Meet the Surgery Team

Sue A. Casale DVM, DACVS

Angell Boston and MSPCA-Angell West, 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

MSPCA-Angell West, Waltham

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

Deandra Owen, DVM

Dr. Owen is a 2012 graduate of Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and finished her small animal rotating internship at Angell in 2013. She joins us as a resident after completing a surgery internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas.

EDUCATION
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2012

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center-Boston, Small Animal Rotating Internship, 2012-2013
Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, Surgery Internship, 2013-2014
Angell Animal Medical Center, Small Animal Surgical Residency, 2014 – Present

Daniel L. Frem, MEM, DVM

Dr. Frem’s interests include reconstructive surgery, arthroscopy, and partial and complete joint replacements. In addition to his medical training, Dr. Frem has a background as an engineer which provides him with a unique perspective in addressing orthopedic challenges.

EDUCATION
Dartmouth College, AB, 1996
Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, BE, 1997, MEM, 1998
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, DVM, 2011

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, Specialty Internship in Small Animal Surgery, 2012-2013
Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group, Rotating Internship in Surgery, Emergency and Critical Care, and Internal Medicine, 2011 – 2012
Angell Animal Medical Center, Small Animal Surgical Residency, 2013 – Present

John Litterine-Kaufman, VMD

John Litterine-Kaufman is a 2013 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and finished his small animal rotating internship at Angell in 2014. He returned to Angell as a surgery resident after completing a surgical internship at Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists in Longmont, Colorado.

EDUCATION
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, VMD, 2013

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists, Longmont, Colorado, surgical internship, 2014-2015
Angell Animal Medical Center, Small Animal Rotating Internship, 2013-2014

Michael M. Pavletic DVM, DACVS, Director, Surgical Services

Dr. Pavletic is a board-certified veterinary surgeon and director of surgical services. He was a surgical instructor and professor of surgery at Louisiana State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and professor and head of small animal surgery at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine before assuming the surgery directorship at Angell. He specializes in soft tissue surgery and is a leading authority in the subspecialty area of small animal plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Pavletic has developed many of the reconstructive surgery techniques currently used in small animal surgery.

Dr. Pavletic is a national and international speaker in the field of reconstructive surgery and is the author of the Atlas of Small Animal Wound Management and Reconstructive Surgery, 3rd ed. Published in 2010 by Wiley-Blackwell.

EDUCATION
University of Illinois, DVM, 1974
University of Illinois, BS, 1972

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center-Boston, Residency in Surgery, 1975-1977
Angell Animal Medical Center-Boston, Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, 1974-1975

CERTIFICATION
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 1981

Meghan Sullivan, DVM, DACVS

Dr. Sullivan joined Angell in 2013 from a specialty practice in Springfield, MA. Dr. Sullivan has authored several scientific publications, enjoys lecturing at continuing education events, and has received awards for excellence in teaching in addition to the ACVS Most Outstanding Resident Research Award. Dr. Sullivan performs soft tissue, and orthopedic surgery as well as many neurosurgical procedures. She has a particular interest in tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA), stem cell therapy, laparoscopy, and arthroscopy.

EDUCATION
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2006
(4th Year Clinical Training – University of Minnesota)

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Small Animal Rotating Internship, 2006 – 2007
VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center – Norwalk, CT, Small Animal Surgical Internship, 2007 – 2008
University of Illinois, Champaign Veterinary School, Small Animal Surgical Residency, 2008 – 2011

CERTIFICATION
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 2012

Nicholas J. Trout MA, VET MB, DACVS, ECVS

Dr. Trout is a board-certified veterinary surgeon at Angell specializing in both orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. His work includes tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO), hip replacement and arthroscopic surgical procedures.

EDUCATION
University of Cambridge, England, MA, 1990
University of Cambridge, England, Vet MB, 1989

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and Angell Animal Medical Center-Boston, Residency in Small Animal Surgery, 1991-1994
University of Liverpool, England, House Officer, 1989-1991

CERTIFICATION
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 1995
Diplomate, European College of Veterinary Surgeons, 1995
Member, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, 1989

Emily Neish, Surgery Client Care Coordinator

After graduating with an Anthropology degree from York University in Toronto, Canada, Emily relocated to Los Angeles. She appeared as a contestant on Hollywood Squares where she earned enough money to return to school to pursue an animal nursing degree. After obtaining her animal nursing degree from Brampton College in 2004, she headed to Boston where she joined the Angell team as a Clinic Attendant. Since then she has sought out as much knowledge as she could. She has held positions as a Critical Care Unit Nurse, Cross-Trainer and Anesthesia Technician before supervising the surgery department for 3 years. She has been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 2009. She has now transitioned to a client-centered role that allows her to use her extensive knowledge of surgery and anesthesia to educate, assist, and help calm the nerves our loving pet parents.

In Emily’s spare time she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with Amber (pictured), her 13 year old Chihuahua mix who was rescued from a puppy mill, and her 2 year old feline brothers, Peyton & Eli, who were rescued from Mexico.

Kimberly Swank, Surgery Secretary

Started working at Angell in July 1991 after a patron at a local restaurant here in J.P. suggested that she apply for a position. She started out part time at the front desk and took a full time position shortly after. She worked her way from the front desk to the emergency and appointment desk, and also occasionally filled in as the cashier and  switchboard operator when needed. She became the surgery unit secretary back in Feb. 2005.

Kimberly lives in Bristol County with her husband and two cats, Monkey and Mitzy,  and enjoys taking the cats out for  leash walks and taking long drives to their cabin in Maine.