My inspiration for making my veterinary dream come true was Larry Lion, a beloved stuffed animal I had at the age of two. When Larry’s string was pulled, he roared. One day, to my dismay, the string stayed out. Larry Lion was broken. My thoughtful babysitter at the time offered to take Larry home for an “operation.” I still remember feeling frightened for him, but my babysitter said not to worry. She’d take good care of him. The next day, Larry Lion came back home. He wasn’t able to talk anymore—they had to remove his “voice box” but otherwise he was restitched and as good as new. I could have cared less that he didn’t speak anymore. I had my best friend back. It was at that moment, I knew I’d one day become a veterinarian and take care of other people’s much-loved best friends. It’s been 40 years and I can still remember that feeling of pure joy.
My husband William and I have been married for long enough to have built a united front against our teenage girls in these tumultuous hormonal years. I give all the credit to him for sticking by me through this journey as any small business entrepreneur will tell you, “it ain’t easy”. He’s my rock and I will always be grateful he decided to give me a second look.
Abigail and Zoe. Our two little bookends are quite simply the greatest thing we’ve ever done in our lives. You may see them working at the hospital from time to time (as our family policy is NO FREE RIDES). Abigail is considering veterinary medicine as she completes high school and Zoe, well, Zoe is going to rule the world in one aspect or another I’m quite sure.
Having a dynamic political and management timetable, my schedule changes from time to time. However, being an active member of the AVMA is of crucial importance to me and I profoundly enjoy having a voice in the profession.
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Dr. Caitlin Bell is from Rockaway originally and started working at local veterinary hospitals prior to attending veterinary school. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from East Carolina University in 2011. She went on to earn a Degree of Veterinary Medicine at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2016, after completing her clinical year at Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Bell then completed a small animal rotating internship at an emergency and specialty care hospital on Long Island. She has spent the past few years working in emergency medicine.
She has two fur babies; Brooks, an 11 year old Golden Retriever and Frank, a 6 year old French Bulldog. When not at work she enjoys hiking, traveling, scuba diving, and snowboarding.
Dr. Loftin has been a practicing veterinarian since 1986. She graduated from a veterinary school in the Philippines and went on to study clinical medicine at the University of Missouri Veterinary School until her graduation. Dr. Loftin feels living in the Philippines for four years satisfied her sense of adventure and taught her how to be self-reliant.
Having always had a passion for science and animals, private practice has made her dreams come true. Her philosophy in life is to love learning and since veterinary medicine is forever evolving, she is constantly doing so by attending frequent continuing education lectures and seminars. Dr. Loftin feels she learns the most from her beautiful patients. She has commented that her patients teach her how to be strong, to enjoy every day, and to love unconditionally.
The other love of Dr. Loftin’s life is her husband Carl. She shares a passion for running, hiking with her boys, writing short stories, and singing. Although she freely admits, most of her singing is done in the shower.
Brooklyn born, Dr. Loftin has lived in New Jersey since practicing veterinary medicine. She absolutely adores the Tri-state area and all it has to offer.
Dr. Terri Schneider is Morris County, NJ born and raised. Starting in 1985, she worked in local vet hospitals starting as a kennel attendant, receptionist and vet assistant while attending Mount Olive High School and college.
Dr. Schneider completed Undergraduate Studies at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA. in 1991 with a major in Biology.
She then graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 and was published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine while still a student in veterinary school.
Since graduating veterinary school in Ohio, she has practiced both Emergency and Preventative Medicine back in her home state of NJ.
Dr. Schneider's family includes a collection of betta fish and her 5 'fur' children - 2 rescue kitties, PT and Quill (also known as her wrecking crew), and three Highly spoiled Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Rusty and Sprite who came from rescues due to medical issues and Tucker, the canine family member.
When not at work, Dr. Schneider enjoys anything outdoors-notably campfires, nature walks with her dogs, fishing and gardening. When forced to be indoors, she enjoys reading, cooking and music.
A Detroit native, Dr. Maryellen Voigt attended the University of Missouri, Columbia, and received a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture in 1984. She went on to attend the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. Upon graduation, she honed her skills in a small animal hospital in central NJ where she continues to practice. Dr. Voigt's professional interests include ophthalmology and soft tissue surgery. She holds advanced training in emergency preparedness as a member of both the Morris County Animal Response Team and Morris County Medical Reserve Corps. Also, as a USDA Federally Accredited Veterinarian, she can issue both domestic and international health certificates. What else can this wonder woman do? Why see pot bellied pigs of course? One of the few in the state who do! With a perpetual smile on her face and a perceptive sense of medicine, Dr. Voigt is a great addition to the Mountainview family.
Dr. Voigt is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Metropolitan New Jersey Medical Association. Her outside hobbies and interests include softball, hiking, golf and skiing. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, John, and their four children, Rachel, Hannah, Jacqueline and Daniel. One dog, a black mouth cur mix named Taser, and two cats, Cookie and Kerbie complete the family nicely.
Dr. Alli Sommerkorn grew up in Rockaway, NJ. During that time, her mother was the president of an animal shelter, so animals have always been such a big part of their family. She went on to earn her Bachelors of Science in Biology/Animal Science/Equine Science from Rutgers University in 2011, and graduated cum laude! She then earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois. Alli enjoys helping seniors maintain mobility and post op recovery and is certified in physical therapy for canines.
She says the most satisfying part of being a veterinarian is “getting pets back to their family”. Dr. Sommerkorn is a member of IVECC, AVMA, and CCRP.
Dr. Sommerkorn enjoys skiing, cooking, painting, and watching sports in her free time. She has a professional interest in Internal Medicine and Surgery. She currently lives with Rugby (pit bull), Dotty (mix breed), Kaia (pit bull), Jade (lab mix) and Queso(cat).
Dr. Ilka (pronounced ILKA) Bott-Wentworth grew up in Boonton Township, New Jersey, just down the street from where her family had lived and worked a dairy farm for over 200 years. Her passions for the outdoors, taking care of animals, and hard work run deep! Growing up with: chickens, sheep, donkeys, peafowl, and dogs she, and her younger brother, learned the joy of taking care of others before themselves. The special bonds she shared with her family English Springer Spaniels 'Skid' and then 'Paddy' cemented a wonderful appreciation for the human animal connection. At age 12 she began to further her interest in animal behavior and animal husbandry by working on a local farm with over 100 alpacas and llamas and variety of dog breeds and cats. That's when her fascination with neonatal care and ultrasonography was sparked! Seeing the vets come to the farm to check for pregnancies and to treat critically ill crias (baby alpacas) led naturally to wondering about what was going on back at their clinic .. So In 2004 she began an eleven year veterinary assistantship focused on Companion Animal medicine which she continued to balance around her academic schedule.
In 2009, Dr. Bott-Wentworth graduated from Gettysburg College with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology with concentrations in Spanish, Zoology, and Marine ecology. Throughout her college years she continued to travel, learn about other cultures and grow her knowledge in field of veterinary medicine. She lived for a semester abroad in East Africa, where she studied dolphin diets and Swahili culture on the island of Zanzibar, Tanzania. She researched how the local fisherman competed with the dolphins for resources. Dr. Bott-Wentworth is always trying to find new ways to help others and give back to her local and global communities! No matter where she went the connection families have with their pets always inspired her.
After graduation she worked at GlaxoSmithKline a global consumer healthcare company in Parsippany, N.J. Her work and ingenuity in the Research & Development department of oral health and pain management led to the awarding of a patent in just the first 6 months of employment. She continued to grow her knowledge of regulatory processes, stability testing and of all the important work that is done behind the scenes to ensure medications and therapies are soundly and safely rooted in scientific evidence.
In 2015 she decided that the best way to accomplish her dreams to make a difference in animal and public health was to attend the A.V.MA. accredited St. George's University- School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, West Indies (S.G.U.). The programs early hands on work with all species, from cats and dogs -to sea turtles and farm animals, coupled with the embodiment of One Health-One Medicine were the compelling factors in deciding to attend St. George's University.
Dr. Ilka Bott-Wentworth attended her final clinical year of vet school at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, L.A. Weathering 8 hurricanes, heat waves, tornadoes and a pandemic, she was looking forward to returning home to Morris County! Although she did externships at several veterinary practices throughout her clinical studies, she continued to be drawn back time and again to MountainView Veterinary Hospital! The wonderful clients and special pets combined with the caring family atmosphere, cutting edge medical therapies which are brought to life by a talented and compassionate team made it the ideal career choice she feels.
At home, Dr. Ilka Bott-Wentworth enjoys spending time teaching her Godson Nuh to fish, horse back riding, reading, spending time with family and going for hikes with field trial trained English Springer Spaniels: 'Freddie' 12yr and 'Piper' 6yr. Baby 'Mia' at 10 months is the newest pride and joy, (yes the Bott-Wentworth family got a COVID19 puppy too!) and she really puts the 'Spring!' in Springer Spaniel, bouncing up nearly six feet to look at Dr. Bott-Wentworth right in the eye! :) 'Mia' is currently learning how to swim and is very excited to follow in 'Piper's' pawprints, copying her every move (including hiding under the table when 'Pepper' an African Grey parrot starts to sing).
New to the MVH family, this is Brooklynne's first time working at an animal hospital. She was a dog walker before joining MVH and while she loved her previous job, she said 'MVH is the dream job I didn’t even know I was looking for.' Brooklynne loves animals, especially dogs, but funny enough she has a cat. Her name is Marshmallow, and she is cuddly but rambunctious as well. Brooklynne is also a mother of two, Connor 9 and Natasha 5. They are the greatest thing to happen to her even if they drive her crazy once in a while! When she is not working or on mom duty, Brooklynne likes to lounge, and loves being out in nature, going for long walks, hiking or spending the day at the lake with her family. She studied psychology at McNeese State University, but her real passion was cooking. She has traveled abroad here and there but Jersey is where she is happiest.
Born and raised in Essex County, NJ. Majored in business management at Fairleigh Dickenson University. My life began when I met Elizabeth—you know her as Dr. Boggier. Up to now I’ve been on the sidelines cheering her on; the good doctor has called my bluff and put me in the game as Office Manager.
Now it’s my job to help her and promote her—since I believe in her. It’s an easy job with so-so pay.
Nicole became part of our MountainView team back in November 2017. Her passion and love for animals started at a very young age, and in 2003 Nicole started working in the animal field. Nicole lives in Morris County, has a young daughter and a 7-year-old Yorkie-poo. On her days off from MountainView she enjoys spending time with her daughter. Nicole also enjoys going on hikes, going to parks with her daughter and even putting her toes in the sand at the shore. We are amazed by her perpetual upbeat attitude and ability to find creative alternative solutions for clients.
Alex started her career as a kennel assistant in 2004, has been a long time volunteer at the Montville Animal Shelter and also a member of C.A.R.T (critical animal rescue team for emergency response). She has been a technician with us since 2009. She is a fan of hiking, backpacking and pretty much anything outdoors. Alex and Matt now have 2 beautiful healthy children. Alex and her family have 4 troublesome cats Evie, Sancho, Lila, and Toast, 2 dogs Bullet and Piranha, 2 guinea pigs Penelope and Charlotte, fish and a turtle by the name of Ivan the Terrapin. Alex has been broadening her career by continuing her education in veterinary anesthesia, pre and post-operative monitoring, digital dental x-ray and supra and subgingival scaling and polishing. Her love of the profession and enthusiasm for learning makes her a valuable and much-loved part of our family.
Lisa has been a veterinary technician for many years and still loves it just as much as she did when she first started. Lisa is happily married to her husband and they have a funny and outgoing son. She enjoys the summer and spending most of her time on the lake or time with her family. Lisa and her family have a Chihuahua named Tia, a Mutt named Trigger, and a pot belly pig named Kosher. YES, you read that correctly a pig! Having worked in a variety of capacities, Lisa has become of vital importance in managing our ever-changing inventory. A true tough New York Italian at heart, it kills her if she can’t get someone to take a cookie. Mangia!
Alec has been employed with MountainView Veterinary Hospital since July 2016. He graduated Morris Knolls High School in 2015 after he graduated he attended the Veterinary Assistant program at Morris County Vocational School. He has always had a love for animals and enjoys taking care of his Pomeranian, Harley. In his spare time, Alec enjoys watching hockey on TV and attending NJ devils games. Alec has a deep connection with our hospitalized patients and he a keen ability to identify the little things that make them feel at home.
Lauren graduated from Randolph High school in 2008. She began working in a veterinary hospital in her junior year of high school. She began working in the kennel then moved to customer service relations specialist and later became a veterinary technician. After she graduated high school she went to County College of Morris to become a police officer. Originally she thought she wanted to be a K9 Officer but, she realized that after working for the veterinary hospital that she liked helping the animals. Lauren loves to go horseback riding and loves spending time with her animals. She has three dogs 'Tator Tot', 'Nesquick', and “Luna”. She has 2 cats 'Camo' and 'Kitty Widdy', chickens and 2 ducks. Lauren’s organizational skills and ability to keep the hospital in check, even at moments of perceived chaos, is her forte. She is furthering her education by taking classes toward her degree in Veterinary Hospital Management.
In high school, Megan’s family dog became sick with canine influenza at a boarding facility. The facility closed down for a period of time, and the owner had enlisted the help of a veterinarian who would come and treat the sick pets there. Megan’s pet was one of the worst cases. After going to the facility so often for treatment, Megan decided that she wanted to work there, and began just before turning 17. Around 18, she became a manager and learned a lot about different dog breeds. Just before turning 21, Megan decided to go into the veterinary field to learn more. Her dream is to open a boarding facility one day and to be able to use the knowledge she has learned in the veterinary field to keep pets as safe as possible while their families are away.
Megan and her boyfriend, Damen, have pets of their own along with their two-year old son, Joseph. It's exciting to see her son exhibit the same love of animals. Currently, Megan’s next step in life is to leave behind the condo they rent, eventually own a home - and who knows - maybe someday own a boarding facility!
Justine graduated from Hopatcong H.S. in 2009 and pursued her passion for animals by working in an animal hospital for two years. Then she felt the need to provide assistance to less fortunate pets by working in shelter medicine for three and a half years. Eventually, Justine found MVH and made it her home. She is planning to further her education by earning her CVT (Certified Veterinary Technician) in the future. Justine cares for a menagerie of pets including her two dogs, Cohen and Nike, and her five cats, Rupert, Hobbes, Colby, Gizmo, and her one-eyed wonder Sundance.
Justine enjoys all outdoor activities, especially camping, hiking, and fishing, and participates in several women’s soccer and basketball leagues. She also loves going to the jersey shore and spending time at her father’s fishing nook at Sandy Hook National Recreation Area.
After high school, Alexis became interested in animal care, watching every Animal Cops episode she could. In 2007, she started work as a Kennel Attendant for 3 years before training as a Veterinary Technician and continuing the career for 9 more years! She has fostered and adopted too many kittens😂, small dogs, and various wildlife. Her household currently consists of my two 14-year old cats and a long term foster chihuahua. She thoroughly enjoys nature walks and taking photos of flowers, bugs, and wildlife. Whatever catches her eye!
Joey pursued her career in animal welfare after working in corporate America for many years. She has held positions as a certified dog groomer, board of directors Shelter VP, shelter manager, and vet tech/receptionist. Joey has been with her husband Jeff for over 25 years. They have a passion for rescuing “under dogs” and have always rescued pitbulls. They currently share their home with three pitbull mixes; Chevy (her favorite white dog), Maddie (who has a bowed back and walks on her elbow), and Sasha (a tri-pod). They also have a cat, Drax, who showed up on Christmas Eve and was never reclaimed. Joey’s motto is “opt to adopt,” spay and neuter,” and “bully breeds aren’t bad, their owners are!” In her spare time, she loves to cook, read Dean Koontz/Stephen King books, go to the beach, and volunteer at the local soup kitchen. Joey hopes that one day there will be no more “homeless” animals.
Melissa started working in the veterinary field in September of 2007 as a kennel assistant/receptionist. She always dreamed of having a job that involved working with animals. Growing up around all different types of pets, she not only wanted to be with them at home but at work as well. She takes acting classes in NYC in her spare time and hopes to branch out in that field. But she does like to get away from the city scene as well and go riding up in Sussex County with her horse Grace. She also has three dogs, three cats, and a Cinnamon Green Cheek Conure.
Her one kitty she rescued just last year. She was in the Bronx leaving a Yankee game and she saw a young black kitty across the street from the stadium. Melissa walked right up to her and the black cat ran towards her for some pets. She carefully picked her up and the cat was more than happy to get in the car with her. Covered in paint and bug bites, Melissa cleaned her up got her spayed and cured her of her cold. She is now living happily in her home and is named after Babe Ruth 'Ruthie'. Ruthie pays her rent by catching any fly that gets into the house, growing up in the Bronx has made her into a great hunter.
Our only current New York resident Melissa is a receptionist at our front desk and ready to give a warm welcome. Hey, you got a problem? Fuhgeddaboudit Melissa will take care of it
Kayla started her career as an assistant pet groomer in 2018 after completing grooming courses at a local college. She joined our staff as a Vet Assistant in May 2019 after completing a Vet Assistant training program and being certified through Medca (Medical Career Assessments). Kayla enjoys camping, 4-wheeling and biking. She also loves spending time with her dogs, Sophie and Duke. Kayla is currently completing prerequisite courses for a Vet Tech program.
Briana has had a strong passion for animals for as long as she can remember. She began her career in veterinary medicine, along with becoming a volunteer to local dog shelters, in 2013. She couldn’t ever imagine doing anything else and feels like she is meant to help and take care of animals in need.
Briana currently has 2 pitbulls named Nala and Groot, a toothless long haired chihuahua named Stella, a dachshund-yorkie mix named Gator, and also a bearded dragon named Viserion.
In her spare time she enjoys going to the beach in the summer, doing fun activities with her dogs, taking naps, and baking.
Briana is a huge advocate for pitbulls and rescuing/adopting shelter animals. Pitbulls and chihuahuas are her favorite breeds but she has an immense love for all animals in existence.
Christy was born and raised in Rockaway NJ, before leaving to attend college in New York at John Jay College and then moving onto Boston, Massachusetts to attend Northeastern for her master's degree. She has been working in the field as a veterinary technician for over 14 years, starting her career as a receptionist in NJ for two years and then working in various veterinary hospitals in the areas around Boston. She was also the head technician at a small practice in New Hampshire. Christy now lives with a little cat named Bridget and enjoys boating and gardening. Her well-rounded abilities are much appreciated by the MountainView family.
Barbara joined us in 2019 as our Marketing Director. She has many years of marketing experience and has worked in corporate, small business, and non-profit settings. She loves animals and has two very pampered rescue dogs, Susie and Lil. She also volunteers with Eleventh Hour Rescue, walking puppies at the Rockaway Mall.
Danielle has always had a passion for animals and loves taking care of them. She has been working with us since April 2011 as a kennel assistant and also works as a customer service specialist. Danielle is also a volunteer in the Rockaway Borough Fire department where she spends some of her free time between school and work. She is now attending County College of Morris working towards her Associates Degree in Restaurant and Hospitality Management.
Danielle was always told by her parents to never bring any animals home, but couldn’t help herself. So now she has two cats, Haley and Frankie, who were both adopted from Eleventh Hour Rescue. Danielle did a great job nursing these two very sickly—but now lively kitties—back to health.
Volunteering at the Rockaway Borough Fire Department allows Danielle to fuel her need to help people in addition to animals. She manages to fit all this between school and work and keeps a busy schedule. In the rest of her free time, she enjoys camping at Shady Acres in Pennsylvania with her family.
Payton loves animals, and has one Pit/Lab named Dunkin and one cat named Tom. She enjoys playing lacrosse, spending time with her animals, and being outside doing fun activities. She is currently a senior at Morris Hills High School and in the Magnet Program for Math and Science. She hope to one day work with exotic animals.
Kim is a graduate of Morris Knolls High School. She has been working at MountainView since 2015. She is currently a junior at Rowan University and is pursuing a degree in Biology, with minors in Spanish and Music. After she graduates, she hopes to go to veterinary school to follow in the footsteps of all the amazing doctors at MountainView!
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