MSPCA-Angell West in Waltham





 

Angell Animal Medical Center is pleased to offer the convenience of our MSPCA-Angell West facility at 293 Second Avenue in Waltham, MA. In addition to 24 x 7 Emergency/Critical Care service, our Waltham facility offers appointments Monday through Saturday.

Services at our Waltham location include:

24 x 7 Emergency/Critical Care ph: 617-522-7282 / fax: 617-989-1633
Avian/Exotic Medicine ph: 617-989-1561 / fax: 617-989-1668
Cardiology
ph: 617-541-5038/ fax: 617-989-1653
Dermatology ph: 617-524-5733/ fax: 617-989-1613
Internal Medicine ph: 617-541-5186/ fax: 617-989-1635
Surgery ph: 617-541-5048/ fax: 617-989-1660


Referrals and appointments can be made by calling/faxing our departmental numbers above which apply to both our Boston and Waltham services, or by calling our Waltham phone number (781-902-8400).

Our Waltham Team:

24 x 7 Emergency/Critical Care


Charles Amuguni, BVM
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



Emily Finn, DVM
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

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

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, 2011
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, 2011
College of the Holy Cross, BA, 2006

SPECIALTY TRAINING
VCA South Shore Animal Hospital, Small Animal Internship, 2013


Tamara Kremer Mecabell, DVM
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, 2004
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, BS, 2000
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, 2007-2008


Catherine (Caty) Sumner, DVM, DACVECC
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



Avian/Exotic Service

Brendan Noonan, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)
[Practicing at Angell-Boston and MSPCA-Angell West in Waltham]
Dr. Noonan figured out early on in life he was interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine while surrounding himself with exotic animals as pets.  After graduating high school, he went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in animal science from Cornell University in 2005 followed by his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2009.  His strong interest in exotic animal medicine, particularly avian, led him south toward warmer weather to complete an internship with Dr. Kelleher at Broward Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital in Coral Springs, Florida.  He was fortunate enough to go back to Cornell in 2010 to pursue his ultimate goal of an ABVP (avian) residency with Cornell’s exotic animal medicine service.  He finished his 3 year residency in July of 2013 and joined the Angell exotics team in September 2013.
When he is not at the clinic Dr. Noonan enjoys spending time with his Umbrella Cockatoo, Eastern rosella parakeet, English budgie and 2 mix breed dogs.


EDUCATION

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2009
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Broward Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital, Internship, 2010
Cornell University Hospital for Animals, Avian/Exotics Resident 2010-2013 
CERTIFICATION
Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Avian Specialty, 2013


Cardiology

Nancy J. Laste DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology), Director of Medical Services
[Practicing at Angell-Boston and MSPCA-Angell West in Waltham]
Dr. Laste is a board-certified cardiologist who has been with Angell since 1992. Although her primary practice is focused on medical treatment of cardiac diseases in domestic animals (primarily dogs and cats), she is active in interventional cardiology — cardiac catheterization, pacemaker implantation and cardiac surgery. In 1998, Dr. Laste started the thorascopic surgery program, which has successfully treated more than 100 patients with minimally invasive techniques, avoiding the need for open-chest surgery.

EDUCATION
New York State College of Veterinary Medicine (Cornell University), DVM, 1989
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center-Boston, Residency in Cardiology, 1992-1994
University of Georgia, Small Animal Internship, 1990-1991
CERTIFICATION
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology), 1995


Rebecca L. Malakoff DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
[Practicing at Angell-Boston and MSPCA-Angell West in Waltham]
Dr. Malakoff is a board-certified cardiologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in pets. Her work includes testing such as echocardiograms, electrocardiograms and blood pressure measurement, the stabilization of critical cardiac patients, and the long-term medical management of congenital and acquired forms of heart disease. Dr. Malakoff performs cardiac catheterization procedures to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of specific cardiac disorders including procedures such as pacemaker implantation, Amplatzer ductal occlusion and coil embolization of PDA, and balloon valvuloplasty. Dr. Malakoff is the director of the cardiology residency program, which trains aspiring cardiologists in the art and science of cardiology.

EDUCATION

North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2000
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center-Boston, Residency in Cardiology, 2001-2003
Angell Animal Medical Center-Boston, Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, 2000-2001
CERTIFICATION
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology), 2004


Dermatology

Dr. Ursula Thomas, DVM, DACVD
Dr. Ursula Thomas is an Austrian native who graduated from the Veterinary School of Vienna, Austria in 2006. After completing a doctoral thesis at the Veterinary School of Vienna’s Dermatology Service in 2008, Dr. Thomas then moved to the United States of America to start a three-year residency program in clinical and investigative veterinary dermatology at North Carolina State University. Dr. Thomas became board certified with the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Dermatology in 2011. Since then, she has worked as faculty at the University of Florida’s Dermatology Service, as well as a veterinary dermatologist at an emergency clinic in Massachusetts. Dr. Thomas’ special interests include:  skin allergies, ear diseases, metabolic and endocrine diseases, as well as auto-immune skin diseases and illnesses that lead to hair loss.  Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Thomas enjoys traveling, hiking, exercising, as well as spending time with her family and friends.

EDUCATION
University of Vienna, Austria, DVM, 2006
SPECIALTY TRAINING
North Carolina State University, Residency in Dermatology, 2008-2011
CERTIFICATION
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology, 2011
Diplomate, European College of Veterinary Dermatology, 2011


Internal Medicine

Cindy Talbot, DVM (practice limited to Internal Medicine)
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.

EDUCATION

Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2007
Stanford University, BA, 1996
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency, 2008-2011
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship, 2007-2008


Surgery

Sue A. Casale DVM, DACVS
[Practicing at Angell-Boston and MSPCA-Angell West in Waltham]
Dr. Casale is a board-certified veterinary surgeon specializing in both orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. She performs both the tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO certified in 2002) and tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA) for cranial cruciate ligament ruptures. She is certified to harvest and deliver canine and feline adult stem cells which are used in the treatment of osteoarthritis, ligament and bone injuries. She was featured in Boston Magazine’s pet issue in 2010. Her interests include minimally invasive abdominal procedures, thoracic surgery and fracture repair and she actively participates in the training of our surgical residents.


EDUCATION

Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2000
St. Lawrence University, BS, 1989
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Tufts University and Angell Animal Medical Center-Boston, Residency in Small Animal Surgery, 2001-2004
Angell Animal Medical Center-Boston, Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, 2000-2001
CERTIFICATION
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 2009

Michele Kudisch, DVM, DACVS
Dr. Kudisch is a board-certified veterinary surgeon specializing in both orthopedic and soft tissue surgery.  She was the owner and operator of a mobile veterinary surgery practice in the Boston metropolitan area for 17 years before coming to MSPCA-Angell West as the staff surgeon.  Her interests are broad ranging and include fracture repair, thoracic surgery, trauma, and reconstructive surgery.

EDUCATION

Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 1986
Long Island University, MS, 1976
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BS, 1973
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Tufts University and Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, Boston, Residency in Small Animal Surgery, 1989-1992
Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, Boston, Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, 1986-1987
CERTIFICATION
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 1996



Support Team

Sal Tuzzo, MLAS, CVT, Technician Manager
Sal joined Angell as a primary care attendant after completion of his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Roger Williams University. He quickly gained on-the-job training and was promoted across the technician levels to Inpatient Service Supervisor. Sal departed Angell to pursue a Master’s degree in Laboratory Animal Science from Drexel University and returned in 2011 as one of the Inpatient Services Supervisors. In 2013, Sal joined the Oncology team as the Oncology Supervisor. After serving as the Oncology Supervisor for the last year, Sal transitioned to Angell West to the position of Technician Manager.  He is responsible for training, organizing and managing the Angell West technician team to provide the highest level of care.  

Sal’s animal companions are Psymon, a 7-year-old Labrador cross, Bumper, a 6-year-old orange cat who lost his eyes in a car accident, Shakespeare, a 16-year-old white cat with heart disease, and Wallie, a 2-year-old doppelganger of Shakespeare.  Sal has been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 2010 and is a member of the Massachusetts Veterinary Technician Association.

Nicole Ames, Veterinary Assistant
Nicole graduated from the University of Massachusetts -- Amherst in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science .  She started her career at a general medicine practice in Salem, Massachusetts in October 2011.  After spending 2 years at the practice she decided to take the next step in her training and move into emergency and specialty medicine.  In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, camping, and baking.  She lives with her fiancé and her cat, Tater Tot.


Tracy Connolly, Veterinary Assistant
Tracy currently attends the Animal Care Program at North Shore Community College with hopes of starting the Veterinary Technician program in 2014.  This is Tracy's second career.  She worked six years as a professional librarian in the Boston and Providence areas before her love of animals brought her back to school in the animal care industry in September 2013.  Tracy began volunteering at the MSPCA Adoption Center in Boston in the SafeWalk program in October 2013 and joined the MSPCA-Angell West staff as a Veterinary Assistant in December 2013.


Jessica Foley, Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)
Jessica  graduated from Mount Ida College with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology in 2006.  After receiving her Certified Veterinary Technician status, she started her career in General Medicine and Specialty Services.  In 2009, Jessica became a vital team member and asset to Angell’s Ophthalmology service for 2 years  before moving to Galway, Ireland where she continued her passion for animal care abroad as a Registered Veterinary Nurse.  Jess enthusiastically returned to Angell when she came back  to her hometown of Boston in January of 2013.



Alexzandra (Ama) Forbes, Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)
Ama attended Becker College and obtained an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology. She is currently finishing her Bachelors Degree in Veterinary Sciences. Before joining MSPCA-Angell West, Ama accrued eight years of experience in both general practice and emergency medicine. Her passion is emergency medicine, and she also enjoys dermatology. When she is not at work, Ama enjoys cooking, baking, spending time with family and friends, hiking and going to the beach. She has two children - one with four legs, a Brussels Griffon named Lunetta - and one with wings, a Green Cheeked Conure named Opal.


Lauren Hamel, Veterinary Assistant
Lauren started with the MSPCA-Angell in 2013 as an Animal Care and Adoption Counselor at Nevins Farm. She has an extensive background in animal care, having worked with various farm and companion animals. She attended Essex Agricultural and Technical High School before continuing her education at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst,  where she received a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science in 2012. Lauren was raised with dogs and cats, but also has a special love for horses. She currently shares her home with her two tuxedo cats, Jack and Sophie. Some of Lauren’s other interests include hiking, skiing, horseback riding and canine training. She was very excited to move into her new role in February 2014 as a Veterinary Assistant at MSPCA-Angell West.


Nick Hayes, Veterinary Assistant
Nick graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science in 2013. He has grown up with animals his entire life and started working in veterinary medicine at age 15.  He is particularly interested in the surgical aspect of medicine, and he hopes to attend veterinary school in the near future to further pursue this goal.




Lauren Hogaboom, Veterinary Assistant
Lauren graduated from Minuteman Regional High School in 2004 with her cosmetology license. After working in the hair industry for nearly six years, she decided to go back to school to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology at Mount Ida College. While in transition, she began providing foster care and volunteer work at MSPCA-Angell Adoption Center in Boston, and also began working for a general practice in 2009. More recently, Lauren studied abroad in Belize where she worked with a local veterinarian and helped by providing free veterinary care to those in need. Lauren plans to earn her CVT by 2017 and has special interest in emergency and exotic care. Lauren currently resides with her American Staffordshire Terrier (Mac) Mount Ida Alumni, Beagle (Lex) and her cat (Lilah). In her free time she enjoys cooking, traveling, and being outdoors.



Jenn Hurteau, Veterinary Assistant
Jennifer graduated from Norfolk County Agricultural High School in 2003, with a concentration in animal behavior. Shortly after, she attended National Canine in Columbus, Ohio and obtained a Masters Certification in obedience training and canine behavior. She came back to Massachusetts and started her own training business, which she still runs today. In 2004, Jennifer started working at a very busy small animal general practice. She worked there for 6 years before seeking out a further challenge. So in 2010, Jennifer started working at an emergency/critical care (E/CC) referral hospital and split her time between E/CC and internal medicine. Since then she has become eligible to take the veterinary technician national exam (VTNE) to become a Certified Veterinary Technician, and plans to sit for the test this summer. Her areas of interests in emergency medicine are immune mediated diseases, polytrauma, and cardiac disease.Jennifer lives with her 3 dogs; 2 Dobermans "Sky" and "Raine" and a German Shepherd "Laney," a cat named "Jimi," and a rabbit named "Moose," as well as an assortment of  other small animals. She also is currently fostering "Etta" a 3-legged German Shepherd. In her free time she enjoys being outside, riding her horse and spending time at her parents' farm.



Kimberly Muir, Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)
Kim graduated from Mount Ida College’s Veterinary Technology Program in 2006, and immediately jumped into emergency medicine before relocating to Florida. While in Tampa, she continued her work in emergency medicine, obtained her certification, and enthusiastically accepted the challenge of working with critical patients in their intensive care unit. She was pleased to accept a position with Angell’s anesthesia department in 2008, and became an integral part of training new staff members as well as advising students visiting the department. When MSPCA-Angell West opened, Kim was excited to join the team and assist in their development within the veterinary community.   Kim has always been interested in working with horses, and plans to pursue a volunteer position in the near future with a large animal veterinarian. She lives with her 8-year-old Siberian Husky Chili and her two cats, Hanso and Sargent Pepper.  


Rachel Niccolini, Veterinary Assistant
Rachel received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from Humboldt State University. Her interest in animal welfare began in high school when she volunteered with the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society. Since then, she has developed an extensive background in animal care ranging from the veterinary world to private settings. She worked as a general medicine technician at the Nob Hill Cat Clinic in San Francisco before moving to Humboldt County, California where she helped with the Wildlife Care Center in the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife. She has worked and volunteered with numerous different shelters and organizations throughout the years in both California and Massachusetts.  After moving back to her home state of Massachusetts, she joined MSPCA-Angell West in 2014 as a veterinary assistant.  She currently resides on the North Shore with her two cats “Taco” and  “Bubba Stubbs” and enjoys cooking, painting, and traveling.


Andrea Pyon, Veterinary Assistant
After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and working as an artist, Andrea decided to go back to school and graduated from Mount Ida College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology. She started her career in general practice, but had a desire to work in a specialty hospital to challenge herself. Andrea was excited to join the team at MSPCA-Angell West. She adopted 3 dogs (Romey, Quin, and Emily) and a cat (Aphrodite) in the last of 5 years. In her free time she likes being outdoors with her dogs.


Liz Robbins, Veterinary Assistant
Liz graduated from Mount Ida College in the spring of 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology.  Liz previously spent time in Belize providing free veterinary care to locals. She started her career in general practice, but has a special interest working  within a specialty hospital. Liz lives with her two rescued dogs, a beagle “Mannie” and a hound mix “Laurie”  along with her bearded dragon and two guinea pigs. In her free time she likes to spend time outdoors with her dogs and go horseback riding.


Gailyn Rooselet, Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), Avian Exotics Technician
Gailyn is a graduate from Mount Ida College and has been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 2008. She previously worked at a hospital where she kept active in the emergency, critical care, surgery and general practice departments. Since college she has had a special interest in exotic pets and began her career at Angell in June 2013. Along with her Chihuahua mix “Conan,” Yorkie mix “Buggie,” and orange tabby cat “Cricket,” Gailyn also shares her home with a green cheek conure and a leopard gecko.  In her free time she enjoys going to the dog park, spending time with family and friends, and the occasional white water rafting.


Carrie Rudman, Veterinary Assistant
Carrie graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science in 1998 and has been working as a Veterinary Technician ever since.  She started her career in a specialty practice as a surgery/internal medicine technician and worked at an emergency clinic on the weekends.  She found her true passion and interests were in the emergency and critical care aspects of veterinary medicine.  Carrie also found this job to be the most rewarding.  Since 2000, she has been an emergency and critical care technician in clinics in NH, ME, SC and is excited to now bejoining the MSPCA-Angell West team in MA.  Carrie's husband is in the US Coast Guard and they moved from Charleston, SC to the Boston area this past summer with their kids Ryley & Hope as well as their 3 dogs (Mowgli, Pongo & Cleo) and 2 cats (Whiskers & Cow).  


Kayla Sferrazza, Veterinary Assistant
Kayla has worked in the veterinary field in general practices since her first job at the age of 15. She worked her way up through many positions from kennel attendant, receptionist, to veterinary assistant at 3 different animal hospitals. Kayla's biggest passion has always been for animals. She has aspired to become a veterinarian since early childhood. She attended college for 1 year majoring in biology with a pre-vet concentration and plans to go back to continue her education. In the short term she hopes to become a CVT. Kayla grew up surrounded by pets & her family has many pets today including dogs, cats, turtles, & a bearded dragon. She eagerly became a team member at Angell-West in 2014 excited to change to emergency care. Outside of animals & work Kayla enjoys music, crocheting, & reading.


Shannon Sorrow, Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), RLAT
Shannon is a graduate from New Hampshire Community Technical College in Stratham and has been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 2005. She has been in several roles throughout the veterinary field since first starting in 2001 including; general clinic medicine, pre-clinical services, and most recently, emergency and critical care. She comes to MSPCA-Angell West from an emergency and specialty hospital serving the New Hampshire and Southern Maine area. Shannon is also an active board member at the University of New Hampshire Thompson School of Applied Sciences for their Veterinary Technology Program.



Jen Wall, Veterinary Assistant
Jen has been working in all facets of the veterinary world for over a decade. She started her career in Arizona were she graduated from Pima Medical College in 2002 and is currently working on becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. After working for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, Eastside Pet Clinic, in clinical and surgical settings, she moved with her husband and their adorable furry family (2 cats, a Shih Tzu, and a Chihuahua mix) back to Massachusetts in 2010, excited to work in Angell’s Clinical Services in Boston. She welcomed the fast pace of the department, and the opportunity to assist veterinarians with the care of their patients, phlebotomy, and triage. When she is not at Angell, she loves to travel, and spend time with her husband and friends.


Penny Watkins-Lima, Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)
Penny first started working as a technician assistant in 2008 and graduated from Western Career College in California is 2002. She did her externships at an exotic specialty clinic, orthopedic practice, and on a surgical team at Bay Area Veterinary Specialists. In California she volunteered for a cat rescue group. She practiced at a general medicine hospital in the Bay Area where she was mainly a dental technician and worked with a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon. Penny moved to the suburbs outside of Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 2004, and started back at an online school, St Petersburg College in Florida, so she could take the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam) to become a CVT, and continue on to get her Bachelor’s degree. She has since been practicing at a general practice in Pennsylvania for 10 years, where she excelled in emergency, surgery, anesthesia, phlebotomy, and laboratory skills. She just recently moved to Lowell and joined the Waltham -Angell team where she hopes to one day specialize in Anesthesia or Critical Care and Emergency. She looks forward to a fast past environment conducive to learning more advanced skills and being able to help with the most critical patients.


Jean Marie Althaus, Business Manager
Jean Marie began her career at Angell Animal Medical Center in 2012 as a Client Service Front Office Supervisor. Her primary focus was to provide the best customer service experience to each patient and client who came to Angell.  Jean Marie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.  Jean Marie and her husband live in Jamaica Plain, MA with their rather feisty, but fun loving cat, Louie, who was adopted from the St. Louis Humane Society. He joyfully rode in the front seat of the U-Haul for the entire 1,194 miles until they reached their new home in Boston! In Jean Marie’s spare time, she enjoys baking, reading, photography, and exploring everything New England has to offer.


Rachel Kagan, Receptionist
Rachel lives in Waltham with her husband, Chester and Theo her Peekapoo. She is a certified dog trainer through Karen Pryor Clicker Training.  Rachel has had a love for animals ever since she was a child and has worked in the animal field since 2002.  She has worked at two vet hospitals as a receptionist and worked at Especially for Pets for 6 years. She also ran her own doggie daycare, dog walking, and pet sitting company from 2009-2012.  Rachel is very excited to be working for MSPCA Angell West  as the evening receptionist.


Alexandra (Sandy) Rickman, Receptionist
Sandy is currently attending an online Veterinary Technician program through Penn Foster College.  She made the transition from human healthcare to animal healthcare in early 2012.  Sandy lives in Waltham with her faithful companion Jackson (a 4-year old Pomeranian) her girl Chloe (an orange tabby) and her buddy Hercules (a long-haired tabby).  She was very excited to become a member of the MSPCA-Angell West team in February 2014.