Christine Spodnick, VMD — Chief of Staff
Dr. Christine Spodnick, our Chief of Staff, began working at Raritan Animal Hospital in 2004. First earning an undergraduate degree from Lehigh University, she later attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Spodnick’s professional interests include soft tissue surgery and internal medicine. She has a pet Beta Fish named Princess Molly. In Dr. Spodnick's spare time, she enjoys playing the piano and gardening.
M.J. Hamilton, DVM, DACVIM(O)
Dr. Hamilton has worked in veterinary medicine his entire life, starting as kennel help at the age of 14. After completing his undergraduate degree in psychology, he stayed at Colorado State University to complete his DVM degree. Dr. Hamilton spent two years in general practice in Las Vegas then went on to start his oncology residency at Michigan State University. As a board-certified veterinary oncologist, Dr. Hamilton has been commissioned to start multiple oncology departments in the northeast. He participates in clinical trials and is asked to lecture frequently.
Dr. Hamilton deeply enjoys the bettering the lives of oncology patients and working with their owners to ensure the best quality of life possible. This passion motivated Dr. Hamilton to bring oncology specialty care to the general practice setting, allowing some pet owners, their veterinarians, and specialists to work together in one setting. When not at work, Dr. Hamilton enjoys hobby farming and tending to all his critters.
Christopher Laffoon, VMD
Dr. Chris Laffoon grew up in Western, Pennsylvania and now lives in Hillsborough, New Jersey. He earned an undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and later received a VMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. Dr. Laffoon's professional interests include ultrasound and internal medicine.
At home, he has a Jack Russel Terrier named Haley. Dr. Laffoon enjoys kayaking, hiking, biking and traveling.
Deborah Traurig, VMD
Dr. Deborah Traurig is a graduate of the University of Michigan and later, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Originally from Oak Park, Michigan, she now resides in Highland Park, New Jersey. Dr. Traurig's professional veterinary interests include managing challenging internal medicine cases.
In her spare time, Dr. Traurig enjoys spending time with her two children and the family dog, Rodney. She also enjoys swimming and hiking.
Emily Levine, DVM
Dr. Levine grew up on a horse farm in a small town in Mississippi an now lives in Old Bridge, New Jersey. She completed her undergraduate studies at Mississippi State University in Animal and Dairy Science. In 2014, Dr. Levine obtained a DVM degree from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
In the past, she has practiced in Massachusetts and Oklahoma. Some of Dr. Levine's professional veterinary interests include behavioral medicine, ethics, ophthalmology, internal pet medicine. She is also Fear Free-certified.
Dr. Levine has several pets including her two dogs, Little Bit and Copper, as well as a horse Ruby. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding, cooking and art.
Michelle Mills, DVM
Dr. Michelle Mills grew up in Port Jefferson Station, New York and now lives in Hoboken, New Jersey. She earned an undergraduate degree from St. Bonaventure University, and later a DVM degree from Ross University. Dr. Mills then finished her clinics at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She has special veterinary interests in endocrinology, soft tissue surgery, and preventative care.
At home, Dr. Mills has two cats, Paisley and Wally, both rescued from St. Kitts. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, kayaking, baking, painting, and horse back riding.
Chelsea Stern, DVM
Dr. Chelsea Stern grew up in Westchester, New York and currently resides in Edison, New Jersey. She received an undergraduate degree from SUNY Geneseo and earned a DVM degree from The Ohio State University. Her special interests include internal medicine, managing chronic diseases, and soft tissue surgery.
In her spare time, Dr. Stern enjoys skiing, traveling, and scuba diving, as well as arts and crafts. She also cares for two geriatric cats, Marlin and Cashew, that she grew up with in New York and a guinea pig, named Pork Chop, that she adopted while in veterinary school.
Tamara Maehr, DVM
Dr. Tamara Maehr was born and raised in New Jersey. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Rutgers University in 2003 and had a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry for numerous years before ultimately deciding to follow her true passion, caring and attending to animals. In 2013, Dr. Maehr earned a DVM degree from Oklahoma State University. Her medical interests include dentistry, pain management, and dermatology.
In her leisure time, Dr. Maehr enjoys running, watching cinematic movies and spending time with her cat, Nala and her two dogs, Winnie and Bailey.
Greg Levine, DVM
Dr. Greg Levine grew up in East Brunswick and currently resides in Monroe, New Jersey. He received an undergraduate degree and earned a DVM degree from Mississippi State University. Prior to joining the Raritan Animal Hospital team, Dr. Levine practiced at Garden State Veterinary Specialists. His special interests include emergency critical care, soft tissue, and orthopedic surgery.
In his spare time, Dr. Levine enjoys spending time with his wife, family, and pets, playing the drums, music, and video games. He also has one dog, a nine-year-old hound mix named, Cooper.
Deborah Ward, DVM
Dr. Ward was born and raised in New York. After obtaining her undergraduate degree from Duke University, she graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. She completed a one year rotating small animal medicine and surgical internship at Southwest Veterinary Specialty Center in Tucson, Arizona, prior to beginning her Internal Medicine Residency at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
She obtained a board certification in Small Animal Internal Medicine from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2000 as well as a master’s degree in Veterinary Medical Science for her research on the use of gastro-protectant medication in dogs.
Dennis Ting, DVM, DACVS
Originally from Southern California, Dr. Ting attended the University of California, San Diego for his undergraduate work in the field of Animal Physiology and Neuroscience. He then earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of California, Davis in 2003. The following year, Dr. Ting returned to Southern California to complete a one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery.
With a growing interest in small animal surgery, he completed a surgery-specific internship in Denver, followed by an orthopedic research fellowship at Michigan State University. Dr. Ting stayed on with Michigan State University and completed his residency training in small animal surgery. He is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.