Elyse Kent, DVM, DABVP
Dr. Elyse Kent received her degree as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University in1980 and completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at a prestigious private specialty hospital in West Los Angeles in 1981.
In 1985, Dr. Kent founded the only veterinary hospital devoted exclusively to cats in Los Angeles County. Westside Hospital for Cats (WHC) was located on 14th St. in Santa Monica, in a converted home. It remained the only feline specialty hospital in the city for more than 25 years. After 15 years, the practice outgrew the tiny house and was moved four miles east to Dr. Kent’s “dream facility’ on Cotner Ave. in West Los Angeles. The impressive two story feline veterinary center was opened in September, 200O. Equipped with cutting edge medical equipment and innovative cat condos, which allowed for a clear view to the treatment area, along with a spacious grooming area designed just for cats, the hospital was soon bustling with kitty activity. In the Cotner facility, Dr. Kent served as clinical teacher/mentor for veterinary students from across the United States. For the past decade, students from Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Pomona have participated in four-week clinical rotations at Dr. Kent’s practice as their primary source of clinical experience in feline medicine and surgery.
Dr. Kent moved her Westside practice to the current Marina del Rey location in December 2013, where she joined with Dr. Elston as co-owner and primary on site veterinarian. The former Cat Practice, at the current location, was merged with WHC to form T.H.E. Westside Cat Practice. Dr. Kent and Dr. Elston are both board certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP), Certified In feline practice. They welcome difficult diagnostic cases and offer a wide array of specialized medical services.
Dr. Kent has served as Feline Regent and President of the ABVP, and as an Executive Director on the board of The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).
Tom Elston, DVM, DABVP
Board-certified in Feline Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Dr. Elston possesses a clear understanding of the medical needs specific to cats. Since receiving his DVM from Colorado State University in 1976, Dr. Elston has worked diligently to stay on top of the most recent developments in feline and pet health through continuing education. He served as a member of the Executive Board of the American Association of Feline Practitioners for 12 years, and was elected president for the 1994-1996 term. Dr. Elston was also on the Council of Regents of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners for five years, and continues to serve on several national feline health care committees.
At work and at home, Dr. Elston is surrounded by some remarkable cats. But even in such good company, Magoo is special. Although he’s blind, Magoo never misses a beat—casually navigating through Dr. Elston’s house, jumping on to and off of furniture with ease, and cheerfully greeting human visitors at the door. While Dr. Elston marvels at Magoo’s uncanny sensory perception, it’s his warmth and affection that really won the doctor over.
Heather / Registered Veterinary Technician
Heather graduated from Pierce College in Woodland Hills, earning her RVT license in 2002. She has 12 years of experience working in feline-only practice. In her free time, Heather and her husband Jesse enjoy remodeling projects on their newly purchased home. As new parents of a beautiful baby boy, Reid, they are also extremely busy.
The three of them live with two kitties — a 14-year-old orange tabby named Carmel, and a 13-year-old black and white shorthair named Spottie Boy.
Cindy / Veterinary Technician
Cindy has 8 years of experience as a veterinary nurse, and much of that time she has worked exclusively with cats. Cindy started her veterinary career at a feline-only hospital in Atlanta GA. After moving to the west coast, she worked in small animal and feline-only practices in Ventura County. When it’s time to rest and relax, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and takes advantage of the agreeable Southern California weather as much as possible. Cindy has three rescue cats — Briley (biscuits), Harley (girl) and Jerry (curl). They all made the cross country trip from Atlanta to Los Angeles together.
Oscar / Lead Veterinary Technician
Oscar was born in Guatemala City but has been living in Los Angeles for over 20 years. He has been a Veterinary Technician for the last 10 years. Oscar is an extremely gifted cat handler and can calm even the most nervous kitties
Lee / Office Manager
Lee is our Office Manager. She is a native New Yorker (born and raised) but happy to call Southern California her second home. She loves literature, film, music, and cats! If you have any questions or concerns about your visit to our hospital, Lee is always happy to help.
Kathleen / Client Service Specialist
An Orange County native, Kathleen moved back to Southern California after earning her bachelors degree at the University of Tennessee. She has worked in the veterinary field for over two years and has experience in several areas of animal medicine, including reception, pharmacy and kennel work.
Although Kathleen does not have pets of her own, she especially enjoys working with animals in need of adoption. She has successfully found homes for several of them.
Kathleen enjoys going to the beach, traveling and cooking. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her wonderful family. Kathleen has a 2 1/2 year old son, Fredrick, who enjoys animals just as much as she does. He hopes to adopt a pet very soon.
Brittany / Client Service Specialist
Brittany is originally from the valley and commutes to West L.A. to offer you great customer service and quick check outs. She loves all types of animals and owns two small dogs named “Sadie” and “Henry” as well as a one kitty named “Kaya” You can always count on Britt for a friendly smile.