Our Staff

Kurt Roman - Hospital ManagerKurt Roman - Hospital Manager

Hospital Manager Kurt Roman joined our staff in June of 2012. His responsibilities include patient care, inventory and hospital maintenance, and employee and customer relations. Kurt has a bachelor's degree in animal science from Rutgers University.

"I like working at Westfield Animal Hospital because it's a small, hometown veterinary office where we know the clients and pets without looking at the charts," Kurt said. "It's a warm atmosphere that you rarely see in veterinary medicine these days."

Kurt has a five-year old cat, Summer, and a rescued Beagle mix, Dio. He relaxes away from the clinic by hiking and swimming.

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Lauren Karpf - Client ServicesLauren Karpf - Client Services

Lauren Karpf joined the team at Westfield Animal Hospital in July 2013. In her client services role, she is responsible for helping to keep clients happy, scheduling appointments, and answering the phone. Lauren makes a point to try to speak with every client who comes through the door so everyone feels welcome.

"I love that we always are able to see all pets in a timely manner," she said. "I like that the doctors are very helpful with phone calls from clients and that customer services is one of the most important things at the hospital."

Lauren attended Middlesex County College. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and shopping. She has a Cavalier King Charles spaniel named Snickers.

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Hana Schenker - Veterinary TechnicianHana 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.

"What I like about this veterinary hospital is that I feel that the doctors and staff go above and beyond to fit the clients' needs and help them feel as comfortable as possible in any situation," Hana says.

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.

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Ana Morelli, ReceptionistAna Morelli - Client Services

Ana joined Westfield Animal Hospital in May 2016. As receptionist for the hospital, her duties include answering the phones, making appointments and providing professional customer service.

Ana enjoys comforting owners and guaranteeing the best care for their pets, while bringing dependability to the hospital team. She says,"I enjoy working at Westfield because I see the devotion and animal love all team members share."

At home, Ana has a 4-year-old cat named Kittiberto who loves tummy rubs. When she's not working, she enjoys cooking, biking and long walks on the beach. Ana also has an Associate degree in Chemistry from Union County College.

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Catherine Courtot, ReceptionistCatherine Courtot - Client Services

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.

"I like working at Westfield Animal Hospital because I get to see all different types of animals," Catherine says. "I also like working with all of the hospital's doctors, as well as the ability to access all our files by computer."

At home, Catherine has a dog named Julius. She enjoys spending time and being active with her two children, as well as crocheting.

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JessyJessy Colon - Veterinary Technician

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.

"The doctors and employees here are fun to work with and they all truly care about our patients," she said. "Every day is a learning experience and I love that everyone is always willing to help each other out."

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.

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Melissa Saba - Veterinary Assistant, ReceptionistMelissa 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.

"It's very hard for me to say just a few reasons why I like working at this hospital because there are so many. However, one specific reason is because this staff and our clients remind me every day why I love doing what I do," Melissa said. "They're all so friendly, helpful, supportive and caring. Our clients and their pets are wonderful, and that makes this job easier.

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.

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Helene Sheh - Veterinary TechnicianHelene Sheh - Veterinary Technician

Helene Sheh joined the team at Westfield Animal Hospital in August 2016. She previously volunteered at animal shelters, and got her start in the animal-care field as a kennel assistant and doctor's assistant. As a veterinary technician, Helene is responsible for taking care of boarding patients, educating clients, and assisting and monitoring patients under sedation. Her favorite part of the job is getting the chance to help rescue pets get better so that they can be adopted to a forever home. Helene is upbeat and optimistic, and she loves trying to make each experience at the hospital the very best for our clients and their companions.

"I was excited to work for Dr. Loomis because he was my lizard's doctor when I was younger," Helene says. "I'm proud we are an AAHA hospital, and the staff at Westfield Animal Hospital are all caring and welcoming."

At home, Helene has four rescued cats named Tito, Lola, Marvin and Munchkin. She also fosters cats so that they can find forever homes. Helene enjoys hiking, hammocking, going to the beach, coloring and spending time with her friends.

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Krystal Morot - Veterinary TechnicianKrystal Morot, Veterinary Technician

Krystal Morot has been a veterinary technician at Westfield Animal Hospital since June 2017. Her daily responsibilities include treating animals, cleaning, and assisting anyone who needs help. Krystal is a fast learner and she enjoys treating each patient she sees.

“I specifically like this hospital because of the traffic that some through and the different animals and different attitudes and personalities,” Krystal says. “I enjoy being able to work with a team that is willing to teach anyone willing to learn.”

Outside of the hospital, Krystal attends Union County College. At home, she has three dogs, two snakes, two bearded dragons, two cats, a parrot, a turtle and several fish. In her free time, Krystal enjoys hiking, traveling, eating, yard work, learning new things, painting, the beach, zoos and farms.

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Caroline, Veterinary Technician AssistantCaroline Pawlowski - Veterinary Assistant

Caroline Pawlowski joined the staff at Westfield Animal Hospital in March 2016. As a veterinary assistant, her responsibilities include taking care of boarding pets, stocking treatment rooms and other wards, and assisting with animals during examinations. Her favorite part of the job is working with technicians and veterinarians to carry out treatment plans.

With an eagerness to try new things and a desire to learn, Caroline has become an integral member of the hospital's staff. She enjoys working at Wesfield Animal Hospital because she gets to see a wide variety of animals. "There is never a slow or dull moment working here," Caroline says.

In her free time, Caroline enjoys reading, biking, hiking and going on road trips with her friends. She's currently studying pre-veterinary animal sciences at Rutgers University and plans on graduating in May 2018.

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Caroline Ehrhardt, Veterinary AssistantCaroline Ehrhardt - Veterinary Assistant

Caroline joined Westfield Animal Hospital full-time in May 2016. She administers vaccines and medications and provides hourly check-ups to boarders as part of her responsibilities as a veterinary technician assistant at the hospital.

She graduated from Gettysburg College in May and brings her desire to learn and calming demeanor to the rest of the staff.

"I enjoy getting hands-on experience with canines, felines and exotics, while working with experienced vets and vet techs. Working at this hospital as a family feel to it."

Before joining the hospital, she was an education naturalist at the Bergen County Zoo in 2015, and is a member of The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and a volunteer with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

Caroline has two Persian cats at home and one Himalayan cat. While not at work, she enjoys hiking, outdoor sports, traveling, scuba diving, being with friends, playing with her pets, gardening and wine tasting.

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Ciara Feeley - Veterinary Technician AssistantCiara Feeley - Veterinary Assistant

Ciara began working at Westfield Animal Hospital in February 2016. Some of her daily responsibilities include walking dogs, feeding animals, cleaning, providing medications and helping the veterinary technicians and assistants. Ciara enjoys helping the doctors administer medications and vaccines, as well helping prepare for surgery and assisting during spays and neuters. She is a focused worker that dedicates herself to any job that needs to be done.

"I like learning new things and getting more comfortable with jobs I never thought I'd do," Ciara says. "I like that every day is a little different."

Ciara is currently a student at Kean University, where she's majoring in architecture. At home, she has a Bishon Frise named Misty. Ciara's hobbies include going to concerts, taking road trips, adventuring with her friends, hiking and extreme sports like cliff jumping.

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Gabriel Fernandes-Vas, Veterinary Technician AssistantGabriel Fernandes-Vaz - Veterinary Assistant

Gabriel first volunteered with the Westfield Animal Hospital before officially joining the team in September 2016. Part of his responsibilities at the hospital includes washing dishes, cleaning and bathing animals and cleaning the hospital.

He enjoys his new position where he gets to learn every day from the veterinarians and his co-workers.

"I like working here because the hospital has flexible hours and the people here are great. Also, the vets are nice and they, along with the techs, help educate me in the animal field."

Gabriel is currently enrolled in Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School and Union County Vocational Technical School. At home, he has a dog and cat of his own. During his time off, Gabriel enjoys playing soccer, games and hanging out with his friends.

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Belinda Bogwadeen, Veterinary Technician AssistantBelinda 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.

“I enjoy being able to work with such a supportive group of people while getting hands on experience caring for animals,” Belinda proclaims.

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.

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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.

"Westfield Animal Hospital is filled with motivated workers who treat and care for all animals as if they were their own," Emily says. "The staff is a supportive family that never shies away from a challenge."

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.

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Nancy Byrne - Owner/Operator of Best n Show GroomingNancy Byrne - Owner/Operator of Best n Show Grooming

As a certified groomer from the Nash School of Grooming, Nancy Byrne joined our staff in November of 2012. She has worked with animals for 10 years as both a veterinary technician and a pet sitter.

Nancy has a unique ability to handle difficult dogs and enjoys caring for them like they are her own. "I love being part of the process that turns a dirty (and sometimes shunned) family member back into the clean and fresh friend they once were. I enjoy seeing the smiles on their owners' faces when they pick up their sparkling clean pooches!" she said.

Working at Westfield Animal Hospital allows Nancy to share her grooming skills with the dog and pet owners while simultaneously supporting her own business. "This is a unique opportunity for me to expand my business and it's also comforting to have vets on site for any needs that my clients might have," Nancy noted.

In her spare time, Nancy likes to garden, cook, bake, sew and spend time with her dogs, Buster and Bauer.

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