William A. Brown, DVM, ACVIM-Cardiology is certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and its subspecialty board of Cardiology. He is an honors graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Brown completed his internship training at North Carolina State University, where he received the Outstanding Small Animal Intern Award. Dr. Brown completed his residency in cardiology at the University of California in Davis. Following his residency, Dr. Brown served a 1 year interventional cardiology fellowship at the University of Illinois.

 

In addition to being a Diplomate in the ACVIM College of Cardiology, Dr. Brown is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Brown has lectured on a local and national level. He has authored numerous scientific publications, including several book chapters in the field of veterinary cardiology. Dr. Brown is an active consultant and investigator for several pharmaceutical companies. His research interests include arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) in boxer dogs, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in Ragdoll cats and the medical management of congestive heart failure (CHF) in both dogs and cats.

 

When not working, Dr. Brown enjoys running, cycling and weight lifting. He is actively involved with several local philanthropic organizations and serves on the Board of Trustees at Leader Dogs for the Blind. Dr. Brown is married to an emergency veterinarian, Alyson, and they have two children (Olivia and Alec), a Labrador retriever (Halle) and a ferocious Chihuahua (Bella).

Joanne L. DeSana, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology) is certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and its subspecialty board of Cardiology. Following her undergraduate career at Michigan State University, Dr. DeSana earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She then completed her small animal surgery and medicine internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. Dr. DeSana completed her 3-year residency in cardiology at Veterinary Cardiology Consultants with Dr. William Brown and earned Diplomate status with the ACVIM College of Cardiology in 2009.

 

In addition to being a Diplomate in the ACVIM College of Cardiology, Dr. DeSana is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, and Southeastern Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. DeSana also serves as a mentor to students in the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

 

Dr. DeSana’s primary clinical interest is the diagnosis and management of congestive heart failure in canine and feline patients. With primary focus on medical management of congestive heart failure, Dr. DeSana is also interested in interventional procedures that may provide pets with extended and improved quality of life.

 

Dr. DeSana is a proud Michigan State University alumna and fan of Spartans’ athletics, particularly football. She enjoys many outdoor sports, including biking, kayaking, and hiking. She and her husband, Greg, are the proud parents of their daughter, Whitney, and their son, Adam. Their loyal dog, Thatcher, is a Chow/Shepherd mix.

Julie Azzopardi, LVT is licensed by the State of Michigan as a veterinary technician. Julie is a graduate of Macomb Community College where she received her Associates degree in Applied Science in 2003. Julie joined Veterinary Cardiology Consultants in 2003. She has extensive experience in clinical cardiology practice including basic echocardiography, electrocardiography, Holter monitoring and blood pressure monitoring. Julie manages our Novi office and she is responsible for supervising our nursing staff. Julie enjoys the challenges of cardiology and values the bond between clients and their furry family members. Outside of work, Julie enjoys running, cycling and spinning. She is an active participant in fund raising for several local charities. Julie shares her home with her husband Derek and three dogs (Zoey, Karma and Franklin).
Katie Wenner, LVT is licensed by the State of Michigan as a veterinary technician. Katie graduated from Michigan State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology. In 2007, she completed Macomb Community College’s Veterinary Technician program, graduating magna cum laude. Katie joined Veterinary Cardiology Consultants in 2007. She travels between our Novi and Rochester offices. Katie is responsible for managing the Rochester office and supervising the nursing staff. She also is the coordinator for clinical trials. Katie has a passion for cats and she is our in-house feline expert. In her spare time, Katie enjoys being outdoors, reading and spending time with her family and friends. Katie and her husband, Mike, have a busy toddler (Ben) and two cats (Simon and Mia).