Our Skillful, Compassionate Veterinary Staff

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Our veterinary staff are instrumental to the success of our hospital. Each member contributes a unique set of skills to keep the hospital humming so that you and your pet receive the very best care when you’re with us. Meet our technicians, assistants, administrators and more, and set up an appointment soon to meet them in person!

Administration & Customer Service Specialists

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Barbara Sierra, Practice Manager

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Barbara has been a part of the Park Ridge Animal Hospital since 2012. She has over 30 years' experience in the veterinary field.  In her role with us, she has filled almost every role from technician, customer service, assistant manager, and now practice manager.  She believes in the values Park Ridge has taught her and hopes to continue pushing for Park Ridge's mission statement of progressive medicine done with heartfelt care.

In her spare time, Barbara enjoys DIY projects, music, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her partner, three sons, and two cats Biggie/Smalls.

Trish, Customer Service Specialist

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Trish started working at PRAH in March 2013. Her professional background includes many years as a legal assistant, and she has a B.S. from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.

She lives in Newark with her husband, Jimmy, and their small menagerie including three rescue dogs, Felix, Lady, and Luna; two cats, Mr. T and JJ; and a bird named Hank. Trisha is a board member of the Newark Community Healthy Pet Clinic, which provides routine veterinary care to families in need in Newark. She is also a long-time volunteer at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center.

Veterinary Staff in Park Ridge: Trish Paultz
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Shannon, Customer Service Specialist

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Shannon began working at Park Ridge Animal Hospital in June 2019.  Previously she worked at another veterinary hospital as both a technician and a customer service representative for 6 years.  In addition to being a customer service representative, Shannon is a social media and marketing assistant at PRAH.  She attended Montclair State University and has her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  She has a love for the outdoors and spends her free time hiking, dirt bike riding and traveling.  She is the proud mom of a beautiful baby girl and four rescue cats Marley, Sabrina, Tabby and Khalessi.

Brittany, Customer Service Specialist

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Brittany has been with us for the last year and comes to us with her experience as a surgery coordinator from a Specialty Hospital in New York.  She is from New York where she lives with her two yorkie loves Bella and Louie. Her girlfriend and her enjoy vacationing abroad, wineries, knitting, car shows and hope to add some more yorkies to their happy home some day .

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Technicians and Assistants

Veterinary Staff in Park Ridge: Erica Oppenheim

Erica, Veterinary Technician

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Erica joined us in 2011. She graduated from Mercy College majoring in veterinary technology and also has a business degree. Her previous work experience includes critical care at a local emergency animal hospital.

Erica lives in Rockland County with her family including two rescued cats and a dog named Mimi.

Nancy, Veterinary Technician

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Nancy has been working at Park Ridge Animal Hospital since April 2000. In addition to being a highly-qualified veterinary technician, Nancy is in charge of our inventory and ordering. She attended Lake Erie College where she double-majored in biology and equine studies. Afterward, she also attended the Morven Park International Equestrian Institute.

Nancy lives in Park Ridge and has two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels named Gibbs and Ducky. She also has birds, donkeys, and a horse. Additionally, Nancy has been breeding and showing Labradors for many years in her free time.

Veterinary Staff in Park Ridge: Nancy Stillman
Veterinary Staff in Park Ridge: Laura Fischetti

Laura, Veterinary Technician

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Laura started working with us in February 2016, yet her career as a veterinary technician began in 2011. Laura graduated Summa Cum Laude from Roger William University with a Bachelor of Science in marine biology and a Bachelor of Arts in environmental chemistry. After college, Laura worked for four years at Six Flags Great Adventure as a Senior Animal Trainer. There, she cared for a variety of exotic animals including reptiles, birds, monkeys, dolphins, sea lions, and more! As you might expect, Laura is also scuba-certified.

In her spare time, she enjoys being with friends and family, watching movies, and visiting zoos and aquariums.

Sam, Veterinary Technician

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Sam is originally from South Jersey but is now a resident of Upper Saddle River. She is new to the practice, but it seems like she has been here for years. Her enthusiasm, empathy and love for our patients go without measure. She lives in USR with her husband Charlie and their dogs, Oakland, Penelope, Jett and cats Fiona, Birdie, and Marley. She enjoys volunteer work, food, holidays and experimenting with new restaurants in the neighborhood.

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Jesse, Veterinary Technician

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Jesse has been with us for the last year and has dealt well-being the minority sex here at Park Ridge. He comes to us from West Milford, New Jersey and has been a CVT for 6 years. He is our official doodle connoisseur and one day hopes to have a bunch. He enjoys heavy metal music, hiking, time with family and especially his gecko, Pretty Princess Penny.

Michele, Veterinary Technician

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Michele is new to our practice and is originally from North Carolina. She is currently living in close by Dumont and has been in the veterinary field for 15 years. She has two dogs Jax Daniels and Sage and her cat Yankee. She enjoys fishing, beach life and food.

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Andrew, Veterinary Technician

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Andrew, a resident of North Jersey, has been in the veterinary field for four years as both a technician and receptionist. He is a graduate of Stockton University majoring in biology and is pursuing veterinary school in the near future. He is a proud cat dad of five, yes five kitties and two bunnies! In his spare time, he likes to travel, do photography, and be active.

Erin, Veterinary Technician

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Erin is one of our surgery technicians and is from North Jersey. She has been an LVT for 10 years and is in school currently for cardiovascular sonography. You may not see her in rooms too much since we keep her busy in the back with surgery.  She enjoys beach life, the great outdoors, hiking, and gardening. She is the proud cat mom of her three-legged kitty , Pee-wee.

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