Our Clinicians & Staff

The ANIC neurologists combine their extensive knowledge with cutting edge technology to bring your pet the best treatments available in a compassionate way.

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Our Arizona Clinicians and Staff

DR. SCOTT SCHATZBERG, DVM, PHD, DACVIM
CO-FOUNDER OF THE ANIC, DIRECTOR OF PATHWAY NEUROLOGY
Dr. Schatzberg is an internationally recognized authority in the field of veterinary neurology. Dr. Schatzberg completed his veterinary studies and PhD at North Carolina State University and his neurology residency at Cornell University. Dr. Schatzberg has worked for the past ten years in both specialty practice and academia, conducting field-changing research and publishing over 100 manuscripts and book chapters.

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In addition to his current position as Director of Neurology at The ANIC, Dr. Schatzberg presently is an adjunct professor of neurology at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Schatzberg routinely lectures both nationally and internationally to general practitioners and veterinary specialists to increase knowledge and awareness of veterinary neurology.

In his spare time, he enjoys the great outdoors with his wife Dr. Katherine Cutter, their two boys, Zander and Zachary, and their daughter Zoe.

​​​DR. CARMEN YEAMANS, DVM
ASSOCIATE OF NEUROLOGY
Dr. Yeamans grew up in the Denver metropolitan area. She completed her undergraduate degree with Majors in Biochemistry and Animal Science at Colorado State University where she developed an interest in immunology. Following graduation, she spent time conducting immunological research at National Jewish Medical Research Center in Denver, CO. She went on to complete her Veterinary Degree at Kansas State University. She pursued advanced veterinary training through a rotating small animal internship at VCA Aurora and Berwyn hospitals in Chicagoland area after graduation. While there she developed a strong interest in surgery, and completed specialized training at SAGE Centers for Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care in the San Francisco Bay area in surgery. Here she continued to foster an interest in surgical neurology leading her to complete further specialty training in neurology and neurosurgery at Animal Specialty Group in Los Angeles. Dr. Yeamans completed her neurology/neurosurgery residency in 2014 at the University of Glasgow. She has been working in the southwest region since her return to the United States in 2015. Her interests include surgical neurology, brain tumor diagnosis and treatment and the challenge of immune mediated diseases of the central nervous system.

Dr. Yeamans’ leisure time typically involves the lake – where she loves to go fishing, boating and wakeboarding! She also loves to run, and is planning to complete another ½ marathon this fall.

DR. ILYSSA MEREN, DVM, DACVIM
ASSOCIATE OF NEUROLOGY
Dr. Meren grew up in New York City. She completed both her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 2009 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2013 from Cornell University. She then completed a rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City in 2014.

Her residency in neurology and neurosurgery was completed at Iowa State University in 2017. Dr. Meren is now board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Neurology.She is very excited to move to the sunny and warm Southwest to join the ANIC team. In her spare time, Dr. Meren enjoys spending time with her pets Keeva, Mosby, and Lily. She also enjoys photography and exploring the beauty of the Valley of the Sun.

DR. DAVID A. GEIGER, DVM
NEUROLOGY/NEUROSURGERY
Dr. Geiger received his BS from M.I.T. in 1999, DVM from Cornell University in 2003, and completed a residency in veterinary neurology and neurosurgery at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. He passed the ACVIM Neurology certifying exam in 2010, with board certification awaiting Master’s thesis defense. He previously completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego, and completed additional training in neuroimaging and neurosurgery at Canada West Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Geiger established the first Neurology/Neurosurgery service in San Francisco, and developed and operated full-time neurology/neurosurgery departments at several Bay Area area hospitals between 2009-2017. He also helped to launch the ANIC’s New Mexico hospital from 2013-2014. Since 2017, Dr. Geiger has offered locum clinical and consulting services to various multispecialty hospitals across the country. He is excited to rejoin the team at the ANIC!

Dr. Geiger is proficient in all areas of medical and surgical neurology, and has special interest in less-invasive spinal surgery techniques, use of novel spinal implant devices, and treatment of head and spinal trauma. He has authored publications on surgical and medical neurology,
neuropathology, and neurophysiology in companion animals and primates. He has presented continuing education lectures and seminars in the U.S. and internationally. He has extensive training and experience in the practical use of CT and MRI to diagnose and treat neurological disease in companion animals, and has served as a consultant for interpretation of advanced neuroimaging studies for both veterinary advanced imaging centers and multispecialty hospitals. He is a past president of the San Francisco Veterinary Medical Association and has enjoyed being active in local community outreach organizations.

Outside his veterinary practice, Dave’s interests include boating, motorcycling, mountaineering, and spending time in a hammock.

NATALIE
HOSPITAL MANAGER
Natalie is an east coast girl living in the western world. She grew up in Rhode Island and attended Johnson & Wales University, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in 2011, with a focus in Equine Studies. Her long-term career goal was to be a Professional Horse Trainer.

After the loss of her beloved horse, she felt it was time to take the next step in her life and realized her calling was in managerial business. Natalie moved to Arizona in fall of 2016 with her dog Ivy. She joined team ANIC as they opened their doors to a new location in Mesa, AZ. Her background in both business and management have allowed her to grow within the ANIC and implement new and exciting goals for herself in her career.

Although not training anymore, Natalie has recently gotten herself back into the equine industry and has taken up the sport of reining, ranch riding and western dressage. She plans to compete and become successful within these new and exciting disciplines and someday, own another horse when the time is right. Natalie is an extremely creative person and loves to build, design and fabricate costumes in her spare time. She also loves to hike, wakeboard and search for great places to eat!

STEPHANIE
CLIENT SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE
Stephanie is a new addition to the ANIC team as a Client Service Representative. She came to us with quite the extensive zoo keeping background where she took care of all types of animals, from alligators to elephants and everything in between. Stephanie knew from a young age that she loved helping and working with animals. She recently moved her family back to the Valley of the Sun this winter after being away in Oregon for 8 years and is excited to be a part of the team after her own dog Bailey became an unexpected patient. In her free time, she loves reading, art, visiting local zoos and aquariums, watching movies, and exploring nature. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, her dog, cat, two tortoises, and her leopard gecko.

Our Arizona Technicians

KAYLA
LEAD TECHNICIAN
Kayla has been working in the veterinary field since 2006, her love of animals propelling her into the field right out of high school. She has been with The Animal Neurology and Imaging Center since December of 2016 and plans to be here for a very long time. Kayla is always excited about education and is working towards obtaining her CVT. She has two dogs (Makoto, an 11-year-old Lab Mix and Kaida, a 2-year-old Shiba Inu) and two cats (Ayame, a 9-year-old domestic shorthair and Ru, a 6-year-old Siamese Mix). Her hobbies include reading, scrapbooking, drawing, and home renovations.
JADA
TECHNICIANJada is one of ANIC’s newest team members! With a smile on her face every day, she is excited to be part of the ANIC. Jada has been working in the veterinary field for about 5 years with a focus in general practice. She is extremely passionate about animals and takes great pride in her work. Jada has long-term goals of one day becoming a Veterinarian herself. She enjoys spending her “off-work” hours with her beautiful daughter, Asiana and has recently learned sign language!
SHANA
TECHNICIAN
Shana came to Arizona to study Biology at Arizona State University and got a Bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. After school, she started working at a general practice and emergency clinic where she fell in love with the veterinary field. She began working at the Animal Neurology and Imaging Center in April of 2017 and enjoys learning all about neurology care. She will be pursuing further education to gain her Certification as a Veterinary Technician and hopes to eventually become a certified Neurology Technician. She has a guinea pig (Slick) and 3 ferrets (Toby, Noodles, and Spätzle). She just finished a yearlong volunteer Primate Keeper position at the Phoenix Zoo. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, whether it is hiking, wakeboarding, wake surfing, or learning how to hydro-foil. Pretty much anything to do with the water.
JOLINDA
TECHNICIAN
Jolinda joined team ANIC in fall of 2016 and tells everyone she has been “the happiest and luckiest technician ever since!” She takes great pride and dedicates herself to outstanding patient care. She has been in the veterinary field for twelve years, with four of those recent years as a certified veterinary technician. Jolinda says that “The ANIC has become my forever home, and with their love, support and care I will continue to learn and grow within the ANIC Nation.”Along with the enjoyment of being part of our team, she is also looking forward to achieving her goal for becoming a veterinary technician specialist in Neurology. She enjoys her time with our team, clients and patients and strives to turn each day into a great and joyful one!

CHRISTINE
TECHNICIAN

Christine grew up knowing she wanted to help the sick be well again. She has worked in the veterinary field for 20 plus years, gaining her CVT license in 2004. She has worked in referral practices, emergency centers, as a veterinary oncology technician and now as a neurology technician. In her spare time she enjoys reading, knitting, hiking and exploring the fun of Phoenix with her husband. She and her husband have two fur baby cats Blake and Katy.

Our New Mexico Clinicians and Staff

DR. SCOTT SCHATZBERG, DVM, PHD, DACVIM
CO-FOUNDER OF THE ANIC, DIRECTOR OF PATHWAY NEUROLOGY
Dr. Schatzberg is an internationally recognized authority in the field of veterinary neurology. Dr. Schatzberg completed his veterinary studies and PhD at North Carolina State University and his neurology residency at Cornell University. Dr. Schatzberg has worked for the past ten years in both specialty practice and academia, conducting field-changing research and publishing over 100 manuscripts and book chapters.

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In addition to his current position as Director of Neurology at The ANIC, Dr. Schatzberg presently is an adjunct professor of neurology at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Schatzberg routinely lectures both nationally and internationally to general practitioners and veterinary specialists to increase knowledge and awareness of veterinary neurology.

In his spare time, he enjoys the great outdoors with his wife Dr. Katherine Cutter, their two boys, Zander and Zachary, and their daughter Zoe.

PictureDR. PETER BROFMAN, DVM, DACVIM
ASSOCIATE NEUROLOGIST
Dr. Brofman grew up in Armonk, NY but spent the past 11 years practicing neurology and neurosurgery in private practices in North Carolina and South Carolina. He joined The ANIC in August 2015, bringing his veterinary neurology and neurosurgical expertise to the sunny Southwest!

Dr. Brofman received his Bachelor of Science from Tufts University and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. He completed a residency in internal medicine at The Animal Medical Center in New York City then pursued his true calling to neurology when he completed his internal medicine residency in 2001. He was selected to train at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine for a concurrent three-year residency in neurology and a Master’s in Veterinary Science. Dr. Brofman is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in both neurology and internal medicine specialties. He has extensive experience in all aspects of both surgical and medical neurology with particular interest in spinal trauma and surgery, yet he still enjoys using his knowledge of internal medicine to help him approach cases with a broader perspective. Dr. Brofman’s practice philosophy focuses on quality of life for both his patients and their owners.

Dr. Brofman is very active in the neurology and veterinary communities. He is:

  • a founding member of the Veterinary Neurosurgical Society
  • a member of the exam committee responsible for administering and evaluating the certification exam for The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine-Neurology Specialty
  • the Neurology Section editor for the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association
  • a member of the The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society

He also routinely provides continuing education lectures for veterinarians and pet owners locally and out-of-state.

DR. MICHELLE TENSLEY, DVM, MS, DACVIM
ASSOCIATE OF NEUROLOGY
Dr. Tensley is one of the newest associate neurologists at The ANIC, but is no stranger to The ANIC Nation. She first joined the team in 2014 to complete her residency training program in our New Mexico office under the guidance of Drs. Schatzberg and Brofman. She is now board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Neurology.

Dr. Tensley grew up in Ohio and obtained her bachelor’s degree in Zoology from The Ohio State University. Her veterinary degree was obtained at Colorado State University, where she also completed a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences. Her love of neurology led her to pursue advanced training including a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Ohio State Veterinary Teaching Hospital and a neurology internship at the VCA Animal Specialty Center in Columbia, SC.

In her spare time, Dr. Tensley enjoys exploring the outdoors and watching Buckeye football with her husband, Todd, and son, Cooper (who is an honorary member of The ANIC Nation, having arrived during her residency). They also share their home with a goofy great dane named Pearl and huggable cat named Monte.

DR. DAVID A. GEIGER, DVM
NEUROLOGY/NEUROSURGERY
Dr. Geiger received his BS from M.I.T. in 1999, DVM from Cornell University in 2003, and completed a residency in veterinary neurology and neurosurgery at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. He passed the ACVIM Neurology certifying exam in 2010, with board certification awaiting Master’s thesis defense. He previously completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego, and completed additional training in neuroimaging and neurosurgery at Canada West Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Geiger established the first Neurology/Neurosurgery service in San Francisco, and developed and operated full-time neurology/neurosurgery departments at several Bay Area area hospitals between 2009-2017. He also helped to launch the ANIC’s New Mexico hospital from 2013-2014. Since 2017, Dr. Geiger has offered locum clinical and consulting services to various multispecialty hospitals across the country. He is excited to rejoin the team at the ANIC!

Dr. Geiger is proficient in all areas of medical and surgical neurology, and has special interest in less-invasive spinal surgery techniques, use of novel spinal implant devices, and treatment of head and spinal trauma. He has authored publications on surgical and medical neurology,
neuropathology, and neurophysiology in companion animals and primates. He has presented continuing education lectures and seminars in the U.S. and internationally. He has extensive training and experience in the practical use of CT and MRI to diagnose and treat neurological disease in companion animals, and has served as a consultant for interpretation of advanced neuroimaging studies for both veterinary advanced imaging centers and multispecialty hospitals. He is a past president of the San Francisco Veterinary Medical Association and has enjoyed being active in local community outreach organizations.

Outside his veterinary practice, Dave’s interests include boating, motorcycling, mountaineering, and spending time in a hammock.

DR. ELIZABETH PASSMORE, DVM
NEUROLOGY INTERN
Dr. Passmore is originally from northern Virginia, and developed a love for veterinary medicine despite growing up in a family of engineers. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with honors and a minor in Biological Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Her pursuit of veterinary medicine took her west to the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where she earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2016. She then completed a small animal rotating internship in medicine and surgery at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 2017. Dr. Passmore joins the ANIC as a neurology specialty intern to prepare for a rigorous residency training program in neurology.
Dr. Passmore’s hobbies include horse riding, yoga, playing flute, and flying general aviation aircraft. If not in the clinic, she can be found exploring the outdoors, spoiling her two rescue Cavalier Spaniels, and finding the tastiest places to eat in town.

Mrs. KING
PRACTICE MANAGER
Denal comes to us with over 20 years working in the veterinary field. She has practiced emergency medicine in both New Mexico and Arizona. Soon after Denal moved back to New Mexico she joined the ANIC family and has found a place to call home. Denal is now our practice manager and enjoys marketing for our company. When she isn’t at the clinic Denal and her husband David enjoy camping, fishing, hiking and kayaking. Denal and David have five children, two grandchildren, one dog Rylee Jean, one cat AudreyHepburn and a bunny named GraceKelly.

KELSEY K.
CLIENT SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE
Kelsey is the Lead Customer Service Representative at The Animal Neurology and Imaging Center in New Mexico, and has come to us with over 7 years of experience. Kelsey is originally from San Diego, CA where she lived until she was 25 and worked for a few general practice veterinary offices learning veterinary assistant, pharmaceutical and customer service skills for about 3 years, and then found her passion for specialty care and worked at the VCA Animal Specialty Group in various specialty departments for the last 4 years before re-locating to New Mexico in February 2016. Kelsey loves working here and loves animals of all types.

Kelsey had pets, primarily dogs, since she was 3 years old and grew to have a great love for them and the enjoyment and love they bring to a household. Kelsey has 3 pets of her own 2 Australian Shepherds and a new addition a Sharpei/Shepherd Mix. Kelsey has many fun hobbies and activities that she enjoys such as dance (in various styles) and bowling. Kelsey is currently active in several leagues throughout the year. Kelsey also enjoys long walks with the dogs, watching movies and finding new restaurants to try. As a life goal Kelsey wants to finish her academic studies in Nursing and pursue a career in Human Health Care.

KELSEY F.
TECHNICIAN MANAGER
Kelsey is a veterinary technician and technician manager at the ANIC in New Mexico. She has always had a passion for animals and has decided to make a career out of caring for them. Kelsey comes to us with over 14 years of experience and has worked in many different types of veterinary medicine. She joined our neurology group a little over three years ago and has since found her clinic home. Kelsey is a New Mexico native and currently lives in Albuquerque with her husband and son, they also have three fur babies that run the house!

Our Texas Clinicians and Staff

DR. SCOTT SCHATZBERG, DVM, PHD, DACVIM
CO-FOUNDER OF THE ANIC, DIRECTOR OF PATHWAY NEUROLOGY
Dr. Schatzberg is an internationally recognized authority in the field of veterinary neurology. Dr. Schatzberg completed his veterinary studies and PhD at North Carolina State University and his neurology residency at Cornell University. Dr. Schatzberg has worked for the past ten years in both specialty practice and academia, conducting field-changing research and publishing over 100 manuscripts and book chapters.

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In addition to his current position as Director of Neurology at The ANIC, Dr. Schatzberg presently is an adjunct professor of neurology at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Schatzberg routinely lectures both nationally and internationally to general practitioners and veterinary specialists to increase knowledge and awareness of veterinary neurology.

In his spare time, he enjoys the great outdoors with his wife Dr. Katherine Cutter, their two boys, Zander and Zachary, and their daughter Zoe.

PictureDR. PETER BROFMAN, DVM, DACVIM
ASSOCIATE NEUROLOGIST
Dr. Brofman grew up in Armonk, NY but spent the past 11 years practicing neurology and neurosurgery in private practices in North Carolina and South Carolina. He joined The ANIC in August 2015, bringing his veterinary neurology and neurosurgical expertise to the sunny Southwest!

Dr. Brofman received his Bachelor of Science from Tufts University and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. He completed a residency in internal medicine at The Animal Medical Center in New York City then pursued his true calling to neurology when he completed his internal medicine residency in 2001. He was selected to train at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine for a concurrent three-year residency in neurology and a Master’s in Veterinary Science. Dr. Brofman is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in both neurology and internal medicine specialties. He has extensive experience in all aspects of both surgical and medical neurology with particular interest in spinal trauma and surgery, yet he still enjoys using his knowledge of internal medicine to help him approach cases with a broader perspective. Dr. Brofman’s practice philosophy focuses on quality of life for both his patients and their owners.

Dr. Brofman is very active in the neurology and veterinary communities. He is:

  • a founding member of the Veterinary Neurosurgical Society
  • a member of the exam committee responsible for administering and evaluating the certification exam for The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine-Neurology Specialty
  • the Neurology Section editor for the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association
  • a member of the The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society

He also routinely provides continuing education lectures for veterinarians and pet owners locally and out-of-state.

KATHERINE
TECHNICIAN MANAGER
Katherine joined The ANIC in 2016, and is the Hospital Manager/Lead Technician at the Round Rock, Texas location. Katherine grew up in Gallup, New Mexico. She obtained her B.A. in Anthropology while attending Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. From there her studies took her to Bel-Rea Institute in Denver, Colorado where she graduated with a A.A.S. and technician certification. Upon graduation, she obtained a position with VCA Alameda East as an overnight ICU/Emergency technician for two years until her move back to New Mexico. Once back in New Mexico Katherine began working with a multi-specialty veterinary practice for four years, where she worked primarily in emergency and surgery departments, but also helped in internal medicine. With the specialized team at the ANIC, Katherine has found her true passion in neurology with the combination of advanced diagnostics, anesthesia, and a high level of patient care.

Our neurologists are available 24/7 for emergency consultations and services. Please contact us for help if your pet experiencing symptoms of neurological dysfunction.

The neurologists at The ANIC provide the specialized care your pet needs. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

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