Meet Our Staff

Veterinarians

Sam Lynch,
DVM, Owner

Sam Lynch,

Dr. Sam Lynch began his veterinary career as a small child on his father’s dairy farm in Fulton, Missouri. He followed his academic path to the University of Missouri, in Columbia, Missouri, and graduated in 1982 from the College of Veterinary Medicine. Although his family roots were in animal husbandry, he quickly fell in love with companion animal medicine and the rest is history—22 years later he is still enthusiastic in his profession of veterinary medicine and would choose it again in a heartbeat! In 2001, he combined his long-time labor of love, Chaparral Pet Hospital, with the family here at Desert Inn. Together, we can share our visions of excellence and provide a more comprehensive companion animal health care facility with unprecedented state-of-the-art veterinary care for pets in the Las Vegas community, as well as the surrounding desert southwest.

Dr. Lynch enjoys his pet children, a Standard Poodle mix named Pumpkin, a Yorkie named Gidget, and Jack Russell Terrier named Eddie, along with his human children, Sarah and Laura.

Michelle Parantala,
DVM

Michelle Parantala,

Dr. Michelle Parantala is originally from Las Vegas. She graduated from the University of Reno in 1997 and traveled to The Ohio State University for veterinary school, where she graduated in 2001. Dr. Parantala returned to Las Vegas and to Desert Inn Animal Hospital, where she had spent her internship and externship.

Dr. P. (as we like to call her) loves outdoor activities from gardening to hiking, traveling, and crocheting. She has three domestic shorthair kitties: Willey (who got his name from the Goonies character due to only having one eye), Bristol, and O’Henry. Her newest edition is her Boston terrier, Sugar Magnolia. Dr. Parantala’s favorite quote is: "That which does not kill me will only make me stronger" (Nietchze).

Staff

Jackie Scarano,
Receptionist

Jackie Scarano,

I grew up in the Air Force but Las Vegas is my home. Home is with my husband, daughter, and our two furry friends: Jack, a horse, and Marik, a golden retriever puppy. We love our pets. I've been with Warm Springs Animal Hospital for since September 2011.

Lonnie

Lonnie

Hello there! My name is Lonnie. I was born and raised here in Las Vegas. I've been around all sorts of animals all my life and I cannot think of a better way to spend my days than by giving back to them what they so freely give to me. Anatole France once said that "until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." This is something that I not only believe in, but something that I am living currently. Family isn't perfect, friends come and go, but the love of furry - or not so furry - friends is one that never fades. WSAH has opened their doors to me while I continue my Licensed Veterinary Technician education at CSN. I'm honestly a cat person, but still love my canine friends. My family has two cats, a lizard, some fish, and some fowl. One day I will own a horse. I like hiking out at Red Rock, or the typical road trips to Cali. I also like scrap-booking, painting, and things of that manner, but I love kitty cat meows and puppy dog kisses the best!

Lisa Koland,
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Lisa Koland,

Hello! My name is Lisa. I am originally from Minnetonka, Minnesota. I moved to Las Vegas in 1991. I wanted to work with animals since a was in pre-school. In order to fulfill this dream, I attended PIMA Medical Institute where I graduated in  2011 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. I have one furry child named Duchess, whom I rescued. I love spending time on the water, with my children, and I love my granddaughter.

Malcolm Babbitt,
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Malcolm Babbitt,

Hello my name is Malcolm. I have been working in the veterinary field for about 20 years. I attended CSN where I received my degree in Veterinary Technology in 2001. I'm owned by two cats, Wuda and Bean. My extended family includes three other cats, Nesta, Luna and Ruca.