Meet Our Team

Veterinary Assistant

Ms. Michelle Duarte, BS
Practice Manager & Veterinary Assistant

Michelle Duarte, BS

Michelle Duarte was raised in Southern California where she graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, with a bachelor’s of science in Business Management.  She began her education journey working on her undergraduate in veterinary medicine, but soon realized her passion and strengths would take her into veterinary management.  She started her career as a veterinary assistant after realizing her passion for veterinary medicine.  Michelle is a strong advocate and is extremely passionate about animal welfare.  She is currently pursuing her CVPM certification.  Outside of work you can find her spending time in house full of animals. 

Alba Villalobos
Veterinary Assistant

Alba Villalobos

Alba joined PAWS on the GO as a veterinary assistant in May 2014. She is a graduate of California Polytechnic University in Pomona, majored in Animal Health Science, and looks forward to receiving her license as a Registered Veterinary Technologist (RVTg) this year. Alba lives at home with her two dogs, six birds and 2 guinea pigs. When she is not working, Alba enjoys horseback riding and going to the movies with her fiance. Here she is with her 13-year old German Shepherd Chow Chow mix named Nada.


Dr. Stefanie Schwartz, DVM, MSc, Dip. ACVB

Stefanie Schwartz

Veterinarian and board-certified specialist by the American College of Veterinary Behavior (ACVB), Dr. Stefanie Schwartz’s mission is to help misbehaving pets and their pet parents live happily ever after.

Veterinary behavior medicine is the parallel to human psychiatry. Many behavior problems have underlying medical conditions, but can also be psychosocial in origin. Misbehavior is the leading reason that otherwise healthy pets are euthanized, relinquished and abandoned everyday; the majority of their misbehavior is treatable.

Prior to relocating to California, Dr. Schwartz was on staff at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston and clinical faculty at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She is adjunct faculty at the University of Virginia-Maryland’s School of Veterinary Medicine. She is the award-winning author of ten books, several book chapters, and many scientific journal articles.

Dr. Schwartz sees patients in the OC, and in San Diego, Riverside and Los Angeles counties. Please visit her web site at or call (949) 342-6644 for more details.

Dr Schwartz’ practice uses Paws On the Go’s facility.