Lacuna Diagnostics works with a team of board-certified veterinary pathologists comprised of leaders in academia, industry, and independent pathology labs from across the world. Each pathologist has completed a three-year residency and passed the rigorous Phase I and Phase II American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) examination to attain diplomate status. Beyond the rigors of board-certification, our team has also undergone a comprehensive screening process to ensure proficiency in digital pathology. The result? A world-class pathology team that you can access with the click of a button.
Meet some of our amazing pathologists!
ERIC J. FISH, DVM, DACVP
Eric earned his veterinary degree from the Western University of Health Sciences in California in 2012, and completed residency training and ACVP board certification at Auburn University in 2016. He lives in Alabama with his wife Lenore, their two dogs Jack and Brooklyn, and their cats Ezra and Phoenix. Eric is a huge pathology nerd, but when he isn’t looking at cases under the microscope, he enjoys playing guitar, snowboarding, traveling, and sampling great food and beer across the world.
LAUREN RADAKOVICH, DVM, PHD, DACVP
Lauren earned her veterinary degree at North Carolina State University in 2013 and went on to Colorado State University to complete her residency training in clinical pathology. She became board certified in 2016. She currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband Tony, daughter Ren, and their two parrots, Squirt and Skeeter. In her free time, Lauren enjoys long distance trail running, cooking up some mean plant based cuisine, and visiting family back in North Carolina.
ERIN BURTON, DVM, MS, DACVP
Erin earned her BS in Biology from Arizona State University in 2006. After completing her undergraduate training she worked as a CVT in the greater Phoenix before jet setting to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the beautiful island of St. Kitts. In 2012, she completed her clinical training at the University of Minnesota fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. Following her DVM training, she immersed herself in a 3 year residency in Clinical Pathology at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. During Dr. Burton's residency, she concurrently completed a Master's in Biomedical Sciences with a graduate certificate in Public Health along with a one year infectious focusing on the canine urinary microbiome. In 2015, she completed her board certification in Clinical Pathology and returned to Minneapolis because one winter was not enough! Dr. Burton enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but is particularly interested in infectious disease fellowship, specifically parasitiology, diagnostic cytology, digital telepathology, and urinary and fecal microbiomes research. When she is not busy reading slides or evaluating worms or fecal floats, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé and their 2 cats and 1 dog, traveling the world, drinking good wine, and playing badminton.
JILL SCHAPPA FAUSTICH, DVM, DACVP
Jill completed her BA in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007 (Go Badgers!). She
went on to earn her veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota in 2012, during which she
completed the HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program. During this fellowship, she helped develop a new chemotherapeutic agent for hemangiosarcoma in dogs. She then went on to complete a residency in clinical pathology at the University of Minnesota and became board certified in 2015. Jill lives in Minnesota with her husband Ben, daughter Avery, dog Riley, and horse Eli. Besides her love for pathology, Jill also enjoys hanging out with her family, jumping her horse, training retired racehorses, doing yoga, kayaking in northern Wisconsin, and traveling.
Caroline earned her veterinary degree from the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Nantes/Oniris, France, in 2009. She moved to Canada the same year, and completed a one-year internship in equine medicine and surgery and a Master of Science at the University of Montreal before starting a 3-year residency in clinical pathology at the same institution. She became board-certified in 2014 and then worked as a clinical pathologist in a busy private diagnostic lab in France. Because she was missing cold and snowy winters (!) she moved back to Québec in 2017 and currently lives near Montreal with her husband Fred and cat Bob. During her spare time, Caroline enjoys hiking and outside sports, traveling and discovering new countries and landscapes.
PETE CHRISTOPHERSON, DVM, PHD, DACVP
Pete earned his BS and DVM from the University of Wisconsin-Madison ('97 and '01) and did a combined clinical pathology residency and graduate training program at Auburn University. He received board certification by American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2007, and in 2008, earned a PhD in research centered on hemostasis and inherited platelet disorders. Pete is a member of both the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) and the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ASVCP), and his areas of interest include hemostatic disorders and diagnostic cytology. He is known internationally for his work on the genetics of inherited bleeding disorders in domestic animal species. In his free time, Pete enjoys working around the house and spending time with his wife Mallory, their enthusiastic dog Arleaux and their rescue Manx cat Gnub.
DAVIS SEELIG, DVM, PHD, DACVP
Davis earned his BS in Journalism from Boston University in 1997 and his DVM from Tufts University in 2003. He then completed residency programs in both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Colorado State University from 2003-2007. He completed his PhD in prion disease neuropathology and obtained board certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) in 2011. He joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012, where he currently co-directs the Veterinary Diagnostic Flow Cytometry Service and conducts research into hematopoietic neoplasia and the side effects of cancer treatment. Outside of work, Davis enjoys cycling, baking, traveling, and hanging out with his latest rescued German Shepherd, Franklin.
DANIEL HEINRICH, DVM, DACVP
Danny obtained his BS in animal sciences from the University of Illinois in 2006 and then attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for veterinary school, earning his DVM in 2010. He then completed a small animal rotating medicine and surgery internship at VCA Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle. After two years of private small animal practice in Chicago, he completed a clinical pathology residency at the University of Minnesota and obtained board certification in 2016. Danny currently lives in Minnesota but he will always be a Chicagoan at heart. In his spare time he enjoys volleyball, running, weight lifting, soccer, reading, travel and eating copious amounts of pizza.
SUZANNE M PRATT, MBA, DVM, MS, DAVCP
Suzanne earned her veterinary degree from the University of California, Davis (UCD) in 2000. She completed an equine internship at Harris Farms Horse Division, returned to UCD to complete a residency in Equine Medicine and Surgery, and obtained board certification from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. A fellowship at UCD, researching the underlying mechanisms of a novel, heritable bleeding disorder in a Thoroughbred horse, facilitated her pivot to clinical pathology. Venturing east, to Purdue University, she completed her Master’s degree in Comparative Pathology, and obtained board certification from the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) in 2010. Moving back west, to Oregon, Suzanne spent several years working as a clinical pathologist for Antech Diagnostics before expanding her horizons and launching her independent consulting business in 2015. Suzanne lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Don, and two Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs, Clancy and Hondo. When not working, she enjoys hiking, biking, yoga, growing vegetables, and being near the water.
AMY WEEDEN, DVM, DAVCP
Amy obtained her veterinary degree from Louisiana State University in 2003. She later completed a rotating internship with a focus on shelter medicine at Colorado State University. After several years in small animal general practice, shelter medicine, and non-profit veterinary medicine, she decided to pursue a residency in clinical pathology at the University of Florida. She became board certified in 2015 and moved to Auckland, NZ, where she currently resides with her husband, Patrick, cat, Tom Selleck, and dog, Millie. In her free time, Amy is usually running, but she also enjoys cooking, wine tasting, yoga, comedy, and reading (when she can sit still for long enough). She also volunteers with the local SPCA.
JULIE TOMLINSON, DVM, DAVCP
Julie earned her BS (microbiology) and DVM from Mississippi State University (2002, 2006). She then completed a small animal rotating internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Florida (2006-2007) and returned to MSU for a clinical pathology residency (2007-2010). After residency, Julie remained at MSU as a clinical instructor (2010-2011). She did several locum stints at Gribbles Veterinary in New Zealand in 2012 and was a lecturer in clinical pathology at Iowa State University (2013-2014). In 2014, Julie moved to Auckland, New Zealand where she works as a clinical pathologist for Gribbles Veterinary and lives with her partner Justin and their rescue kitty Nimbus. Julie is ACVP board certified (2012) and a NZ registered specialist in clinical pathology (2014). She is passionate about animal rescue and loves being a foster mom for the SPCA. She also enjoys reading, hiking, and exploring beautiful New Zealand.
FRANCESCO CIAN, DVM DipECVCP FRCPath MRCVS
Francesco graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Padua (Italy) in 2007. After a few years working in general practice, he completed a residency in Veterinary Clinical Pathology at the University of Cambridge (UK), where he obtained in 2013 the board certification from the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ECVCP) and the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath). Francesco worked as clinical pathologist at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) and from 2015 he is senior Clinical Pathologist at BattLab, a diagnostic laboratory located in the Midlands (UK) and part of the LABOKLIN group. Francesco is author of the book “Veterinary Cytology: Dog, Cat, Horse and Cow: Self-Assessment Color Review” for CRC Press and of the upcoming book “Differential Diagnosis in Small Animal Cytology: the skin and subcutis” for CABI. He is also member of the ECVCP Executive Board and of the Examination Committee (Cytology Subcommittee). Francesco lives in Warwick (UK) and has two Sphynx cats, Remi and Norman. In his free time, he enjoys travelling, landscape photography, gym training and yoga classes.
CAROLYN GARA-BOIVIN, DVM, MS, DACVP
Carolyn earned her veterinary degree from the University of Montreal in Quebec, Canada in 2007. Following her DVM training, she combined a 3-year residency in Clinical Pathology with a Master's of Science in Pathology at the same institution. In 2012, she completed her board certification (ACVP). Since 2011, Carolyn has been hired by the University of Montreal as Assistant Professor in Clinical Pathology and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2017. She actively participates in training residents, teaching veterinary students, and doing research, with a focus on urinalysis, coagulation and developing diagnostic tools. She currently lives near Montreal with her partner, her dogs Cashew and Doudi, and her young daughter Alexie. In her spare time, she seeks all adrenaline sports including slalom water-skiing, snowboarding, surfing and kitesurfing, she loves traveling off the beaten path, plays percussion, guitar and beatboxes whenever she gets the chance.
LAURA BLACK, DVM, DACVP
Originally from northern Indiana, Laura graduated with her DVM from Purdue University in 2006 and then headed west to Arizona. There, she worked in small animal general practice in a small community south of Phoenix for 7 years. While in Arizona, she spent time with the pathologists at University of Arizona and fell in love with clinical pathology. She then moved to Gainesville, Florida and completed her residency in veterinary clinical pathology at the University of Florida in 2016. During her residency, Laura developed a curiosity for exotics and wildlife and her favorite part about being a clinical pathologist is reviewing wildlife hematology samples! Laura is now in Seattle and loves exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband and daughter. Her pack of elderly dachshunds (total of 3!) prefer to sleep on the couch, but love to cuddle when the family is home. Laura also enjoys running, traveling, and exploring cities of the PNW.
JUSTIN BREITBACH, DVM, DACVP
Justin earned his BS in biology and DVM from Iowa State University (2009, 2013). He went on to complete a small animal rotating internship at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. Justin later entered a combined clinical pathology and graduate training residency program at The Ohio State University. He became board certified in 2018 and is currently working to complete his PhD. Justin resides in Columbus Ohio with his Persian cat Winston. In his free time, he enjoys exercising, watching true crime shows, and traveling.