Faculty / Staff

FACULTY

Photo: William T. N. Culp, VMD, DACVS

William T. N. Culp, VMD, DACVS - Chief of Service

Dr. Bill Culp graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. After graduation from veterinary school, he remained at Penn to complete a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery, followed by a surgical residency. Dr. Culp is board-certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and he performed fellowships in Surgical Oncology at the Colorado State University Animal Cancer Center, and Interventional Radiology/Interventional Endoscopy at the Animal Cancer Center in New York City. Dr. Culp was recently selected as a Founding Fellow of Surgical Oncology by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. His interests include many areas of soft tissue surgery, but his major focuses are surgical oncology and interventional radiology. Surgical oncology focuses on utilizing advanced surgical techniques to treat cancer in veterinary patients. Interventional radiology is a rapidly developing field in veterinary medicine that utilizes diagnostic imaging (mostly fluoroscopy) to treat disease processes in veterinary patients in a minimally invasive manner. Interventional radiology allows for treatment options in cases that previously may have been considered untreatable. These two specialties will allow for advanced, minimally invasive treatments to be pursued for veterinary cancer and non-cancer patients. Diseases of particular interest to Dr. Culp include malignant obstructions (cancer resulting in blockage of the urethra, ureter, trachea, esophagus, and colon), non-resectable tumors (tumors that cannot be removed with traditional surgical techniques), tumors that can be treated with direct delivery of chemotherapy to their blood vessels, vascular abnormalities (portosystemic shunts, arteriovenous malformations) and other conditions causing blockage of the ureter.

Photo: Ingrid Balsa, DVM – Resident III

Ingrid Balsa, MEd, DVM

Dr. Ingrid Balsa received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Arizona. She was a public school teacher for several years prior to entering veterinary school at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After obtaining her veterinary degree, she completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at North Carolina State University. Dr. Balsa then went on to complete a three-year surgery residency at UC Davis.

Photo: Michelle Giuffrida, VMD, DACVS

Michelle Giuffrida, VMD, DACVS

Dr. Michelle Giuffrida graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. She completed an internship in medicine and surgery at North Carolina State University, a residency in surgery at Penn, and a fellowship in oncologic surgery at the University of Florida. Dr. Giuffrida is a board-certified surgeon, holding the titles of Diplomate (Small Animal) and Fellow in Surgical Oncology through the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Before joining the UC Davis faculty, Dr. Giuffrida served as a lecturer in surgical oncology at Penn, and completed a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology degree at the Perelman School of Medicine, gaining skill in the design and conduct of research studies that involve observing and treating actual patients (as opposed to experiments performed in a laboratory). Dr. Giuffrida performs all types of soft tissue surgery, while offering particular expertise in surgery for cancer patients. Her research goal is to improve the way we study diseases in pets, such as by developing new methods to scientifically measure symptoms, quality of life, and other outcomes that are important to pets and their families.

Photo: Philipp Mayhew, BVM&S, DACVS

Philipp Mayhew, BVMS, DACVS

Dr. Philipp Mayhew is a 1996 graduate of the University of Edinburgh. He completed his small animal surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004, where he also completed an orthopedic research fellowship. Before joining the UC Davis faculty in 2010, Dr. Mayhew served as assistant professor of small animal surgery at Penn, and worked in private practice in Washington state. He performs all types of surgery while offering particular expertise in minimally-invasive techniques such as laparoscopy and thoracoscopy. Dr. Mayhew has published more than two dozen research papers to assess new techniques for disease treatment and advanced surgical procedures.

Photo: Michele A. Steffey, DVM, DACVS

Michele A. Steffey, DVM, DACVS

Dr. Michele Steffey received her veterinary degree from UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. After graduation from veterinary school, she completed a one-year small animal general internship at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, and then completed her three-year residency in small animal surgery at Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Following the completion of her residency, Dr. Steffey was on the faculty at Cornell until 2007, and then joined the faculty at UC Davis. While adept in all aspects of soft tissue surgery, her areas of special clinical interest include surgical oncology, laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery, and interventional radiology. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and was recently selected as a ACVS Founding Fellow in Surgical Oncology. Dr. Steffey is a founding veterinarian and advisor to the Tails of Hope Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding in the fight against cancer in veterinary patients. She is active in a number of clinical and translational research projects, including the use of near-infrared fluorescent imaging in the surgical treatment of various diseases and application of minimally invasive tumor ablation in veterinary patients, and has authored numerous scientific publications and chapters in various veterinary textbooks.

RESIDENTS

Photo: Jeremy Fleming, DVM

Jeremy Fleming, DVM - Resident II

Dr. Jeremy Fleming obtained his BS and DVM degrees from Auburn University. In 2015, he participated in a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center. After his rotating internship, Dr. Fleming started his residency in small animal surgery at UC Davis in 2016.

Photo: Erin Gibson, DVM

Erin Gibson, DVM - Resident I

Dr. Erin Gibson obtained her veterinary degree from UC Davis. Upon graduation, she participated in a one-year rotating internship at the University of Minnesota. Following completion of her internship, Dr. Gibson returned to UC Davis to begin a residency in small animal surgery in 2017.

Photo: Maureen Griffin, DVM

Maureen Griffin, DVM - Resident I

Dr. Maureen Griffin received her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in 2012 and her veterinary degree from UC Davis in 2016. Upon graduation, Dr. Griffin completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Following her rotating internship, Dr. Griffin returned to UC Davis to begin a residency in small animal surgery in 2017.

Photo: Rebecca Hersh-Boyle, DVM

Rebecca Hersh-Boyle, DVM - Resident II

Dr. Rebecca Hersh-Boyle obtained her veterinary degree from UC Davis in 2015. During her clinical year, she completed the Colorado State University Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians training and certification course. Upon graduation, Dr. Hersh-Boyle participated in a one-year rotating internship at the University of Pennsylvania where she concurrently became a teaching veterinarian for Penn at PAWS Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic. In 2016, Dr. Hersh-Boyle returned to UC Davis to begin a residency in small animal surgery.

Photo: Anna Massie, DVM

Anna Massie, DVM - Resident III

Dr. Anna Massie received her Bachelor's and veterinary degrees from the University of Illinois. Following graduation, she completed a rotating internship in small animal surgery and medicine at Purdue University and a surgical specialty internship at North Houston Veterinarian Specialists before starting her surgical residency at UC Davis in 2015. Dr. Massie won the 2016 American College of Veterinary Surgery “Poster Presentation” and the 2017 Boehringer Ingelheim “Veterinary Graduate Award” for her research in “Outcome of chronic nonunion fractures in dogs treated with rigid fixation, compression resistant matrix, and recombinant human bone morphogenic protein 2.”

Photo: Jeffrey Mitchell, DVM

Jeffrey Mitchell, DVM - Resident III

Dr. Jeffrey Mitchell received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Washington and his veterinary degree from Washington State University. Following graduation, he completed a rotating internship in small animal surgery and medicine at Texas A&M University.

STAFF

Caleb Bennett, RVT

Debbie Hill, RVT

Conni Noia, RVT

Theresa Varland - Service Referral Coordinator