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Meet the Dentistry Team

Jessica Riehl, DVM, DAVDC

Dr. Riehl joined Angell in 2016 after practicing at a veterinary specialty hospital in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Dr. Riehl then completed an internship in West Islip, NY followed by a residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She became a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College in 2014. Dr. Riehl has served on the Credentials Committee for the AVDC (American Veterinary Dental College).

EDUCATION
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2010

SPECIALTY TRAINING
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, Residency in Dentistry and Oral Surgery, 2011-2014
The Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island, Rotating Internship, 2010-2011

Joyce Tai, DVM, MS

Dr. Joyce Tai earned a DVM/MS in laboratory animal medicine combined degree from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 2016 before completing a small animal rotating internship at Angell Animal Medical Center in 2017. She stayed on as a staff doctor in Angell’s Dentistry service before leaving to complete her residency in veterinary dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania.

EDUCATION
Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM/MS, 2016

SPECIALTY TRAINING
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry residency, 2018-2021
Angell Animal Medical Center, Small Animal rotating internship, 2016-2017

Michael Johnson, CVT, Dentistry Supervisor

Michael is a 1990 graduate of the Vet Tech Program at Colorado Mountain College (CMC). He was then invited to join the CMC faculty as a staff member following graduation. In 1991 Michael entered the VTI-Vet Tech Intern Program at the AMC in NYC. After graduation from the internship, he remained at the AMC for 8 years until he was recruited to join the newly formed Angell Dentistry Department as a Supervisor. Michael has held the same position since 1999.

Julissa Almendarez, CVT, Lead Dental Technician

Julissa graduated from Mount Ida College with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology in May 2012. As part of her Mount Ida education,  Julissa completed two internships at Angell, one with General Medicine and one with Dentistry. She began working with the Angell Dentistry department shortly after graduation. She has also worked as a human EMT since 2001 and continues to work on a part-time basis with a private ambulance company in the Metro Boston area

Jacob Dreilinger, CVT, Dental Technician

Jacob graduated from Massasoit Community College with a degree in Veterinary Technology in May 2021. While taking classes, he worked as a veterinary assistant at a small animal hospital in Somerville, and he interned at the VCA Metro Cat Hospital and the Cape Wildlife Center in 2021. Jacob became a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) in 2021.

Lindsay Drew, CVT, Dental Technician I

Lindsay graduated from the University of Rhode Island with an Animal Science degree in 2013. She then decided to get an associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology and became a CVT in 2020. She has been a veterinary technician since 2016. She has two dogs, Korra and Tucker, and two rats, Roxanne and Natalie Marie.

Joanne Malley, CVT, Lead Dental Technician

Joanne graduated from North Shore Community College in May 2012 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. She began working at Angell in the Clinic and became certified in August 2012. She began working the Dentistry service in October 2014 and has been an essential team member ever since.

Katlyne Velasquez, CVT, Dental Technician

Katlyne graduated from Mount Ida College in 2010 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. She worked in the general practice surgery department at VCA South Shore, where she became interested in dentistry and anesthesia. She decided to join Angell in 2021 to pursue these passions further. Katlyne enjoys gardening, camping, hiking, and relaxing at the beach in her free time. Katlyne lives with her husband and two sons. They have two cats, Zoey (16 years old) and Shaggy (17 years old), and a cockapoo named Stella (13 years old).