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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. 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).

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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.

Christian D. Weder, DVM, ACVIM-Cardiology is certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and its subspecialty board of Cardiology.

 

Dr. Weder was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He attended and graduated from New York University where he majored in finance with a minor in economics. During his senior year at NYU he discovered his passion for veterinary medicine while working part-time at an emergency and referral clinic in Brooklyn. Following graduation, Dr. Weder moved to Chicago to complete a post-baccalaureate program at Loyola University to attain the necessary pre-requisites for veterinary school. Dr. Weder then began veterinary school at Michigan State University in 2008. While Dr. Weder’s studies occupied most of his time, he also cofounded his own charity while in veterinary school. The IRONDOG fund is a charitable organization that provides financial support for the medical and surgical management of animals at MSU whose owners cannot afford their care. IRONDOG fund members raise money through participation in endurance sports as well as at the annual 5k run/walk in East Lansing, an event in its 6th year of existence. Following veterinary school, Dr. Weder completed a rotating internship at The Ohio State University followed by a residency in cardiology at Colorado State University.
 

While his experiences around the country have helped shaped the person he is today, Dr. Weder has always maintained a strong desire to return to the Midwest. While at VCC, Dr. Weder is very much looking forward to continuing to expand the field of veterinary cardiology in the state of Michigan. He has an interest in the emergency management of congestive heart failure in dogs and cats as well as the prevention of thromboembolic disease in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. In his free time Dr. Weder enjoys training for and participation in endurance sports. His most recent adventure was a rim-to- rim-to- rim run across the Grand Canyon. He also loves spending time with his dog (Floyd) and cat (Zeke). Dr. Weder is looking forward to spending more time with his family in the Midwest and exploring northern Michigan.

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Julie Azzopardi, LVT, VTS (Cardiology) 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 obtained her Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) credentials in June 2014. 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, her son Cody and two dogs (Zoey and Franklin).
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Ashley Angelo joined Veterinary Cardiology Consultants in 2009.  She is a veterinary assistant with extensive experience in cardiology.  Ashley attended Wayne State University and studied business and marketing.  It was Ashley’s passion for animals that led her to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.  Ashley provides technical assistance with cardiac diagnostic testing (ECG, blood pressure, thoracic radiographs and echocardiograms).  She works at both our Novi and Rochester locations.

 

When Ashley isn’t working she enjoys reading, watching movies and spending time with her husband Brandon, her daughter Clara, and her two adopted dogs, Billy and Eddie.  Ashley is also active her in community and volunteers for Meals on Wheels.

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Christine Baker, LVT

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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).
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Hilarie Zarazua, LVT, joined Veterinary Cardiology Consultants in 2010.  She graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelors degree in Animal Science in 2000.  In 2003, Hilarie completed Macomb Community College’s Veterinary Technician program.  She is a licensed veterinary technician.  Hilarie provides nursing care to our hospitalized patients and she provides assistance with advanced cardiac testing (echocardiograms and ECGs).  Hilarie strives to make every client’s visit to our office as stress free and informative as possible.

 

Outside of work, Hilarie enjoys reading, Jazzercise and spending time with her family.  Hilarie and her husband, Mark, have three children (Mariessa, Aubrielle and Brendan), two collie dogs, one cat, a guinea pig, rabbit, two parakeets and numerous fish.