MEET OUR VETERINARIANS
Linda I. Morris, DVM
Originally from Arizona, Dr. Morris graduated from Cornell University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Her tireless good humor, compassion for her patients, and demand for quality medicine enhances the level of service and care WMAH provides. Dr. Morris has been a part of WMAH since 1995 and is one of the owners acting as the Chief Medical Officer. She and her partner Alan live on a Shaftsbury farm with a variety of animals large and small. Outside the clinic, she enjoys competitive horseback riding and working on her farm where they produce nearly all of their own food.
Bob Bergman, VMD
Dr. Bob grew up near Pittsburgh (go Steelers!) and attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. His special interests lie in wellness medicine. He has served as a member of the Vermont Veterinary State Board and the Vermont Professional Responsibility Program. During his time outside of the hospital, he would prefer to be on his skis, bicycle, motorcycle, kayak, wearing his running shoes and spending time with his grandchildren.
Bo Bergman, DVM
Dr. Bo joined WMAH in 2009 and is the son of Dr. Bob Bergman and Dr. Anna Worth. Dr. Bo graduated from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2009, where he served as class president and received the Grimes Leadership Award, the Novartis Ethicon Surgical Excellence Award and the Client Communication Award. Dr. Bo has a strong interest in surgery and wellness medicine. He has served on the board of the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association and is a current board member at Second Chance Animal Center. Dr. Bo is one of the owners of West Mountain Animal Hospital. Dr. Bo spends his time outside of the clinic with his wife and and two daughters and their menagerie of animals staying active outside and enjoying photography.
Sarah Blau, DVM
Dr. Sarah Blau joined the WMAH family in 2017. She brings with her a great medical knowledge base and provides a high level of client and patient care. Her attention to detail and the desire to help her patients in every way possible fits perfectly with the WMAH culture. Prior to becoming a veterinarian, she worked as a Science Communicator for the Environmental Protection Agency and spent two years as an AmeriCorps volunteer after receiving a bachelors in Physics from Guilford College. She graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University in 2017 where her extracurricular activities included being the President of the Veterinary Volunteer Service Corps, receiving a National Institute of Health grant, and volunteering as a surgeon for the NCSU Mobile Surgery unit. When not in the clinic, you’re most likely to find her hiking with her two dogs, Cheddar and Pepper Jackson.
Dana Ames, DVM
Dr. Ames joined the WMAH family in July 2018 and brings with her 3 years of knowledgeable medical care and excellent client service. Originally from the Albany, NY area, Dr. Ames traveled to the Midwest to attend the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with honors in 2015. Her compassionate care and strong work ethic make her well-suited for our practice. Her special interests include internal medicine and ophthalmology. Outside of work she enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, camping, kayaking, playing soccer, as well as spending time with her family and friends. She shares her home with her boyfriend, Adam, and her gregarious orange and white cat, “DiNozzo.”
In Loving Memory:
Anna E. Worth, VMD
WMAH continues to celebrate the life of Dr. Anna Worth, who passed away in May of 2009. Dr. Worth was unparalleled in her dedication to the health and well being of companion animals and promoting awareness in animal health care. Her enthusiasm, positive energy, and progressive ideas helped make WMAH into what it is today. Beyond WMAH, Dr. Anna was very involved in organized veterinary medicine.
Locally, she served on the Board of the Bennington County Humane Society. She also served as President of the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA), where she founded and edited the VVMA newsletter. She served as the Vermont delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association from 1992 – 1999. In 1992 she received the Massachusetts SPCA Veterinarian of the Year Award, and in 1997 the David Walker Award.
She served as chairperson for the Vermont Cruelty Task Force and the Vermont Animal Welfare Committee. Anna became passionately involved with the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), an international organization focused on raising the level of companion animal health care and providing standards and accreditation for 3,000 hospitals and 40,000 veterinary professionals. She served on numerous AAHA committees, including the Foundation Board of Trustees, the Accredited Referral Practice Task Force, and the Animal Welfare and Ethics Task Force. She acted as the AAHA representative for the CATalyst Council, National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association.
In 2005 she helped found the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, which provides funds to pets and clients in need. From 2008 to 2009, during her illness, she served as the AAHA President and championed Student Advocacy, Mentoring Guidelines, and had numerous speaking engagements at veterinary colleges in the US and Canada. During her AAHA tenure, she continued to be involved in other veterinary activities, including a Veterinary Management Group, the AAHA Veterinary Management Institute, and President of the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics. Because of her accomplishments and far-reaching influence, she is missed by members of her profession worldwide.
Meet Our Staff
The heart of West Mountain Animal Hospital lies with its dedicated staff. Each member of our team is knowledgeable, caring and shows a sincere interest in all our companion animal patients. Our staff strives to provide a compassionate, warm and professional atmosphere, ensuring happy clients and healthy pets.
Melissa Wicks – Licensed Veterinary Technician
Melissa started at West Mountain Animal Hospital in April of 2007. She graduated from Cedar Valley College (AVMA and AAHA accredited college) as a Certified Veterinary Technician and is Fear Free Certified. Melissa is also our Inventory Manager and is a Surgery Technician.
Terri Pettibone – Receptionist
Terri has been a part of our team since September of 2005. Including the day to day tasks of the front desk, Terri makes sure our clients get their friendly postcard reminders each month. She also helps out with other end of month projects.
Jana Sleeman – Receptionist, Licensed Veterinary Asst.
Jana came to us in April of 2013. She does a great job at welcoming clients and their pets. She is taking classes to become a Certified Veterinarian Assistant. Jana always wants to learn and help out where needed. She keeps up on our social media, photography and helps out at special events at WMAH.
Cathy Kocsis – Office Manager
Cathy started with WMAH as a receptionist in 1985, from there moved in the the Office Manager position and has been the Practice Manager since 2008. She is very proud to be with WMAH for so long and she still loves coming to work each day. She is part of a team that strives for and delivers outstanding client service and exceptional patient care. She treats every patient with kindness and compassion and provides their owners with empathy and respect regardless of their ability to pay. She is fortunate to have younger associates who believe in the very foundation that WMAH was built upon using the Accredited Standards from the American Animal Hospital Association. The alliance that has been formed between WMAH and AAHA will remain strong long after she is gone.
Jennifer Billert – Staff Coordinator
Jennifer has been working at West Mountain Animal Hospital since July of 2001. She is a welcoming face at the front desk, an assistant to the Veterinarians, and coordinates staff. Her work ethic, compassion and willingness to learn is an asset to West Mountain Animal Hospital. She also teaches puppy classes at WMAH.
Jennifer Licata – Veterinary Asst.
Jennifer has been with WMAH since April 2017 and is very passionate about animal care and client education. She is currently in her last semester of Vet Tech School and is working toward receiving her license. Jennifer is also working on her Fear Free Certification to continue making all our patients comfortable and relaxed for their visits.
Kendra Saunders – Licensed Veterinary Technician
Kendra came to WMAH in February of 2018. She graduated from Morrisville in 2008 with a degree in Agricultural Business and from Suny Canton in 2013 with her Veterinary Technician License. Kendra lives in Greenwich, NY with her French Bulldog. In her spare time, she enjoys her family and spending time outdoors.
Shannon Gras – Receptionist
Shannon came to us in February of 2018. She has worked in customer service since she was 16 years old. Shannon has had a life long passion for animals and is dedicated in giving great client care. She resides in Bennington, VT with her canine family.
Shelby Whitman – Veterinarian Assistant
Shelby started at WMAH in September of 2017. She graduated from Southern Vermont College with a Bachelors in Science in May of 2017. Shelby is working on applying to Veterinarian schools to continue her education to become a Veterinarian. Her hobbies include clogging and outdoor activities.
Sarah Goble – Client Services
Sarah graduated from Vermont Technical College in 1996 as a veterinary Technician. After a short break, Sarah came back to WMAH in October of 2018. She brings a smile and years of animal knowledge to the front desk. She spends her time away from work with her husband, their boxers and cats.
Matt Upright – Veterinary Assistant
Matt came to WMAH in September of 2018. He graduated in May of 2018 from SUNY Oswego with a Bachelors Degree in Zoology. Matt is in the process of applying to graduate school to obtain a Masters degree in Wildlife Conservation & Management. In his spare time, he enjoys singing, playing sports and spending time with his family. He resides in North Bennington, VT.