Mike Edwards, DVM, MS, DACVS

Mike EdwardsDr. Edwards graduated from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. He completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver, Colorado prior to returning to Colorado State University for a three-year residency in small animal surgery. During this residency program Dr. Edwards received specialized training in orthopedic, soft tissue, oncologic and neurosurgery. He conducted research on total hip replacements in dogs as well as the construction and use of pins made from cortical bone, used for fracture repair. The completion of these projects earned him the Master of Science degree. Following completion of this training in 1996, Dr. Edwards returned to Alaska and established his practice, Veterinary Specialists of Alaska, P.C. He attained Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons by successful completion of the specialty board examination in 1999. His main clinical interest is orthopedic surgery, more specifically knee and hip surgery. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Veterinary Orthopedic Society, and the Alaska Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Edwards published following selected scientific papers:


Linda Chang, DVM

Linda Chang

Dr. Linda Chang graduated from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993.  Following graduation she completed a one year internship in critical care and emergency medicine at CSU.  Dr. Chang continued to work in the critical care unit for the next 2 years.  She moved to Anchorage in 1996 and worked in general practice with a special interest in ultrasound and animal rehabilitation.  Dr. Chang completed the University of Tennessee rehabilitation program and opened the animal rehabilitation unit at Veterinary Specialists of Alaska in 2003.  She is the only veterinarian in the state of Alaska who offers physical rehabilitation, and has worked in this field successfully with several hundreds of patients. She also has continued to study diagnostic ultrasound attending numerous continuing education programs and performs the ultrasound exams for the clinic and on referral basis.



Dirsko J.F. von Pfeil,, DVM, DACVS, DECVS, Adjunct Professor, Small Animal Surgery, Michigan State University

Dirsko J.F. von Pfeil
Originally from Germany, Dr. von Pfeil underwent post-graduate training (internship, residency & fellowship) at Kansas- and Michigan State University. During that time he also finished his dissertation on biomechanics of orthopedic implants and obtained the American DVM. Prior to joining Veterinary Specialists of Alaska in 2008, he worked at KSU as assistant professor, teaching orthopedic, soft tissue, oncologic and neurological surgery. He is a double-board certified surgeon and Diplomate of the American and the European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons, serves as adjunct professor at MSU, and on the board of referees for multiple international peer-reviewed veterinary journals. Nationally and internationally, Dr. von Pfeil is recognized as speaker on various topics in small animal surgery. Dr. von Pfeil has been the driving force to bring minimally invasive surgery to our practice (arthroscopy, laparoscopy, thoracoscopy – see advanced surgery) and led multiple challenging surgical procedures, among others cardiac pacemaker implantations (view TV report). He has developed modifications of surgical techniques to treat cranial cruciate ligament rupture (TPLO) and laryngeal paralysis. He is also certified in stem cell therapy, focusing on treatment of ligament and joint injuries. Dr. von Pfeil is a member of multiple American and European Veterinary Medical Associations, among others the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association. Over the past years he has been involved as trail or head veterinarian in multiple sled dog races across Alaska.  In 2013 he was honored to receive the prestigious “Golden Stethoscope Award”, elected by all mushers of that year’s Iditarod race, as best veterinarian on the trail. One of his current research projects is congenital laryngeal paralysis in the Alaskan Husky

For family related reasons, he currently commutes on a regular basis between Berlin, Germany and Anchorage. To obtain information for his availability, please contact our front desk.

Some selected publications of Dr. von Pfeil include:


Diane Preziosi, DVM, DACVD


Diane PreziosiDr. Diane Preziosi graduated from the University of Missouri-School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992.  She worked in private practice on small animals and exotics for six years before returning to the University of Missouri Veterinary School to teach general practice medicine to veterinary students for three years.  After that she completed a residency in dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Preziosi is a board certified specialist in dermatology (ACVD).  She is an active speaker lecturing to veterinarians and non-veterinarians on various dermatology topics.  Dr. Preziosi is President-elect of the Alaskan Veterinary Medical Association.

Some selected articles Dr. Preziosi published so far in her career include:

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