Our Doctors

Our Doctors 2020-07-27T01:17:17+00:00

Chloe Park

cpark@pahsimivalley.com

Dr. Chloe Park is an associate veterinarian at Park Animal Hospital. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, and she also lived briefly in Japan. She studied psychobiology at UCLA, then moved to Ohio to earn her doctorate in veterinary medicine at The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!). After graduating, she moved back to California to be closer to her family. Dr. Park is a trilingual fluent in English, Korean, and Japanese.

Dr. Park’s professional interests include emergency medicine, internal medicine, and soft tissue surgery. She lives in Simi Valley with her two cats, Fruitcake and Violet. In her free time, she enjoys playing music (keyboard and drums), hiking, and wine tasting. She is excited to take care of all of your pets!

Dr. Joanne Kang

jkang@pahsimivalley.com

Dr. Joanne Kang was born and raised in Los Angeles and started her career in high school working at a local animal clinic to learn how to better take care of her own dogs. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree at Occidental College, she gained more experience working as a veterinary assistant. During her final year of college, she studied abroad in Australia, where she further studied the relationship between humans, animals, and the environment.

Her love for international perspectives and experiences led her to attend veterinary school at St. George’s University in the Caribbean island of Grenada. She completed her clinical rotations at Oregon State University, where she developed a particular interest for internal medicine and cardiology.

After school, she came back home to sunny California and has since worked in general practice to promote the human-animal relationship one pet at a time. Her current fur family consists of her two cats, Blackie and Khaleesi.

Dr. Katherine Gerster

kgerster@pahsimivalley.com

Growing up with two veterinarians for parents, and a love for animals, Dr. Katherine Gerster always knew that this was her dream career. Dr. Gerster grew up in a small town outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and has been working in the veterinary field since she was 16. After attending Michigan State University for undergrad, she moved away from home to attend veterinary school. Dr. Gerster received her veterinary degree from Midwestern University in Arizona and moved to California to be with her fiancé.

Dr. Gerster’s professional interests include urgent care, internal medicine and exotic animal medicine.  She shares her home with a dog, cat and multiple reptiles. In her free time she enjoys exploring Simi Valley and its neighboring cities. Dr. Katherine Gerster is so excited to be a part of Park Animal Hospital and looks forward to meeting all of your pets.

Dr. Lindsay Hynek

lhynek@pahsimivalley.com

Dr. Lindsay Hynek is an associate veterinarian at Park Animal Hospital, working primarily with dogs and cats. She hails from the east coast where she discovered her passion for caring for those that cannot care for themselves. Dr. Hynek has been involved with wildlife rehabilitation, horse care, and equine competitions since she could walk and talk. It was her love of animals and the sciences that inspired her to pursue her calling as a veterinarian. Dr. Hynek earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine in the great white north of Canada at Atlantic Veterinary College on Prince Edward Island. She is also internship-trained in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery from Michigan Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Hynek is USDA certified.

Dr. Hynek has a passion for diagnostic imaging, emergency and internal medicine, nutrition and hospice care, with plans to expand her training into canine physical therapy, rehabilitation and veterinary acupuncture. Diagnostic imaging’s non-invasive modalities can shed so much light on the health and wellbeing of our pets. Physical therapy and acupuncture can fill in the gaps sometimes left by western medicine.

Dr. Hynek has volunteered at the California Wildlife Center as well as the Oakland zoo. She was even a nest guarder for the California Condor. She loves hiking with her husband Justin, her daughter Ella and their German Shepherd, Duke. While in the wilderness she strives to live by the mantra of “leave no trace.”  It reminds her of the interconnectedness of all living things and how we all have to take care of each other.

Lorena Garcia Menendez

lmenendez@pahsimivalley.com

Dr. Lucy Cohen

lcohen@pahsimivalley.com

Dr. Cohen was born in San Francisco and raised in Woodland hills. She started working in various veterinary practices at the age of sixteen, and worked as an
assistant horse trainer until entering veterinary school.

After graduating from the Atlantic veterinary college on Prince Edward Island, Canada, she decided to never again live where the ocean can freeze solid. Instead,
she moved to Coos Bay, Oregon where she treated dogs and cats on both a preventative and urgent care basis. Deciding that Oregon was still too cold, she
decided to pack up and move back home where “freezing weather” actually means sixty degrees and cloudy.

Dr. Cohen has a strong interest in geriatric medicine, ophthalmology, internal medicine, soft tissue surgery and acupuncture. She is currently in the process of
becoming certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). In her spare time, Dr Cohen enjoys hiking, swimming in the ocean and practicing
Shotokan Karate.

Dr. Sara Vigue

svigue@pahsimivalley.com
Dr. Sara Vigue was born and raised in Merritt Island, Florida and knew she wanted to be a veterinarian since she was five years old. After high school, Dr. Vigue went to Berry College in Georgia on a softball scholarship. In undergrad, Dr. Vigue also worked at the Dairy farm on campus and this is where her love for cows began. After college, Dr. Vigue earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine at Auburn University in Alabama (War Eagle!). Dr. Vigue moved to rural Kentucky after veterinary school and worked at a mixed animal practice until moving to California with her husband.

Dr. Vigue’s professional interests include soft tissue surgery, dermatology, large animal theriogenology, and veterinary missions. In her free time Dr. Vigue enjoys sports, traveling, hiking, mountain biking, and spending time with her husband and Border Collie, Kaizer.

Dr. Ying Zhi Lim

ylim@pahsimivalley.com

Dr. Ying Zhi Lim grew up in the bustling city of Singapore and knew she always wanted to be a vet when her first word was “woof”. She knew the only way she would be able to have a pet dog was to place bets with her parents and get into a well-ranked school. From then on, her hardworking personality drove her to study hard and move halfway around the world to study Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution at UCLA. She then moved up to the small town of Davis to receive her veterinary degree from UC Davis. After graduating, her need to live in a city with good food and weather drove her back down to the bustling city of Los Angeles. Dr. Lim is fluent in both English and Mandarin.
Dr. Lim is interested in internal medicine, fear-free care, exotic and zoo animal medicine. She plans to learn more about veterinary acupuncture in the future to bring a well-rounded approach to medicine. In her free time, Dr. Lim loves to cook, bake, craft, spend time with her dog Cassie and eat amazing and interesting food from all over Los Angeles.