Welcome to the Family Franklin Lakes Animal Hospital

Franklin Lakes Animal Hospital, a five-doctor practice in Bergen County New Jersey, is the newest member of the Community Veterinary Partners family. CVP invested in the hospital in May 2012, partnering with Dr. Alan Pomerantz to co-operate the hospital.

Franklin Lakes is a full-service veterinary hospital with a strong caseload of internal medicine, oncolgy and exotics. The hospital has a special connection to its clients and its community. Each year it hosts a well-known Adoption Day supporting dozens of local rescues and shelters.

Dr. Pomerantz was born and raised in New Jersey. He has worked in zoos, on farms, in shelters and for more than two decades in small animal medicine. He received his masters degree and DVM from Cornell University.

“Having someone like Community Veterinary Partners to handle the daily tasks of financial management, allows me to practice the type of veterinary medicine that I want to the best of my ability,” said Dr. Pomerantz. “CVP is helping to streamline the inefficiencies in my practice so that more resources will be available for clients, patients and staff.”

Dr. Pomerantz is joined by four other DVMs: Dr. Wendy Kozak, Dr. Jack Mastrascusa, Dr. Kristin Onesios and Dr. Jill Shiffman.

Franklin Lakes is the fifth hospital to join the CVP family and the first New Jersey hospital. It’s an important part of the CVP’s strategy to invest in hospitals with excellent medical standards. “Dr. Pomerantz has a stellar reputation and we are thrilled to partner with him,” said Daniel Eisenstadt, president of Community Veterinary Partners.

Paradise Animal Hospital: Welcome to the Family

Last month we welcomed another amazing hospital to the CVP family. Paradise Animal Hospital has been serving the western Baltimore communities for more than 20 years. Dr. Cheryl Burke, our CVP partner, founded Paradise in her hometown of Catonsville, Md., in 1990.

“After 25 years of solo ownership it is exciting to have the support, expertise and energy that CVP brings to the table,” Dr. Burke said.

In addition to the great veterinary care provided by Dr. Burke and her colleagues, the hospital also offers canine rehabilitation services and sports medicine. And the hospital’s pet hotel is state-of-the-art and a great place to board pets — they walk their guests five times a day!

One of the great things that Dr. Burke and her team do every year is the “Spay-A-Thon.” Every spring since 1996, the staff of Paradise Animal Hospital, and local colleagues, gave gathered on a Saturday to examine, spay and neuter more than 60 cats. The hospital offer this service free-of-charge to financially strapped members of the community. The goal is to make a dent in the national problem of unwanted pets.

We’re thrilled to have Paradise as part of the CVP family.

Bernville Veterinary Hospital: Welcome to the family

Late last year we were fortunate to partner with our latest veterinary hospital, Bernville Veterinary Clinic. This is an amazing place with a true connection to its local clients. Dr. Steve Stephan founded the practice 22 years ago and grew it from a tiny home-location to the beautiful, up-to-date building it is today.

Dr. Stephan, as is the CVP custom, remains an owner and co-operator of the clinic. His team is highly committed to the care and welfare of the animals in the clinic. Dr. Lee Pickett, our medical director, joined the staff full time recently and she offers a wide range of special services including acupuncture and care for pocket pets, ferrets and rabbits. In addition, Dr. Heather Westfall has a big focus on older-pet issues.

We’re thrilled to have Bernville as part of the CVP family

Lessons from a favorite client

Thanks to one of our favorite clients at Aston Veterinary Hospital, I had the opportunity last week to visit a special food pantry, where patron’s pets get fed, too.


Loaves & Fishes Food
Loaves & Fishes Traditional “People” Food

Loaves and Fishes serves close to 15,000 low- and no-income individuals each year and has been doing so since 2001. It’s all-volunteer run, but it’s led by the pure will of its executive director, Linda Freeman. Linda and her team serve up boxes of food that cover five days of meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Just over a year ago our client, Jo-Ann Zoll, approached Linda and a bunch of her colleagues who run food pantries in Delaware County, Pa. Jo-Ann, in her roll as a volunteer at a local animal shelter, saw families dropping off pets because they couldn’t afford food. This drove her to try and formalize a pilot  project of pet food delivery, using the food pantry as a point of distribution.

Only a few groups said they were interested in helping pets — some felt it was too controversial. But Linda didn’t blink.

Jo-Ann Zoll & Linda Freeman
Jo-Ann Zoll & Linda Freeman

“We were very well aware our clients were taking the food we gave them for themselves and giving it to their pets,” she said.

So Jo-Ann started hauling bags of dry and canned food to the pantry, which is headquartered inside Prospect Hill Baptist Church in Prospect Park, Pa. Volunteers at the pantry break down the food into smaller bags, which are distributed to individuals each month. Today nearly 200 cats and 150 dogs get their food from Loaves and Fishes each month. Jo-Ann wishes it were higher, and she’s working on raising more money to support the cause.

Aston Veterinary Hospital is supporting Loaves and Fishes through a collection can at our front desk. The hospital is also working with its distributors to secure donated food as well.

– Michael

Dr. Bob Takes on Alzheimer’s Again…

Last weekend, Dr. Bob Sarsfield, our business partner and the medical director of the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County, held his annual golf tournament to raise funds and awareness around Alzheimer’s Disease. It was the biggest turnout yet — 120 participants and 20 volunteers. This year Dr. Bob raised $39,000, which brings the 15-year total to more than $350,000.

Dr. Sarsfield and Marc Nathan at the Annual Sarsfield Golf Tournament

The event is held at Hershey Links, and it was a perfect day for a round of golf. Dr. Jim Kepner also participated, as he’s done for several years.

Dr. Bob started the event after the death of his father Robert Sarsfield, Sr. His entire family takes part in the planning. Proceeds benefit the Greater Pennsylvania chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Here’s the link to last year’s event.

Community Days at the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County

The staff at the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County pride themselves on the special bond they have with the community. They volunteer aggressively and work hard to support local groups that share our goals. One thing that makes it easier is a special benefit that gives every member of the staff one extra paid day off each year to volunteer for a charity of his or her choosing. Continue reading…

Aston Veterinary Hospital: Welcome to the Family

One of the best parts of partnering with new veterinary hospitals is the time we get to spend getting to know the staff — and specifically working hand-in-hand at jobs throughout the hospital. Earlier this week I had a chance to learn the ropes at the front desk of the Aston Veterinary Hospital. My mentors (in the picture above) were a mix of long-time hospital leadership (Karen Moyer and Lori Schnell) and new arrivals (Laura Dennon). Thanks for your help! Continue reading…

Dr. Bob’s New Patient

Our team at the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County has fans of the Hersey Bears for years. Several members of the staff are team junkies and have season tickets. Some  players bring their pets to us for care. Continue reading…

Good news from the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County

There’s been a bunch of good news coming out of the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County recently.

Two stories have a similar theme: one-eyed cats. First, there’s the black kitten named Melissa that came into our hospital with a severe head trauma — damaged right eye and a broken skull. Dr. Jim Kepner did amazing work here. Continue reading…

A Web Site for the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County

We made our first investment earlier this year in the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County, a five-doctor practice located in Harrisburg, Pa. Since then we’ve been working hard to optimize the business operations. We took over the back-office headaches from Dr. Jim Kepner — the bill paying, the payroll, the HR management and more — and have been looking for ways to improve the marketing of the hospital. Continue reading…