Gabriel is a veterinarian, founder, and managing director of LOMONT hospitals in Mexico. He began his career as an industrial engineer working in the manufacturing industry but always had a passion for animals, and for many years, he divided his time between the factories and his grooming and hotel pet store, LOMONT.
In 2010, Gabriel realized the need to focus on his passion and began working full-time in LOMONT. The daily interaction with his customers led him to venture into veterinary medicine and return to school and earn his degree in DVM in Dec 2018.
Gabriel fell in love with the veterinary technology and methodology and has worked with the best surgeon and technical advisors. In addition, he has developed a program for new veterinarians that share the same passion for animals and technology.
The veterinary medicine and his industrial engineer expertise helped Gabriel introduce concepts such as Lean Vet Management that have positioned LOMONT as one of the most advanced hospitals in Mexico.
For more information or to contact Dr. Ontiveros please visit Lomont All For Pets
This live webinar was recorded on December 16, 2020.
[Q]: Do you use social media to directly market to clients? What methods do you use to market to other practitioners for referrals?[A]: Yes. We use Facebook and Instagram to put out videos explaining interesting cases. We us direct communication with other practitioners. In Mexico, referrals have been a struggle but we have developed a few good referring clinics.
[Q]: Is an HDVI with contrast just as good as an MRI for IVDD? We don't do the surgeries at our hospital so I want to be sure a specialist would accept it prior to surgery.[A]: HDVI is different for IVDD than MRI because MRI sees the nerve well bute generally with low resolution and it is poor with bone and calcified material. In doges, the vast majority of disk pertrusions have significant calcification and the Vimago definitely shows those as well or better than MRI. In the few cases that do not show calcified material the cord shows inflammation on the Vimago but that is not enough for surgical planning. In those cases we use contrast myelograms and that always gives us excellent results. I know neurologists are all trained to use MRI because they are looking at the nerve, but a hemilaminectomy is a bone surgery to make space for a nerve. If we were offered a free MRI or a free Vimago for only using on IVDD, I would definitely choose the Vimago HDVI.
[Q]: What about endoscopy how much of it can be replaced with the vimago? What model was used for this presentation?[A]: I think HDVI replaces diagnostic endoscopy in most cases unless you are getting a biopsy. Endoscopy is still needed for interventional therapy, but it is tremendously more useful when you have the Vimago for planning and for watching your scope with fluoroscopy.
[Q]: How long does it take to complete a study?[A]: On my system a stack scans in 30 seconds. I know the new machines are faster. The total time for an average study including anesthesia time is about 15 minutes. Sometimes with multiple scans and contrast it can take 30-40 minutes for total time, but our technicians used to spend that much time on x-rays of elbows.
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