Dr. Jo Michaelson discovered veterinary medicine when she was lucky enough to have a summer job at a companion animal hospital after her freshman year in college.
She graduated from Mt Holyoke College with a Bachelor's in Biology and the University of Connecticut with a Master's in Pathobiology. She then received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from North Carolina State University in 1989.
She chose to live in southestern Connecticut because of the beautiful countryside and closeness to Long Island Sound and the ocean. After working at Montville Animal Hospital for 2 years, she purchased the practice and has been honored to care for the pets of the surrounding towns for more than 15 years.
Dr. Michaelson is especially interested in optimizing the good health of all of her patients. Maintaining dental health, educating owners about raising puppies and kittens, soft tissue surgery and geriatrics are areas of particular strengths. She feels it is important to communicate clearly and enjoys the process of getting to know both the owners and the pets in her care.
Although dogs and cats are the most frequently treated companion animals in her practice, she has a special interest in reptiles and has made this new field an important part of her continuing education. Small mammals such as ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, and other rodents are also patients at Montville Animal Hospital.
Currently, Dr. Michaelson lives with a retired greyhound, 3 cats and 2 red-eared slider turtles
Renee Genereux joined Montville Animal Hospital in May 2007 as a veterinary technician and is now our Practice Manager. She has been working in the veterinary and customer service fields in New London County for over 28 years. She was raised and still resides in Sprague. Renee has 2 grown sons and is now the proud mamma to 6 rescued friends: American Bulldog "Dover," Mini Dachshund "Bristol," Chihuahua "Peanut," "Willow" the Sphynx cat, "Grizzle" the hand raised domestic shorthair cat and "Charlotte" the siamese mix cat. Besides her passion for animals, she is also a huge Nascar enthusiast.
Kathy Ortiz has worked in the veterinary field since 2004. Having loved animals all her life she started out as a front desk receptionist, worked her way up to an assistant and now a technician. Kathy joined Montville Animal Hospital in 2009 after moving to Connecticut from Florida. Kathy lives with her husband, Freddie, their beautiful son and daughter Kai and Ember, and their cat Mr. Grey Monkey. Kathy spends her free time drawing, painting and educating herself about the veterinary world when she's not stopping Kai from chasing the cat.
Amber Towstick has worked in the veterinary field since 2000. With a passion for animals all her life she started out as a kennel assistant, working her way up to being a technician. Amber joined Montville Animal Hospital in 2008 but moved away to California for a few years and has now returned. While in California, she studied Animal Science and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. She hopes to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam and required Connecticut State exam very soon to become licensed and registered not only by the state, but nationally. Amber lives with her husband, Jason, their beautiful daughter, McKenna, and their 2 cats Ranger and Figaro. Amber spends her free time with her family, playing in the yard with her daughter, sitting by the fire-pit and propping her feet up.
Lori Winslow has been in the veterinary field for a short time, but has worked in the medical field for over 20 years. She is married and the "mom" to Butch, a Miniature Pinscher mix, who seems to run the household. She has always had pets growing up and as an adult, and loves all of the different patients she gets to meet. Although Lori is originally from California, she loves living in New England. In her free time, she is an avid reader and cross stitcher.
Rachael Mendez has worked in the medical field since 2005. Her experience as a veterinary assistant and receptionist includes working since 2009 at Military Treatment Facilities for animals (on-base veterinary facilities) and civilian veterinary hospitals. Rachael enjoys interacting with pets and those who love them. She recently moved to Connecticut from Oahu, Hawaii with her much-loved large dogs Drake and Jade, and is eager to explore. New England is new to this Reno, Nevada native! She enjoys constant traveling and seeing new things.
Kelly Longo has worked at Montville Animal Hospital since 1999. She is responsible for the day to day maintenance of our kennels and keeping the hospital well stocked with neccessities. She also cares for our hospital's resident pet cats and does after-hours care for hospitalized patients. She often helps with after-hours veterinary assisting.
Kelly grew up in Connecticut and has lived in this area for over 25 years. She has kept ducks, chickens and rabbits, as well as dogs and cats. Currently, she enjoys living with her cat, Brat, and her 2 Miniature Schnauzers, Jonathan and Anna.