138 Great Road, Acton, MA 01720
p: (978) 929-9200 • f: 978-929-9979
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Doctors and Staff
Veterinary Dental Services was established in 1999 by Dr. Laura LeVan. In 2009 she sold the practice, and went on to establish the Veterinary Dental Education Center, with the goal of teaching veterinarians and technicians basic dentistry and oral surgery.
Dr. Bonnie H. Shope is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997, and from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1991. As a veterinary student, Dr. Shope developed an interest in veterinary dentistry. She practiced small animal medicine after graduation, and then joined Veterinary Dental Services in 2000. From 2002 – 2007 she also worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.
Dr. Paul Mitchell is a Diplomate and President-Elect of the American Veterinary Dental College. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Mitchell worked for five years in equine and small animal practices and developed an interest in veterinary dentistry. He completed a dental residency at the Dallas Dental Service Animal Clinic with Dr. Robert Wiggs, and has served on the American Veterinary Dental College Exam Committee and Board of Directors. He worked for Veterinary Centers of America from 1999 to 2006 as a dental specialist and as their National Dental Educator. Dr. Mitchell received the "Peter Emily Service Award" in 2012 from the American Veterinary Dental College. Dr. Mitchell joined Veterinary Dental Services in 2009.
Dr. Diane Carle graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and Swarthmore College, and worked in mixed practice before joining Veterinary Dental Services, LLC in 2010. She completed a three year residency at VDS in 2013 and is preparing to take her specialty boards. She lives with her two cats, Kitten and Quinn, a rescue kitty who had surgery and two root canals at VDS to treat an unhealed jaw fracture. Quinn is fully recovered from his surgery.
Our Client Care Specialist, Susan Paradis joined our team in 2010. She enjoyed being a volunteer puppy raiser for the NEADS program (New England Assistance Dogs, http://www.neads.org/ ), which is a non-for-profit program that trains assistance dogs for the deaf and disabled. In fact her own dog Karla is a NEADS "fabulous flunkie." Although Karla did not pass her NEADS certification she still brings joy to everyone and especially likes to visit the elderly. Susan lives in Leominster with her yellow lab, Karla, a hound mix, Murphy and two cats, Jenna and Ruby.
Genel Les is our office manager. She started working in the veterinary field over ten years ago while obtaining her bachelor's degree in Developmental Psychology. Upon graduating, she quickly realized her passion was with animals and decided to stay in the field. She has been with our team since 2006 and has fulfilled many roles here such as Client Care Specialist and Veterinary Technician. Genel lives in Ashby with her husband, a domestic shorthair cat Kitty Kitty, a Himalayan cat Mitchell and a Treeing Walker Coonhound, Mr. Krinkle and a Bluetick Coonhound, Mabel. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, photography, live music, fresh water fishing, hiking and camping.
Kerri Hoey, our head technician, is a Certified Veterinary Technician and has been working in small animal medicine since 1997. During her ten year employment in general practice she developed a special interest in small animal dentistry. Fortunately a position here at VDS opened in 2007 and she has been with us since. In 2007 she also received her certification as a veterinary dental technician. She earned her degree in Wildlife Management from the University of New Hampshire. She still has a strong interest in wildlife and has had the opportunity to assist in the treatment of exotics for our local zoos and aquarium through Veterinary Dental Services. Kerri lives in Danvers with her Shar Pei/English Bulldog mix named Maxine. She also enjoys spending time with her nephew, Miller, a Dalmatian. In her free time she enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and art.
Andrea Stoops is a veterinary technician whom worked in a general practice for 15 years before joining Veterinary Dental Services, LLC. She has two adult children, one of whom is a veterinary technician in New Hampshire. Andrea lives in Lunenburg with her husband and a house full of pets. They have 1 dog, 6 cats and an African Grey Parrot. On her days off she loves to spend time with her sister and extended family. Andrea also enjoys hiking and camping in Vermont.
Tricia Rudisill recently joined Veterinary Dental Services and has been involved in veterinary medicine for 20 years. She grew up in Medfield, MA but now lives in Acton with her daughter who is crazy about horses. Tricia has five cats - George, Harley, Baby Kitty, Red, and Justine - as well as three dogs - Dude, Jake, and Mabel. During her spare time,she likes to walk her dogs around the arboretum and various conservation areas in Acton, is a frequent visitor to Kimball Farm depending on the time of year, and would like to travel around the country in the future. Like her daughter, Tricia is fond of horses, and also enjoys gardening, watching a good movie, or reading a good book.
Jessica Macfarlane has been a veterinary technician for over 10 years in general practice. She took a short break from the profession to finish her Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, but ultimately missed working with animals. Jessica came to us after her own dog, Biscuit, was treated by Dr. Shope. Jessica lives in Maynard with her "human" child, Jillian, her Rhodesian Ridgeback named Biscuit, and a Vizsla named Jujubee. Some of her favorite hobbies are photography, painting, hiking and obstacle racing.
Mandee Genereux will be graduating from Mount Ida College with her bachelor's degree in Veterinary Technology in May 2014. She lives in Hudson with her boyfriend, three snakes, Amatsu, Kunitsu, and Kali; four cats, Loki, Artemis, Frejya, and Poseidon; and a newly rescued guinea pig, Amun. She is very active in many aspects of the martial arts. In addition to studying karate, Japanese sword, and a bladed pole weapon called a naginata; she teaches children and adults, and runs special classes for women. She also enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, writing fantasy and science fiction stories, and fixing up their old farmhouse.
Sarah Berkowitz recently has joined our team and is graduating from Mount Ida College this May with a Bachelors degree in Veterinary Technology. She lives with her boyfriend, Ryan, in Framingham with her guinea pig, Mobert and parrot, Lucky. She has had a love of animals all her life, which started with two dogs when she was a baby. As she was growing up, she has had two hamsters and some fish. In her spare time she likes to crochet, read and spend time with friends and family.
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