Dr. Amy Bednarek

Medical Director/Partner

Dr. Amy Bednarek, is a Los Angeles native and joined our team at Point Vicente Animal Hospital in September 2013 and became a partner in 2018. After an extensive career in the entertainment business, Dr.

Dr. Dueppen


Dr. Dueppen was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She moved to Davis, California for college and graduated with a BS in Animal Science in 2001. She stayed in Davis for veterinary school, graduating in 2006.



Olivia joined the Point Vicente Team in 2021. Olivia loves camping, off -roading and snuggling every pet that walks through our doors.


Technician Assistant/ Kennel Technician

James joined Point Vicente Animal Hospital in 2021. James has been working with animals for 4 years, but has had all kinds of animals for his entire life. Currently he has 2 bearded dragons, 1 leopard gecko, 1 blue tegu, 1 corn snake along with 4 cats.


Veterinary Technician

Kathy graduated from Carrington College in 2016. After graduating Kathy worked in the veterinary field for 5 years at multiple animal hospitals before joining our team in 2021.


Veterinary Technician Supervisor

Janine graduated in 2017 from the University of Pretoria in Cape Town, South Africa with her BVSc degree which is recognized by the South African Veterinary Council for registration as a Veterinarian. Janine moved to California in 2019 when she was married and has 4 cats at home.



Julie joined Point Vicente Animal Hospital in 2020. Julie is a dog-mom to Kyoshi the husky and a senior poodle named Belinda. She also has a cat named Lucy. In her free time, Julie enjoys photography and traveling.

Krishna Van Buren

Hospital Director/Partner

Our Hospital Director, Krishna Van Buren, RVT, comes to us with a wealth of experience in veterinary medicine.  Over her career, she has worn many hats.  Krishna got her start over 30 years ago right here in Rancho Palos Verdes, working for Dr. Lauhoff, at the Animal Hospital of Golden Cove which was located in the Golden Cove Shopping Center.  In fact, it is the very space where PVAH got its start after Dr. Lauhoff retired.   While working with Dr. Lauhoff, Krishna was earning her degree in Economics at UC Irvine.  Krishna then returned to school to meet the requirements to sit for the National and State of California Veterinary Technician certification boards.

Shanna Hobbs

Shanna Hobbs joined the team at Point Vicente Animal Hospital in 2015, after managing VCA Clarmar Animal Hospital, in the Torrance area for many years. We feel very fortunate to have Shanna on our team. She has worked in veterinary medicine since 1998, and brings with her a wealth of experience.

Jennifer Lewis

If you stop in to visit us at PVAH, Jennifer Lewis will most likely be the first person to great you.  She has worked in the veterinary field since 2000, and has been a very important part of our team at PVAH since 2001.

Shahzeen Ali


Shahzeen has a degree in zoo biology and has been working in the veterinary field since 2008.  She joined our team at Point Vicente Animal Hospital in 2014.  Her favorite thing about working in veterinary medicine is helping animals get better.   She especially enjoys seeing all of the different

Demetrio Gomez

Veterinary Technician

Demetrio joined PVAH in 2018.  Demetrio is trilingual speaking Spanish, English & proudly Zapotec, the indigenous language of his ancestors.

Dawn Livesey

Born and raised in Southern California, Dawn has been in the Veterinary field since 2014.  Dawn is a hard worker that love to help clients and their pets.  She is also studying to become an RVT.  Dawn spend every Sunday at the Marine Mammal Care Center where she cares for sea lions and elephant s

Cambrie Congdon


Cambrie joined the Point Vicente team in 2020 after completing her undergraduate degrees at UC Berkeley in environmental science and natural resource management.

Stephanie Latterman


Stephanie began with PVAH in 2004 as an intern.  She left to attend UCLA and earn a Degree in Biology.  Stephanie also studied animal behavior and conservation in Uganda.  Returning to PVAH in March 2018 Stephanie joined our amazing reception team.  Stephanie has a puggle named "Bruin" and many m