Meet Our Staff

The friendly, professional staff at Boston Veterinary Care is made up of dedicated individuals who have made it their mission to help pets live long, healthy lives and giving back to animals in need.

To learn more about our extraordinary team, explore our staff biographies. You’ll see why Boston Veterinary Care is the best choice for your pet’s health care needs.

Veterinarians


Dr. Nicole Breda
Dr. Nicole Breda – Lead Veterinarian

Dr. Nicole Breda is a graduate of the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada, where she was awarded the Hill’s Buddy Award for exemplary patient care. She has been working in general practice and in non-profit since graduating in 2010. She has special interests in pain management, surgery and community outreach. When she isn’t working she enjoys spending her time traveling or relaxing at home on the south shore with her husband, her boy/girl twins and her two boxers Stella and Brando.


Dr. Rashel Shophet-Ratner
Dr. Rashel Shophet-Ratner

Dr. Rashel Shophet-Ratner, DVM, practices general veterinary medicine and surgery. She graduated from Tehran University Iran in 1975 with high honors and was a veterinarian with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Tehran from 1975 to 1976. Dr. Shophet-Ratner was awarded a scholarship through New Zealand’s Ministry of Science and received a Master of Philosophy degree from Massey University, New Zealand, in 1979. Her research topic was entitled “Feline Leptospirosis with Emphasis in Leptospira Ballum” and was published in two veterinary medical journals. Dr. Shophet-Ratner was also affiliated with the Isan Center at Ben Gurion University, Israel, and co-wrote an award-winning article entitled “Nocardia in a Dog’s Lymph Node.” From 1981 to 1986, she was affiliated with Tufts University working with laboratory and research animals at the New England Medical Center and the Human Nutrition Research Center. From 1986 to the present, Dr. Shophet-Ratner has practiced general veterinary medicine at Boston Veterinary Care.


Dr.Newlin
Dr. Christine ‘Kajsa’ Newlin

Dr. Christina Kajsa Newlin is a graduate of Yale University and Tufts Veterinary School (now the Cummings Veterinary School at Tufts University).  She has been practicing general medicine and surgery at the ARL since 1998.

In 2001 she completed the IVAS Veterinary Acupuncture Course which integrates a balanced background of the fundamentals of the scientific basis and application of acupuncture, as well as a background in the fundamentals and applications of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Her other special interests include surgery and pain management. When not working, she enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with her family.

 

Veterinary Support


Victor
 Victor Vigo, Lead Technician

Originally from Puerto Rico, Victor attended the University of Puerto Rico where he graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in General Science. He continued his studies in Medicine at the Universidad Central del Caribe and transferred to the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Ureña where he obtained with honors the degree of Doctor in Veterinary Medicine. In 2005, he started working as an associate of veterinary medicine in a small animal general practice in Puerto Rico. In 2011, Victor moved to Massachusetts and started working as a veterinary technician at a specialty and emergency hospital. In 2013, he started working in Boston Veterinary Care.


Stephanie
Stephanie Clark, CVT

Stephanie has been interested in working for the benefit of animals for most of her life. She graduated from SUNY Canton with an A.A.S in Veterinary Technology in 2012.  She passed her certification boards in August 2012 and has been working as a Certified Veterinary Technician ever since. Stephanie has been working at veterinary hospitals since 2010 and began working at the Animal Rescue League in January 2014. Stephanie has attended multiple seminars and classes about animal health and she hopes to continue learning more. She lives at home with a dove, a rabbit, and 2 dogs!


Sue Miller
Sue Miller, CVT

Sue graduated from Suffolk University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She began working for the ARL as an animal care attendant in 2000. She then took a veterinary technician position on the ARL Spay Waggin’ in 2001 and became lead shelter technician in 2003. With her work experience and bachelor’s degree, she became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2004. Over the past decade, Sue has worked in the surgery and anesthesia department at Angell Animal Medical Center, the emergency department at a referral hospital in NH, and general medicine at some local veterinary practices. She rejoined ARL at Boston Veterinary Care in 2013. Additionally, Sue volunteers her time for the ARL Fix-a-Feral program and fosters sick or injured animals for our shelter. When not working, Sue spends her time with her husband, daughter, and two lazy cats.


 Sue
Sue Tortolani, CVT

Sue had been volunteering at her local animal shelter for eight years before she made the decision to go back to school to become a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2011. Sue joined the BVC team in December of 2016 and is passionate about shelter animals, she hopes to be an advocate for those who need one.

When she isn’t at work, Sue is usually found cultivating her other skills, including karaoke, pinball, and trivia.  She lives with her two feline loves, Gibson and Miles.


Emily
Emily Ograbisz, Veterinary Technician

Emily graduated with high honors from Clark University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. She began working at an animal hospital as a kennel technician and moved up to the veterinary technician position in 2006. Since 2012, she has volunteered at Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic in Worcester. Emily joined the Animal Rescue league in June 2014 and is working on earning her veterinary technician license.


Kayla
Kayla Harris, Veterinary Technician

Kayla graduated from UMass, Amherst in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Veterinary Studies. While at UMass, she interned at Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, volunteered in Peru on a study of alpacas and llamas, and held numerous other volunteer and part-time positions relating to animal care. Upon graduating from UMass, Kayla was a veterinary technician at Lexington Veterinary Associates, where she worked for two years. Kayla is a welcome addition to the BVC Team!


Mackenzie Scott
Mackenzie Scott, Veterinary Technician

Mackenzie graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Biology. While in high school, Mackenzie worked at her family’s veterinary practice as both a receptionist and a veterinary technician, and continued her employment there during her college years. Also while in college, she was Vice President of an outreach program in the Dominican Republic and studied sea turtles in Costa Rica.

 

Administration


Beverly
Beverly Hardcastle, Practice Administrator

Beverly’s former work with horses lead her to The Animal Rescue League of Boston, where she began working as a cruelty investigator with the League’s Law Enforcement Department in 1993. From there, she moved to ARL’s Salem shelter, where she held the position of Assistant Shelter Manager for eight years. In 2003, Beverly transitioned to what is now known as Boston Veterinary Care, where Beverly is responsible for all administrative aspects of the practice. When not at work, Beverly enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and their 18-year-old cat, Caesar.

Karissa
Karissa Gualtieri, Client Liaison

Karissa graduated from Salem State University with a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts and a Minor in Business Administration. While at Salem State, she volunteered with the North Shore Community Development Coalition & Point Neighborhood Association, both organizations that work with underserved populations on the North Shore. She has a strong background in customer service including in retail and at a community recreation center.Karissa has four pets at home: 2 dogs & 2 cats. Her love of animals combined with her enthusiasm, education and experience make her a welcome addition to the BVC team!

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