Physical Therapists: These are doctoral educated, California licensed and rehabilitation certified professionals that have taken their knowledge and experience treating humans and applied the same healing techniques to animals with amazing outcomes.

Veterinarians: These are all California licensed doctors of veterinary medicine. They each are certified in veterinary acupuncture and rehabilitation as well as having other specialized certifications in areas such as thermography, nutrition and herbal medicine.

Support Staff: Every staff member from the front office to the rehabilitation assistants have had previous experience working with animals. Each one of them has been handpicked by the owners of BARC for their compassionate love for animals and the field of rehabilitation.

Amy Kramer, PT, DPT, CCRT – Therapy Director

Dr. Kramer received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education and Recreation from Whittier College in 1990.  Following graduation, Dr. Kramer continued her education Cerritos College where she graduated with honors from the Physical Therapist Assistant program in 1993. Dr. Kramer worked in  a physical therapist owned orthopedic, private practice for seven years prior […]

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Andrea La Firenza – Rehab Assistant

Andrea has always been a dog lover growing up with a cocker spaniel and a Saint Bernard.  She has been working with dogs for over 4 years and is excited to be working now to improve their lives through rehabilitation.  She lives local and spends her free time at Disneyland.

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Ashia Hilliard – Rehab Assistant

Ashia was born and raised in Southern California.  She’s loved animals her whole life and has worked with them for about three years.  She’s excited to be on the team at BARC and have hands on experience helping dogs and cats rehabilitate.  In her spare time, Ashia likes to rollerblade in Hermosa Beach, spend time […]

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Carolyn LaRocca – Marketing Director

Carolyn brings many years experience in marketing for animal rehabilitation to her position at BARC.  She was previously in the catering business in all aspects including event planning, managing, staffing and sales.  She is happy to contribute her skills to BARC since she’s been an animal lover since her first rescue, a pet rabbit, at […]

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Catherine “Cat” Swisshelm – Rehab Assistant

Cat has been an animal lover since she was a child.  She has been working with dogs doing rehabilitation for several years and loves being able to make a difference in their life.  She builds great relationships with clients and patients alike and enjoys seeing the progress each pet makes with rehab.  In her spare […]

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David Cardena – Rehab Assistant

David has been working with animals in the rehabilitation setting for almost 10 years. He worked with animals in general practice before venturing into the rehab world. He is a master at working with animals in the underwater treadmill and is good with carts as well. In his spare time he enjoys being with his […]

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Debra Voulgaris, DVM, CVA, CCRP – Medical Director

After receiving her  Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Masters of Arts degree from the City University of New York at Hunter College, Dr. Voulgaris went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Ross University School of Veterinary medicine in 2005 completing […]

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Elizabeth Craig, DVM, CVA

Dr. Craig received her bachelor of science in Biology from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte in 2003 and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada in 2009.  After graduating with her DVM, she was initially drawn to emergency medicine and completed intensive medical training with internships […]

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Erin Bukofsky, PT, DPT

Erin Bukofsky, PT, DPT Dr. Bukofsky received her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Skidmore College in 2007. She gained a variety of experience working with animals after her undergraduate program, including studying koala husbandry in Australia, researching anteater behavior at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington D.C., interning at wildlife rehabilitation centers, and […]

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Gerson Rodriguez – Rehab Assistant

Gerson has worked with animals in the field of rehabilitation for over 6 years. He is specifically fond of helping animals recover from traumatic injury and has a way with clients. His cares for every pet as if it were his own. In his free time he enjoys spending time with friends and family and […]

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Italia Passanante – Rehab Assistant

Having grown up in a family of medical professionals and surrounded by pets, it seemed only fitting that studying to be a veterinarian would be her future.  Currently getting her bachelors degree at LMU, Italia has worked at several veterinary clinics and is excited to now get the opportunity to work in the field of […]

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Jaime Nalvarte – Reception

Jamie has been an animal lover since before she could remember so working in the veterinary field seemed only fitting.  Prior to joining BARC, she has always worked with animals in general practice and surgery.  Her passions revolve around animal care, fostering, bringing home elderly animals for hospice, rehabilitating wildlife, and volunteering with different animal […]

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Josh Schwartz, PT, DPT

Josh Schwartz, PT, DPT Growing up, Dr. Schwartz was consistently called his dog’s name by his mother.  He was convinced as a child that his name was Otis Schwartz.  He graduated from Temple University for his undergraduate studies, and then University of the Sciences in Philadelphia for his doctorate in physical therapy, where he graduated […]

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Linda Gonzalez – Reception

Linda has always been working in fields where customer service is key! She has received several accolades of excellence from her other employers. She loves helping people and pets alike and always strives to make every experience a pleasant one. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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Mariah Montes – Reception/Rehab Assistant

Mariah joins our team with enthusiasm for helping animals.  She has always had dogs from the time she was a little girl.  She is extremely personable and always available to help where needed.  In her spare time she enjoys cosmetology and watching Game of Thrones.

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Michelle Scheck – Office Manager/Accounts Payable

Michelle brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in both office management and customer service and client relations. For the past 27 years Michelle has owned, operated and managed all accounting and office staff in her family owned multi-million dollar recycling business. Michelle has also been a co-owner of several family owned investment and construction […]

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Nicole Schiff, DVM, CVA

Dr. Schiff received her Bachelor of Arts in Zoology from UC Davis in 1997, and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis in 2002. She has worked at several veterinary hospitals in Los Angeles and here in the South Bay practicing general medicine and surgery. Her fascination with acupuncture started as a teenager when […]

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