Technician SupervisorMargo Sigman, CVT
Veterinary Tech School: Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology
Margo grew up in southeastern Massachusetts, but spent the last ten years in Colorado, where she attended Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology. She moved back to Massachusetts with her husband in 2015 to be closer to family. She also brought along her two dogs, Kelsi and Manny, and her cat, Kiki! Margo's favorite part of her role (outside of the puppies and kittens) is client education and helping owners extend their pets' lives through excellent medical care. Margo spends her free time hiking, camping, sewing, and taking part in home improvement projects. She has been a fantastic addition to the VCA Rotherwood staff and we are so happy to have her leading our technical team!
Veterinary Tech School: Mount Ida College
Vanessa is a part-time Veterinary Technician who graduated from Mount Ida College right here in Newton. She received her Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology in 2013 and went on to complete Mount Ida's Masters program in Business Administration the following year. Vanessa currently works full-time in biomedical research but you'll see her friendly face at Rotherwood on Saturdays. She grew up in Queens, NY and now lives on the South Shore. She hopes to move into animal rescue and shelter medicine full-time in the near future. Her hobbies include rock-climbing and running and she has a beautiful New Zealand white rabbit named Gertrude!
Veterinary Tech School: Becker College and Mt. Ida College
Kristen joined our team in the spring of 2014. She brings with her over 15 years of experience in the animal care industry. She has a love for what she does and has proven to be an asset here at VCA Rotherwood. Kristen is our Cattitude Champion as well as a Veterinary Technical Nutritional Counselor.
Kristen is working towards becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. She was a Certified Dog Trainer in the past, and is looking to recertify herself.
In her spare time, Kristen enjoys being outdoors. From hiking and camping to horseback riding and biking, she is always active. She also knows how to relax by doing yoga or reading a good book. She lives at home with her 3 cats, Bebe, Sunshine, and Onyx.
Veterinary AssistantEmily P.
Emily joined the VCA Rotherwood staff in the summer of 2015, and has also worked at our Arlington location, VCA City Cats Hospital. Emily is currently going to school to obtain her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. She is pet mom to 5 furry family members, so clearly loves to be surrounded by animals at all times! Emily's favorite part of working for VCA is being able to learn new things and be challenged on a daily basis. Emily hopes to be a part of the VCA team for a long time and we are thrilled to have her on board!
Behavior ConsultantEmma Parsons
Emma Parsons, BA, former president and head instructor for the New England Obedience Club, is the Canine Behavior Training Consultant for the VCA Rotherwood Animal Hospital, and Training Director for Karen Pryor Clickertraining. She is also the author of the popular book, Click to Calm: Healing the Aggressive Dog. The book was inspired by her work with her golden retriever Ben, who became aggressive to other dogs after being severely punished by an "aggression expert." Emma turned to clicker training and successfully eliminated Ben's dog-on-dog aggression.
Emma has been featured on numerous television shows, and gives seminars around the world on training and managing the reactive dog. She has also taught clicker training classes to graduate students at Tufts Veterinary School of Medicine and at Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue. Emma runs her own dog training business, the Creative Canine, specializing in canine aggression issues. To learn more about Emma, visit her website www.creativecanine.com