Kristian Ash, DVM, Surgery

Kristian Ash, BVMS, MRCVS
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. Kristian Ash received his Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK in 2009. He completed a Small Animal Surgery Residency at Cornell where he received the John W. Whitefield ’65 Surgery Resident Award. His professional interests include minimally invasive surgery and orthopedics.

In his spare time, Dr. Ash enjoys doing anything outdoors including skiing, and spending time on the water. He has two dogs: a German Wirehaired Pointer and a Vizsla.


Donald J. Brown, DVM, PhD
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Cardiology 

Dr. Brown is a 1980 graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and completed his postgraduate clinical training in cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania. He obtained his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Penn, studying analytical cardiovascular physiology as a Fellow of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Dr. Brown has spent the majority of his professional career as a faculty member at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. He has also held teaching and research positions at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Florida, and the University of Michigan. At Tufts, he taught veterinary students and trained veterinary specialists at one of the busiest clinical practices in the country. Don retains his affiliation with Tufts and contributes to veterinary continuing education across the country.

Jenny Garber, DVM

Dr. Garber grew up in rural Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. She has worked as a general practitioner in small animal medicine and surgery for more than 30 years. In 2008, she and her husband/specialist Don Brown DVM moved to Vermont and established Vermont Veterinary Cardiology where she now practices with him. Jenny and Don enjoy hiking and Nordic skiing in beautiful Vermont with their golden retriever, Rolo.

Marielle Goossens, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Dr. Marielle Goossens was born and raised in the Netherlands and received her DVM degree from the Utrecht University in 1993. She completed her small animal internal medicine residency and board certification in 1997 at the University of California in Davis. She practiced in the San Francisco Bay area for 11 years, before moving to the East Coast. Dr. Goossens has been practicing small animal internal medicine in New Hampshire and in Vermont since 2005.

Dr. Goossens loves all aspects of internal medicine and has a special interest in endocrinology and critical care patients, particularly delivering care to pre- and post-operative patients.

Sarah Stone Hoy, DVM, MS
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists 

Dr. Hoy became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) in 2010. She is a member of the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Ed Jazic, DVM, MS
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology

Dr. Jazic received a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from the University of Toronto in 1994. He then earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. While at the University of Illinois, he became president of the Theta chapter of Omega Tau Sigma and was very active in a vast array of community and social events sponsored by this well-respected veterinary fraternity.

Dr. Jazic worked in private practice for three years in the Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida area. Dr. Jazic completed his dermatology residency program with Dermatology for Animals in 2005 and received board-certification in veterinary dermatology in 2006. He has published an exhaustive review of the clinical, infectious, and histopathological features of feline acne in the international journal, Veterinary Dermatology. He has also authored multiple chapters in several veterinary textbooks on this subject and on the subject of cutaneous tumors and ticks.

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Dr. Jazic spent three years of his childhood on a farm in Croatia. He credits those years with fostering his love for animals. In the past decade he has adopted six furry felines named Sherlock, Watson, Felicity, P.W., Janet, and Krissy. He speaks fluent Croatian and his interests include travel, sports, live music, and spending time in his native Toronto.

Dr. Kendra Knapik

Kendra Knapik, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Oncology

Dr. Knapik is originally from the Burlington area, and comes from a family of Vermont veterinarians. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University. Dr. Knapik completed a one year general internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey, followed by a three year residency in medical oncology at the University of Pennsylvania. She began at Peak Veterinary in September, 2011.


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Pam Perry, DVM, PhD
Practice Limited to Behavior Problems in Companion Animals 

Dr. Perry is a 1989 graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and has a PhD focusing on shelter animal behavior and welfare. She is a lecturer in Veterinary Behavior at Cornell where she is completing her behavior residency. Pam is also a native Vermonter!

Chris Ryan, VMD
Diplomate, American College of Radiology

Dr. Ryan is originally from western New York, he grew up in the small town of Batavia, just outside of Rochester. He attended Cornell University for his undergraduate degree followed by veterinary school at University of Pennsylvania where he graduated in 2003.  He then completed an equine internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY followed by several years of practice as an ambulatory veterinarian with University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center.

Dr. Ryan then made the transition to small animal practice by first completing a small animal rotating internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey followed by his radiology residency at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Ryan’s clinical interests include magnetic resonance imaging of the nervous system, interventional radiology, computed tomography and abdominal and thoracic ultrasound. His research has included the evaluation of novel orthopedic implants with CT and the evaluation of various breed-specific neurologic disorders with MRI.  More recently he has become enthusiastic about adapting and utilizing new technologies to help general practice veterinarians improve and maximize their imaging capabilities for their clients.

Kurt S. Schulz, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons  

Dr. Kurt Schulz served for nine years as an Associate Professor of small animal surgery at the University of California, Davis, CA. He was Chief of Surgery at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital for four years and the head of small animal orthopedic research.

He is a graduate of Cornell University and completed his residency at Virginia Tech. Dr. Schulz is a co-author of Small Animal Surgery, Small Animal Arthroscopy, and The Pet Lovers Guide to Joint Disease and Osteoarthritis and has published 65 peer reviewed scientific articles. He has also served on the veterinary faculty of Texas A&M University and was a veterinarian in the United States Peace Corps serving in the mountains and desert of Morocco. Dr. Schulz has served on the examination committee for the ACVS and is an international speaker on small animal surgery. He lead an international program focused on Outcomes Measures and Evidence Based Medicine in small animal orthopedics. He lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife and their two sons.

Gracey Welsh, DVM

Dr. Gracey Welsh received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Denver before completing her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. She practiced in small animal general practice before starting at Peak as an emergency clinician.
She has a passion for bird dogs and you can generally find her in the woods with her three pointers or somewhere on a pair of skis.

Nancy Zimny PT, CCRT

Nancy Zimny qualified as a certified canine rehabilitation therapist (CCRT) through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2012, which included an internship at the Canine Fitness Zone in Ft. Collins, CO.

Prior to entering the world of animal rehabilitation, she was a human physical therapist for many years. After receiving her initial degree in physical therapy from the University of Pennsylvania, she moved to Colorado where she worked in a general hospital, a rehabilitation center, a school for children with multiple disabilities, a nursing home and an out-patient orthopedic clinic. After 8 years in Colorado, she moved back east to Boston and obtained a Master of Science degree from Boston University, worked part-time at a pain clinic and taught in the physical therapy program at Simmons College. Nancy is a native New Englander and settled in Vermont in 1980. Before retiring in 2008, she was a full-time Associate Professor of Physical Therapy in the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science at the University of Vermont for 27 years.