Shana Petit has been our Practice Manager since 2003. She came to us from Lynnfield, Massachusetts where she worked at the Animal Hospital of Lynnfield for ten years and was the manager for the last two. She is a 2001 graduate of the University of South Carolina where she holds a B.S. in Marine Biology. Shana shares her home with her husband, Jared and two daughters, Clara and Lila, as well as two lab mixes named Alabama and Jelly.
Shana has extensive knowledge in the veterinary field. In addition to her work in Lynnfield, she has held internships at both the New England Aquarium and the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. She is a member of the Veterinary Hospital Manager’s Association, and routinely attends continuing education conferences such as North American Veterinary Conference as well as the annual Veterinary Hospital Manager’s Association Meeting.
Shana enjoys managing a busy practice where she can work with amazing and caring staff as well as the wonderful clients. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, running and walking with her dogs.
Kelly Parker joined our technical staff in 2006 after working in the field for twelve years. She is a Certified Veterinary Technician who earned her A.S. in Veterinary Science in 1998. She also earned a B.A. in English/Journalism from the University of New Hampshire in 1993.
Kelly shares her life with her fiancé Scott and five friendly felines: Sophie, Leo, Toonie, Harry and Hermione. Outside of work, Kelly enjoys boating, biking and yoga. She also plays the flute.
Kim Sager joined our practice as a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2008. Kim is a 1994 graduate of UMass Amherst where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. Kim has a special interest in surgery and anesthesia as well as pain management. In 2009, she became a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. It is important to Kim to support the human/animal bond and to help in making the lives of animals better.
Kim lives with her partner, three sons, as well as two incredible dogs and two fabulous felines. She has been a member of the Big Sister Organization since 1998. Outside of work, she loves spending family time, as well as kayaking, hiking, motorcycling, cooking and reading.
Jennifer Schmittlein is a Certified Veterinary Technician who graduated from Holyoke Community College in 1984 with an Associates Degree in Animal Science and has been employed by the Northampton Veterinary Clinic since the same year. She has felt fortunate in having gotten to know so many of the clients and patients over the years. She shares her life with her husband Jeff, and their daughter Paige. Her four legged family includes a rescued Chihuahua mix named Tupelo and two cats, Pixel and Sepia.
Jennifer likes to spend time with her family, gardening, listening to music, and attending tag sales.
Chris Warren is a Certified Veterinary Technician with a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science from the University of Massachusetts where she graduated in 1993. She rejoined the Northampton Veterinary Clinic team in 2000 after working for four years in the Critical Care unit of Rowley Memorial Animal Hospital in Springfield. She has a special interest in dentistry and ultrasound.
Chris lives with her husband, son Keaton, and daughter Sierra. She also shares her home with two cats, Rose and Pip, and two dogs, a long-haired chihuahua mix named Remy, and a rescued chihuahua named Ferris. She enjoys hiking, exercising, and spending time with her two teenagers and husband.
Beverly Trushaw received her Associates Degree from the Holyoke Community College Veterinary and Animal Science department in 1983 and has been working at the Northampton Veterinary Clinic since January of 1984. She lives with her husband, Andy as well as 5 cats, Bessie, Skittles, Winnie, Petunia Tantoes, and Buttercup and one dog, Porchie, a rescue from Hurricane Katrina. Bev’s son, Matthew is in the U.S. Navy.
Beverly is especially proud of having raised and found homes for over 100 orphaned kittens. She is a huge advocate of shelter adoption and feels strongly about spaying and neutering all pets. Her special interests outside of work include traveling to warm destinations, taking long walks in the woods with Porchie and teaching water aerobics at the YMCA.
Misty D’Amours graduated from Holyoke Community College in 2001 with an Assoicates Degree in Animal Science. She has been part of the Northampton Veterinary Clinic team since January 2000. She shares her home with her son, a dog and two cats.
Misty says she loves working for a veterinary clinic where she can be proud of the quality care and compassion given to both patients and clients. She has helped to raise many litters of stray kittens and always finds wonderful homes for them.
Outside of work she enjoys playing sports with her son, Six Flags, hiking, biking, running, camping and finding new places to visit.
Amy Ruggiero joined our staff in the fall of 2010. Previously she had worked in Texas at a wildlife rehabilitation center caring for many species of animals. She is a recent graduate of Holyoke Community College’s vet tech program and is now a Certified Veterinary Technician. She has a special interest in exotic and wildlife medicine and loves dealing with our more fractious feline patients. Amy lives with a huskie mix named Paxton and two cats named Dallas and Ozzie. In her free time she enjoys traveling as much as possible and seeing the country.
Shyla Burrows grew up in Belchertown and went to Belchertown High School. She moved to North Carolina after receiving her BS in Animal Science and a minor in Wildlife Conservation at the University of Massachusetts to volunteer at Fort Fisher Aquarium and worked at an Animal Emergency Hospital. She returned to Massachusetts and became Certified Veterinary Technician at Holyoke Community College. Her professional interests are Wildlife Conservation/Rehab. Shyla lives in South Hadley with her husband Mark, her son Wesley, and her two dogs Arrow a Sheltie and Mei a Dachshund. In her free time she enjoys hiking, live music, Zumba, walking her dogs and family time.
Client Care Team
Devon DeNucce has been our Clinic administrator since 2010 and joined our team as a client care coordinator in 2004. She had majored in Art at Smith College and has special interests in painting, calligraphy, sewing, knitting and woodworking. Devon has also been a Certified Nail Technician since 2002.
Devon has a special interest in wildlife bird rehab, especially starlings! She shares her life with her husband David, her daughter Charley, a giant rescue dog named Titan, and a kitty named Kit-tea.
Robin Spaulding is one of our client care coordinators. She studied cosmetology and has been a licensed hairdresser for twenty years. She joined our team because of her love for animals. She enjoys seeing all the pets come into the clinic and trying to ease their nervousness during the time that they are with us. She also thinks the kisses she gets from them are an added bonus!
Robin lives with her husband of more than 30 years as well as two dogs and six cats. She has two daughters, Katie and Jessie, as well as three grandsons. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her grandkids and camping.
Noelle Oppedisano joined our team in the fall of 2012. Noelle earned her Business Management Associate Degree in 2011 from Middlesex Community College. Noelle worked in Boston for several years before moving out to the Pioneer Valley. She has a special interest in rehabilitation medicine and enjoys being around all our client’s companions.
Noelle lives with her fiancé, Brandon, and her cats Munchie and Cosmo. When she is not working she enjoys crafting, baking, spending time with friends, and visiting family back on the North Shore.
Polina Bulgakova joined our staff as a veterinary assistant in May of 2013 after graduating from the University of Massachusetts with a BS in pre-veterinary studies. She spent the majority of her college career working hands-on with Boar goats at the Hadley Farm. She has a soft spot in her heart for pugs and other droopy faced pups and really enjoys the occasional visits from critters beyond the feline and canine family.
Polina shares her home with a calico cat that goes by the jazz-legends-inspired name of Ella, Duke or Fitzy, who never ceases to give the staff a hard time during her visits. Although a lover of companion animals, she hopes to someday pursue a career abroad working with wildlife, especially hyenas.
Karin joined our team in September of 2016. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 2014 with a BS in Wildlife Ecology & Conservation. Before beginning work with companion animals, she spent a year interning at a wildlife rehabilitation facility.
Karin lives with her partner, Jared, her daughter, Soleil, and her two cats Grey & Severus. She enjoys hiking, running, camping, and spending time with her family.
Bubba Gump joined the Northampton Veterinary Clinic in December of 2008. Originally he was up for adoption, but soon his personality won over our staff and we decided to keep him as a member or our family. Bubba certainly gets into a fair share of mischief and he can often be found terrorizing our staff while sitting on a chair. We love him anyway!
Howard will forever be our official mascot despite him sadly passing away in July of 2014 at the age of 19. You can see him in his younger years as the tour guide for the Northampton Veterinary Clinic. He was well qualified since he spent 19 years observing veterinary medicine. He was very involved in our day to day operations by attending all lunch and learns, staff meetings and daily rounds, but what he liked most about working in a veterinary clinic was the ability to laze around, getting compliments and eating treats on demand. He even had his own office with a couch, bay windows and his own mug. He was known to leave the building on more than one occasion by climbing into the carrier of an unsuspecting patient. He was not a hunter, and preferred instead to munch on grass, or occasionally a small piece of plain donut. We miss him terribly and he will be forever in our hearts.