Meet the Team of Our General & Emergency Veterinarian in Wayne NJ & Riverdale NJ

Kerri Barbarossa

In addition to being our office manager, Kerri is a wedding hairdresser. Kerri is "turtle crazy" and lives with Rainbow, a red ear slider, and two tortoises named Sandy and Mud. When Sandy, a Sulcata tortoise, grows to her full size of 150 pounds she will work security at the office. Her dog Kiya, a Labrador mix, is a certified therapy dog who helps kids to read. Kiya's favorite books are Lassie, Old Yeller and Benji, and she also waits tables at the local kennel while pursuing an acting career.

Kerri previously taught horsemanship at a children's camp with the help of Chief, a quarter horse mare. She enjoys camping, fishing and four-wheeling, so we expect that she will never miss work due to snow.

Kyle Van Sweden

Kyle Van Sweden

Kyle grew up in Vernon but recently moved to this area. After getting an Associate degree in 3D Computer Art, he decided to work with pets, first at a doggie day care and then with Animal Care Center of North Jersey.

Kyle likes to hike and play video games. He also keeps an aloe plant wearing a finger puppet on his night stand. He has a mixed-breed dog named Savannah and a cat named Maple. Kyle has a soft spot for Kiwis (the endangered bird, not the people or the fruit) and dreams of having a Kiwi petting zoo. His favorite color is green and he speaks fluent English.

Amanda Majewski

Amanda Majewski

Animals are Amanda's be-all and end-all. She has volunteered at an animal shelter and worked on a horse farm, with wildlife, at a tanning salon (not for animals) and now with the fine people and animals at Animal Care Center of North Jersey.

Amanda is a triplet along with her two brothers, one of whom is in the Marines. She has been a gymnast, has ridden jumping horses and received an art school scholarship. At home, Amanda has a Maine Coon cat named Rascal and a dog that we do not talk about. She has also visited Croatia!

Kiera Schneider

Before working at Animal Care Center and Companion Veterinary Hospital, Kiera worked at a pizza parlor where she preferred chicken pizza to Nutella-and-banana-topped pizza. She roots for the Jets—with little to show for it—and enjoys playing soccer polo-style on a four wheeler.

Kiera is infatuated with her Bernese Mountain puppy, Myla. She likes the outdoors which will help if she ever gets an elephant, which is her favorite animal. Kiera likes the beach and ocean but would rather drink like a fish than fish in the drink.

Christina Lee

Christina Lee

Christina helps us on weekends and is considering applying to veterinary school. She graduated from SUNY Binghamton where she rallied the Bearcats as a cheerleader. During the week she works at a pain management clinic. What little time she has left she spends with her cats Rizzo and Dexter. She is not sure if she can still do a back handspring.

Raeleesha Greene

Raeleesha Greene

Our Rae of sunshine recently moved to New Jersey from Brooklyn. Her interests lie South of the border – she likes Mexican food, Spanish music and would like to visit Brazil. Rae is in her second year of a veterinary technician program at Mercy College. Raeleesha has visited Trinidad, has a dog named Pistachio and likes amusement parks and dolphins. She makes her bed each morning.

Brittany Oriente

Brittany Oriente

Brittany is the rabbit lady. While her father owns a boarding kennel, Brittany does rabbit sitting and day care. She has seven bunnies of her own, all of them rescue rabbits, that outnumber her pack of four beagles who have no interest in chasing the bunnies. Fish, chickens and two dogs round out the fin, feather and fur family. One of her rabbits, Mr. Fem, is a hermaphrodite.

Olivia Ondrof

Olivia Ondrof

Despite her small stature there is much to say about double O. Olivia has a Lab/Dachshund/Beagle mix named Oscar who can’t decide what type of animal he should hunt. You will have to ask her what his butt looks like. She would like to have two pigs but settles for a squeezy pig by her bed for now. She was 2 pounds at birth and through eating pasta and having a cheese addiction looks forward to someday breaking 100 pounds. She holds the record of 42 stolen bases at her High School where she was charged as a juvenile. Olivia plays drums, guitar, piano and clarinet. Her family has a property in upstate NY with no running water and she has jumped 1,623 consecutive times on a pogo stick.

Aniah Whitmire

Aniah Whitmire

Aniah is a student and Delta Phi Epsilon sorority sister at William Paterson University where she is studying biology. She keeps a turtle puzzle, lava lamp, jellyfish in a jar and a Wizard of Oz Pez display next to her bed and has a stuffed sloth in her car. She has two dogs and three cats, likes sweet potatoes and roller coasters and hopes to become a veterinarian.

Kelly Barreto

Kelly Barreto

Kelly’s family comes from Peru where they left to avoid spitting llamas. She sings, plays piano and enjoys ice cream. She used to volunteer at the ASPCA shelter in New York and work at the Meadowlands Raceway. She is studying to be an ultrasound technician and would like to ultrasound a manatee.

Nicole Norato

Nicole Norato

Horses are Nicole’s be all and end all and have been since she was 10. She studied Equine Science and Breeding in college and until she came to us she worked at a horse farm. She owns a standard bred mare, Stella, who lives at Nicole’s parents home in Sussex County where she gets fat on grass and dresses in purple. She likes wolves and pasta – spaghetti with butter is her favorite.

Hiram Do Rag Phelps

Hiram "Do Rag" Phelps

Hiram, a red-eared slider, is the waiting room greeter at Animal Care Center. Our policy is to accept stray or injured animals, including wildlife, then we try to find a pet's owner or treat and either release or transfer wildlife to Wildlife Freedom Rehabilitation Center. That is how Hiram came to us. He was abandoned in a foreclosed home and dropped off by a bank employee. Initially shy, he literally came out of his shell after a few days and charmed each person who came through the hospital's doors. We decided to keep him around and put him to work in the waiting room welcoming our clients. Measuring 12 inches from nose to tail and weighing 5 pounds, he has thrived in his role as greeter. Always curious, Hiram never fails to give a warm hello and a day doesn't go by without a child shouting, "Look at that turtle!"

Nigel Bardsley

Nigel Bardsley

After moving from his native England as a hatchling, Nigel fell in with the wrong crowd and was known on the river banks as Napoleon Bonecrusher. He came to us for tattoo removals as part of his court-mandated rehabilitation program and has been a model Chelonian ever since.

The popularity of Hiram at Animal Care Center inspired Nigel to join the team at our Companion Veterinary Hospital office. During business hours, he welcomes visitors who can now safely put their fingers in his tank without being bitten. After hours, all bets are off. On a good day he likes to sing Sinatra tunes.

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