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“Say Oui to French Bulldogs” Click the link below to read an article featuring Dr. Somerville and her love of frenchies!

Here’s Why Los Angeles is Obsessed with French Bulldogs


Welcome to Dr. AnneMarie Ruiz!Dr. AnneMarie Ruiz

Annemarie is a 7-year-old girl, battling leukemia, who wants to be a vet because she loves to work with animals. At home, she pretends to heal her dog, Shakira and has her own play veterinarian set. Her wish is “to be a vet and heal zebras, horses and kitty cats.”
On Tuesday, Annemarie will be doing a house-call appointment with some large animals including a zebra and horse (courtesy LA Zoo) before arriving at the hospital. Then she will don her scrubs and customized lab coat (courtesy Scrubs Unlimited in Westwood, CA) before attending her in-house patients. She will oversee a procedure to identify an unusual foreign body in a domestic kitty cat and will participate in a real ultrasound. Dr. Sue Downing (ASEC Oncologist), Dr. Christina Boekhout (ASEC Surgeon), and Dr. Jean Reichle (ASEC Radiologist) will all be members of Annemarie’s specialty team for the day.
“I am absolutely bursting with excitement,” says Dr. Sue Downing who coordinated the Wish Experience with her colleagues at the LA Zoo. “It will be ASEC’s first Make-a-Wish Experience!”
Make-A-Wish® Greater Los Angeles is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that fulfills the wishes of children between the ages of 2½ and 18 who confront life-threatening medical conditions. Their goal is to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

TV Interviews

Radio Interviews

Listen to an interview with Dr. Balfour on The Pet Place Radio show with Marie Hulett.

Host Marie Hulett interviews guests involved with animals. Topics include animal rescue, urban wildlife, pet products, books, animal films, behavior, etc.

Listen to an interview with Dr. Balfour on Atomic Dog Radio with Russ Avison and Jillian Boyd.

Co-Hosts Russ Avison and Jillian Boyd’s radio show focuses on helping dogs enjoy a happy life in a human world through positive training methods, pro-active wellness care, helping pet parents to understand the language of dogs, and promoting the general well-being of the canine community though current research, humor, debate and education in an informal, humorous style.


Listen to Love that Dog Hollywood! to hear Dr. Balfour’s weekly segment

Dr. Balfour co-hosts with Addie Daddio on the weekly Love that Dog Hollywood! radio show. You can listen live Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm PST at


Print Media and Websites

Click here to read an article featuring Dr. Mary Somerville and the fantastic french bulldogs that everyone loves!





Click here to read an article about EPI (exocrine pancreatic insufficiency) where one of our internists, Dr. Todd Cohen, discusses the disease.



Click here to read an article written by Dr. Christina Boekhout on the Incidence of Transcortical Tibial Fractures with Self-Tapping and Non-Self-Tapping Screws in a Canine TPLO Model.




Janie Bill FoundationPlease click here to see a heartwarming ASEC success story about Janie, a dog rescued by the Bill Foundation.

Janie’s surgery was performed by Dr. Raviv Balfour, DACVS.




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