Team Members

Photo: Joao Orvalho, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Joao Orvalho, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Dr. Joao Orvalho, a native of Portugal, is a graduate of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Lisbon. He completed a small animal internship at The Ohio State University and his residency in veterinary cardiology at UC Davis. After completing his residency in 2007, Dr. Orvalho became the School’s first veterinary cardiologist based at the UC Veterinary Medical Center - San Diego. Dr. Orvalho applies non-invasive techniques such as echocardiography, electrocardiography and cardiac angiography to diagnose diseases of the heart. He is also interested in interventional cardiology, including pacemaker implementation, balloon valvuloplasty and patent ductus arteriosus occlusion. Dr. Orvalho's research focuses on pulmonary hypertension as well as interventional and medical therapies for heart disease.

Photo: Timothy Hodge, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Timothy Hodge, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Dr. Timothy Hodge earned his DVM in 2007 from Purdue University. He then completed a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Animal Medical Center of New York, followed by a cardiovascular research fellowship in Columbus, Ohio. He continued his training with a residency at North Carolina State University and passed his specialty certification examination in 2013 to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology). Following his residency and board certification, Dr. Hodge relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, where he worked as a clinical cardiologist at a busy small animal specialty practice.  His expertise lies in diagnosing and treating cardiomyopathy, valvular disease, arrhythmias, and repairing congenital defects in small and large animals. Dr. Hodge has particular interests in arrhythmia management, minimally invasive interventional procedures, and myocardial diseases.

Photo: Aaron Inserra, RVT

Aaron Inserra, CVT, RVT

Aaron did undergraduate studies in wildlife science at the University of Washington where he completed projects in environmental enrichment and infant primate cognitive behaviors. He finished his veterinary technology degree at Eastern Florida State College in 2009. Aaron went on to complete an internship in animal behavior and applied avian medicine at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. Since that time, he has worked exclusively in specialty medicine, including emergency and critical care and internal medicine. Aaron is currently pursuing his cardiology Veterinary Technician Specialty credential. His medical interests include: cardiac ultrasonography, pulmonary arterial hypertension and Holter monitor interpretation.

Photo: Casey Lehner, RVT

Casey Lehner, RVT

Casey began in veterinary medicine with on-the-job training at 17-years-old. She quickly transitioned to specialty medicine where she has been ever since. After attending San Diego Mesa College’s Animal Health Technology program, Casey obtained her RVT license in 2010, and has been with UCVMC-SD since 2011. She has developed a great love for cardiology and is working to obtain her cardiology Veterinary Technician Specialist credential.

Photo: Anna Grimes, RVT

Anna Grimes, RVT

Anna graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Animal Science in 2008, and received her Registered Veterinary Technician license in 2009. She joined UCVMC-SD in 2014, and is currently working toward earning her cardiology Veterinary Technician Specialist credential, which she hopes to obtain by 2018. Anna's interests in veterinary medicine include anatomy and physiology, cardiology, emergency medicine, patient assurance, and client counseling. Her specific cardiology interests are electrocardiography and primary myocardial disease processes.