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Dr. Patricia Fisher attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983 and graduated in 1987 with her V.M.D. Originally from the Pittsburgh, PA area, Dr. Fisher completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Ohio University in 1982, graduating summa cum laude. Since graduation, she has practiced small animal clinical medicine in the South Jersey area. Her areas of special interest lie in cancer chemotherapy, soft tissue surgery and nutrition. Her greatest strength is demonstrated in her tenacity with difficult diagnoses and her level of attention to detail. Dr. Fisher resides in Haddon Heights with her husband, 2 daughters, and 6 cats. She is an active member of The Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia and an avid vocalist in her church choir.
Dr. Amy Sclarsky also attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with her V.M.D. in 1987. Yes, Amy and Patty were classmates! Prior to that, Dr. Sclarsky received her B.S. in Animal Science from Penn State University, then went on to get a M.S. in Animal Science from the University of Delaware. Dr. Sclarsky has practiced in the south Jersey area since 1987 and founded Pet PT, a physical therapy clinic for dogs in need of orthopedic, neuromuscular or surgical rehabilitation. Dr. Sclarsky resides in Cherry Hill with her husband, 3 children, 1 very active Golden Retriever and 2 cats. The entire family are avid swimmers, participating in fund-raising ocean races at the Jersey shore every summer. Dr. Sclarsky also sings in the Jersey Sound Chorus of Sweet Adelines. She is an Executive Board Member of the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association, a Board Member of the New Jersey Veterinary Foundation and a member of the South Jersey Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Sarah Ball Garino graduated with her D.V.M from Oregon State University School of Veterinary Medicine, but grew up in Connecticut. From the beginning of her career, Dr. Ball has been interested in Alternative Medicine. She finished the IVAS approved Intensive Veterinary Acupuncture Course at Tuft's University in 2002. Since then she has been constantly amazed with the results she has seen with Acupuncture and other alternative therapies. Before vet school, Dr. Ball attended and graduated from Connecticut College with a B.A. in economics. After working at a bank for a year while living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Ball resides in Cherry Hill with her 2 sons, a dog named Mimi,and a cat named Tango Nacho.
Dr. Jacob D. Leff is a South Jersey native. While attending high school, he worked at Garden State Animal Hospital as a technician. He continued to work part time while attending Rutgers University, where he attained a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Veterinary medicine. Dr. Leff then ventured overseas to the island of St. Kitts to study veterinary medicine at Ross University. During his time at Ross University, Dr. Leff completed a year of clinical training at Auburn University in Alabama. Soon after, he received his DVM from Ross University in 2013. Dr. Leff has a primary interest in small animal medicine, ultrasound and laser therapy, as well as exotic animal care and medicine. Currently, he lives with 3 cats and a Golden Retriever.
Dr. Jodi Koch earned her BS in Animal Science from University of Delaware and then went on to graduate from University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. Since graduation she has practiced in small animal medicine and equine medicine, with special interests in dentistry and dermatology. Originally from Cape May, NJ, she now resides in Cherry Hill with her husband, one beagle and two cats. Dr. Koch and her husband enjoy metal detecting down the shore.
Dr. Karen Froberg-Fejko is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine where she was 3rd in her class when she graduated in 1996. She had moved to New Jersey from Rhode Island in 1985 to take a position at Bristol Myers Squibb Pharmacuetical where she worked as a facility manager in the Veterinary Resources Department for 7 years. Dr. Froberg worked full time as a small animal clinician in South Jersey for 6 years and now works part time at Garden State Animal Hospital.She balances a full-time career as President of a research support company in Frenchtown, New Jersey, and also thoroughly enjoys working with pet owners in keeping their four-legged family members happy & healthy. Dr. Froberg lives in Shamong with her husband, Michael & son, Colton along with 2 dogs, 2 cats, 6 horses, and numerous chickens. Her hobbies include eventing her home bred mare, Lassarina Rua (Reiny), and breeding and showing Golden Retrievers.
Dr. Lyndsy Castano graduated in 2011 from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine after completing her undergraduate degree from Rowan University in 2003. She grew up in Swedesboro, NJ in a household full of animals, including horses, dogs, cats, birds, pigs, emus, and the occasional orphaned wildlife. Prior to veterinary school, she enjoyed competing with her horse in Dressage & Eventing competitions. She still enjoys riding, as well as running & traveling. She currently lives in Pennsauken with her pitbull mix, 2 french bulldogs, and 2 cats, but also helps to care for the many animals at her family home in NJ.
Dr. Jessica Compart joined Garden State Animal hospital in June 2016. Originally from Centerville, Ohio, Dr. Compart earned her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from The Ohio State University in 2006 and her doctorate in veterinary medicine from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Following graduation, she worked at small animal hospitals in both Ohio and in Oklahoma before moving to New Jersey in 2016. For Dr. Compart, being a voice for all her patients and working to improve their quality of life is what she finds most satisfying about being a veterinarian. Her professional interests include small animal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and dentistry. She currently resides in Mt Holly with her husband, 2 children, and a Welsh Corgi named Jett.
Dr. Jennifer Lach grew up in North Jersey and has always had a passion for animals. At an early age she started volunteering at the local animal shelter and fostering rabbits. She graduated with her DVM in 2014 from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, after first earning her bachelor’s degree in animal science from Rutgers University. She went on to complete a small animal medical and surgical internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital before relocating to South Jersey. Dr. Lach has a primary interest in internal medicine, emergency medicine, and dermatology. She resides in Collingswood, NJ with her cat, Meeko, and loves hiking and exploring the Philadelphia area.
Dr. Lisa Trachtenberg has been practicing small animal veterinary medicine since she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001, but her interest in helping animals began in childhood. Dr. Trachtenberg was raised on a small hobby farm near Allentown, PA, with animals both large and small, and now lives in Lumberton, NJ with her husband, 3 kids, 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 rats, and 2 bearded dragons. Her professional interests include internal medicine, dermatology, ophthalmology, and behavior. In addition, she has volunteered her time and skills at spay/neuter clinics and at numerous shelters in the area. Dr.Trachtenberg believes it is important to keep current with the latest developments in veterinary medicine and enjoys going to continuing education conferences, so that she can provide the best care to her patients and clients. She also feels strongly about maintaining excellent client communication and ensuring her clients clearly understand their pet's health needs, and she welcomes facilitating these interactions with her Spanish-speaking clients. When she’s not working, she enjoys volleyball, traveling, strength training, hiking, and playing with her children and pets.
Dr. Rachel Sclarsky grew up in Cherry Hill with a passion for animals. She began working as a veterinary technician at Garden State Animal Hospital in 2010 and continued throughout her summers while receiving her B.S in Animal Science from the University of Maryland (Go Terps!). She went on to graduate summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2017 and completed the VBMA (Veterinary Business Management Association) Business Certificate Program. As our newest veterinarian, Dr. Sclarsky has a broad range of interests in veterinary medicine including internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and oncology. She resides in Philadelphia with her hedgehog, Penny, and her cat, Terrapin, and is very excited to re-join the staff at GSAH as a veterinarian.
Dr. Rachel Waltzer attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 2015. She was a member of the last graduating class of Cook College at Rutgers University, where she completed her Bachelor of Science. She grew up in Cherry Hill, but lived and practiced in northern Virginia for two years following vet school. She moved back to South Jersey to spend more time with her family. She lives in Voorhees with her greyhound, 2 cats, hamster and fish. She has special interests in greyhounds and dentistry. In her spare time, she enjoys riding horses, hiking, backpacking, and exploring Philadelphia.
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