Meet our Doctors

Practice Owners

Dr.Olson
Dr. Robert Olson DVM
Primary Location: Middletown Office
Veterinary School: Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
Medical Special Interest: Surgery, General Medicine

Personal Interests and Bio: Dr. Olson considers himself fortunate to have worked side by side with the late Dr. Pieper for many years, initially as a young veterinary assistant at the age of 17, and then later as an associate veterinarian. Dr. Olson often jokes “this is the only job I ever had”. Not only did Dr. Olson benefit from Dr. Pieper’s vast animal experience and wisdom throughout all those years, but he also learned Dr. Pieper’s strong work ethic and sense of client service.

 
Dr.Nunez
Dr. Virginia Nunez DVM
Primary Location: Middletown Office
Veterinary School: Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
Medical Special Interest: Small Animal Internal Medicine

Personal Interests and Bio: Dr. Virginia Nunez attended the University of Connecticut as an Animal Science major in 1976, and received her DVM degree from the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. After graduation she was employed at Ridgehill Veterinary Hospital in North Haven, and joined Dr. Pieper as an associate veterinarian in 1982. She oversees the management of CVVA, and welcomes any questions or concerns about the practice and its services.

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Middletown | Marlborough | East Haddam | Essex

Our Doctors

MIDDLETOWN

Dr.Reagan
Dr. Thomas Reagan DVM
Primary Location: Middletown Office
Veterinary School: Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (1993)
Medical Special Interest: Internal Medicine/Ultrasound/Exotics (ferrets, rabbits, small rodents, and certain reptiles)

Personal Interests and Bio:
Dr. Thomas Reagan graduated from Fairfield University with a BS in Biology in 1988. Following graduation, he began a PhD program at the University of Connecticut in Cell Biology before being accepted to veterinary school at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated in 1993 and immediately accepted his first job at Pieper-Olson Veterinary Hospital. He has, at different times, worked at all of the Connecticut Valley Veterinary Associates offices, but now is primarily at the Pieper-Olson office in Middletown, and occasionally at the East Haddam and Essex offices. He is very excited to see all of the progress that has occurred as the years have gone on. He has special interests in internal medicine, ultrasound, and exotic animals, especially ferrets, rabbits, small rodents, and certain reptiles. He lives in Middletown with his wife and three children.

 
Dr. Mark Albin DVM
Primary Location: Middletown Office
Veterinary School: Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine (1994)
Medical Special Interest: Small Mammal Medicine (rabbits/guinea pigs)/Ultrasounds/Internal Medicine

Personal Interests and Bio:

Mark Albin, DVM is a 1994 graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, which he attended after receiving a B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University in 1990. After completing a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery in Rochester, NY, Dr. Albin came to Connecticut and has been an associate veterinarian at Pieper-Olson Veterinary Hospital since 1995. While he enjoys all aspects of general practice, Dr. Albin has specific interests in ultrasound, internal medicine, preventative health and small mammals such as rabbits and guinea pigs.  He is also a member of the three doctor team that provides on call support for emergency surgery at the Pieper Memorial Veterinary Center.

Dr. Albin has been on the advisory committee to the Fox Memorial Clinic of the Connecticut Humane Society and presently is on the advisory and curriculum committees for the Veterinary Assistant program at Middlesex Community College. Dr. Albin is the Middlesex county representative to the executive board of the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association, and is also a member of the AVMA and the Hartford County VMA. Dr. Albin is also a member of the Durham Animal Response Team. He lives in Durham with his kids and numerous pets.

Dr.Fayette
Dr. Amy Fayette DVM
Primary Location: Middletown Office
Veterinary School: Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (2007)
Medical Special Interest: Parasites & Teaching

Personal Interests and Bio:

Dr. Amy Fayette attended the University of Massachusetts as an Animal Science Major, graduating in 2003. She then attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine until 2007. After graduating she started as an associate veterinarian at the Middletown office of CVVA, where she practices general and emergency medicine and has special interests in parasites and teaching. She lives in Middletown, CT with her two cats that she acquired while living in the Caribbean. In her free time she enjoys watching movies, traveling and playing with all the latest tech gadgets.

 

Dr. Kristen Fratamico DVM
Primary Location: Middletown Office
Veterinary School: Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (2007)
Medical Special Interest: Emergency and Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Nutrition for the Critical Patient, Transfusion Medicine, and Diagnostic Imaging

Personal Interests and Bio:

Dr. Fratamico is originally from Upstate NY and grew up just outside of Ithaca. Dr. Fratamico has always been interested in the veterinary profession and began her career working with a small animal veterinarian at the age of 15. She graduated from SUNY Delhi with a degree in Veterinary Technology and became licensed as a LVT. She continued her education at Cornell University for her Bachelors of Science in Animal Science. Dr. Fratamico worked as a LVT in Cornell University’s small animal ICU and also worked as a research animal technician prior to deciding to go to veterinary school.

Dr. Fratamico was accepted to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2007.  She completed her clinical year at the University of Minnesota.  After graduation, Dr. Fratamico began teaching Anatomy and Physiology to veterinary technicians. She then spent one year as an associate veterinarian at Banfield in general practice.   She also coupled this time working for the Pet Poison Helpline in Minneapolis, MN where she received training in veterinary toxicology.

In 2008, Dr. Fratamico relocated to Rochester, NY where she completed a one year small animal medicine and surgical internship prior to her current position at Pieper-Olson Veterinary Hospital and Pieper Memorial Veterinary Center.

Dr. Fratamico has a wide variety of interests in veterinary medicine including emergency and critical care, internal medicine, and nutrition for the critical patient, transfusion medicine, and diagnostic imaging. Dr. Fratamico also has a strong interest in education and teaching within the veterinary profession.

The opportunities at Pieper-Olson Veterinary Hospital have allowed Dr. Fratamico to become very proficient in both general practice and emergency medicine. Dr. Fratamico has also given a CE seminar on Blood products and transfusion medicine to the Pieper-Olson/Pieper Memorial staff.

Outside of work, Dr. Fratamico and her husband Nick have taken on renovating a full rehab home in CT. They also enjoy many outdoor activities (hiking, Kayaking, BBQs), traveling and spending time with family, their new daughter Hannah, and their three dogs.

 

Dr.Zeveny
Dr. Catherine Zeveney DVM
Primary Location: Middletown & Marlborough Offices
Veterinary School: Tufts University
Medical Special Interest: Internal Medicine & Allergic Skin Disease

Personal Interests and Bio:

Dr. Catherine Zeveney received her undergraduate degree from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania in 1987. She is a 1991 graduate of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Dr. Zeveney has been a member of the veterinary staff of CVVA since 1991 and practices in both our Middletown and Marlborough locations. Her special interests include internal medicine and allergic skin disease. She lives in East Hampton, CT with her husband, two daughters, Australian Shepard and 2 cats.

 

Dr.Hulsespo
 Dr. Michelle Hulse DVM
Primary Location: Middletown Office
Veterinary School: Cornell University (1994)
Medical Special Interest: Surgery

Personal Interests and Bio:

Dr. Hulse started with the CVVA family in 2012 as a general surgeon. She grew up in Long Island New York where every sick or injured creature showed up on her doorstep as a child. She decided that she better learn how to fix them, and so began her career as a veterinarian! Dr. Hulse attended Cornell University and obtained her BS in Animal Science and shortly after in 1994 achieved her goal of becoming a veterinarian.  She started as a mixed animal practitioner and gradually moved into the field of small animals. Dr. Hulse then moved into the position of general surgeon at our Middletown office of Pieper-Olson Veterinary Hospital.  She is an active member of DART (Durham Animal Response Team), a member of the AVMA and is also a part of numerous driving clubs around CT. She also opened the doors to her own small low cost spay/neuter facility called “Spay it forward.” It is a low cost clinic where feral cats and strays are taken to be neutered/ spayed at little cost.

Dr. Hulse enjoys traveling visiting with her family and cooking! She also enjoys participating in carriage driving competitions with her welsh pony Chloe as well as in pleasure shows! Dr. Hulse enjoys cuddling with her cats Munchie, Paulie and Black Kitty and it’s impossible to forget her two goats Liam and Finn!

Dr.March
Dr. Benjamin March DVM

Primary Location: Middletown Office
Veterinary School: Cornell University
Medical Special Interest: Preventative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Emergency Medicine

Personal Interests and Bio:
Dr. March graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut in with majors in Animal Science and Pathobiology. While at the University of Connecticut, Dr. March also obtained a minor in Molecular and Cell Biology and pursued research in microbiology with a focus on food safety and aquaculture pathogens. After his undergraduate work, Dr. March pursued his veterinary degree at Cornell University. While at Cornell, Dr. March was the recipient of the Frank Bloom Pathology Award, the Veterinary Cancer Society Award for Proficiency in Clinical Oncology, the Westminster Kennel Foundation Scholarship, and the Tracy French Clinical Pathology Award. Prior to working for Connecticut Valley Veterinary Associates, Dr. March worked as an associate veterinarian for BluePearl Veterinary Partners, a large specialty and emergency hospital located in New York City.

Dr. March was originally born in Danbury and currently lives in Middletown with his two cats. Deeply committed to the human-animal bond, Dr. March looks forward to treating your pets as he would his own.

MARLBOROUGH

Dr.Border
Dr. Jean DeNapoli DVM
Primary Location: Marlborough Office
Veterinary School: Tufts University
Medical Special Interest: Animal Behavior

Personal Interests and Bio:
Dr. Jean DeNapoli completed her DVM degree at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.  After a short time in private practice, she returned to Tufts to complete a Residency in Animal Behavior.  She was fortunate to work with Nicholas Dodman BVMS, Dipl. ACVA, Dipl ACVB and benefited from cutting edge behavioral medicine and research being practiced there.  In addition, she has augmented her formal education by working with some of the top dog trainers in obedience, agility and herding and competing successfully at the highest levels.  Dr. DeNapoli practices general veterinary medicine at the Marlborough office and her experience has made her skilled in sorting through the frequently complicated combinations of medical and behavioral conditions.  Clients appreciate her listening and communication skills and her patients appreciate the understanding and her approach based in positive reinforcement.

 
Dr.Pawlwski
Dr. Kristel Pawlowski DVM
Primary Location: Marlborough & East Haddam Offices
Veterinary School: University of Minnesota (2007)

Personal Interests and Bio:
Dr. Kristel Pawlowski grew up in Guilderland, NY and received her B.S. in biology in 2003 from SUNY Albany. She attended veterinary school at The University of Minnesota and received a DVM degree in 2007. Looking to move back to the east coast after graduation Dr Pawlowski ended up in Connecticut, working at a different small animal hospital for a short while before finding her place with Connecticut Valley Veterinary Associates in 2009. Dr. Pawlowski splits her time between the Marlborough and East Haddam offices enjoying the variety of cases she sees between the two locations. Dr. Pawlowski and her husband-to-be live in Manchester, CT with their dog Ellie-May and two cats – Simon and Millie.

 
Dr. Catherine Zeveney DVM
(Her bio is under the Middletown Doctor section as she splits her time between both locations.)

 

EAST HADDAM

Dr.Mclean
Dr. Lance McLean DVM
Primary Location: East Haddam Office
Veterinary School: University of Prince Edward Island Atlantic Veterinary College (1999)
Medical Special Interest: Orthopedic Surgery

Personal Interests and Bio:
Dr. Lance McLean is a 1999 graduate of the University of Prince Edward Island Atlantic Veterinary College. He completed a one year small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Saskatchewan Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000 and then remained there as a Clinical Associate in Small Animal Surgery until June 2001.

Dr. McLean joined the Connecticut Valley Veterinary Associates in October 2001 as a general practitioner at the East Haddam Veterinary Clinic. Dr. McLean has a special interest in surgery, particularly orthopedics, and performs surgical procedures once weekly at the Pieper Olson Middletown Veterinary Hospital. He is also a member of the three doctor on call support team for emergency surgery at the Pieper Memorial Veterinary Center.

Dr. McLean is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, The American Association of Feline Practicioners and the Hartford County Veterinary Medical Association.

Outside of his professional life, Dr. McLean enjoys antique and classic cars, is a reasonably skilled back yard mechanic and is a loyal/avid fan of the NFL’s New England Patriots. He lives in Moodus, CT with his wife Lenore, children Grace and Owen, their pug Rosie and cat Sayid.

 
Please also see Dr. Kristel Pawlowski DVM
(Her bio is under the Marlborough Doctor section as she splits her time between both locations.)

ESSEX

Dr.Brienza
Dr. Cheryl Brienza DVM
Primary Location: Essex Office
Veterinary School: Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine (2000)
Medical Special Interest: Internal Medicine & Opthalmology

Personal Interests and Bio:
Dr. Cheryl Brienza received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological and Physical Sciences from Albertus Magnus College, in New Haven CT, in 1995. After working as a technician in 1995 she found her love of veterinary medicine and pursued it. She graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. She then began working with Connecticut Valley Veterinary Associates in June of 2004 at the Pieper-Olson Middletown Veterinary Hospital. She now practices at Essex Veterinary Hospital. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association, Hartford County Veterinary Medical Association, New Haven County Veterinary Medical Association and American Association of Feline Practitioners. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her daughter Johanna and husband Chip.

Dr. Kristin Williams DVM
Primary Location: Essex Office
Veterinary School: Tufts University

Personal Interests and Bio:
Dr. Kristin Williams worked at the Essex Veterinary Clinic from the time it started until she went to vet school in 2004. Prior to entering the veterinary profession, she graduated from Dartmouth college in 1996 with a double major in economics and sociology. However, after a few years working with the bulls and bears in the finance world, she decided to pursue her love of animals as a full-time job. She finally graduated from Tufts Vet School in 2008 and worked in rural northern Maine for a few years, running around the countryside taking care of all species of animals in the spirit of James Herriot. She then moved out to western NY for five years, so that her husband and fellow veterinarian could pursue his love of large animal medicine on the vast dairy farms of that region. She decided to return to her roots in CT at the Essex Veterinary Hospital in 2015, and has been so excited to be reunited with the wonderful clients and staff that she works with every day. In her spare time she cares for 4 cats, 3 dogs, 2 horses and 2 Brown Swiss steer named John & Henry!