Lakewood Pet Vet
Providing Quality Pet Care

Meet The Doctors

Paul Cechner, DVM

Orthopedic Surgeon

Mobile surgery specialist Paul Cechner, D.V.M, D.A.C.V.S. takes care of our hospital’s more complicated surgery cases, as he does for several hospitals in our community. He graduated from Veterinary School in 1973 from the University of Illinois and completed his surgical residency in 1976 at Purdue, where he stayed on as an Assistant Professor of Surgery through 1983.

When he is not involved in the surgical treatment of the pets of the Los Angeles area, his animal family of five cats keeps him busy at home.

Ginny De La Hoya, DVM

Medical Director

Dr. Ginny De La Hoya is a Los Angeles native. She graduated from the 
College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in 
2010. She is married and has 6 fur babies, 4 dogs and 2 cats. She 
previously worked at a 24 hour emergency practice and did an internship in 
Emergency and Critical Care. Ginny joined or team late 2016. She enjoys 
hiking, the beach and traveling on her spare time. 

Yu Fen "Dr. Jen" Hwang, DVM

Dr. Jen is excited to be part of the Lakewood Pet Vet family! Dr. Jen is a New York native and received her undergraduate degree from 
Stony Brook University in NY. After graduating from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine she completed her clinical studies at the University of Illinois. She then successfully completed a rigorous small animal rotating surgery and medicine internship program at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in NYC. 

In October 2014, Dr. Jen made the permanent move to sunny SoCal. In her spare time, Dr. Jen enjoys trying new restaurants, excercise and spending time with her fiance Mike and Rupert the cat. She also loves relaxing, watching movies and yoga. 

Dr. Kristina Naef


Dr. Kristina Naef was born and raised in the South Bay. She attended  undergraduate school at Arizona State University, before pursuing a Master’s degree in biomedical sciences at Colorado State University. While  iving in Colorado, she worked for the Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic before moving to Indiana to complete her DVM at Purdue University. Her veterinary interests include behavior, soft tissue surgery,  ophthalmology and internal medicine. She has a passion for shelter medicine and enjoys volunteering with shelter and rescue groups. 

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Naef loves practicing yoga and whipping up  culinary delights! She enjoys music, hiking and spending time with her family, which includes two cats, Gordon and Wheatley.

Dr. Katie O'Neill

Dr. Katie O'Neill grew up in Los Angeles before heading up the coast to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and obtaining her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science. She then returned to Southern California and received her D.V.M. degree from Western University of Health Sciences.
She is very excited to join our team. Dr. O'Neill spends her free time with her Fiance Oliver, Lucy the dog
and Little Bit the cat.

Dr. Tiffany Dang

Dr. Tiffany Dang was born and raised in Huntington Beach. After graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health 
Sciences, she completed a rigorous one year rotating internship at Inland Valley Veterinary Specialist and Emergency Center where she gained 
experience in many fields including, emergency, internal medicine, oncology, surgery and shelter medicine. Outside of work Dr. Dang enjoys spending time with her fiance, trying out new food, baking and watching online cats and dogs videos. Her family consists of two dogs, cat, two lovebirds, box turtle and fish.