The Crown Veterinary Specialists team of board-certified experts and skilled veterinarians welcomes you to our practice. It is our privilege to provide the highest quality veterinary care available for your cherished pet in a compassionate environment.

Our board-certified specialists have received extensive post-graduate and residency training and regularly participate in continuing education to keep current on the latest advances within their respective specialties.

Meet our Team:

Surgery:

Wendy E. Ross, DVM, DACVS

Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Ross grew up loving animals and had her sights set on becoming a veterinarian by the time she was five years old. She received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her veterinary degree from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. She completed her residency at the University of Tennessee and attained board-certified Diplomate status in veterinary surgery in 1996. She is a native of New Jersey who graduated from Montclair High School in 1978. Dr. Ross is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association and Metropolitan New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Ross has completed many continuing education courses to offer your pets the best care possible. She has been a guest speaker for the Biomedical Careers Summer Program at Montclair State University, participated in the Mentorship program and Career Day at the Sojourner Truth Middle School, and was a guest speaker on News 12’s “Pet Stop” program. Her publications include: “Evaluation of an Omental Pedicle Extension Technique,” Veterinary Surgery.


Anjilla J. Cooley, DVM, MS

Dr. Cooley is a 1992 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Cooley completed an internship at the University of Missouri of Columbia, and her surgical residency and Masters degree at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. A native of the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area, she is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Cooley has taught principles in asepsia, anesthesia, and abdominal surgery to junior and senior veterinary students at Cornell University for 3 years. She has done extensive research in canine urethral healing after trauma. Her areas of interest include: urogenital surgery and head and neck surgery.


Oncology:

M. J. Hamilton, DVM, DACVIM (ONCO)

Dr. Hamilton is a skilled medical oncologist dedicated to helping advance the field of veterinary oncology with novel treatment options and personalized care for his patients. He is a firm believer that cancer in small animals is treatable and not necessarily a terminal diagnosis. Dr. Hamilton manages patients through their cancer journey, from the moment the cancer is detected through treatment and post-treatment monitoring.

Avidly engaged in research, Dr. Hamilton has conducted studies on lymphoma in the Dogue de Bordeaux breed, reducing stress levels in dogs and, more recently, investigating owner concerns and doctor responsiveness with regard to pets undergoing chemotherapy. He is the recipient of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health “Alternatives in Animal Testing” award and was honored with a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation “Frontiers in Veterinary Medicine” summer fellowship grant. He remains actively engaged in the community and serves on the Board of Directors for Pawstrong Animal Cancer Foundation, participates in several professional societies, and presents lectures on veterinary oncology.

Dr. Hamilton earned his undergraduate and doctorate of veterinary medicine at Colorado State University and completed a medical oncology residency at Michigan State University. His special areas of interest in medical oncology include Multiple Myeloma and novel therapies for common diseases.

When not at the hospital, Dr. Hamilton enjoys gardening and hobby farming, investing, technology and automotive trends.


Emergency & Critical Care:

Gregory Panarello, DVM DACVECC

Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Veterinary School: University of Florida

Internship/Residency: Long Island Veterinary Specialists

Other Education: BS in Bacteriology and Chemistry from Wagner College, NY

Practice history: 12 years as the Director of Emergency and Critical Care as well as a member of the Internal Medicine and Exotic Animal Staff at Long Island Veterinary Specialists; Medical Director of South Shore Animal Hospital (24 hour Emergency and Critical Care hospital) in Staten Island for 5 years.

Personal interests: Aviculture, Yoga

Professional interests: Immune mediated hemolytic anemia, liver failure, Fulminant cardiogenic pulmonary edema, severe sepsis, and abdominal /thoracic ultrasound

Pets: 4 dogs (Penny, Hazel, Teddy, and Tucker), 2 cats (Fran and Midge), a rabbit (Chester), and several exotic birds.


Amy Zahn, DVM

Dr. Zahn grew up loving animals and dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. She earned her undergraduate degree in Physiology from Rutgers University and her veterinary degree from Cornell University. Yearning to travel, Dr. Zahn accepted a position in Sydney, Australia and worked abroad in both general and emergency veterinary medicine for 20 years before returning to her home state of New Jersey. Her special interests include Emergency Medicine and Critical Care and she has been practicing at Crown since 2011.

Dr. Zahn shares her home with her husband, two animal-loving children, and two doted-upon rescue pets—a dog named Hercules and a cat named Andy. She enjoys vegan cooking, hiking, SCUBA diving, sailing and running. She recently completed her 14 th marathon.


Elena Fromzel, VV

Dr. Fromzel received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from St. Petersburg State Academy of Veterinary Medicine in Russia in 1999 and has dedicated her career to emergency medicine. She practiced for three years in St Petersburg before moving to the United States in 2003. Following a rotating small animal and surgery internship at Red Bank Animal Hospital, Dr. Fromzel went on to practice at several leading emergency and specialty practices in New Jersey before joining Crown Veterinary Specialists in 2016. Her special interests include management of trauma patients and critical care medicine. In her free time she enjoys reading, downhill skiing, hiking, traveling and spending time with her family, friends, her dog Bard and cat Moor.


Anesthesia & Pain Management:

Berit Fischer, DVM, DACVAA, CCRP

Dr. Berit Fischer graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. After completing a large animal rotating internship at the University of Georgia in 2002, she entered private equine practice where she discovered her true calling of becoming an anesthesiologist. She completed a residency in anesthesia and pain management at Cornell University and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia in 2008.

Most recently, Dr. Fischer served as the Head of Anesthesia and Pain Management at the Animal Medical Center in New York for three years before joining Crown Veterinary Specialists in July. She is looking forward to providing state-of-the-art veterinary anesthetic care for the local community.


Dermatology & Allergy:

Norma White-Weithers, DVM,MS,DACVD


Ophthalmology:

Michael Brown DVM, MS, DACVO

Dr. Michael Brown received his undergraduate degree in Human Biology at the University of Kansas and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University. Following a small animal internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, he returned to Kansas State for a three-year comparative ophthalmology residency and received a Master of Science degree for his biochemical study of animal tears. Dr. Brown became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1996.

Dr. Brown’s special interests include: diseases of the retina, cornea, corneal surgery, intraocular surgery, pharmacology, continuing education and client services. He has published numerous scientific papers and is a noted lecturer throughout the United States. Dr. Brown is currently the Continuing Education Chairman for the Metropolitan New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association and is the owner of Veterinary Ophthalmology Services, a company that strives to improve and preserve animal vision and quality of life by providing the highest quality, comprehensive, and compassionate ophthalmic care for pets.

In his free time, Dr. Brown enjoys spinning, biking, hiking, the outdoors and traveling.


Integrative Medicine & Acupuncture:

Aleda Cheng, DVM CVA

Dr. Aleda Cheng received her veterinary degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University in 1994 and has been practicing acupuncture for nearly 20 years. She began studying acupuncture in her first year of veterinary school and became a certified veterinary acupuncturist in 2006 while furthering her studies in integrative medicine at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is also certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.

Dr. Cheng believes in a holistic approach to veterinary care and combines traditional western veterinary medicine with alternative and complementary therapies. In addition to acupuncture, she practices Chinese and Western Herbal Medicine, Holistic Nutrition, Essential Oil Therapy, as well as other healing modalities including: Cold Laser Therapy, Bee Venom Therapy, Gold Bead Implantation, Trigger Point Therapy, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), and Prolotherapy.

While attending the Chi Institute, Dr. Cheng studied under Dr. Shen Xie and Dr. Roger Clemmons (of Degenerative Myelopathy fame). She studied under Drs. Steve Marsden, Susan Wynn, Allen Schoen, and Dr. Are Thoresen (famed Norwegian medical doctor and veterinarian known for the single needle acupuncture technique, who is also known for a high cure rate for breast cancer in Norway).

Dr. Cheng has a passion for learning and spends most of her free time attending post-graduate veterinary conferences. She is often engaged in clinical trials for degenerative myelopathy and has improved the quality of life for many of her paralyzed or degenerative myelopathy afflicted patients by using a combination of acupuncture, essential oils and other therapies. Her other areas of interest include pain management for any condition.

Dr. Cheng is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, New York Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medical Association, and the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association. She is also an accomplished medical illustrator whose work has been published in numerous human medical and veterinary journals. Dr. Cheng is also a professional portrait artist who joyfully draws pets (often her patients) and their people.

Dr. Cheng lives with her husband, twin teenage sons, and a menagerie of dogs, cats, and a rotating family of foster pets of any species that need a helping hand. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, biking, kayaking and traveling with her family.


Rehabilitative Therapy:

Amy Flannery, MS,PT,CCRP

Amy Flannery began her career as a physical therapist for people until her passion for pets prompted her to pursue a career in Animal Rehabilitation and Fitness. In 1988, she earned her certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) at the University of Tennessee Veterinary College and became the first certified CCRP in central and northern New Jersey.

Amy is a strong advocate for continuing education and regularly attends canine rehabilitation seminars. She has developed close working relationships with referring primary care veterinarians to provide a state-of-the-art, team approach to rehabilitative care.

Amy is “owned” by her two Saint Bernards, Myrtle and Grizzly, along with their cat, Zeke. Together with her husband Jim, three grown children and two grandchildren, the Flannery family embraces the philosophy of quality of life for all animals.

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