Raritan Animal Hospital's Dedicated Team
Our team of veterinary professionals is dedicated to delivering the best customer service and compassionate care to you and your pets.
Heidi Milano — Hospital Manager
Heidi has been with Raritan Animal Hospital since August of 2010. She attended Purdue University for Veterinary Technology and has worked in the veterinary field for over 20 years. Heidi has volunteered with Pinups for Pit Bulls and the Liberty Humane Society. Heidi is currently a board member of the New Jersey Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (NJVHMA).
Outside of her Hospital Manager duties, Heidi enjoys diving into the latest science fiction novel and spending time with her dog Petunia and her cat, Moxie.
Beth Stawicki, CVT — Head Veterinary Technician
Beth received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from The College of New Jersey in 2001 and then joined the Raritan Animal Hospital staff in December of 2001. She earned her technician's certification in 2005 and is registered with the NJVTA. She is also a member of the NAVTA. Her professional interests include laboratory diagnostics and client education.
In her spare time, Beth enjoys home DIY projects, gardening, and crocheting. At home, she enjoys the company of her Scottish terrier, Emmett, and her two cat brothers, Benjamin and Samuel.
Caitlin Saranczak — Veterinary Assistant Supervisor
Caitlin has been working with animals since the age of 14. She started working with animals as a Kennel Assistant at a local pet resort for three years. Caitlin began her career at Raritan Animal Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant for two and a half years. She was soon promoted to our Veterinary Technician team and has taken over as Veterinary Assistant Supervisor.
Caitlin has professional interests in surgical assistance, nursing care, and animal behavior. In her spare time, she is earning her technician certification. Caitlin enjoys a good concert, video games, and sampling the menus of local food spots. She loves each of her patients as if they were her own. While she misses her canine companion of 13 years, a corgi named Quincy, Caitlin now shares her home with a special kitty, Mad Eye (aka Emme).
Judy Weiss, CVT — Inventory Manager
Judy received a Bachelor of Science with Honors from Boston University in 2002. She joined the staff of Raritan Animal Hospital in 2005 and later obtained her Veterinary Technician certification in 2013. Judy, along with being a veterinary technician, manages our hospital inventory.
In her down time, she loves reading a good book and hanging out with her cat "Rigby".
Jennifer Aillon — Veterinary Technician
Jennifer joined our practice with over five years of experience in the veterinary field. She began her career by successfully completed Middlesex County College’s Veterinary Assistant Program. Jennifer’s professional veterinary interests include surgical assistance and nursing care.
When not busy at the hospital she enjoys baking, karaoke, a good jigsaw puzzle, and video games. Jennifer is also an avid derby girl; she has been participating in the sport for over six years and currently skates with a local roller derby team. She shares her home with a tabby cat, Dynamo.
Lauren DeFreest-Handa — Veterinary Technician
Lauren joined our practice with five years of experience in the veterinary field as a Veterinary Technician and Kennel Manager. She graduated college with a degree in Creative Writing.
Lauren spends her free time volunteering for a local Pit Bull Rescue. She considers herself a “fantasy nerd” and loves reading and writing fantasy fan fiction. Lauren and her husband share their home with two dogs, Georgia and Archer, two cats, Harlow and Tybalt, as well as a menagerie of nine rats and six mice.
Rhiannon Falzarano — Veterinary Technician
Rhiannon joins us with a wide background in veterinary care, pharmaceutical science, and animal nutrition. She has been working with primates, swine, and canines since 2013.
Rhiannon is the ultimate fur-mom with two dogs and four cats that she dotes over daily. Her pooches stay fashionable with colored Mohawks and fit with a tailored nutritional plan. Every new addition to Rhiannon's home gets their very own welcome taco.
Kelly Fitzgibbons — Veterinary Technician
Kelly started at the hospital as a part-time Veterinary Assistant after completing the Veterinary Assistant Program at Middlesex County college. She was then promoted to a full-time Veterinary Technician.
Kelly has wanted to work with animals for as long as she can remember, and she enjoys coming to work and caring for each animal as if they were her own. In her free time she works as a dog walker for families in her town. Kelly shares her home with her two hound mixes Penny and Lucy.
Briana Habyk — Veterinary Technician
Briana joined the Raritan team in early 2018. She has been a Veterinary Technician since 2015 with a background in emergency and critical care medicine.
When not working, she is a dedicated foster parent, having fostered over 12 kittens. Briana loves hiking with her Australian Shepherd, Falcor, and enjoys TV time with her two cats, Kappa and Sora.
Jessica Seccondro — Veterinary Technician
Jessica joined the Raritan team in May 2018. She looks to pursue her education by earning her veterinary technician certification.
Jessica is an articulate technician with a lot of enthusiasm and love in her heart. She is passionate about the well-being of animals, and she enjoys caring for patients at Raritan Animal Hospital. Jessica loves animals from all walks of life. She has three animal children named Scales, Spikes, and Fur.
Brittany Cuellar — Veterinary Technician
Brittany recently graduated Rutgers with a degree in Animal Science. She was a veterinary assistant for a year and a half, and due to her hard work and devotion, she was promoted to a technician.
When Brittany is at work, she always does everything with enthusiasm and purpose. In her free time, she loves to travel the world, cook, and care for her fur baby Bella.
Jennifer Grare — Veterinary Assistant
Jennifer has loved animals since she was a kid. Her compassion for animals led her to helping out at an animal shelter, where she did kennel work, as well as animal maintenance. After that, Jennifer began working at a dog grooming salon; by May of 2015, she began working at Raritan Animal Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant. Jennifer now helps to train new assistants and constantly aids in the hospital's success. She is an expert when it comes to giving medication, setting up fluids, and restraining pets properly. Plus, she always helps us keep our hospital clean.
Outside of work, Jennifer loves going to horror conventions, doing special effects makeup, and learning about Halloween's history. Though Jennifer mourns the loss of her German Shepherd Dog, Cassie, she now shares a home with her bird, Spike, and her gerbil, Mavis.
Nicole Aubourg — Veterinary Assistant
Nicole is a graduate from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. She enjoys being around a variety of animals and finds pleasure in learning new languages.
Debbie Medina — Veterinary Assistant
Debbie graduated from North Carolina State University in 2018 with a degree in Animal Science. She hopes to someday continue on to veterinary school. Her interests include wildlife conservation and animal reproduction.
Outside of work she loves hanging out with her two dogs, Canon and Cooper, and her cat, Carl.
Haley VanWinkle — Veterinary Assistant
Haley joined Raritan Animal Hospital in November of 2018. She is a certified Veterinary Assistant and taking classes to become a certified veterinary technician as well.
Haley has always had a passion for animals and has been around them her whole life. At home, Haley has her own two fur babies Ninja and Cappuccino, and she loves them dearly.
We are lucky to have such a dedicated and enjoyable member on our team!
Felicia Clarkson — Client Service Representative
Felicia joined the practice in 2010 and works at our reception desk. Prior to joining Raritan Animal Hospital, Felicia worked as a teacher’s assistant at the local YMCA for 12 years in the pre-school department.
Felicia spends her time away from the hospital enjoying activities such as cooking, traveling, and reading. She always values time spent with her husband and two boys, as well as family and friends.
Donna Hafen, CVA — Client Service Representative
Donna joined our reception staff in 2012. She has a bachelor's degree in Applied Music from NYU and became a Certified Veterinary Assistant in 2011 through Middlesex County College. Donna has worked at two local veterinary practices prior to joining our staff.
Outside of work, Donna is a AKC breeder of merit, show handler, and groomer of Schnauzers. She and her husband share their home with their schnauzer family and a cat named Greyson, who was lucky to be rescued just before Hurricane Sandy hit.
Emilis Castro — Client Service Representative
Emilis is a lifelong resident of Piscataway. She recently transitioned from the hospitality industry into animal medicine and is excited to bring her customer service skills to Raritan Animal Hospital. Emilis has been helping stray cats and sick puppies since she was a little girl.
In her free time, she loves taking her Lab Mix rescue on long hikes. Emilis also enjoys cooking with her boyfriend. She looks forward to helping you and your pet.
Brittany Twigg — Client Service Representative
Brittany brings her wonderful customer service skills to our front desk. She is a Keyport, NJ native and attended Caldwell University. Brittany worked in the human mental health resources field before discovering the veterinary world.
She likes spending time with family and friends and especially loves quality time with her son. Brittany enjoys cooking and trying new recipes. She also has a pit bull named Punn.
Dayanna Mendoza-Lonzoy — Client Service Representative
Dayanna is a Health Science Major at Middlesex Community College. She has two amazing dogs, Alastor and Rufus.
When she's not a work helping our pet parents with scheduling appointments and refilling medications, you can find her at the gym lifting weights and being active.