Slide Treating The Whole Pet Internal medicine specialists (internists) are board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). Because of their advanced training and experience managing complicated medical conditions, patients with uncommon, difficult to manage, or multiple coexisting medical problems benefit from the care of an internist. Internists utilize specialized diagnostics, including advanced imaging (endoscopy, ultrasound, CT scan, MRI) and extensive laboratory testing to diagnose complex medical conditions.

GARY BLOCK

BOARD CERTIFIED—INTERNAL MEDICINE

Dr. Block completed his veterinary degree at New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in 1991. He then completed an internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston in 1992. He obtained his residency training in internal medicine at Purdue University and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1994. Dr. Block pursued his interests in animal welfare and the human–animal bond by entering a degree program at the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University and he obtained his Master’s Degree in 1997. Dr. Block is past president of the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association and the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics. He is the current President of the Board of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and a board member for Foster Parrots, a Rhode Island-based bird sanctuary. He was a founding board member and Treasurer for 10 years of the non-profit Companion Animal Foundation that helps to provide reduced cost veterinary care for those in need.

He is the father of two beautiful children, Elsa and Derek, and happily married to his equally beautiful wife, veterinarian Justine Johnson. His “extended family” includes three horses, two goats, two dogs, three cats, and two tortoises—some of which his beautiful children actually help to care for.

SARAH CRAIN

BOARD CERTIFIED—INTERNAL MEDICINE

Dr. Sarah Crain completed her veterinary degree at the University of Minnesota in 2008, followed by a rotating internship at North Carolina State University. She then spent a year practicing emergency medicine at a clinic in northeastern Pennsylvania. She returned to Minnesota for her residency in small animal internal medicine and completed a master’s degree in veterinary science, and became board certified in 2014. Following her residency, she spent several years at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts, where she taught and did research focusing on the effects of canine stem cells on the immune system. She also got involved with STEM education programs for middle and high-school students. She is thrilled to join the team at OSVS! Her main clinical interests include gastroenterology, pancreatic, autoimmune, and infectious disease.

In her spare time, Dr. Crain volunteers at low-cost spay/neuter and vaccine clinics. She loves spending time outdoors, hiking, camping, and swimming. She also loves traveling, reading, cooking, and painting and drawing. She lives in Providence with her cat, Lando, and her beagle, Baxter.

REBECCA KESSLER

BOARD CERTIFIED—INTERNAL MEDICINE

Dr. Becky Kessler Vodnick, born and raised in Westchester County, NY, completed her undergraduate degree at Brown University in 2003. She then moved to the “gorges” Ithaca, NY where she completed her veterinary degree at the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in 2007. Her post-graduate veterinary education includes a rotating internship at our very own Ocean State Veterinary Specialists (2008), a fellowship in Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine at the Matthew J Ryan Veterinary Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (2009), and residency training at Cornell University (2012). She received her board certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2012, shortly after which she relocated to Rhode Island to re-join the OSVS team that helped shape her early veterinary career. Dr. Kessler’s clinical interests are widespread, and include hematology and transfusion medicine, auto-immune disease, gastroenterology, endocrinology, and renal disease, and she is thrilled to be a part of the team of passionate doctors, nurses, and support staff at OSVS.

Personally, Dr. Kessler lives locally with her husband, two daughters, and standard goldendoodle (“Juno”), who is a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen, retired OSVS blood donor, and overall goofball. Outside of work, Dr Kessler enjoys hiking with her family, baking desserts, recreational tennis, and downhill skiing.

CARRIE LESTER

BOARD CERTIFIED—INTERNAL MEDICINE

Dr. Carrie Lester, originally from Maple Grove, Minnesota, attended undergraduate college at the University of Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Veterinary School in 2007. Since then, she has spent four years at Tufts Veterinary School completing an internship and residency in small animal internal medicine. She recently had a big year with a new job at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists, purchasing a house, and getting married.

In her free time, Dr. Lester enjoys hiking, fishing with the other OSVS Dr. Lester, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family.

LAUREN MONHAIT

Dr. Laurie Monhait is originally from Delaware and completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Haverford College, outside of Philadelphia, PA. She then went on to complete her veterinary training at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2011. After veterinary school she completed a rotating internship at VCA South Shore in Weymouth, MA, and a specialty internship in internal medicine and critical care at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, TX. She then returned to the New England area to complete her internal medicine residency at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA. Dr. Monhait has recently relocated to Rhode Island and is excited to join the Internal Medicine team at Ocean State.

Outside of work Dr. Monhait enjoys running and being active, hiking, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

PAUL WORHUNSKY

BOARD CERTIFIED—INTERNAL MEDICINE

Dr. Paul Worhunsky graduated from Ross University in 2004 after completing his clinical year at Auburn University. He spent the next 2.5 years in general practice before moving on to a 1 year rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Illinois. He then completed a 3 years residency training program in internal medicine at Cornell University. He moved into private specialty practice in Campbell, CA where he spent the next 3 years as a staff internist. He recently relocated to Rhode Island to join the team at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists.

Dr. Worhunsky’s interests include endocrinology and gastrointestinal disease.

The internal medicine specialty encompasses a wide range of conditions and body systems, and their services include evaluation and treatment of:

  • Gastrointestinal disease (vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, anorexia)
  • Hormonal conditions (including diabetes, Cushing’s disease, thyroid disease)
  • Respiratory conditions (chronic cough, asthma, pneumonia, collapsing trachea, laryngeal disease)
  • Hematologic conditions (disorders of blood cells) and immune system disorders
  • Liver diseases
  • Urinary tract diseases (including kidney and bladder conditions)
  • Cardiac (heart) diseases
  • Neurologic diseases (disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves)
  • Infectious conditions (bacterial, viral, fungal, and tick-borne diseases)

Specialized diagnostic tests performed by internists include:

  • Upper GI endoscopy (biopsies and foreign body removal) and colonoscopy
  • Bronchoscopy (trachea and bronchi)
  • Rhinoscopy (nose and nasal cavity)
  • Cystoscopy (bladder) and vaginoscopy
  • Laparoscopic biopsies
  • Bone marrow sampling
  • Cerebrospinal fluid tap
  • Joint taps
  • Tracheal wash and Bronchoalveolar lavage
  • Ultrasound examinations and ultrasound-guided biopsies

The internal medicine specialty encompasses a wide range of conditions and body systems, and their services include evaluation and treatment of:

  • Gastrointestinal disease (vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, anorexia)
  • Hormonal conditions (including diabetes, Cushing’s disease, thyroid disease)
  • Respiratory conditions (chronic cough, asthma, pneumonia, collapsing trachea, laryngeal disease)
  • Hematologic conditions (disorders of blood cells) and immune system disorders
  • Liver diseases
  • Urinary tract diseases (including kidney and bladder conditions)
  • Cardiac (heart) diseases
  • Neurologic diseases (disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves)
  • Infectious conditions (bacterial, viral, fungal, and tick-borne diseases)

Specialized diagnostic tests performed by internists include:

  • Upper GI endoscopy (biopsies and foreign body removal) and colonoscopy
  • Bronchoscopy (trachea and bronchi)
  • Rhinoscopy (nose and nasal cavity)
  • Cystoscopy (bladder) and vaginoscopy
  • Laparoscopic biopsies
  • Bone marrow sampling
  • Cerebrospinal fluid tap
  • Joint taps
  • Tracheal wash and Bronchoalveolar lavage
  • Ultrasound examinations and ultrasound-guided biopsies

Slide Clinical Pathology The internists at OSVS have the benefit of an in-house clinical pathologist who can often evaluate blood samples, bone marrow, spinal fluid, and biopsy samples on the day they are obtained. This collaboration can lead to a more rapid diagnosis than would be available if samples were sent to an outside laboratory.

TARYN SIBLEY

BOARD CERTIFIED—CLINICAL PATHOLOGY

Dr. Sibley is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathology (ACVP). Clinical pathologists are veterinarians who specialize in the diagnostic evaluation of cells and tissue samples in order to diagnose a broad range of conditions, including cancer, immune-mediated disease, and infections.

Dr. Sibley completed her veterinary degree at University of Pennsylvania in 2008, and then completed an internship at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, Maryland, the following year. She then moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, for her residency at North Carolina State University and was board certified in 2012 after a lovely three-day trip full of exams in Ames, Iowa. Having spent four years in Boston for college, she was excited to return to New England and join the staff at OSVS as an Antech employee.

When she is not working, Dr. Sibley enjoys spending time with her husband, a die-hard converted Red Sox fan, and her two young children. She has three cats named Moose, Squirrel, and Turkelton. She also recently completed training to become a yoga teacher and also loves eating, reading, and watching bad television.