JAMES D. BAXTER, DVM
Status: Married to the Doctor below
Education: BS in Biology from Penn State ’82, MS in Veterinary Science from Penn State ‘90
Veterinary Degree: DVM from Michigan State ‘94
Most Memorable Pet: Mr. Cheeks (also went by Cheeky and Cheezy) and, of course, my office buddy Tugger
Loves: Kids, guitars, motorcycles, beaches, reading, yoga, wood working, and writing poetry
Little known fact: I was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps
Motto: A is A (Aristotle)
Favorite Quotes: “Nothing can harm you until it comes, and it may never come, or if it comes it is something else again. And those who say they will try anything once, often try nothing twice, three times…arriving late at the gate of dreams worth dying for.” -Sandburg
VEDRANA GJIVOJE, DVM
Status: Married to the Doctor above
Education: BA from Brown University ‘88
Veterinary Degree: DVM from Michigan State ‘94
Internship: Oradell Animal Hospital ’95 – Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
Most Memorable Pet: My first dog, Lady, very un-ladylike but still awesome.
Accolades/Noteworthy Accomplishments: Phi Zeta Vet Honor Society, Somerset County Distinguished Woman Award, Health and Medicine 2013
Loves: Her 4 kids, music, hot yoga, backpacking, and the island of St. John
Little known fact: Collects shells, speaks Croatian and French, was born in the beautiful city of Dubrovnik, was kissed by Daniel Craig.
Motto: “Never settle” and “The devil is in the details”
Favorite Quotes: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” –Gandhi
“Do what you like and like what you do.” – Life is Good
WENDE SAUNDERS, DVM
Education: Veterinary Degree from Western College of Veterinary Medicine, 1986
Most Memorable Pet: I have loved them all dearly. Each has given me memories in their own special way.
Loves/Hobbies: History, travel, hiking and nature, art, and gardening
Little Known Fact: I have a degree in art history and managed an art gallery for a year before starting my veterinary studies.
Motto: To give all animals the quality of compassion and care I give my own.
Favorite Quotes: All that is needed for evil to thrive is for good men and women to do nothing.
EVA BOSTEK-BRADY, DVM
Education: BS with Honors in Animal Science, Cornell University, 1983
Vet Degree: DVM Summa Cum Laude from The Ohio State University, 1987
Most Memorable Pet: Toby, a brown tabby kitten, was the first pet I adopted on my own as a young and independent adult fresh out of vet school.
Accolades/Noteworthy Accomplishments: Choosing a rewarding career that I still enjoy over 30 years later, while also raising two well-adjusted, grown and almost-flown sons.
Loves/Hobbies: Summer, good food and coffee, sightseeing, jazz music, horse racing, vacationing in our national parks and in New England.
Little Known Facts: I have been to ALL of my undergraduate reunion weekends and plan to continue until I am recognized as the oldest alum in attendance. I also love long-distance solo road trips.
Motto: Let go and let God.
Favorite Quote: "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." -- Robert Frost
Education: BA from University of Pennsylvania, JD from St. John’s University, & Penn Foster College Veterinary Technician Program
Favorite Hobby: Photography
Most memorable pet: My seven year old Lab, Bailey, not only for our wonderful hiking and swimming adventures, but also for his legendary “dietary indiscretions” – including a whole raw chicken, a popsicle stick, a box of prunes and Starbucks k-cups.
Accolades/Noteworthy Accomplishments: Exhibited photographs in the Soho Photo Gallery in NYC, and my wonderful husband Evan & beautiful daughters Samantha & Ariel.
Little known fact about me: I practiced corporate law in NYC for 15 years and worked as a professional photographer.
My Motto: Aim High
Favorite Quote: “Fall down seven times, stand up eight.” –Japanese Proverb
Education: County College of Morris and the Gemological Institute of America
Favorite Hobby: Reading
Most memorable pet: Love them all! Duke, Cody, Shane, Austin and my current dogs Gizmo and Zoey! But if I had to give a reason to why I love animals and working with them, it would be growing up with my faithful, loving dog, Duke.
Accolades/Noteworthy Accomplishments: My two beautiful children
Little known fact about me: I am a Gemologist
My Motto: Do your best and never give up.
Favorite Quote: “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Education: National Agrarian University in Ukraine
Favorite Hobby: Gardening, hiking, visiting nature preserves & wildlife sanctuaries
Most memorable pet: Each pet in his or her own way touches your heart.
Accolades/Noteworthy Accomplishments: Obtained DVM in 2005 in Ukraine
Little known fact about me: I love to collect Russian dolls
My Motto: Believe in yourself! If you believe it, you can achieve it.
Education- New Jersey City University- BS in biology
Favorite Hobbies- reading, gardening, playing video games, and aquarium keeping
Most Memorable Pet- Maybelle Bunkin- Dog- Coon hound mix from Tennessee
Accolades/ Accomplishments- High Honors grades 10-12
Little Known Fact About Me- Pretty good cook
Motto- Do what you say and say what you mean
Favorite Quote-“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ~ Mark Twain
Education - Bachelor of Science, Susquehanna University
Favorite Hobbies - Dog Training, Jeeps, soap making
Most Memorable Pet - Bubba, my German Shorthair Pointer
Accolades / Accomplishments - My farm
Little Known Fact About Me - I used to be in a hand bell choir
Motto - Take each day as it comes
Favorite Quote - "Slow and steady wins the race." -- Aesop
Education- BS from The Ohio State University, M.B.A. from Rutger’s University
Favorite Hobbies- Canine Agility
Most Memorable Pet- : “Lex” found her way into our basement completely trained and with a set of porcupine quills in her nose. After having the quills removed we tried to find her owners but no one claimed her. She lived a long and healthy life in the country with us and had many adventures.
Accolades/ Accomplishments- State and Big Ten Champion Fencing Champion and member of the U.S.A. Junior World Fencing Team. Selected to the 2017 team representing the United States at the European Canine Agility Open in Italy.
Little Known Fact About Me- Not telling ;)
Motto- Don’t look back, you’re not going that way.
Favorite Quote- “Why not
Education: B.S. in Pre-professional Science, University of Notre Dame, '86
Accolades/Accomplishments: Wife and mother of 4 children, former VP, Cardiovascular Marketing for Parke-Davis/Pfizer, HBA Woman of the Year "Rising Star" 1998
Most Memorable Pet: Frau, a weimaraner, my first dog growing up. My parents got her 3 months after they "got me."
Favorite Hobbies: Dog grooming, swim meet official, volunteer in local youth sport programs, golfer
Little known facts about me: Former 4-year basketball player for the University of Notre Dame, a third-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do
Motto: Be honest, work hard, and have pride in all that you do
Favorite Quote: "Be true to yourself"