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SA Emergency & Critical Care Faculty & Staff


Andreza Conti-Patara, DVM, MSc, Ph.D.

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Originally from Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil, Dr. Conti-Patara earned her DVM degree from Sao Paulo State University, Botucatu, SP, Brazil, and a master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil. She completed a residency in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care at Washington State University.

Dr. Conti-Patara's research interests include sepsis, trauma, electrolytes disorders and analgesia in critically ill patients.

In her spare time, Andreza enjoys spending time with her husband, Marcelo, and sons, Lucas and Gabriel, and everything related to plants, gardens and orchids.

Asitha Pillai, BVSc & AH (DVM equivalent), MS, MS

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Originally from Kerala, India, Dr. Pillai earned her BVSc & AH degree and a master's degree in animal nutrition from the College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Kerala. She then earned a master's degree in genetics/genomics and her DVM degree through the PAVE program at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Pillai's research interests include molecular genetics.

In her spare time, Dr. Pillai enjoys listening to audiobooks and spending time with family.

Veterinary Technicians

Torie Garnatz, BS, RVT, VTS (ECC)

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Torie began her career working as a kennel assistant for local veterinarians in Tahlequah, Okla., while in high school.  After graduating, Torie went on to Northeastern State University and earned a BS in Organismic Biology.  Torie started working at an animal emergency center in Tulsa during her last semester at Northeastern. While attending Tulsa Community College, Torie worked full time in the animal emergency clinic.  She graduated with her Associates in Veterinary Technology in 2007. 

Shortly after graduation, she started working at the Boren Veterinary Medical Hospital in the Small Animal Critical Care Unit.  Within three years she became the Small Animal CCU Technician Supervisor. Torie joined the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians (AVECCT) in November 2016.

Alison Heitz, RVT

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Originally from Rantoul, Illinois, she lived in Texas for many years before moving to Stillwater. Alison holds an AAS degree in Veterinary Technology from Murray State College.

In her spare time, Alison enjoys being with her significant other, William, reading and trying new restaurants.

 Dianne Hudson, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia)

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Dianne Hudson graduated with an associate's degree in Animal Health from Murray State College in 1983. Her entire career has been spent at the Veterinary Medical Hospital, where she has worked for Small Animal Medicine, Equine Medicine and Surgery, and Small Animal ICU. In 1991, Dianne moved to the Anesthesia Service, and gained Anesthesia specialist status in February of 2003. She moved to the Critical Care Unit in 2019 to extend her knowlege base and skill set.

Dianne and her husband, Rob, have raised their two sons and now share their lives with three cats (Squeak, El Diablo Gatto, and Mattilda), Dianne’s barrel-racing horse (KoKo), and a flock of chickens.

Cody McCarley, RVT

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Cody is a Registered Veterinary Technician. He graduated from Murray State Collage in July 2012 with an Associate in Science. He took his state and National boards in August of 2012. Cody worked in mixed animal practice for five years before accepting a job with OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital in October of 2016.

Cody currently works weekends. He loves spending time with his beautiful wife Charlee Jo and his two kids.

Charity Surine, RVT

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Charity is a registered veterinary technician in the small animal critical care unit at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Originally from Perkins, Oklahoma, she earned an Associates of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology at Kent State University - New Philadelphia.

In her spare time, Charity enjoys hiking and being outdoors and sometimes spending a lazy day indoors watching movies.

Veterinary Assistant

Melissa Magazu

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Originally from Woolwich Township, New Jersey, she graduated as a 1st Lieutenant from the New York Military Academy and attended Camden County College in the veterinary technology program.

Magazu loves emergency medicine but also has a great passion for and interest in ophthalmology. Her father, Dr. Mark F. Magazu taught at OSU in 1983.

In her spare time, Melissa enjoys being with her husband, Joey and their three children ages 9, 5 and 1, being outdoors, going to the beach and traveling.