• Craig Griffin, DVM, Diplomate ACVD, Board Certified Veterinary Dermatologist
• Mona Boord, DVM, Diplomate ACVD, Board Certified Veterinary Dermatologist
Dr. Craig Griffin is a graduate of Cornell University and completed his residency at UC Davis in 1980. Dr. Griffin is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD), has served on the Board of Directors and examination committee for the ACVD and was the President of the ACVD in 1999/2000. He also served as president of the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology and of the Western States Veterinary Conference. Dr. Griffin is the founder and co-owner of Animal Dermatology Clinic.
Dr. Griffin is a frequent lecturer and clinical instructor of veterinary dermatology in this country and abroad. He has published many articles and books on small animal skin disease, including co-author of Muller and Kirks Small Animal Dermatology 5th -7th editions and co editor of Current Veterinary Dermatology, The Science and Art of Therapy. Dr. Griffin received the ACVD Award for Excellence for outstanding contributions in veterinary dermatology in 2001-2014.
• Kacie Blessing, DVM, Diplomate ACVD, Board Certified Veterinary Dermatologist
Dr. Mona Boord graduated from the University of California Davis in 1992 and joined the Animal Dermatology Clinic (ADC) in 1993. She completed her residency with ADC and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD) in 1997. She is passionate about improving the quality of life of her patients and their families by caring for and improving their skin conditions. To best accomplish this goal she strives to communicate clearly with families about how to best manage their pet’s condition with a long term plan.
Dr. Boord enjoys a challenge has learned to perform specialized surgeries including CO2 laser surgery, paw reconstructions and multiple mass removals. She also gets great pleasure in clearing and managing chronic infections of the paws and ears.
As a Clinical Professor at the Western University of Health Sciences Veterinary School, a residency program mentor for the American College of Veterinary Dermatology, and a Key Opinion Leader speaker nationally and international, Dr. Boord promotes the training of veterinary dermatology. She enjoys teaching students and residents not only the knowledge base they need to assist clients with their pet’s medical condition, but also the technique of clear communication and compassion important for the long term successful management of dermatology cases.
Dr. Boord's publications include contributing author of Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy XIII, Current Therapy in Equine Medicine V, Small Animal Dermatology Secrets, and Veterinary Allergy, as well as publications in several veterinary journals.
Outside of work, Dr. Boord enjoys competitive performance events with her own dogs including obedience, agility, herding, and tracking.
• Christie Yamazaki, DVM, Diplomate ACVD, Board Certified Veterinary Dermatologist
Dr. Kacie Blessing completed her bachelor's degree in biochemistry at Arizona State University and graduated from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She then completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at the VCA West Los Angeles. Upon finishing her internship, she accepted a residency position with the Animal Dermatology Clinic's San Diego location in July 2012 and achieved Diplomate status in November 2015. Dr. Blessing became very interested in dermatology when her own personal dog required a veterinary dermatologist.
Dr. Yamazaki obtained her bachelor's degree from UC San Diego in 2007. Reconsidering her previous career plan, she began working in a multi-specialty veterinary hospital as a receptionist, eventually becoming a technician in their dermatology department. She worked in this position for 3 years, and found herself drawn to the potential of becoming a veterinary dermatologist herself.
Dr. Yamazaki graduated in 2014 from the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island (Canada). She moved back to San Diego and completed a rotating internship at VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center, followed by a dermatology specialty internship at Veterinary Specialty Hospital, and then eagerly accepted a residency position with Animal Dermatology Clinic in 2016.
Outside of the clinic Dr. Yamazaki enjoys yoga, reading food blogs, volunteering as an active member of the Junior League of San Diego, and exploring farmer's markets with her husband and two chihuahuas.