Dr. Debra Rackear received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida. After graduation, she was selected for a one year small animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. Following her internship, she completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California at Davis.
Dr. Rackear has been board certified in internal medicine since 1989. She has published multiple research papers, including studying the effects of aspirin on blood clotting, and publishing the first research paper demonstrating the toxic effects of onions on red blood cell function.
Dr. Rackear's professional interests include ultrasonography, endoscopy, endocrine disorders including Cushing's disease and diabetes mellitus, hepatic and renal disorders, and cancer diagnostics and chemotherapy.
Dr. Rackear is also on the medical advisory board of the Los Angeles Zoo. She has given her internal medicine expertise on a wide variety of patients there, including performing a spinal tap on a koala bear and liver biopsy for a monkey.
When not at work, Dr. Rackear enjoys hiking in her Topanga Canyon neighborhood, tending to her orchids, singing and playing guitar,and cuddling with her German Shepherd Dog Bandit.