About Us

What is a board-certified veterinary dermatologist?

The American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD) is an organization that grants certification to qualified individuals as being specialists in the field of dermatology. This college is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association and its members are held to very strict guidelines and standards within the field. To become board certified, an individual must first obtain the traditional veterinary medicine degree from an approved college, typically followed by a one-year internship in general veterinary medicine. After that, they must complete a two- or three-year residency specializing in veterinary dermatology. These individuals must then pass an examination certifying ther expertise in veterinary dermatology. At that point, they are recognized as a diplomate by the ACVD. It's important to note that only those members who have attained diplomate status are recognized as specialists in their respective medical fields.  

What should I expect from a consultation?

You will be asked to complete a detailed questionnaire about your pet's history and environment. Various tests (skin scraping, skin cytology, skin biopsy, allergy test, blood test, etc.) may be performed in order to obtain an accurate diagnosis. Once the diagnosis has been made, a detailed treatment plan will be tailored to your pet's needs. The treatment will depend on the issue and may involve bathing, topical therapeutic agents, oral medications, or administration of injectable medications. Treatment for allergic disease may involve the repeated administration of allergen injections ("immunotherapy"). Long term management solutions will be discussed, along with short term symptomatic therapy.

How can I schedule an appointment?

To schedule an appointment at Coastal Veterinary Dermatology & Ear Clinic, please call the main clinic number. If no one is available to answer your call, a message including name, daytime phone number, and evening phone number can be left on the answering machine. Alternatively, you can send an email to the clinic. Preparation for the initial dermatology visit should begin at least 2 weeks before your appointment. If possible, your pet should not be bathed during this time. All medications except those essential to your pet's wellbeing should be discontinued. A copy of your pet's medical records should be emailed, faxed, or brought with you to the appointment.

Meet Our Staff

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Dr. Michael A. Rossi, DVM, MNS
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology
Director of Clinical Studies

Dr. Michael A. Rossi is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.  After this, he went on to perform fellowship research with the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Covington, Louisiana working with the simian immunodeficiency virus. This further increased his interest in animal welfare and scientific research. He then went on to complete his Master's degree and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. His Master’s program focused on the role of neuropeptides in equine allergic airway disease. After veterinary school, he finished a one-year rotating internship at the Regional Veterinary Referral Center in the Washington, D.C. area. Thereafter, he completed a specialized veterinary dermatology internship at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM) in Raleigh, NC. Upon completion of this internship, he participated in a two-year veterinary dermatology residency with NCSU-CVM and clinical work with the Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado (VRCC) in Englewood, CO. He remained on staff at VRCC following his residency before moving back to the Gulf Coast region in 2015 to open Coastal Veterinary Dermatology & Ear Clinic. He currently sees patients from as far west as San Diego, California and as far east as the pan handle of Florida. Dr. Rossi has been board certified by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology since 2014.

While not in the clinic, Dr. Rossi donates his time to treat skin conditions of animals in zoos and wildlife centers when possible. He has performed dermatology procedures on several species, including polar bears and antelope. He has authored and coauthored several scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals. His published work on a novel form of allergy testing in cats obtained national acclaim and has created a revolution with many new studies coming as a result of it. He has lectured nationally within the United States and has been invited to lecture internationally on conditions related to dermatologic diseases. He has a special interest in allergic skin disease, ear disease, neurophysiology of itch, dermatohistopathology, and autoimmune skin disease. In addition to small animals, Dr. Rossi also enjoys working with horses and zoo animals.

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Kimberly Siegle, Practice Manager

Kimberly is a native of Westminster, Colorado. She started her career in finance management, but then decided to pursue her passion, working with animals. From that decision on, she has never been happier! In May 2015, Kimberly joined our team as the practice manager. We all felt that she was a great fit with Coastal Veterinary Dermatology & Ear Clinic because she shares her love for animals and the dedication in providing them with high-quality, compassionate care. She is thrilled to be a part of our team and of the personal, quality care that we provide.

Kimberly lives in the South Houston area with her fiance and their 5 four-legged children: Keona, Yoshi, Piccola, Martin, and Scooby. Her favorite part of being with us is being able to spoil every little one that comes in and helping their parents feel at ease knowing that they will be getting the best care for their child's condition.
Alex Bermea, CVT, Lead Technician
Assistant Director of Clinical Studies

Alex is a native of Deer Park, TX. Upon completing high school, Alex joined the U.S. Army and was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. After 4 years of service with deployments to Haiti, Afghanistan, and Iraq, Alex decided that he wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. He attended the Vet Tech Institute of Houston and graduated with honors. He then joined our team in March 2016 as a Certified Veterinary Technician.
Alex currently lives in La Porte with his wife and their 2 fur babies (Daisy the Walker Hound, Bailey the Black Lab) and one jungle chicken (Tonks the Blue and Gold Macaw). On his off time he enjoys playing Xbox, reading, metal detecting, fishing, and astrophotography.