Louis Whalin – Technician
Louis has been an animal lover since childhood. Growing up in Willingboro, his favorite companion was a German shepherd named Lisa. After attending and graduating from BCIT in 2004 for automotive, Louis became a professional groomer where he honed his skills in animal behavior (he enjoys working with the more aggressive and unwilling dogs). In his early 20’s he began doing foster work for BCAA and took on many foster dogs including one named Princess who worked her way into his heart becoming a permanent member of his family. He also became a certified ACO in 2008. Louis has worked as a veterinary technician for 7 years, starting out as a kennel technician than moving up to a vet tech position at a local emergency practice and now at Housepaws. He enjoys learning new things about his field and went on to complete a dental training course in 2013 and a course on stem cell therapy in 2014.
Louis, along with his girlfriend Krista and their two daughters Lillyana, born in 2012 and Layla born in 2014, reside In Browns Mills on 2.5 acres with their 4 dogs: Babs, Boots, Bruiser, and Skye, a pot belly pig named Nash, a sheep named Perry, a goat named George, and several ducks and chickens. They also own a horse named Jolene who is boarded close by.
Emily Palmieri – Technician
Emily has always had a love for animals and has worked with them in many different capacities throughout her life. Her passion for animals began at age 5, when her family welcomed her first dog, Belle, a Golden Retriever, into their home. She has since worked in various animal shelters as a volunteer, interned with Adventure Aquarium, and worked in the veterinary field as a veterinary technician and at Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge since May 2013, upon graduating with a major in Zoo Science from Delaware Valley College. She is new to the HousePaws team but is very excited to expand upon her new career with them!
Emily currently lives in Lumberton, New Jersey with her husband, Matt, and their beloved rescue, Olive, a German Shepherd mix. Still being new to the veterinary world, Emily is hoping to find her niche in the veterinary field, while also helping many other families raise their own happy and healthy pets!
Emily is temporarily on leave from HousePaws while she pursues her own veterinary degree!
Elizabeth Turowski – Technician
Lizzie’s love of animals has been a life-long passion that began with her very first stray cat named Midnight. Though she grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ with her parents and sister, she always believed she should have been raised on a farm. This was evident from her two cats, a dog, hamster, fish, bird and oh yea…horse back riding lessons in Medford at 8 years old! Luckily for her parents, the horse stayed in Medford…
She attended Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, majoring in veterinary sciences. She graduated in 2010 with an associates degree in veterinary science and a bachelors degree in veterinary technology. While at LMU, she volunteered locally in Kentucky at the Bell County Animal Shelter taking pictures of adoptable pets and posting them to Petfinder.com. She also volunteered her time at low cost spay and neuter clinics held by the veterinary technology program.
In October 2010 she married her husband David who’s as goofy as she is and they happily reside in Palmyra, NJ. And while David seems to be better at saying no than Lizzie’s parents, they currently rent their home from 3 cats, 2 snakes and a quarter horse. They were recently blessed in October 2013 with a 2-legged eating machine named John Michael and the love of animals must be contagious in this family because John loves all the fuzzy roommates as well!
Lizzie is always open to speaking with clients and her love of animals shines through in all the work she does. She can be found primarily in surgery or giving your pet back its pearly whites! If you don’t see her, you shouldn’t have any issue hearing her as her mouth might just be bigger than her heart. As part of the Housepaws family, Lizzie prides herself on giving your family member the best care they deserve and giving you the peace of mind to know your loved one is in caring, competent hands.
Stephanie Miskell – Technician
After moving from Maryland to Mt Laurel with my husband and fur babies and having to find a new vet- I stumbled across HousePaws. Coming into the office with my “not so friendly towards other people” dog I was anxious how the staff would treat him. The vets and techs treated him like every other dog and made our journey there both comfortable and memorable. At that moment I KNEW that I had to be apart of such an amazing team.
Since becoming a “HousePaws Homie” my outlook on what customer service and compassion has been totally changed. I couldn’t be happier to see the amazing pups, cats, bunnies, hamsters, rats, and of course the rockin owners that I get to see on a day to day basis. And I feel totally blessed to be surrounded by such an amazing family like the HousePaws crew.
Nancy Winkelspecht – Technician
Nancy grew up near the bay in Ocean County, NJ. Having a love for animals, she “bunny sat” for neighbors while they were on vacation and accompanied her senior neighbor on long walks in the summer, to help with her poodle. She has spent most of her life caring for animals, having dogs growing up and hamsters, dogs and cats as an adult.
After many years in the mortgage industry, Nancy lost her job. With her husband encouraging her to chase her passion, she returned to school at Camden County College. The path began, to pursue a career in a field that she had always dreamed of.
Nancy’s instructor gave her great guidance when job hunting, “You have to really believe in the place you work for.” Those words were what led Nancy to become part of the HousePaws Homies.
“Being a part of an awesome team that treats our patients like our own fur babies, is what it is all about.”, says Nancy.
Nancy lives near our Atco office with her husband, Emil and her two dogs Obi (Nigerian meaning “heart”) and Dabi (Hebrew meaning “dearly loved”).
Joshua Mayweather – Technician
I have always had a love and passion for animals ever since childhood. Growing up my family always had numerous cats, dogs, rabbits, and even a few turtles. My parents would always tell me that I had a gift with animals and that my compassion could be used to help them when I got older.
Megan – Technician
Megan grew up loving animals, small and large. She started riding horses when she was only 6 years old at Arram Dawn Farm. Her first “animal” job was a kennel technician at Bryan Animal Hospital. Craving more hands on experience, she got a job at the Burlington County Animal Shelter. Most of Megan’s animal handling and training has come from BCAS, along with her passion for homeless and neglected animals. Working at the shelter has given Megan the best animal handling experiences she has ever received. Megan has dealt with extremely feral and fractious cats, dangerous and aggressive dogs, very weak and sick cats, fear-aggressive animals, and even some goats, pigs, and chickens in the mix. Although no horses have come to the shelter, Megan has had her fair share of training and working with difficult and stubborn horses, whether it was her own or friends needing a helping hand. Megan wanted more veterinary medicine experience, so she applied to HousePaws and a few months later she become a member of the HousePaws team!
Megan graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in chemistry and microbiology. She likes to say although her degree says from Rutgers, her real education came from Gwynedd Mercy University where she did most of her undergraduate work.
On Megan’s days off, she enjoys spending time with her amazing boyfriend Richard and their pitbull “Maddox”. They love getting muddy and going wheelin’ on their quads and mud trucks, taking their boat out on the water in the summer, and taking Maddox for hikes in the woods!
Rachael Samaroo – Director of Large Animal Education and Veterinary Technician
Rachael has been an animal lover from a very young age. Her first word was “kitty-cat” and her love for furry friends has only grown with time. She attended high school at Moorestown Friends School and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in history from Rutgers University. Rachael is currently enrolled in an MA/Ph. D program to further her love for education. Rachael became a veterinary technician in the summer of 2013 and helped run an animal shelter prior to this. She has worked with multiple vets, of both large and small animal specialties to ensure a well-rounded education in the veterinary profession. Rachael has a particular proclivity for large animal veterinary care, specifically equine, and has participated in equine patient care from birth to death. Rachael places great emphasis on the importance of horsemanship and husbandry in the care of horses and all large animals. She has worked with equine podiatrists and veterinarians to expand her equine healthcare knowledge to include general health, breeding, senior care, and podiatry care. Though she loves equine healthcare, Rachael also has great knowledge in the small animal veterinary realm as well; she has tended to all kinds of small animal patients including dogs, cats, reptiles, birds, and pocket pets. In her spare time, Rachael enjoys riding her horse and snuggling with her kitties. Rachael shares her home with two kitties, “Athena”, a dilute calico and “Nellie”, a longhaired tuxedo as well as her horse, “Crunch”, a Thoroughbred gelding. Rachael competes with “Crunch” in the hunter/jumper discipline and was 4th in the nation in 2011 in Child/Adult Jumpers Marshall & Sterling standings.
Joe D. – Technician and Kennel (picture to come)
Meet Joe! He’s from Mount Laurel and has always had a love for animals. He’s currently a technician at HousePaws. HousePaws is also the first job Joe has ever had! He has worked here for quite a few years and is still working while in college. Joe has 3 cats, 2 of which he got from working at here and 2 dogs- and he loves them all dearly.
Anna J. – Technician (picture to come)
Erica – Technician (picture to come)
Erica’s family can remember her saying that she wanted to be a veterinarian as early as 2 years old- and that still hasn’t changed! Although she loves all animals, exotics like reptiles and small mammals are her specialty. At home she has a variety of pets including dogs, cats, bunnies, lizards, snakes, fish and tarantulas.She came to HousePaws to gain experience with such a unique and versatile practice, and to help the clinic venture into reptile territory. Her favorite part about working in this field is developing a personal relationship with clients and their pets and providing education that improves the quality of life for both the pets and their people.