Dr. Patricia Hart has been a veterinarian in Fairfield and Westchester counties for 25 years and is the owner of Southport Veterinary Center. She graduated from Colorado State University in 1989. Her special interests include internal medicine, oncology, acupuncture and animal welfare. Through the practice she also runs educational seminars with behaviorist Jody Rosengarten on various animal health and behavior topics. Dr. Hart manages a rotating animal art gallery on site at the hospital that features commissioned animal portraits in various styles and mediums. In her free time she is an avid skier, mountain biker and is learning to treat “gentleman farmers” pets such as ducks and pygmy goats. Dr. Hart resides in Westport with her four mix breed rescued dogs, four cats, and three adorable Nigerian Dwarf goats.
Dr. Anna Larson graduated from Ross University in January 2010, while finishing her clinical year at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She completed externships in cardiology and dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania. Since then, Dr. Larson has practiced small animal medicine in the Pittsburgh area before relocating to live and work in Fairfield county. Her special interests include all aspects of dentistry, client education and preventive medicine. She has two rescue cats, Luna and Mulder. Where did she first discover her love of animals? At her grandparents’ dairy farm in Wisconsin, where she learned to milk cows and watched calves being born.
Dr. Laura Nerone earned her veterinary degree from Ross University School of Medicine in February of 1998, after completing her clinical year at Oklahoma State University. She also completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, CT. She especially enjoys geriatric small animal medicine and all aspects of patient care. Outside of work her extracurricular activities include cooking, gardening, biking, running, reading, and hiking. She lives in northern Fairfield County with her husband and their pets- an American Foxhound, three rescued kitties, an African clawed frog and a rescued Russian Tortoise named Victortia.
Dr. Alisa Wayland earned her doctorate at Colorado State University in 2000. Since relocating to Connecticut the same year, she’s been practicing small animal medicine in south west Connecticut. She is also currently a professor at Norwalk Community College, teaching within the Veterinary Technology program. She lives with quite a pack of rescued animals, but we all know animals really rescue us. She enjoys hiking, athletics, body building, art, music, and obstacle course racing.
Renee has worked with animals all of her life. She started working with horses when she was younger and continued on to work with small animals. Renee had previously worked at a veterinary emergency hospital for almost a decade and brings invaluable emergency medical skills to our team. Renee too is a fully licensed technician. She is pictured here with two of her pint sized rescue pups.
Kerri graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in animal science. She began working with animals in high school and has been a vet tech since 2010. Kerri is passionate about her job and loves learning about veterinary medicine. She plans on taking her licensing exam to become a licensed veterinary technician. Kerri has a twin sister and lives with her pet fish, Henry. She hopes to have a furry pet at home some day, but until then she enjoys the company of the animals that pass through our doors.
Carmen ensures that all the animals in hospital are clean and happy. She is in charge of the kennel area and keeping the hospital clean. Carmen attended the Animal Behavior College and is a valued veterinary assistant. She is currently being trained to become a veterinary technician. Carmen is an asset to our team and is very compassionate with every animal. Carmen has one fiesty black cat named Pepper and a horse at home.
Marilyn is one of our receptionists. She is a very compassionate person who is always willing to lend a hand. Her love for animals is very apparent whenever she greets them in the lobby. Her kind smile is always very welcoming. Marilyn has three playful cats at home.
Jody Rosengarten is our behaviorist of choice. She is the owner and operator of The Bark Stops Here, which is a multifaceted private practice specializing in problem solving and rehabilitation of rescued dogs. She makes daily housecalls, works with various rescue groups and teaches group training classes here at Southport Vet. Jody is also the author of multiple publications including the book Rover, Dont roll over: A Compassionate Training Guide for dogs and their People. Jody has always had a passion for animals and has traveled around the world to work with several species in need. Her clients tell her that she is able to empathize with both people and dogs equally which enables her to help each better understand the other, creating transcultural compromises that endure. Jody Lives with her four dogs and five parrots, all of which are rescued. If you need to contact Jody for training purposes – call her at (203) 372-BARK or visit TheBarkStopsHere.net.