Meet our talented veterinarians.
Dr. Debra Hoffman
Orginally from Chicago, Dr. Hoffman moved to Los Angeles in 1979 after graduating from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She opened the Ventura Blvd Animal Clinic in 1982. In 1990, Dr. Hoffman purchased the Tarzana Pet Clinic and combined the two practices. In 2003, she built a new, larger, state-of-the-art hospital to better serve her patients’ needs.
Dr. Hoffman enjoys visiting her two daughters, walking, traveling, and reading.
Dr. Gayle Grasmehr
A native of California, Dr. Grasmehr attended Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating in 1993, she joined the Tarzana Pet Clinic.
Dr. Grasmehr enjoys gardening, swimming, cooking, and spending time with her twin nieces and nephew.
Dr. Israel Swann
Dr. Israel Swann grew up in a small town in Southwest Texas with dogs and horses where his love for animals and biological sciences sparked his interest in veterinary medicine early in his life. He worked as a veterinary assistant in small animal practice before attending Mississippi State University, College of Veterinary Medicine where he earned his DVM degree. He was presented with the Robert Rosenthal Senior Student Award, presented by the Veterinary Cancer Society to the senior veterinary student deemed to have outstanding aptitude for, and competence in, the diagnosis, treatment and general care of companion animals affected by malignant disease.
After graduation, Dr. Swann worked with small animals and exotics in Southern California, and he became Fear Free certified. He also volunteered his time with community programs providing free health care services for low income and homeless populations in the Los Angeles region. He is a member of the California Veterinary Medical Reserves Corps, a volunteer organization which mobilizes veterinary teams in response to natural disasters to affected communities.
Dr. Swann was featured on Season 9 of “Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER” on Nat Geo Wild where his passion for medicine and compassion for his patients is evident. Outside of clinical practice, Dr. Swann has volunteered his skills to assist with trap, neuter and release programs designed to control feral cat over-populations to provide better lives for individuals as well as populations of both felines and native wildlife that are affected.
In addition to veterinary medicine, Dr. Swann is also very passionate about working towards zoological and species conservation as well as environmental habitat preservation. The West Coast is home, and he has returned to California and joined the Tarzana Pet Clinic team to continue his work with domestic and exotic animal species, as well as to contribute his skills towards conservation, rehabilitation, and preservation efforts.
Trusted veterinary care for the pets of Tarzana, CA and the surrounding communities
Since 1990, the Tarzana Pet Clinic has been a landmark in The Valley for compassionate veterinary care. Located just east of Reseda on Burbank Blvd., the Tarzana Pet Clinic offers the ultimate in quality service for both dogs and cats. We care about your pets!
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