Your Imaging Team
Animal Imaging's staff includes five DVM's, an MRI technologist, a nuclear medicine technologist, an anesthesia supervisor, an MRI technician and additional personnel in supporting roles.
The center is the only private practice in the region to have two board certified radiologists on staff full-time.
Animal Imaging's skilled and highly trained radiologists are able to offer accurate treatment recommendations; professional case guidance is one of Animal Imaging's strongest suits.
Meet the team.
Jake Hersman, DVM, Equine Director, Founder
Jake Hersman graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. Dr. Hersman established the Argyle Veterinary Clinic in Argyle, Texas. In 1990, he established the Las Colinas Veterinary Clinic, which premises are now devoted to Animal Imaging. Dr. Hersman’s areas of interest include radiology, scintigraphy and lameness diagnosis and treatment for the equine. Dr. Hersman directs the equestrian imaging program for Animal Imaging.
Rita Echandi, DVM, DACVR
Dr. Echandi received her DVM from Ohio State University in 2003. After completing her radiology residency in 2007 from the University of Tennessee, Dr. Echandi then accepted an assistant professor position in the radiology department of Ohio State University. Dr. Echandi will be available to perform diagnostic procedures at Animal Imaging.
Beth Biscoe, DVM, MS, DACVR
Dr. Biscoe received her DVM from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006 and a Master of Science degree (Veterinary Sciences) from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. She did her diagnostic imaging residence at Washington State University from July 2011 to July 2014 and obtained diplomate status in September 2014. Dr. Biscoe grew up on a dairy farm in Virginia and likes to spend her spare time horseback riding, cooking and hiking with her dogs and husband, Kyle.
Dana Neelis, DVM, MS, DACVR
Dr. Neelis received her DVM from Michigan State University in 2006. After completing her radiology residency at Washington State University in 2011, she took a position as assistant professor at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. Dr. Neelis enjoys imaging all species and has extensive experience with the equine.
Myra Barrett, DVM, MS, DACVR, Assistant Professor at Colorado State University
DVM: Colorado State University, 2010
BA: Stanford University
Area of interest: Equine MRI, equine ultrasound, radiology, scintigraphy.
Dr. Barrett is on site at Animal Imaging twice monthly for consultation.
Ashley Yanchik, DVM
Dr. Yanchik grew up in northeast Pennsylvania and received her undergraduate degree in biology from Kings College. She received her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania and completed an internship there as well, at the New Bolton Center. Over the last three years, Dr. Yanchik worked at a primarily sports-medicine related equine clinic outside of Chicago before coming to Animal Imaging. Outside of work, she enjoys riding her horse, Rudy, and being active outdoors with her dog, Kora.
Marilyn Moss, MRI Technologist
From 2000 until joining Animal Imaging in 2005, Marilyn provided MRI services for the North Texas Referral Center. In addition to her business and management skills, Marilyn is a registered technologist in MRI, nuclear medicine and radiology.
Lynne Castleman, Nuclear Medicine Technologist
After a career in the radio and television industry, Lynne turned her lifelong love of horses into a nuclear medicine technologist position with the Imaging Center conducting bone scans for both companion animals and the equine. Lynne is consistent in her ability to produce quality studies to enhance the diagnosis of pathologies and abnormalities in her imaging patients.
Susan has been involved in veterinary medicine since 1988, including experience at a large veterinary referral hospital in North Texas. Susan’s role as office manager at Animal Imaging includes being a liaison between Animal Imaging and referring veterinary clinics. Her knowledge of the companion animal and equine practice is invaluable.
Michael has been involved in the IT field for over 10 years. He joined the Animal Imaging team in 2008 and has extensive training in MR technology.
Sunni LaRue, RVT
Angela Cimaglia, RVT
Carie Turner, RVT