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Dr. Erika Ball
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Ball has been a practicing veterinarian since her graduation from Virginia Tech in 1997. She worked as an associate for 5 years before becoming a “relief” veterinarian, which allowed her to work in multiple hospital settings. This provided a unique experience and learning opportunity as no two hospitals are operated in the same way. She had dreamed of opening an all feline veterinary hospital for years. After 10 years of teaching veterinary technician students at Northwestern Community College in the subjects of, parasitology, surgery, and anesthesia, she stepped away from this position to open Cat's Corner. Dr. Ball feels a strong connection to her feline patients and strives to provide them with a less stressful environment in which to recuperate and thrive. Her favorite area of interest in feline practice is dentistry. She has many years of experience and advanced training in this area. Dental treatment, when performed properly, leads to tremendous pain relief and other health benefits. Dental disease is the most common ailment seen in her patients of all ages. Outside of work she has a fantastic husband and two wonderful stepdaughters. Due to allergies in the family Dr. Ball cannot have pets, but she gets in plenty of kitty lovin' at work!

Pictured with Dr. Ball is resident greeter and mascot Tiki.

Dr. Laura Nerone
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Nerone received her veterinary degree from Ross University School of Medicine in February of 1998. She performed her undergraduate studies at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She also completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, CT. She enjoys geriatric feline medicine and all aspects of patient care. She especially appreciates the bond between pet owners and their kitties. Outside of work her extracurricular activities include cooking, gardening, biking, running, reading, and hiking. She lives in northern Fairfield County with her husband and their pets, two rescued kitties, two rescued dogs and a rescued Russian Tortoise named Victortia.

“I started working at Cat's Corner Veterinary Hospital in 2010. It was obvious on my first visit how clean and organized the hospital was. The hospital staff clearly had a strong love of animals, were so gentle with the patients, and were passionate about their careers. The years have passed quickly but those same wonderful attributes I observed at the hospital on my first day have never dwindled for a moment.”

Pictured with Dr. Nerone is patient Milo Smith.

Kerri Carroll
Certified Veterinary Technician

Kerri is a Certified Veterinary Technician that has been working in the animal field for over 10 years. Kerri's experience ranges from working in a lab, a local spay and neuter clinic, and a variety of small animal veterinary hospitals. Her love for cats has led her to feel right at home here at Cat's Corner. While she is not at work, Kerri spends time with her two sons, husband and loving cats.

“I found Cat's Corner when I was in a time of transition in my life. I immediately found Cat's Corner to be an inviting and welcoming change of pace. Dr. Ball and the staff treated each other more like a family than coworkers. To this day, it is still the case. This place has become a home for me. I have found a place where we truly care about each other, our clients, and especially our patients. It is a source of great joy in my life to serve my purpose here.”

Patricia Williamson
Certified Veterinary Technician

Patty passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam in 2005, becoming a certified technician to go along with her previous 5 years of experience. She has worked in ICU/Emergency animal care and alongside a Neurology Specialist. Patty dedicates herself to complicated cases with intense nursing and rehabilitation skills. Riding horses is a favorite hobby of hers and spending time with her 3 cats, Angel, Meeka, and Neko.

“I found Cat’s Corner upon moving back to the state, looking for employment. Cat’s Corner was appealing to me because it was an AAHA accredited practice and cats only! I have enjoyed working with many types of animals in emergency and critical care, but cats have always been above all my favorite. Having previously worked at an accredited practice I longed for my next job to have the same standards of excellence that AAHA encourages. Within a short time of working at Cat’s Corner I knew that I wanted to stay. The quality of medicine was top notch and the respect among staff made it feel like home away from home. I knew this was a place that I would feel comfortable, my education encouraged and the standards of practice A+.”

Pictured with Patty is patient Layla Vasaturo.

Ellen Uram
Veterinary Technician

Ellen has been working as a Veterinary Technician for over 30 years. Her career began in an emergency referral hospital and has transitioned to general practice. She continues her work as a relief technician with multiple practices. Ellen is happy to have joined our team, working at a feline specific practice. In her free time she enjoys traveling and taking walks with her husband and dog named Bea, on which her cat named Roy likes to invite himself; he's the strong independent type, does what he pleases.

"Merriam-Webster defines Professionalism as, 'the skill, good judgement, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well.' This absolutely describes the team at Cat’s Corner, and why I am proud to be a part of it!"

Linda McCarthy
Office Manager

Linda's bio is coming soon!

Ashley Balzano
Technician Assistant

Ashley is currently a student at Northwestern Connecticut Community College majoring in the Veterinary Technology program in the hopes of becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. We are very excited to welcome her to our team as she begins her veterinary career. Growing up she has always had a deep love for all animals and is driven to help them in any way she can. She has two cats of her own Henrie and Bear, as well as three dogs Jappo, Snickers and Moose.

"I started working at Cat's Corner because I wanted to gain experience in the veterinary field while going to school to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. The staff was very welcoming and willing to help me. They knew I wasn't coming in with much experience, but from my first day they made me feel like part of their family. Every day I'm learning new things and challenged to keep growing. The team at Cat's Corner has excellent client communication skills, of which they've taught me, and I love being at a place where patients are cared for as if they are our own."

Emily Miles
Receptionist

Emily has come to us with years of experience in customer service. Her time in retail and the competitive restaurant industry have given her numerous vital skills. She has always had a love for animals, and her first ambition as a child was to work in the veterinary or marine biology field. In an effort to pursue that dream, she has joined us with the motivation to learn and grow. Emily lives with her two feline roommates Widgeon and Luna, who, to the dismay of Emily, neglect to help with household chores and financial support. Though they do make it up to her with daily purr filled snuggles and plenty of intellectual inter-species conversation.

“When I started working at Cat's Corner I didn't realize what a positive effect it would have on my life as a whole. I took this job because as I was coming to the end of my 20’s, I thought it was time to think of my future. My job as a receptionist has challenged me in more ways than I could have ever imagined. It was a rough transition at first but I was encouraged and supported by Dr. Ball and coworkers through it all. As time has gone on I see how much working here has pushed me beyond what I ever thought I was capable of doing. Not only has my job here helped me learn and grow as an employee, it has also helped me grow as a person. It has continued to be one of the most fun and positive working environments I have ever had. I am happy that I have had the chance to become a part of the wonderful Cat's Corner Family and look forward to what our futures together bring!”

Theresa Angelicola
Receptionist

Theresa first came to our hospital as a client three years ago, with a love for feline medicine. When given the opportunity to apply for a position here she jumped at the chance. It was clear how much she wanted to pursue a career in the veterinary field and deciding to make her a permanent part of our team was natural. She is currently a student, working hard to become a certified veterinary technician. Theresa has two cats of her own named Dice and Dash. In her free time she loves to read and play video games, when she isn't studying.

“I have been coming to Cat’s Corner for the past few years with my two cats and I couldn’t imagine taking them anywhere else. I had been to other vets in the past, but none compared to here. When I saw they were hiring for a receptionist position, I knew I wanted to work here, I had to apply! Since day one, it has been an honor to work alongside such a devoted and caring team. I have already learned so much and am looking forward to continuing to grow here and do my very best.”

Amy Conant
Veterinary Assistant

Amy has been working in the veterinary field for over six years, and joined the Cat's Corner family in 2016 as a Veterinary Assistant. Although her previous experience was at a mixed species practice, she finds feline exclusive veterinary care to be a purr-fect fit. Amy's furry family is composed of two dogs, two horses, and one cat who rules over all of them!

“Cat's Corner is my first experience with a feline exclusive veterinary practice, and I count myself as a fortunate soul to be here. Also, I'm very lucky to have patient coworkers who are willing to teach me the ropes of working at an AAHA accredited, cat's-only hospital! My favorite attributes that Cat's Corner provides are the high standards of patient care and passion for client education, both of which make for an exciting and rewarding workplace.”

Pictured with Amy is patient Alexei Striegel.

Rachel Gerst
Patient and Client Care Assistant

Rachel graduated from Nonnewaug High School majoring in the Veterinary Science Program. She first came to Cat's Corner as a client and has now joined our dynamic team bringing an unfathomable amount of love for our feline patients. Rachel also enjoys learning as much as she can from our doctors and staff. She is proudly owned by 5 cats of her own and a dog that thinks she is a cat!

“Working at Cat’s Corner has been a wonderful opportunity for me. Never having worked at a veterinary hospital before, I feel more than lucky to have ended up here. I have been taught how to take better care of my own feline family members, I have learned the importance of team work, and I am grateful to have such wonderful, patient, teachers for coworkers. I truly believe there couldn’t have been a better place to start.”

Cassidy Mucherino
Volunteer

Cassidy is currently a Nonnewaug High School Junior, enrolled in the Veterinary Assistant certification program, and a Cat's Corner Veterinary Hospital volunteer. Cassidy's love of animals has inspired her to pursue a career as a Veterinarian. In addition to snuggling animals, her hobbies include dancing and horseback riding. She has two dogs and would love to get a kitten sometime soon; she just needs to convince her parents, any ideas?

"Becoming a part of the team at Cat's Corner is an amazing opportunity for me. The whole staff is very kind and makes you feel right at home. They are all so willing to teach me new information. I have already learned so much and cannot wait to lean more! I am very lucky to have such a wonderful place to build my future."

Pictured with Cassidy is patient Willow Wilcox.

Linda Miodonka
Support Staff

Linda had worked in a veterinary practice in the area for 7 years before coming to Cat's Corner in 2008. After moving to Oxford and retiring, Linda wanted to continue working in this field and offered her services to us. She handles our boarding facility on weekends and holidays when we are closed. Linda loves "taking care of her babies!" She treats each and every one as if it were her own. We are so glad to have her as a part of our team.

"Shortly after Cat's Corner opened, I stopped in to see if they carried Royal Canin cat food. After meeting Dr. Ball, I knew that I wanted her to be my cat's vet. After talking for a while, I mentioned that I was retired, had previously worked for a cat only vet and that I would be glad to help out in any way I could. I mentioned that if she needed help on Sundays, so she could have a day off, I was free and available. And the rest, as the old saying goes, is history. I love being part of the Cat's Corner Family!"

Tiki
Official Greeter and Mascot

Tiki has lived with us since April 2008. He loves to sit with the clients in the waiting room. His hobbies include stealing food from the patients and staff, stealing toys from the boarders, and lying on towels fresh out of the dryer. 

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