Our Team Members
Our team consists of dedicated individuals who are knowledgeable, kind, and caring. All pets – including those with special neurological and pain management needs – deserve the greatest quality of life that is medically possible. We are committed to treating your pet as we would our own, with the gentle care they deserve.
Renee DeSimone, CVT, CCRA
Head Technician/Hospital Manager
Renee has always had a passion for animals. She graduated from Mount Ida College in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science and has been a Certified Veterinary Technician, working in the veterinary field ever since. Renee has worked in specialty veterinary hospitals for more than 14 years. She is extensively experienced in neurology, surgery and advanced anesthesia, ophthalmology, emergency and critical care, and also has experience in internal medicine, cardiology, radiology, dermatology, oncology and alternative medicine.
Jessica Berg, CVT
Jessica has always had a passion for animals, and just recently turned that passion into a career with a veterinary technology degree from Mount Ida College in the fall of 2015. Her background includes studying biology at the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota, where she also obtained a minor in studio art. She was also trained as an emergency medical technician (EMT), and has carried those skills into veterinary medicine.
Melissa started her career in Veterinary medicine over 14 years ago. She has been a member of other specialty practices focusing on internal medicine before leaving a state of the art general practice as head technician to join us at VNAP.
During her off time she enjoys spending time with her family including her 2 French bulldogs. She enjoys anything to do with the ocean, vacationing, snowboarding and many other outdoor actives.
Jodi Croce, CVT
Jodi turned her lifelong love of animals into a career when she graduated from Becker College in 2012 with an Associates in Veterinary Technology and a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and became a Certified Veterinary Technician shortly there after. She began working in the veterinary field in 2009, completing an internship with a small animal general practice. She has been working in general practice since and became a member of VNAP in 2014.
She spends her days of with family and friends and enjoys reading comic books, going to concerts, watching football games and spending time out doors.
Chastity has always shared a love of animals. She started her career in the veterinary field as a kennel attendant, where she began to develop skills and expand her talent working with animals. This passion and natural ability lead her to advance her career in the veterinary field by becoming a veterinary technician. For eleven years Chastity specialized in emergency and critical care medicine at a large referral hospital. During her time there, she became very efficient in working in a fast paced and extremely busy environment. This allowed her to become skilled working under high stress situations. She gained invaluable experience treating critically ill patients, which she now utilizes in the daily care of all of her patients. She joined our practice in July of 2015. Chastity is also very positive and outgoing. Clients love her energy and her ability to calm them during sensitive and stressful situations. She cares for every patient as if it were her own and puts time and effort into making sure that all of the pets that come in are made to feel at home.
When she is not making sure our patients are being treated with love and expert veterinary care, she enjoys spending time with her family. Her two children are the most important part of her life and she enjoys spending time with them, whether it be with homework or bringing them to their favorite arcade. She also spends time helping her mother on their family farm and making sure all of the animals are happy and healthy.
Lisa became a part of Veterinary Neurology in April of 2015. She is an intricate part of the staff and a favorite of many of the clients and patients. She dedicates her time spent here making sure that all of the patients are made to feel as they would at home. Her organizational skills are important to keeping the facility running smoothly. She prides herself on making sure that everything is properly cleaned and does a fantastic job at making sure that all aspects of the hospital are kept to the highest standard. She also makes it a daily chore to make sure each and every pet that is in the hospital has individual time and love and comforts clients in times of stress.
When she is not at the hospital, she spends most of her time caring for animals in multiple settings. Pet sitting is an activity that she enjoys, giving the pets she is caring for the kindness and love to make them feel secure and comfortable in their owner’s absence. She especially loves spending time with geriatric animals, making the time they have left meaningful and warm. She also enjoys taking steps to help the less fortunate. One of the most rewarding steps she takes is giving winter apparel to homeless women in the Boston area. being able to help someone in need is something that she feels strongly about and does what she can to ease the struggles of others.
Tricia has always had a love for animals and enjoyed spending time with her family dog, Maxx, growing up. However, this love for animals developed into a passion to work with them during her time in Alaska. While there, Tricia rescued a golden doodle puppy who had been abandoned, along with his brother and sister, in a box, behind a grocery store in the dead of winter. She ended up adopting that fur ball, named him Chewie and they have been inseparable every since. This addition in her life sparked the ambition of becoming a veterinary technologist, and in 2012 she became a student at Mount Ida College. During her last semester, Tricia completed two internship rotations at VNAP. It was during this time that she showed a deep understanding for her patients as well as an attentive and detail oriented mind set with every task she was given. It was then that after her graduation in December of 2015 that she joined our team as a veterinary technologist.
As a part of our team she shows our patients the utmost care. She treats each and every patient as if they were her own and is able to calm and relax them during their time here. Her ability to empathize with clients as well allows for a great relationship based on trust and communication which is one of the most important parts of veterinary medicine. During the time spent outside of our practice, Tricia enjoys listening to music and video games. She is enthusiastic about movies and also often attends concerts performed by her favorite bands. Most of her time, however is spent with her dog Chewie!
Spaghetti, Certified Clinic Cat
Spaghetti started his life on the streets of Manchester, New Hampshire. He was fortunate enough to be picked up by a fellow CVT and was specially delivered to join the VNAP team! Has made himself at home in the clinic, and loves all of the people (as well as most of the patients) he works with!
In his free time, Spaghetti enjoys rearranging countertop items, playing on the treadmill, climbing into cabinets, keeping his humans in line, and (most importantly) sleeping in boxes!