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, 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 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 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!
Robin, pictured with her two rescue dogs Emma and Scooby, has worked at NCVH since 2004 and is our Office Manager. She is the one behind the scenes who makes sure all the details regarding the flow of service and information through the facility proceeds in a near-flawless manner. Robin and her dogs are also loyal servants to her cats, Tiara and Smudge, who declined to have their pictures taken. Her greatest pleasure in working at NCVH is in watching families with new puppies fuss and coo over the cute rascals.
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 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.
Michele works with us out while she attends Norwalk Community College studying to be a Licenced Veterinary Technician. She loves working with the clients and the patients, helping out in the hospital whenever possible. Pictured with her dogs, Rosie and Bella, Michele always presents a happy face and does everything she can to assist our clients. Her dream is to work with wild animals, which she was able to explore this past summer doing an internship with a rescue organization in Malibu. Not a bad way to spend a summer!!
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.
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., Kennel Team Leader, is pictured with his 3 year old Havenese; Crestal. Since 2009, JD has gone the extra mile for us. Now he leads the kennel team, ensuring that all of our guests are comfortable and happy. He takes pride in the “spotless” and organized kennel he has made his second home. Thanks to JD, our facility is as clean and organized as any medical facility, veterinary or otherwise. In his spare time JD loves working out at the gym and playing tennis.
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.
Luis, Kennel Attendant, is photographed with one of his favorite guests Annabelle. Luis continues the standard of exceptional care and cleanliness that JD has created. He is the man in charge over the weekends, keeping the guests and patients happy and the medical team informed of any discomfort or problems. He is yet another kennel attendant who has been well trained, but also has an innate sense of the needs of the pets for whom he cares and loves. Luis is always hard at work and is never seen without a smile.
Skylar joined our work family after graduation from the University of Vermont with a degree in Animal Science. She is with us for a few years to gain practical experience with the business and the animals, before moving on to Veterinary School. We're lucky to have her with us at the front desk, where she demonstrates that her nick name, Sunny, is very apt. She is always cheerful and ready to help our clients.