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Alumni Class Notes

Published: Oct 16, 2014


Robert Leighton, V’41, is an emeritus professor at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, has written numerous articles and book chapters, and is the coauthor of Small Animal Orthopedics and Radiology of Small Animal Fracture Management. He served in the Veterinary Corps during World War II, was the first chief of surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York, and has lectured in 17 countries.


Jeff Hathaway, V’53, works at a house-call practice four days a week in rural Pennsylvania. He joined Rotary in 1955 in Brandywine, DE, followed by Hawley, PA, and he served as the charter president in Hamlin, PA in 2012.

William Crawford, V’59, retired in January 2008 and resides in Mercer, PA.


Richard Rodgers, V’62, retired and sold his practice in 2001. He worked full time managing a practice in Virginia until May 2011 and now works 1-2 days a week for the Animal Resource Foundation, doing spays and neuters.

Donald R. Lundy, Jr., V’63, retired from the Twin Hills Veterinary Hospital after a 50-year career in veterinary medicine serving Lycoming County, PA. Bovine medicine was a large part of his practice early on. As the era of the rural dairy farm slowly came to a close, the small animal practice expanded. He has three children and six grandchildren.

Seth Koch, V’65, GV’70, is semi-retired from ophthalmology. He still sees eye cases on request at Hickory Veterinary Hospital and the Cat Doctor practices in the Philadelphia area and goes to Latham, NY, once a month to Shaker Veterinary Hospital. He resides in Philadelphia, having formerly lived and practiced in Washington, DC, for over 40 years at one of the first specialty practices in the nation (started in 1970). He is recognized for his work in Parotid duct transposition and is called upon to perform the surgery by ophthalmologists.

Jack Bregman, V’66, and Eric Bregman, V’95, have started VetOfficeSuite. Cloud-based VetOfficeSuite is a first-of-kind application expressly created to manage veterinary practices. The suite allows practices to create invoices, manage clients and patients, create office documents, schedule appointments, and manage inventory. For more information, visit

Roger Murphy, V’66, moved with wife Naomi to the northwest after spending some 25 years practicing at the south gate of Yosemite National Park. They now reside in Ferndale, WA, just south of the Canadian border. He says that practice was rewarding and retirement is wonderful.

Don Jacobs, V’69, has retired and moved from San Diego to South Carolina to be closer to family.


Steve Melman, V’73, sold DermaPet to Dechra in 2010. After buying the old MedRx video-otoscopy company, he decided retirement from pharma was overrated. In 2014, he started DermaZoo and now has dental, derm, and otic lines and a strong pipeline of future intellectual property products.

Steven Radbill, V’75, is retiring from the Pennsylvania State Board of Veterinary Medicine after an eight-year term as Secretary.

Steve Levy, V’77, is currently President of Veterinary Clinical and Consulting Services, LLC. He partners with veterinary industry leaders and associations as a peer educator, an industry consultant, and a clinical veterinarian. He is considered a premier Key Opinion Leader on Canine Lyme Borreliosis. He has presented seminars throughout the United States and internationally and is the recipient of the AVMA Practitioner Research Award and the AAHA Region I Outstanding Veterinarian Award.

Nancy Bromberg, V’78, currently co-chair of the Public Relations Committee for the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, was elected to the board of directors of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).

In January 2014, Frederick D. Piper, V’78, officially retired and sold Lakemont Veterinary Clinic, Inc. which he established in 1979. He noted, “Graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine was one of the proudest moments of my life. My sincere gratitude goes out to the staff and faculty for providing me with the opportunity and education to fulfill my dream.”

After 23 years in New Jersey, Linda Rhodes, V’78, has moved to a lovely town in New Hampshire where she is enjoying her 17 acres and the rural life. She noted, “I still work way too much; I guess I am still having fun at it. The startup animal health company that I started in 2011 has grown like a weed, and I have now taken the role of Chief Scientific Officer. I am proud to say that we have some really innovative new drugs in development for dogs and cats, and we were able to complete an IPO a year ago (PETX: NASDAQ). We presented our first data recently at ACVIM where I was able to see a lot of VMDs and old friends.”

The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) named Robert J. Orsher, V’79, to their board. Orsher is owner and chief of surgery at Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center in Levittown.


Russell Cattley, V’80, was appointed Head of the Department of Pathobiology at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. He joined the Auburn faculty as the Tyler and Frances Young Professor of Pathology in 2011, following retirement from Amgen Inc. in Thousand Oaks, CA, where he was Executive Director of Pathology.

Nadine Hackman, V’80, retired from a longtime position as Program Director of Harcum College’s Vet Tech Program in June 2012. She moved to New Hampshire where Steve Barsanti, V’80, is her vet!

Jill Bailey, V’83, completed her transition from equine practice to canine rehabilitation by moving across the country in October 2013 to just north of Atlanta, GA, where she took a job in a rehab-only, three-doctor facility.

Joel Baines, V’83, became dean of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in Baton Rouge, LA, on September 1, 2014.

Margaret Bliss, V’86, has a new job with Midway Animal Clinic located in Midway, AZ.

Robert Moffatt, V’87, was elected Deputy Mayor of Cape May Point, NJ.

Alexander Werner, V’87, has been appointed to the editorial board of NAVC’s Clinician’s Brief journal. Dr. Werner is also editor of the dermatology section of the upcoming sixth edition of The 5-Minute Veterinary Consults textbook and co-author of the dermatology companion to The 5-Minute Veterinary Consults.

Ellen Behrend, V’88, was elected to the ACVIM Board of Regents. It is a five-year term progressing from Vice President through President and Chair. She began her service as Vice President in June at the ACVIM Forum in Nashville.

Jeske Noordergraaf, V’88, sold her equine practice after 17 years and now works for a nonprofit that raises swine for diabetes research.


Angela Frimberger, V’90, became a Climate Reality Leader in June 2014, following training in Melbourne, Australia, by Al Gore and his colleagues at the Climate Reality Project and the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Cary Scibetta, V’90, and Eric Twitchell, V’89, have opened a new, state-of-the-art hospital in McKean, PA. The building was designed by John Copich of Copich and Associates, Youngstown, OH, an architectural firm that has specialized in veterinary facilities for over 50 years. The doors of the new hospital opened on December 2, 2013.

Scott Perkins, V’92, was promoted in January 2014 to Senior Director, Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine, at Tufts University and had his 13th anniversary at Tufts in May 2014.

Roy Yanong, V’92, was promoted from Associate Professor to full Professor at the University of Florida. He now serves as full Professor and Extension Veterinarian with the Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory, Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation.

Katherine Trow, V’94, and Abby Schutzman, V’10, opened a co-op model veterinary practice in Wallingford, PA. They are a full-service hospital with a membership model that allows them to keep costs down for a continuity of affordable care. The practice opened in February 2014 and they love their practice and clients. For info, visit

Ellen Dziedzicki, V’95, took the leap of faith in February 2013 and opened her own small animal clinic, Faithful Friends Veterinary Care located in Huntingdon, PA. One year later, she was able to open the doors on a newly remodeled building.

Jill Kulig, V’95, has recently accepted an Associate position at Macungie Animal Hospital in Pennsylvania. Macungie is the proud recipient of the 2013 AAHA Hospital of the Year.

Amanda Fine, V’97, is living in Hanoi, Vietnam, with her husband Andrew Parkinson and five-year-old son, Orlo. She moved last year from her position in Mongolia with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to her new Asia regional position with WCS as Associate Director of the Wildlife Health & Health Policy Program. Her responsibilities include coordinating the USAIDfunded PREDICT project in Vietnam that investigates and builds capacity to address diseases of pandemic potential at the wildlife/human interface.

Zeeve Gans, V’97, is President of the Israel Companion Animal Veterinary Association (ICAVA).

Robert Noto, V’97, has owned Memorial Veterinary Hospital of Scranton, PA, since 2008. He recently opened two new small animal clinics: Memorial Veterinary Hospital of Throop, PA, and Memorial Veterinary Hospital of Old Forge, PA.

Christine Smart, V’97, had a baby girl November 2, 2013. She joins her big brother Avery (8 years old) in Sandpoint, ID. Her small animal practice, Pend Oreille Veterinary Service, celebrated its 50th anniversary this June. She has two partners, and the founding veterinarian still works part time. She notes that they are all DVMs, but good guys regardless.


Jack Hershey, V’00, was married to Carey Hemmelgarn on June 22, 2014, at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, NY.

Tripp Stewart, V’00, is owner of Greenbrier Emergency Animal Hospital in Charlottesville, VA; he also works after-hours and weekends to help the community. He recently sold his second business, The Alberene Soapstone Company, so he is looking for a new hobby! He has two daughters, ages 6 and 8, and keeps in touch with a number classmates and Penn mates. He lives across the street from Elvira Tate Hoskins, V’00.

Natalie Albright (Austin), V’01, welcomed baby Quinn on March 3, 2013, and bought a house in Carmel Valley, CA. Quinn joins his older brother Griffin (age 3) in their new home.

Theresa Alenghat, V’03 GR’07, has been awarded a Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) Career Award for Medical Scientists, a competitive program that provides funding for five years to bridge advanced training and early years of faculty service. She is the first veterinarian to receive this award from BWF. Dr. Alenghat has accepted a position of assistant professor in the Division of Immunobiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and she also had a recent first authorship in Nature.

Christine Starer-Smith, V’03, has an addition to her family. Daughter Peyton Ashley was born October 16, 2013. Peyton joins big sister Carson who loves playing veterinarian and “making cats and dogs feel better like Mommy.”

Jennifer Sim, V’04, is moving with her family (Don, Marion, and Brandon) from Connecticut to Asheville, NC, to join the Animal Hospital of North Asheville where she will be practicing dentistry and oral surgery. She and husband Don just celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary.

Sarah Sprague, V’04, recently moved to Lake Forest, IL, and has taken on a new career path in equine acupuncture.

Laura (McNelis) Johnson, V’05, married Jason Johnson on June 8, 2014, in Gwynedd, PA. The bridal party consisted of V’05 alumni Janine Haney, Michelle Rosero Parker, and Audra Olsen.

Erica Tramuta-Drobnis, V’05, is an Emergency Veterinarian with Veterinary Emergency and Referral Center in Clarks Summit, PA.

Jennifer Miller (Smetana), V’06, and Michael Miller, V’06, had their first baby in July. They moved to Salisbury, NC, a little over a year ago and love it.

Joan Norton, V’06, DACVIM, has accepted a position at the University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science in Australia. She will be joining former New Bolton Center resident-mates Drs. Steve Zedler, Andrew Van Eps, and Claire Underwood at the UQ Equine Hospital. She says to please come visit, if you ever find yourself in that part of the world!

Alanna Schwartz, V’06, and husband Jeff welcomed their third child, Daniel, into the world last September. Big sister Hannah and big brother Joshua are enjoying their new baby brother. They are living on the Upper West Side in Manhattan.


Jessica Manning (Kishel), V’11, married Kenneth Manning on September 10, 2011, and welcomed their first child, Wesley, on December 23, 2012.

Katie Todd, V’12, was married in July 2013 to Jordan Berger, moved to Louisville, KY, and had a baby boy, Calvin, in May 2014.

Ersin Ulke, V’12, and his wife Audry relocated to Asheville, NC.

Molly Harrington Dominguez, V’13, welcomed daughter Carmen Isabel on February 28, 2014.

In Remembrance

Dr. Marguerite “Marge” Gulick, V’44, age 92, passed away October 30, 2013. Dr. Gulick met her husband, the late William Gulick, while in veterinary school. She was “One of the First Fifty Women of Veterinary Medicine.” Following graduation, the couple settled in Great Barrington, MA, where they opened their veterinary practice, Bilmar, and raised their family. Up until the time of her death, Marge was an active member of the community, involved with the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, as well as St. James Church.

Dr. Cameron S. Wilson, V’48, of Richboro passed away suddenly on January 17, 2014, at his residence. Following graduation, he started his practice in Richboro, which he operated for 51 years prior to his semiretirement in 1999. He eventually retired completely in 2001. Throughout the years he lovingly cared for both large and small animals. Dr. Wilson was appointed to the State Board of Veterinarian Medical Examiners by Pennsylvania Governor Richard Thornburgh. He was a member and past president of the Bucks Montgomery
Veterinarian Association. In addition, he was the Pennsylvania State Racing Commission veterinarian for Philadelphia Park and Keystone Racing Association for more than 20 years. He also was a valuable influence to help develop the Harness Racing Animal Care and Thoroughbred Racing Care.

Dr. Philip C. Garrett II, V’51, died peacefully on June 6, 2013, in Naples, FL. Focusing primarily on herd health and reproductive medicine in dairy cattle, Dr. Garrett helped to pioneer and refine a number of important veterinary practices and techniques that helped dairy farmers produce healthier and more productive cattle. He began his veterinary career in the Hopewell, NJ, practice of Dr. Amos Stults, but soon brought his skills to the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. He served as a First Lieutenant during the Korean War, overseeing the inspection of food destined for American troops, a role that permitted him to utilize his professional experience in the service of his country while staying true to the conscientious moral tenets of his Quaker faith. Having returned to Dr. Stults’ practice after the war, Dr. Garrett subsequently established his own veterinary practice in 1972, specializing in herd health and reproductive medicine in dairy cattle. Dr. Garrett was an influential member of the Central New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association, where he served as Secretary-Treasurer, Vice-President, and ultimately President.

Dr. Klaus Hubben, V’53, of Landenberg, PA, passed away on May 3, 2014, at age 84. He earned a master’s degree in veterinary pathology and spent two years in the Air Force veterinary corps. Klaus taught pathology at New Bolton Center for 10 years before spending the next 22 years in pharmaceutical research at I.C.I. Americas in Wilmington, DE.

Dr. Carl Reynolds, V’60, of Tunkhannock, PA, died June 29, 2014, at home surrounded by his family. He was 81. After graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Reynolds established his practice in Chinchilla, PA, which served both large and small animals. In 1970, he opened Abington Animal Hospital. At that time it was the only Northeastern Pennsylvania facility accepted as a member of the American Animal Hospital Association. Abington Animal Hospital hosted JTI and fostered three years of veterinary technology students to enjoy handson experience in a thriving practice of professional integrity. This cooperation offered not only great personal fulfillment as creator of this curriculum, but also full state accreditation for its graduates. Dr. Reynolds found his pending retirement to be unappealing. He continued his educational work as a substitute teacher at Abington Heights High School for nearly three years.

Dr. Jack Davis Levengood, V’65, passed away on May 1, 2014, surrounded by his loving family after a short but courageous battle with mesothelioma. He served his country for four years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War in the Coding Service on the USS Northampton in the North Atlantic. He graduated from Penn State University in Secondary Education and from the University of Pennsylvania in 1965. He practiced at Brandywine Animal Hospital until he opened the Towerville Veterinary Clinic in Coatesville, PA, in 1976, where he practiced until the time of his passing. Dr. Levengood was a member of the Hemlock Lodge, the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, the Penn State Alumni Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Peter Ihrke, V’72, passed away in February 2014. Dr. Ihrke was a past president of AAVD and the 2013 recipient of AAVD’s Frank Král Award, which recognized his outstanding contributions to veterinary and comparative dermatology. He touched the lives of so many people and will be deeply missed.

Dr. Courtney Alexandra Jones, V’98, of Baltimore, MD, passed away May 10, 2014. Dr. Jones spent eight years practicing in Columbia, MD. She then worked at the Eastern Veterinary Blood Bank, traveling around Maryland and Virginia conducting blood drives for dogs. She completed several courses in abdominal ultrasound and was also interested in dermatology. Dr. Jones completed an intensive course on endoscopic and laparoscopic surgery at the University of Georgia. In 2009, Dr. Jones joined the Hunt Valley Animal Hospital in Hunt Valley, MD, where she was employed at the time of her death. She was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association.