Our Doctors

Paul Badeau, DVM started volunteering for our clinic when he was only 14 years old. He began working as a technician in April 1997 and continued working here as he attended the University of Connecticut where he received his undergraduate degree in Pathobiology in 2003. He left us to obtain his D.V.M from the University of Minnesota, graduating in 2007. Fortunately, he returned shortly after graduating to re-join our staff as a veterinarian. Dr. Badeau chose to return to our clinic because of our “family-like” atmosphere and because we offer one of the highest case-loads in the area. He enjoys the diversity that our emergency clinic offers and appreciates the collaborative effort that this 19 doctor practice provides. His special interests lie in dentistry and alternative medicine. At home, Dr. Badeau has 3 cats, Mojo, Achilles, and Sophie. When he’s not working, Dr. Badeau enjoys fly-fishing, camping, hiking, and spending time with his wife Jenny and two children.

Alyson Bishop, DVM started with us in 2006 as a technician while obtaining her undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut. She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Shortly after, she returned to Bolton Vet to practice both small and farm animal medicine. She credits the hardworking staff and dedicated doctors who continually practice high quality medicine as the main reason for returning to the practice. She also knew that returning to BVH would allow her to see a diverse caseload of routine appointments as well as emergency cases. Dr. Bishop’s interests include small animal internal medicine and cardiology. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, attending concerts and cooking. She shares her home with her husband, daughter, three cats, Ivy, Olivia, & Silas, and her rescued German shepherd/Malinois mix, Maverick.

Paige Boivin, DVM graduated with a Bachelors of Biology and Chemistry from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL where she was also a collegiate athlete and played volleyball. She received her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University located in the beautiful Caribbean in 2020. Dr. Paige has lived in many different exotic locations and loves to travel whenever possible. She began her career in medicine as an animal science summer intern at Zoo Miami where she researched animal enrichment advancements and behavioral patterns in big cats. Her passion for medicine is a recent discovery but her love for animals has always been lifelong. Dr. Paige’s medical interests include soft tissue surgery, dentistry, infectious diseases, and pain management. She also takes pride in client education. Dr. Paige feels right at home at Bolton vet because of the variety of casework , the freedom to practice high quality medicine, and being surrounded by a supportive team. In her free time she enjoys all types of live music, gardening, playing beach volleyball, and watching movies on the couch with her maine coon Nigel and her shepard lab mix Brennan.

David Coley, DVM

Joanna L. FitzGerald, DVM received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014, and her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2009.  Shortly after graduation from Ohio State she joined Bolton Veterinary Hospital and was immediately drawn to the challenging cases and high level of patient care. Dr. FitzGerald’s interests include emergency medicine and surgery, internal medicine, and preventative care. A native of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Dr. FitzGerald enjoys reading, running, skiing, and Buckeye football! Her greatest pleasure, however, is spending time with her three-legged beagle, Sophie, and her two cats, Leo and Michael.

Michelle Forella, DVM, has been with the team at Bolton Veterinary Hospital since the spring of 2017. From a young age, Dr. Forella always knew she wanted to work with animals, but hoped to do so in a way that would help others; becoming a veterinarian was the perfect blend of both passions. After earning her degree in Animal Sciences and Pathobiology from the University of Connecticut, Dr. Forella went on to complete her veterinary studies at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, NY. While at veterinary school, she earned a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine, and was awarded the Cornell Leadership Recognition Award.  Dr. Forella considers herself lucky to have found a home at Bolton, where she gets to practice high quality medicine alongside a dedicated and compassionate team. Dr. Forella enjoys all aspects of canine and feline health, and her special interests include internal medicine, emergency care, dentistry, feline urinary health, and pain management. Dr. Forella enjoys the creativity and hands-on nature involved in surgery and spends as much time in the surgical suite as possible. She has pursued special training in end-of-life care and decision making, and prides herself on making this difficult transition for pet owners as peaceful as possible. As a Connecticut native who grew up in Burlington, CT, Dr. Forella is dedicated to giving back to her local community. She volunteers her time to the Connecticut Veterinary Medicine Association, and helps out with UConn Pre-Vet events and classes whenever possible. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, swimming, biking, and spending time with friends. Dr. Forella shares her home with her cat, Henry, and a lovable young Boxer named Jazz.

Sonja Kos, DVM Born and raised in western Connecticut, Dr. Kos grew up surrounded by multiple cats and her grandparents’ dogs. Her passion for veterinary medicine stems from her interest in difficult science, creative thinking and, of course, her love of animals. After obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and English Literature, Dr. Kos went on to complete her Doctorate at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, she made her way up to Cornell University where she was an intern in their Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. A year later, Dr. Kos moved on to become a clinical instructor in Cornell’s Clinical Pathology Lab. After spending a year teaching, Dr. Kos joined the Bolton Veterinary team in 2002 as an associate veterinarian and has been with us ever since! Her specialties include ultrasonography, hematology, clinical chemistry and cytology. Dr. Kos’s other interests include surgical procedures and emergency medicine. She shares her home with her four incredibly spoiled dogs and two cats. When she isn’t working, Dr. Kos can be found reading, writing, hiking with her dogs, or riding her lovable (but sometimes obstinate) horse.

Edward Grace, DVM is a 1983 graduate of UConn (B.S. Pathobiology, Magna Cum Laude, Degree with Distinction) and a 1988 graduate of Purdue University (D.V.M.). Dr. Grace has been a veterinarian at B.V.H. since 1994. For many years he was engaged primarily in the practice of emergency medicine/critical care, an area in which he retains an interest. Dr. Grace most enjoys the challenges and rewards of seeing a large number of difficult cases in a practice that retains its practical ‘down to earth’ philosophy. Dr. Grace has served on many boards and commissions including nine years on the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association Executive Board and several years on the Coventry School Building and Grouping committees. His other extra curricular activities include running, cycling, and cross country skiing. His passion for running extends to his long standing position as High School Cross Country and Middle School Track Coach for the Coventry Public Schools.

Kim Griswold, DVM joined us as a technician in 1996 while attending Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine to begin a second career as a veterinarian after working for IBM for 16 years. She completed her undergraduate requirements at UConn, graduated from Tufts in 1999, and continued with us as a veterinarian. Dr. Griswold chose to stay with us because she appreciated the dedicated staff of committed and skilled doctors who are always willing to pitch in and help out on a tough case, the skilled technicians, our on-site diagnostic services, the availability of a board-certified surgeon, cardiologist and internists, and the fact that we offer 24-hour care.   She also finds the wide variety of pets and cases that we see to be both challenging and rewarding.  She treats dogs and cats and her area of special interest is internal medicine. She and her husband enjoy birding, hiking, kayaking, reading, and movies.

Shonna Kalos, DVM is another of our veterinarians who “grew up” at Bolton Vet. She started in our job shadow program as a high school student, and interned as a college student before we officially took her onto our staff. Shonna worked her way up from kennel assistant to veterinary technician while graduating from UCONN in 1999 with a B.S. in Animal Science. Later, she attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine located on the beautiful island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean. She graduated with her D.V.M. in 2006 and went on to do a small animal internship with a focus on emergency medicine at North Carolina State University. Fortunately, Dr. Kalos returned to our practice in July 2007.She is pleased to have the opportunity to practice high quality medicine in a supportive environment while continuously growing and learning from the numerous other veterinarians and specialists here. She wanted the opportunity to practice emergency medicine in addition to performing general soft tissue surgery and wellness examinations. Dr. Kalos currently has two cats, Oscar and Maya, whom she adopted while in vet school.

Ashleigh Kopec, DVM  As one of our overnight emergency doctors, Dr. Kopec can be found treating a variety of cases and performing any given surgery at all hours of the night. After she graduated with her DVM from Tuft’s University in 2005, she made her way to Bolton Vet to begin her career. She chose our hospital as it allowed her to practice both emergency and routine medicine on a wide variety of cases. Growing up locally in Manchester, Dr. Kopec always had pets growing up and chose to become a vet so that she could help the animals she loves. She enjoys the challenge of diagnosing difficult cases and treating emergencies but also values the time she spends seeing cases during our routine hours. Dr. Kopec’s other interests include neurology and exotic animal medicine. At home, Dr. Kopec can be found spending time with her husband (who is also our go-to handy man!) and her four children. They share their home with two dogs and two cats. In her free time she also enjoys skiing, running, hiking and camping.

Nicole Kovacs, DVM  Native to New Jersey, Dr. Kovacs received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Ursinus College (PA) in 2014 and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (Virginia Tech) in 2019. She joined Bolton Veterinary Hospital following graduation. Her favorite thing about BVH is the ability to practice general medicine and emergency care all in one; the best of both worlds. Dr. Kovacs enjoys working along side such a compassionate and knowledgeable team dedicated to giving the absolute best care. Dr. Kovacs has been passionate about becoming a veterinarian since she was four years old. Her passion for animals continues to develop with special interests in dermatology, surgery, and emergency medicine. In her free time, Dr. Kovacs enjoys hiking, CrossFit, running, lacrosse, traveling, and photography. She also enjoys spending time with her three legged cat, Tres, her four legged cats, Bean, Edison and Finn, and her dogs Charlotte, Whiskey, and Cooper.

Lindsey Krupa, DVM graduated from Providence College in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in the spring of 2019. Dr. Krupa is originally from Connecticut, growing up in Middletown and Old Saybrook. Lindsey was drawn to Bolton because of our sense of family, our care and compassion for patients and the high level of veterinary care practiced. Dr. Krupa enjoys all aspects of companion animal medicine, with interests in emergency medicine and surgery. In her free time, Dr. Krupa enjoys baking, hiking, traveling and going to the movies with her fiancé, Matt!

Dr Lavallee Elizabeth LaVallee, DVM is a Connecticut native growing up in the small town of Somers. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Atlantic Veterinary College on Prince Edward Island, Canada in 2020. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont in 2014 and her Masters in Animals and Public Policy from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. After graduation she accepted a position with Bolton Veterinary Hospital to return to her home state and provide a high level of preventative and emergency medical care. Her veterinary interests include emergency medicine, exotics, dentistry, and behavioral medicine. Dr. LaVallee enjoys running, skiing, acting/ theatre, and spending time with her cat, Jax, and beagle, Shae.

Kenneth Malm, DVM  Dr. Malm is known for his excellent skills in soft tissue surgery in addition to his work in companion animal medicine. He also has a long history of providing medical care for dairy cows, goats and sheep. After spending his childhood outside of Boston, Dr. Malm graduated with his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine form Iowa State University in 1983. With his degree in hand, Dr. Malm made his way to his first job as a veterinarian at Bolton Veterinary Hospital and has been here ever since! He says that he finds this field to be extremely rewarding, both emotionally and intellectually and he loves that he gets to spend every day with animals. Outside of work, Dr. Malm enjoys cooking and traveling with his wife, and shares his home with his dog Annie (a Doberman).

Cassandra Oswald, DVM

Tanya Perry, DVM began working with animals at the young age of 14. Starting out working at farms, shelters and veterinary hospitals in Nova Scotia, Canada where she grew up, Dr. Perry went on to earn her Bachelor of Science from the University of Prince Edward Island. She graduated with her DVM from The Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada in 1999. When asked why she wanted to become a vet, Dr. Perry responded that she can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to work with animals. She stated that the field of veterinary medicine is “challenging, entertaining, at times heart wrenching and never boring”. Dr. Perry began her work at Bolton Vet as an emergency relief doctor in 2001 and loved the experience so much that she moved into a full time position in 2003. Dr. Perry’s passion lies within the operating room where she specializes in soft tissue surgery, orthopedics and emergency surgery. She also loves the challenge and variety associated with emergency medicine. Dr. Perry believes the closeness of the staff at Bolton Vet is essential, as it allows all members to practice high quality medicine. In her down time, she enjoys traveling and a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, boating, running, swimming and camping, to name a few. Dr. Perry shares her home with 2 cats; Georgie & Ken, as well as her Irish Wolfhounds Winnie Jane & Lucy.

Michelle Pesce, DVM, CVA, received her bachelor’s degree at Stony Brook University in Neurobiology & Physiology in 2008, then went on to vet school at Cornell University, graduating in 2012. She later pursued training for Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2018-2019. Dr. Pesce chose to work at Bolton Vet for the opportunity to alongside many skilled doctors and technicians, each with their own special interests. Dr. Pesce’s favorite patients are exotic pets and wildlife; she has traveled to Costa Rica and Honduras to work with native birds, mammals, reptiles & amphibians. She is interested in understanding the natural history and behavior of all species kept as pets, as this can help us learn how to keep them healthy and live with them harmoniously. Her own pets include a pionus parrot, finches, a dog, a cat, and a flock of chickens. She also maintains honey bee hives in her backyard and at an organic farm in Lebanon. Dr. Pesce has enjoys exploring local & state parks, restoring a house built in the 1800s (the last century or so was rough on it), backyard birdwatching, gardening, and visiting with friends.

Brad Pikas, DVM joined our staff in June 2005. He completed his undergraduate work in 1996 at Washington University in St. Louis, focusing on Environmental Sciences. He attained his D.V.M. from the University of Illinois in 2003 and continued with an internship in 2004 in small animal medicine, surgery, and critical care. He chose Bolton Veterinary Hospital because of its great staff with an unbelievable amount of cumulative experience, knowledge, and expertise. In addition, the hospital is able to receive emergencies 24 hours a day. His special interests in the veterinary field include emergency medicine, critical care, and wildlife/zoo medicine. Dr. Pikas enjoys ice hockey, in-line hockey, biking, camping and backpacking. He has a dog,  Ellie Mae, and a cat named Bam.

William Pomper, DVM, grew up in Brooklyn, NY, with a plethora of animals ranging from mice and birds, to fish and turtles, and owning his first dog at the age of 11. As a teenager, Dr. Pomper raised poultry and swine for his uncles at their family-owned restaurant. With a doctor for a father and a nurse for a mother, Dr. Pomper was destined to enter the medical field but his love of animals brought him in a different direction from his parents. After graduating as a pre-vet student from Cornell University, Dr. Pomper completed his Doctorate at the same school and officially became Dr. William Pomper DVM in 1968. It was while working on a dairy farm in his undergraduate career that he discovered his love of cows and large animals. This passion is what prompted Dr. Pomper to move out of the city and relocate to Bolton, CT where he could work with both small and large animals. He has been with Bolton Vet for 50 years, and has a wealth of knowledge that he enjoys sharing with his younger colleagues just entering the field. For years, Dr. Pomper has enjoyed the challenges associated with internal medicine and the variety of cases that enter the doors of Bolton Veterinary Hospital. He has also encountered a variety of unique cases on farm calls and enjoyed working with large animals as well as pets. Dr. Pomper finds great satisfaction in doing work that provides him with an opportunity to change an animal’s life. The fact that he can help an animal who is suffering or save one who would not have survived without intervention is a driving force behind his work and motivates him every day. In his time away from the hospital, Dr. Pomper spends time with his wife and animals including a Tibetan Spaniel and a cat. He has a love for the outdoors and participates in a variety of activities such as canoeing and kayaking, wilderness camping, hiking, and riding his 50 year-old 3-speed bike. He is also an avid reader and when time permits, Dr. Pomper travels on RAVS trips to assist in spay/neuter clinics on Native American reservations where he is able to teach veterinary students new surgical skills one on one.

casey simchick dvm

Casey Simchik, DVM graduated from Alfred University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2020. Dr. Simchik is originally from a small town in central New York near Syracuse, where she grew up surrounded by animals ranging from guinea pigs to dogs and cats to horses. She was drawn to Bolton Veterinary Hospital for the high standard of care, diversity of cases, and dedicated team environment and has special interests in internal medicine, surgery, and critical care. When not at the hospital, Dr. Simchik enjoys photography, running, horseback riding, traveling, and exploring other cultures.

David White, DVM, DACVS joined the professional staff of Bolton Veterinary Hospital in April 2007. Dr. White was on the surgical staff at Cheshire Veterinary Hospital prior to starting his own mobile surgical practice. He has been doing orthopedic, soft tissue and spinal surgical procedures for our practice since joining our staff. Dr. White is an excellent surgeon, handles client communication directly, and remains involved with the postoperative care of surgical patients throughout their hospitalization and subsequent follow-up. Dr. White is available for referral surgery and surgical consults, and our staff is available to provide 24-hour care to his postoperative patients.

Kathryn Zyra, VMD Around the hospital, Dr. Zyra is known for her love of exotic animals. In addition to specializing in small animals such as dogs and cats, she can often be found treating a variety of animals ranging from rabbits and rats to reptiles and wildlife. Dr. Zyra completed her undergraduate studies at Bennington College and from there, went on to receive her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. She enjoys spending her down time with her family and menagerie of animals. Dr. Zyra shares her home with 3 dogs: Mr. Treebunk (a Border Terrier), Maeve (a Briard) and King Squiggles (a Cairn Mix); 3 cats, D’Artagnan, Jellybean and Jingle; 1 guinea pig, Elf, and 6 lively chickens.

Lynne Zelinsky, DVM Growing up in Manchester, CT and attending Glastonbury High School, Dr. Zelinsky was provided a unique opportunity to take veterinary and animal science classes through her high school’s Vocational Agriculture Program. Because of this experience and her experiences growing up with dogs, cats, horses and a variety of “pocket pets,” animals were always a very important part of her day-to-day life. As such, becoming a veterinarian was the next logical step enabling her to help the animals she loves and owners that love their pets. After earning her Bachelor of Science at The University of New Hampshire, then her Doctorate from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Zelinsky spent five years working at an emergency and general practice in Fairfax, Virginia before returning to Connecticut and continuing her career at Bolton Vet. Her favorite aspects of the job are emergency medicine, feline medicine, soft tissue surgery and working with exotic pets. In addition to snuggling with her dogs, Chase and Libby, and her two cats, Oden and Thor at home, Dr. Zelinsky enjoys riding on her Canadian Warmblood horse, Magoo.