Team Mt. Pleasant Hospital for Animals

Pawsitive Pet Hotel & Spa is operated by a family of long-time dog owners and pet sitters who are certified.

What We Stand For

Our vision is to create a dream resort for pets and their owners by offering a plethora of different activities to accommodate varying needs of our guests. From the shy, quiet or elderly pet to the energetic, social or active pet – Pawsitive Pet Hotel & Spa caring staff provides the attention and exercise that each guest needs and deserves. We want to put your mind at ease when your family member is staying with us.

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Veterinarian & Owner

Dr. Rakesh Vali

Dr. Rakesh Vali, DVM is the founder of Prithvi, Professional Corporation, a group based in Connecticut, USA. The group is led by Dr. Rakesh Vali, who practices small animal veterinary medicine and specializes in Canine Theriogenology.

Dr. Vali, DVM is the owner of two Veterinary Hospitals. His main hospital where he works is Mt Pleasant animal hospital for animals, which is located in Newtown, Connecticut and second hospital is located in New Fairfield, Connecticut. Both hospitals are recognized for their long-established local reputation along with its relaxing atmosphere, its state of the art veterinary equipment and its comprehensive suite of services.

Mt Pleasant Hospital is a full service, state of the art pet center certified by American animal hospital associate ( AAHA ) The hospital has been established in Newtown, Connecticut since its founding in 1997 by late Dr Brian Silverleib.

Fieldstone Veterinary Care, another veterinary clinic owned by Dr Vali, has been in the community for many years. Dr Vali took over this existing veterinary clinic in 2015 and transformed into a top notch veterinary practice which is Also Certified by AAHA.

Dr Vali is committed to advancing the community and inducts, regularly participating in events to support charitable causes, assisting local pet organizations, and contributing time and resources to canine games, clubs and activities. He also works to promotes dog games and veterinary medicine worldwide. Dr Vali is author to numerous articles on the practice of veterinary medicine. His wife Sumakshi Vali, is senior Vice president of banking at Webster bank, a northeast regional bank in Connecticut. His twin boys are in college now and pursuing their studies towards human and veterinary medicine.

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Veterinarian

Dr. Barbara Mangold, DVM

Dr. Mangold graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. She attended the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine where she was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Mangold continued her clinical training during a 13 month internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston.

After working in private practice in Connecticut for two years, she followed her passion for zoo and aquarium medicine. She completed a three year residency in zoo medicine at the Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo. After her residency, she worked for Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom for four years, and then returned to the Bronx Zoo for another three years.

In 2003, Dr. Mangold returned to Connecticut and is currently on staff full time at Mystic Aquarium!

DOG CARE

Keeping your eye

TRAINING

Dramatically engage

FIRST AID

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Veterinarian

Dr. Katelyn Bakewell DVM

Dr. Bakewell joined our team in 2014 as an associate. She graduated veterinary medicine from The Ohio State University. She was raised in New Milford with her mother, father, and younger brother. Dr. Bakewell currently lives with her husband and two cats, Francois and Mia. They enjoy visiting historical monuments and reading a good book!

DOG CARE

Keeping your eye

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Veterinarian

Dr. Nadia Raver, DVM

Dr. Nadja Raver joins us from Mamaroneck Veterinary Hospital where she has worked for the last 14 years. She has a B.S. In Biology from Brandeis University and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She has a strong interest in community medicine and spay neuter services. She has worked for the ASPCA, New Rochelle Pet Rescue and several mobile clinics providing low cost spay and neuter services to the public. As a personal quirk she likes Star Wars, Star Trek and 80s movies and can often be found singing along to country music. Nadja lives in Sandy Hook with her husband, two sons, three Bouviers, a blind Poodle-Dachshund and a temperamental Chihuahua.

DOG CARE

Keeping your eye

TRAINING

Dramatically engage

FIRST AID

Proactive process

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Veterinarian

Dr. Cary Brenner, DVM

Dr. Brenner graduated from from Iowa State University in 1982. Since 1983, Dr. Brenner has been practicing veterinary medicine in Connecticut, where he developed an interest in diagnostic ultrasound.

Dr. Brenner has worked for Veterinary Multiimaging and eVet Diagnostics for over 10 years. Dr. Brenner is available to perform on-site ultrasound studies for veterinary practices in Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties in New York, and Fairfield and Litchfield Counties in Connecticut..

At home, Dr. Brenner enjoys spending time with his wife, 5 children, and 4-legged family members.

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Keeping your eye

NUTRITION

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TRAINING

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Kayla Lewis
Veternary Technician
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Nina Seturins
Manager
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Sally Koeniger
Lead Customer Care Associate
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Angelina Ruggiero
Customer Care Associate
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Mary Simpson
Lead Technician/Groomer
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Kristen Gregory
Veterinary Technician
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Janet Palmer
Veterinary Technician
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Claire Decker
Veterinary Technician
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Theresa Viesto
Veterinary Assistant/Kennel Staff
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Carlos Firmiano
Kennel Manager
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Kayla joined our Mt. Pleasant team in 2019. Kayla has her associates degree in equine business management and therapeutic horsemanship. She grew up in Stamford, CT and has moved to Oxford, CT with her fiancé Joe in 2018.
Kayla has an undeniable passion for the animals around her. She makes sure to go above and beyond for her patients she see.
At home Kayla has a variety of animals. Her dogs Piper (papillon), Hazel & Cooper( Golden retriever), Delaney (terroir mix), Polo the Umbrella Cockatoo, two horses - Pooh Bear & Chleo, Chloe the cat, and last but not least her ferrets - Zelda, Muppet & Sprinkles.
When Kayla is not in clinic she enjoys to spend her time horseback riding , paintball, hiking, video games, parks , zoos, going to museums and cooking !
Fun fact about Kayla is that she is an open book but her actual hair color is dark brown.

Nina was hired in 2007 as receptionist and office manager for Mt. Pleasant Hospital. She is a graduate of Norwalk Community College. She has had a great love of animals from the time she was a child, much to her parents distress! After going through several types of animals, including a cat that tore up their house, they gave in and got her first dog, a beagle/terrier mix named Cleo, and the love affair grew.

She currently shares her home with two rescued Beagles, Haley, and Micah, as well as a guinea pig named Merlin and a bird named Rosie. Her daughter Kristen has inherited her love of animals and shares her life with rescued Beagle Tessie and her horse Dylan.

Nina spends her spare time training Haley for competition in obedience and rally obedience. She is also a certified as therapy dog who visits nursing homes and schools.  Micah is a special needs dog, being blind, but he loves to learn new ricks and will try and do some rally in the future. She also enjoys horseback riding, gardening, painting and cooking. Working at Mt. Pleasant Hospital has given her a great appreciation for the work that veterinarians do and enjoys working with the clients and their awesome pets!

Sally came to Mt. Pleasant in 2017. Sally went to UConn where she studied agriculture and natural resources. While working at Mt. Pleasant, her favorite things are getting the chance to work with the excellent clients and helping all the wonderful animals that come through the doors. Sally also loves the great privilege it is to work with such an amazing team of people.

Sally loves and owns a terrier mix named Finn. In her spare time, Sally enjoys to read, cook and check out craft beers and breweries with her boyfriend. Sally loves horses and to ride them. She also volunteers at the CT Draft Horse Rescue.

Sally hometown is Simsbury, this is where her parents are. She also had a younger sister who lives in NYC.

Sally also loves to just relax on the beach but can also enjoy winter weather. She says" the colder and snowier the better!"

Sally is a country girl that loves the city living. She lived in Philly for a number of years and was an Adoption Counselor at the PSPCA.

Angelina joined the Mt. Pleasant team in 2020. She went to school at Newtown High and also completed her Fire Tech & Admin at Naugatuck Valley Community College. She loves to volunteer as a fire fighter and most people are amazed when they find out. She has a love for animals and it shows with her own dogs Lagertha the Great Dane and Rocko - english pointer. Family is important to her as well, she has her 2 siblings Gabriella and James and her brother-in law Mat. Aside from volunteering as a fire fighter, Angie also enjoys eating, shopping and helping her mom out at the Children’s Adventure Center.

Angie's favorite part at Mt. Pleasant is interacting with all the clients and the chance to work with animals.

Mary is the senior member of our team, having been with Mt. Pleasant Hospital for 10 years. She received her training under the guidance of the hospital founder, Brian Silverlieb, VMD and now acts as our head technician. Mary grew up in an agricultural atmosphere and graduated from Nonnewaug High School from their vo-ag program. She was also very active with 4-H and Future Farmers of America.

Mary has established a breeding program with Australian Shepherds and shares her home with Travis, Tala, Munchkin, and Koz. She also has a collie named Sky and 2 cats, Jojo and Tuffy. She has shown horses most of her life as well and currently owns an Appaloosa mare named Fancy and a Quarter Horse named Babe. Her dog Travis is also a certified therapy dog.

Mary has always enjoyed the hands on aspect of her job and as one of Dr. Vali’s main interests is reproduction work, has continued her education and experience in that field as well. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, showing dogs, and many artistic pursuits such as sculpting and painting.

Kristen started with us in December 2015. She has 10 years experience in the veterinary field. Graduated from Sacred Heart University with her biology major and her bachelor of science degree.  Starting in March 2017, along with Dr. Kate Bakewell, she will be starting her certification classes for physical therapy.

At home, Kristen has her husband Justin and her 3 year old daughter, Adelina. They also have two great cats, Luka and Anna.

What Kristen enjoys most of the job is the clients. She gets the opportunity to help a wonderful bunch of people everyday. Also the team she works with is filled with compassionate and hard working people. Kristen says " We are encouraged to grow in our careers and find new ways to help the animals we care for." She also enjoys learning about the reproduction aspect which is very new to her. She finds it fascinating.

In her spare time she enjoys hiking, going to the beach, sewing, and knitting.  If Kristen had to ever have another job in her life time, she would very much like to get the chance to be a stunt driver

Janet is our veterinary technician who has been with Mt. Pleasant since 2011. She graduated from the University of Maine at Orono and is a licensed technician in the states of New York and Connecticut.

Her love of animals is reflected in her family pets; their “crazy” Labrador Retriever Daisy, cat named Calvin, Tiny and Winter two small dogs and pocket pets Snowy the ferret.

Her human family consists of her husband Doug and two children, Jackie and Tommy. They enjoy an active life outdoors and a love for all the seasons of New England. Janet has hiked sections of the Appalachian Trail and canoed the Allagash River!

Claire interned with us during her junior year of high school and became a technician assistant in her senior year. After her freshman year of college she made the choice to devote all her attention on her academic career. Claire then went on to graduate SUNY Oswego University with a degree in Zoology. Now she is back with us as a veterinary assistant and we are very pleased to have her!

Claire is the oldest of four siblings, her middle brother is in the marines and her youngest brother and sister are twins. She lives with her parents and their family hunting dog, Carolina, an Irish Setter. In college, Claire enjoyed learning about and participating in falconry. She is also a very skilled artist who enjoys drawing and sketching when she can. On a nice day Claire enjoys a good hike and bird watching!

Theresa started with Mt. Pleasant in 2011 as a kennel attendant. She is a graduate of Newtown High School and attended Southern Connecticut State University. She lives in Newtown with her mother, sister, and their family dogs, including her own, Tehya, a Labrador Retriever.

She has learned the art of breeding and started breeding Labrador Retrievers.

Theresa's role has grown over the years, caring for not only our client's pets, but also for Dr. Vali’s show dogs. She trains with them to get ready for shows and sometimes will even show them herself! Theresa participates with Tehya as well for obedience and breed competition. She also will often assist with the reproduction work and helps the technicians with medical procedures.

Carlos cares for our boarding animals and oversees the maintenance at Mt. Pleasant. He has a special way with all of the animals and also assists our technicians when an extra hand is needed.

He shares his home with his wonderful wife and two adorable daughters, who are the light of his life. One of his favorite pastimes is playing soccer and watching sports with his family and friends.

Carlos enjoys getting to know our boarding pets and learning their different personalities! He handles most of the more difficult dogs with ease and his calm demeanor makes boarding less stressful for them.