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Meet the friendly staff at Animal Wellness Veterinary Center!

  • Dr.
    Janette Alvarez
    Owner, Veterinarian
    Dr. Alvarez graduated from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. She has professional interests in internal medicine, geriatric care, complementary therapies, nutrition, behavioral medicine, and preventative care. Dr. Alvarez enjoys family life with her husband Frank and their three children Noah, Colby, and Jada, as well as the family dogs Tiger, Cleo, Bree, and Ellie, and cat Olivia. She also enjoys reading, writing, gardening, and hiking.
  • Geraldine Monahan
    Client Services Coordinator
    Gerry comes to Animal Wellness after a 35 year career in education, working with children with learning disabilities. She is excited about the opportunity to work with animals as a second career. Gerry is “mom” to her two cats, Gene and Kelly. In her free time, Gerry enjoys reading, traveling, walking, and the arts.
  • Julia Weatherseed
    Veterinary Team Assistant/Client Services Coordinator

    Julia comes to Animal Wellness with a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of New Haven. After graduating in 2005 Julia has held a variety of different roles in the workplace including positions in marketing and production as well as caring for dogs in the training program at Guiding Eyes for the Blind and assisting in their veterinary hospital. She has also worked as a dog trainer at PetSmart and in animal socialization as a volunteer with the Connecticut Humane Society. In her spare time Julia enjoys photography, traveling, watching nature documentaries and playing with her family’s dog, Molly.

  • Jenn Paktinat
    Veterinary Assistant

    Currently enrolled in a Bachlelor's degree program for Veterinary Technology, she enjoys earning the trust of every patient and pet parent who walk through our doors. During downtime, Jenn loves spending time with her three awesome dogs, Daphne, Murphy and Armand and her poor, out-numbered cat, Marmalade!

  • Jody Phillips
    Medical Records Manager /Office Manager

    Jody graduated from Rutger's University with a B.A. In English Literature and a concentration in Creative Writing. Ready for a change fueled by her love of animals, Jody joined our team, and may be recognized by many of you from her previous job at Grieb's Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician, as well as customer service liaison, and assistant store manager. As a member of a large family, she grew up surrounded by all sorts of fur babies (some not so furry), but currently is tolerated by two cats - Kili and Brigette. When not acting as an unofficial treat giver, Jody enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.

  • Monica Harrington
    Veterinary Team Assistant

    She earned her B.S from the University of Connecticut in Animal Science. Monica has worked with a wide variety of animals at the CT Humane Society, Wildlife in Crisis, and the Beardsley Zoo. We know her innate way with animals and her previous experience with sensitive creatures will make her an asset for all the animals we treat. At home she has a beagle, named Brandy, and a cat, Trixie. When Monica is not with animals, she teaches zumba and loves performing in musical theater!

  • Warner Forbes
    Maintenance Facilitator
    Warner is a true animal lover at the core, and enjoyed a previous career in forestry. Warner does not currently share his home with any pets, but we hope to change that soon.

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