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Doctors

We believe you should expect the very best for your pet. At Gruda Veterinary Hospital, you can have confidence that your pet is receiving the highest quality compassionate veterinary care. Our doctors are highly trained and experienced, and are available to answer your questions about a range of concerns and conditions. Most of all, Gruda Veterinary Hospital’s veterinarians and staff truly care about you and your pet, and want you to have the best experience possible.

Robert A. Gruda, DVM

Dr. Gruda graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990.  Dr Gruda was born and raised in Gallup, New Mexico. He attended New Mexico State University for his undergraduate studies from 1983 to 1986.

Immediately following graduation from CSU, he returned to Las Cruces. He practiced there until 1994, when he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. From 1994 he worked in Santa Fe as an associate veterinarian for a local veterinary practice before opening Gruda Veterinary Hospital in 2001.

Dr. Gruda lives south of Santa Fe with his wife, Treva, and their four boys. When he is not at work he spends most of his time with his boys, two dogs, and one cat. He enjoys the outdoors, including camping, boating, fishing, and golf.

Dr. Gruda enjoys practicing all kinds of veterinary medicine for cats, dogs, and other small animals. He also devotes a significant amount of time on the surgical aspects of the practice.

Kimberly A. Freeman, DVM-CVA

Dr. Freeman earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida in 1997. She has practiced small and large animal medicine as well as emergency/critical care in New Mexico and Arizona over the last 18 years.

She was afforded the opportunity to study Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture while on the flexible emergency schedule and received her certification in 2006 from the Chi Institute in Florida.  Since then she has attended courses in Advanced tongue and pulse diagnosis as well as food therapy through the Chi Institute and is scheduled to be an instructor for the 2016 Basic Mixed Animal Acupuncture course this spring.  She has recently earned a Foundations of Herbalism certificate; a nine-month long intensive course in Western Herbs taught by Milagro School of Herbal Medicine.  Locally, she engages in a stimulating combination of Eastern and Western practice at Gruda Veterinary Hospital.

She is very interested in internal medicine, pain management, preventative medicine and food therapy using Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Herbalism techniques.

When not practicing veterinary medicine she is hiking, learning crossfit, traveling or making medicine with her sweet puppy Grace.

Lesley Gonzales, DVM

Dr. Lesley Gonzales graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine after attending New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro for her undergraduate studies.   While she grew up in several states including Colorado and Alaska, Dr. Gonzales fell in love with New Mexico after attending NMT where she met her husband, a local rancher.

Dr. Gonzales is particularly focused on all aspects of surgery as well as the challenging internal medicine cases.
She is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners but loves taking care of all patients coming into the hospital including rabbits, ferrets, and the occasional goat. She enjoys getting to know the people bringing in their critters and strives to provide personalized, quality veterinary care for each and every animal she meets.  

Lesley lives outside of Santa Fe with her husband Jason and their two dogs and two cats. During her free time,
she enjoys spending time with her husband and pets, catching up on sleep, reading, and hiking.  

 

Suzanna Jones, DVM-MS

Dr. Jones graduated from Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine following her Master’s degree in microbiology from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico.  Her professional interests include preventative health care, abdominal and cardiac ultrasound and internal medicine.

As a native New Mexican, she is thrilled to be back in the Land of Enchantment practicing veterinary medicine. Dr. Jones’ interest in veterinary medicine began at a young age when she spent many summers with her grandparents on their cattle ranch near the Laguna Pueblo reservation, outside of Portales, New Mexico. Other experiences such as working on a dairy farm and for a small animal veterinarian during college solidified her desire to become a veterinarian.

Dr. Jones enjoys the challenge of veterinary medicine and is honored to have the opportunity to care for every patient and client. Doctor Jones loves living in Santa Fe with her husband Johnny, two dogs (Spaniel ‘Maggie’ and Lab Mix ‘Quincy’) two rescue guinea pigs (Peanut Butter & Jelly) and even has a baby on the way! When she’s not working she enjoys being outdoors exploring Santa Fe & Traveling.

Becca Pava, DVM

Growing up in Albuquerque as an only child, Dr. Pava considered her 3 dogs and one cat as her siblings. From them, she learned the importance of the human-animal bond from a young age and always knew that she aspired to be a veterinarian so she could help perpetuate and strengthen that bond for other people and their furry companions.

After graduating earlier this year from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Pava is thrilled to be back in her home state. In addition to her DVM, Dr. Pava is pursuing certification in canine rehabilitation. Although Dr. Pava primarily works with dogs and cats, she holds a place in her heart for larger animals, particularly giraffes and elephants. This love developed in frequent childhood visits to the Albuquerque Bio Park, as well as a semester studying wildlife management in Kenya and Tanzania during undergrad at Connecticut College.

When she isn’t taking care of others’ animals, Dr. Pava loves spending time with her own animals – a dog and two cats – as well as her family and significant other, Rob. In her spare time she enjoys walking her dog, Charlie, playing board games, and watching TV & movies.

Joy Alesdatter, DVM-CVA-CAC

Dr. Joy Alesdatter graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. She has been practicing small animal veterinary medicine in Santa Fe since then.

Dr. Alesdatter enjoys all aspects of Eastern and Western veterinary medicine. In 2005 she completed Acupuncture training and certification at CSU.  She continued her education by studying Chinese Herbal therapy under Chinese herbalists, Dr. Gary Allen, DOM, and Dr. Mona Boudreaux, DVM.  She then completed all the TCVM herbal courses offered by Dr. Huisheng Xie, DVM & PhD, at the Chi Institute in Florida.

Recently she trained at Parker University in Dallas, TX, as a veterinary chiropractor and was certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.

When she is not working, Joy loves to spend time with family camping, boating, gardening, and biking.

Leslie Eisert, DVM

Dr. Eisert graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences with Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1995.  She then completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Rotating Internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey, followed by advanced training in a medical oncology residency at the University of California-Davis. She then made New Mexico her home and has practiced exclusively in Santa Fe for the past 21 years.
Dr. Eisert primary clinical interests are medical oncology, palliative care/pain management, as well as geriatric internal medicine.  She has 23 years of cytology experience and 13 years of performing abdominal ultrasounds as routine diagnostic tools for her patients. She has cultivated strong relationships with board certified specialists in many fields in order to present a tailored, state-of-the art treatment plan to every client.
Leslie lives in the forested foothills of Santa Fe surrounded by the wildlife and nature she adores. She shares her cabin with her two beloved dogs, Luke and Sophie.  Her passions include the study and practice of buddhism, as well as learning about other cultures through literature, food, and travel.