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Meet the Edgewater Animal Hospital
Veterinarians & Staff

Dr. John Kim, DVM: Veterinarian

John Kim

Founder and director of Edgewater Animal Hospital, Dr. John Kim is from New York City. He has worked with animals his entire life, starting as a kennel assistant as a young adult. Prior to veterinary school, he worked at the Open Door in Times Square as a housing specialist for homeless men and women, and then as a veterinary assistant and nurse at several animal hospitals in Manhattan.

Dr. Kim received a BA degree in sociology from Vassar College and his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. He also completed an externship rotation at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. He has practiced in northern New Jersey since 2000 and is licensed to practice in both New York and New Jersey. He is also a USDA-accredited veterinarian, which allows him to provide domestic and international health certificates. He is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association, and Cornell Feline Health Center.

Dr. Kim is a general practitioner and has a special interest in veterinary anesthesia and pain management. He regularly attends continuing education seminars and enjoys meeting other veterinarians. He also enjoys teaching and sharing his veterinary knowledge with clients, staff, pre-veterinary students, elementary school children, and fellow veterinarians.

When not busy with work, he enjoys playing sports, traveling with his family, participating in community service with his church, listening to jazz music, and reading a good book.

Dr. Elizabeth Reese, DVM, Veterinarian

Elizabeth  Reese, DVM, Veterinarian

Dr. Reese grew up outside of Allentown, PA and came to Edgewater Animal Hospital to begin her career near family and friends in a community of mutual animal lovers. She knew from a very young age that veterinary medicine was her calling as she took every opportunity to learn as much as she could about animals through reading, Animal Planet documentary marathons with her Grammie, and more than frequent visits to the zoo with her family. As soon as she was old enough, Dr. Reese started volunteering at veterinary clinics both local and abroad. One of her missions took her as far as Costa Rica and Panama, where she was able to combine her desire to help animals and people in need, with her love of travel, and enthusiasm for Spanish language and culture.

She continued to pursue her dream to become a veterinarian at Muhlenberg College where she received a BS in Neuroscience and Spanish. She was able to integrate her love for animals with her fascination with consciousness and the uniquely human experience of life. She studied and explored ideas of animal consciousness, the human-animal bond, language and communication extensively. These studies and interests have fostered Dr. Reese's efforts to approach veterinary medicine with compassion and warmth, down-to-earth, clear communication, and an understanding for the deep-seeded bond between you and your animal. She strives to form lasting relationships with her patients and their owners through trust, mutual respect, and a shared love for their animals while providing the best quality care.

Dr. Reese received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from St. George's University in Grenada, West Indies and completed her clinical year training at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. While living in Grenada, Dr. Reese rescued her very special little cat, Xena Warrior Princess, who packs a ton of personality into just five and a half pounds and brings joy and laughter to the household on a daily basis. In her free time, Dr. Reese loves to find local, live music, travel and nurture her love of nature through hiking, acro yoga with her significant other in the park, or just lounging in canopy of trees with a good book.

Maria Bergano, Veterinary Assistant

Maria  Bergano

Maria has been with Edgewater since 2004. She is fully trained in all aspects of the practice, including reception, technician/nursing, and management. Maria is a people person with our clients and a sister figure with our staff. Her wonderful sense of humor, generosity, and professionalism help to keep the practice grounded with positivity on a daily basis. Her household is filled with dogs.

Henry Lee, Veterinary Assistant

Henry has been with the practice since 2008. He is a prior small business owner and has extensive experience with customer service. He is fully trained in all aspects of the practice, including reception, technician/nursing, and management. He enjoys meeting and getting to know our clients, patients, and staff. Henry is also gifted in befriending people and animals. He is trilingual: English, Korean, and Spanish. His hard work ethic, reliability, and loyalty keep the practice running smoothly.

Tania Montalvo, Veterinary Technician

Tania Montalvo

Tania is the newest addition to our practice. She has over 15 years of experience working with animals. Although recently moving back from Florida, she is a New Jersey native. Living in Florida she expanded her knowledge of veterinary care and grooming services. Tania is bilingual in speaking English and Spanish. She has a vast amount of pets in her home, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 turtles, a hamster and fish. When she isn't attending to her pets she focuses on family time and traveling.

Gina Petrino, Receptionist

Gina has been with the practice since 2007. She also works next door at Edgewater Dental Associates. She has a gift of conversation, which helps to keep our clients and staff relaxed and at ease.

Samantha Flynn

Samantha  Flynn

Samantha has been with the practice since 2017. She is a graduate of SUNY Canton for Veterinary Science Technology in 2016. She worked for one year at an animal hospital in Florida before moving back to NJ and joining our hospital. She is trained as a techician/nursing and receptionist. Her friendliness and positive attitude is easily picked up by our clients and their pets. She enjoys spending time with her dog and cat.

Alabama aka "Bama" , Hospital Pet (in Spirit)

Alabama aka

“Bama,” the personal pet of Dr. Kim, was a lemon and white Basset hound well beloved by all staff and clients. He was the hospital pet and greeter who stayed near the reception desk and waiting room most days. He welcomed everyone who walked through our doors. His gentle demeanor, easy going attitude, and charming good looks, made him popular with kids and adults alike. Bama was born on September 15th 1998 and joined the Kim family 3 months later. He passed away on January 22nd 2011 and will be forever remembered as the gentle dog. His photo can be seen on the wall next to the reception desk.