Daniela Vrabelova Ackley, DVM, MS, DACVIM
[Practicing at MSPCA-Angell West in Waltham]
Dr. Ackley, originally from Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, received her DVM degree in 2004 from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Slovakia. The university's valedictorian, she was awarded the Special Dean's Prize and the Grand Prix Prize, given to the top 22 students graduating from all Slovak universities. After graduation, Dr. Ackley completed two small animal internships, one at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, and the other at North Carolina State University. Her strong interest in internal medicine lead her to the residency at The Ohio State University where she was fortunate to be trained by people whose books she had studied back home. Dr. Ackley is especially passionate about respiratory and immune mediated diseases as well as endoscopic procedures, including upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy, rhinoscopy, bronchoscopy, cystoscopy and laparoscopic liver biopsies. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Comparative Gastroenterology Society. Outside work, she enjoys traveling, skiing and yoga. She is also an accomplished salsa dancer and has performed in Spain, Washington, D.C., and Columbus, OH. Multilingual, she is fluent in English, Spanish and Czech, and proficient in German and Polish. After the loss of her beloved dog Tuli, she is currently looking for a Black Russian Terrier puppy.
University of Veterinary Medicine, Kosice, Slovakia, DVM, 2004
The Ohio State University, Residency in SAIM and Masters program, 2010-2013
North Carolina State University, Rotating Internship, 2009-2010
Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, Rotating Internship and Master Degree, 2006-2008
Diplomate, Americal College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 2013
Douglas Brum, DVM
Dr. Brum, on staff since 1987, is actively involved in developing the wellness program and referral practice. He is dedicated to providing quality care and communication to referral practitioners. Dr. Brum’s main clinical interests include immune-mediated diseases, endocrinology and geriatric medicine. One of his major passions is serving as a mentor to interns and helping to adapt the intern program to meet the needs of a changing profession. Dr. Brum also maintains a large general medicine practice.
Cornell University, DVM, 1985
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, 1986
Maureen Carroll, DVM, DACVIM
Dr. Carroll is particularly interested in diseases of the liver, as well as gastrointestinal, renal and endocrine diseases. Procedures she routinely performs include gastroduodenoscopy, colonoscopy, rhinoscopy, cystoscopy and laparoscopy. Laparoscopy is a procedure that allows veterinarians to examine abdominal organs with the use of small telescopic equipment and address areas of concern both diagnostically and therapeutically. Click here to watch a laparoscopy procedure.
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 1996
Angell Animal Medical Center-Boston, Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery 1996-1997 and Residency in Internal Medicine 1998-2000; Board-Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine 2001
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 2001
Zachary Crouse, DVM, Internal Medicine Resident (2014-2017)
Dr. Zachary Crouse completed his veterinary school training at Western University of Health Sciences in California. He did a Small Animal Rotating Internship at Angell from 2013-2014 and will be staying on as an Internal Medicine resident.
Western University of Health Sciences, California, DVM, 2013
Angell Animal Medical Center-Boston, Rotating Small Animal Medicine Internship, 2013-2014
Erika de Papp, DVM, DACVIM
Dr. de Papp also performs laparoscopy, including laparoscopic liver biopsies, and is interested in canine and feline hepatic diseases. She has been working at Angell since 2000 and her special interests include gastrointestinal endoscopy, cystoscopy, endocrinology and hematologic disorders.
Jean Duddy, DVM
Dr. Duddy is one of the internal medicine staff who sees patients on a daily basis for both general medicine, such as vaccinations and wellness exams, and medical referrals for more complicated and chronic problems. Her areas of interest include endocrinology (feline hyperthyroidism, diabetes, parathyroid diseases) as well as geriatrics.
Ohio State University, DVM, 1988
Ohio State University, BS, 1984
Angell Animal Medical Center-Boston, Residency in Medicine, 1993-1995
Angell Animal Medical Center-Boston, Internship in Medicine and Surgery, 1988-1989
Kirstin Johnson, DVM, DACVIM
Dr. Johnson joined Angell in 2011 after working at a specialty hospital in Westbury, NY. Her areas of clinical interest include laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures as well as immune-mediated, respiratory and renal disease. Dr. Johnson shares her home with two cats, Farmer and Neffie, who she adopted from a shelter in Mississippi, and a dog named Poohberry (pictured here) who she adopted from a shelter in Los Angeles.
Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2005
Mississippi State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency, 2006-2009
Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego, Rotating Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship, 2005-2006
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine), 2011
Shawn Kearns, DVM, DACVIM
Dr. Kearns is a small animal internist at Angell with a particular interest in hematologic, immune mediated and infectious diseases. She also performs laparoscopy for liver biopsies and endoscopy for gastrointestinal disease. In addition, she has a special interest in interventional radiology procedures such as tracheal and urethral stenting, both of which are currently available at Angell. Dr. Kearns is the Director of the Internal Medicine Residency program.
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2003
Angell Animal Medical Center, Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency, 2004-2006
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship, 2003-2004
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 2007
Cindy Talbot, DVM (practice limited to Internal Medicine)
[Practicing at MSPCA-Angell West in Waltham]
Dr. Talbot returned to Angell in 2014 after working at a specialty hospital in Manchester, NH. Her clinical interests include diseases of the liver, kidney (particularly protein losing nephropathies), and gastrointestinal tract, as well as hematologic disorders. She routinely performs endoscopy, cystoscopy, rhinoscopy, and bronchoscopy, all of which are available at MSPCA-Angell West. She is excited to be a part of the new MSPCA-Angell West, and is dedicated to providing excellent care and communication to referral practitioners.
Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2007
Stanford University, BA, 1996
Angell Animal Medical Center, Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency, 2008-2011
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship, 2007-2008
Laurie Monhait, DVM, Internal Medicine Resident (2013-2016)
Dr Monhait’s interests include renal disease, gastrointestinal disease and immune-mediated disease. She also has an interest in hematology including anemias, coagulopathies, and transfusion medicine.
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2011
Haverford College, B.A. 2006
VCA Southshore Animal Hospital, Rotating Small Animal Internship 2011-2012
Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, Internal Medicine Specialty Internship 2012-2013
Liz Henry, Internal Medicine Care Coordinator - (1st Shift)
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.
Lauren Skeens, CVT, Internal Medicine Care Coordinator - (2nd Shift)
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. Lauren facilitates client communication, prepares patients for discharge and drop off, and works toward providing an exceptional client/patient experience at Angell. Lauren shares her home with two dogs and a Quaker parakeet.
Shannon Boynton, Internal Medicine Assistant
Shannon graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2006 with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a double major in Music. After graduation she worked in Higher Education for a few years before returning to her passion of working with animals. Shannon starting working at Angell in 2008 in the Critical Care Unit as an Attendant. Since then she has worked in Inpatient as well as in Boarding. In 2011 she began her work as an Internal Medicine Assistant for Dr. de Papp. She is currently working towards becoming a certified veterinary technician. When she is not at Angell she enjoys hanging out with her dog Roxie, photography, and cooking.
Kerri Christie, CVT, Internal Medicine Technician
Kerri has been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 2013. She is a 2012 graduate of North Shore Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. Before joining Angell's Internal Medicine team in 2014 as Dr. Duddy’s technician, Kerri was a technician at a small animal practice in Lexington, MA as well as a volunteer at MSPCA’s Nevins Farm in Mathuen, MA. When Kerri isn’t at Angell, she enjoys spending time with her feline friends: Roni and Snuggles.
Courtney Doyle, Internal Medicine Assistant
Courtney has been with Angell since January 2005 when she began working as an attendant in the Clinic. Courtney became a member of the Internal Medicine team in September 2005 and has been working with Dr. Shawn Kearns since August 2007. As an Internal Medicine assistant, Courtney takes detailed medical histories, performs diagnostic procedures such as blood collection and assisting with endoscopy, and assists Dr. Kearns with client communication and education. Courtney truly enjoys the relationships she develops with clients and their pets and excels at providing them with superior customer service to meet their individual needs. Courtney attended Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and earned a liberal arts degree in 2004. Outside of work, Courtney's interests include hiking, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Britt Gustafson, CVT, Internal Medicine Technician
Britt joined the Angell team in September 2011 as a Clinic Technician after graduating from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology with a degree in Veterinary Technology. In October of 2012, Britt transferred to the Internal Medicine team to work with Dr. Kirstin Johnson, assisting with appointments, endoscopy, ultrasounds and other procedures. Before deciding to make helping animals a full time career she spent many years pet sitting as a second job.
Elizabeth Ortiz, Internal Medicine Assistant
Elizabeth graduated from North Shore Community College in 2012 with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from the Veterinary Technology program. Before graduation and until recently, she worked at a small animal practice as a veterinary assistant, receptionist and boarding assistant. Elizabeth joined the Angell team in March 2014, working as an Internal Medicine Assistant for Dr. Carroll. She is currently working on obtaining her certification as a veterinary technician (CVT credentials). When she is not at Angell, she enjoys youth leadership at her local church, spending time with family and friends, and Liturgical dance.
Maureen Sweeney, Internal Medicine Assistant
Maureen graduated from Suffolk University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2008. She began working at Angell with Dr. Brum in May of 2011 after working at a smaller practice on the South Shore for several years. She shares her home with her husband Patrick and their orange kitty Cooper, whom she adopted from the MSPCA adoption center shortly after starting at Angell. When not at work, Maureen spends most of her free time planning her upcoming wedding!
Kathryn Bowen, Care Coordinator - Internal Medicine
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.