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


  • Urshulaa Dholakia, DVM, MPH, DACLAM, DACVAA

Avian and Exotics

  • Kristin Britton, DVM
  • Matthew Grootenboer, VMD
  • Andrea Winkel-Blair, DVM, MPH


  • Alexandra Crooks, VMD (Practice Limited to Cardiology)
  • Ryan Keegan, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
  • Karen Meltzer, VMD, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Clinical Pathology

  • Alyssa Brooker, DVM, (Practice Limited to Clinical Pathology)

Dentistry and Oral Surgery

  • Kirk Herrmann, DVM (Practice Limited to Dentistry and Oral Surgery)


  • Gregory C. Griffeth, DVM, DACVD

Emergency / Critical Care

  • Steven Berkowitz, DVM, DACVECC
  • Chelsea Bogart, DVM
  • Benjamin Donati, VMD - Medical Director, Brick
  • Christopher Drastura, DVM
  • Marko Drazenovic, VMD
  • Timothy Ericksen, DVM
  • Anna Gates, VMD
  • Victoria Goodman, BVM&S, MRCVS
  • Lauren Higgins, DVM
  • Veronica Jones, DVM
  • Joanna Lloyd, VMD
  • Jennifer Malarchik-Vail, DVM
  • Deborah Mara, VMD
  • Sarah Matthews, DVM
  • Kelly McKenna, VMD
  • Vikas Mendhiratta, DVM
  • Nathalie Paiva, DVM
  • Dora Ramos, DVM
  • Stacey Rebello, DVM, MS - Director of Emergency Services
  • Lauren Robertson, VMD
  • Kanika Singleton, DVM
  • Nicole Starinsky, DVM
  • Laura Tasker, DVM, CVMA
  • Nancy Vail-Archer, DVM - Medical Director, Maple Shade

Internal Medicine

  • Tammy Anderson, DVM, DACVIM
  • Karah Burns DeMarle, DVM (Practice Limited to Internal Medicine)
  • Kimberly Hammer, VMD, DACVIM - Medical Director, Robbinsville
  • Adam Miller, DVM (Practice Limited to Internal Medicine)
  • Melanie Puchot, DVM, DACVIM

Interventional Radiology

  • Kimberly Hammer, VMD, DACVIM - Medical Director, Robbinsville
  • Melanie Puchot, DVM, DACVIM


  • Dylan Fry, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)


  • Lisa Barber, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)


  • Kristina R. Vygantas, DVM, DACVO

Radiation Oncology

  • Rick Chetney, DVM, DACVR-RO

Radioiodine (I-131)

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


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

Rehabilitation & Pain Management

  • Rosalie LoScrudato, DVM, CVA, CCRP


  • Laura Culbert, DVM, MS, DACVS
  • Kelly Johnson, DVM, MS, DACVS
  • Kelly Kraus, VMD, DACVS
  • Zoe Launcelott, DVM, DACVS
  • Barri Sarowitz, VMD, DACVS
  • Daniel Stobie, DVM, MS, DACVS - Chief of Staff
  • Dominick Valenzano, DVM, DACVS
  • M. Joy Weinstein, VMD, DACVS
  • Gregory Zuendt, DVM


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

Pet Loss Support and Bereavement

  • Ann Rooney, CBC, CAC, CVCCP

Veterinary Technician Specialists

  • Heather Breining, CVT, VTS (Oncology)
  • Jaima Gropp, LVT, VTS (Emergency/Critical Care) - Nursing Manager of Training
  • Michele Hinks, BS, CVT, VTS (Emergency/Critical Care) - Nursing Manager of Training


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