Brittany Watson, VMD, PhD, DACVPM
- Director & Clinical Associate Professor, Shelter Medicine & Community Engagement
Dr. Watson served as Veterinary Director of Continuing Education Initiatives for the Charleston Animal Society (CAS) in South Carolina. During her tenure, she helped CAS achieve record live release, adoptions, and education programs in the state. In her role at CAS, Dr. Watson also regularly performed surgical procedures and documented cruelty cases.
Dr. Reinhard completed a shelter medicine specialty internship at the Oregon Humane Society in Portland. She was the first shelter medicine resident at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. During her residency, she was trained in surgery, shelter population management, infectious disease management, cruelty investigation, disaster and emergency preparedness, and shelter consultations.
- Danielle Okulski, Bernice Barbour Mobile Clinic Lead CVT
|Danielle has completed her bachelor degree in pre-veterinary science and worked in veterinary medicine as a CVT for over a decade. Her primary role was as lead surgical nurse and team educator. Danielle furthered her studies to become a registered nurse and has held positions in sub-acute rehabilitation and urgent care settings.|
- Lauren Powell, PhD
- Post-Doctoral Researcher
Lauren Powell has been awarded a PhD from the University of Sydney for her research into the effects of dog ownership on human mental well-being, with a particular focus on the importance of oxytocin in human-dog bonding. Her current research sees her exploring the assessment of quality of life in shelter dogs and evaluating teaching in the shelter medicine field.
- Dr. Jehl Castelo, DVM
- WaterShed Community Medicine Intern
|Dr. Castelo received their DVM from Western University of Health Sciences in California. They trained in several shelters and community-based programs to provide care to dogs, cats, and rabbits. They also received Fear Free Shelter certification to improve the emotional wellbeing of animals. Prior to their veterinary training, Dr. Castelo volunteered in underserved communities and worked as a technician for general and emergency practices.|
- Peter Javian, WaterShed Program Coordinator
Peter assists in implementing Shelter Medicine’s WaterShed Initiative by organizing symposiums, academic consortium meetings, and journal research discussions, as well as coordinating volunteers. Peter brings broad experience in communications and design, event planning, and data analysis, from years of working in Penn’s office of Institutional Research & Analysis, and with Philadelphia-area nonprofits.