We are Ridgefield Veterinary Center
Dr. Mary Beran, DVM
Dr. Beran received a B.A. from Williams College in 1989 and earned her veterinary degree from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. While at Tufts she did an externship at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois. Her hobbies include running, sailing, and spending time with her family. She has two great Labrador Retrievers named Taxi and Audrey.
Dr. Emily Mathews, DVM
Dr. Emily Mathews first told her parents she wanted to be a veterinarian at the age of 2, and she never wavered from this commitment throughout her childhood. She got her first job at a kennel at 15, and went on to work at her local veterinary clinic every summer and holiday break through college. Dr. Mathews graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004, and while there developed a passion for pain management (especially in senior dogs and cats), behavior, and internal medicine. A firm believer in the “fear free” movement in veterinary medicine, Dr. Mathews works very hard to make sure visits to the vet are as comfortable and stress-free as possible for her patients.
Dr. Mathews and her husband, Chris, live in Ridgefield with their three kids. They share their home with 4 fur babies- 2 rescue dogs (one adopted from ROAR) and 2 rescue cats. In her spare time, Dr. Mathews is an avid runner and loves to cook, and is still very actively involved with Angels Among Us Pet Rescue in Atlanta.
Karen Kelly, Office Manager
Karen has been in the veterinary field for over 20 years. She has been the office manager for Ridgefield Veterinary Center since 1989. She and her partner Craig, own “Shadowland”, a small hobby breeding kennel of Labrador retrievers, located in Sherman, CT. They raise two to three litters a year of AKC, OFA and CERF registered Labrador retrievers.
After her love of Labradors, her interests include boating, fishing, kayaking, just about anything related to the water, gardening, photography and she is a huge NY Yankees fan.
Claire Fischer, Veterinary Technician
Claire has been with RVH for over 20 years. She has 1 cat and 5 Labradors whom accompany her to the office almost every day. Occasionally, they all take time off to raise a litter of puppies. During the work day Claire assists our Doctors in surgery, treatments and appointments. Dr. Dann always says she missed her true calling as a comedian, although that is still in debate.
During her time away from work she enjoys traveling, photography, gardening and is an absolute die hard Oakland Athletics fan.
Gail Bodisch, Veterinary Technician
Gail joined our team in 1998, for her love of animals. Her daily routine includes regular exam appointments, treatments and assisting Doc in surgery. She says Doc has been the best teacher and mentor in the industry, a wealth of experience and demonstrating the importance of being compassionate to both animals and their owners. Her special interest is in the care of senior and special needs animals.
As a little girl growing up in NYC, she took home any stray pet she could find. She now has her own Breeding program “Deja Blu Old English Sheepdogs” Weekends you’ll find her driving down the road with 4 big fluffy dogs. In addition to breeding and Conformation showing, she enjoys providing her dogs for commercial advertisements; Ralph Lauren, Animal Planet, Hill’s Science Diet, OES Calendar and “Saturday Night Live”. Her proudest accomplishment was winning the OES National Specialty Dog Show with her CH Emma Blu.
Tamara Wachnuik, RVT
Tamara has been working at RVH for almost a year. She graduated from The University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 1996 with a BSc in Animal Biology, then received her Diploma as a Registered Veterinary Technician in 1998. Tamara has worked part time while raising her family and is transitioning back into full hours.
Tamara has been married for 12 years to her husband Dave and together they have raised three beautiful daughters. Their four legged children include two dogs: “Finn” a golden retriever mix, “Hartford” a terrier mix and “Mouse” our latest addition a tortoiseshell kitten. One of The Wachnuik’s passions is Winterguard (Colorguard) in which two of their daughters are involved.
Liza Loesch, Receptionist
Our receptionist Liza Loesch has lived and worked in the area for 35 years. Previous positions include personal assistant for Mrs. Schein of Henry Schein, Inc., office manager for Interior decorating company in Thornwood, NY, and she has volunteered with Animal Nation, a non-profit rescue group, for 15 years. She has been with RVH for 7 years and loves working with the animals and good people at Ridgefield Veterinary Center. Liza is proud to have 2 of the most wonderful black lab retired breeding girls as her roomates, she loves them so much!
Cheryl Davie, Kennel Attendant
Cheryl has been at RVH for 5 years. She works the weekends and some holidays providing all the comforts of home for our boarding patients. Cheryl considers it a “weekend retreat” with lots of brushing, petting, extra bedding and most of all cookies for all good deeds done. When Cheryl is not taking care of patients here she takes care of her 2 bichons, 2 cats, guinea pig and children at home.
Sara Williams, Veterinary Technician
Sara has been employed with Ridgefield Veterinary Center since 1999. She started as the receptionist and worked her way up to technician. She now works part time on Saturdays where ever she’s needed. Sara has 2 cats, JD and Lily; 2 dogs, Bruno (Bullmastiff) and Caine (German Shepard), and many fish in her 150 gallon fish tank. Sara loves working with and caring for all the animals that come to the hospital. It is her dream to one day own a boarding kennel.
Joe Bianco, Kennel Manager
Joe is a retired executive having worked at an electrical engineering firm. His love and respect for animals brought him to us. Joe says working at Ridgefield Vet is the best job he has ever had. Joe previously owned and operated a horse farm in which he showed and competed on a national level. Joe works and spends time with your pet to insure their stay at the hospital is pleasant to both their physical and psychological needs. Joe currently has a great dog named Reese.
Dr. Victor Rendano – Radiology
Dr. Victor Rendano received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1972 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. His post graduate studies included an internship and residency in diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy at the University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College and Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine. He received a postgraduate degree from the University of Guelph and a Master of Science degree from Washington State University. After completing a rigorous training program, he was inducted as a Diplomate into the American College of Veterinary Radiology and received his Board Certification 1975.
Dr. Rendano was a faculty member in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine for 20 years. In 1996 he returned to academia where he continued his studies in the field of radiation oncology. In 2001, he was awarded Diplomate status and Board Certification in Radiation Oncology.
Dr. Rendano has published over 100 papers and has lectured throughout the world. He has been honored by the New York State Veterinary Medical Society and the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Society. His professional philosophy is to include the pet owner as a member of the diagnostic and therapeutic team. He believes that this synergy and bond enhances the healing process.
Dr. Rendano is currently president of Veterinary Multi-Imaging (VMI) and co-founder of Thyro-Cat. Six Thyro-Cat locations in New York and Connecticut offer Radioiodine therapy for cats with hyperthyroidism. Dr. Rendano, and Dr. Kent Wallace from VMI provide imaging services including Radiograph Interpretation, Ultrasonography, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Dr. Steven Heyman
Dr. Steven Heyman is a board-certified veterinary surgeon. He received his B.A. degree in 1983 and his V.M.D. degree in 1987 from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed an internship and a surgical residency at the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1993. Dr. Heyman is the owner of Surgical Care Specialists, a mobile veterinary surgical specialty practice, and visits our hospital to perform complex surgical procedures.
Since 1998, Dawn Brown has been Dr. Heyman’s anesthesia and surgery technician. She is a Certified Veterinary Technician, and a valuable member of the team.
Dr. Bruce Kerns
Dr. Bruce Kerns graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois with Departmental Distinction from the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. In 1983, he earned a Master of Science degree in Veterinary Physiology from the Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology at Texas A&M University. In 1987, he graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with Honors from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois. In 1999, he became only the second veterinarian in the state of Connecticut to certify as a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (specialist in Canine and Feline Practice). He serves as a member on the Leadership Council of the American Animal Hospital Association. In addition to establishing the Countryside Veterinary Hospital, LLC, he also founded and operates Mobile Veterinary Imaging, LLC, a diagnostic ultrasound practice consulting with veterinary hospitals in southwestern Connecticut.
He and his wife, Holly, have been residents of Newtown,CT since 1991 and are the proud parents of three children, Jessica, Aileen, and Peter. They enjoy the company of their dog, Sadie, and three cats, Sandy, Dathlan, and Maverick. He and his son, Peter, are ushers at St. Stephen’s Church in Trumbull where his wife, Holly, is a CCD teacher. His hobbies include skiing, sailing, boating, fishing, genealogy and photography, especially while traveling with his family.
Dr. Eric H Linnetz, D.V.M, Diplomate ACVIM
Dr. Linnetz graduated from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. After completing an internship and four years of private practice in the greater Boston area, Dr. Linnetz completed a three-year residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, leading to board certification in Small Animal Internal Medicine. In 2007, he started his mobile ultrasound practice, Western Connecticut Veterinary Specialty Services, and also purchased Chippens Hill Veterinary Hospital- a primary care small animal hospital in Bristol, Connecticut founded by his father in 1976.