DR. SCOTT SCHATZBERG, DVM, PHD, DACVIM
Co-Founder of The ANIC, Group Vice President and National Director of Specialty Medicine for Pathway Vet Alliance.
Scott Schatzberg, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology) is Group Vice President and National Director of Specialty Medicine for Pathway Veterinary Alliance. Prior to joining Pathway, Dr. Schatzberg founded and was CEO/CMO of The Animal Neurology & Imaging Centers (The ANICs) in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. In 2017, The ANICs partnered with Pathway and Dr. Schatzberg joined the senior leadership and operations teams. In the clinical world, Dr. Schatzberg is recognized as an international authority in the field of veterinary neurology. He completed his DVM and PhD at North Carolina State University and his neurology residency at Cornell University. Over the past two decades. Dr. Schatzberg has worked in hospital operations, specialty practices and academia, where he conducted field-changing research. In his spare time, Dr. Schatzberg enjoys the great outdoors skiing, mountain biking and trail running with his wife Dr. Katherine Cutter, their three “Z’s”, Zander, Zachary and Zoe, and the family Boxer Sophie.
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. SARAH STERLING, BVM&S
NEUROLOGY AND NEUROSURGERY RESIDENT
Dr. Sterling grew up in the beautiful city of Saratoga Springs, New York. She received undergraduate degrees in Psychobiology and Music from Binghamton University in New York, then travelled to Scotland to complete her veterinary degree at the University of Edinburgh in 2015. Dr. Sterling went on to complete an Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, followed by a Neurology and Neurosurgery Internship at Pieper Veterinary in Middletown, Connecticut in 2018. She then completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania’s Referral Center for Animal Models of Human Disease, with a focus on Neimann-Pick Disease Type C.
Dr. Sterling is fascinated by all aspects of clinical neurology, but has a particular interest in neurosurgery. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to new places, marathon-training, and serenading her two cats (Leeloo and Peach) on viola and guitar.
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!
DR. DEBBIE JAMES, DVM, DACVIM
Dr. James comes from Victoria, B.C., Canada. She received her DVM from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, followed by an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College. She then completed a residency in neurology and neurosurgery at the University of Georgia in 2003. Dr. James received her board certification in the ACVIM specialty of Neurology in 2003. She was a faculty member in Neurology at the University of Georgia until she moved to Toronto in the fall of 2004, where she was a medical and surgical neurologist at a multi-specialty referral hospital for 12 years. For the past 2 years, Dr. James has been practicing neurology at the Vancouver Animal Emergency and Referral Centre. She is a regular speaker at conferences and enjoys teaching and sharing her knowledge with colleagues. Dr. James is excited to be part of the ANIC team. In her spare time, she enjoys mountain biking, traveling, surfing, yoga, and a wide variety of outdoor activities with her dog Roo.
DR. ELIZABETH PASSMORE, DVM
Dr. Passmore is originally from northern Virginia just outside of the District of Colombia, 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. Seeking specialized training in neurology Dr. Passmore joined The ANIC as a neurology specialty intern, starting in their Arizona location and soon moving to the New Mexico location in January 2018. To continue practicing high quality medicine under phenomenal mentorship, Dr. Passmore accepted a 3-year position with The ANIC to complete a private practice residency in neurology and neurosurgery with board certification in 2021.
Dr. Passmore’s hobbies include hiking, skiing, 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.
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. MARY STALLINGS, DVM
Dr. Stallings is originally from southern California, where much of her family still lives. She developed an early appreciation for veterinary neurology, growing up with pets with seizures and disk disease. She spent much of her adult life in Northern California where she attended the University of California, Davis and graduated with a B.S in Animal Science with a minor in psychology. She spent several years working in an NIH funded neurobiology research facility. She returned to the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with her doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2015. She then embarked on one of many cross country moves over the next several years, starting out in Columbia, Missouri for a rotating internship at the University of Missouri. This was followed by a neurology specialty internship back in the San Francisco area with SAGE Veterinary emergency and specialty centers. Most recently she completed a second neurology specialty internship in Richmond, Virginia with Bush Veterinary Neurology Service. Dr. Stallings is excited to return west, and join the ANIC as a hospitalist in preparation for residency training.
When not studying or in the clinic, Dr. Stallings likes exploring new wineries, museums and restaurants with her fiancé, Tim. She also enjoys diving into a good book, playing board games, baking, watching Packers football and spending time with her four-legged family which includes her English Pointer Basil, and her cat Liz.
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.
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 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!
DR. PETER BROFMAN, DVM, DACVIM
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. LARA CURTIS, DVM
PRACTICE LIMITED TO NEUROLOGY
Dr. Curtis grew up in Washington State, and knew from a young age that she wanted to become a veterinarian. She attended Washington State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and was accepted for early admission to WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. It was not until her senior year of veterinary school that she found her passion for clinical veterinary neurology. Following graduation, she completed a rotating internship at a private practice in Northeast Ohio, but quickly returned to her home in the Pacific Northwest for a specialty internship in neurology that led to a private practice residency in Seattle. Her passions within neurology include spinal surgery as well as teaching and working with students, interns and her support staff.
Dr. Curtis relocated to Austin, excited to get to know a new city, with her two dogs, Maddie and Reggie. Besides veterinary medicine, Dr. Curtis is passionate about helping others find their calling, the Green Bay Packers and good Tex-Mex!
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.
DR. ROY “BOOGIE” YATES, DVM
Roy “Boogie” Yates, Jr. was born and raised in southeastern Louisiana on a show pig farm. Dr. Yates attended Louisiana State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 2002, followed by St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine where he earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2008. As part of the curriculum, he matriculated at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine for a clinical year of experience. Following his graduation from veterinary school, he completed a yearlong internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Louisiana Veterinary Referral Center, in Mandeville, Louisiana, now known as MedVet Mandeville. Dr. Yates spent a year and half working in the emergency service at MedVet Mandeville and at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species (ACRES), before completing a three-year residency in Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery at Metropolitan Veterinary Referral Group, in Akron, Ohio. Following his residency training, Dr. Yates and his wife worked in Scranton, PA for several years and immediately prior to joining Baton Rouge Veterinary Specialist, Dr. Yates was the Neurology and Neurosurgery Department representative for MedVet New Orleans and MedVet Mandeville.
Dr. Yates is an active advocate of continuing education for veterinary professionals and has lectured to veterinarians on a variety of neurology topics including the management of seizures, intervertebral disc disease, hydrocephalus, meningitis of unknown etiology, and head trauma. Dr. Yates is experienced in all aspects of small animal neurology/neurosurgery with particular interests in the management of seizures especially cluster seizures, meningitis, chiari-like malformation, syringomyelia, and intervertebral disc disease (IVDD).
When not treating patients, Dr. Yates enjoys a true country boy meets city girl relationship with his wife that has sustained many times of living up to 2500 miles apart. The household is commonly referred to as a “herd” of many species. When not spending time with his family, woodworking and anything Disney are other hobbies.