Our Team


Our Team

Veterinarians

Deborah Elliott, DVM
House Call Veterinarian
Dr. Elliott is a founder and one of the veterinarians of VETdispatch. She graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. Immediately after her graduation, she moved to New Jersey and worked for several years in a multi-doctor animal hospital. Since 2000, she worked as a relief veterinarian, serving at several local animal hospitals. After many years of practice, she has decided to offer house call services to pet owners in order to provide better and more individualized medical care. Dr. Elliott enjoys providing care to animals when they are relaxed in their familiar surroundings.
Holly Hansen, DVM
House Call Veterinarian
Dr. Hansen earned her DVM degree in 2005 from Tufts University-School of Veterinary Medicine. She also completed a one year small animal medicine and surgery internship at Arboretum View Animal Hospital outside of Chicago. Prior to becoming a veterinarian, she was a medical crime scene investigator. Her interests in veterinary medicine are feline medicine, geriatric medicine, and internal medicine. She shares her home with many, many cats that were saved and rescued from death row and other serious illnesses. She is truly the crazy cat lady, but loves all animals! In her spare time, she enjoys the beach, concerts, reading, Broadway shows, and going to the movies.
Lori Walker, DVM
House Call Veterinarian
Dr. Lori Walker grew up in Sparta. She received her B.Sc. at Rutgers University and went to veterinary school at University of California at Davis. After graduation in 1991, she returned home with her husband and two children to practice in New Jersey. Besides practicing veterinary medicine, she breeds and shows alpacas and Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs.
Kim Slade, DVM
House Call Veterinarian
Dr. Kim Slade graduated from Cornell School of Veterinary Medicine in 1988 with her daughter on her hip and her husband in the audience. She practiced general medicine and surgery for two years before moving to house call practice in 1990 when her son was born. While her first love continues to be house calls, she works at a local hospital as permanent relief. Dr. Slade particularly enjoys geriatric and preventive medicine. Her free time is dedicated to family, friends and outdoor activities with her "trusty jackx" , Gabby at her side. Her household also contains a host of other critters that drop by to visit. And yes, her daughter became a veterinarian too!
Tracy Cohen-Grady, DVM
House Call Veterinarian
Dr. Cohen-Grady has been practicing small animal medicine and surgery since May of 2000 after graduating from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. She can honestly say it is the BEST career ever! Her professional interests lie in canine behavior, internal medicine, nutrition, and personalized, prevention plans. She takes pleasure in creating strong human-animal bonds and helping clients maintain their pet’s health through life-stages. She is an advocate for the homeless and loves to see a newly adopted animal for their first examination. Dr. Cohen-Grady volunteers at Bully Baby Rescue. When she is not working, she enjoys knitting, cooking and lifting weights at the gym. She shares her home with her husband, 2 beautiful daughters and 2 rescued shelter dogs.
Kelli Carpenter, DVM
House Call Veterinarian
Dr. Kelli Carpenter is a native of Northern New Jersey and has been a small animal veterinarian since graduating from Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. She trains her dogs for competition obedience as well as training for rally and therapy dog work. She enjoys many outdoor activities, such as camping, hiking, and kayaking. She shares her home with three collies and six cats.
Lynn Hettinger, DVM
House Call Veterinarian
Dr. Lynn Hettinger grew up in Wyoming surrounded by a large variety of pets. She graduated from University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. After graduation, she moved to Connecticut with her husband and started practicing general medicine and surgery at a small animal hospital. After eleven years, she is excited to be a part of a house call practice that allows her to provide extra time and personalization to her patients in a setting that is more comfortable for them. She is particularly interested in behavior, nutrition and preventive medicine. She and her husband share their home with 2 wonderful sons, 2 rescue dogs and a senior cat. Dr. Hettinger loves being outside with her family and friends, hiking, camping, and just hanging out. She is also practicing agility training with one of her dogs.
Monica Maa, DVM
House Call Veterinarian
Dr. Monica Maa attended Rockhurst University in Missouri, where she obtained her B.S. degree in Biology. She then attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. After receiving her DVM degree in 2000, she moved to Chicago to work at a small animal practice. in 2003 she followed her then fiancé to Washington, DC, where she worked at a small animal and exotics practice for several years. After a two-year stint in rural Mississippi, Dr. Maa and her family have moved back to the DC metropolitan area. Dr. Maa’s interests include exotic small mammal medicine, ultrasonography, dentistry, and preventive medicine. She loves house calls because it allows her to devote more time and attention to her patients. Dr. Maa enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family. She lives in Prince George’s County, MD, with her husband, two beautiful daughters, two dogs, and a cat.
Laura Zehnder Jones, DVM
House Call Veterinarian
Dr. Laura Zehnder Jones grew up in New Jersey but pursued her education in Virginia by graduating from James Madison University in 2002 and obtained her DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. After initially working in Virginia, Laura moved to Pennsylvania where she now resides with her two rescued dogs, Barley and Amber, and her husband, Andrew. Laura enjoys being a veterinarian, because it allows her to combine her interest in science and medicine with her love of animals and those who care for them. Laura's favorite aspects of veterinary medicine are the complexities of internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, preventative medicine, and the human-animal bond. She is passionate about promoting adoption/rescue to help our animal companions who are the most in need. Laura's hobbies include hiking, painting, gardening, and updating her house.
Richard Demmerle Jr., DVM
House Call Veterinarian
Dr. Demmerle graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. After graduation, he returned to his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. He currently resides in Westchester County New York. He has worked in many private practice hospitals, but has spent the last 10 years working at numerous shelters and rescue groups in the New York Metropolitan area. His passion for animals started at a very young age and his dream was to always be a veterinarian. He spends his days off taking care of his personal pets. He has a Doberman, George and a tuxedo cat, Maria. He has multiple reptiles, birds, and both freshwater and saltwater fish. He enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, going to the movies and collecting comic books.

 

Technicians

Chris Carlson
Veterinary Technician
Chris has always loved animals, growing up with cats and now sharing her home with two Australian Shepherds. She earned a B.S. in Biology and an M.A.T. from Montclair State University. She teaches high school Chemistry, Physics and Biology. Before becoming a high school science teacher, she worked in Molecular Genetics research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her love of animals led her to work part-time as a veterinary assistant for sixteen years before moving to Morris County. In her spare time, she enjoys training and competing in agility with her youngest dog.
Aisling Howe
Veterinary Technician
Aisling has had a passion for the veterinary field from a very young age. She has worked with horses for the majority of her life, and always had a number of different animals at home. She received her BA from Green Mountain College in 2009 majoring in Biology. She has 5 years combined experience in small and large animal clinics. She enjoys baking, knitting and playing guitar, spending her time with friends and family, her two horses Mirage and Ariel, 2 cats and a Sheltie.
Shannon Rhodes
Veterinary Technician
Shannon has lived in Hartford County the majority of her life with the exception of a few years in upstate NY where she earned a degree in animal science. She has worked in zoos, kennels and veterinary clinics in the New York and Massachusetts areas. She recently started her own pet sitting business. She shares her home with her dogs, Lexi and Buddie, and 2 cats, Popeye and Schooch. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with friends and family while enjoying music by the fire pit.
Susan Rosetti
Veterinary Technician
Susan is a canine behavior specialist with over 20 years of hands-on experience. Her career arc has taken her from a childhood home full of animals to working in veterinary hospitals to studying and practicing canine behavior and training techniques. Even though she is known to be great with the dogs, she has practiced, gentle and loving hands to deal with the kitties. She teaches group obedience training classes; works in schools and at summer events educating children on canine evolution, genealogy, and behavior; helps wolves and wolf-dogs in confidence building and socialization for re-adoption; and volunteers with her dog, Jonny, in the “Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue” team. She can also be seen as the dog expert for episodes of “NBC 10 Dawns Pet Project.”
Christina Shiller
Veterinary Technician
Christina has been working in the veterinary field since 2007. Pets have always been a huge part of her life and she loves to care for them! She started her veterinary career out with a bang; working in emergency and critical care, then moved forward to surgical care and anesthesia, and is currently working as a veterinary rehabilitation technician. When she's not at work, you can find her on the trails hiking with her dog, Dori, or out rock climbing. She's quite the outdoor enthusiast! Aside from Dori, she also has two kitty children at home named Marlie and Dexter.
Erica Hart
Veterinary Technician
Erica recently received her Masters degree in Microbiology and is pursuing a career in helping animals. She has worked as a veterinary assistant and receptionist since 2012, and has been volunteering with no-kill shelters since 2008. She currently volunteers and fosters cats in need until they find forever homes. Her cat, Marigold, is her favorite companion.
Eva Koszarski
Veterinary Technician
Eva has been working as a licensed veterinary technician since graduating from Bergen Community College in 2008. Her passion for animals began when she started volunteering for a local rescue group. After graduating she worked as a critical care technician for the ASPCA and The Animal Medical Center in Manhattan. Later she returned to her roots in animal rescue working with a spay/neuter and trap-and-release non-profit. Currently she studying for a second degree while working with the VETdispatch team. At home she enjoys the company of 5, that's right, 5 dogs and a bearded dragon.
Jesse Miller
Veterinary Assistant
Jesse has always felt a connection to animals. Growing up she had many pets including cats, dogs and even a turtle or two. She has spent the past two years studying biology at Fairleigh Dickinson University and will be completing her certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Rutgers School of Health Professions this year. She has volunteered at the ASPCAs Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Madison working with fear anxiety dogs and has a certified therapy dog of her own. In her spare time, she likes to bake, sing and play guitar. She shares her home with three springer spaniels and two sweet cats.
Paul Rosen
Veterinary Assistant
Paul has had an interest in animals from a young age. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2014 with a B.S. in Pre-Veterinary/Biomedical Sciences. After working in a veterinary hospital in State College for a few years he moved to Easton and is studying for a Masters in Animal Science. He lives with his fiancé Holly and their three fur-babies: the two cats - Simba and Boots, and a long haired miniature dachshund puppy, Milo

 

Staff

Jude Weyers
General Manager
Originally from Canada, Jude has been working with companion pets and their human caregivers for over twenty years. She is a registered animal health technologist and has just completed her masters in human resources management. She has worked in some strange places and with some strange animals over the years, from assisting in dental procedures on chinchillas and guinea pigs to working with the Iditarod dogs in Alaska. When not working she likes to cycle, participate in 5k's for charities and restore old furniture. She shares her home with her husband and their two-year-old miniature schnauzer.
Amy Susney
Receptionist
Amy’s been interested in animals since her first pet when she was a child. Her free time is dedicated to volunteering at shelters and fostering animals. Her motto is “A life is a life.” In the last six years she has fostered more than 30 animals to happy homes. Amy has spent the last nine years working at a company that develops, manufactures, and distributes splints, braces, protective garments, and supports, as well as other assistive products for animals with special needs. Amy shares her home with her three rescue dogs; Moops, Link, and Tilly as well as her "foster failure" cat Mister Fiddles.
Samantha Barry
Receptionist
As a young child, Samantha, shared her home with all kinds of animals and volunteered on farms. She attended William Paterson University where she majored in Psychology. After graduation, she attended the Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy, where she received her certification. She has been performing at home massages ever since. Currently Samantha resides in Rockaway with her boyfriend and fur baby, Champ. Champ was rescued 7 years ago as a puppy from a high kill shelter in Georgia. She was only supposed to have him for 2 weeks as a foster, but, after falling in love with him, she adopted him and today he's still with her and being spoiled every day. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, sewing, spending time outdoors as well as spending most of her time with her family & friends.