Benjamin Brault, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. Brault, our Chief of Staff, has been practicing at Fresh Pond Animal Hospital since late August 2010. He grew up in both northern and southern Connecticut. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Animal Science at Cornell University and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 2003. Dr. Brault then moved to Sacramento, California and completed a one-year rotating internship in general practice, internal medicine, surgery, and critical care and spent the next six years practicing general medicine in Elk Grove, California.
In August 2010, he and his family made the move back to the East Coast where he has joined the Fresh Pond Animal Hospital team. He has a strong interest in radiology and continues to expand his knowledge in this area through continuing education. He lives in Milford, tucked in the woods, with his wife, daughter and son, and their dog Sooki (a Leonberger). You can often find Sooki lounging in the doctor's office on the days Dr. Brault is here.
Elizabeth C. Perkins, DVM — Associate Veterinarian
Dr. 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 her 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.
Bethany Surgan, DVM — Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Surgan was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Although she always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian, the path she took to vet school was an indirect one. She received a BA degree in Psychology from Wesleyan University in 1995. She worked in both non-profit and education before moving out to northern California in 1999 to return to school to finish her veterinary school prerequisites. She earned her DVM degree from the University of California, Davis in 2006. She then completed a year-long internship at a small animal specialty and emergency practice in San Francisco before finally moving back to the northeast to Boston to join Fresh Pond Animal Hospital.
Dr. Surgan's veterinary interests include cardiology, ophthalmology, soft tissue surgery and diagnostic ultrasound. In her free time, Dr. Surgan enjoys travel, music, yoga and dance, spending time with friends, eating good food, and exploring Boston and the surrounding area. She shares her home with her dog Chase, a Lab/hound mix, and two cats, Simon and Zoey.
As a side note, her last name really is pronounced "surgeon", which often leads to some confusion and much amusement!
Jennifer Mateleska, DVM — Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Mateleska is pleased to be joining Fresh Pond Animal Hospital. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences from the University of New Hampshire in 1997 and then went on to receive her DVM degree from Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. Before joining our team, she finished a year-long internship in Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery from Tufts, and spent the next four years practicing at a wellness and 24-hour emergency veterinary practice in West Hartford, CT. Additionally, she was the veterinarian for the animals at the Science Center of West Hartford (now known as the Children's Museum of CT). For the past several years, Dr. Mateleska worked at a veterinary hospital on the South Shore, where she treated all types of pets—from dogs and cats to birds, reptiles, small mammals, and the occasional fish!
While Dr. Mateleska enjoys treating all animals, she has a special interest in exotic pets and looks forward to slowly introducing this service to Fresh Pond Animal Hospital. During her free time, she enjoys ballroom dancing, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. She currently shares her home with two cats, Mulder and Bella, and two parrotlets, Kiwi and Betty— and yes, they all get along!
Amanda Ortiz, DVM — Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Ortiz recently 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.
Sarah McCormack, DVM — Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Sarah McCormack joined our practice part time in April 2013 and has since become a full time associate. Prior to joining Fresh Pond Animal Hospital, she worked at one of our sister hospitals, a feline-only practice, so she has a lot of good tips for those with mischievous kitties. Because Dr. McCormack moved all around the world growing up, she has had a lot of interesting experiences such as riding an elephant in Thailand and a camel in Lanzaroti, vaccinating a giraffe and helping with gorilla anesthesia at the zoo, feeding penguins at the aquarium and more.
Dr. McCormack has a special interest in exotic and wildlife medicine, as well as feline medicine, but she loves all pets, big or small. She can't wait to meet you and your pets — stop by and say hi!