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.
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.
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. Ottoson was born and raised in central NJ. After obtaining his B.S. in Biochemistry from Cook College at Rutgers University, Dr. O was briefly employed in the pharmaceutical industry prior to finding his life-long career in veterinary medicine in 2006. Immediately on graduation from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. O began the journey to achieve board certification in surgery by completing a rotating internship at Oradell Animal Hospital, followed by a surgical internship at Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists in MD.
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.
Celena has been working at Mountainview since 2013. She enjoys working with pets and has a special touch when caring for them. If you are having a bad day you can always count on her to make you smile or laugh. Celena has a Lhasa Apso named Gonzo who may be responsible for the perpetual smile on her face. She likes to go hiking with her dog and hanging out with friends and family. Celena is currently in the process of getting into the Navy. We will be sad to see her go, but couldn’t recommend a more competent or caring individual to serve our country.
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.
Joey pursued her career in animal welfare after working in corporate America for many years. She has held positions 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.
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.
Christy joined the staff at MountainView this past year after recently returning to the Rockaway area. She 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. For the past 6 years, she was 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.
Kim is a graduate of Morris Knolls High School. She has been working at MountianView 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 MountianView!