Laszlo Pallai, DVM
Dr. Laszlo Pallai is a graduate of Colorado State University’s Veterinary School. Always believing and observing that the human and the dog are a match made in heaven he desired to spend his life serving both and strengthening that bond. He has practiced in southern California since 1986.
He loves tinkering and problem solving and appreciates the opportunities his vocation provides him in putting these skills to use helping his clients and their best friends. Nothing is more gratifying than restoring a fellow being to health and happiness!
Dr. Pallai is active in his church and is married to his wife of twenty eight years. He has two sons, one works for the Department of defense and the other is a pilot and completing his university studies in economics. In his spare time Dr. Pallai enjoys hiking with his dog and biking in the Santa Monica Mountains. He often Vacations in Idaho and loves skiing in Sun Valley where he often sees moose, elk and other wonders.
Francisco, Registered Veterinary Technician
Francisco grew up here in Los Angeles, has a true love for animals and their people and is very invested in giving them the best veterinary experience. His passion led him to initially pursue a degree in biology at California State University, Northridge and then earn his Registered Veterinary Technician license in California. He has worked in the veterinary field since 1993 and managed a large hospital for 10 years before purchasing Rainbow Veterinary Hospital with his wife Claudia. Owning a hospital of their own has a been a dream to provide the best quality medicine for the animals they care for. He also hopes to attend veterinary school to complete his ultimate dream of becoming a veterinarian.
Claudia, Registered Veterinary Technician
Claudia is a Los Angeles native who graduated from UC Davis with a major in animal science. She has always had a strong interest in animals. Ever since childhood she experienced first-hand the beauty of the human-animal bond with her family pet, a cat named Mittens. She first started working in the veterinary field in 1992. After receiving her bachelor’s degree and RVT license from Northern California, she returned to the San Fernando Valley to continue her career. Claudia and Francisco have two children, Sophia and Joaquin and a 5 pound chihuahua, Rocky Road. They enjoy going to the beach, hiking, being outdoors, spending time with friends and participating in church.
Karen, Veterinary Assistant
Raised in Huntington Park, California, Karen is the middle child out of 4 siblings. Her hobbies include gardening, arts and crafts, cooking, and hiking. When she is done with the work day, her two dogs Chabela and Chica welcome her home and cuddle up beside her.
Growing up, Karen always had dogs in the family as well as birds, fish, and small pocket pets like mice. She has always loved animals since youth but there was one experience that sparked her curiosity in the field of veterinary medicine. Her Dalmatian puppy Minnie had parvo virus—a disease that is often fatal to puppies—and Karen was deeply saddened because she did not understand how her dog had gotten sick or why she passed away. Karen, although initially upset, was also intrigued by what had happened and she took it upon herself to learn more about animal diseases and treatment. This experience, in other words, impacted Karen in ways that would eventually lead her to the veterinary field.
Karen initially was studying business in college since she was given an opportunity to work in the banking industry; however, she had a feeling that this career path was not aligning with her interests. She reflected on other options and confirmed that she wanted to enroll in the Veterinary Technician program at Pierce College instead. During this time, Karen worked at a doggy daycare facility and learned more about animals and particular breeds. During work and school, she was able to receive hands-on experience/training with various species like cats, dogs, livestock and small exotics. Karen is now part of the Rainbow Vet staff and recently received her associates’ degree from Pierce College in 2017. Karen enjoys assisting in surgery because she feels every day is a new learning experience and she likes seeing pets leave the hospital in good health. She is currently preparing for the national exam to get her RVT license.
Jennifer, Veterinary Assistant
Jennifer grew up in the Hollywood / Los Angeles area with her parents and other family members. Being an only child, she often felt that pets were her brothers and sisters, even though she argues with her cousins as if they were her siblings. Jennifer always wanted to keep her pets happy and healthy, which is why she got into the veterinary field. Now she cares for pets every day as a Veterinary Assistant at Rainbow Veterinary Hospital!
During her senior year at Hollywood High School, she started volunteering at different rescues from dogs and cats to even pocket pets. After high school, Jennifer started volunteering at the Burbank Animal Shelter while attending college classes. She’s currently attending Pierce College and Los Angeles Valley College to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. After volunteering at Rainbow Veterinary Hospital, she was hired on—she loves seeing a pet leave the hospital happy, and especially enjoys when a healthy animal licks her face as a thank-you!
Jennifer’s family has many pets. Oscar is her 4-year old Doberman that lives an active lifestyle since he loves going hiking and running. Mia—her 8 year old Pitbull that loves going on car rides and sleeping—is the only female dog in her house. Blue is her 5-year old blue Doberman that loves playing in the water, especially jumping into the pool. Max, who is the smallest and second oldest dog of the household, shows that he owns the house and is still a youngster that loves swimming, going camping to Yosemite, and going on the jet-ski although being 8 years old. Jennifer also has three rabbits that are well behaved and have been trained to be play around her yard with her dogs, three guinea pigs, a few goldfish, and birds!
In her free time, Jennifer likes being with her family and friends. She likes going hiking with her dogs, attending Dodger games, and going to theme parks for fun. She does like to go shopping and eat at different places, especially eating dessert!
Haylee, Veterinary Assistant
Sam, Veterinary Assistant, DVM Student
Since she was a young child, Samantha has always loved everything and anything to do with animals. Her favorite shows growing up were the Crocodile Hunter and the Jeff Corwin Experience because it was fascinating to see and learn about all the different creatures on our planet. She was inspired by the compassion and respect that these shows expressed for animals and it convinced her that she wanted to become a veterinarian when she grew up. One day, while visiting family, she found a bird with its feet stuck in a glue mouse trap. When she saw the bird flapping around helplessly trying to get free, Samantha knew she had to do something to help. Without hesitation, she jumped to the aide of this bird by gently wrapping it in a towel and slowly trying to pry its little feet from the glue. Once it was free, she felt a great sense of satisfaction when the bird was able to fly away. This experience reinforced her desire to pursue veterinary medicine later in life.
After graduating from high school, Samantha initially decided to major in Biology at the University of California Riverside. By the end of her first year, she knew Biology was not the path for her. When Samantha learned about the pre-veterinary program at Pierce College, she swiftly left Riverside and attended her first pre-veterinary courses at Pierce College in the Fall of 2013. She loved all the hands-on experience working with the sheep, goats, chickens, and cattle at the Pierce Farm. Samantha then transferred to Cal Poly Pomona in the fall of 2016 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. She is in her second year at Cal Poly and will be graduating in 2018.
Samantha has had a variety of pets since her childhood—everything from geckos, snakes, dogs, birds, cats, and rabbits. Currently, she has 2 miniature schnauzers named Sasha and Ebony, 1 cat named Meow Meow, and a fat rabbit named Charlie. Her favorite pastimes include drawing, hiking, going to the beach, and watching Netflix.
Stefani, Veterinary Assistant, DVM Student
Stefani grew up in Inglewood, California and moved to Burbank back in 2012. She attended the all-girls Catholic high school Immaculate Heart in Los Angeles and then got her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Cal Poly Pomona in 2017. During her free time, Stefani likes to go shopping, hiking with her dogs Dobby & Piper, draw, and spend quality time with her family and college buddies.
Stefani’s innate curiosity to understand animal biology and to improve their welfare has been fostered since childhood. The earliest memories of her youth were all animal-oriented—from caring for stray cats’ litters to taking in malnourished stray dogs. She confirmed her dream to be a vet at age nine when she took a family friend’s dog to a vet after noticing it was lethargic and the rear was heavily soiled and lacerated. With no prior knowledge of its preexisting condition, the vet told her that the dog had a severe maggot infestation and required immediate treatment. Although the dog did not survive, Stefani remembers how sincere and compassionate the vet was as she explained thoroughly how this dog—which was not even her pet—ended up in this horrible state. The vet educated her on preventative medicine and was mindful to disclose her concerns and observations to Stefani. Stefani then realized the importance of initiating interpersonal relationships between doctors and pet owners since their mutual interest lies in the health of our beloved animals. Not only did this moment shed light on what the field entails, but also it revealed that it requires a lifetime commitment of continued learning—something that Stefani found intriguing ever since.
From the moment she enrolled in college as an Animal science major at Cal Poly Pomona, Stefani knew she had to work extremely hard to achieve her goal of entering the profession. She received hands-on experience on both companion and livestock animals and furthered her knowledge in laboratory procedures, all of which prepared her for clinical settings. Once she started getting clinical experience here at Rainbow in 2015, she has benefitted immensely from her time here which has strengthened her knowledge of veterinary diagnosis, surgical skills, and approaches to routine exams with regard to nutrition and breed predisposition.
Stefani has been accepted into the class of 2021 of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. She is very excited to embark on this career path and hopes to open her own private practice in the future. She wants to pursue small animal medicine with an interest in small exotics. She also wishes to explore the specialties of Radiology and Pathology. Although aware that veterinary school will be challenging, Stefani knows she is capable of making a difference in the world and intangible rewards await her.
Elizabeth, Client Care Representative