Brian McGrath, DVM
Dr. Brian McGrath is a second-generation veterinarian who grew up in a veterinary hospital (his father is a veterinarian in Boston). He earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation in 2003, he completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA West Los Angeles, where he stayed until joining the team at Malibu Coast Animal Hospital in 2010. In 2016, he made another transition and opened his own practice in Sherman Oaks, McGrath Veterinary Center. Dr. McGrath has experience in emergency medicine, general medicine, and surgery. Throughout his career, Dr. McGrath has had many memorable experiences in the field, including the time when he volunteered in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He loves that his position as a veterinarian allows him to make long-lasting connections with pets and their owners. He also enjoys helping sick or injured animals and strengthening the human/animal bond. Dr. McGrath and his wife, Lei, have a daughter named Ava, a son named Jax, and a set of twins, Andrew and Joseph! They also have a Labrador retriever named Brady. In his spare time, he enjoys going to the beach, hiking, and just being outdoors with his family and pets.
Andreana Lim, DVM
Veterinarian/Chief of Staff
Dr. Lim grew up in San Jose, CA. She decided to pursue veterinary medicine early on after volunteering at a shelter in high school and finding that Biology was always her favorite subject. She attended UC Davis and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Western University of Health Sciences and decided to stay in Southern California. She admits college and veterinary school were very competitive and difficult at times but she knew it was the right choice after being able to help owners and aid in healing animals. After obtaining her DVM, Dr. Lim continued her training by doing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital. Dr. Lim’s interests include soft-tissue surgery, nutrition and regenerative medicine/stem cell therapy.
Dr. Lim shares her home with Traxx, a loving chihuahua mix. Traxx was named by the rescue for the railroad tracks where he was found, and although the truth is they found him by the Metro Link, they still say he was “found by the tracks” because it sounds cooler. After only sharing a home with large dogs, Traxx is the dog who made her fall in love with Chihuahuas.
When she’s not seeing patients, Dr. Lim enjoys hiking, trail running, yoga, kickboxing and trying new restaurants and food trucks. She also likes to travel when she gets the chance.
Sindy Habib, DVM
A native of Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Habib left the east coast to attend the University of Arizona. As an animal health science major, she knew what she wanted to do and graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. Upon graduation, she completed an internship at California Animal Hospital and worked at several other facilities in the San Fernando Valley. She also owned a veterinary hospital for 10 years but says working at McGrath feels like home.
Dr. Habib admits to not having much free time, but when she does, she loves sharing it with her boyfriend who is an avid Yankees fan just like her as well as with her amazing daughter who lives in Baltimore. She also has an ice cream store where she enjoys making Italian ices and crème ice. Dr. Habib is also “mom” to a fur-family that shares her home, which includes Jefferson, a feral cat she rescued, Piglet and Charlotte a pair of Chihuahuas she took in at just 8 weeks old, and Garrett, a goldendoodle who loves agility and has won tricks titles!
Grace Song, DVM
Dr. Song is a California native who has always had a fascination with animals. Ever since childhood, after experiencing first-hand the beauty of the human-animal bond with her first family pet, a Chihuahua, she has wanted to be a veterinarian.
As an associate DVM, she continues to foster and advocate for this type of relationship between animals and humans. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at UC Davis, Dr. Song went on to Michigan State University where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, she first worked at Banfield Pet Hospital before transitioning to relief work. Through her relief work, Dr. Song enjoyed working with a variety of teams at several different general practice and emergency hospitals in Southern California.
Now, she is excited to join us at McGrath Veterinary Center (and we’re excited to have her!). Dr. Song’s special interests include surgery, emergency medicine, preventative care, and ‘Doodles of all types. She is a mom to a Terrier mix named Opti (short for Optimus Prime) and a Goldendoodle named Bumblebee. In her spare time, she enjoys training at the gym, traveling, reading, listening to audiobooks, eating spicy food, and spending time with family and friends.
Salpi Shahbenderian, DVM
Dr. Salpi Shahbenderian was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Her love of animals and science inspired her to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian from a very young age. Dr. Salpi obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Biology from UC Davis. During this time, she was involved with the UCD Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Labs and helped publish research on stem cell therapies. She then went on to obtain her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences.
As part of the McGrath Vet Center team, she is excited to form lifelong relationships with pet patients and their people. Her professional interests primarily include preventative medicine, dermatology and alternative therapies.
Dr. Salpi’s 4-legged family includes two silly husky brothers as well as two energetic kittens. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with loved ones, going to the beach and searching for new coffee shops.
Michelle Miller, DVM
Dr. Michelle Miller is a graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She spent a year at Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine for her clinical rotations. Dr. Michelle Miller received a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Math from Loyola University Chicago. A native of Santa Clarita, CA, she pursued veterinary medicine due to a strong passion to be an advocate for the well being of animals. Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is building long-lasting relationships with clients and patients, watching her patients grow and thrive. She believes strongly in doing what she can to improve their quality of life. On her spare time, Dr. Michelle Miller, enjoys hiking, biking, and running. She also enjoys spending time with her dog Fitz, an Aussie mix.