Staff

  • Dr.
    Paul Potenza
    Dr. Paul Potenza joined NCVH in 1990 as an assocaite while he ran his mobile veterinary practice. In 1996 he quit the road to become director of New Canaan Veterinary Hospital. He has lived in New Canaan since 2003 with his wife, Priscilla and his two daughters; Allie and Siena. Both girls attended New Canaan public schools, with his youngest still attending New Canaan High School. 'Doc's' Aussie 'Ellie', pictured here, is the most recent addition to his furry family which usually consists of up to 4 dogs and 1 to 3 cats. In his spare time Doc enjoys swimming, playing the banjo and spending time with his family.
  • Dr.
    Marlene Schaefler
    Dr. Marlene Schaefler, shown with her whippersnapper Ripley. Dr. Schaefler joined New Canaan Veterinary Hospital initially in 1991 as a kennel assistant. She continued to work through school breaks until she joined the hospital as a doctor after graduating from Cornell University in 1999. During her professional training, Dr. Potenza patiently awaited her return, working as the sole doctor, knowing that she would be the perfect fit for the practice. In her time away from the hospital, Dr. Schaefler enjoys horseback riding and crafting, and caring for her menagerie of 2 cats, 1 dog, 4 chickens and a snake. Of course, there's a lot less time for that now since her beautiful daughter, Devon, and son Tristan, expanded hers and Doug's family..
  • Dr.
    Stefanie Boggess
    Dr. Stefanie Boggess is pleased to begin practicing in the community where she has lived for the past thirteen years. Dr. Boggess is a graduate of Florida State University, Ross University, and began her veterinary career in the New York area as an intern at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. She has been a committed small animal veterinarian in Fairfield County for over a decade and is delighted to be working more directly with longstanding friends and clients from our community. Dr. Boggess resides in New Canaan with her husband and their two children, and their animal menagerie which includes a rescue dog, Franklin, Beardy, a bearded lizard and Sammy, a hamster.
  • Tina , Practice Manager
    Tina is our Practice Manager. She is photographed with her Yorkie Jacks, who is a frequent visitor with us, because who could leave that cutie at home alone every day? Tina has been with us since 2008, starting out at Reception and moving onto the Medical Team a bit later. It takes an outgoing and extremely intelligent person to manage a veterinary practice, and we are thrilled that Tina has moved into the position of Practice Manager. Although she is busy with administrative work every day, she hates to be locked away in the office so you will see her often welcoming clients and cuddling with their pets, and of course, always assisting in one of her favorite procedures, dental cleanings!
  • Michelle , Technician
    Michelle, Head Veterinary Technician, is shown with Senor Friend. She also has a houseful of other pets at home; Jimmy, Vinny and Willie, her curious kitties, and numerous fish. Michelle came to us in 2012 after being the head technician at Redding Vet Hospital for 8 years. She has been a great addition to our team and is an amazingly thorough technician with a strong sense of attention to detail. She specializes in client relations and education.
  • Jennifer , Office Manager
    Jennifer rejoined our staff in 2006 as a receptionist, and she is invaluable in her ability to help clients with all their needs. She brings her unshakeable work ethic and outgoing client oriented approach with her every day. She is pictured here with Chance, her wonderful dog that was given to her by a client of NCVH. Jennifer is, along with Dr. Schaefler and Dr. Potenza, part of the original crew having worked for NCVH in the ‘90’s in all aspects of patient care, and we are so grateful that she decided to return to us.
  • Larry , Technician
    Larry, Technician Assistant, cuddles with his dog Rocky. His other two dogs Jake and Lady were a bit camera shy! Larry began helping in our kennel in 2011 and now uses his animal handling skills to help our medical team. His can-do spirit and upbeat personality make him a strong team member. Beneath his professional and solid exterior lies a soft spot a mile wide for animals. All this has made him a truly valued asset to the practice. On his days off he prefers to be boating and spending time with his beautiful wife and daughter.
  • Kelley , Technician
    Kelly joined us in 2015 and is our Kennel Manager and is shown with her cat Samara. She also helps in treatment. (In fact, she is valuable in all departments!) She is truly an animal lover. She and her son live with two dogs, five cats, a squirrel, a guinea pig, four snakes (including Boas and King Snakes), 33 tarantulas, 7 stick bugs, 130 cockroaches ( 5 of which have names), a Bearded Dragon (lizard) and more!! That has got to be some sort of record. Kelley has worked in the animal care field for nine years and currently works with Animal Nation Rescue -- you think that's where she gets some of her menagerie?
  • J.D. Grooming Assistant

    J.D, is pictured with his 3 year old Havenese; Crestal.  JD is now a full time grooming assistant to our wonderful groomer Dana.  He enjoys bathing, combing out and making our pets look fantastic. In his spare time JD loves working out at the gym and playing tennis.

  • Stephen, Receptionist
    Stephen is our newest employee, and helps at the front desk. He is shown with his two labs, Gracie and Dale. Although he is kept busy with two jobs and his family, Stephen makes certain to give his dogs their weekly Sunday morning walk at Waveny Dog Park. Stephen has years of experience with pets, having been a manager at Camp Bow Wow and his own pet 'sitting' business while going to school. He adds so much to our staff with his friendly, can-do attitude and excitement to help all our clients and patients.
  • Joshua
    Kennel Attendant

    Education: I went to Austin Community College in Austin Texas and Franklin Pierce University In New Hampshire for English Lit, and Norwalk Community College and Post University for Criminal Justice. 

    Employment history: I’ve been a lead kennel tech for best friends and dog gone smart, as well as a professional A.V.I.D tutor for Stamford Public Schools, working at Dolan Middle School with students in 6-8th grade. 

    Interests: I enjoy reading, baseball, and being outdoors. 

  • Allie
    Part-time Receptionist/Kennel Attendant

    Allie is so excited to be a part of the NCVH team! As Dr.Potenza’s eldest daughter, she naturally is an animal lover at heart. 

    She graduated from Sacred Heart University and plans to attend graduate school and get her Masters in Teaching. 

    Currently, she is also taking courses to become a certified she personal trainer.  She adores her son (pet dog) Harley and his sisters Ellie and Sadie.  She enjoys singing, writing and working out.

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