Meet the Team

  • Megan Edelle, DVM
    Megan Edelle, DVM
    Practice Owner

    Education: Cornell University

    Dr. Edelle grew up in a suburb of New York City. She graduated from Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with a Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude in 2000. She went on to complete her degree in Veterinary Medicine at Cornell in 2004. Her initial interest was working with horses. She did an internship at Mid Atlantic Equine Medical Center straight out of vet school, and went on to work there until she decided to transition to small animals in 2009. In April of 2018, she was elected to the Executive Board of the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Ben, two sons Braden and Reece, and daughter Evie Leigh. She also enjoys horseback-riding, hiking, and relaxing at home with her pets: Pearl, a Mexican Hairless, two mixed breeds Risley and Finn, two cats: Mika and Neo, hedgehog Dottie, tortoise Tortellini, and a large fish tank.

  • Rebecca Cozzarelli, DVM
    Rebecca Cozzarelli, DVM
    Associate Veterinarian

    Education: St. George's University

    Dr. Cozzarelli was born and raised in Belleville, NJ; where at a young age, she promised her childhood pets that she would become a veterinarian. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2012 with a bachelor degree in Animal Science. She then went on to veterinary school at St. George’s University in Grenada and completed her clinical year at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine graduating in January 2017. Dr. Cozzarelli’s special interests include traveling. She has traveled to South Africa on three separate occasions working with various wildlife rehabilitation centers tending to lions, elephants, rhinos, wildebeest, impala, and kudu. She has also become very passionate at trying to diminish the high poaching rate of rhinos. During her free time, Dr. Cozzarelli enjoys spending time with her family and friends, including her husband Dan as well as her cat Earl.

  • Kaylene Passione, DVM
    Kaylene Passione, DVM
    Associate Veterinarian

    Education: St. George’s University

    Dr. Passione grew up in Hackettstown, NJ and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology in 2016 from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. She then went on to veterinary school at St. George’s University in Grenada and completed her clinical training at Cornell University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. George's University in 2021. You may recognize Dr. Passione, as she worked at VCMC as an assistant prior to attending vet school. She is so excited to return to VCMC in this new capacity. Dr. Passione's special interests include dermatology and emergency medicine. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, and spending time with her cat Tipsy. 

  • Christina Rolchigo, DVM
    Christina Rolchigo, DVM
    Associate Veterinarian

    Education: University of Minnesota

    Dr. Rolchigo grew up in Warren, NJ and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Animal Biosciences from the University of Delaware in 2018. She then went on to complete veterinary school at the University of Minnesota in 2022. Dr. Rolchigo’s special interests include ophthalmology and nutrition. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, her boyfriend Evan, and their two dogs, Mojo and Cashew. She also loves to read, watch movies and explore new restaurants!

  • Hailey Stine, DVM
    Hailey Stine, DVM
    Associate Veterinarian

    Education: Ross University

    Dr. Stine was born and raised in Hunterdon County, NJ where she developed a love for animals at a young age. She graduated from Drew University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Business Studies. Dr. Stine went on to veterinary school at Ross University on the Island of St. Kitts and completed her clinical year at Colorado State University, graduating in May 2023. Dr. Stine’s special interests include soft tissue surgery and ophthalmology. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her fiancé Tom, her dog Koi, and two cats Ruth and Chicken. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, going on hikes and spending time with family and friends.

  • John Paul DeTrolio, DVM
    John Paul DeTrolio, DVM
    Associate Veterinarian

    Education: Ross University

    Dr. DeTrolio was born and raised in East Hanover, NJ. He graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Ecology and a minor in Chemistry. Dr. DeTrolio went on to study veterinary medicine at Ross University on the Island of St. Kitts and completed his clinical year at the University of Illinois, graduating in September 2023. Dr. DeTrolio’s special interests include preventative medicine and neurology. In his free time he enjoys spending time outside fishing, going on hikes with his dog Romano (like the cheese), cooking, landscaping and hardscaping, aquaponics, maintaining his planted aquarium, and playing the piano.

  • Tracey Cantamessa, DVM
    Tracey Cantamessa, DVM
    Associate Veterinarian

    Education:  Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

    Dr. Tracey Cantamessa, known as Dr. C by her clients, is a proud native of Northern New Jersey. She currently resides in Essex County with her husband, two daughters, their dog Meadow, and two feline companions, Johnny and Harry. Dr. Cantamessa embarked on her academic journey at the University of Virginia, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in English. Subsequently, she pursued her passion for veterinary medicine at Tufts Veterinary School, earning her doctorate degree.

    With 20 years of experience in small animal practice, Dr. Cantamessa is dedicated to providing exceptional care to all animals. Her professional focus also extends to exotic animal medicine, where she actively engages in counseling owners on husbandry and advocates for environmental enrichment across all species. Notably, she is a featured guest speaker at Willy’s Wabbits annual Buntoberfest, highlighting her commitment to support the rabbit care community.

    Beyond her specialized interests, Dr. Cantamessa exhibits a sensitive approach, comforting fearful and timid patients with her calm demeanor. She is thoughtful in her workup of internal medicine cases, proficient in soft tissue surgery, and believes in the value of preventative care for her patients. Dr. Cantamessa’s compassionate approach was recognized early on and she was honored with the Humanitarian award at her veterinary school graduation.

    Outside the clinic, Dr. Cantamessa cherishes quality time with family and friends, seeking solace in nature through invigorating hikes. Sundays are often spent on horseback alongside her eldest daughter. Passionate about visual arts, she enjoys photography and collaborates with her husband on fun video projects. Her love for travel has taken her to remarkable destinations, including Yellowstone National Park and Tanzania, Africa, with hopes of exploring Costa Rica next.

    Adding to her diverse interests, Dr. Cantamessa is a freshwater aquarium hobbyist. Notably, she boasts an impressive 11-year-old Sailfin Pleco (Pterygoblichthys gibbiceps) that has grown to over a foot long! 

  • Dr. Jess Manjally
    Jess Manjally, DVM
    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Manjally grew up in Edison, NJ with a goal to always be surrounded by animals in her life. She decided she wanted to be a veterinarian when she was 8 years old watching animal planet, and her passion never went away. She received her Bachelor of Science from Rutgers University. She went on to attend veterinary school at Long Island University, where she founded multiple organization chapters such as the Veterinary Surgery Club and Association of Asian American Veterinary Practitioners. In her spare time, Dr. Manjally can be found dancing, painting, and fussing over her cat Doja Cat.  

  • Scott
    Scott M.
    General Practice Manager

    Scott is our Chief Veterinary Technician, Practice Manager, and Ultrasonographer. He graduated with honors from the Ultrasound Diagnostic School of NJ in 2002. Scott honed his skills working as a Mobile Ultrasonographer following graduation. He has over 20 years experience and is highly skilled in venipuncture, radiology, assisting in surgery, and of course, ultrasonography. Scott resides in Landing, NJ, living on beautiful Lake Hopatcong. On his days off, he enjoys cruising around the lake on his boat.

  • Wendy
    Wendy P.
    General Office Manager

    Wendy is an experienced office manager with a passion for animal care. With a decade of dedicated service in the veterinary field, Wendy brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role. Having previously served as a practice manager, she excels in creating a supportive and efficient environment. Wendy's love for animals and people is evident in her daily work, where she thrives on providing the best care for both pets and their owners. Wendy also finds great joy in collaborating with her colleagues, offering support, and lending a helping hand wherever needed. Her dedication to both the staff and the animals they care for is a testament to her commitment to the well-being of all involved.

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    Meg P.
    Practice Manager, Florham Park

    Meg graduated with a Bachelor's in Animal Science from UC Davis. She specializes in venipuncture, anesthesia monitoring, and laser therapy. When not at VCMC, Meg enjoys gardening, metal working, and spending time with her husband and daughter.

  • Lisa
    Lisa S.
    Technology and Facilities Manager

    Lisa joined VCMC in 2013 as a Client Care Specialist. She graduated from Kean University in 2015 with a BS in Business Management. In her time off, she fosters kittens for a rescue and enjoys spending time with her cats Henry, Marvel, Groot, PercyLynn, and Buddy and her pitbull Twiggy.

  • Elyse
    Elyse D.
    Lead Surgery Technician

    Elyse was born and raised here in East Hanover. She started working at VCMC in 2004 as a Kennel Attendant. Through the years, Elyse has worked her way up the ranks and is now one of our valued technicians. She specializes in therapeutic laser therapy, venipuncture and radiology. When not at the VCMC, Elyse enjoys photography, the beach, and hanging out with her two dogs: Gunner and Lexie.

  • Kayla
    Kayla H.
    Manager of Veterinary Assistants

    Kayla has been active in animal welfare from an early age. She volunteers with her local animal rescues as well as wildlife rehabilitation centers. Outside of work she enjoys traveling, hiking, and camping. At home she cares for her four cats, Deco, Sheba, Milo, and Sammy, as well as her two pitbulls, Mama Hugs and Ella.

  • Ashley
    Ashley P.
    Veterinary Technician

    Joining VCMC in 2021, Ashley brings 6 years of experience in the field. You can often find her behind the scenes in our dental suites where she devotes her love and expertise in dental cleanings, care, and prevention. In her free time she enjoys cooking and spending time with her 3 year old cat named Chai.

  • HaleyB
    Haley B.
    Veterinary Technician

    Holding 7 years of veterinary experience, Haley has been with VCMC since 2021. Graduating from West Virginia Welseyan College, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Her favorite thing about working with us is forming personalized patient and client relationships. You may have seen her friendly face when you come in for your pet's technician appointments! In her free time she enjoys reading, running and snuggling with her pets. She has three cats, Smudge, Lucy and Pancake.

  • EmilyD
    Emily D.
    Veterinary Technician

    Joining our team in 2022 as a veterinary technician, Emily brings 5 years of experience having had worked in general medicine as well as working with Chimpanzees! Her favorite part about veterinary medicine is being able to educate and advocate the importance of spays and neuters for our pets. You can often find Emily behind the scenes assisting in the OR for soft tissue surgeries. In her free time you can find her relaxing at home with her Doberman, Micro Pig, and 2 cats. 

  • Brittany-Bachorik
    Brittany B.
    Veterinary Technician

    Brittany joined VCMC as a Veterinary Technician in December 2020 and brings 6 years experience with her. She has her Associate's degree in General Biology from County College of Morris and a Bachelor's degree in Animal Physiology and Behavior from William Paterson University. She loves to cook and bake with her boyfriend, Vinny, and watch horror movies year-round. Brittany has a dog named Shiloh and 3 cats named Kiara, Snickers and Jynx.

  • Caitlynn
    Caitlynn M.
    Veterinary Technician

    Bio coming soon!

  • Sherrie
    Sherrie V.
    Veterinary Technician

    Joining the VCMC team in October 2023, Sherrie brings 8 years of veterinary experience working in emergency and critical care. Her favorite part about being a part of our team is being able to watch the progression and development of our patients through annual health examinations and chronic therapies. She is looking forward to more time in the OR, assisting in soft tissue surgeries. In her free time she loves to bake and play with her Bernese Mountain dog, Noah.

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    Joe H.
    Veterinary Technician

    Bio coming soon!

  • Rachel
    Rachel F.
    Veterinary Technician

    Rachel joined the VCMC team after moving from Utah in 2023. She has always had a deep love for animals so working in the veterinary field is a dream come true. Rachel is very passionate about working to build relationships with her patients and finding ways to make their visits as happy as possible using Fear Free/low stress methods. She views every day as an opportunity to learn something new and continue to grow as a technician to provide the best possible care to your fur babies. When not at work she spends her time with her husband David, their two dogs Dixie and Flora, and their cat Carlton Lassiter. She loves Scotland, traveling, watching movies, reading, and hopes to one day move to Australia to work with the wildlife there. 

  • Sarah
    Sarah M.
    Veterinary Technician

    Joining our team in 2023, Sarah brings 7 years of veterinary experience in all of surgery, exotics, wildlife, and emergency. Her favorite thing about being in the field is being able to educate and communicate with owners. Sarah is Fear Free certified and devotes her work to pets who need a little extra time and attention ensuring happy and successful visits. In her free time she loves to cook, hike, and spend time with her little zoo. She has 3 cats named Chicken, Mochi, and Marble, a gecko named Buzz, and a snake named Mercury.

  • Mara
    Mara M.
    Veterinary Technician

    Mara, with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Animal Science from Rutgers University, has worked in Veterinary Medicine for the past two and a half years. Her passion for exotic species fuels her ambition to become an exotics veterinarian, currently preparing to apply to vet school. At home, alongside her fiancé Steve, she's devoted to her two cherished rabbits, Rory and Hux. Mara is enthusiastic about contributing her expertise and compassion to care for all creatures at VCMC.

  • Casey
    Casey D.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Joining us in October of 2023, Casey comes with 2.5 years of experience from doggy daycares and boarding facilities. Since joining VCMC, Casey finds that she loves client and patient interactions, getting to know each and every one of her patient's personal cares and needs. In her free time you can find her with a book in hand, next to her Siamese mixed cat named Razzle. Casey looks forward to learning more and expanding her knowledge, toward a longtime future career in veterinary medicine. 

  • Coming Soon
    Tommy V.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Bio coming soon!

  • Phoenix
    Phoenix G.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Phoenix has been immersed in animal care from as soon as he could walk. Fostering cats and volunteering at shelters ignited a passion for aiding those in need. During his downtime, you'll find Phoenix cuddled up with his cat Luigi on the couch enjoying video games.

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    Mac V.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Bio coming soon!

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    Brooke D.
    Veterinary Attendant

    Bio coming soon!

  • Christine
    Christine R.
    Veterinary Attendant

    Christine is a life-long resident of East Hanover. She graduated from Hanover Park High School.  She has three grown children and six grandchildren.  She loves all animals and enjoys helping and caring for them. In her free time, she loves relaxing at home with her grandchildren and her cats.

  • Erin
    Erin H.
    Veterinary Assistant/Client Care Specialist

    Erin has been with the Vet Center since 2004. She is our 'Jane of all trades', most of you have seen her working in reception, kennel, and as a veterinary assistant! In her spare time, Erin enjoys spending time with her husband, four children, and two dogs. 

  • Tiffany
    Tiffany C.
    Client Care Specialist

    Tiffany joined the VCMC team in March 2020, and brings seven years experience in the veterinary field with her. Her favorite role is being a mom. She also loves to play with her dog named Cosita Mia and her cats, Keanu, Pip, Masha, Tofu, and Angel.

  • Brenda
    Brenda B.
    Client Care Specialist

    Brenda joined us here at VCMC in 2022 after many years of being a devoted pet mom. You can find Brenda at our front desks cheerily greeting you and your fur babies as you come in for your appointments. Her favorite thing about working with us is being the first and last points of communication for all of your family's needs. She especially loves to be the first one to see the new puppies and kittens! In her free time she enjoys hiking and spending time with her 3 cats, and her Rottweiler Luna.

  • Annie
    Annie S.
    Client Care Specialist

    Annie is one of our most long standing employees, starting at VCMC in 2002. She specializes in compassionate client care and giving individualized attention to our clients. Annie enjoys gardening and dance parties with her children. Her fur babies include Tanya, Mr. Miyagi and Penny, and she also has a turtle named Mr. Turtle.

  • Nicole
    Nicole N.
    Client Care Specialist

    Bio coming soon!

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne M.
    Client Care Specialist

    Jeanne recently joined the VCMC team in December of 2023 as a client care specialist. She has a passion for all animals, and has had so many different types of pets throughout her life- dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, birds, fish, and even hermit crabs. In 2022, Jeanne rescued a French bulldog named Betty, and she has not been able to stop talking about her since! If you have had the pleasure of meeting Jeanne, we are sure you have had the pleasure of hearing about Betty at some point. She's also had 3 Boston Terriers throughout her life- Jackson, Martini, and now Kramer! Outside of animals, Jeanne's favorite things consist of riding roller coasters, trying new foods, and watching TV after a long day of talking about Betty.

  • Neyda
    Neyda R.
    Client Care Specialist

    Bio coming soon!

  • Joanna
    Joanna R.
    Client Care Specialist

    Joanna joined VCMC late 2023 and brings with her a knowledgeable background in handling large breeds! In her free time Joanna enjoys yoga, baking, and watching movies with her Great Dane named Sky, her pittie named Pumpkin, and her two cats Orion and Sweetie Pie!

  • Janice
    Janice S.

    Janice has been grooming for more then 20 years. She attended the Nash Academy of Animal Arts in 1986. She specializes in scissor trimming and minimal stress handling. She prides herself on being able to evaluate the specific needs of your pet in order to make the experience as positive as possible. She takes into account age and any disabilities when handling your pet, and will do everything possible to keep your pet comfortable during their time with her.

    Grooming services are available only at VCMC in East Hanover.

  • Diane
    Diane G.

    Diane has been grooming for over thirty years. Her favorite dogs to groom are Westies and Yorkies, and she also grooms cats. Her hobbies are hiking, gardening, and walking her Jack Russell, Kailee, and Terrier mix, Peggie. She lives in Roxbury with her husband, daughter,and their dog and three cats.

    Grooming services are available only at VCMC in East Hanover.

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