Karen Kelly, Office Manager
Karen has been in the veterinary field for over 20 years. She has been the office manager for Ridgefield Veterinary Hospital 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
Has been with RVH for over 20 years. She has1 cat and 5 Labradors whom accompany her to the office almost everyday. 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.
Tamaras 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 retreiver mix, "Hartford" a terrier mix and "Mouse" our latest addition a tortishell kitten. One of The Wachnuik's passions is Winterguard (Colorguard) in which two of their daughters are involved.
Liza Loesch is one our four receptionists, with us just under a year. She has lived and worked in the area for 35 years. Previous positions include personal assistant and office manager for several small businesses. Her passion has always been animals wild and tame. For the past 15 years she has volunteered with the Animal Nation, a non-profit wildlife rescue group. Liza has always had quarter horses but fills her barn with rescued wildlife of all shapes and sizes, her moto being she’ll take in what no one else can. She loves being surrounded by our four legged friends now at work and on her own time. At home she has a 15-year-old golden retriever (the love of her life), a Chihuahua mix, 3 cats and a parrot.
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 Hospital 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.