Meet Our Team

It truly takes a team to run a hospital that sees nearly 400 cases each week. Every member of our staff plays an important role in the care of your pet. If there is anything that we can do for you during your pet's stay with us, please do not hesitate to ask.

Without our team of talented and caring staff members, NorthStar VETS would not be able to sustain its operations. Our 70+ technicians, assistants and over a dozen receptionists are dedicated to serving you - our patients, clients and referring veterinarians - striving every day to not simply meet your expectations but exceed them.

Here are a few people you may meet along the way.

Medical Team

Avian and Exotics

  • Matthew Grootenboer, VMD


  • Ilana Reisner, DVM, PhD, DACVB


  • Ryan Keegan, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
  • Karen Meltzer, VMD, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Clinical Pathology

  • Liesl Breickner, DVM, DACVP

Dentistry and Oral Surgery

  • John Lewis, VMD, FAVD, DAVDC
  • Danielle Mendelsohn, VMD, DAVDC

Emergency / Critical Care

  • Steven Berkowitz, DVM
  • Christopher Drastura, DVM
  • Anastasia Ferikes, DVM
  • Lauren Higgins, DVM
  • Samantha Kuhles, VMD
  • Deborah Mara, VMD
  • Barbara Maton, DVM, DACVECC
  • George A. Motley, VMD
  • Vincent Patanio, DVM
  • Stacey Rebello, DVM, MS
  • Kanika Singleton, DVM
  • Laura Tasker, DVM, CVMA
  • Nancy Vail-Archer, DVM
  • Gregory Zuendt, DVM

Internal Medicine

  • Tammy Anderson, DVM, DACVIM
  • Kimberly Hammer, VMD, DACVIM - Medical Director, Robbinsville
  • Melanie Puchot, DVM, DACVIM
  • Deborah Ward, DVM, DACVIM
  • Stacey Wylie, DVM, DACVIM

Interventional Radiology

  • Kimberly Hammer, VMD, DACVIM - Medical Director, Robbinsville
  • Heather Knapp-Hoch, DVM, MS, DACVS


  • Gaemia Tracy, DVM


  • Dorothy Jackson, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
  • Jennifer Kim, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)


  • Kristina R. Vygantas, DVM, DACVO

Radioiodine (I-131)

  • Tammy Anderson, DVM, DACVIM
  • Kimberly Hammer, VMD, DACVIM - Medical Director, Robbinsville


  • Katherine Lynch Kerrigan, DVM, MS, DACVR
  • Jackie M. Williams, DVM, MS, DACVR

Rehabilitation & Pain Management

  • Rosalie LoScrudato, DVM, CVA, CCRP


  • Shiara Arulpragasam, DVM, CCRP, DACVS
  • Jason Coggeshall, DVM
  • Laura Culbert, DVM, MS, DACVS
  • Heather Knapp-Hoch, DVM, MS, DACVS
  • Kelly Kraus, VMD, DACVS
  • Barri Sarowitz, VMD, DACVS
  • Daniel Stobie, DVM, MS, DACVS - Chief of Staff
  • M. Joy Weinstein, VMD, DACVS


  • Manoel Tamassia, DVM, MS, Ph.D, DACT

Pet Loss Support and Bereavement

  • Ann Rooney

Veterinary Technician Specialists

  • Heather Breining, CVT, VTS (Oncology)
  • Tina DeVictoria, BS, CVT, VTS (CP-CF)
  • Diane DeVincentis, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)
  • Michele Hinks, BS, CVT, VTS (Emergency/Critical Care)
  • Sheila Mills, CVT, CCRP
  • Andrea Pace, BA, AS, CVT, MBE, JD, VTS (Emergency/Critical Care)
  • Stacey Reiling, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia), CVPP
  • Karen Roach, RVT VTS (Emergency/Critical Care)


  • James Clinton, VMD, DACVO
  • Michael Doolen, DVM
  • Sheila M. Gomez, VMD