Meet the Team

Charles Amuguni, BVM
[Practicing at MSPCA-Angell West in Waltham]

Dr. Amuguni graduated from the University of Nairobi, School of Veterinary Medicine in Kenya in 1989. He went on to work as a veterinary public health officer with the government of Kenya in Kilifi District. After a couple of years, he joined private practice, working as a resident veterinarian and livestock manager for a dairy farm, eventually opening his own small and large animal practice in Kilifi District. He moved to the United States in 1998. He worked as a veterinary technician from 1998 to 2006. He enrolled in the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) program and attained his license to practice as a veterinarian in Massachusetts. He has worked as an emergency veterinarian since 2006. He loves emergency practice and has a special interest in soft tissue surgery.

EDUCATION
University of Nairobi, School of Veterinary Medicine in Kenya, BVM, 1989


Lauren Baker, DVM
Dr. Lauren Baker is originally from Virginia, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Virginia. After working in a transgenics lab at the National Institute of Mental Health in Maryland for a few years, she went on to earn her DVM degree from Tufts University in North Grafton, Massachusetts. She completed a rigorous, post-graduate internship with a focus on emergency medicine at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.  She went on to work as an emergency veterinarian in Connecticut from 2012-2014.  Dr. Baker enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine with a special interest in feline medicine, pain control, wound management, and trauma. In her spare time, Dr. Baker enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and spending time with her fiance and their cats, Gherkin and Azrael.

EDUCATION
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2011
University of Virginia, BS, 2005
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Small Animal Internship, 2011-2012


Lisa Benson, DVM
EDUCATION
Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2014






Kiko Bracker, DVM, DACVECC, Director, Emergency and Critical Care
Dr. Bracker co-directs the Emergency and Critical Care service with Dr. Whelan. Dr. Bracker is a board-certified specialist with Angell's Emergency and Critical Care Department. In 1997, Dr. Bracker completed his internship at Southwest Veterinary Specialty Center in Tuscon, AZ, where he then worked for several years on their busy emergency service. In 2002, he accepted a residency position at Angell before becoming an Angell staff veterinarian in 2005 in the Emergency/Critical Care Department.

EDUCATION
University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 1997
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Residency in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, 2002-2005
Southwest Veterinary Specialty Center, Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, 1998
CERTIFICATION
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, 2005


Christine DePompeo, DVM
EDUCATION
Western University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2014






Emily Finn, DVM
[Practicing at MSPCA-Angell West in Waltham]
Dr. Emily Finn is from Massachusetts and did her undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  After graduating, she spent three years in Boston performing research in human oncology and infectious diseases. She moved on to obtain her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Tufts University in 2011. Upon graduation, she entered a yearlong intensive post-graduate training program at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Finn enjoys all aspects of small animal and exotic veterinary medicine – whether it be caring for an intensively ill dog or educating families on rabbit husbandry. She enjoys spending her time away from the hospital hiking with her dogs, reading with her cats, and exploring the world with her son and husband.

EDUCATION
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2011
University of Massachusetts, BS, 2004
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Small Animal Internship, 2011-2012


Jessica Hamilton, DVM
[Practicing at MSPCA-Angell West in Waltham]
Dr. Hamilton grew up in Charleston, WV. She obtained her undergraduate degree in biology from Minot State University in 2004. She earned her veterinary degree from North Carolina State University in 2008 and following that completed a year-long rotating internship at VCA Aurora and Berwyn Animal Hospitals outside of Chicago, IL. She has been working as an emergency doctor for the past 4 years at a specialty referral hospital and emergency center in Cincinnati, OH prior to relocating to the Boston area to be with her fiancé. Her special interests include surgery and trauma medicine.

EDUCATION
North Carolina State University, DVM, 2008
Minot State University, BS, 2004
SPECIALTY TRAINING
VCA Aurora and Berwyn Animal Hospitals rotating internship, 2009

Roxanna Khorzad, DVM
Dr. Khorzad joined Angell in 2012 after completing her residency in Emergency and Critical Care at Angell Animal Medical Center. Dr. Khorzad is a 2008 graduate of Western University of Health Science College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a one-year rotating internship and a three-year E/CC residency at Angell Animal Medical Center.

EDUCATION
Western University of Health Science, DVM 2008
SPECIALTY TRAINING

Angell Animal Medical Center, Residency in Emergency & Critical Care, 2009-2012
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship 2008-2009



Megan Krauth, DVM
Dr. Krauth was born and raised in central Massachusetts. She attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester and graduated with a BA in biology and minor environmental studies. She then traveled to the Caribbean to attend veterinary school at Ross University in St. Kitts. She completed clinical training at Tufts University followed by a rotating small animal internship at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in Weymouth, MA. Outside of work, Dr. Krauth loves to travel, cook and spend time with family and friends.

EDUCATION
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Clinical Training, DVM

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
College of the Holy Cross, BA
SPECIALTY TRAINING
VCA South Shore Animal Hospital, Small Animal Internship


Tamara Kremer Mecabell, DVM
[Practicing at MSPCA-Angell West in Waltham]
Dr. Kremer Mecabell was born and raised in Argentina and immigrated to Israel at the age of 19. She received a bachelor degree in Animal Sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and then received her doctorate at the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine. In Israel, Dr. Kremer Mecabell dedicated her time to working as a zoo keeper, a veterinary technician and as a volunteer with disabled adults and low-income immigrants. Dr. Kremer Mecabell moved to Boston with her husband in 2005. She worked as an oncology technician at Angell Animal Medical Center until she received her veterinary license in the USA. She started working as a general practitioner at VCA Rotherwood Animal Hospital in August 2006 and left in June 2007 to complete a 1 year medical and surgical internship at Angell. After her internship, she returned to Rotherwood in July 2008 and worked there until January 2014. Dr. Kremer Mecabell fluently speaks English, Spanish, Hebrew, and Portuguese. Dr. Kremer Mecabell currently resides with her husband and 2 kids in Jamaica Plain, and in her free time enjoys hiking, biking and reading books.


EDUCATION
Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, BS
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, 2007-2008



Janis Lapsley, DVM
EDUCATION
Western University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2014






Meredith Leary, VMD
Dr. Leary earned her DVM from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in June from Angell's Small Animal Rotating Internship program. Meredith remains at Angell as an ECC resident.

EDUCATION
University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, VMD, 2013
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2013-2014



Sarah Lim, DVM
EDUCATION
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2014






Ashley Lockwood, DVM
EDUCATION
Iowa State Veterinary School, DVM, 2014






Amanda Lohin, DVM
[Practicing at MSPCA-Angell West in Waltham]
Dr. Amanda Lohin grew up in the greater Boston area. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Biology from St. Michael’s College in 2003, after which she worked as a veterinary technician at a local primary care practice for several years. In 2010, Dr. Lohin moved to St. Kitts to attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical year of training at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation in 2013, Dr. Lohin stayed at Tufts for another year to complete a small animal rotating internship. Dr. Lohin enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine, although she has a special interest in soft tissue surgery, trauma and dentistry. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys hiking, running, biking or anything outdoors with her dogs.

EDUCATION
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Clinical Training, DVM, 2013

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
St. Michael's College, BS, 2003
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Internship, 2013-2014


Whitney Long, DVM
EDUCATION
University of Tennessee, DVM, 2012
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in NYC, Small-Animal Rotating Internship 2012-2013





Kimberly Oparil, DVM
EDUCATION
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2014







Bethany Pastina, DVM
EDUCATION
Atlantic Veterinary College, DVM, 2014







Courtney Peck, DVM
EDUCATION
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2003
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center Rotating Internship 2003-2004







Emma-Leigh Pearson, DVM
EDUCATION
University of Illinois, DVM, 2012
SPECIALTY TRAINING
VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center, Small-Animal Rotating Internship 2012-2013





Eliza Reiss, DVM
EDUCATION
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2014







Meagan Rock, DVM
EDUCATION
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2014







Mandy Rollins, MVB
EDUCATION
University College Dublin School of Veterinary Medicine, MVB, 2014






Brooke Simon, DVM
EDUCATION
University of Minnesota Veterinary School, DVM, 2014






Virginia Sinnott, DVM, DACVECC
Dr. Sinnott is a 2003 graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a one-year internship program and practiced emergency medicine for two additional years in Tucson, Arizona. She then completed a three-year emergency and critical care residency at the University of Pennsylvania. For the next five years she was the supervisor of the residency program at Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists until she joined Angell's senior staff in 2014. She is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Her clinical areas of interest include infection control, antibiotic therapy, coagulation, sepsis and fluid therapy. She is also enthusiastic about veterinary clinical education and enjoys mentoring interns and residents and speaking at local and national meetings.
EDUCATION
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2003
SPECIALTY TRAINING
The University of Pennsylvania, Residency in Emergency and Critical Care, 2006-2009
Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialty and Emergency, Rotating internship, 2003-2004
CERTIFICATION
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, 2009

Melissa Smith, DVM
EDUCATION
Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2010






Stanley Sowy, DVM
EDUCATION
Western University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2014







Catherine (Caty) Sumner, DVM, DACVECC
[Practicing at MSPCA-Angell West in Waltham]
Dr. Sumner directs the Emergency and Critical Care service at MSPCA-Angell West. Dr. Sumner is a 2007 graduate of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She completed a one-year internship program at Angell, a three-year E/CC residency at Tufts, and then was a staff criticalist at Tufts VETS before joining MSPCA-Angell West. She is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.

EDUCATION
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, DVM, 2007
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and Tufts VETS, Residency in Emergency and Critical Care, 2008-2011
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2007-2008
CERTIFICATION
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, 2012


Brittany Sylvane, DVM
EDUCATION
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2014







Margaret Thies, DVM
EDUCATION
University of Minnesota, DVM, 2011
SPECIALTY TRAINING
VCA Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle, Small-Animal Rotating Internship 2011-2012
Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital, E/CC Internship 2012-2013


Emily Ulfelder, BVetMed
EDUCATION
Royal Veterinary College, University of London, 2014






Annie Wayne, DVM
EDUCATION
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2011
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center Rotating Internship 2011-2012








Megan Whelan, DVM, DACVECC, Internship Director and Director, Emergency and Critical Care
Dr. Whelan co-directs the Emergency and Critical Care service with Dr. Bracker. Dr. Whelan is a 2003 graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a one-year internship program at Angell and a three-year E/CC residency at Tufts before joining Angell's senior staff. She is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, and is also Director of Angell's Internship Program. As Internship Director, Dr. Whelan oversees the clinical education of new veterinarians as they rotate through all of Angell's specialty services.

EDUCATION
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2003
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Residency in Emergency and Critical Care, 2004-2007
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2004
CERTIFICATION
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, 2007


Benjamin Williams, DVM
EDUCATION
Western University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2014






Liz Henry, Care Coordinator (1st shift), Emergency/Critical Care 
Liz graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelors Degree in Business in 2005.  After graduating, she worked for 7 years at a brokerage firm.  In 2012, she decided to follow her dream to work with animals and joined Angell as a Client Liaison in the Communications Center.  In 2014, Liz joined the Care Coordinator team and works with the Internal Medicine and Emergency/Critical Care services. A lover of all animals, Liz volunteers with the Advocacy department at Angell and is passionate about changing the negative stereotype associated with pit bulls.  Outside of Angell, Liz loves to hang out with Patch, her dog that she rescued from a shelter in West Virginia.




Alex Kane, Care Coordinator (1st shift), Emergency/Critical Care 
Alex joined Angell's General Medicine service in 2010 and worked with Dr. Joel Kaye for 3 years. In April 2013 she joined Dr. Moses in the Pain Medicine service before assuming the role of Care Coordinator for the Emergency/Critical Care service. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2002, taking 4 years off to complete her Bachelors of Science degree in Human Services and Psychology. Her focus in college was animal-assisted therapy, crisis intervention, and trauma and recovery. She has worked in various internships including a therapeutic equitation internship; a position with a local police department (in the 911 call center and the juvenile department); and a study placement centered around dog training and behavior. Her ultimate focus was completing her senior thesis, “Animal-Assisted Therapy and its effect on the Quality of Life for the Physically and Emotionally Disabled.” Alex and her partner have two dogs, Rex and Lumen. Their family photo is featured in the Angell lobby. Her hobbies include woodworking, poetry writing, snowboarding, kickboxing, and water sports. As E/CC Care Coordinator, Alex
serves as the conduit between clients and E/CC doctors, and works closely with 2nd shift Care Coordinator Lauren Skeens to facilitate seamless client communication (including pet updates via phone, text, and email) and preparation of patients for discharge.



Kathryn Bowen, Care Coordinator - (2nd Shift), Emergency/Critical Care
Kathryn has been working with animals for five years. She took veterinary technician and animal behavior classes at North Shore Community College in 2011. She is passionate about animals and is a Pit Bull Advocate. Kathryn lives with her two Puerto Rican rescue dogs, Reese and Maya, and two shelter cats, Shovelpaw and Madmartigan. When she’s not indulging her love for animals, Kathryn enjoys her other passion, music, by playing piano and guitar.


Lauren Skeens, CVT, Care Coordinator - (2nd Shift), Emergency/Critical Care
Lauren has spent over a decade working in all facets of veterinary care. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Animal Science from the University of Massachusetts. Dedicated to the well-being of pets and the families who love them, she joined Angell in 2008 as an Avian/Exotic Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT). In this role, she obtained all diagnostic samples, took radiographs, induced and monitored anesthesia, and provided nursing care before moving on to become an Angell Clinic Senior CVT in 2010. In July 2013, Lauren became the 2nd Shift Care Coordinator for the Internal Medicine and Emergency Critical Care teams. Working in tandem with 1st shift Care Coordinator Alex Kane, Lauren facilitates client communication (including pet updates via phone, text, and email), prepares patients for discharge, and works toward providing an exceptional client/patient experience at Angell.  Lauren shares her home with two dogs and a
a Quaker parakeet.