Dallas, Texas, March 31, 1999
The Animal Radiology Clinic will join a new, state-of-the-art veterinary hospital, located at Trinity Mills and the North Dallas Tollway. The new center may become a model for future veterinary specialty practices throughout the U.S. According to Dr. Catherine Lustgarten, "Our clinic has been here for 18 years, and our current building is 20 years old. Our caseload has grown so much that we've outgrown our space. We're excited about the new facility because it will allow us to modernize, especially in terms of equipment, and bring us to the next level of sophistication. We'll be replacing our existing radiation therapy equipment with a linear accelerator. No other radiation facility in the North Texas region has this capability for state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment."
The 40,000 square foot facility will offer veterinary specialties in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Radiology, Ophthalmology, and Dermatology under one roof. There will be six operating rooms, an ICU unit for hospitalized patients with 24-hour care, and the only linear accelerator for radiation therapy in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
IDEXX, a widely-respected national clinical pathology laboratory, will occupy 9,400 spare feet of space in the new facility. A lecture hall for continuing education has also been incorporated into the building.
The Veterinary Referral Center will serve more than 2,000 primary care veterinarians throughout Texas and surrounding states, including Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. It will also provide opportunities for internships in veterinary practice with particular emphasis in surgery.
Adds Dr. Lustgarten, "What we will have at the new facility will rival what you would find in a small community hospital for humans. Among other services, we'll be able to provide MRIs, cat scans, ultrasound, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, and traditional diagnostic radiology. We're also bringing a new radiologist on board, Dr. Lisa Britt, who is an alumna of North Carolina State University and who completed her residency at Washington State University. It's and exciting time for us."
The Veterinary Referral Center of North Texas is owned and managed by Trintoll, LLC, which includes the specialty practices of veterinarians Dr. Darryl McDonald, Dr. Robert Barstad, and Dr. Robert Radasch of the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center of Dallas, Texas; Dr. Susan O'Neal and Dr. Douglas Bronstad of the Animal Diagnostic Clinic of Dallas, Texas; Dr. Catherine Lustgarten of the Animal Radiology Clinic; Dr. Robert Munger of the Animal Ophthalmology Clinic; and Dr. Reid Garfield and Dr. Lloyd Reedy of the Animal Dermatology Clinic of Dallas, Texas. Mr. Ronald P. Berlin, is CEO of Berlin Interests and developer for the project.