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:
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.
Melissa Gibson, DVM
Dr. Gibson grew up in Staten Island, NY where her love of working with animals began with dog obedience and agility training. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University, where she was a member the cooperative living group, Helyar House.
Upon graduation in 2006, Dr. Gibson moved to the Caribbean island of St. Kitts to attend veterinary school at Ross University. She completed her clinical studies at North Carolina State University School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated from Ross University in May 2010. She completed a yearlong general internship at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Connecticut, a yearlong surgical internship followed by a four-year surgical residency at Hickory Veterinary Hospital in Pennsylvania and has now joined the Crown Veterinary Specialist & Associates Surgical Department April 2018. Her special interests include minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy and arthroscopy), orthopedics and neurologic surgeries.
Dr. Gibson lives with her husband, Will, their daughter, four mixed breed dogs Lulu, Riley, Charley and Fuzzball, and her chinchilla, Kinji. She likes to read and watch movies in her spare time, and enjoys working with all owners and their pets in the hospital!
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.
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.
Ariann Boylan, DVM
Dr. Ariann Boylan completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Connecticut and went on to veterinary school at The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine. She has worked in emergency medicine as well as general practice since completing her degree. Dr. Boylan is originally from NY and practiced in Ohio for two years prior to moving to New Jersey to be closer to family and friends.
Dr. Boylan shares her home with her fiancé and two dogs, Ollie and Archie, and two cats, Mowgli and Big Boy. She enjoys reading, running, hiking, gardening and snowboarding.
Nicole Braun, DVM
Dr. Braun earned her undergraduate degree in zoology followed by a degree in veterinary medicine at Michigan State University, where she graduated Suma Cum Laude. She practiced in a specialty and referral clinic in emergency medicine and critical care for 11 years in the Buffalo, NY area. After taking time off to raise her three children, she was excited to get back to her professional life and joined Crown Veterinary Specialists in 2016.
Dr. Braun is passionate about the human-animal bond and has been a volunteer puppy raiser for Leader Dog’s for the Blind and fostered rescued dogs. She also enjoys riding horses and loves the sport of dressage. She lives with her husband, son, and two Australian Shepherd dogs Panda and Cherry.
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.
Cardiology: COMING SOON!
Gordon D. Peddle, VMD, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Dr. Peddle completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University in 2002. He attended veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania where he received his Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (VMD) in 2006. Dr. Peddle then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, NJ in 2006-2007 before returning to the University of Pennsylvania for a residency in veterinary cardiology from 2007-2010. He achieved board-certification in veterinary cardiology and Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in 2010. Dr. Peddle served as the sole cardiologist for Animal Emergency & Referral Associates in Fairfield, NJ from 2010-2018 before joining the team at Crown Veterinary Specialists in January 2019. He has published original research, review articles, and case reports in the veterinary literature. His particular interests in veterinary cardiology include pulmonary hypertension, management of congestive heart failure, and interventional cardiology.
Dr. Peddle is originally from Garden City, NY. He now resides in Hunterdon County, NJ with his wonderful wife, daughter, and their dog, Rosie. Dr. Peddle’s family is quickly growing, with a second daughter expected in February 2019! Dr. Peddle loves wildlife, travel, and history. He is also a big Mets and Giants fan when time permits.
Dermatology & Allergy:
Norma White-Weithers, DVM,MS,DACVD
Dr. White-Weithers is a Board Certified Dermatologist. She graduated from Tuskegee University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and a Masters degree in Animal Nutrition. She completed a 3-year residency in veterinary allergy and dermatology at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. During her residency at the University of Georgia, she was awarded a fellowship to the University of Miami Medical School. This allowed her to broaden her knowledge in Comparative Dermatology. After completing her residency, she returned to Tuskegee University as an Assistant Professor where she achieved tenure-ship.
She has spoken on several topics pertinent to allergy and dermatology in dogs and cats locally, nationally and internationally over the years, and has published several articles on this subject. She has previously been the Editor for The Derm Dialogue, on online journal of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology and the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology.
Dr. White-Weithers has been practicing dermatology for over 20 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her job. She treats all aspects of dermatological disease, but has a special interest in autoimmune and ear diseases of the dog and cat. In her spare time, she enjoys sewing, reading and traveling.
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.
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.