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..