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Meet the 24/7 Emergency and Critical Care Team in Waltham

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, and then moved back to the Boston area to rejoin the Angell team. She has been working at Angell West in Waltham since it opened in 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 husband and their cat, Gherkin.

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

Alyssa Blaustein, VMD

Dr. Alyssa Blaustein is originally from New Jersey. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Urisinus College. She then moved to nearby Philadelphia and earned her veterinary degree from The University of Pennsylvania. While in veterinary school, Dr. Blaustein did research focused on animal welfare. After graduation, she completed a rigorous internship, with a large focus on emergency medicine, at Oradell Animal Hospital in northern New Jersey. Dr. Blaustein enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine, with special interests in trauma and toxicology. In her spare time, Dr. Blaustein enjoys hiking, camping, playing board games, and spending time her with her cat, Squishy.

 

EDUCATION
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, VMD, 2015

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Oradell Animal Hospital Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, 2015-2016

Jordana Fetto, DVM

Dr. Jordana Fetto grew up in New York City. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in behavioral neuroscience with a minor in psychology from Lehigh University. After taking time off to travel and volunteer, Dr. Fetto went on to earn her DVM degree from Tufts University in North Grafton, Massachusetts. She then completed an intensive year-long rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City followed by a specialty emergency/critical care internship at Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital. Dr. Fetto enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine, although she has a special interest in soft tissue surgery and trauma. In her spare time, Dr. Fetto enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, exploring museums, and spending time with family. She is looking forward to learning how to sail on the Charles.

EDUCATION
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2011
Lehigh University, BS, 2008
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2014-2015
Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital, Specialty Emergency/Critical Care Internship, 2015-2016

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, Rotating Internship, 2011-2012

Jessica Hamilton Seid, 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

Amanda Lohin, DVM

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

Margeen Morikon, BVetMed

Dr. Morikon graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London before joining the MSPCA-Angell West team as an intern in 2018.  Dr. Morikon has a special interest in ultrasound, diagnostic imaging, and surgery. Her veterinary interests include avian/exotic species in addition to cats and dogs. Dr. Morikon has an eight-year-old black Lab named Horizon whom she adopted at a shelter in California.

EDUCATION
The Royal Veterinary College, England, BVetMed, 2018

SPECIALTY TRAINING
MSPCA-Angell West, Small Animal Internship, 2018-2019

Kate Mueller, DVM

Dr. Kate Mueller is originally from Rochester, NY. She completed her undergraduate education at Bucknell University in central Pennsylvania, and spent the next several years living in and around New York City and working as a middle school math teacher, a technician at a cat hospital in Brooklyn, and as a volunteer with stranded marine wildlife, among other things. She then attended Cornell University for veterinary school, graduating in 2015. Following graduation, she completed a one-year internship in medicine and surgery at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in Weymouth, MA. She enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine and is excited to join the Angell team, and to spend more time exploring New England. She shares her home with her fiancé and Kitty, her grumpy but loveable calico cat.

EDUCATION
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM 2011-2015
SPECIALTY TRAINING
VCA South Shore Animal Hospital, Rotating Internship, 2015-2016

Courtney Peck, DVM, DACVECC

Dr. Courtney Peck is originally from Massachusetts and graduated from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She completed a 13 month rotating small animal internship at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston in 2004, and then spent 8 years as an emergency clinician at a large specialty and referral hospital in Seattle, WA. In 2012, Dr. Peck returned to Boston to pursue a residency in Emergency/Critical Care, which she completed in July 2015. Dr. Peck joined the Angell West team in Waltham in October 2015, continues to build a collaborative and progressive environment with the team and clients. In her free time, Dr. Peck enjoys spending time with her two children.

EDUCATION
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2003
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center Rotating Internship 2003-2004
Angell Animal Medical Center, Residency in Emergency & Critical Care, 2012-2015
CERTIFICATION
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, 2016

Susan Smith, DVM

Susan Smith grew up in midcoast Maine. She received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Wellesley College in 2008. She worked as a high school science teacher in Denver, Colorado as a part of Teach For America. She subsequently earned her veterinary degree from Cornell University and completed a rotating internship at Angell Boston. Her special interests include shelter medicine and clinical pathology.  In her free time, she likes to bake, travel, ballroom dance, and spend time with her two cats, Tiggles and Baby-O.

EDUCATION
Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2015
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2015-2016

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

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.

Erin Dunbar, Inpatient Services Assistant

Erin received her certification in baking and pastry arts certification from Plymouth South High School in 2002, earing a scholarship to Johnson & Wales University. She decided to pursue a career in the Veterinary field, starting in a shelter as an adoption counselor in 2003. Erin started working for Angell in 2005 as a veterinary technician in our Avian & Exotics department. Erin spent the next few years traveling and worked at various Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care hospitals before returning to Angell in 2013 as a Critical Care technician at our Boston location. She joined the Angell- West team in Emergency and Critical Care October 2017. When Erin is not working she enjoys live music and taking road trips with her two dogs, Dilly and Periwinkle.

Jenn Hurteau, Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), Lead ECC Technician

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 passed the veterinary technician national exam (VTNE), become a Certified Veterinary Technician, and serves as one of Angell-West’s lead ECC technicians. 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.

Billie Salyers, Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Billie lives in Plymouth, MA with her 2 little poodles (Odie and Minnie) and 2 cats (Trey, a fluffy white boy, and Skeeter, a rare orange girl). After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2007 from Eastern Illinois University, she worked for 3 years in the clinic of a cat shelter in Chicago. She then got a job working for an emergency and specialty animal hospital, and while there, was convinced to go back to school to become a certified veterinary technician (CVT). While in school she completed two externships in wildlife clinics, including the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable, MA. She graduated in 2014 and passed the VTNE that summer. A job opening at the Cape Wildlife Center presented a chance for new experiences, and she relocated to Massachusetts. She worked for almost two years in wildlife medicine at the Cape Wildlife Center as their only CVT. She made a return to emergency medicine when she started at Angell-West in April of 2016. Billie has a soft spot for senior cats and wants to do more hospice care in the future.

Sam Sheehan, Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Sam spent the first twelve years of her life in Dracut, Massachusetts, and has since lived in Derry, New Hampshire. She is a graduate from the University of New Hampshire’s class of 2015. Sam has always had a soft spot for those in need, and originally attended school to become a registered nurse. Halfway through her studies, she decided to change her patients from people to animals. During her senior year of college, she completed two internships in veterinary medicine. One was at a smaller hospital that was mainly focused on general medicine, the other at a bigger, emergency hospital. Having the chance to see these two sides of veterinary medicine, Sam decided she wanted to stay with emergency medicine due to its variance and intensive nature. After graduating, Sam accepted the position as an E/CC technician at Angell West in December 2015.

When she is not at work, Sam enjoys spending time with her family and their two Yorkshire Terriers, Teddi and Duncan. She also has a large extended family (including her grandmother, two aunts, four uncles, 20 cousins, and eight family dogs), all of whom she sees on an almost-weekly basis!

Katie Wepsic, Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Katie has been a veterinary technician for over 15 years. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Vermont in 2000. Katie began working as a dog trainer as well as at a general practice outside of Burlington, VT. Her dog training job included daily 2 hour hikes in the woods of the Green Mountains with 10-15 off leash boarding dogs. This was her favorite part of the job! Her veterinary interests included assisting with acupuncture/Traditional Chinese Medicine examinations, dental prophylaxis, and surgery. After earning her certification as a veterinary technician in 2006 she moved to Woodstock, VT and continued working as a tech in a general practice. Katie’s husband started graduate school in Boston in 2008 so she moved to Jamaica Plain, MA and started working at MSPCA-Angell Boston in the inpatient services department. Here, Katie developed her love of emergencies and nursing the critical care patient. She continued to work full-time as a tech until having her daughter in 2013. Katie was happy to join the team at MSPCA-Angell West and looks forward to learning new skills.

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