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Specialty Doctors

Dr. Greg Marsolais

Founder, Chief Surgeon
DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS

Dr. Greg Marsolais is originally from Citrus Heights, California. He completed his bachelor’s degree in animal science from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. In 1998, he left the west coast for Ames, Iowa where he earned a master’s of science degree in veterinary clinic science, as well as a doctor of veterinary medicine from Iowa State University. After graduating in 2002, Dr. Marsolais completed a small animal rotating internal medicine and surgery internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Maitland, Florida. In July of 2003, Dr. Marsolais began his surgical residency at the University of Illinois.

After his residency, Dr. Marsolais relocated to northern California where he helped found Veterinary Surgical Centers of the Delta. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (DACVS) upon successfully passing the ACVS examination in February 2007. In 2008, he moved to Monterey, California and founded Pet Surgeons, Inc., which became Pet Specialists of Monterey.  The doors opened in 2011 as a 24-hour emergency and specialty hospital in Del Rey Oaks, CA.

Dr. Marsolais always knew he wanted to be a veterinarian. He has two pet cats of his own, Cosmo and Dizzy. In his free time, he enjoys travelling, fishing, and making his own fishing lures for marlin and tuna. If Dr. Marsolais did not pursue veterinary medicine, he would be a deck hand on a fishing boat in Kona, Hawaii!

Dr. Mike Dearmin

DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS

After earning his DVM at UC Davis in 2000, Dr. Dearmin completed a rotating Small Animal Internal Medicine and Surgery Internship at Texas A&M. He then went on to a Small Animal Surgical Residency at the University of Georgia, which he completed in 2005. He spent the next decade working as a surgeon in Northern California and Reno. Dr. Dearmin is experienced in all areas of small animal surgery including soft tissue, orthopedic and minimally invasive procedures. Along with his clinical work, Dr. Dearmin has a particular interest in regenerative medicine. He has published articles and contributed to textbooks on topics such as surgical and traumatic wound infections, total hip replacement and minimally invasive surgery.

Dr. Jonathan M. Fradkin

Internal Medicine
DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (SAIM)

fradkin Dr. Jonathan Fradkin completed his undergraduate training and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Colorado State University. Following graduation in 1991, he entered the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps serving at diverse locations including Great Lakes, Illinois; Honduras, Central America; San Diego, California, and San Antonio, Texas. While in the Army, Dr. Fradkin trained at Texas A&M University where he completed a Small Animal Internal Medicine (ACVIM) residency and Master of Science in Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine with a Specialty of Small Animal Internal Medicine in 2001. Following retirement from the Army in 2004, Dr. Fradkin founded and ran a multispecialty and emergency veterinary practice in San Antonio TX. He joined Pet Specialists of Monterey in 2011.

Dr. Tara Ghormley

Internal Medicine
DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (SAIM)

Pet Specialists 2015-007 Dr. Tara Ghormley is originally from Arizona. She obtained her bachelors of science degree and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University. She completed a rotating small animal and surgery internship at VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center in San Diego, and a neurology internship in Florida. Dr Ghormley finished her residency in small animal internal medicine at VCA Los Angeles Veterinary Specialists and VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital in 2014. She is currently a board certified internal medicine specialists and a diplomat of the American Veterinary College of Internal Medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Ghormley spends time with her husband and cats and enjoys yoga, movies, science fiction, and playing her flute.

Dr. Alison Flynn


Dr. Alison Flynn is a board certified veterinary dermatologist who graduated with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology and Integrative Biology. She graduated in the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Flynn completed her internship training in small animal medicine and surgery at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Rancho Sante Fe, California. After her internship, she was a lecturer in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine where she discovered her interest in dermatology and ear diseases. She completed residency training in dermatology at the University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Flynn was a Professor of Dermatology at the University of Florida where she served as a clinical dermatologist and service chief in addition to leading a research laboratory and providing clinical and academic training to students, interns and residents. She built a successful private dermatology practice in South Miami prior to joining the team at the Pet Specialists of Monterey in 2013.

Dr. Michael Lesser

DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (cardiology)

Dr. Lesser graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. He went on to complete an internship in small animal medicine and surgery; and a residency in veterinary cardiology at the Animal Medical Center in New York. Upon completion of his residency Dr. Lesser took over as head of the clinical cardiology service until 1991.

In 1991, Dr. Lesser moved to Southern California. Shortly thereafter, he achieved Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Medicine (ACVIM) in the specialty of Cardiology and continued to grow his private cardiology referral practice. In 1998, Dr. Lesser and his wife Dr. Bonnie McGarr, also a veterinarian, established Advanced Veterinary Care Center (AVCC). Over the years, what began as a cardiology specialty practice developed into a full service, multi-specialty referral and emergency hospital.

As a board-certified cardiologist, Dr. Lesser’s expertise includes non-invasive techniques such as echocardiography, color flow Doppler ultrasound, electrocardiography and non-invasive blood pressure monitoring. Dr. Lesser also performs interventional cardiology including pacemaker implantation, balloon valvuloplasty, angiography and trans-catheter occlusion for patent ductus arteriosus.

As the head of the cardiology department at Pet Specialists of Monterey, Dr. Lesser’s philosophy is to help provide animals with a good quality of life for as long as possible. This is best achieved when there is a team effort which includes the owner, referring veterinarian, Dr. Lesser and his staff all working together to achieve a common goal. In his free time, he enjoys working on the family ranch where they have dogs, cats, donkeys, alpaca and tortoises!