Our Imaging Staff

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DR. ELANA RYBAK DVM, CVMA – IMAGING AND ANESTHESIA VETERINARIAN

Dr. Rybak joined the VNIOC team in August 2021 as part of the imaging anesthesia team at the Towson location, and brings a unique background to the practice. Dr. Rybak received her DVM degree from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. After a one-year general practice equine internship, she spent 6 years in an organ transplantation research laboratory at the University of Maryland-Baltimore running anesthesia for various projects. As a faculty research associate Dr. Rybak developed and consulted on anesthetic protocols for complex surgical and medical laboratory procedures for transplant and trauma research, and had the opportunity to teach medical students and surgery residents anesthesia techniques and protocols. After her time in academia, she moved on to work as a general practitioner in a small animal clinic where she also oversees and guides associates on anesthesia for routine procedures. In 2018, Dr. Rybak completed the CuraCore acupuncture program and is certified in veterinary medical acupuncture (cVMA). Dr. Rybak has a stong interest in anesthesia and pain management, and is impressed with the high level of patient care at VNIOC.

Dr. Rybak is a Michigan native but has lived in Baltimore since 2010. She spends her free time with her husband Justin, bark-tastic dog Teddy, and two cats Jackson and Cairo. Dr. Rybak also regularly volunteers with The Cats at Longstreet–a small regional cat rescue–helping with procedures and surgeries for animals in need. Dr. Rybak enjoys hiking, eating at local restaurants, is an avid horsewoman and casually competes in competitive distance trail riding.

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DR. JORGE POSADAS – IMAGING AND ANESTHESIA VETERINARIAN

Veterinarian Jorge Posadas, DVM, joined VNIOC in September 2020 and works in our Towson location, where he oversees anesthesia and veterinary care of patients undergoing advanced imaging.

Dr. Posadas has lived all around the country including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, California, Virginia, and now Maryland for the second time. He studied biology at the University of Southern California, where he experienced great weather and premier college football in addition to receiving a great education. After his undergraduate studies, he worked for several years at the biotechnology company SABiosciences (now part of QIAGEN) in Frederick, MD, while taking graduate courses at Hood College. He left industry to pursue his goals at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary medicine in Blacksburg, VA. One of his favorite rotations there was in anesthesia, where he received hands-on experience taking patients through the entire process of anesthetization and recovery. After receiving his DVM, he was a small animal general practitioner in Northern Virginia for several years before joining VNIOC.

In his free time, Dr. Posadas enjoys being a movie buff, weight lifting, and watching college football. Go Trojans and Hokies! He has not yet been able to fully experience everything Towson and Baltimore has to offer, but over time, he hopes to take in all the sights and try out all the restaurants.

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BETH, VETERINARY TECHNICIAN AND MRI TECHNOLOGIST

Born and raised in Baltimore, Beth grew up in an animal-loving family where rescuing wild animals was a common affair. She tells us, “We were the family that picked up the injured opossum after it was hit by a car, and rescued abandoned baby squirrels after a windstorm and delivered them to a wildlife sanctuary. At a young age, I had an understanding about the connection humans and animals can have. I used to just sit for hours and take turns petting all the neighbors’ dogs. That was when I realized I had a passion and interest in further connecting with and helping animals.”

She has put that passion into her work. When she joined VNIoC in May 2018, she already had more than a dozen years’ experience, having worked in general veterinary practice and orthopedic surgery, anesthesia, and MRI.

The mother of six-year-old daughter, Norah, Beth says, “I am proud to be a valued part of a team that has the same compassion, respect, and kindness I do–and to be working and raising my daughter in my hometown.”

COME WORK WITH US!
COME WORK WITH US!
COME WORK WITH US!