Ata Abrishami, DVM
Dr. Ata Abrishami is the owner and founder of Bixby Animal Clinic. Known as "Dr. A" by staff and clients alike, Ata has many years of experience in the veterinary field including his work at VCA Lakewood, VCA Coast in Hermosa Beach, and VCA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. A obtained his veterinary accreditation from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Additionally, 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. Though Dr. A is no longer seeing patients regularly, Dr. A is actively engaged with the staff at the clinic and stops by to greet clients from time to time. In his spare time, he enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with his family.
Paul Cechner, DVM, DACVS
Dr. Paul Cechner, a mobile surgical specialist, tends to our clinic's more complicated surgical cases, as he does for several hospitals in our community. Dr. Cechner graduated from veterinary school in 1973 from the University of Illinois and completed his surgical residency in 1976 at Purdue, where he worked as an Assistant Professor educating future veterinarians on surgical procedures until 1983.
When he is not busy with complex surgeries, Dr. Cechner stays busy with his own 5 furry family members at home.
Cindy Hong, DVM
Dr. Cindy Hong was born and raised in Southern California. She attended UCLA for her undergraduate degree then moved to Colorado to attend Colorado State University for her Degree in Veterinary Medicine. An avid animal lover since childhood, Dr. Hong has a special interest in internal medicine, surgery, and wildlife rehabilitation.
Through her work at Bixby Animal Clinic, Dr. Hong aims to strengthen the human-companion bond through client education and working as a team with pet parents to ensure their pet lives a long, healthy, and happy life.
Dr. Hong lives locally with her 3 chihuahuas and labrador. She enjoys outdoor activities including running, biking, and hiking.
Julia Drury, DVM
Dr. Julia Drury grew up in Buffalo, New York and attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire for her undergraduate degree. She earned her veterinary degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Dr. Drury has a special interest in internal medicine and wildlife rehabilitation.
In her free time, Dr. Drury enjoys the outdoors and exploring the Long Beach area with her husband, two kids, two dogs and cat.
Katie O'Neill, DVM
Dr. Katie O'Neill grew up in Los Angeles before heading up the coast to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to obtain her Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science. Upon completing her undergraduate education, Dr. O'Neill returned to Southern California to earn her veterinary degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona.
Dr. O'Neill spends her free time with her husband, her three dogs, and "Little Bit" the cat.
Joseph Lan, DVM
Dr. Joseph Lan grew up in the Long Beach area and is no stranger to the Bixby Animal Clinic family. Dr. Lan worked as a veterinary technician here at Bixby Animal Clinic from 2007 until his acceptance into veterinary school from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. In preparation of veterinary school, Dr. Lan attended Cal State Long Beach and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Biology.
Dr. Lan has a special interest in canine, feline, and exotic animal medicine, with a particular interest in reptiles and birds. Additionally, Dr. Lan is experienced with alternative treatments for pets including Chinese Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine.
In his free time, Dr. Lan enjoys watching movies, playing video games, archery, bass fishing, and building special enclosures for reptiles.
Dr. Keunhong Lee
Dr. Keunhong Lee was born and raised in South Korea. He studied at Kyungpook National University and earned his D.V.M. degree in 2013. After serving 2 years in the military, he practiced small animal medicine at leading hospitals and clinics for 4 years. Meanwhile he completed Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates Certification Program (ECFVG) and received a California veterinarian license. He enjoys every aspect of veterinary medicine with an emphasis in preventative medicine, internal medicine and soft tissue surgery.
Dr. Lee has a 4 year old Japanese Spitz. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring new places and restaurants with his wife.
He also enjoys watching UFC, soccer and Netflix.