Meet Dr. Michelle Zoryan
Dr. Michelle Zoryan got her start in veterinary medicine at a young age, working for her neighbor at his local animal hospital. Throughout high school and college, Dr. Zoryan worked at various clinics throughout the Los Angeles area. Dr. Zoryan completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University in 2003. After graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Zoryan completed a rigorous internship at Animal Specialty Group in Los Angeles, followed by general practice for nine years at a thriving animal hospital in Glendale.
It was at this animal hospital where she worked with, mentored and became friends with Dr. Diane Tang. After forging a close professional relationship, Drs. Zoryan and Tang decided to realize their shared dream of owning their own animal clinic – and Mohawk Alley Animal Hospital was born!
Now currently living in Sherman Oaks, Dr. Zoryan spends her free time experimenting with new dishes and drinks to serve her friends and family, working out to burn off those excess calories and traveling to any place with sun, sand or a nice pool and hot tub. Dr. Zoryan is a self-proclaimed Vizsla lover, owning Lola and Osh who are the life of every doggy daycare! Besides these two crazy rascals, Dr. Zoryan also has three rescued cats who have been with her through all of the hair-pulling trials and tribulations of her veterinary education. A family this insane could really only exist in a household where animals are loved and prized above all!
Meet Dr. Diane Tang
Dr. Diane Tang got her first veterinary job in 2005, where she worked her way up from Dr. Zoryan’s favorite receptionist to an extremely capable tech. The two forged their early friendship during those years.
Dr. Tang then went on to attend the college of veterinary medicine at Western University. Upon graduation in 2011, Dr. Tang completed an internship at Animal Specialty Group in Glendale.
After completing her internship, Dr. Tang returned to the animal clinic in Glendale, this time as a general practice veterinarian and working alongside Dr. Zoryan. Dr. Tang spent several years as a general practitioner honing her small animal medical and surgical skills.
When the opportunity arose for Drs. Zoryan and Tang to open their own hospital, it just made sense! The two have always made a great team, and now they get to make a dream come true.
Dr. Tang lives in Atwater village and loves her local farmers markets, start up restaurants, watching sports, and finding dive bars. She spends her free time with her husband and their 3 furry family members – two dogs and a cat.
Dr. Alicia Michalak
Dr. Alicia Michalak got her start in veterinary medicine by volunteering at small animal hospitals in her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. She continued to gain as much experience as possible while attending The Ohio State University for her undergraduate studies. She then got the opportunity to move to sunny California to receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences.Dr. Michalak completed a competitive one year rotating internship at Animal Specialty Group, where she gained invaluable skills in internal medicine, surgery, neurology, oncology, and emergency/critical care. From there, she worked with cats, dogs, and exotic species as a general practitioner in Orange County; while also operating as the medical director of an animal shelter. Her special interests include internal medicine and shelter medicine. She has a love for all animals, however she has a big, special place in her heart for her feline patients. She has two cats of her own, Moe and Heisman. Dr. Michalak lives in Redondo Beach, and in her free time enjoys biking, beach sports, and watching football.
Dr. Lena Braham
Dr. Lena Braham started out with a BS in Animal Physiology and Neurosciene from UC San Diego and continued to work as an emergency veterinary technician during her masters program at Cal Poly Pomona. Going on to get her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis in 2014, she also managed to sneak in a spay/neutering trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua, complete a half marathon in San Francisco and fostered several cats and kittens.
After veterinary school, she completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at the Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura. Her special interest is in emergency medicine and internal medicine, specifically gastrointestinal and endocrine diseases. Dr. Braham’s interest in GI diseases came out of her work at Cedar Sinai where she did clinical research with human gastroenterologists.
She enjoys running, reading, snowboarding, shopping and watching Bravo. She is thrilled to be back in LA and is currently living in Los Feliz with her two cats, Horace and Augustus. They spend most of their days lounging around and attacking the automatic feeder.
Dr. Braham is so proud to be a part of the Mohawk Alley family and hopes to fulfill all the needs of her patients and clients.
Carrissa – Office Manager
Carrissa began her career in the veterinary field when her roommate decided to leave her reception job and she handed in Carrissa’s resume with her notice! Having grown up on a horse farm, Carrissa has always loved animals. She especially enjoys working with our clients and watching our patients grow and change throughout their time at the clinic. Before receiving an A.A. in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art University, Carrissa was an actor for 10 years, attending a Fine and Performing Arts High School in Northern Virginia. She currently owns a cat called Monster, who she moved across the country with, sharing 12-15 hours a day in the car together for 4 days in a row! Carrissa is self-taught in knitting and embroidery and can knit up an awesome sweater on her time off!
Audrey – Lead Technician
Owner of two beautiful French bulldogs that go by the names of Geoffrey and Betzie, Audrey has always loved helping animals. She was that little girl who’d bring home every stray animal she found and ask the famous question ‘can I keep it?!’ Beginning her career as a receptionist 9 years ago, Audrey hasn’t looked back since her enthusiasm for the veterinary field eventually led her to become a technician. Always seeking to learn new ways to help her patients, Audrey has gained experience in many fields of medicine, including; orthopedics and orthopedic surgery, emergency medicine, critical care, exotic animal anesthesia, and laser therapy.
Audrey attributes her success as a technician to having the courage to ask many questions, being willing to learn something new every day, working hard, getting a good education and having a positive attitude. Audrey is proud to have been able to work for the city of Los Angeles at our local animal shelters. She loves outdoor activities, music, dancing, singing, penguins and lots of coffee!
Ozzie – Technician
Trained at the Veterinary Assistant School, Ozzie started his career at a Doggy Day Care and worked his way up. Working with animals is a dream come true for Ozzie, with a special interest in orthopedics, soft tissue surgery and dental work. He particularly enjoys educating clients about their pet’s health. When he’s not at work he loves to hike, bike or go jogging with his dog ‘Bear’ and his lovely family!
Kimberly – Registered Veterinary Technician / Safety Coordinator
Kimberly started her career in 1995 as a kennel assistant, gaining experience in pharmacy, as a doctor’s assistant and technician assistant roles. She studied Animal Science at Thompson Direct, along with attending an RVT course at the Professional Veterinary Assistant School. Kimberly is the proud owner of Summer, a 3-legged terrier mix that she rescued, along with a guinea pig named Nicki and Mittens, a gray kitten. The aspect of her work that she most enjoys is seeing the animals getting better with the complementary help of their owners. Before attaining her veterinary education, Kimberly graduated with an Industrial Arts Diploma as well as an Auto Mechanics Program Degree!
Cristine – Room Technician
Cristine is the proud owner of Zoe, (a shepherd cross), Bucket (a Cocker Spaniel cross), Bunny (a guinea pig), Ducky (a cockatiel) and Stevie (a gecko). She completed the Vet Assistant Program at Penn Foster and has been in the field since 2013, although her experience with animals stretches back to 2006. She loves that every day in the office is new and exciting. Cristine especially loves hearing pet parents tell stories about the funny escapades they’ve been up to!
Cristine’s super power is that she is a very gifted guinea pig whisperer. There’s not a single animal Cristine doesn’t love. She even wants a pet tarantula, which she’ll call Rosie. You may not know that she’s a member of the 501st Legion, a Star Wars Costuming Organization and she’s also a huge Disney fan! She’s completed 15 half marathons, with more always on the horizon. She’s been to Disneyland about 1000 times in the last three years, and has an ever-growing collection of Disney, Star Wars and Nightmare Before Christmas toys!
Erin – Receptionist / Veterinary Assistant
Erin has worked in the industry since 1998, starting out as a kennel tech/receptionist at an animal hospital after high school. She loves getting to know Mohawk’s awesome clients and their pets, and discovering all of the interesting names they’ve been given. While living in Florida, she helped to open a brand new veterinary practice, and she owned her own pet-sitting business!
She loves to travel and has visited Italy, Germany, Brazil, Portugal and Canada. Erin is a true believer that a smile can go a long way, she’s always a pleasure to be around – clients love her! Erin loves tattoos (she has a full sleeve!) and punk rock music. She began running in 2010 and ran her 5th marathon in 2016 in LA. Erin is the proud owner of Pinkertonc (a cat), Baldwin (a cat) and Benniezue (the dog).