Meet the Team

Klaus Loft, DVM
Dr. Klaus Loft joined Angell's Dermatology service in January 2011. He graduated from the Royal Agricultural & Veterinary University of Denmark in 1999.  Upon graduation, he worked in private practice in Denmark and Sweden.  He became increasingly interested in dermatology and allergies and began to focus his case load on dermatology.

Dr. Loft completed an American College of Veterinary Dermatology approved residency at Michigan State in 2007. He has worked in the greater Boston area and New England since 2007. His practice is limited to dermatology, seeing cats and dogs with chronic ear problems, severe allergies, cutaneous cancerous conditions and immune mediated skin problems.

Dr. Loft has published articles and lectured both in Scandinavia and the United States. His special interests are feline dermatology and chronic ear disease.


Royal Agricultural & Veterinary University of Denmark, DVM, 1999


Michigan State University, Residency in Dermatology 2004-2007


Meghan E. Umstead, DVM, MS

[Practicing at Angell-Boston and MSPCA-Angell West in Waltham]
Dr. Meghan Umstead completed her residency in Dermatology at Auburn University in July 2012 and joined Angell in January 2013.  Her practice includes dogs and cats with chronic allergy, ear disease, autoimmune skin disease, and other diseases that manifest within the skin.

Auburn University, MS – Biomedical Science, 2012
Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2008
Michigan State University, BS – Zoology, Animal Behavior and Neurobiology, 2001


Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, Residency in Dermatology, 2009-2012
SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Center, Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, 2008-2009



Melissa Cash, CVT, Dermatology Technician
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from Boston University, Melissa worked for several years as an emergency/critical care and dermatology technician at a specialty practice in Santa Barbara, California.

Melissa joined our staff here at Angell Animal Medical Center in 2009 working as a technician in the Emergency/Critical Care department where she provided skilled nursing care to hospitalized patients. Melissa became a member of the Dermatology team in April of 2011. As a dermatology technician, Melissa takes detailed medical histories, performs diagnostic procedures such as skin scrapes and ear cytologies, reviews specimens microscopically, administers intradermal allergy tests, and educates clients in all aspects of the specialty.

Melissa has been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 2010 and is a member of the Massachusetts Veterinary Technician Association.


Cori Godfrey, Dermatology Assistant
Cori grew up in Connecticut where she was an ICU Technician at a veterinary referral and emergency center since 2009 as well as a part-time veterinary dermatology technician. She moved to Boston in June 2012 and worked as a technician at a local general practice, putting her skills and love for animals to great use in their fast-paced environment. She is currently taking classes through Penn Foster to receive her Associates Degree in their Veterinary Technician Program and plans on becoming a Certified Technician in Massachusetts shorty after graduating.

Cori joins the Angell Dermatology Team, excited to work again with animals that have skin/ear issues and allergies.When not studying, she spends most of her spare time hiking or running and loves playing with her two black cats, Luna and Mister Kitties.


Jaclyn Tanguy, CVT, Dermatology Technician
Jaclyn graduated from UMass Amherst in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and a minor in Psychology. She received her Certified Veterinary Technician status in July 2013. Before joining the Angell Dermatology service in September 2013, Jaclyn worked for several years as a veterinary technician in a general medicine practice where she gained experience in several different areas including surgery and exotics. Outside of work she is an avid Boston Bruins fan and can usually be found watching the games with her two rabbits Liezel and Corduroy.

Rebecca Stlaske
Rebecca is our Dermatology Secretary. Rebecca has worked at Angell Animal Medical Center since 1999. As an Angell Client Liaison, Rebecca provides superior customer service by scheduling appointments, educating callers on general pet health care, and triaging pet emergencies over the phone. Rebecca also serves as the Client Liaison for the Cardiology and Behavior specialty services offered at Angell.

In the Fall of 2000, Rebecca became a Client Liaison Supervisor for Angell. In this position, Rebecca managed all of our Client Liaisons and assisted in the development of a new telephone call center for Angell.

Rebecca joined the Angell Dermatology service in the Summer of 2006. She schedules all of our Dermatology appointments and is responsible for answering client questions about their pet's dermatologic conditions. Rebecca brings with her years of experience in customer service and of course a great love for animals!                         

To make an appointment with the Dermatology service or to refer a client, please call Rebecca directly at 617 524-5733 or e-mail her at