About Us

Dr. Michelle Zoryan

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!

Dr. Diane Tang

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. Lena Braham

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.

Dr. Connie Chiang

Dr. Connie Chiang

Dr. Connie Chiang started in the field as a veterinary assistant during high school in Springfield, Virginia. She soon realized how unusual it was that she loved going to work and it became her dream to be a veterinarian. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia, where she dabbled in different parts of veterinary medicine - from small animals to lab research to horses and wildlife. Ultimately she realized her passion was with dogs and cats and moved to SoCal to earn her doctorate from Western University of Health Sciences.

After graduation she completed an intensive small animal rotating internship at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital, one of the oldest and largest veterinary hospitals in the country. She then practiced for several years at a General Practice/24 hr emergency hospital in West Hollywood before joining Mohawk Alley Animal Hospital.

Dr. Chiang lives in Porter Ranch with her husband, daughter and two cats - Charlie and Tomi. She loves Lord of the Rings and in her free time she enjoys crafting, reading, and traveling.

Dr. Kristin Renkei

Dr. Kristin Renkei

Dr. Kristin Renkei obtained her undergraduate degree from UC Davis working part time in research for the university and at a local small animal hospital (Davis Small Animal Hospital) as a receptionist and technician assistant. She moved to Scotland to complete her veterinary degree at the University of Glasgow. While in the UK she developed a taste for tea (mostly to keep her warm with all of the rain), played lacrosse and a bit of rugby, and managed to travel about Europe. She then returned to complete a one year small animal rotating internship at Animal Specialty Group in Glendale.

Kristin is glad to be back in Los Angeles, close to family with her dog Nara. She and Nara spend most of their time exploring various trails, trying not to get eaten by coyotes or bitten by rattlesnakes. She enjoys yoga, SUP, hiking, reading, shopping, and good food with friends. She loves her Mohawk Alley family and is grateful for the gift of helping her patients flourish through their lifetime.

Dr. Lindsey Wendt

Dr. Lindsey Wendt was born and raised in Southern California. She knew she wanted to be a veterinarian since she was 5 years old, and started as a veterinary assistant the day after her 16th birthday. In her early career, she worked with a multitude of species (domestic as well as small and large exotics) and at one point was assisting in providing medical care for many of the “animal actors” in Hollywood and the surrounding areas.

She received her bachelor’s degree in Animal and Avian Sciences from the University of California, Davis. She then continued on to receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis and was a nominated as a member of the prestigious Phi Zeta Honor Society. After graduation, she completed an intensive small animal rotating internship at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. She has been practicing both general and emergency medicine in the Los Angeles area since completion of her internship.

She lives in the South Bay with her husband Josh and her tripod Pitbull-Whippet rescue named Nala. In her free time she enjoys relaxing at the beach, spending time with her family, traveling, wine tasting and cooking.

Carrissa

Carrissa – Hospital Manager

Do you have any pets? Monster (the best cat in the world)

What's your favorite animal? Cats! No question. I also love goats!

What are some interesting facts about you? I grew up on a horse farm helping to raise Shires. I am utterly fascinated by bees and hope to have my own hives one day. I also have a degree in fashion design with a focus on knitwear.

Carrissa

Paloma - Technician Manager/Registered Veterinary Technician

Do you have any pets? Patti (Pit Bull - a reality T.V. star on Pit Boss!), 4 cats - Moonface (16 years), Mila (11 years), LG (4 years), and Cosmo (2 years)

What's your favorite animal? Cats!

What are some interesting facts about you? I studied traditional Chinese medicine and Acupuncture for humans. I also have quite the green thumb! I collect succulents and cacti - both rare and common types. I have almost 20 years of experience in veterinary medicine with experience in specialty, emergency, internal medicine, rehabilitation/physical therapy, intensive care, and general practice.

Carrissa

Emily - Inventory Manager/Office Manager

Do you have any pets? Jari (a sweet, goofy Pit Bull)

What's your favorite animal? Pit Bulls, of course!

What are some interesting facts about you? I'm an avid road cyclist! I love to ride, go camping, or just play cards with friends in my time off.

Kimberly

Kimberly – Registered Veterinary Technician / Safety Coordinator

Do you have any pets? Summer (a three-legged terrier mix), Harley (a guinea pig), and Mittens, Wally, Mang, Maxine, and Tom (all cats)

What's your favorite animal? Ones with character

What are some interesting facts about you? I started my career in 1995 as a kennel assistant. I then studied Animal Science at Thompson Direct along with an RVT course at Professional Veterinary Assistant School. Before attaining my veterinary education, I graduated with an Industrial Arts Diploma as well as an Auto Mechanics Program Degree.

Ozzie

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!

Desiree D

Desiree D. - Technician

Do you have any pets? Jeff (Mixed Breed), Chase (Maltese), Bubba (Basset Hound), Nala ( a sweet, fat Calico cat)

What's your favorite animal? I don't have a favorite, I love them all!

What are some interesting facts about you? I attend almost every Corgi Beach Party but I don't have a Corgi....(yet)

Michelle C

Michelle C. - Technician

Do you have any pets? Peaches (Boxer Mix), Luna (cat), and Snowball (cat)

What's your favorite animal? I have two - Giraffes and jellyfish

What are some interesting facts about you? I've been in the veterinary field for 6 years and I am currently in the process of becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician. I enjoy handwriting and learning new calligraphy fonts. I also love camping, hiking, and collecting cacti.

Fernanda

Fernanda - Technician

Do you have any pets? Sunny (mixed breed) and Felix (domestic short hair)

What's your favorite animal? Orcas

What are some interesting facts about you? I obtained a Bachelor's degree in Zoology at Cal Poly Pomona. I have worked in specialty veterinary medicine including Emergency & Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Interventional Radiology, and Avian & Exotics. In my spare time I love to find exciting new hikes in the Greater Los Angeles area (and I always hope to see native fauna).

Julio

Julio - Technician

Do you have any pets? Ricky and Kitty (both Orange Tabbies)

What's your favorite animal? Gorilla

What are some interesting facts about you? I love spending time with my family. Basketball is my go to sport. I love eating but, until recently, I was never into cooking. Now I love making my own sauces and salsa and I'm even starting to brew my own beer.

Mia

Mia - Technician

Do you have any pets? 3 cats - Sookie, Seamus, and Norman (Bates)

What's your favorite animal? Cats!

What are some interesting facts about you? Even in terrible L.A. traffic, I prefer to drive a stick shift over an automatic any day. I'm a licensed esthetician, food connoisseur, professional napper, tattoo collector, Disneyland and Star Wars enthusiast, and a karaoke champion! I also have a bionic hip.

Thea

Thea - Room Technician

Do you have any pets? Saki (a crazy Shiba Inu)

What's your favorite animal? Elephants

What are some interesting facts about you? I grew up in a suburb of Boston and managed a candy store for 5 years. I also have a degree in Biology - I considered going to medical school but decided a career with animals was more rewarding.

Brandon C. - Room Technician

Do you have any pets? Riversong (the best Yorkie in the world!)

What's your favorite animal? Pitbulls

What are some interesting facts about you? I wrote and starred in a film called "First Period". I worked as a character at Disneyland for 3 years. I was raised in a Mennonite community. Currently, I write medical comic books for people in Australia.

Desiree B.

Desiree B. - Lead Receptionist

Do you have any pets? Belle and Justin (both cats)

What's your favorite animal? Sloths and Bulldogs!

What are some interesting facts about you? I worked at a cancer center for 4 years with top doctors in California, and that's when I decided to switch to the Veterinary field. I was born 60% deaf in my left ear but I've never let that stop me! I also love collecting skulls and witch memorabilia.

Natalie

Natalie - Receptionist

Do you have any pets? Theodore (Beagle mix), Eleanor (a crazy Calico cat), and Bailey (Calico cat, but not as crazy)

What's your favorite animal? Monkeys!

What are some interesting facts about you? I love painting and crafting. All of my animals are tri-colored (because matching is important)! I'm a twin. I love back packing - especially in Joshua Tree, The Sierras, Big Sur, and Oregon. If you've ever seen the chalk wall art in the lobby of Mohawk Alley, that's my work! It's one of my favorite projects every month!

Shannon

Shannon - Receptionist

Do you have any pets? Chandler (a chocolate lab), Kitty, and Ricky (both orange tabbies)

What's your favorite animal? Pigs!

What are some interesting facts about you? I am vegan and I love spicy food. Avocados are my absolutely favorite. I'm a triplet. In my free time I love visiting craft breweries and spending time with my wonderful baby girl, Ayden.

Chezerae

Chezerae - Receptionist

Do you have any pets? Ellie (a sweet rescue Staffordshire Terrier)

What's your favorite animal? Owls!

What are some interesting facts about you? I am super terrified of spiders or anything that crawls! I have 8 siblings, enjoy a good horror film, and love Rocky Road ice cream. I once went on a road trip where I visited 8 different states in 3 days!

Eboni - Receptionist

Do you have any pets? Tito Michael Jackson ( a Chihuahua Corgi mix), L's (a Domestic Medium Hair cat), Samuel Esquire (a Domestic Short Hair cat), and Kobe Bean (a Domestic Short Hair cat)

What's your favorite animal? African Elephants!

What are some interesting facts about you? I'm the 7th of 13 children and was raised by Rastafarian parents. In my spare time I enjoy dancing and making jewelry.

Cindy - Receptionist

Do you have any pets? Pepper (a Siamese mix) and Itsy (a Chihuahua mix)

What's your favorite animal? My cat!

What are some interesting facts about you? I try to go running every day. In my spare time I love going to the beach and enjoy hiking.

Seamus

Seamus - Hospital Cat

Do you have any pets? Do the employees of Mohawk Alley count?

What's your favorite animal? Fu (and also Calico cats....)

What are some interesting facts about you? I love naps, especially when I have someone to cuddle with. I can't resist chicken or canned tuna. Feathers are my favorite toys. I love to groom and take care of kittens. Did I mention I love naps?

Fu

Fu - Hospital Cat

Do you have any pets? So many! The humans in this hospital are the best pets a cat could ask for.

What's your favorite animal? People!

What are some interesting facts about you? I'm great at Magic Eye Images! I like to play catch. C.E.T. Dental treats are my favorite thing in the whole world. I love dancing and going on adventures in the lobby of the hospital, even if I'm not supposed to. You can see what I'm up to on Instagram - @thefulife