Jennifer Schwartz, DVMDr. Schwartz, our Chief of Staff, is from south central Pennsylvania and now resides in Woburn, Massachusetts. She completed her undergraduate studies at The Ohio State University and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated with highest honors. Following graduation, she completed a small animal internship in Waltham, Massachusetts and fell in love with the Boston area. She moved back to Pennsylvania after her internship and worked at a high quality general practice hospital prior to moving back to the area she's missed since she left a few years ago.

Her professional interests are primarily in internal medicine, emergency medicine, and surgery. But above all, she enjoys building a trustworthy relationship with her clients to provide the best care and a long lasting, fulfilling human-animal bond. Dr. Schwartz has two dogs, Yancie (Boston Terrier) and Mica ("Coconut Retriever," a rescue from St. Kitts). In her free time, she enjoys salsa dancing and outdoor activities such as daily walks/runs with her dogs, boating/water sports, and horseback riding.

Elizabeth Perkins, DVMDr. Perkins has been part of the Fresh Pond team since August 2005. She grew up in Milton and attended high school at Milton Academy. As an undergraduate at Wesleyan University, Dr. Perkins earned the Dean's Award for Academic Excellence in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry in 1998. She received the same award at Tufts University where she earned a DVM degree in 2004. After veterinary school, she joined a mixed animal veterinary practice in rural New Hampshire, where she treated a variety of species. In 2005, she moved to Boston to pursue small animal medicine exclusively here at Fresh Pond Animal Hospital.

Dr. Perkin's medical interests include internal medicine and surgery, pain management, senior care, and emergency/critical care. In her spare time, Dr. Perkins enjoys spending time with friends and family on Cape Cod. An interesting fact: both her parents and her siblings are human doctors. Dr. Perkins never had an interest in human medicine, but knew from middle school on that she wanted to be a veterinarian.

Amanda Ortiz, DVMDr. Ortiz joined the team at Fresh Pond Animal Hospital in November 2012. She grew up near Cleveland, Ohio. In 2006, she graduated summa cum laude from Ohio State University (OSU) with a bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences. She then continued on to veterinary school at OSU. Upon graduation in 2010, she moved to northwest Ohio and worked in a small animal practice for the next two years. After their wedding in October 2012, Dr. Ortiz and her husband moved to Massachusetts.

Although Dr. Ortiz enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, she has a special interest in internal medicine, dentistry, soft tissue surgery, and emergency medicine. In her spare time, she likes to travel, run, dance, and scuba dive with her husband, Matthew. The Ortiz four-legged family consists of a lab named Scout, two cats named Rob and Calici, and two Florida red-bellied turtles — Donatello and Leonardo.

Carrie Bonacorsi, DVMDr. Carrie Bonacorsi is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. After obtaining an undergraduate degree from Emory University in Atlanta, she attended the University of Missouri where she earned a DVM degree in 2005.

Dr. Bonacorsi spent her first four years in practice as an emergency and critical care veterinarian in a multi-specialty animal hospital in Maryland. Next, she completed an oncology internship and worked part-time at the MSPCA spay/neuter clinic before she realized her interest in general preventive care and management of chronic illness. Dr. Bonacorsi then practiced at Warwick Animal Hospital in Rhode Island before joining us at Fresh Pond Animal Hospital.

Dr. Alexandra Klug, DVMDr. Klug joined the Fresh Pond Animal Hospital team in March 2016. She grew up in New Jersey, but traveled to Boston to attend Northeastern University where she received an undergraduate degree. Although she started her career as a research assistant, Dr. Klug decided to apply her knowledge hands on in the veterinary field. She went on to attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, where she earned a DVM degree.

Previously, Dr. Klug worked at Banfield Pet Hospital in Woburn, MA. She has a special interest in dental and orthopedic surgery, ophthalmology, and small mammal exotics medicine and surgery. When not working, Dr. Klug enjoys baking desserts; spending quality time with her husband, daughter, and shepherd mix Bruce; running the occasional 5k; and going on hikes with her family.