Leah J. Greenberger, DVM
Long ago in a small town in Pennsylvania a toddler rode on her bouncy horse and proudly told everyone she was going to be a "horse doctor" when she grew up. That little girl never lost sight of that goal. She earned her undergraduate degree and then her doctor of veterinary medicine in 1992 from Cornell University and is Dr. Leah Greenberger. Her path took her to Maryland and then Virginia where she operated a successful small animal practice in a rural area near Norfolk. Along the way she rescued, fostered, and adopted a legion of dogs and cats and developed her love of birds, reptiles, and other exotic animals. She never lost her love for horses and riding. When she moved to Massachusetts in 1999, she practiced emergency and critical care veterinary medicine throughout the area. These specialties developed her skills as a diagnostician and exposed her to a wide variety of medical experiences. Dr. Leah brings all of her background, love of animals, and experience to Belchertown Veterinary Hospital. She still retains her interest in emergency medicine and her longtime love of exotic animal medicine.
Education / Experience
Graduated from Cornell University
Over 18 years of emergency medical experience
Previously owned and operated a successful small animal practice in Virginia
Susan B Cleary, DVM
Dr. Susan Cleary received her DVM from Cornell University, completed a veterinary internship at the University of Illinois, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. She has many years of experience caring for pets and has a special fondness for house rabbits and geriatric cats. She lives with her son, Biruk (and is still missing her beloved dog, Tosca). In her spare time, she enjoys exploring ponds and marshes in a small wooden plexiglass bottom boat she carries on top of her car.
Graduated from Cornell University
Completed a veterinary internship at University of Illinois
Served as a Peace Corp volunteer in Morocco
Barbara R. Duva, Office Manager
Barbara has an undying love of animals and understands the human-animal bond which is so vital to a joyous life. She fulfilled a lifetime dream by working at Walt Disney World in Florida for 10 years. She owned and operated her own dog walking / petsitting business in both Los Angeles and Connecticut. She lives locally with her two cats. She is delighted to be a part of the Belchertown Veterinary Hospital's opening team.
Goodwin College - completed business coursework.
Owned / Operated her own pet care business for 10 years.
Faith Ackerman, Full Time Vet Tech
Faith attended Holyoke Community College and UMass Amherst, graduating with a degree in Biology. She minored in Criminal Justice and was certified as a veterinary technician in Connecticut. She served in the Army as an MP for 10 years. When asked about her current profession she states, "I love animal medicine. It is so fulfilling to be a part of the healing process and a part of the care. If I went back to school I would definitely pursue a career in animal and human communication. Each animal I encounter is so different and unique in the way they communicate. A touch from a purring cat or the depth of the stare of an old dog can warm my soul. Trust can be difficult sometimes, but once it is gained, unconditional love is certain." She has three cats, two dogs, and is a Yankees fan.
7 years experience as an emergency technician
Attended HCC and UMASS Amherst graduating with a degree in Biology.
Served 10 years in the US Army MP
Summer Beck, Part Time Vet Tech
A lifelong animal lover, Summer always knew she wanted to work in an animal related field. She graduated from Holyoke Community College's AVMA accredited Veterinary Technician program in 2010. She worked in another local veterinary hospital for several years as a receptionist and technician, a doggy daycare/grooming shop, and an equine facility. She currently also spends three days a week working as the Veterinary Technician at the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center in Springfield. Upon discovering that the Belchertown Veterinary Hospital was opening, she welcomed the opportunity to move back to her hometown and is thrilled to be working with this excellent team. In her spare time, she enjoys a good book, hiking and riding her horse, Stormy.
Graduated from the AVMA accredited program at HCC
Works at Thomas J. O'Connor Adoption Center in their medical facility
Kirstin Velazquez, Full Time Vet Assistant
Kirstin was born and raised in Germany. During a visit to Tennessee in 1992, she met her husband-to-be, a U.S. Army soldier stationed at Ft. Campbell, KY. Together, they have two sons. Kirstin spent 18 years following her husband wherever the call of duty sent him. After many years of moving all over the world, her family has settled down for good. In November of 2012, Kirstin joined our team. She has an especially soft spot for puppies! In her free time, Kirstin enjoys spending time with her family, fishing, motorcycle rides and her own furry babies. Like everyone here, she is looking forward to the opportunity to meet you and your pets and hopes to help make your visits great!
Graduate of Animal Behavior College as certified Veterinary Assistant.
18 years of volunteer work with the US Army and ASPCA as well as other animal rescue groups
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