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Stephanie Goldstein, DVM

What attracted you to vet medicine?

I was born and raised in New York State. As a kid, besides dogs and cats, I had a wide variety of pets, including ferrets, hedgehogs, rabbits, rats, and hamsters. By the age of 7, I knew I wanted to help animals. I started volunteering at an animal hospital as soon as I was old enough. My love for the profession developed as I watched vets not only help the animals but their families as well. I went to college at the University of Connecticut in 2011 and received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee in 2015.

What do you love most about your profession?

The bond between pet and owner is an amazing and important relationship, and it needs to be protected. This is the reason why a solid relationship between a vet and the pet owner is so important. Not only to ensure that their pet receives the best medicine, but to nurture the bond between the pet and the family. These relationships are developed through open communication and education.

Do you have any special interests?

I am Fear Free certified, and I work very hard to provide a fear-free environment to my patients.  I often examine my patients on the floor, or in my lap. I make a point of feeding pets whichever tasty treat they like most. I always strive to take my time with each pet, listen to all of pet owners’ concerns, and create a treatment plan that will help both the pet and their family.

Do you have others areas of vet medicine you love?

I love exotic animal medicine and I am the “exotics vet” at Brodheadsville. I treat “pocket pets” (rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, hedgehogs and other small loveable mammals) and some reptiles (lizards such as geckos and bearded dragons). I also enjoy weight management, dental care and geriatric care. I firmly believe that preventive medicine is the best medicine!

What are your hobbies?

I love spending time with my two Dobermans, Peyton and Colt, and my two cats, Bella and Duke. Other hobbies include doing puzzles, making candles, and spending time with my family.

Janine Gusztaw, DVM

Why did you become a vet?

I grew up in a rural area in West Virginia. When I was a kid, animals were my best buddies & playmates: cats and dogs, as well as horses, ducks, goats, and chickens. My love for animals brought me to the University of GA, from which I graduated in 1991.

What are your goals when you meet clients and patients?

My goal is to help clients help their pets live their best and healthiest life. I strive to stay current on recent improvements in veterinary medicine so that I can best treat my patients.

This includes preventive medicine (vaccinations, weight control, parasite prevention etc.) as well as internal medicine (when we treat an actual condition).

What do you bring to Brodheadsville?

I have 20 years of experience as a vet. Before Brodheadsville, I had practiced at several clinics in the Lehigh Valley and the Poconos.

When I meet a new patient, I go over the past medical history and perform a physical exam so that the owner and I can create an individualized plan to provide the best care for that particular pet.

I am Fear Free certified, so I strive to decrease fear, anxiety, and stress in my patients – and hopefully their owners.

What pets do you have?

I have an epileptic beagle (Max), a pug mix (Bella) and a crazy cat (Minolousche).

Do you have any hobbies?

I am a mountain ultra-runner, which means that I run races over 26 miles (i.e. longer than a marathon), and up to 100 miles, in mountainous areas.

Jeremy Wentz, VMD

Why did you become a veterinarian?

I always wanted to be a doctor. I started working with animals in college and decided to become an animal doctor and not a human doctor. I am glad I made that choice as this field is extremely rewarding.

Do you have pets?

I have a golden retriever. 

What’s your philosophy?

My philosophy is to work with each client to achieve the best result for their pet and their individual situation.

What is your main goal when you meet clients and patients?

My goal is to develop a trusting and caring relationship with my clients and patients to allow me to deliver the best outcome for each situation.

What do you love most about your profession?

The veterinary profession is constantly evolving with better treatments and advanced care to improve our pets’ health and longevity.

Do you have any special interests?

I have four non-furry kids that keep me busy while at home. I am currently in the beginning phase of starting a winery.

Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS, CVJ, Fear Free Certified

Board-Certified Surgeon

Phil Zeltzman is our traveling surgeon. He comes to Brodheadsville Vet Clinic when needed to perform specialized surgeries.

Why did you become a veterinarian?

Very simply, to help animals. I’ve wanted to be a vet since the age of 5. Little did I know then what I know now: being a vet is just as much about helping people. My favorite TV shows were Flipper, Daktari, Skippy the kangaroo and Lassie. Becoming a vet (and later a surgeon), has been a dream come true, and I am as passionate about my profession today as I was when I first started. When I was a kid, I read countless books about all kinds of animals, including ants, bees and German shepherds.

Do you have pets?

I only adopt rescued cats, although when I was a surgery intern, I also rescued Valentine, a bunny, after fixing her broken leg. My cats are named after delicacies: Caramel, Nougat, Praline.

What training did you go through to become a surgeon?

After 8 years in vet school, I completed a 1-year internship at the University of Georgia, followed by a 3-year surgery residency at Surgical Referral Service in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. So that’s 12 years of schooling, and I consider myself a life-long learner, so I’m not quite done! After fulfilling multiple requirements, including passing a difficult exam, I became a board-certified surgeon.

What’s your philosophy?

I don’t use fancy words to try to impress you. I prefer to use simple words so you understand me. I don’t sugarcoat things. We will talk about possible complications, not to scare you, but to educate you. The rules are strict postop, but that’s how we achieve good results. I don’t just treat a knee, or a hip, or a body part. I like to treat the entire pet, so I will also make recommendations for physical therapy, supplements, special food, and even doggy or kitty psychology, as needed. So I see myself as a “holistic” surgeon. 

What is your most common surgery?

By far, my most common surgery is the TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy), a surgery to address a torn ACL. I’ve performed thousands of them, in dogs from less than 5 pounds to more than 250 pounds! The results have been very impressive. I am actually certified to perform TPLOs – not everybody is. I am also certified (and an instructor) for the TTA Rapid (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement), also to treat a torn ACL.

What other types of surgeries do you perform?

I enjoy all aspects of soft tissue, orthopedic, cancer, reconstructive, and neuro-surgery. I also have a strong interest in physical therapy, open wound management, and emergency cases. I enjoy helping with the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity, as well as pain management and arthritis management.

Tell us something surprising about yourself

I love writing. I’m a blogger, columnist, award-winning writer and book author. I write a blog, which pet lovers can subscribe to on my website. I’ve written hundreds of articles in all kinds of magazines over the years: human medicine, science, general interest, and of course veterinary medicine.

What are some of the nicest compliments you’ve received from pet owners?

. “I wish my physician would treat me as well as you treated my dog.”

. “You would never know she had surgery.”

. “My 10-year-old acts like a puppy again.”

For more information about Dr. Zeltzman, please visit his web site: www.drphilzeltzman.com.

Michelle Bishop, DVM

What attracted you to vet medicine?

I was that kid who found the injured birds, chipmunks, and squirrels and brought them home to nurse them back to health.  But I knew I wanted to be a vet when I found my grandparent’s cat injured from a fish hook she was playing within the garage.  My dad helped me remove the hook from the cat’s foot and we nursed it until it was healed.  I knew then it would be my lifelong ambition to help animals that were unable to help themselves.    

What do you love most about your profession?

Of course, I love animals but I also love people when they are with their animals.  Somehow they are softer and kinder. It is a joy to meet new people and their furry family members.

Do you have any special interests?

I am certified Fear Free which I believe is so important to the practice of veterinary medicine.   Most people understand what is happening to them when they visit the doctor’s office, but our pets do not.  Making their experience a happy one, one that is as stress-free and as pain-free as possible, is a top priority during my exams.

Do you have other areas of vet medicine you love? I have special interests in ophthalmology and pain management. I am certified in canine rehabilitation, which can be helpful for those pets recovering from surgery and especially those older dogs whose mobility is starting to decline.

What are your goals when you meet clients and patients?

I strive to create a solid veterinary/client/patient bond that will begin at that first puppy/kitten visit and last throughout their lifetime.

What do you bring to Brodheadsville?

I bring 31 years of experience in Veterinary medicine, ranging  from small animal medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, and canine rehabilitation, 

What pets do you have?

My husband and I are the proud pet parents of a yellow Labrador Retriever, Aubrey,  and a beautiful rescued feline (the love of my life),  Selah–which means “to Pause (paws) and give Praise”!

Learn more about the history of our clinic.

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