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Our mission to provide compassionate and comprehensive veterinary care for your pet begins with a knowledgeable and caring staff. With over 120 years of practice experience, our veterinarians offer a diverse range of experience and interests. They are assisted by an extremely caring and capable staff dedicated to the health and comfort of your pets.

In-House Veterinarians

Dan Dessauer, DVM
Asked why he became a veterinarian, Dr. Dan Dessauer replied, “I don’t know. When I was a kid, I had an alligator in my bathtub; my dad was a biochemist studying reptilian genetics. My mother was a cat lady. I guess I’m a hybrid.”

Lafitte Dessauer

Dr. Dan grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. Initially, he studied plant breeding and received an MS in horticulture from the University of Florida. Later, he switched directions, applied, and was accepted into the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine - in the same class as Dr. Susie Fuselier. After graduating in 1983, he spent some time working with Drs. Susie and Bob in a group practice in Baton Rouge. Later, he worked in a clinic specializing in feline medicine and surgery and volunteered at the SPCA in New Orleans.

In 1985, Dr. Dan came to Los Alamos, beginning his practice here as a house call veterinarian. A year or so later, he set up his practice in the Small Business Center on Eastgate Drive, which became the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos. In addition to internal medicine and geriatrics, Dr. Dan continues to enjoy making house calls. He has also volunteered through the ‘Helping Paws Across Borders’ organization, spaying and neutering animals at a shelter facility in the Bahamas.

Besides his human family and friends, Dr. Dan’s loves include his Labrador retriever, Lafitte: “If I had as many friends as that dog, I’d run for governor.” His other interests include basketball (more of an obsession), gardening, and all things New Orleans.

Cheri Fuselier

Bob Fuselier, DVM and Susie Fuselier, DVM
Dr. Bob Fuselier is a 1982 graduate of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. His childhood interests in nature, animals, and science evolved into a desire to be a veterinarian. His career has included farm animal medicine and surgery in western North Carolina, public health work in rural Honduras, vascular research in Louisiana, and small animal medicine and surgery in Louisiana, North Carolina, and New Mexico. He has shared his career with his wife and fellow veterinarian, Susie Park Fuselier. Drs. Bob and Susie joined the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos in 1993. Today, Dr. Bob’s veterinary interests include emergency medicine, surgery, dentistry and behavioral medicine.

Dr. Bob’s interest in his community has taken him beyond veterinary medicine. In 1995, Dr. Bob helped establish a sister-parish relationship between his church in Los Alamos and the Nuestro Pequeños Hermanos orphanage in Honduras, an orphanage where his wife Dr. Susie and he had volunteered in the late 1980’s. In addition to raising funds for the orphanage, the relationship has enabled nearly one hundred Los Alamos area high school students and adults to visit and volunteer in rural Honduras.

Since the late 1990’s, Dr. Bob has been a director of the Los Alamos Housing Partnership. The LAHP, a nonprofit corporation, works with government and for-profit companies to bring affordable housing to Los Alamos County. LAHP’s projects include a 120-unit, mixed-income housing development in White Rock.

In 2011, Dr. Bob founded the Afghan Sister Village Project. The ASVP is modeled on the concepts of Sister Cities International. One of the ASVP’s goals is to connect the youth from Afghanistan with those from the US. As part of that goal, the ASVP has helped connect LAHS students with students in Lashkar Gah and Jalalabad, Afghanistan through letter exchanges and social networking programs. In 2011, the ASVP put its support behind Green Village Schools (http://www.greenvillageschools.org/) and Project PeacePal (http://www.peacepal.org/) to help bring education to rural Afghanistan. As of the end of 2013, over $20,000 has been raised to help build the first school in Sarkar, Helmand Provence. 

Dr. Bob’s interest in behavior medicine has led to him teaching countless elementary-aged children how to avoid being bitten by dogs. Dr. Bob, accompanied by his dog Cherie, demonstrates the role that nonverbal communication has in human-dog relationships and teaches how the proper use of nonverbal communication can lessen the chance of being attacked.

Dr. Bob’s other hobbies include hiking the mountains around Los Alamos, writing, and spending time with his four grandchildren.

Joey Fuselier and Louie

Dr. Susie Fuselier remembers clearly the moment she decided to be a veterinarian. In seventh grade, her dog Skeezicks (a dachshund cross) herniated a disk jumping off her bed and was immediately paralyzed. Since there were no emergency surgery facilities for dogs then as there are now, Skeezicks was euthanized. Ever since that difficult moment, Susie wanted to help families take care of their pets.

As the daughter of an Air Force pilot, Dr. Susie grew up in six states in the mid US. Influenced by her father’s career, she applied and was accepted into the Air Force Academy in the first year that women were accepted. When the Air Force suspended its professional career opportunities, Dr. Susie transferred to Louisiana State University for her pre-veterinary years. She was accepted into LSU’s School of Veterinary Medicine two years later. In addition to the many stresses found in a veterinary medical program, she dealt with the many challenges of dating her eventual husband, Bob Fuselier. Dr. Susie graduated in 1983 in the same class as Dr. Dan Dessauer.

Dr. Susie’s veterinary career has included small animal medicine and surgery in Louisiana, North Carolina, and New Mexico and microvascular research in Louisiana. In the late 1980’s, she and Dr. Bob volunteered at the Nuestro Pequeños Hermanos orphanage in Honduras. In addition to the many tasks she performed working with and teaching the children, Dr. Susie was the medical administrator for the orphanage. Today, her veterinary interests include preventative medicine and dentistry.

Dr. Susie’s numerous hobbies include tennis, knitting, crocheting, sewing, and baking. In addition to keeping her husband, Dr. Bob, out of trouble and supporting him in his many endeavors, she remains a devoted mother to her three adult children and Gramsie to her four grandchildren.

The Fuselier pet family is presently at two: Casey, a King Charles Cavalier who’s as dedicated to Dr. Susie as he was to her Dad, and Cherie, a pound dog who enjoys visiting elementary classes and protecting her home and family from all forms of imaginary invaders. Often a part of their household is the Fuselier’s grandcat, Louie.

Gypsy Johnson

Sabina R. Johnson, DVM
Growing up with a variety of animals on her grandmother’s ranch in Centennial, Wyoming, Dr. Sabina Johnson’s interest in becoming a veterinary began at a very early age. She attended the University of Wyoming for part of her undergraduate program then went to Oregon State University and Washington State University to finish her Bachelors of Science in veterinary medicine and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in1993.

Artemis and Athena Johnson

Dr. Sabina joined the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos in 1998. Her interests include geriatric medicine, dental radiography and oral surgery, chronic and infectious diseases, and clinical pathology. 

Dr. Johnson’s family pets currently include two older feline friends, Buddy and Charlie, and two kittens, Athena and Artimus. The family recently lost their canine friend of 14 plus years. Gypsy, a foundling German shepherd, loved to hike, keep the squirrels and deer out of the garden, and was a special part of the family. Gypsy will be missed. 

Dr. Johnson’s hobbies and interests include hiking, biking, skiing and gardening with her husband and three kids.

 

Julie Kliesch, DVM
Dr. Julie Kliesch’s interest in medicine and patient care first led her to a degree in physical therapy. She practiced in this field for 10 years, but her love of dogs and cats eventually guided her to a second career as a veterinarian. Dr. Julie is a 2002 graduate of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She interned at Auburn University in internal medicine and dermatology the following two years.

In 2005, Dr. Julie joined the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos.  Her interest in dermatology and internal medicine continues, offering our other veterinarians an in-house consultant for those difficult cases.

Kona and Honey Kliesch Luna & Mia Kliesch Dr. Julie's Family

Dr. Julie’s furry family consists of two dogs and two cats rescued from various locations. The dogs are Kona, a 9-year old chocolate lab with 2 titanium knees, and Honey, a 5-year old cocker spaniel/papillon mix, who thinks the sofa belongs to her. The sofa, however, is actually owned by the two calico cats: Luna, 9 years old, and Mia, 4 years old. Luna and Mia will allow Julie and husband Chris to use the sofa, but only to provide warm laps to curl up in.

Jacqueline Reardon, DVM
Dr. Jacqueline (Kottenstette) Reardon grew up with a turtle, fish, and her dear Cocker Spaniel, Ebony. Her love of animals deepened as she rode horses and helped on her friend’s ranch, eventually leading her to study biology.

Sandy and Jangle Reardon

Dr. Jacque earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Colorado State University in 2000, with a minor in Anatomy and Neurobiology. Her interest in veterinary medicine grew during her studies in the anatomy program’s animal focus option. Interested in helping bring new life into the world, performing surgery, studying medicine, and helping people with their pets, she decided to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine.

After finishing her B.S., Dr. Jacque assisted at a veterinary emergency clinic in her hometown of Pueblo, CO. During that time, she also volunteered at Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Center in Hawaii. Her interest in the care and training of dolphins, their intelligence, and their unique sonar capabilities furthered her desire to be a veterinarian.

Dr. Jacque attended the veterinary school at the University of Illinois. During the summer of her first year, she volunteered with the Remote Area Medical program, vaccinating pets and performing surgeries on a North Dakota reservation. With Sandy, her yellow lab, Dr. Jacque also visited nursing homes and taught elementary students about the possibilities of veterinary careers.

Sandy and Rascal Reardon

After graduating, fond memories of her Uncle’s home in Albuquerque brought Dr. Jacque to New Mexico. For the first year and a half, she practiced large and small animal medicine and surgery in Santa Fe. In 2007, she joined the staff at the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos. She loves surgery, interesting medical cases, and of course happy puppies and kittens with no worries or cares in the world! Jacque has volunteered with the ‘Helping Paws Across Borders’ in the Bahamas, spaying and neutering dogs and helping to set up their new humane society and surgery suite. She also helps as a veterinarian at the Espanola Animal Shelter.

Dr. Jacque and her family have an energetic Lab named Jangle. Carefully watching over everyone is their cat, Rascal. She and her family dearly miss their yellow Lab Sandy, who kept them company for 13 plus years. He tolerated a lot of palpation during her anatomy course in veterinary school and was a dear family member and hiking companion.

In addition to rock-climbing and running trails, triathlons, and marathons with her husband Brian, Dr. Jacque enjoys singing, reading science fiction and nonfiction, dancing, and outdoor adventures with her family, which has grown to include a rambunctious, fun loving daughter.

 

Visiting Ultrasound Veterinarian

Craig McInnis, DVM
Since he was ten years old, Dr. Craig McInnis knew he wanted to be a veterinarian. He attended Texas A&M University on an Air Force scholarship, graduating in 1976.  To fulfill his military obligation, he spent the next three years in the Air Force practicing small animal medicine in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Hahn AFB in Germany. 

Deisel and Inde McInnis

After military service, he returned to his hometown of Houston, practicing small animal medicine there for two years. He returned to Germany and joined a small animal practice in the small village of Birkenfeld. In 1984, he came back to the US and began focusing on emergency medicine. During that time, he served as a consultant for Cardiopet and Dr. Larry Tilley’s VetMedFax.

Dr. McInnis currently owns and operates Echo Services for Pets, a mobile ultrasound service for dogs and cats in northern New Mexico. In addition to seeing patients at local veterinary hospitals, Dr. McInnis and his wife Karen travel across the US teaching ultrasound courses to veterinarians. He has also created a series of instructional DVD’s to share the knowledge he’s gained in over twenty years of ultrasound experience.

Dr. McInnis and Karen currently have two pets, both found abandoned along their trips in New Mexico and California. Inde, born in 2002, is a yorkiepoo who often joins them on their trips as their business manager. Like most cats, their 7-year old cat, Diesel, is happy staying at home and playing in front of their fireplace.

Dr. McInnis performs abdominal and cardiac ultrasounds at our hospital by appointment. For more information about Dr. McInnis’ work, please visit his website: www.veterinaryultrasoundtraining.com

   
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