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
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
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!
Amanda Ortiz, DVM
Dr. 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.
Michael Gerber, DVM
Dr. Gerber joined the Fresh Pond Animal Hospital team in September 2014. He is originally from Sharon, Massachusetts, and earned his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Vermont in 2002. After working as a veterinary technician in a small animal private practice in Gainesville, Florida and working with researchers at the University of Florida, Dr. Gerber moved west to California to start veterinary school at Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine, from which he graduated in 2010.
Following veterinary school, Dr. Gerber completed a 13-month internship in small animal medicine and surgery at The Animal Medical Center on the upper east side of Manhattan. Prior to joining Fresh Pond Animal Hospital, Dr. Gerber has worked extensively both as an emergency veterinarian and as a primary care veterinarian. His professional interests include emergency/critical care, internal medicine, dentistry and reproduction.
When not at work, Dr. Gerber enjoys traveling, performing arts, boating, and showing dogs. Dr. Gerber lives in Canton, Massachusetts, with his husband, Eric, and their three papillons: Marguerite, Stella, and Bianca. Dr. Gerber and Eric are new parents of their son, Avi, who was born November 2014.
Carrie Bonacorsi, DVM
Dr. 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. Bonacorsi's diverse veterinary background has given way to many medical interests including emergency and critical care, management of chronic illness, preventive medicine, oral and soft tissue surgery, and the human-animal bond.
In her spare time, Dr. Bonacorsi enjoys CrossFit, running, exploring New England's mountains, beaches and restaurants, and, of course, travel. She also enjoys spending time with her cats, Birdie and Ace, who she considers a part of her family. Birdie and Ace remind her how much love and happiness pets bring to the people around them every day and how fortunate she is to be able to take care of your pets!