Dr. Herring and Dr. Wachsstock are co-founders of Radiocat, a veterinary practice dedicated exclusively to the care and treatment of Feline Hyperthyroidism.
Dr. David S. Herring is a Board Certified Veterinary Radiologist who believes the pet’s best interests are paramount and that the treatment should never be worse than the disease. He received advanced training in diagnostic ultrasound, echocardiography, radiography and nuclear medicine, and taught at Texas A&M and the Ohio State University. In 1985, Dr. Herring moved to the Baltimore-Washington area, where he became the first veterinarian to offer abdominal ultrasound and, in 1995, Radioiodine therapy (I-131).
Dr. Rand S. Wachsstock is a graduate of the University of Illinois and has taught at both his alma mater and at Yale University. He has actively practiced emergency medicine since 1984 and believes comprehensive state-of-the-art medical care should be readily available to all pets. Dr. Wachsstock owns and operates the Emergency/Critical Care Service at The Regional Veterinary Referral Center in Springfield, Virginia. In 2005 he was appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia to the Radiation Advisory Board.
Clients bringing their pets in for therapy will meet several Radiocat staff members along the way.
OUR DOCTORS AND STAFF
Clinic coordinators spend time teaching clients about Hyperthyroidism and discussing individual case histories, treatment options, statistics and success rates, procedures, philosophy of care, radiation safety and more. They also coordinate the request for and receipt of pre-therapy blood work from each patient’s referring veterinarian, shepherd the blood work and histories through a review by our doctors, schedule appointments, and generally address client needs. Most of our clinic coordinators are trained veterinary technicians and/or have other medical backgrounds (i.e. Emergency Medical Technician training, nursing school, etc.).
Our technicians and clinic coordinators – all of whom are multi-pet owners themselves – work closely with Radiocat doctors, who supervise the care and treatment of each case, as well as provide on-going training and information on Hyperthyroidism. Obviously, our doctors cannot be everywhere at once, so each clinic also maintains 24-hour access to a veterinarian/specialist in the immediate vicinity.
If, in the highly unlikely event that a patient needs medical care during their stay in the radiation ward, the on-site technician notifies Drs. Herring and Wachsstock, as well as the nearby veterinarian/specialist (who provides a second pair of skilled eyes and ears for each case). Radiocat doctors will either supervise or travel to and directly care for every patient’s needs.
DOCTORS AND STAFF
The doctors listed below have received special training from Radiocat and actively participate in the care of our patients. Their training has been reviewed and accepted by either the State Regulatory Agency or the Nuclear Regulatory Commission where applicable. For contact information and directions, please visit our locations page.
Gordan Vergason DVM
Dr. Vergason is an Emergency Clinician at Phoenix Veterinary Referral and Emergency which hosts our Arizona Radiocat clinic.
Dr. Lauren Askin, Dr. Heidi McClain,
Dr. Diane Roberts
Los Angeles – Dr. Lauren Askin, is a Board Certified Veterinary Radiation Oncologist at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital, which hosts our Los Angeles Radiocat clinic.
Redwood City – Drs. Heidi McClain and Diane Roberts are Board Certified Internists and head the Internal Medicine practice at Sage Centers, which hosts our Redwood City Radiocat clinic.
Dr. Michael Miller
Dr. Miller is a Board Certified Veterinary Practitioner whom some may know from his long association with Cardiopet. He operates a cardiology referral service within the Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware, which hosts our Delaware Radiocat clinic.
Dr. David S. Herring
Dr. Herring, co-founder of Radiocat, is a Board Certified Veterinary Radiologist at the Florida Veterinary Referral Center, which hosts our Estero Radiocat clinic.
Dr. Robert Esbensen
Dr. Esbensen is a Board Certified Veterinary Practitioner in the Chicago area.
Dr. Kerri Rechner
Dr. Rechner is a Radiation Oncologist at VCA Advanced Veterinary Care Center, the host of our Indiana Radiocat clinic.
Dr. Samantha Simonelli and
Dr. Bobbie Kenna
Wakefield – Dr. Simonelli is a general practitioner at VCA Wakefield Animal Hospital, which hosts our Boston area Radiocat clinic.
Westfield – Dr. Kenna is a general practitioner at VCA Montgomery Road Animal Hospital, which hosts our Western Massachusetts Radiocat clinic.
Dr. Lisa Assandri DVM, DACVIM
Dr Lisa Assandri is a Board Certified Internal Medicine Specialist at VCA Northview Animal Hospital which hosts our Pittsburgh Radiocat clinic.
VIRGINIA - Dr. Rand S. Wachsstock, Dr. Megan Kees, Dr. Kimberly Bridges,
Dr. Randall Derbin, Dr. Alyssa Thompson
Springfield – Dr. Wachsstock, co-founder of Radiocat, Dr. Derbin, Assistant Chief of Staff for the Emergency/Critical Care Department, Drs. Kees and Bridges, Criticalists at The Regional Veterinary Referral Center, which hosts our Northern Virginia Radiocat clinic.
Richmond – Dr. Wachsstock, co-founder of Radiocat, Dr. Alyssa Thompson, a general practitioner in the Richmond area.