Doctors

Dr. James E. Nave

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  • Hometown: Protem, Missouri
  • Undergraduate Studies: University of Missouri
  • Veterinary School: University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Nave graduated in 1968 from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. He joined the US Army after graduation from veterinary school and served in as a Captain in Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star for his military Service. He was discharged in 1971, and shortly after settled in Las Vegas, NV. 

Dr. Nave has mentored hundreds of veterinarians throughout his career, and continues the mentoring process to this day for veterinarians ranging from veterinary students, new graduates, and seasoned veterans. He truly believes leadership is the key to success and strives to promote that throughout his colleagues. 

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Dr. Karley Noto

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Dr. Christian Lay

Christian Lay
  • Hometown: Slidell, LA
  • Undergraduate Studies: Louisiana State University
  • Veterinary School: Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Lay graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. He moved to Las Vegas to join Tropicana after graduation. Dr. Lay’s professional interests include surgery, internal medicine, ultrasonography, and cardiology. Outside of the office, Dr. Lay enjoys boating, fishing, and marksmanship. Dr. Lay also enjoys spending time with his Golden Retriever named Gatsby, and his cat Luna.

Dr. Blake Tunnard

Blake Tunnard
  • Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
  • Undergraduate Studies: Southeastern Louisiana University & Louisiana State University
  • Veterinary School: Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Tunnard graduated from Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. He moved to Las Vegas and joined Tropicana Animal Hospital at that time. While in veterinary school, Dr. Tunnard was the caretaker for Mike the tiger at LSU. His professional interests include advanced diagnostic imaging, endoscopy, and soft tissue surgery. Outside of the office, Dr. Tunnard enjoys playing sports and spending time with his wife Joan. They have two dogs, George and Rebel, as well as three cats named Sparky, Emma, and Theodore. 

Dr. Brenna Ledezma

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  • Hometown: La Porte, Texas
  • Undergraduate Studies: Texas A&M
  • Veterinary School: Texas A&M 

Professional interests: Dermatology and Dentistry 

Hobbies: spending time with family and baking

Family: Married with 2 boys 

Pets: Ollie, a black lab mix, Stella, a catahoula, Zorro, a rat terrier, and Miles, an orange tabby cat.  

Dr. Aimee Jones

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  • Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Undergraduate Studies: University of Findlay- Toledo, Ohio
  • Veterinary School:University of Missouri- Columbia

Dr. Jones grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Findlay with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Animal Science with minors in Chemistry and Health Communication Dr. Jones graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. After graduation, she joined Tropicana Animal Hospital. Dr. Aimee Jones has been working in the veterinary field for over 10 years. Her professional interests include internal medicine, nutrition, neonatal care, emergency medicine, critical care, and preventative medicine. Outside of work, Dr. Jones enjoys spending time with her rescue dog Wally, her Bernese Mountain Dog Neville, and cat Izzie. She also enjoys trying new restaurants, hiking and watching Indians baseball!

Dr. Matthew McCollum

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  • Hometown: Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Undergraduate Studies: Louisiana State University
  • Veterinary School: Louisiana State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Matthew McCollum is originally from Lafayette, Louisiana. He completed his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University with a bachelor of science in Animal Sciences and then continued his education and graduated from Louisiana State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. While completing his undergraduate degree he worked as a veterinary technician at his hometown clinic. His interest in Veterinary medicine includes Internal Medicine, Ultrasonography, and surgery.

Dr. McCollum enjoys spending time with his fur family, Luna a Catahoula/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, Tonks an orange tabby cat, Zoom Zoom a black cat, and two Fancy rats Basil and Professor Ratigan on his time off. He loves spending time hiking, fishing, and being outdoors and is a true Louisiana Cajun that loves to cook.

Dr. Ben McGehee

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  • Hometown: San Antonio, TX
  • Undergraduate Studies: Texas A&M San Antonio
  • Veterinary School: Oklahoma State University

Dr. McGehee is interested in Anesthesia, Parasitology, and Preventive Medicine. In his down time, he enjoys hiking, the beach as well as Bar trivia and bingo. 

 

Dr. Sandra Suarez

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Dr. Amethyst Southern

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  • Hometown: Houston, Texas
  • Veterinary School: Texas A&M University

Dr. Amethyst Southern grew up in Houston, Texas. Dr. Southern always had an interest in science and medicine, and for some time thought she would become a human doctor. Becoming a veterinarian gave her the ability to include her growing passion for animals and is now in the unique position to not only help animals, but to also help their human companions strengthen the human-animal bond.

Dr. Southern went to Texas A&M University where she received her undergraduate degree in Zoology and continued to excel in her veterinary program where she graduated with a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Her special interests include, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Public Health, and Exotics.

Dr. Southern has two dogs, a Dachshund named Remi, and a Chi/Yorkie mix named Penny. She also has an orange cat that always keeps her on her toes named Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. In her spare time, Dr. Southern loves to travel and scuba dive. Although she is new to Las Vegas, she cannot wait to get out to Red Rock or Mount Charleston for some hiking.

Dr. Samantha Lee

Dr. Samantha Lee
  • Hometown: San Francisco, California
  • Veterinary School: Ross University

Dr. Samantha Lee hails from San Francisco and is the eldest of three girls. She is familiar with Las Vegas as she attended high school here!

Dr. Lee moved back to San Francisco and graduated with a BS in Zoology from San Francisco State University. In her younger years, Dr. Lee watched the show “Emergency Vets” on Animal Planet. After a few episodes, she knew she wanted to be just like those doctors. Dr. Lee received her doctorate from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Her interests include dentistry and surgery.

Dr. Lee has two cats named Cooper and Max and when she is not at work, enjoys rock climbing, scuba diving, and all being outdoors.

Dr. Brad Uppinghouse

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Dr. Justin Piazza

Dr. Justin Piazza TAH
  • Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL
  • Undergraduate Studies: University of Missouri
  • Veterinary School: University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Piazza was born and raised in St. Petersburg, FL. He also has deep roots in Missouri where he attended for both veterinary school and his undergraduate studies. Dr. Piazza enjoys spending time outdoors and some of his hobbies include archery, diving, fishing, and sports. He also enjoys spending time with his horses.

Dr. Piazza’s professional interests include surgery, ultrasound, and preventative medicine.