Mary Lou Brongo, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. Brongo, 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.
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.
Christopher Shapley, DVM, CVA
Dr. Christopher Shapley began working at Brick Town Veterinary Hospital in May of 2018. He was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana but grew up in Toms River, New Jersey; he now resides in East Windsor. Dr. Shapley attended Montclair State University for undergrad and later went on to earn a DVM degree from the Western University of Health Sciences. He previously practiced at Freehold Animal Hospital.
Dr. Shapley is a specialist in veterinary acupuncture and herbal medicine. He has two pet dogs at home, Carrie and Bogey. In his spare time, Dr. Shapley enjoys Kung Fu, surfing, camping and archery.
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.
Brian Calabro, DVM
Dr. Brian Calabro grew up and currently resides in Toms River, New Jersey. He received an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University: Cook College and earned a DVM degree from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to joining the Brick town Veterinary Hospital team, Dr. Calabro practiced in Toms River. His special interests include endocrinopathies and soft tissue surgery.
In his spare time, Dr. Calabro enjoys exploring NYC and spending time at home with family and friends. He also shares his home with two cats named, Bunker and Bandit.
Lauren Korecky, DVM
Dr. Lauren Korecky was born and raised in Manalapan, New Jersey. She attended the University of Rhode Island for her undergraduate education, where she earned a degree in Aquaculture in 2009. Following graduation, she worked at the Turtleback Zoo in West Orange, New Jersey for two years, followed by a year and a half at a small animal practice. Dr. Korecky earned her degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2017, located on Prince Edward Island, Canada.
During her time at vet school, she completed an externship at the New England Aquarium, where she worked with fish, penguins, aquatic reptiles and marine mammals. Her professional interests include anesthesia, pain management, and exotics medicine.
Natalia Santos, DVM
Dr. Santos is a “Jersey Girl” through-and-through and was raised in Monmouth County, New Jersey. She received her Bachelors of Science in Animal Science from Rutgers University (Cook College) in 2014. During this time, she volunteered at Jenkinson’s Aquarium, a California wildlife center (Folsom Zoo Sanctuary), and local veterinary practices which confirmed her dream of practicing veterinary medicine.
Dr. Santos pursued her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in West Lafayette, Indiana. She enjoyed staying involved with student leadership with S.A.V.M.A (Student American Veterinary Medical Association) and had the opportunity to represent Zoetis™, a veterinary pharmaceutical company. A memorable moment was when she traveled to the Galapagos Islands with Darwin Animal Doctors during her third year of veterinary school to provide low-cost care to community cats and dogs. Some of you may have already interacted with Dr. Santos while she was doing her mentorship with us at Brick Town Veterinary Hospital!