When Westfield veterinarian, Dr. Loomis, received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005, he was also the recipient of the World Animal Care Foundation Award – recognition that is bestowed upon the student who best promotes the importance of the human/animal bond. He also studied animal science at the University of Georgia (from which he graduated with honors). It is this kind of compassion for animals that drives Dr. Loomis every day.
Today, Dr. Loomis has a special interest in surgery and the treatment of exotic pets, and is a member of the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association.
Dr. Loomis is married with two children and has an English bulldog named Munchkin. He is a member of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce and is on the South Plainfield, NJ, Board of Health.
Dr. Loomis purchased Westfield Animal Hospital in 2012, along with Dr. Scott Linick.
Dr. Margaret Jablecki joins the Westfield group this September. She completed her undergraduate studies at Becker College with a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science. The years preceding veterinary school Dr. Jablecki spent as a veterinary technician in a specialty hospital. Her time there enforced the importance of the human animal bond and her desire to pursue a veterinary degree. She graduated from the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. After graduation she returned to the Northeast to complete a small animal internship at Oradell Animal Hospital and since has spent the last four years as an emergency veterinarian in a specialty hospital in New Jersey. Dr. Jablecki has a strong interest in internal medicine, pain management and the human animal bond. She looks forward to being a part of your pets’ lifelong healthcare.
Dr. Jablecki enjoys spending her days off with her darling dog, Marshall and the new addition to her family, a rambunctious kitten, Melvin. She is an avid soccer fan, loves spending time at the beach, and outdoors in general. She has a strong interest in fine art, music, theatre, and travel.
Dr. Kate Heller joined the Westfield Animal Hospital medical team in January 2018. Dr. Heller is originally from Maplewood, NJ and has always wanted to be a veterinarian. She enjoys emergency and internal medicine. Dr. Heller says, “I like getting to solve complex medical problems, forming relationships within the community, and ensuring my patients have satisfying and healthy lives.” She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Australian Veterinary Association.
Dr. Heller graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2007 with a dual degree in Chemistry and Psychology. After college, Dr. Heller was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Dominica from 2007-2008. She then attended the University of Melbourne in Australia where she received her veterinary degree in 2015.
At home, Dr. Heller lives with her husband, Greg, and their two cats, Toby and Scamps. When Dr. Heller is not working at the hospital she enjoys traveling, scouting around for the best thrift shops in NJ, hiking, and cooking elaborate meals that leave no leftovers behind!
Jessica DeSimone joined the medical team of Westfield Animal Hospital in October 2018. She is originally from Brooklyn, NY and has been living in Bridgewater, NJ for the last 25 years. She is a general practitioner and has been in the animal medical field for 10 years. She is interested in nutrition, rehabilitation, and orthopedics. What she enjoys most about being a veterinarian is interacting with clients, forming bonds with their pets, and being able to educate owners.
Jessica studied at St. George’s University of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, West Indies from 2008-2011. In 2011, she studied at the University of Minnesota for her clinical year and graduated in 2012. She also studied abroad in Cairns, Australia for animal science. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and has received the Hill’s Pet Nutrition Award and the Footsteps Buddy Advocate Award. Jessica lives at home with her two cats, Tali, a grey tabby rescued from Grenada, and Iggy, a brown tabby rescued from NJ, and her dog Cooper, a mixed breed also rescued from Grenada. When Jessica is not practicing at the hospital, she enjoys playing on an adult co-ed softball team, hiking with her dog, seeing Broadway shows, and traveling the world with her boyfriend.
Dr. Connor O’Brien joined the medical team at Westfield Animal Hospital as a general practitioner in March 2019. Originally from Piscataway, NJ, Dr. O’Brien has always had a passion for animals. From an early age, he enjoyed visiting area zoo’s, volunteering at Woodlands Wildlife Refuge in Pittstown, NJ and Raptor Trust in Millington, NJ. He worked as a dairy farm hand during his undergraduate years at McGill University in Canada; and, before becoming a veterinarian, he also worked as a veterinary assistant at Clover Hill Animal Hospital in Flemington, NJ.
Dr. O’Brien attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts. Before finishing veterinary school, he worked as an emergency clinician in a rotating internship in Surgery and Medicine. This gave him an opportunity to experience a multitude of different cases that were both educational and interesting. Dr. O’Brien’s veterinary interests include Anesthesia and Analgesia, Oncology, and Diagnostic Imaging with a particular interest in ultrasound.
When not working at the hospital, Dr. O’Brien enjoys hiking, cooking, playing pc video games, and painting. He lives at home with his wife, Elise, who is also a veterinarian. Together they take care of their 2 dogs, Sophie and Juno, who were adopted in St Kitts; and their cat, Quinten, who was adopted in Lafayette, Indiana.