Our Staff

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Dr. Valas was born in Madrid, Spain and was the oldest of six children. The whole family moved to the United Kingdom when she was 11 and moved again to the United States when she was 17.

She got her BA at Manhattanville College in purchase New York and her DVM From Tufts School of Veterinary School in Grafton, Massachusetts. So if you couldn’t figure out her accent that is why – it is a Spanish/queen’s English/New York/Massachusetts accent!!!!!

Before attending veterinary schools she worked as a veterinary technician at Sleepy Hollow Animal Hospital in Valhalla New York and then as a radiology technician and surgery technician at South Shore Veterinary Hospital, a large multi-doctor practice in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

Dr. Valas is married to Rory Valas, a franchisee law attorney in Boston. She presently lives in Ashland (just 5 minutes from the practice) with Rory and their large brood: two daughters, Cassandra (21) and Natasha (16), son Justin (14), the best dog ever, Valentino and the sweetest Persian cats, George and Sadie.

Her main interest and passion is to increase a family pet’s longevity and well being by utilizing a (w)holistic, integrative approach to health so as to maximize comfort and minimize drugs and surgery whenever possible. Her practice is not a holistic practice but she will use western herbs and nutritional products as well as progressive modalities such as cold laser and Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation when these will improve the outcome and decrease the length to recovery and pain of her patients.

DR. JULIE BODKIN

Dr. Bodkin grew up IN, and now resides in Quincy, MA. She has been working with animals for 12 years, beginning as a technician at Emmerson Animal Hospital in Dorchester.

From there she received her undergraduate degree from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. She continued her travels and education at the Atlantic Veterinary College on Prince Edward Island in Canada, where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Her interests include dermatology, nutrition and soft tissue surgery.

When she’s not working with animals, she loves to cook, ski, travel and watch any of the Boston sports teams play hard to win it for us! At home she lives with her 17 year old kitty Gizmo and her 4 year old Pitbull Terrier Dixie.

DR. TANYA BOLLENDr.Bollen

CARLA MAIDER

Carla is our most senior Veterinary Technician. She has been a member of our family since August 2007. Carla was born and raised in Massachusetts and lives in Attleboro with her fiance, her beautiful children Lillianna and Aaron, her dog Pickles and recently they opened up their home to our beloved Manny.  In her free time, she enjoys game nights with friends, attending Bruins games and spending time with her family (both human and furry). Her love of animals helped her to reach her lifelong dream of becoming a Veterinary Technician. You can be sure that when Carla takes care of your pet, they will absolutely have the most loving, dedicated care possible.

VENUS FELIX

Venus joined our staff in January 2010. She previously worked in the high tech industry for many years, traveling across the United States and abroad before deciding to follow her heart into the Veterinary field. She comes to our family from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, where she trained in large animal medicine with a specialization small animal anesthesia. She is currently pursuing a Veterinary Technician degree from Purdue University.

She enjoys time on the beach with her husband Kevin, and their Husky-Retriever mix, Kachina. On weekends, you will most likely find her riding her American Saddlebred horse, Romeo, enjoying trails in the woods or competing in hunter paces across New England. Be assured that when your pet is in her hands, they will be treated with great skill, love and kindness.

KRISTIN COLGAN

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Kristin joined our family in July of 2012. After completing her Associate degree in Veterinary Technology at Becker College in Worcester, MA, Kristin went on to take her Veterinary Technician Certification and is a certified veterinary technician, CVT. Kristin is and her fiance Jon are newly weds and residing right here in Ashland.

Kristin enjoys her dog Gracie, a boston terrier and pug cross, and her 4 year old painted turtle named Tortoga. Recently Kristin and Jon adopted our very own Diesel, the lovely white, diabetic cat the was living at the Family Pet Hospital.

Be assured that Kristin will handle your pets with the loving tenderness she shows her own pets.

FAITH KENNEY

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Faith began working here at the Family Pet Hospital as a Veterinary Tech Assistant in September of 2012 shortly after completing a Veterinary Assistant program through Boston Reed College.  Born in Framingham MA, Faith grew up right here in Ashland.

Faith has several furry friends of her own, a pug named Dalila, a very talkative kitty named Felix and a pair of dwarf hamsters.  Her new addition is a tiny little female Teddybear, Maple, who is too cute for words and who is putting the life back into the old lady Dalila.  In her spare time, she can be found in Reading, MA where she flies through the air with the greatest of ease on the Flying Tapeze!

Faith wears several different hats at the Family Pet Hospital. You may meet her at the front desk, in the exam rooms assisting Dr. Valas, or out back assisting the technicians. Currently she is trying to learn as much as poissible and hopes to further her education in Veterinary Technology so that she can take the very best care of your pets!

JENNIFER DiROSARIO

Jenn joined The Family Pet Hospital in April of 2013. Although she attended Westfield State University for a B.A. in journalism, she has loved animals all of her life and and now working with us as a client service coordinator extraordinaire!

A resident of Franklin Ma, she spends her free time writing, going to the car races in Thompson, CT and hanging out with her family.

With an older sister, Christina, and a younger brother, Matthew, she still finds time to hang out with her extended family. She is the proud owner of a goofy boxer, Toby, a mischievous mutt, Bella and a pack of Indian Runner ducks.

Most recently she adopted an orphan black and white kitten who is a big trouble maker!!