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 almost 50 years and I can still remember that feeling of pure joy. I could not hide the tears when my team presented me with an original Larry Lion a few years ago. He holds a special place in my home and in my heart.
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. Together, we are working on a larger location to provide for expansion in Denville.
Abigail and Zoe. Our two little bookends are quite simply the greatest thing we’ve ever done in our lives. Abigail is working toward obtaining her BS in Animal Science at Auburn and hoping to earn her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine afterward. Zoe is enjoying her high school years and continues to energetically tackle the world through thoughtful and quick-witted debate.
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.
My dream is to continue to build a veterinary organization that continues to provide exceptional medicine while maintaining customized service. These days, it seems as more healthcare facilities incorporate, there is a loss of the human behind the pet. We never want to forget the clients who have entrusted us with their most precious family members.
American Veterinary Medical Association – Active Member
House of Delegates State of NJ – Alt
Political Action Committee
American Veterinary Medical Foundation
The Wetterberg Foundation
NJ Veterinary Medical Association – Active Member
Member American Association of Feline Practitioners
Member Association of Shelter Veterinarians
Member Veterinary Hospital Management Association
Veterinary Technician & Training Coordinator
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.
Shannon has worked at many different vet hospitals, including offices in both Washington state and Tennessee, as well as all around northern NJ. She finally feels like she has found her home here at MVH.
Shannon enjoys spending time outside, racing, and of course relaxing on her days off. She has 2 dogs at home, Charlie-The American Eagle (half Beagle / half American Eskimo Spitz) and her Whinnie-Pig, the ‘Notorious P.I.G.’ (half Jack Russell / half Chihuahua). She also has 3 cats, ‘Beans’, ‘Cupid’, and ‘Anna’, who enjoy catching bugs, lounging all day, and eating free food.
Shannon plans on furthering her career by adding CE credits and learning new skills to obtain new certifications.
Shannon has always strongly believed you have to really love what you do, and MVH makes that possible.
Customer Service Representative / Veterinary Assistant
Jessie started working recently at the hospital as an veterinary assistant and customer service representative. She enjoys learning all different aspects of the veterinary world. She loves dogs and cats of all kind. She has a terrier mix named Auggie and a cat named Jax. When she isn’t working she enjoys taking long walks and hikes with her dog and reading. She plans to further her education and work towards becoming a veterinary technician.
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 spends 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!
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 especially her very pampered rescue dog, Teddy. She also volunteers with Eleventh Hour Rescue.
Customer Service Representative
Jessica worked in the medical field from 2004 until she had her first son in 2009. She then took some time off and began working with animals in 2018, and joined the MountainView team in September of 2021. She lives in Sussex County with her two boys Cassius, 13, and Cameron, 7. She is a sports mom and in her free time she loves helping her kids get better at the sports they love and watching them play. When she’s not playing a sport she loves spending time on the lake with her family and going to the beach. She has always had dogs although currently don’t have any pets, as she lost her pit bull Annie a year ago. Working with animals daily makes Jessica feel like she has one again and helps fill that void until she gets a new dog. She is a people person and love helping clients and interacting with their pets. Seeing animals always puts a smile on her face.
Dr. Terri Schneider
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 her highly spoiled Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Sprite, who came from rescues due to medical issues, and Tucker, the other 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.
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Erica is a new assistant here at Mountainview. She is an honors high school student who runs track and field. She has a dog named Leo who is one year old. On her free time, she enjoys going on walks with her dog, baking, and going to the beach. She loves animals and hopes to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.
Customer Service Representative
JoAnne comes to us with an impressive background that’s tailor-made for the role she’s stepping into. With years under her belt navigating busy schedules, answering a bustling line of calls, and always placing customers at the forefront, JoAnne is poised to be an exemplary embodiment of our Care First approach.
Dr. Manohar Katara
Dr. Manohar Katara brings us an invaluable blend of over a decade of experience, knowledge, and heartfelt dedication to veterinary medicine. He began his career as a veterinary technician, and his passion for animal care inspired him to deepen his expertise at the prestigious St. George’s University in Grenada and The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, graduating as a highly respected Veterinary Doctor.
Renowned for his calming demeanor, Dr. Katara naturally inspires trust among clients, their cherished pets, and his peers. His unyielding determination for case resolution and commitment to pet care and veterinary excellence beautifully aligns with our core values, mirroring our dedication to doing the right thing and always putting care first.
Dr. Katara brings extensive expertise to our MountainView team, including Dental and Oral surgery and the practice of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). As a USDA-accredited veterinarian, he further expands our ability to meet our client’s needs, including offering export exams and certificates for international pet travel.
Outside his professional life, Dr. Katara values a rich balance of outdoor activities, playing drums, practicing martial arts, and sharing quality moments with his own pets and family. This harmonious approach to work and life echoes our shared belief in the importance of balance and well-being at MountainView.
Customer Service Representative
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.
Lisa recently started working at the hospital as a Veterinary Assistant after retiring as a Sergeant with the Madison Police Department. Lisa has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the College of St. Elizabeth and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Kean University. She recently completed the Veterinary Assistant program at the Morris County School of Technology in Denville.
Lisa is the proud wife of a Police Sergeant and the mother of two sons. Lisa and her family have a Chocolate Labrador named Archie and a mixed breed dog named Miles.
Lisa enjoys hiking with her dogs, baking and spending time with her family.
She has plans to continue her education and work toward becoming a veterinary technician.
Veterinary Assistant Team Leader
Abrille worked for MountainView as an assistant in high school and through college breaks. After graduating from Christopher Newport University with a bachelor’s degree in biology, she went to explore other opportunities. She was able move up and gain some management skills from another employer, and then returned to MountainView, where she is now working as Team Lead of the assistants. Abrille is very excited to take on this new role and help the assistants gain all the knowledge they can! Abrille and her boyfriend currently have a hospice Frenchie, Dinah aka Stinky. They are now crazy dog parents! In her spare time you can catch her hanging out with her boyfriend Mike, and of course their “fospice” Stinky, family & friends… or just laying on the couch binge watching something on Netflix (with Stinky of course)!