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: 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 AssistantMelissa S.
Melissa grew up in the small town of Warren, Connecticut. She went to an agricultural high school and knew she wanted to pursue veterinary medicine. She moved to the Boston area to attend Mount Ida College, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology in 2013. She went on to obtain her Masters Degree in Business Management, through the accelerated Mount Ida program. Melissa is a skilled tennis player - she played throughout high school and college! She loves camping, hiking the White Mountains of NH, and tubing down the Saco River in the summer time. She often visits family in Connecticut and Florida, and enjoys the beaches north of Boston. Melissa is cat mom to an adorable 1 year cat named Clover!
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