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MVMA is a volunteer-driven organization led by a five-member Executive Board.

The Executive Board also serves on the MVMA's Steering Committee, our board of directors. The Steering Committee also includes the chairpeople of the Standing Committee, representatives of the local VMAs, and the AVMA delegate and alternate delegate as voting members, and the Dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University (or her designee), two veterinary student representatives appointed by the Cummings Veterinary School Student Chapter of the AVMA, two representatives of the Massachusetts Veterinary Technician Association, and a representative of the MVMA Charities, Inc., all as non-voting members.

 

 

 

Contact the Executive Board through the MVMA office or officers individually using the contact information below.


MVMA Executive Board
Ilene Segal, DVM
President

Dr. Ilene Segal is a native of Newton, Massachusetts, and graduated from Newton South High School in 1979. She attended the University of New Hampshire where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Zoology in 1983. After completing her undergraduate studies, Dr. Segal attended Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1987

After working for almost a decade as an associate veterinarian in various local veterinary hospitals, Dr. Segal established Parkway Veterinary Hospital in 1996. Over the years, the positive feedback and expressions of satisfaction which Dr. Segal and her staff have received from their clients have made her work all the more rewarding and worthwhile.

Dr. Segal is a general veterinary practitioner with professional interests in acupuncture and canine rehabilitation therapy. She completed an International Veterinary Acupuncture Society course in 2001 and earned certification in Canine Rehabilitation from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Segal is also member of the advisory board and a visiting instructor at the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Winchester, MA.

Aside from her veterinary profession, Dr. Segal maintains active membership in several local organizations such as the State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team (S.M.A.R.T.) and the New England Women’s Business Owners Association.  Ballroom dancing, hiking, knitting and kayaking are some of Dr. Segal's hobbies. She is the proud owner of a handsome young Dalmatian, Tycho, and a mischievous cat named Miss Kitty.
 


Cindy Fuhs, DVM, MBA
Treasurer

Dr. Cindy Fuhs graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003, and has owned her own mixed large animal ambulatory practice (Still River Veterinary Services) since that time. Cindy provides general medical, surgical, reproductive, dental and emergency services to her equine, bovine, small ruminant and camelid patients, with a focus on wellness and prevention. She also provides general wellness services to her clients with dogs and cats on the farm.  Cindy is a member of the AVMAAAEP, AASRP and the ISDVMA and resides year-round in Bolton, MA with her family (both two and four-footed).


Bonnie Smith, DVM
Secretary (interim)

Dr. Bonnie Smith has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1993. She is a graduate of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Dr. Smith has been involved in the respiratory and neonatal program at Tufts since 1988, serving as a consultant and instructor in respiratory care and ventilator management.

She is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society, and the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA). She has served on the Education and Ethics and Grievance Committees, was the Large Animal Committee Chair and served on the Board of Directors for 4 years.

Early in her medical career, Dr. Smith was a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) and Certified Pulmonary Function Technician (CPFT). She earned an Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy, a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and has been involved in medicine and critical care since 1979. She managed The Asthma and Allergy Center in N.J. and worked at a Level 1 trauma center in MA.

Some of Dr. Smith's achievements include being the first veterinarian to diagnose EEE in central Massachusetts, serving as a nutrition expert panelist for an international food company, lecturing on disaster preparation, and hosting a radio show about veterinary medical care. Dr. Smith joined a panel of experts to work with the New England Small Farm Institute (NESFI). The institute received a USDA grant to provide guidelines for groundwater conservation and good grazing practices for farm owners.

Dr. Smith has been involved in disaster training and planning for years. Veterinarians are considered Non-Traditional Emergency Responders. Traditional Responders would include Fire Departments, Police, Hazmat Specialists, Ambulance, and E.M.T.s, etc. In March 2011, she trained at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Aniston, Al. in Chemical, Biological, Radiologic, Nuclear, and Explosive response for the Department of Homeland Security. With these qualifications, she was deployed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Emergency Support Function-17, when tornados swept through half of her practice area on June 1, 2011. In Brimfield, MA, she helped the Emergency Management Director take care of the animals (and our clients) for the town. For more information on Emergency Response visit http://cdp.dhs.gov or http://www.smartma.org/


Adam Arzt, VMD
President-Elect

Born in Portsmouth, VA, Adam was raised in Baldwin, Long Island, where he graduated from High School in 1978. He attended college at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1982 and received an M.S. in Physiology from Hahnemann University in 1984. Prior to veterinary school, he also gained experience as a research assistant at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the chemical senses, and as a sandwich builder at Koch’s Delicatessen, dedicated to the stimulation of the chemical senses. In 1985, he finally wore down the resistance of the University of Pennsylvania’s Veterinary School Admissions Committee and was accepted into the Veterinary Class-o-89.

Adam graduated from Veterinary School in 1989 and moved to Massachusetts. He initially worked as an associate veterinarian at the Dewitt Animal Clinic and, in 1992, helped found Metrowest Veterinary Associates. The practice started by doing house calls, and moved into its own facility in Milford in 1993.

Adam initially became involved with the MVMA when he was asked to join the Continuing Education Committee, on which he still actively participates. He has also served the MVMA as Treasurer, Finance Committee chair, Membership Committee chair, source of Steering Committee meeting distractions and interruptions, CE Programming Committee member and Legislative Committee participant. He was the MVMA representative for site visits by the AVMA Council on Education for accreditation of the TUFTS University School of Veterinary Medicine, and Becker College Vet Tech program. Adam also serves as Treasurer of the MVMA Charities, a post he has held since its reorganization in 2008.

Adam could not have participated in these activities were it not for the support of his wife, Nancy Deutsch, who encouraged his involvement, put up with his absences from home, and cajoled, reprimanded, consoled and advised him whenever needed. She also tolerates his need to ski and accommodates his passion for collecting vintage animation memorabilia.
 


Kathy Reilly, DVM
Immediate Past President

Kathy Reilly, D.V.M., is a small animal practitioner at the Park Place Veterinary Hospital, PLLC in Keene, NH. She also represents MVMA in the AVMA House of Delegates as our Delegate, and has contributed to MVMA and Massachusetts veterinarians as Legislative Committee chair and as a founder of the South Shore Veterinary Association. You can reach Dr. Reilly by email by clicking on the address above, or at her office at 603-357-4049.


Andy Abbo, DVM, DACVIM
Director (interim)

“Veterinary patients living with cancer can not comprehend that they often have a significant disease which may cut their lives short. They live in the moment which is what makes them so wonderful. Every day is the greatest day to them. If we can provide them with an excellent quality of life, despite their diseases, then ultimately we all win in the end.” Andrew H. Abbo, DVM

Dr. Abbo completed his Veterinary Oncology Residency at Purdue University in Indiana. One of his honors and awards includes “First Place – Phi Zeta Osborne Clinical Investigator Research.” He has extensive experience as a Medical Oncologist at several “Veterinary Specialist” locales throughout the United States, where he managed all aspects of inpatient and outpatient oncology care.

A current member of the American College of Veterinary Medicine, Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, the Veterinary Cancer Society, Phi Zeta Honor Society and the American Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Abbo has authored scientific abstracts, peer-reviewed manuscripts, conducted clinical research (which includes the title “National Scholar”) given presentations as well as leading numerous teaching activities on oncology.

One way to portray Dr. Abbo's passion and adoration for his line of work is to quote him directly. “It is my nature to enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine. I love making a difference in the lives of pets living with cancer and their caregivers. I am fortunate to be working with NEVOG to have the opportunity to focus on exceptional patient and client care.”

“Oncology is special to me because with continued clinical research and current therapies, we can not only provide for an excellent quality of life, but now, can also provide the best therapies for pets and their people.”

Dr. Abbo lives with his wife who is also a veterinarian, a two-year-old daughter, 2 cats, Spidey Cat and Eddie, 1 Siberian Husky cross named Deedles and as he says, “a plethora o' fish.”

He enjoys photography, kayaking, playing music, and spending time with his family when away from work.


Albert Andersen, DVM
Director

Dr. Andersen is a large animal veterinarian based in Walpole, Massachusetts.  He has been very active with the MVMA over the past few years as the chair of the Large Animal Committee, a member of the Legislative Committee and the MVMA's Alternate Delegate to the AVMA's House of Delegates.


Mary Labato, DVM, DACVIM
Director

Mary Labato, D.V.M., D.A.C.V.I.M., a Clinical Associate Professor of Small Animal Medicine in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings Veterinary School at Tufts University, has research interests in nephrology and urology disorders. Dr. Labato will continue MVMA's efforts to enhance relations between MVMA and the Veterinary School, and MVMA and the Massachusetts Veterinary Technician Association. You can reach her by clicking on her name above or calling 508-839-5395 x 84681.


Robert Shurtleff, DVM
Director

Dr. Shurtleff is based in Western Massachusetts and has long been the region's representative to the MVMA Advisory Committee.  Dr. Shurtleff is a small animal practitioner and owner of Eastfield Hospital for Animals.