Internal Medicine Specialist
As a California native, Dr. Yaphé earned her undergraduate biology degree at the University of California Santa Cruz. She then graduated from UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. Leaving California, she migrated to Texas A & M, where she completed a one year small animal medicine and surgery rotating internship. Upon completion, she moved to Ithaca, New York where she completed a residency program in small animal internal medicine at Cornell University and became board certified in Internal Medicine by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1995. Dr. Yaphé then joined the faculty at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine located on the island of St. Kitts, West Indies. As a faculty member at Ross University, she played a central role in the creation of the small animal medicine curriculum, shared in the teaching of the didactic program, worked with students to develop their clinical skills, and played an active role in the ongoing diagnosis and treatment of small animal cases seen within the associated veterinary hospital. In 2008, Dr. Yaphé joined Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists heading up the Internal Medicine team.
Dr. Yaphé has always had a keen interest in biology, physiology, and the complexities of how multiple organ systems work together. Her main areas of interest within medicine include renal and lower urinary tract disorders, the gastrointestinal system, endocrine diseases, and critical care. Additionally, she very much enjoys and is skilled in abdominal ultrasound.
Dr. Yaphé is a member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS). In addition to recognition she received during vet school and her internship, in 2000, Dr. Yaphé received the Distinguished Teaching Award from Ross University. Dr. Yaphé is a contributor to the VIN (Veterinary Information Network) library. Dr. Yaphé remains just as excited and inquisitive about veterinary medicine today as the day she graduated from vet school, which is evident in her enthusiasm in working through complex and challenging clinical cases alongside fellow veterinarians and the nursing staff. She feels fortunate to have found a rewarding career to be able to work with owners and their companion pets, to deliver excellence in medical care, and to deliver compassionate veterinary care.
Other areas of interest in Dr. Yaphé’s life include her family: Justine and Miles (active teenagers), husband Tory (Macintosh genius), a less than perfect and over courageous Jack Russell (Starbuck), and a talkative lovebird (Limeon). She is also an avid sports and outdoor enthusiast, former collegiate tennis player, part time runner, and occasional triathlete.