Veterinarian/Owner

Rakesh Vali

Dr. Vali was born in India and raised in Connecticut. He received his DVM from Ross University and did his clinical work at the University of Illinois. His journey began at Mt. Pleasant Hospital for Animals in 2003 working alongside Dr. Brian Silverlieb as an associate.

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Veterinarian

Dr. Barbara Mangold, DVM

Dr. Mangold graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. She attended the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine where she was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.

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Veterinarian

Dr. Katelyn Bakewell DVM

Dr. Bakewell joined our team in 2014 as an associate. She graduated veterinary medicine from The Ohio State University. She was raised in New Milford with her mother, father, and younger brother.

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Veterinarian

Dr. Nadia Raver, DVM

Dr. Nadja Raver joins us from Mamaroneck Veterinary Hospital where she has worked for the last 14 years. She has a B.S. In Biology from Brandeis University and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Veterinarian

Dr. Cary Brenner, DVM

Dr. Brenner graduated from from Iowa State University in 1982. Since 1983, Dr. Brenner has been practicing veterinary medicine in Connecticut, where he developed an interest in diagnostic ultrasound.

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Manager

Nina Seturins

Nina was hired in 2007 as receptionist and office manager for Mt. Pleasant Hospital. She is a graduate of Norwalk Community College.

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Customer Care Associate

Angelina (Angie) Ruggiero

Angelina joined the Mt. Pleasant team in 2020. She went to school at Newtown High and also completed her Fire Tech & Admin at Naugatuck Valley Community College.

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Lead Technician/Groomer

Mary Simpson

Mary is the senior member of our team, having been with Mt. Pleasant Hospital for 10 years. She received her training under the guidance of the hospital founder, Brian Silverlieb, VMD and now acts as our head technician.

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Veterinary Technician

Kristen Gregory

Kristen started with us in December 2015. She has 10 years experience in the veterinary field. Graduated from Sacred Heart University with her biology major and her bachelor of science degree.

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Veternary Technician

Kayla Lewis

Kayla joined our Mt. Pleasant team in 2019. Kayla has her associates degree in equine business management and therapeutic horsemanship.

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Veterinary Technician

Janet Palmer

Janet is our veterinary technician who has been with Mt. Pleasant since 2011. She graduated from the University of Maine at Orono and is a licensed technician in the states of New York and Connecticut.

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Veterinary Technician

Claire Decker

Claire interned with us during her junior year of high school and became a technician assistant in her senior year. After her freshman year of college she made the choice to devote all her attention on her academic career.

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