Meet the veterinarians of Thaw Animal Hospital:
Dr. Kamila Shmakalova, also known as “Dr. K,” was born in Russia and moved to the states as a child. She grew up in NYC, where she received her undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College and graduated Cornell University of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 with a passion for shelter medicine and small animal general practice. Dr. K moved to New Mexico after graduation and shortly after joined Santa Fe Animal Shelter. Dr. K’s professional interests include emergency medicine, surgery and helping strengthen the human-animal bond through client education. Dr. K sees cats, dogs and sometimes exotics.
Dr. Jasmine Olivas joined the Clare Eddy Thaw team in August 2019. She is a northern New Mexico native who always knew she wanted to return to the Land of Enchantment to practice. Dr. Olivas received her undergraduate degree from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2013 from Colorado State University. The best part of the job for Dr. Olivas is simply meeting new pets and their guardians; being able to witness and be part of the sacred human-animal bond. Her areas of specific interest are soft-tissue and orthopedic surgery. In her spare time, Dr. Olivas enjoys reading, listening to music, trying new foods, and spending time with her four dogs and family.
Dr. Sohaila Jafarian is a first-generation Iranian who grew up in Texas. She completed her DVM and Masters of Public Health at Kansas State University in 2018. Her MPH project introduced a passion for community-based healthcare and the realization of the lack of community-based interventions in veterinary medicine. After graduation, she went on to a rotating internship with VCA in Albuquerque, NM, gaining valuable clinical experience in emergency medicine, internal medicine, and surgery. After her rotating internship, she had the opportunity to work at the University of Pennsylvania as a Community Medicine Intern. At Penn, she worked with 9 different shelter organizations across the Philadelphia area, all with different missions, focuses, and resources. This was an invaluable experience to see the positive impact of veterinary community medicine in action. She has now returned to New Mexico with aspirations to be a part of creating positive change within the state and taking part in creating broader solutions for our field.
Dr. Kellie Levin received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University where she majored in Animal Science. She went on to receive her DVM from Ross University. Immediately after graduating from Ross, she spent almost a year in London, England studying for her Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and working in a small animal practice. Prior to working at Thaw Animal Hospital, Dr. Levin worked in the towns of Greenwich, Bridgeport and Norwalk, Connecticut. In addition to treating cats and dogs, her interests include treating pocket pets, especially ferrets and rats. She even performed surgery on her own goldfish! When not working, Dr. Levin spends time with her rescue dogs Frances, a German Short-haired Pointer and Weezie, a pit bull.