Meet the Westfield Animal Hospital Staff
Jessie Colon – Hospital Manager
Learning new things and new techniques for pet care are two aspects of Jessy Colon’s job that she enjoys the most. As a veterinary technician, her responsibilities include drawing blood, monitoring surgeries, and administering treatment for our sick hospital patients. Jessy has been working in the animal related field for six years and joined Westfield Animal Hospital in April 2013.
In her spare time, Jessy enjoys reading and caring for her three dogs, Noah, Allie and Taco Bell (a chihuahua, of course!) and her cat, Shylo.
Cathrine Courtot – Asst. Hospital Manager
Catherine joined the staff at Westfield Animal Hospital in June 2016, and has been in the animal-care field for eight years. As a receptionist, her daily responsibilities include answering phones and interacting with the clients and their pets.
At home, Catherine has a dog named Julius. She enjoys spending time and being active with her two children, as well as crocheting.
Hana Schenker – Client Services
Hana Schenker joined the team at Westfield Animal Hospital in April of 2015, but she’s been employed in animal-related capacities for over three years. At our animal hospital, her job responsibilities include answering phones, making appointments, updating records, and greeting clients.
At home, she has a dog named Dakota and two cats named Jasper and Leon. In her free time, Hana enjoys baking, spending time with her family, hiking, and going for walks with her dog.
Anne Zacharda – Client Services
Anne joined the support staff of Westfield Animal Hospital in October 2017. Anne is responsible for answering phone calls, scheduling appointments and making sure our clients and their pets are comfortable while waiting to see a doctor our technician. Anne says she likes working at our hospital because she “really likes the atmosphere in the hospital. Each day is busy, but everyone works well together. Their drive and dedication to give the best care possible to each patient is evident every day.” At home, Anne lives with her two Australian Shepherds, Maverick and Pete, and she fosters cats for St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, NJ. She enjoys being with her family in her free time and likes to draw, take photographs, and read.
Melissa Saba – Veterinary Technician
Melissa Saba may be a full-time student majoring in sociology at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ, but she loves to take time out of her busy week to help care for the pets that come into our clinic. As one of our veterinary technicians, her responsibilities are many, including making sure our pets are fed, cleaned, medicated, walked and “given a little TLC,” as she said. “I help around the hospital in any way I can.”
Melissa has been with Westerfield Animal Hospital since September 2012. She started as a veterinary assistant, and in 2013, she earned her degree from Saint Peter’s University and is now a licensed veterinary technician.
Melissa has two pet dogs, Princess and Marley. Whenever she has any free time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her friends and family, her puppies, as well as cheerleading, gymnastics, 4-wheeling, jet-skiing and spending time down at the Jersey Shore.
Natalie Mateo – Veterinary Technician
Natalie joined the staff of Westfield Animal Hospital in December 2017. Natalie has worked in the animal health related field for 6 years. Her main responsibilities at our hospital are to help with pre and post operative care, assist during surgery, and help handle exotics during their exams. Natalie says what she likes most about working at our hospital is the opportunity to care for exotics and providing in hospital care to patients that require overnight stays.
Natalie is bilingual in Spanish and English and she is currently working on obtaining her dog training certificate. In her spare time, Natalie likes to hike, read books, and spend time with her two children and her Pitbull.
Megan Walch – Veterinary Technician
Megan joined the medical staff at Westfield Animal Hospital in October 2017. She also works at Plainfield Animal Hospital 2 days a week. Megan has worked in the animal health field for 7 years. Her primary responsibilities are giving and applying meds to patients, assisting in surgeries, and making sure patients are happy and healthy. She likes working at Westfield Animal Hospital because of “the knowledgeable staff. Everyone is always willing to help teach and learn new things.” Megan enjoys forming bonds with both pet parents and their “furbabies”. She tries to keep everyone happy and laughing in the hospital by bringing in snacks. At home, Megan and her husband have 2 dogs, Anna Molly and Smitty, and 3 cats, Bomber, Flynn, and Duke. They are also foster parents to Frank, a standard Dachshund, who will live out his golden years with them through Grand Paws Program with Dachshund Rescue of Bucks County and NJ. When not working at the hospital, Megan enjoys volunteering at rescues when she can, taking care of her own “fur-babies”, visiting breweries, and staying in historical places.
Tiago Henrigues – Veterinary Technician
Tiago Henrigues has been working in the animal health related field for 8 years. Previously, he worked as a kennel hand and hospital receptionist. At Westfield, Tiago’s main responsibilities are to assist during surgeries, help with animal treatments, perform x-rays and take blood samples. What Tiago enjoys most about his job is the opportunity to interact with exotic animals and to treat their issues.
When not at the hospital, Tiago takes care of a lot of unique animals including a pink toe tarantula, leopard geckos, and a whiptail scorpion. Tiago enjoys working out, working on his car, and traveling. He also enjoys pet training and building and creating décor for exotic enclosures.
Nicole Cieslinski – Veterinary Technician
Nicole joined the medical team of Westfield Animal Hospital as a veterinary technician in the summer of 2016. She has been working in the animal related field since she was 16 years old. She loves assisting patients who are sick and helping to make their vet experience less stressful.
Nicole is in the process of studying to be a veterinarian. She graduated from Kutztown University with a degree in molecular/microorganismal biology. The doctors at Westfield Animal Hospital are excited to help her continue her education and follow her passion for animals.
When not studying or working at the hospital, Nicole loves going to Sandy Hook beach with her two dogs, Bella a Black Lab Sheltie and Gracie a Boxer. She also loves readying a good book and relaxing outside with her cat!
Belinda Bagwandeen – Veterinary Assistant
Cleaning our office, taking care of boarding animals, and administering medications are all daily responsibilities that Belinda has been placed with since joining our team full-time in September of 2016. The part of her job that Belinda enjoys best is getting to know each patient individually while working with them, and finding the best course of treatment tailored to their specific needs. Every day Belinda exudes a hard work ethic, and she is always eager to learn new things.
Belinda is currently attending Rutgers University and is majoring in Biological Sciences. She plans to graduate in May of 2018, and obtain more experience in the animal related field. In her free time, Belinda enjoys reading, writing, drawing, and spending time with her friends.
Emily Broughton – Veterinary Assistant
Emily has been a veterinary technician assistant at Westfield Animal Hospital since August 2016. She’s currently a student at Westfield High School, and considers herself to be very compassionate and caring for all animals. As a veterinary technician assistant, her responsibilities include cleaning, walking dogs, feeding animals, and helping and observing the treatment area. Emily says her favorite part of the job is getting to observe and learn about all aspects of the animal-care field, as well as seeing the hospital’s medical boarding patients become healthy.
At home, Emily has three black and white tuxedo cats named Roscoe, Ario and Oreo. Outside of work and school, she enjoys bike riding, babysitting, watching TV with her cats and spending time with her friends.
Bronte Pickthall-Healey – Veterinary Assistant
Bronte Pickthall-Healey joined the staff of Westfield Animal Hospital in January 2019. She has been working in the animal health related field for 3 years. Her previous animal experiences include dog walking, pet sitting, and working at a boarding facility. Her primary responsibilities at the hospital include helping the technicians with their tasks, feeding, cleaning, and when necessary administering medications to boarders or hospital in-patients.
When asked why she likes working at Westfield Animal Hospital, Bronte said, “Everyone is so driven to do the best they can. You learn so much and really feel like you’re making a difference. It is such a rewarding job!”
At home Bronte takes care of 2 dogs; Sia, a 6-year old lab hound mix and Pheobe, a 13-year old Cocker Spaniel. When not at the hospital, Bronte enjoys walking her dogs and bringing them to new places to explore with her 3-year old. She also enjoys hanging out with family and friends.
Steve Ron – Veterinary Assistant
Steve joined the staff at Westfield Animal Hospital in November 2018. Steve’s primary responsibilities at the hospital are to walk, feed, and check-in on the animals that are boarding at the hospital. He helps to keep their cages clean and gives baths to dogs. Steve has been eagerly learning the ropes of how an animal hospital operates and is periodically called in to help techs with a patient. He says that’s the best part of the job!
At home Steve takes care of 3 dogs and a bird. His dogs are a Chihuahua named Chiquito, a Shih Tzu named Simbu, and a Mixed-Poodle named Blackie. His bird’s name is Paquito and he is a Cockatiel. When Steve is not at the hospital, he likes to take his dogs for walks and to the park, works out at the gym, and plays soccer with his friends.
Selena Montoya – Veterinary Assistant
Selena joined the staff of Westfield Animal Hospital in November 2018. She has been working in the animal health related field for 4 years. She has worked at one other veterinary clinic and a local animal shelter. At Westfield, Selena walks, feeds, and bathes animals that are staying at the hospital. She also assists in small procedures such as cutting nails and cleaning ears.
Selena enjoys working at Westfield Animal Hospital because everyone is welcoming. It feels like a family…you know you can count on anyone here!
At home, Selena has 2 Pitbulls named Bullit and Blu. She has a small pet sitting business on the side and spends her spare time shopping and hanging out with friends and family.