Dr. Czepiel graduated from Augustana College (Rock Island, IL) with a Bachelor of Arts in both Biology and Spanish as well as a minor in Biochemistry. She discovered her interest in comparative ophthalmology while pursuing her veterinary degree at the University of Illinois. After receiving a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine with Honors, Dr. Czepiel completed a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at VCA Aurora Animal Hospital followed by an ophthalmology specialty internship at Long Island Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Czepiel then joined the Eye Care for Animals residency program in 2016 and completed it in 2019.
Dr. Mark Shifrin is a native Texan originally from El Paso. He received both his Bachelors of Science and Veterinary degrees from Texas A&M University, graduating with honors in 1979. After graduation, Dr. Shifrin joined a small animal private practice in Abilene, Texas, where he practiced all aspects of veterinary medicine for 3 years. He then completed a residency program in Veterinary Ophthalmology at the University of California – Davis along with additional training at Stanford University.
Dr. Shifrin relocated to Austin, Texas in 1984, where he opened and operated his own practice, Austin Animal Eye Clinic, for 31 years. His practice included animals of all sizes for the first 15 years but was limited to small animals for the last 16. In addition to Texas, he is also licensed in New Mexico. Dr. Shifrin joined the Eye Care for Animals team in August 2015.
Dr. Smith graduated with honors from Delaware Valley College in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science. He earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in 2008. Following graduation, he completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine. He has a special interest in reptile medicine and exotic medicine. Dr. Smith completed the residency program at Eye Care for Animals in 2012.