avian Veterinarians) and is on the Social Media Committee for the AAV on Aviculture. She continues to work with companion and wild birds, exotics, and dogs and cats. She lives in Redondo Beach with her husband Bill, dog Chopper, cats Clare and DD, African grey parrots Benjamin and Bingo and a bearded dragon named Norbert.
Dr. Amy Bednarek, is a Los Angeles native and recently joined our team at Point Vicente Animal Hospital in September 2013. After an extensive career in the entertainment business, Dr. Bednarek decided to follow her true passion of veterinary medicine and has never looked back. She received her DVM from Kansas State University in 2006.
Prior to joining the staff at Point Vicente Animal Hospital, Dr. Bednarek worked at a small animal general practice near downtown Los Angeles for 7 years. Some of her interests include cardiology, senior pet care, emergency based cases and of course new puppies and kittens. She enjoys coming to work every day and making a difference in a pet’s life.
Dr. Bednarek has two young children; two cats “Sabu” and “Chowder” and enjoys running, biking, hiking and traveling. You may see her running or walking around the neighborhood.
Dr. Lilin Chen, received her B.S. in Biology from UCLA and then went on to complete her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine . Upon graduation she was inducted into the veterinary honor society of Phi Zeta. After earning her doctorate, she completed an internship in surgery, medicine, and specialty services at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital in 2008.
Dr. Chen has special interest in preventive medicine and integrating eastern medicine with western medicine. She was certified in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2013. Dr. Chen enjoys practicing comprehensive medical and surgical care for dogs and cats.
Dr. Katherine Gilman recently moved to Rolling Hills Estates and is looking forward to working closer to home. She enjoys internal medicine and surgery on cats and dogs, as well as rabbits and other small mammals. She is married and has two young children, Kailey
Dr. Gilman was raised in northern California and completed her bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She graduated from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999.
Following veterinary school, she completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. Before coming to Point Vicente, Dr. Gilman worked at Bay Animal Hospital in Manhattan Beach. Outside the hospital, she enjoys horseback riding, hiking, reading and spending time with her family. Of course, she loves all of her pets; her dogs Pubby and Ella, the cats Tabby, Jingle, Kingsley and Rosie and her son’s reptiles.