Alexis Kessler, DVM

Medical Director

Dr. Alexis Kessler grew up in New Jersey and moved to Philadelphia where she obtained a bachelor’s degree from Temple University. Following graduation, and after a brief stay in NYC, she moved to Los Angeles where she attended Western University for veterinary school – while working full time at ACCESS Specialty Animal hospital in Los Angeles as a veterinary technician. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2020 and went on to complete her Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at VCA West Los Angeles. After her internship she returned to ACCESS, where she has been working as an Emergency Staff Doctor.

Her professional interests include all aspects of small animal veterinary medicine, although building strong and lasting relationships with her clients is the most fulfilling aspect of her career. Dr. Kessler has an incredible capacity and willingness to better the lives of all people and animals that she meets.

Outside of work, Dr. Kessler enjoys living in Long Beach and spending time with her human and fur baby family, while taking in all the natural beauty that California has to offer.

Emily Miralaie, DVM

Dr. Emily Miralaie, originally from Iowa, relocated to the Central Valley of California where she resided until college. She played collegiate soccer and obtained her bachelor’s degree from CSU San Bernardino. After graduation, she worked as an emergency veterinary assistant prior to vet school. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. Dr. Miralaie is deeply passionate about providing education alongside high-quality preventative medicine, while also attending to any urgent care needs that may arise. She strives to provide comprehensive care for all patients, with a focus on improving the well-being of both pets and their owners. Outside of work, Dr. Miralaie enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and Lab mix, Ember.

Andrew Pongyan

Practice Manager

Drew, a California native, began working with companion pets in 2008 where he quickly learned that he has a natural passion for the veterinary field and veterinary medicine. It is this passion and a propensity for leadership that led Drew to further develop in his career, and to take on more challenging roles. He started in the field as a veterinary technician and has since managed large and dynamic general practices and emergency clinics – concentrating on developing the next generation of veterinary leadership. Drew will become eligible this year to become a Certified Veterinary Practice Manger.

Drew Loves spending time with his family here in Long Beach and engaging in a variety of outdoor activities. He also loves to read and finds enjoyment in furthering his education.