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Meena Ishikawa Braden, Staff Veterinarian

DVM, MPH

Meena Ishikawa Braden, DVM, MPH, was born in Kathmandu, Nepal and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. After graduating from the University of Hawaii with a degree in journalism, she worked in public relations. After her marriage and subsequent move to Little Rock, Arkansas, Dr. Braden worked as a paralegal for many years; however, upon the adoption of her first dog Nikko, she decided to pursue a veterinary career. Dr. Braden received her DVM from LSU in 2005 and her Master's Degree in Public Health in 2007 from LSU-HSC. Her areas of interest include: epidemiology, preventive medicine, and public health. Dr. Braden is a member of American Veterinary Medical Association, Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association, and Baton Rouge Veterinary Medical Association.

She, her husband, Chad, daughter, Maile, and son, Eliot, share their home with Blazie and Cassidy, (dogs); Bebe and Purrcy, (cats); and Turtle (yes, a turtle!). Her hobbies include travel, scuba diving, and running.
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