Dan Guastella

DVM, DACVS | Surgery

Dr. Daniel Guastella, a native New Yorker, received his Bachelor of Science in Marine and Molecular Biology from Florida Institute of Technology, then spent three years at John’s Hopkins Hospital as a lab technician in the neuroscience department before moving on to Kansas State University, where he graduated with a DVM.

After veterinary school, Dr. Guastella performed a one-year internal medicine and surgical internship at the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine, followed by a three-year residency in small animal surgery at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, NJ. As a specialist, he is board-certified in small animal surgery by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Dr. Guastella has participated in extensive research, including a study on the effects of glucosamine and chondroitin in canine osteoarthritis – a device for augmentation of avascular meniscal healing, the use of anti-oxidants in Parkinson’s Disease, and investigation of protective mechanisms in several models of cerebral ischemia (stroke). He has published articles in Veterinary and Comparative Orthopedics and Traumatology, Journal of Neuroscience, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

A member of the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Veterinary Orthopedic Society, Dr. Guastella’s particular areas of interest include arthroscopy, minimally invasive fracture repair, angular limb deformity correction, and canine cruciate ligament disease.

Dr. Guastella offers many advanced surgical services to our patients – including tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA), which is a procedure for cruciate ligament tears in the ‘knees’ of large dogs. He uses the latest in medical advances to repair fractures surgically with as minimally invasive an approach possible.

In addition to four dogs (Bruiser, Reilly, Little Bug, and Cleo), four cats (Scooter, Bungie, Richard Parker, and Kitty Rex Ryan), Dr. Guastella has a 20-year old iguana (Ray), and two horses (Fergie and Jack).

“Making the decision for surgery can be difficult. I will advise you of all options, and may be able to offer minimally-invasive or non-surgical choices in some cases! Sometimes your pet’s circumstances may feel overwhelming. I will do my best to provide you information on the ‘pros and cons’ of each procedure, expected outcomes, complications, and guide you through the recovery process.”

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