Meet Our Veterinary Team in Cherry Hill, NJ
Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Animal and Bird Health Care Center! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!
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Peter M. DiGeronimo
Peter M. DiGeronimo studied biology and anthropology at Drew University before earning a graduate certificate in veterinary public health and his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. He worked in small animal and exotic pet practice in New Jersey for 5 years before completing a specialty internship in zoological medicine at Louisiana State University, In 2016, Dr. DiGeronimo earned a Master of Science in wildlife health through the University of Edinburgh. For 3 years, he was a clinical instructor in the Exotic Companion Animal Service at PennVet where he continues to serve as an adjunct professor of zoological medicine. Dr. DiGeronimo works full- time at AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and became a board-certified specialist in zoological medicine in 2020.
Jennifer Popert is a dedicated and compassionate Veterinary Technician at the Animal and Bird Health Care Center. With 10 years of experience in the field, Jennifer has become an invaluable asset to the veterinary team. She completed her education at Camden County College, where she honed her skills and developed a deep understanding of animal care.
Jennifer takes immense pride in her work and holds a special place in her heart for the well-being of her patients. She believes in treating every animal as if they were her own, providing them with the utmost love, attention, and care they deserve. Jennifer’s genuine empathy and nurturing nature make her a trusted advocate for the animals under her care.
As a Veterinary Technician, Jennifer’s responsibilities extend beyond routine procedures and medical treatments. She strives to create a comfortable and stress-free environment for both the animals and their owners. Her ability to communicate effectively with pet owners, addressing their concerns and providing them with clear guidance, contributes to the overall well-being of the patients.
Jennifer remains up-to-date with the latest advancements in veterinary medicine, ensuring that she can provide the best possible care to her patients. She is known for her attention to detail, patience, and unwavering commitment to improving the lives of animals.
When Jennifer is not tending to the needs of her patients, she enjoys spending time outdoors, exploring nature, and fostering animals in need. Her love for animals extends beyond her professional life, as she actively participates in animal welfare organizations and advocates for responsible pet ownership.
Jennifer Popert’s dedication to veterinary medicine and her unwavering commitment to providing exceptional care have made her an indispensable member of the Animal and Bird Health Care Center team. With her warm demeanor and genuine passion for animals, Jennifer is truly a beacon of hope for all creatures in need.
Hi! I’m Taylor, a customer service representative with the Animal & Bird Health Care Center since May 2023. My experiences as a CSR afford me an opportunity to assist pets and their care takers. On my free time I like spending time with family and friends, trying new foods, going to new places, and meeting new furry, scaly, feathered, and tiny friends.
Cory has always wanted to work with exotic animals. When he was little, he wanted to be a zookeeper and work in the reptile house or working with birds. Cory has found his passion for helping animals. Cory has been with The Animal and Bird health Care Center Since 2019.
Kim has been a star at our front desk since early 2018! She lives in Florence NJ with her husband Dennis, 3 dogs, 1 cat, and 1 parrot (all rescues!!!) In her free time, Kim enjoys spending time with her pets and playing bingo.
Vet. Assist, Kennel Leader
Damian has been with the Animal & Bird Health Care Center since 2000. He leads the boarding facility and is also a veterinary assistant. Damian’s extensive experience working with animals allows him to anticipate their needs and ensures that they are met. Damian is invaluable to our team and consistently a client favorite.
Heather has known since she was 5 years old that she wanted to work with and help animals. She started off working with Wildlife at Mercer County Wildlife Center, which led her to the career as a Veterinary technician. She is currently working on finishing her bachelor’s degree in Biology & has four cats, two Guinea pigs, and a Rabbit. Heather loves what she does for a living & feels that it is not a job, it is her path in life.
Nicole Lum is a dedicated technician at the Animal and Bird Health Care Center. With a solid background in veterinary medicine, she has been practicing for over a decade. Nicole spent the first eight years of her career working full-time, demonstrating her unwavering commitment to her profession. Currently, she works part-time while continuing to provide exceptional care to her patients.
Nicole’s educational journey began at Cherokee High School, where her passion for biology and animal welfare first took root. She then pursued her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at Rutgers Camden, further deepening her knowledge in the field. To enhance her practical skills and gain a teaching certificate, Nicole attended Rowan-Teaching, solidifying her expertise in veterinary medicine.
When it comes to veterinary medicine, Nicole takes immense pride in her reliability and initiative. Her strong work ethic ensures that she consistently goes above and beyond for her patients. She understands the importance of being dependable and takes every opportunity to provide top-notch care to the animals entrusted to her.
Outside of work, Nicole cherishes her free time in the great outdoors. She finds solace in taking her beloved dogs for long walks, enjoying the fresh air and the companionship of her furry friends. Additionally, Nicole finds joy in gardening, appreciating the beauty of nature and nurturing plant life.
Nicole Lum is an invaluable member of the Animal and Bird Health Care Center team, combining her extensive veterinary knowledge, strong work ethic, and love for nature to provide exceptional care to every patient she encounters.
Tara is a graduate of Becker College, located in Worcester, Massachusetts. She has been with the Animal & Bird Health Care Center since 2006 and successfully passed her certification exam as a veterinary nurse in 2010. Tara enjoys horseback riding, traveling, and going to movie theaters whenever possible. Tara lives in Cherry Hill with her husband, 2 sons, 3 cats & 2 dogs.
Dr. Michael Miller
MS, VMD, DABVP,
Practice Limited to Cardiology
Dr. Michael Miller, MS, VMD, DABVP, is a veterinarian specializing in cardiology. He practices at the Animal and Bird Health Care Center. Here is some information about his education, areas of specialty, professional certifications, and selected publications:
- Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from Florida State University in 1972
- Master of Science (M.S.) in Cardiac Electrophysiology from Auburn University in 1975
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (VMD) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1979
- Twelve-year apprenticeship with Dr. Larry Tilley, DACVIM, at the Animal Medical Center and Cardiopet Inc. from 1980 to 1992
Areas of Specialty:
- Cardiology and pulmonary medicine
- Echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound)
- Doppler ultrasound (color flow, continuous and pulsed wave)
- Arrhythmia analysis and therapy
- Congestive heart failure diagnosis and therapy
Professional Certifications and Associations:
- Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (DABVP) since 1985. Recertified in 1995, 2005, and 2015.
- Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association
- Member of the Delaware Veterinary Medical Association
Selected Peer Reviewed First Author Publications:
- “Disorders of Cardiac Rhythm and Electrocardiography” in 2006
- “Electrocardiography” in 1999
- “Manual of Canine and Feline Cardiology” in 1995
- “Atrial Fibrillation, Atrial Tachycardia, Atrial Flutter” in 1995
- “Treatment of Arrhythmias and Conduction Disturbances” in 1995 and 1985
- “Electrophysiology of the Heart” in 1993
- “Persistent Atrial Standstill (Atrioventricular Muscular Dystrophy)” in 1992
- “Special Methods for Analyzing Arrhythmias” in 1992
- “Quicksands of Electrocardiography” in 1991
- “Cardiopulmonary Disease in the Geriatric Dog and Cat” in 1989
- “Vasodilator Versus Inotropic Therapy: Point Counterpoint” in 1989
- “Current Concepts in Vasodilator Therapy for Advanced or Refractory Congestive Heart Failure” in 1988
- “Overdrive Suppression Due to Rapid Atrial Pacing In the Adult Dog and Four to Six Week Old Pup” in 1987
- “Digitalis: Current Concepts and Clinical Usage” in 1985
Dr. Stefan Gallini
Dr. Gallini received his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2020 and graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts & Science in 2015. He is passionate about wildlife, zoological, and exotic companion animal medicine and has studied a number of interesting species, including captive hermit crabs, marine mammals in New Jersey, and Asian elephants in Thailand.
Outside of work, Dr. Gallini remains involved with wildlife medicine by assisting the Marine Mammal Stranding Center with whale necropsies and organizing veterinary student volunteers. He currently resides in Philadelphia with his cat, Charlie, and enjoys swimming, playing the piano, and exploring the city with friends.
Dr. Cromwell is a 1998 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She studied biology and chemistry as an undergraduate at the University of Richmond graduating in 1994. She lives in Haddonfield New Jersey with her husband and young son. She has one dog, two cats and lots of fish. Dr. Cromwell enjoys swimming and skiing, gardening, cooking, travel and Words With Friends. She has a professional interest in endocrinology and soft tissue surgery.
David S Kupersmith
Dr. David Kupersmith is a graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota and joined the Animal & Bird Health Care Center in 1992. A partner in the practice, Dr. David Kupersmith was previously a lecturer for the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council and a speaker at national trade shows for the pet industry. He has also written a column for a ferret magazine, and recently hosted and lectured at an Oxbow Pet Product seminar on Small Mammal Medicine that was attended by over 60 veterinarians from the Delaware Valley and beyond. Dr. Kupersmith has answered viewers questions on a CBS3 Ask-The-Vet phone bank and speaks at many local organizations.
Dr. David Kupersmith is a member of many national organizations including the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians and the Association of Avian Veterinarians. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife.
When not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. David Kupersmith enjoys world cuisine cooking and dining. He lives in Collingswood with his rescue dog, Oriana, a pit bull mix.
VMD, Diplomate ABVP-Avian
Dr. Dazen received his Bachelors degree in Animal Bioscience from Penn State University in 1981 and his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1986 from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. He has been active in the field of avian and exotic animal medicine since establishing the Animal & Bird Health Care Center in 1990. Dr. Dazen joined a select group of individuals when he became a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, specializing in Avian Practice, in 2000.
Dr. Dazen is also on the Exotic Companion Animal Medicine Service emergency staff at the University of Pennsylvania PennVet Hospital. He is actively involved with the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, The Schuylkill Wildlife Center, the Freedom Center for Wildlife and the Discovery Museum providing medical and surgical care for its rescues and resident educational animals. He currently sits on the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Board of Trustees. Dr. Dazen also serves a number of other animal rescues and rehabilitation organizations, most notably Lilo’s Promise Pit Bull Rescue.
Dr. Dazen is a member of the Veterinary Dental Society. He has a special interest in Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery, performing root canal therapy, restorations for cavities, and surgical extractions of diseased teeth.
Dr. Dazen has been featured on the PBS television network’s children
show Zoom. He has also appeared on the Animal Planet network which featured a series on pet rabbit health care.
Dr. Dazen is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, New Jersey and Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Associations, Association of Avian Veterinarians, Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, and the Veterinary Information Network.
Dr. Dazen and his wife, Anne, have been married since 1985. He has two sons, Kevin and Cody.