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 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.
Genel Les, our Office Manager, joined our team in 2006. She has fulfilled many roles here such as Client Care Specialist and Veterinary Technician. She started working in the veterinary field over 15 years ago while obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Worcester State University. Upon graduation she quickly realized her passion was with animals and their owners and she decided to stay in the field. She is currently enrolled in a Masters of Business Administration program at Fitchburg State University. She lives in Ashby with her husband, two coonhounds, Mr. Krinkle and Mabel; and three cats, Mitchell, K.K. and Fancy. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, photography, live music and hiking.
Kerri Hoey, CVT, 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. She joined Veterinary Dental Services in 2007 and received a certificate for veterinary dentistry from the ASVDT (American Society of Veterinary Dental Technicians) that same year. Kerri earned her bachelor of science degree in Wildlife Management from the University of New Hampshire in 1997 and continues to have a special interest in this field. Through Veterinary Dental Services, she has had the good fortune to assist in the treatment of exotics for our local zoos and aquarium. Kerri lives in Danvers with her Shar Pei/English Bulldog mix, Maxine, who she adopted from the Animal Rescue League of Boston during her employment there. She also has two canine "nephews" and a "niece", Max, Rudy and Penny. In her free time she enjoys traveling, art and outdoor activities.
Mandee Genereux, CVT, started as a Veterinary Technician Intern with us while she was obtaining her Veterinary Technology degree from Mount Ida College. Upon graduation in 2014 she was hired as a veterinary technician and became certified shortly thereafter. She lives in Hudson with her boyfriend, three snakes, Amatsu, Kunitsu and Kali; four cats, Loki, Artemis, Frejya, and Poseidan; 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 blade 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, CVT, joined our team in 2014 after graduating from Mount Ida College with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology. She received her certification as a Veterinary Technician in 2015. She lives with her boyfriend, Ryan, in Framingham with her guinea pigs, Mobert and Boota. She also has a parrot named Lucky. She has had a love of animals all her life, which started with two dogs when she was a baby. As a young child Sarah was responsible for caring for two hamsters and some fish. In her spare time she likes to crochet, read and spend time with friends and family.
Amanda Shaner, our Client Care Specialist, has been working in the animal care field since 2004. She spent of this time at her local humane society in Canandaigua, NY, working as a kennel attendant and animal control officer. Amanda attended a technical high school where she studied animal care and handling during her junior and senior years. She recently moved to Ashburnham with her fiancé and chocolate lab, Ruger. In her spare time Amanda enjoys outdoor activities such as, hiking, disc golf and water sports.
Tricia Rudisill joined Veterinary Dental Services in 2012 and has been involved in veterinary medicine for over 20 years. She grew up in Medfield, MA but now lives in Acton with her daughter who is crazy about horses. Tricia has four cats - Harley, Baby Kitty, Red, and Justine - as well as two dogs – Dude 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.
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