The Staten Island Veterinary Group is committed to serving you and your pet as we would want to be treated: with respect, sincerity, and honesty. We would like to acquaint you with our staff, who comprise our dedicated team.
- Jeffrey Kessler, D.V.M.
Dr. Jeffrey Kessler has been a practicing partner in the Staten Island Veterinary Group for the past fifteen years. Dr. Kessler earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Delaware and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. He performed his clinical year at Oklahoma State University School of Veterinary Medicine working with small animals, large animals, exotics, and primates prior to joining the Staten Island Veterinary Group. When he is not working he enjoys spending time with his family and his Devon Rex cats, Lucy and Ricky. Dr. Kessler is an avid movie-watcher and sports fan. He enjoys computers and doing handy work around the home.
- David Fuerst, D.V.M.
Dr. David Fuerst completed his Bachelor of Science degree in 1980 at Albright College in Pennsylvania. He continued his education at the University of Philippines where he obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1984. Dr. Fuerst then completed a clinical rotation at the University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine. He is very interested in surgery, both orthopedics and soft tissue, as well as internal medicine.
- Joanna Nortmann, D.V.M.
Dr. Joanna Nortmann earned her Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University in 2002. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical training at Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation in 2006, she joined a mixed animal practice in Edgerton, Ohio. She joined Staten Island Veterinary Group in the fall of 2007. Dr. Nortmann is now excited to offer acupuncture as an alternative therapy and is pursuing certification. When she is not working, Dr. Nortmann enjoys spending time with her cat Bella, and recently adopted dog Rosalie. She also enjoys skiing, horseback riding and spending time with friends and family.
- Joseph Spargifiore, D.V.M.
Dr. Joseph Spargifiore our newest associate, a native to Staten Island, attended Veterinary School at Ross University in St. Kitts in the West Indies with Dr. Nortmann. He then attended the University Of Minnesota College Of Veterinary Medicine for his fourth year clinical training. He brings to Staten Island Veterinary Group a clinical interest in dermatology and animal behavioral medicine. Dr. Joe is currently living in Queens, with his wife and his "Coconut Retriever", Amelia, which he rescued in the West Indies while attending Veterinary School. Dr. Joe is very excited to join Staten island Veterinary group and looks forward to working with all of our patients.
- Joanne Migliorato
Ms. Migliorato, Ms. Fazio and Ms. Priore are the Staten Island Veterinary Group’s administrative assistants/receptionists. They are very important team members to the practice. They are well-known and well-liked because of their calming, patient personalities and as well as their animal expertise. They are here to assist you, take your questions, and follow up.
- Rebecca Ocasio
As veterinary assistants, these staff persons are integral to carrying out the many functions of our veterinary facility. They are specially trained to assist with procedures, surgeries, and the overall quality care of your pet. All veterinary assistants are required to have experience and excellent rapport with each pet.