Mary Lou Brongo, DVM — Co-Chief of Staff
Dr. Brongo, Co-Chief of Staff, 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 (OSU), where she earned her DVM degree.
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.
Adam Christman, DVM, MBA — Co-Chief of Staff
Dr. Christman, Co-Chief of Staff, joined the Brick Town Veterinary Hospital family in July 2006. He is a true Jersey Shore guy. Having been born and raised in Brick, he was 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 attending a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) program.
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.
David Buist, VMD
Dr. Buist started his veterinary career with Brick Town Veterinary Hospital 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.
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. Dr. Fiorito became a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry in 1988, and was the first in the state of New Jersey to become board-certified as a veterinary dental specialist with the American Veterinary Dental College in 1995.
Dr. Fiorito has been involved with veterinary dental referral practice serving New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania for over 25 years. She 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.
Damian Mazzocchi, VMD
Dr. Mazzocchi is a veterinarian at Brick Town Veterinary Hospital. A Jersey boy, Dr. Mazzocchi was raised in Brick and attended Christian Brothers Academy, followed by Monmouth University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in biology. Prior to attending veterinary school and over summer breaks, Dr. Mazzocchi worked at BTVH as a technician to further hone his technical skills.
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.
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. She 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.
Address / Hours
251 Chambers Bridge Road
Brick, NJ 08723
P: (732) 477-9440
F: (732) 477-9560
Pet Dental Special
Get 15% Off Pet Dental Cleanings January-March, 2017!*
|Take advantage of our
'Winter Whitening Sale'!
Did you know that dental health is an important part of your pet's overall wellness routine? It is estimated that nearly 80% of pets have some level of dental disease, a condition that can cause serious and expensive consequences if not managed properly.
The veterinarians at Brick Town Veterinary Hospital want to give you and your pet dog or cat something to smile about. Book a dental cleaning from January through March 2017 and receive 15% off.*
Call us today at (732) 477-9440 to book an appointment for your pet!
Social Media Helps Senior Pet Find Furever Home
As many of you know, Dr. Christman has a passion for helping better the lives of homeless pets in our area. Jesse, a 10 year old dachshund was surrendered because his owners were moving. This was incredibly traumatic for the dog as he would not eat or play in the hopes that his owners would come back for him.
Pets & Parasites Webisode
In this webisode, Drs. Adam Christman and Patricia Leff of Brick Town Veterinary Hospital, delve into a popular summertime topic for pet owners — Parasite Prevention.
Dr. Christman begins with a discussion of ectoparasites (parasites that live on a pet's skin, such as fleas and ticks) and endoparasites (parasites that live inside a pet, such as roundworms, tapeworms, and whipworms). He also explains whether you should use a topical versus an oral preventative.
Finally, Dr. Christman gives a detailed overview of the most popular products on the market for the prevention of fleas, ticks, heartworms and other parasites, including:
- Frontline Plus
- K9 Advantix
- Scalibor (tick collars)
Refer a Friend Program
Give and get $10 off your next visit
We love having you as a client and always appreciate the confidence you show us by telling your friends and family about our hospital. We want to reward you for sending us new clients by offering a $10.00 coupon to you for each referral appointment booked. Simply tell your friends to mention your name when they book an appointment.
As an added bonus, the person you referred will receive a $10.00 coupon when they come in for their appointment — it's a win, win situation.
We hope you and your friends will continue to be satisfied with the quality of care that our doctors and staff provide. Please feel free to call us at (732) 477-9440 anytime to learn more about this program or to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Listen to Dr. Fiorito on 'A Paws for Your Pet'
Dr. Fiorito of our Brick Town Veterinary Dental Referral Service has been asked to appear monthly as a guest on an NBC affiliate radio program, A 'Paws' for Your Pet with Lorry Young. The program airs on Sunday afternoons on WMVB 1440 AM.
In the segment, Dr. Fiorito details various topics in veterinary dentistry and answers questions from callers on dental problems that their pets might be experiencing.
The radio show is made possible and sponsored by Jersey Shore Compounding Pharmacy.
Click the Play button at left to listen to the broadcasts.
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An Inside Look at an Animal Shelter with Dr. Christman
"The Doctor Christman Show" Takes You Behind the Scenes at a Local Animal Shelter
Wonder what it takes to care for animals in need? Our very own Dr. Adam Christman takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Jersey Shore Animal Center in Brick, NJ. You'll get to meet some adorable dogs and cats that are in desperate need of their forever homes as well as several hard-working and dedicated team members, including volunteers, that keep the shelter up and running.
In this episode of "The Doctor Christman Show," you'll also get a glimpse at the many challenges facing animal shelters. Dr. Christman also discusses the benefits of adopting from a shelter — did you know that for the price of adoption, you are really getting about $600 worth of veterinary services? Most pets from shelters have been examined, microchipped, and spayed/neutered before you take them home.
Janet Sullivan — Office Manager
Janet has been with Brick Town Veterinary Hospital since 1995. She has a dog named Twiggy; two ferrets, CoCo and Spanky; and a grandpup named Mia. When not at work, she enjoys being with family and friends, especially with her grandson, Tyler.
Linda Vogel, RVT — Veterinary Technician Supervisor
Linda is the technician supervisor at Brick Town Veterinary Hospital and has worked here for many years. She specializes in critical care and surgery. She has two children, Sean and Jamie. When not working, she enjoys reading, gardening, horseback riding, and New York theater.
Jennifer Cwiklinski — Customer Care Representative
Jennifer has been at Brick Town Veterinary Hospital since September 2008. She grew up in Toms River and moved to Brick when she married. Jennifer has two dogs and four cats. One of her cats, Stanley, was rescued while she was working here. She also is taking a course to be a technician. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys. Jennifer loves all the time spent with her family and animals.
Eve Ellenport - Customer Care Representative
Eve has been a part of the Brick Town Veterinary Hospital team since June 2003. Although she has pursued multiple careers in the past, she is happiest being in contact with animals. From working here, she acquired two gorgeous kittens that she raised from only two days old: Marvin Winkleman and Penelope (photos available upon request). Sadly, she lost Marvin to lymphoma in November 2007. In February 2008, she adopted her 11-year-old baby, Bubba Martin, and in March 2009, she adopted her diabetic cat, Wilford Brimley. A year later, Wilford Brimley overcame her diabetes and is a healthy, happy girl along with her brother and sister. In her spare time, Eve likes to read, cook, and travel to Ireland whenever she can.
Does Your Pet Need a Summer Slim Down?
As summer approaches and we all try to slim down to fit into our bathing suits, let's take a minute and look at our four-legged friends. The cold winter months have been hard on us all — confined inside for weeks with little to no outdoor activity or exercise. Often our fur babies are curled up next to us on the couch as we binge on the latest Netflix series and munch on whatever salty snacks are satisfying our craving. It is easy to see how we might have put on a little extra weight.
We all like to make excuses for our animal's weight gain; she/he is big boned, she/he needs a haircut, my husband or wife gives table scraps (usually the fault of the person not present at the time of examination for Fluffy's ten pound weight gain). Obesity in our pets is not a joking matter, it is a real problem!
Studies show that over 50% of our pets are overweight or obese... from a clinical setting I would say that this number is likely higher. Being overweight can lead to problems like diabetes, joint disease, and respiratory issues to name a few. Fat causes inflammation throughout the body that can affect all organ systems. The good news is we can start our pets on a weight loss program today that will lead to a healthy, longer life.
Flea & Tick Season is EVERY Season
Happy Spring to both you and your pets! We tend to think that flea and tick season in our area is prevalent more in the spring and summer time, but actually it is every season. Fleas and ticks are pesky external parasites that have potential to cause serious problems to your pet and even yourself. Here is some information about these pesky pests and our recommendations for prevention.