Dr. Carley Saelinger

Dr. Saelinger is the founder and CEO of Cardiac Vet, Inc., a telemedicine service for interpretation of cardiac diagnostic studies and a mobile echo service for veterinarians. Dr. Saelinger is a graduate of The Schreyer Honors College at the Pennsylvania State University. She obtained her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. She then completed a one-year rotating internship at the University of Florida in Gainesville, followed by a cardiology internship and cardiology residency at Louisiana State University from 2008-2012. In 2012, she successfully completed the ACVIM exams and the Cardiology specialty boards to become a Diplomate (Board Certified Cardiologist) of the ACVIM in the specialty of Cardiology.

 

Dr. Saelinger’s clinical interests include medical and surgical treatment of arrhythmias. She is one of two cardiologists in the United States who specialize in implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) placement, programming and defibrillation. She also customizes pacemaker programming for individual canine patients. She has vast experience and a long time special interest in the pathophysiology & treatment of arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (AC) of Boxers and English Bulldogs. You can view her publications on this topic below.

 

When Dr. Saelinger has free time from keeping pets’ hearts healthy, you can find her doing the same for people. Dr. Saelinger is passionate about fitness and is a certified Spin and Body Pump instructor. See her website: thevetwhosweats.com for more information.

 

Dr. Saelinger also is the department head of cardiology at the Animal Specialty and Emergency Center (ASEC) in Los Angeles, CA.

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Wiggens K, Saelinger C. Isorhythmic atrioventricular dissociation, JAVMA, Feb 1, 2019, Vol:254(3):pages 350-352.

Vila J, Moise S, Oxford E, Fox P, Reynolds C, Saelinger C. Structural and molecular pathology of the atrium in boxer arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. JVC, February 2017, vol: 19(1):57-67.

Pariaut R. Saelnger C. Cardiovascular disorders chapter 7, Clinical Medicine of the Dog and Cat, Third Edition, edited by Michael Schaer and Frederic P. Gaschen, July 2016.

McMahon P, Saelinger C. Reversal of echocardiographic right-sided heart pathology in a dog with severe pulmonary hypertension: a case report.  Veterinary Medicine Research and Reports. June 2015, vol 2015(6):211-218. 

Rademacher N, Pariaut R, Pate J, Saelinger C, Kearney MT, Gaschen L. Transthoracic lung ultrasound in normal dogs and dogs with cardiogenic pulmonary edema: a pilot study. Vet Radiol Ultrasound. 2014 Jul-Aug;55(4):447-52.

Pariaut R, Saelinger C, Strickland K, Vila J, Reynolds C, Beaufrere H. Tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE) in dogs: reference values and impact of pulmonary hypertension, JVIM, September 2012, vol: 26(5):1148-54.

Pariaut R, Saelinger C, Vila J, DeForge W, Queiroz-Williams C, Reynolds C, Beaufrere H, Zimmerman M. Evaluation of shock waveform configuration on the defibrillation capacity of implantable cardioverter defibrillators in dogs, JVC 2012, vol:14(3):389-398.

Pariaut R, Saelinger C, Queiroz P, Strickland K, Marshall C. Implantable cardioverter defibrillator in a German shepherd dog with ventricular arrhythmias, JVC, September 2011, vol: 13(3):203-210.

Le Roux A, Rademacher N, Saelinger C, Rodriguez D, Pariaut R, Gaschen L. Value of tracheal bifurcation angle measurement as radiographic sign of left atrial enlargement in dogs. VRU, 2012: Jan-Feb;53(1):28-33.

Ratterree W, Geiger T, Saelinger C, Pariaut R. The Value of Echocardiography and Electrocardiogram as Screening Tools Prior to Doxorubicin Administration: 101 Cases (2000-2009).  JAAHA 2012; Mar-Apr;48(2):89-96

Saelinger C, Estrada A, Maisenbacher H. ECG of the Month-The Brody Effect.JAVMA, 7/15/08, Vol:233(2):231-234.

Saelinger C, Lewbart G, Christian L, et al. Prevalence of Salmonella spp in cloacal, fecal, and gastrointestinal mucosal samples from wild North American turtles JAVMA, 7/15/06, Volume 229(2):266-268.

*Board-Certification in a specialty of veterinary medicine indicates that the individual has received and completed post-graduate specialty training in an approved residency program and passed a certifying examination.

Dr. Meghan Allen

Dr. Meghan Allen is a native New Orleanian, however she has been calling the west coast her home since 2016. She graduated from Louisiana State University with an undergraduate degree in animal sciences and went on to attend veterinary school there where she graduated from veterinary school in 2015. 

After completing a one-year rotating internship at the University of Florida, she traveled to Los Angeles for a one-year cardiology internship. She then completed a three-year cardiology residency at Oregon State University after which she became board certified in cardiology. Dr. Allen enjoys all aspects of cardiology with a particular favorite being the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. 

She particularly enjoys getting to know her patients, learning each pet’s individual personality and reducing patient stress through warmth and compassion. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and just about anything related to food.

 

Dr. Scott Forney

Scott Forney, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology) was raised in Martinez, Georgia and currently resides in Boulder City, Nevada.  He graduated from the University of Georgia with an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology.  He went on to obtain his veterinary degree at the University of Georgia in 2004.  The following year he completed a rotating internship at North Carolina State University followed by a 3-year cardiology residency at the California Animal Hospital in West Los Angeles, CA.  He obtained his board certification in 2009 and has been a clinical cardiologist at the Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center since 2008 where he continues to work. 

Dr. Forney’s clinical interests include medical management of chronic heart disease, echocardiography, and client and veterinarian education.  Outside of work he enjoys golf, tennis, live music, and all things related to sports (Go Dawgs, Braves, Falcons, and Golden Knights!).  He has two sons that he loves to geek out with at the comic book store and a wife of over 17 years that he loves traveling with as much as possible.  

Dr. Rima Kharbush

Rima Kharbush, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology) is originally from the Midwest, having been born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. She attended Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota for her undergraduate education, then received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Wisconsin in 2016. After pursuing rotating and cardiology internships in Albuquerque and Los Angeles respectively, she completed her residency training in cardiology at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. She obtained board certification in 2021. She currently works as a clinical cardiologist at the Animal Emergency and Referral Center of Minnesota.

Dr. Kharbush’s clinical interests include treating cardiac emergencies, performing minimally invasive interventional procedures to treat congenital and acquired disease, and the clinical utilization of echocardiography. She has a particular interest in the advancement of feline medicine, as well as working together with owners and veterinarians to optimize chronic heart failure therapy and maximize quality of life in her patients. When she is not at work, Dr. Kharbush enjoys reading, playing soccer, watching Packers games, and taking advantage of local cuisine and breweries. She also spends a significant amount of time spoiling her dog, a little chihuahua mix named Dobby, who she adopted as a resident after surgical repair of a heart defect.

Chelsi Bush

Chelsi is the head echo sonographer and cardiac diagnostic imaging technician of Cardiac Vet, Inc.

Chelsi is a San Diego native and later attended the University of California Santa Barbara, on a full-ride athletic scholarship. After injury ended her athletic career, she began pursuing her love of animals by working in a fast pace, small animal, private practice, while simultaneously furthering her education in veterinary medicine.

From 2005-2017, Chelsi worked as an intricate part of a successful small animal, private veterinary practice in West Los Angeles. There she was responsible for managing anesthesia during surgical procedures, in addition to coordinating and obtaining all laboratory diagnostics including biochemistry and imaging.

In 2017, Chelsi joined Dr. Saelinger’s cardiology team in West Los Angeles. As a cardiology supervisor, she is responsible for aiding in training specialty interns and technicians in echocardiography, interpretation, and managing anesthesia for cardiac related procedures (i.e. pacemaker implantation, balloon valvuloplasty, PDA occlusion).

When Chelsi is not in the hospital or out performing echocardiograms, she is likely at the beach or hiking with her dog.

Sandi Pruneda

Cardiac Diagnostic Imaging Technician

Hello, my name is Sandra Pruneda and I’m an RVT. My love for animals began long ago. I would bring home all sorts of little creatures, which made the family a little crazy, but helping them brought me so much joy! Over my 32 years working in veterinary medicine, I’ve worked multiple specialties. I used to think emergency medicine was my calling but after 15 years, I discovered cardiology! Never in my dreams did I think I would enjoy it but to my surprise, I found that I really love the heart! It’s been a wild 11 years in cardio but I’ve met so many wonderful people and learned so much! I hope to continue working in cardiology for a long time! Currently, I spend my free time relaxing with my many fur babies and family, and messing around with my plants. I love the outdoors…its always brought such peace!

Jessica Martinez

Cardiac Diagnostic Imaging Technician