Meet the Skilled Veterinarians
of Brick Town Veterinary Hospital, P.A.
- Richard Pearson, MS VMD
Dr.Pearson founded Brick Town Veterinary Hospital, P.A. in 1973. Upon graduating from Penn State University with a BS and MS degree, he then attended the University of Pennsylvania for his veterinary education. Now semi-retired, he is only involved with administrative duties. He enjoys gardening, dining out and traveling with his girlfriend Maureen. He also enjoys spending time in Maryland with his daughter, Lucie, son-in-law, Jeff and granddaughters Brietta and Meredith.
- David Buist, VMD
Dr. Buist started his veterinary career with Brick Town Veterinary Hospital, P.A., in 1984, after completing his veterinary training at the University of Pennsylvania. His special interests include surgery, orthopedic surgery, reproduction, and pediatrics.
He has been married to his wife, Mary Beth, since 1978. She recently retired from teaching at the high school in Lacey Township. Together they have three children: Rebecca, a high school teacher; David, a chemist; and Ryan, who is currently attending Rutgers in New Brunswick. Their family pets over the years have included various dogs, canaries, hamsters, rabbits, and, for brief periods of time, the odd snake or turtle. When not working at Brick Town Veterinary Hospital, other passions in Dr Buist’s life include fishing, tying fishing flies, wood carving, reading, cooking with his wife, gardening, and the beach. He hopes to be able to fish with his grandkids someday.
- Debra Fiorito, DVM, FAVD, Dip. AVDC
Dr. Fiorito obtained her animal science degree from Cook College, Rutgers University in 1979. She then attended Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1983. She became a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry in 1988 and was board certified as a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College in 1995. She has been involved with veterinary dental referral work since 1988. Dr. Fiorito has authored case reports and articles in various professional journals, including Canine Practice, Veterinary Practice Staff, The Compendium and Journal of Veterinary Dentistry. She has also lectured on veterinary dental topics to a variety of local, state, and national veterinary medical organizations.
- Teresa Conway, DVM
Dr. Conway graduated in 1991 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, summa cum laude and a Commonwealth Scholar. She then received her DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in 1995. She joined Brick Town Veterinary Hospital in 1998 after working two years near Buffalo, New York, and one year in Matawan, New Jersey. Her interests include ultrasound (abdominal and cardiac), internal medicine, behavior, and dermatology. While most of her time is spent on cats and dogs, she does treat the occasional “pocket pet” (ferrets, guinea pigs, and rodents). She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association, Jersey Shore Veterinary Medical Association, Cornell Feline Health Center, and Omega Tau Sigma.
Dr. Conway’s favorite thing to do outside of work is spend time with her family (husband Glen, son Ryan, third-hand pug Stinky Winston, and the two Siamese cats, Hobo and Sookie). She also likes to garden, read, and do anything outside that lets her listen to the birds or the ocean.
- Adam Christman, DVM, MBA
Dr. Christman joined the Brick Town Veterinary Hospital family July 2006. He is a true Jersey Shore guy. Having been born and raised in Brick, he was actually a veterinary technician with us while attending Brick Township High School. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in animal science and a minor in Spanish from Cook College, Rutgers University in 2000. He received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. He received his masters in Business
Administration (MBA) in 2012 from Aspen University. He is currently studing for his CVPM (certified Veterinary Practice Manager).
Dr. Christman is a huge advocate for shelter medicine and animal welfare. He firmly believes in treating every animal with the respect and dignity it rightfully deserves. As a result, he devotes some of his work to the Jersey Shore Animal Shelter. His special interests include small animal internal medicine, nutrition, and oncology. In 2004, he was awarded the Pfizer Award for Excellence in Small Animal Internal Medicine, as well as the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine Award for Excellence in Bedside Manner and the Human Animal Bond. He was also awarded the Nestle Purina Award for Outstanding Efforts in Small Animal Clinical Nutrition.
Dr. Christman has lectured throughout the country for Pfizer Animal Health, discussing the importance of treating obesity in pets. He is featured on Pfizer Animal Health’s DVD, “Slentrol—A Client’s Testimonial” and was also on NJN’s “The Pet Stop” in 2008, discussing the significance of canine obesity. He also enjoys talking to local elementary and high school students about the veterinary profession.
He is the proud owner of an adorable beagle named Charlie, a paralyzed longhaired dachshund named Cosmo, and a recently adopted a dapple dachshund from the Jersey Shore Animal Center named Chelsea, and a shorthaired dachshund named Connor. He enjoys working out, amusement parks, New York City, and anything involving his dogs. He is the proud uncle and godfather to his nephew, Gavin Thomas.
- Mary Lou Brongo, DVM
Dr. Brongo is originally from upstate New York. Having been in New Jersey for a number of years, she received her bachelor of science degree in animal science from Rutgers University, Cook College, where she did some interesting thesis work with a rare species of pigs at the Bronx Zoo. After Cook, she headed west to Oklahoma State University where she earned her DVM.
At OSU she concentrated on small animal internal medicine and surgery and was involved in numerous outreach programs. She received awards for promoting the human–animal bond, excellence in the field of small animal nutrition, and representing her class and school to the public at large. For three years, she was a class representative, acting as liaison between faculty and students. She now lives in Brick with her large family of animals. She practiced for several years in North Jersey before coming to Brick Town Veterinary Hospital. When not practicing medicine, she enjoys biking, hiking, going to New York City theatre, relaxing with her family, and spending time with friends.
- Damian Mazzocchi V.M.D.
Dr. Mazzocchi is the newest member of our team of veterinarians. Although he is a new doctor he certainly is not a new face to BTVH. Dr. Mazzocchi has worked as a veterinary technician at BTVH prior to attending veterinary school and over summer breaks to further hone his technical skills. A Jersey boy, Dr. Mazzochi was raised in Brick, and attended Christian Brothers Academy, followed by Monmouth University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in biology. He then went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania: School of Veterinary Medicine, where he earned his veterinary degree and completed the Veterinary Business Management Association Certificate Program, and received the American College of Veterinary Radiology Student Award. Dr. Mazzocchi was very fortunate to attend the University of Pennsylvania because he had the rare opportunity to train at Ryan Animal Hospital, one of the nation’s most renowned veterinary hospitals. Here he was able to learn the newest and most cutting edge techniques in small animal care currently available. He is excited to bring and apply this knowledge to BTVH. Although he loves every aspect of animal care and treatment, he has a strong interest in dentistry, internal medicine, radiology, surgery, and animal behavior.
Outside of work Dr. Mazzocchi has a love for horses and enjoys training and starting young horses. Currently he is training a three year old Warmblood who he has taken a special interest in. On Dr. Mazzocchi’s down time he can be found working at the stable and spending time with his two Yorkshire Terriers, Striker and Malibu, who never leave his side. He loves spending time outdoors in any capacity, and enjoys watching and playing sports, especially hockey. Dr. Mazzocchi is very adept at working with computers and spends some of his spare time building computers and fixing problems for his friends and families computers. During BTVH’s transition to paperless record keeping, Dr. Mazzocchi was very instrumental in making the process of switching very smooth and problem free. He certainly will be an asset to BTVH with his proficiency in IT skills as well as his natural abilities to care for animals in every aspect of veterinary medicine. Dr. Mazzocchi has had the unique experience of living with many different breeds of dogs during the last ten years of his life. This experience has made him well rounded as a veterinarian and given him insight into canine behavior. His experience with animals, small and large, during his life has made Dr. Mazzocchi a versatile doctor who treats animals with a “complete approach” to their well being and welfare.
- Patricia Leff, DVM
Dr. Leff joined our practice after relocating from Florida where she has practiced since her graduation from the University Of Florida College Of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Leff was born and raised in New Jersey until leaving to obtain her undergraduate degree which she received from Eckerd College in St Petersburg, Florida. Dr. Leff then continued on with her education at the University of Florida where she obtained both her Masters and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees. Dr. Leff really enjoys practicing small animal medicine and getting to promote the human animal bond. Her main areas of interest include dermatology and internal medicine. She has also completed courses in small animal acupuncture at the Chi Institute in Florida and she hopes to start to incorporate this in her practice along with some herbal therapies.
Outside of work Dr. Leff is busy being a mom of two little girls. You can often find her with her girls at the park, gymnastics, beach etc. While being a mother brings Dr.Leff great joy, she also enjoys spending time with her husband, cooking and reading.