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.