Faculty / Staff

FACULTY

Photo: Steven Hollingsworth, DVM, DACVO

Steven Hollingsworth, DVM, DACVO - Chief of Service

Dr. Steve Hollingsworth received both his BS in Biology and his DVM degrees from Purdue University. He subsequently completed a residency in comparative ophthalmology at UC Davis, where he has been on the faculty since 1994. Dr. Hollingsworth is the author of numerous textbook chapters, as well as research papers. He is currently the chief of the Ophthalmology Service and president of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

Photo: David J. Maggs, BVSc (hons), DACVO

David J. Maggs, BVSc (hons), DACVO

Dr. David Maggs received his veterinary degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 1988 and then spent five years in mixed animal practices there and throughout Great Britain. He completed small animal and equine internships at Colorado State University and a research fellowship and comparative ophthalmology residency at the University of Missouri before joining UC Davis in 2000. He is author of Slatter’s Fundamentals of Veterinary Ophthalmology and president-elect of the International Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology. Dr. Maggs’ special interests include ocular surface disease, particularly feline herpesvirus infection and tear film disorders.

Photo: Kathryn Good, DVM, DACVO

Kathryn Good, DVM, DACVO

Dr. Kathryn Good received her BS in Biology from UCLA in 1994 and her DVM from UC Davis in 1998. She then went on to complete a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Florida. Dr. Good returned to UC Davis in 1999 and completed a residency in comparative ophthalmology in 2002. Following her residency, she was an associate in a private ophthalmology practice for six years before returning as a clinical faculty member at UC Davis. Dr. Good has been a member of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists Credentials Committee and a reviewer for professional journals, including Veterinary Ophthalmology and Veterinary Medicine. Her professional interests include all aspects of ophthalmic surgery and ocular manifestations of systemic disease.

Photo: Christopher Reilly, DVM, MAS, DACVP

Christopher Reilly, DVM, MAS, DACVP

Dr. Christopher Reilly received his DVM from Tufts University in 2002, then completed a small animal internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Following a fellowship in comparative ocular pathology with Dr. Dick Dubielzig at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and anatomic pathology training at UC Davis, he worked in corporate diagnostics for one year before returning to UC Davis in 2008. He runs a mail-in ocular pathology service, conducts glaucoma research at the UC Medical and Veterinary Schools, and trains residents and veterinary students in pathology.

Photo: Christopher Murphy, DVM, PhD, DACVO

Christopher Murphy, DVM, PhD, DACVO

Dr. Christopher Murphy has appointments in the School of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, and the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences. Dr. Murphy is investigating: 1) modulation of cell behaviors by biophysical cues, with relevance to the design of improved cell culture ware, surgical implants and understanding disease processes; 2) engineering-inspired approaches to “engineer” a wound bed to promote healing; 3) optical performance in animals that evolved in response to challenging environmental conditions.

Photo: Sara M. Thomasy, DVM, PhD, DACVO

Sara M. Thomasy, DVM, PhD, DACVO

Dr. Sara Thomasy received her BS in Biology from The Ohio State University in 2000 and her DVM from UC Davis in 2005. She then completed a PhD in pharmacology and toxicology from UC Davis in 2006. Following a one-year small animal rotating internship at North Carolina State University, she completed a comparative ophthalmology residency at UC Davis in 2010. Dr. Thomasy is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology and served as a reviewer for several journals, including Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science and Veterinary Ophthalmology. She is currently a vision researcher in the Murphy-Russell Laboratory and her research interests include corneal wound healing, glaucoma, ocular pharmacology, and antiviral therapy for the management of feline herpesvirus.

Photo: Mary Lassaline, DVM, PhD, DACVO

Mary Lassaline, DVM, PhD, DACVO - Staff Veterinarian

Dr. Mary Lassaline received her DVM from Michigan State University. She then completed an equine internship at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky and a veterinary ophthalmology residency at the University of Florida. Dr. Lassaline served in private ophthalmology practice before starting the Equine Ophthalmology Service at the University of Pennsylvania. She joined UC Davis in 2014, and helped the hospital launch a dedicated Equine ophthalmology Service. Dr. Lassaline’s interests include equine corneal disease and wound healing.

Photo: Ann R. Strom, DVM , MS

Ann R. Strom, DVM, MS - Staff Veterinarian

Dr. Ann Strom received her veterinary degree from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark in 2010 and completed her Master’s thesis on canine glaucoma at the University of Zurich, Switzerland the same year. She then went on to complete a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. In 2014, Dr. Strom completed a three-year residency in comparative ophthalmology at UC Davis. Her professional interests include all aspects of ophthalmic disease and surgery, advanced diagnostic imaging and comparative vision research. Dr. Strom is currently a staff veterinarian at UC Davis on a temporary one-year assignment.

RESIDENTS

Photo: Tomo Wiggans, DVM

Tomo Wiggans, DVM - Resident III

Dr. Tomo Wiggans received his DVM from UC Davis in 2010. He then completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Colorado State University, followed by a research fellowship in ophthalmology and shelter medicine. Dr. Wiggans began his ophthalmology residency in August 2012. His current interests include ocular manifestations of systemic disease, ocular neoplasia, and infectious disease.

Photo: Lionel Sebbag, Dr. Med Vet

Lionel Sebbag, Dr. Med Vet - Resident III

Dr. Lionel Sebbag graduated from the National Veterinary College of Toulouse (France) in 2011. He then went on to complete an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Kansas State University. He is currently conducting research on antiviral use in cats infected with herpesvirus, as well as evaluation of tear quality in cats. Dr. Sebbag's other interests include corneal disease and microsurgery. 

Photo: Brian Leonard, DVM, PhD

Brian Leonard, DVM, PhD - Resident II

Dr. Brian Leonard received his DVM/PhD from UC Davis in 2012. His PhD focused on the expression, activity and genetic differences of antimicrobial peptides in the dog. Dr. Leonard then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison prior to beginning his comparative ophthalmology residency in 2013. His professional interests include ocular surface disease, advanced diagnostic imaging, and microsurgery. 

Photo: Sydney Cartiff, DVM

Sydney Cartiff, DVM - Resident I

Dr. Sydney Cartiff received her veterinary degree from North Carolina State University in 2013. She then completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at The Ohio State University prior to beginning her residency in comparative ophthalmology in 2014. Her professional interests include equine ophthalmology, ocular manifestations of systemic disease, and corneal disease.

STAFF

Photo: Heather Madrid, RVT

Heather Madrid, RVT - Ophthalmology Technician

Heather attended Consumnes River College, graduating in 2009 with an Associate in Science degree. She became a Registered Veterinary Technician in August of 2009. Heather worked in a mixed animal private practice from June 2007 before joining UC Davis March 2010.

Photo: Sheri Pendergraft, RVT

Sheri Pendergraft, RVT - Ophthalmology Technician

Sheri attended Consumnes River College and graduated in 2009 with an Associates in Science. She became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2009, and joined UC Davis' Companion Exotic Animal Medicine & Surgery Service in October 2009. In April 2014, Heather transferred to the Ophthalmology Service.

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Pam McInnis - Ophthalmology Service Coordinator

Pam has been involved with veterinary medicine for more than 25 years. She started her career as a hospital manager, veterinary assistant and receptionist in a small veterinary hospital in Santa Maria. She then worked as head receptionist for one of Sacramento Animal Medical Group’s hospitals, and Mueller Pet Medical Center in Sacramento. Pam joined UC Davis in 2011 where she coordinates appointments for the Ophthalmology, Cardiology and Dermatology Services.