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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 spending time with his wife and kids, weight lifting and wrestling with his 98 lb Rhodesian Ridgeback (Hurricane). Dr. Brown also has 2 trouble-making cats (Cloud and Lulu).

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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 and her husband are the proud parents of 2 very active children and spend much of their free time attending their sporting events. She is the happy mom of a Cavalier King Charles spaniel named Duffy Daugherty (GO GREEN!).

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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 traveling across Michigan camping with her family and friends. Julie shares her home with her husband Derek, her son Cody and dog (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 and spending time with her husband and two daughters. They also have two dogs, Billy and Colt.

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Christine Baker, LVT is licensed by the state of Michigan as a licensed veterinary technician. Christine graduated from Macomb Community College in 2004 with an Associates of Applied Sciences in Veterinary Technology. Christine worked for several years in general practice followed by 7 years at an Oncology Specialty practice. Christine joined Veterinary Cardiology Consultants in September of 2014.

When Christine isn’t working she enjoys spending her time with her daughter, Ava. They recently welcomed 2 kittens, Walter and Donny to their family.

Tabitha Brown, LVT is licensed by the State of Michigan as a veterinary technician. Tabitha is a graduate of Macomb Community College where she received her Associates degree in Applied Science in 2005, graduating with summa cum laude honors. Tabitha joined Veterinary Cardiology Consultants in 2016. She has extensive experience and knowledge in feline medicine, having worked exclusively with cats for 13 years. Tabitha’s experience with handling anxious cats reduces the need for sedation and facilitates lower stress diagnostic testing. She provides nursing care to our hospitalized patients and provides assistance with advanced cardiac testing, including basic echocardiography, ECG, Holter monitoring and blood pressure monitoring. At home, Tabitha has a Rhodesian Ridgeback (Hurricane), Tonkinese cat (Cloud) and a tortoiseshell cat (Lulu). In her spare time, Tabitha enjoys spending time with her family, attending concerts, visiting Michigan breweries and playing World of Warcraft.

Andrea Lundgren, LVT, joined the Veterinary Cardiology team in the spring of 2015. She graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Wayne County Community College and earned her license in the summer of 2015. She works at both the Ann Arbor and Novi locations. Andrea provides nursing care to our hospitalized patients and she provides assistance with advanced cardiac testing (echocardiograms and ECGs).


When Andrea is not working, she enjoys running, bicycling and boating with her husband Dan. Together they have two dogs Lexi and Lola.

Sarah Marsh, LVT is licensed by the State of Michigan. She obtained both her Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology and her Masters of Science in Integrative Pharmacology and Toxicology from Michigan State University. Sarah’s previous work experience with Dr. DeSana back in the early days of both their careers enticed her to join Veterinary Cardiology Consultant’s practice. She has enjoyed working with this great group of doctors and technicians and expanding her previous work experiences in research in a clinical setting. She has immensely enjoyed the return to practice and loves to see her patients and owners enjoy their valuable time together in comfort. When not at work, Sarah likes to ride the trails on her beloved horse (Muppet), spend time with her cute pups (Dodge & Fozzie Bear), and be trained by her cats (Orange Crush, Midge, & Merlin). She also enjoys hitting the ORV trails with her husband Ed, and cooking out on their deck in the summertime.

 

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Manar Ursan, LVT is licensed by the State of Michigan. Manar is a graduate from Baker College where she received an Associate’s degree in applied science in 2012. Manar has worked in emergency veterinary medicine for 7 years after receiving her degree. Manar has recently joined the Veterinary Cardiology Consultants team in August, 2019.

 

When Manar isn’t working she enjoys reading, watching movies and spending time with her 5 year old daughter, Ramona. She also has an 8 year old cat named Elvirah.

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Katie Wenner, BS, LVT, VTS 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. In 2013, Katie earned her credentials as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in the field of cardiology. Katie has a passion for cats and is experienced in low-stress handling of our more fractious and anxious feline friends. Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and very bad cat, Petey.
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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, Boot Camp and spending time with her family.  Hilarie and her husband, Mark, have three children (Mariessa, Aubrielle and Brendan), one collie dog (Shayleigh) and four guinea pigs.