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Meet The Doctors

Meet the Long Beach Veterinarians at Bixby Animal Clinic

Ata Abrishami, DVM

Medical Director

Ata Abrishami, D.V.M. is Bixby Animal Clinic’s owner and primary veterinarian on staff.  Dr. A, as all his staff and clients call him, has many years of experience, including clinic work at VCA Lakewood, VCA Coast in Hermosa Beach, and at VCA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Dr. A obtained his veterinary accreditation from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.  In addition, he has extensive training in orthopedic surgery, obtaining his certification from Ohio State University in 2000.  After months of planning and hard work, he opened Bixby Animal Clinic in October of 2005.  In his spare time, he enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with his family.

Dr. Paul Cechner

Mobile surgery specialist Paul Cechner, D.V.M, D.A.C.V.S. takes care of our hospital’s more complicated surgery cases, as he does for several hospitals in our community. He graduated from Veterinary School in 1973 from the University of Illinois and completed his surgical residency in 1976 at Purdue, where he stayed on as an Assistant Professor of Surgery through 1983.

When he is not involved in the surgical treatment of the pets of the Los Angeles area, his animal family of five cats keeps him busy at home.

Dr. Cindy Hong

Dr. Cindy Hong was born and raised in Southern California. She attended UCLA for undergraduate degree and Colorado State University for her D.V.M. 
degree. She has been an animal lover all her life and has a special interest in internal medicine, surgery, and wildlife rehabilitation. 

Dr. Hong currently lives in Long Beach and has 3 Chihuahuas and 1 Labrador. She enjoys outdoor activities such as running, biking and hiking. At Bixby Animal Clinic, she hopes to stregthen the human-companion animal bond through client education and working with the family as a team to ensure their pet is healthy and well taken care of. 

Dr. Julia Drury

Dr. Julia Drury grew up in Buffalo, New York. She attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire where she received her Bachelors degree. She received her D.V.M. degree from Cornell University. She has a special interest in internal medicine and wildlife rehab.

In her free time she enjoys being outside, exploring Long Beach with her husband, two kids, two mutts and 1 cat.

Dr. Katie O'Neill

Dr. Katie O'Neill grew up in Los Angeles before heading up the coast to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and obtaining her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science. She then returned to Southern California and received her D.V.M. degree from Western University of Health Sciences.
She is very excited to join our team. Dr. O'Neill spends her free time with her Husband Oliver, Lucy and Maeby the dogs
and Little Bit the cat.

Dr. Jennifer Brewer

Dr. Brewer is a Northern California native. She graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. 
Dr. Brewer has a special veterinary interest in surgery, oncology and client communication. When she is not working, she enjoys hot yoga, 
hiking, relaxing at the beach and spending time with her husband-to-be Beau and Chihuahua Bella Bean.

Dr. Joseph Lan

Dr. Joseph Lan grew up in the Long Beach area and recently moved back from the San Diego area to pursue veterinary medicine. Dr. Lan was a veterinary technician with Bixby Animal Clinic from 2007 till he got accepted into veterinary school. He graduated with a degree in Biology from Cal State Long Beach and completed his DVM degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California.

Dr. Lan has a strong interest in dog, cat and exotic animal medicine (with an emphasis on reptiles and birds). He is interested in Chinese acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, so stayed tuned for this exciting addition to our practice!

In his off-time, he enjoys watching movies, playing video games, building enclosures for reptiles, archery, hiking and bass fishing.