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 three daughters, Clara, Lila and Nora 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 husband Scott and four friendly felines: Leo, Toonie, Harry and Hermione. Outside of work, Kelly enjoys aerial yoga and boating.
Kim Sager-Cutt 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 three incredible dogs and four fabulous felines. Outside of work, she loves spending family time Lego building, as well as kayaking, hiking, cooking and reading.
Jennifer Schmittlein is a Certified Veterinary Technician who graduated from Holyoke Community College in 1984 with an Associate’s Degree in Animal Science and has been employed by the Northampton Veterinary Clinic since. She feels 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 Bachelor’s 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 family.
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 4 cats: Bessie, Skittles, 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 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 Associate’s 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, going to Six Flags, hiking, biking, running, camping and finding new places to visit.
Amy Ruggiero joined our staff in the fall of 2010 after obtaining her B.S. in Animal Science from UMAINE in 2008, as well moving to Texas to work at a wildlife rehabilitation center. She then went back to school to become a certified Veterinary Technician in 2014. She has a special interest in exotics and our more fractious feline patients.
Amy lives with her partner Kris, their dog Paxton and two cats, Dallas and Ozzie. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and has a special interest in fitness.
Shyla Burrows grew up in Belchertown, but moved to North Carolina after receiving her BS in Animal Science and a minor in Wildlife Conservation at the University of Massachusetts. There she volunteered at Fort Fisher Aquarium and worked at an Animal Emergency Hospital. She returned to Massachusetts and became a Certified Veterinary Technician at Holyoke Community College. Her professional interests are Wildlife Conservation and Rehab. Shyla lives in South Hadley with her husband Mark, her son Wesley, 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.
Jeileen Alvarez joined our team in 2017. She grew up in Springfield and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Mount Ida College in 2012. She worked at an animal hospital in the Worcester area before moving back to Western, MA. Jeileen has special interests in anesthesia and surgery.
Jeileen shares her life with her husband Gary and her two dogs Rusty and Caden. In her spare time she teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Erica Brazeau joined our team in 2017. She graduated in 2013 from Suffolk County Community College with an Associates in Animal Science and Technology. Erica has a special interest in anesthesia. She shares her life with her adorable dog Butters, and her two kitties Sweets and Sly. In her free time she enjoys hiking, biking and reading.
Client Care Team
Devon DeNucce has been our Clinic administrator since 2010 and joined our team in 2004. She 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, and two kitties Hei Hei and Pua.
Robin Spaulding 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 nerves while with us – 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.
Alicia Karas joined our team in 2017 after leaving the human medical world. She majored in Art in college with a special interest in photography. She loves coming to work and snuggling all the cute pups she now gets to see on a daily basis!
Alicia shares her life with her partner Edgardo and the cutest hedgehog Ramona Flowers. In her free time she loves to travel, paddleboard and read.
Noelle Hosten joined our team in the fall of 2012. Noelle earned her Associates of Business Management 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 husband, Brandon, and her cats Munchie and Cosmo. When she is not working she enjoys crafting, aerial yoga, 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 our pocket pet patients.
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 she is a lover of companion animals, she hopes to someday pursue a career outdoors either in the field of conservation or advancing professionally in her hobby of skydiving.
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.
Megan Coolbeth joined our team in 2017. She grew up in West Springfield and earned an Associates of Liberal Arts from Holyoke Community College. She then spent two years working at a local animal shelter, where she continues to volunteer weekly. Megan has a special interest working with fearful dogs.
Megan lives with her boyfriend Corey and her beautiful kitty Toulouse. In her free time she loves spending time at the shelter working with fearful animals, reading and traveling.
Katie joined our team in 2017. Katie grew up in Northampton and attended UMass Amherst where she received her B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation. She lives with her lab mix Maggie, a husky name Mya and her kitty named Shadow. In her free time she loves to hike and has a special interest in photography.
Lily joined our team in the spring of 2019 while she was finishing up her Veterinary Technician Associates degree from Holyoke Community College. Her sweet personality has been a welcome addition to our team. She was born and raised in Florence and attended Northampton High School. She loves to work with senior animals, especially seeing their adorable grey faces. She has a professional interest in radiography and ultrasound. Lily has an adorable dachshund mix, Brawny, pictured above and a tortie cat name Beep Bop. In her free time, she enjoys riding her bike, listening to audiobooks, walking her dog, and binge-watching TV.
Ali joined our team in 2018. Ali has a lot of background with animals and has been working as a Veterinary Assistant for 4 years. She has an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from GCC, then pursued her Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science from Morehead State University in Kentucky. At home she has 4 sweet cats, a cute pup and a cuddly rabbit. When she’s not caring for animals, Ali enjoys kayaking, volleyball and hiking.
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 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.
Mr. P accidentally joined the NVC Family in May of 2017. Originally up for adoption through TJO, this guy definitely stole the hearts and flesh of our staff (since we learned pretty early on, he has a nibbling habit!) You can find him lounging in reception on a chair or chasing peacock feathers around the clinic after hours.