Our Team

Our Team

Dr. Michelle GiuffridaMichelle Giuffrida, VMD, MSCE, DACVS

Dr. Giuffrida is the director of the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials and a soft tissue surgeon. At the University of Pennsylvania, she completed her undergraduate degree in 2001, her veterinary degree in 2007, and her masters in clinical epidemiology in 2015. Dr. Giuffrida then moved to Davis, CA to be an assistant professor in the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She is board certified in veterinary surgery and a fellow of surgical oncology.

willcoxJennifer Willcox, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)

Dr. Willcox is the associate director of the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials and a medical oncologist. She joined our faculty in 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Oncology. She completed a fellowship in bone marrow transplantation and residency training at North Carolina State University. Before joining our faculty, Dr. Willcox was involved in conducting clinical trials at the University of Missouri. Her research interests include evaluation of imaging techniques for different tumor types and as well as advancement of evidence-based strategies for cancer therapy in dogs.

 

Tracy Hysong, MSTracy Hysong, MS

Ms. Hysong is the Research Manager at the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials. She joined the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials from the UC Davis Health CTSC Clinical Trial Office. Before that she worked with multiple small pharmaceutical companies on their Phase I oncology programs. Ms. Hodges joined the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials team in 2020.

 

Kate Hodges

Kate Hodges, BA

Ms. Hodges is the clinical trial coordinator supervisor at the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials. After graduating from UC Davis in 2008, she went on to work in the Research Center at Essential Access Health. Ms. Hodges joined the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials team in 2019.

 

 

Christine MunstermanChristine Munsterman, BS

Ms. Munsterman is the financial analyst at the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials.

 

 

 

 

Brittany M SmithBrittany M. Smith, BS

Ms. Smith is one of the clinical trial coordinators at the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials. While attending high school and college, she worked as a veterinary technician at a small animal clinic for a little over six years. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biological Sciences from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo in 2012. Following graduation, she moved to northern California and began work as a chemist for an environmental laboratory for three and half years. In 2016, she joined UC Davis’s Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory as a chemist for three years. In 2019, she joined the UC Davis Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials as a clinical trial coordinator.

 

Jully PIresJully Pires, BS, RVT

While attending junior college, she was a technician assistant at a private veterinary practice in Modesto. Ms Pires acquired her Registered Veterinary Technician license in 2011 and graduated from University of California, Davis with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, with emphasis in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior.  After graduating, she worked as a technician in emergency care, dentistry, general practice and specialty surgery while employed at VCA Loomis Basin and then as a laboratory research assistant at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine under Dr. Chen Gilor. In 2019, Ms. Pires joined the UC Davis Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials team as a clinical trial coordinator.

 

Jacque YoungJacque Young, RVT

In 1994, Ms. Young started as a veterinary assistant in a general practice in Northern California. She then came to work at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital as a patient care technician and then as a radiation technician in Radiation Oncology for 7 years. Ms. Young then moved to medical oncology for the next ten years until joining the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials team as a clinical trial coordinator in 2019.

 

Emily PhenixEmily Phenix, BS

Ms. Phenix earned her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M University in 2011, after which she began working as a veterinary research technician at the Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies. In 2012, Ms. Phenix transferred to the Texas A&M Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital where she worked as a technician in their Small Animal Intensive Care Unit until moving to California in 2018. Ms. Phenix worked in the UC Davis Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care service before joining the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials team in 2019 as a clinical trial coordinator.

 

Lisa Even, MS

Mrs. Even is a part-time nuclear medicine clinical trials coordinator at the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials and the Assistant Director of the Veterinary Institute for Regenerative Cures (VIRC) managing stem cell based clinical trials. While she earned her B.S. in Animal Science (2003) and M.S. in Comparative Pathology (2008) from UC Davis, Mrs. Even worked as a veterinary technician.  After graduating, Mrs. Even managed the UC Davis Biomedical Engineering (Ferrara lab) pre-clinical imaging and in vivo operations until 2018 when she joined the VIRC. Lisa joined the VCCT team in 2020.