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.






Wendy E. Ross, DVM, DACVS

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.


Ben Staiger, DVM

Bio Coming Soon!


Roxane Collins, DVM, MS, DACVS

Dr. Collins received her DVM from Colorado State University. She then completed both a Small Animal Internship and a three year Surgery Residency at the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center. She has worked in New Jersey for 23 years and is excited to bring her expertise to our team!

Dr. Roxane enjoys riding her bike, reading, cooking, crafting and spending time with her husband and kids.


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.



Priya DeSoyza, DVM



Nicole Giancristofaro, DVM

Dr. Nicole Giancristofaro completed her undergraduate studies at Rutgers University, Cook College and went on to veterinary school at Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a small animal rotating internship at BluePearl Pet Hospital in Southfield, Michigan, followed by a Radiation Oncology Specialty Internship at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Medical Oncology Specialty Internship at The Oncology Service in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Giancristofaro is originally from Hunterdon County, New Jersey and is excited to be back home!

Dr. Giancristofaro shares her home with adopted dog, Izzy, who is usually found wearing her pearls and pink toe-nail polish. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, golfing, football and spending time with her friends and her family.



Pravallika Batchu, BVSc & AH

Dr. Batchu completed her Bachelors in Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry (BVSc & AH) from Hyderabad, India. She graduated in 2015 and practiced in general practice for one year. She moved to the USA in 2017 and attended the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri and completed her equivalence program. She completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Center in Fairfax, Virginia.

Dr. Batchu grew up in rural south India and grew up with farm animals and clowder of cats! She is multilingual and enjoys travelling. Her interests include reading, trail walking, sketching and cooking.



Amanda K. Miller, DVM

Dr. Amanda Miller graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She is an experienced emergency and critical care veterinarian. She was mentored by the late Dr. Dougie MacIntire, an influential pioneer of veterinary critical care medicine.

Dr. Miller’s special interests in the field include toxicities, sepsis, and trauma.

Dr. Miller grew up in Titusville, NJ and is an accomplished equestrian (showjumper). After veterinary school, she relocated to Wellington, FL, which is considered the horse mecca of the country. Dr. Miller still lives in Florida part-time so she spends a lot of time on an airplane commuting between the two states.



Michali Berenstein, DVM

Dr. Michali Berenstein completed her undergraduate studies in environmental science at Barnard College, Columbia University, and went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell University in 2010. She completed a small animal rotating internship at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists in NYC and has worked as an emergency veterinarian in Staten Island and New Jersey since then. Dr. Berenstein’s special interests include trauma, endocrine emergencies, and oncology. She loves spending time with her furry family of rescued animals, including four cats (Duck, Fish, Bunnie, and Dora) and a standard poodle (Anise). On her days off, you may catch her at a Broadway show, traveling, or diner hunting for the perfect pancake.



Meredith Berger, DVM

Dr. Meredith Berger obtained her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animal Science from Cornell University in 2004. She went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University in 2008. After spending 2 years in general practice, she completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists in NYC. Dr. Berger proceeded to gain extensive emergency care experience working in Staten Island and New Jersey since that time. Dr. Berger’s special interests include toxicities, trauma, transfusion medicine, and surgery.

In memory of her coconut retriever, Susan, Dr. Berger volunteers with rescue organizations in the U.S. and the Caribbean, where she sends veterinary medical supplies and helps bring homeless companion animals from the Caribbean to the United States, where they are placed in their forever homes. She loves spending time with her two current rescue pups: Lily the Frenchie and Ellie the Chiweenie. On her days off, you may catch her riding horses at the barn or taking a Caribbean dance class.



Taylor Nehlsen, DVM

Bio and photo coming soon.



Allison Szarejko, DVM

Bio and photo coming soon.



Clare Deming, DVM, DABVP

Dr. Clare Deming graduated veterinary school in 2001 from The University of Florida and has been working in emergency medicine ever since. She completed a rotating internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls, New Jersey and then worked at a smaller ER before helping to start two new emergency practices. Dr. Deming completed her ABVP certification in 2016 and is a Founding Fellow in Emergency Practice. She is particularly intrigued by trauma and toxicity cases, soft tissue surgery, and feline medicine. In her free time, Dr. Deming enjoys writing fiction, competing in fencing and triathlon, and spending time with her husband and five cats.


Small Animal Internal Medicine:


Carly Bloom, DVM, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine)

Dr Carly Bloom received her veterinary degree from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She then did an internship and residency at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 2006.

Dr Bloom moved to Australia to teach and practice at the Small Animal Hospital at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. She has also worked and taught veterinary interns and residents at large referral hospitals in New York City and New Jersey.

Dr Bloom enjoys all aspects of dog and cat Internal Medicine. Her special interests include the work up and long-term management of endocrine diseases, especially diabetes mellitus. Additional interests include work up and management of diseases of the kidney and bladder. She enjoys working with older cats with multiple Internal Medicine diseases. She enjoys performing abdominal ultrasound and endoscopic procedures, such as gastrointestinal endoscopy, colonoscopy, rhinoscopy, and tracheoscopy.

Dr Bloom lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children, two lovely cats, and a rotating roster of foster animals, fish, and pocket pets.




Heather Simon-Buonocore, VMD, DACVIM (Neurology)

Dr. Simon completed her undergraduate studies at Colgate University and received cum laude status and high honors in Philosophy in 2002. She attended veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania School where she received her Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (VMD) in 2007. She was also inducted into the Phi Zeta National Honor Society at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Subsequently, Dr. Simon completed an Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey from 2007-2008. Dr. Simon was a general practitioner in Hillsborough, New Jersey for 10 years before deciding to pursue specialty veterinary care. In 2020, she completed an Internship in Small Animal Neurology in Lewisville, Texas. She then completed a residency in veterinary neurology at The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine from 2020-2023.

She achieved board-certification in veterinary neurology and Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in 2023. Her interests include seizure management, non-infectious inflammatory disease of the central nervous system, spinal cord trauma/surgery and management of brain tumors. Dr. Simon is originally from Franklin Square, NY. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband, her two cats, Camus and Pita and her dog, Kyma. Dr. Simon is an outdoor enthusiast and an avid trail runner. She has completed over 60 ultramarathons (distances over 26.2 miles). Her favorite races are 100K and 100mile distances. She is also an avid reader, reading books of various genre such as philosophy, classical literature, historical fiction, non-fiction, and memoirs.




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, three daughters, and their dog, Rosie. Dr. Peddle loves wildlife, travel, and history. He is also a big Mets and Giants fan when time permits.




Gabrielle Angelo, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)

Gabrielle Angelo, DVM, completed her undergraduate studies at Rutgers University then earned her veterinary degree from the University of Tennessee in 2012.

She completed an internship in small animal emergency medicine and surgery at BluePearl Veterinary Specialists in Brentwood TN, followed by an oncology internship at the same location. She went on to do her oncology residency at the New England Veterinary Oncology Group in Waltham, MA.

Dr. Angelo achieved Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in Oncology in 2017 and prior to starting at Crown in 2019, worked at Veterinary Specialty Care, Mount Pleasant SC. She has published original research, review articles, and case reports in veterinary literature. Dr. Angelo enjoys connecting with clients and working together to determine the course of action that is best for an owner and their pet and having an ongoing relationship with them throughout treatment. She also has a keen interest in lymphoma treatment, particularly because it is a very responsive type of cancer to many different chemotherapy drugs.

Dr. Angelo is originally from New Jersey and is looking forward to living close to her family again. She shares her home with husband Sean, a Tennessee native, two aggressive guard cats, Apple and Pear, and a very friendly pit bull named Loki. She and her husband also enjoy fostering kittens on occasion. She loves to cook, try new restaurants, exercise and read short stories for fun.


Acupuncture/Integrative Medicine:


Irene Lentis, DVM, CVA

Dr. Lentis is a native New Jerseyan, she attended Albright College and majored in Biology. Continuing her journey, she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Lentis felt she could provide even better care for her patients and more treatment options which lead her to pursue her acupuncture certification via Chi University. She continues her studies of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine through Chi University. Integrative medicine combines the more holistic approach of eastern medicine with western medicine. This allows for specifically tailored individualized patient care treating the whole patient, not just the condition. When Dr. Lentis is not working; she enjoys baking, barre class, and visiting her family in Greece. She shares her home with two tiny humans and her husband. They have 4 cats (Spartacus, Panther, Mia, and Giuseppe) that allow them to inhabit the home with them.




Michael Brown DVM, MS, DACVO

Dr. Brown received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 1992 and then performed a small animal internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City.

After returning to Kansas State University for a comparative ophthalmology residency, he 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, when he started the ophthalmology practice in Little Falls, NJ. Dr. Brown’s special interests include diseases of the cornea, corneal surgery, intraocular surgery, diseases of the retina, ophthalmic photography and the role of oxidative stress and nutrition on diseases of the eye.

He has written numerous scientific papers and is a noted national lecturer throughout the country, providing veterinary ophthalmology continuing education for veterinarians and technicians.

Dr. Brown consults closely with research organizations to help improve ocular health and vision in animals and people.


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, an 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.


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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