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Our Surgery Specialists

Josh Becker


Kendra Hearon

VMD, DACVS-SA, ACVS Fellow, Surgical Oncology

Yael Huerta


John Litterine-Kaufman


Megan Mackintosh


Christina Murphy


Catherine Popovitch


Dominique Sawyere


A. Chase Schoelkopf


Timothy M. Schwab

Chief of Surgery

Rebecca Wolf


Difficult surgical cases may be best managed by a specialist. Possessing the instruction, expertise, and equipment to perform the most demanding procedures, a residency trained surgeon can help the family veterinarian provide the best possible care to the patient. Rapid advances in the veterinary profession can make it difficult for veterinarians to remain current with recent developments in techniques and technologies required to manage some of today’s complex surgical problems.

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What to Expect After Your Pets Surgery

Find out about Post-Operative Management

The veterinary surgeons on staff, Kendra Hearon, VMD, DACVS-SA, ACVS Fellow, Surgical OncologyCatherine Popovitch, DVM, ACVS, ECVSTimothy M. Schwab, VMD, ACVS-SA and Rebecca Wolf, VMD, ACVS-SA commonly perform many types of soft-tissue and orthopedic surgical procedures. Referral consultations are seen on an appointment basis. Consultations are often in reference to cruciate ligament injuries, luxating patellas, and limb amputations. Be sure to bring any medical records to your appointment including laboratory results and X-rays.

This will enable the surgical specialist to be properly informed as to your pet’s history and the scope of the current problem. This information in addition to an examination of your pet will enable the surgeon to make appropriate recommendations. Continuity of care between the surgical specialist and your family veterinarian ensures the best possible outcome for your pet.

Learn About Our Surgery Specialty

Hear from our surgeons as they speak about the specialty.


Dr. Timothy Schwab – “The surgery department here at Metropolitan is great in that we work with everybody to provide the best surgical care for all of our patients.”

Dr. Jacqui Niles – “It’s one of the biggest areas, one of the busiest areas of the practice, but it meshes with all the other areas. You can’t have surgery without medicine, You can’t have medicine without surgery. So, you know, all of the different areas and different specialties work together because there’s such a crossover. Nothing is black and white, nothing is purely one problem.”

Dr. Catherine Popovitch: “We all have our areas of interest that we’re, tend to be good at and like to do. And again, we all work together and try and provide new kind of broad-spectrum care for the patients.”

Dr. Jon Nannos: “Well, we have all similar equipment to what’s used on the human side. We have a CT scanner, we have x-ray machines, we have an MRI unit, ultrasound. We use the same surgical equipment that’s used on the human side, the same implants that go into people, to fix fractures we use in our dogs and cats. So it really is as close to human medicine as we can get.

Dr. Catherine Popovitch: “The patients here certainly get a very comprehensive case management when they’re in the hospital.”

Dr. Lori Cabell: “It’s important to those people to know that while they’re here, that their pet is being treated very similar to, or in some respects, even better than they might get in a human hospital sometimes. And so, I think that compassion and the ability to provide comfort to the pet, to the pets while they’re here, through the nursing staff all the way up through the doctors and the receptionist is a very important part of what we do here.”

Dr. Jon Nannos: “We treat the clients’ pets like they’re our own pets, and we treat our own pets like they’re part of the family. Everybody plays with them, pets them, talks to them. And so, they just become part of our extended family.”

Dr. Timothy Schwab – “From the time people walk in the door to the time their animals are discharged, they’re always getting great care, compassionate care. And it’s the only place that’s I’ve ever worked that I can say that the animals are loved as much as they were at home.”