The SVMC Team

Dr. Daniel Levenson, DVM

Veterinarian

Is from Southern New Mexico, graduating from Gadsden High School. He attended college in Boston and then Gainesville, Florida, where he received his bachelor’s degree followed by his DVM from the University of Florida in 1993. He worked in northern and southern California before deciding to come home to New Mexico and has been in Albuquerque for over twelve years.

Dr. Laura Hedemann, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Hedemann is a native of Albuquerque and is excited to be back home! She received her biology degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and attended Colorado State University Veterinary School. She enjoys both internal medicine and surgery and emphasizes pain management and improving the quality of life of all her patients. She also has a big interest in exotic species and looks forward to always learning more.

Dr. Wren Abbott, DVM

Veterinarian

Wren Abbott is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from University of California at Berkeley before beginning her first career as a print journalist. She originally came to New Mexico to work as a crime reporter for the Rio Grande Sun newspaper in Española. An interest in biology and animals led her to go back to school and ultimately earn a DVM degree from Colorado State University. She loves working with exotic animals, including reptiles, birds and small mammals, but is a total sucker for her dog and cat patients too.

Alicia Foley

Lead Client Care Specialist

Alicia was born in Goshen, NY but moved to New Mexico at the early age of 1 year old. She has been working in the veterinary field for 15 years working mainly as a client care specialist and also doing some technician assistance when needed. She has a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix. She loves working with animals and to be working side by side with them is such a joy. She has worked with Dr. Levenson in the past and being able to work with him again is a pleasure. She loves working here at the Southwest Veterinary Medical Center because she really enjoys being able to spend one on one time with the clients and interacting with them she feels that is so important. When she is not at work she loves to read and to spend time with her friends, family, and her very special basset hound Tobin, and her wonderful Jack Russell Italian Greyhound Mix Marshmellow.

Angelique Ortega

Client Care Specialist

Though I am a New Mexico Native I did spend 16 years in Minnesota. I did graduate with an AAS in Integrated Studies from CNM with certificates in Veterinary Receptionist, Health, and public safety. I have been working with animals since I was 15 years old but have been around animals her whole life. She has 9 animals, including 4 dogs, 1 cat, 1 rat, 2 snakes and a fish. One of the many reasons she loves working at Southwest is that everyone treats our patients with the same respect and adoration as their own pets. When she is not at work she enjoys Anime, and spending time with her pets, friends, and her family.

Geneva Harstine

Registered Veterinary Technician

Born and raised in Albuquerque, Geneva graduated from CNM and has been working as a Registered Veterinary Technician since 2015. She likes finding new jogging buddies through freelance pet & house –sitting, and enjoys coming home to her kitty and ball python as well as excursions for hiking, yoga, and attending concerts on her off time.

Matthew Tlush

Registered Veterinary Technician

I am a native to New Mexico, love the fall here in Albuquerque. I went many different directions in life before I found my calling in the veterinary medicine world. I have an AS in Veterinary Technology from CNM and I have recently received my license from the State of New Mexico. I am excited to be welcomed into such a wonderful clinic here at Southwest Veterinary Medical Center and I look forward to building a relationship with clients and their beloved pets!

Raquel S.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Hi, I’m Raquel! I’m an RVT that has been with the company for a year. Rio Rancho is where I was born and raised. I earned an Associate in Liberal Arts from CNM Community College in 2014 and an Associate in Veterinary Technology in 2016. Following graduation, I became a licensed RVT in the state of New Mexico.

I enjoy learning new abilities, and there are no boundaries to what you can learn in the veterinary industry. I knew I was in the right line of work when I was surrounded by more animals than people.

Devyn, my spouse, and I live together. We have four dogs and two lizards. We spend most of our free time in the mountains. We cast a line in the river in the summer and shred the gnar in the winter.

Additional Staff

  • Sierra De Herrera
  • Valerie Roybal
  • Jade Roybal
  • Leigh Schneider