Meet Our Veterinary Team in Boxborough, MA
Veterinary Dental Services was established in 1999 and is led by a four-veterinary team. Our veterinary dental specialists have decades of combined experience in veterinary dentistry. They are supported by a team of certified veterinary technicians who share their goal of helping pets have healthier teeth and gums.
Dr. Bonnie H. Shope
Dr. Bonnie H. Shope is a Board Certified Veterinary Dentist™. She is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College, and is currently serving as the President-elect. She is a past Chair of the College’s Examination Committee, and the Training Support Committee. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University in 1991. She completed a residency program in dentistry and oral surgery in 2008.
Dr. Shope frequently lectures to veterinary professionals and the public on subjects related to dentistry in animals. In her early career, she practiced small animal medicine and surgery, then joined Veterinary Dental Services in 2000. From 2002-2007 she also worked as a clinical assistant professor of dentistry at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She is a member of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and contributes on the board of reviewers for the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry. She recently recognized an inherited form of enamel dysplasia in the Samoyed dog, and worked with genetic researchers to confirm this and develop a genetic test. She enjoys teaching, and in an effort to broaden awareness about veterinary dentistry, welcomes veterinary students, technicians and veterinarians to job-shadow in the practice.
Dr. Shope is passionate about veterinary dentistry and is guided by her goal to make all of her patient’s mouth’s “free of infection, free of pain, and one that can be maintained.” When not working she enjoys spending time with her kids, husband, and Portuguese water dog, Annie. She especially enjoys the outdoors, skiing, and road and mountain biking.
Dr. Paul Mitchell
Dr. Paul Mitchell is a Board Certified Veterinary Dentist™. He is a Diplomate and Past 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. He joined Veterinary Dental Services in 2009. Dr. Mitchell enjoys spending his free time with his family, which includes two French Bulldogs named Ruffles and Hershey.
Dr. Kristina Feigin
Dr. Kristina Feigin is a Board Certified Veterinary Dentist™. She is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and the European Veterinary Dental College, and is currently serving on the AVDC’s Exam Committee. She joined our team in 2016 but had worked as a small animal veterinarian for over ten years, prior to becoming an associate at Veterinary Dental Services. She completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Cyril and Methodius (Skopje, Macedonia) in 2001. Her educational background also includes a post graduate clinical program, followed by a small animal internship at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Feigin was a Visiting Veterinarian at Angell Memorial Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a member of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry and the American Veterinary Medical Association. She received the 2017 Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry Grant for the research project: “Analysis and assessment of pulp vitality in intrinsically stained teeth in dogs”. Dr. Feigin was also awarded the “Dr. Robert Wiggs Outstanding Candidate Award” in 2018 from the American Veterinary Dental College.
Dr. Daniel Clayton
Dr. Daniel Clayton is a Board Certified Veterinary Dentist™ and Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College. He joined our team in the Summer of 2018. He worked as a small animal general practitioner for 12 years on Cape Cod after completing an internship in small animal emergency and surgery at VCA South Shore in Weymouth, MA in 2006. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Penn State University in 1998. Dr. Clayton is a member of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association. He received the 2019 Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry Grant for the research project: “Comparison of Cone Beam Computed Tomography, Digital Radiography and Oral Exam in the Identification of Feline Tooth Resorption and Histopathologic Analysis as the Gold Standard.
In his free time, Dr. Clayton enjoys spending time with his family on the beach or hiking. He is also an avid cyclist, snowboarder, paddle boarder and a mediocre golfer. At home, his family includes a Great Dane Mix named Pearl and one black and white cat, Skech.
Dr. Suzanna Hatunen
Dr. Suzanna Hatunen joined Veterinary Dental Services in the summer of 2021. She completed her Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Sydney (Australia) in 2017. She then completed a Shelter Medicine and Surgery Internship at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in 2018, followed by a small animal rotating internship at the University of Sydney, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. After this, she worked as a small animal general practitioner in Massachusetts prior to joining our team. Dr. Hatunen is a member of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry, American Veterinary Medical Association and Australian Veterinary Association. In her free time, Dr. Hatunen enjoys spending time with friends and family outdoors. She especially enjoys swimming, hiking and skiing.