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Meet Our Team

The Packanack Animal Hospital Family

In addition to our veterinarians, Packanack Animal Hospital has ten caring staff members who are also animal lovers. Our support team is dedicated to providing medical assistance to our doctors and loving attention to our clients. Our staff will welcome you as special guests offering compassionate care, clean surroundings and friendly customer service.Your pets are pampered from the minute you enter our waiting room!

We are committed to maintaining a comforting atmosphere, high level of medical proficiency and expert animal handling. We are proud of our animal hospital and grateful for your trust.
We welcome a visit from you with questions or to just stop in to say hello!

  • Steven Clinton Neuss, D.V.M.

    Dr. Neuss is the owner and founder of Packanack Animal Hospital. Dr. Neuss has been practicing veterinarian medicine since 1979 as well as serving the local New Jersey animal community since 1993. He takes a special interest in challenging diagnostic and surgical cases and is often consulted by his colleagues. Dr. Neuss is proud to provide veterinary medicine to the heroes of the Passaic County K-9 Unit, who risk their lives as they partner with the brave officers of the Passaic County Sheriffs Department.

    Dr. Neuss also provides veterinary care to local shelters in the Wayne area. 

    Dr. Neuss is a member of the American Veterinarian Medical Association and the New Jersey Veterinarian Medical Association. Dr. Neuss attended Undergraduate school at Rutgers University and earned a Masters degree in Animal Husbandry at the University of Missouri. Dr. Neuss graduated from the University of Shiraz with a Doctorate of Veterinarian Medicine.

    Dr. Neuss resides in Wayne, New Jersey with his wife Joyce, his mother in law Myrna, his dogs, Maggie and Sammy and his cat Luey. He is the proud father of two daughters, Ilysa and Lara. In his free time, Dr. Neuss is an avid golfer and also enjoys playing the piano.

  • Lisa M. Confessore, D.V.M.

    Dr. Lisa M. Confessore provided veterinarian care to Essex County, New Jersey for 17 years prior to joining Packanack Animal Hospital in 2004.  'Dr C' as she is affectionately called by PAH Staff, has a biology degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Doctorate in Veterinarian Medicine from North Carolina State University-College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Confessore is a member of the American Veterinarian Medical Association, the New Jersey Veterinarian Medical Association and the North Jersey Veterinarian Medical Association where she attends monthly continuing education meetings. Dr. Confessore is dedicated to addressing the ever changing needs of dogs and cats throughout each life stage. Dr.Confessore derives great satisfaction by cultivating long term relationships with her clients. She is continually motivated by challenging cases and her professional and collegiate relationship with Dr. Neuss and Dr. Capone energizes and enhances the diagnostic and treatment process.

    Dr. Confessore has three adult children. She enjoys music, New York City , movies and cooking. She fills our staff kitchen with freshly baked goodies and the warmth of her loving personality.

  • Sharon Capone, DVM

    Dr. Capone graduated from Ross University School of Medicine in 1988. She practiced at Shrewsbury Animal Hospital, Marsh Animal Hospital and Alliance Emergency Veterinary Clinic before acquiring her own practice in Pompton Plains; Cassidy Animal Care (CAC). CAC was named after a stray dog who became her family pet and  inspiration.

    In 2006, Dr. Capone and her husband, Richard Gries, took CAC on the road as a mobile veterinary service. Soon after, Packanack Animal Hospital became their home base hospital,  providing surgical, medical and support services. In January 2015, Dr. Capone joined Packanack Animal Hospital as an Associate Veterinarian.  Dr. Capone is excited about being able to provide for her patients in such a well-appointed setting.

    Dr. Capone maintains strong relationships with specialists in the area, and enjoys attending monthly educational meetings at the Animal Emergency and Referral Center. Her patients have benefited from advanced diagnostics and treatments for a myriad of disorders.

    Dr. Capone and Rich are known for their personal dedication to the importance of companion animals. They enjoy home life with their dogs Elsa and Harper who are both rescue dogs. 

  • Joyce Neuss, PhD
    Business Manager

    Joyce Neuss PhD, is Dr. Steven Neuss' wife. She is co-owner of PAH as well as the Business Manager. Joyce oversees the financial management of the hospital as well as all human resource issues.

    Doctors Steven and Joyce Neuss have two adult daughters. Lara is a professional clarinetist and music teacher who resides in Florida while working towards her Doctor of Music. Ilysa is studying at the graduate level with a specialty in addiction counseling. Ilysa plays an integral role at PAH- you may have already seen her at the front desk!

    Dr. Joyce and Dr. Steven Neuss have two senior dogs, Maggie and Shmooly, and one senior cat, Luey.

    Dr. Joyce Neuss has a full time child and family psychotherapy practice 'Let's Play Therapy', which is housed in the same building as PAH. 

Veterinarian Technicians/Assistants

Our hospital technicians are expertly trained and experienced. The duties of a veterinarian technician include: taking x-rays, drawing blood, placing IV catheters and assisting our veterinarians in the operating room and through all medical and dental procedures. They perform numerous procedures while assisting our veterinarians with your pets ever changing needs. The technicians are trained in safe animal holding and in monitoring the medical status of cats and dogs. They have extensive knowledge in animal behavior and can provide tips and information for training. In addition, our technicians are educated to be sensitive to the emotions of our client families as they are faced with difficult medical decisions and loss. We provide our entire staff with professional grief counseling and support as your losses are felt deeply by the staff as well. We are dedicated to staying current on all animal care and our technicians participate in ongoing continuing education.

  • Dina Faluch
    Senior Head Technician

    Dina is Senior Head Technician and Inventory Manager at Packanack Animal Hospital. Dina has been a skilled and dedicated employee since 2007. Dina provides a leadership role in the hospital through supervision of our other technicians, assisting in surgeries and keeping medical supplies and orders up to date. Dina rescued a Chihuahua, 'Tunes' and enjoys being his Mom. Dina and her husband James are expecting their first child in September! 

  • Cassie Lockward
    Veterinary Technician

    Cassie was originally hired to be a part-time receptionist in 2014, and has since become a highly valued Veterinary Technician. Cassie has become very proficient in her role as a Vet Tech and is a welcome addition to the PAH family. Cassie has five cats (two of whom are rescue cats) and one dog .Cassie attends FDU and is studying Biology. Cassie hopes to pursue a career in Marine Biology with an concentration on dolphins. For fun, Cassie enjoys attending concerts and traveling. She is also an avid swimmer.

  • Nick Piccininni
    Veterinary Technician

    Nick was hired in March of 2014 as an Assistant and is now a Veterinary Technician. Nick has grown into his position and has become a valued asset to PAH. Nick is also very fond of animals. Nick rescued and fostered an entire kitty litter and kept two of the kittens and found homes for the others.  He also has two dogs: Lucky and Vito.

    Nick is currently attending Passaic County Community College and is majoring in Biology. Nick hopes to pursue a career in the field of Veterinary Biology.

    In his spare time, Nick likes to spend time with his friends, enjoys music and cars.

  • Ed Freed
    Veterinary Technician

    Ed has worked at PAH since December of 2014. Ed is the epitome of an 'animal lover' and is PAH's resident 'dog whisperer'. Ed is extremely hard working and efficient. Clients often remark that their pets are 'very calm' when Ed is handling them. Ed started out as an Assistant Technician and has developed into an amazing Veterinary Technician and is a valued addition to the hospital staff.

    Ed is married and is a dedicated and caring husband to his wife Jen. Ed and Jen have a mixed breed dog 'Naboo'. In his free time, Ed likes to fish and listen to music and is an avid movie watcher!

  • Melissa Fisher
    Veterinary Technician

    Melissa began working at PAH in September of 2016. Melissa is a graduate of  Delaware Valley University, where she obtained a degree in Pre-Veterinary Science with a specialization in small animals. Melissa also has experience as a farm animal assistant and lab technician. She has a dog 'Tre' two cats, 'Peanut and Butters' and a snake 'Phantom'. Melissa is an avid Rugby player and enjoys working at PAH where the staff is 'committed to the health and happiness of each and every  patient'.

    Melissa will be attending Veterinary School in the fall. PAH wishes her the best of luck! 

  • Jessica Diehl
    Veterinary Assistant

    Jess is a student at Ramapo College majoring in Biology with a concentration in Veterinary Science. Jess has proven to be an excellent  veterinary technician and is a valuable addition to the evening staff. She is extremely competent and always willing to lend a hand to the rest of the staff. 

    Jess has a two very active dogs, 'Kota' and 'Digger'. She also fishes competitively on the schools fishing team. Jess plans on attending Veterinary School when she graduates from College. She loves meeting the animals and learning from the doctors

  • Ashley Cil
    Veterinary Technician

    Ashley recently joined the staff of PAH and has been an  exemplary technician. Ashley has eight years of experience as a technician and has a wonderful way with the animals. She is currently attending Passaic Community College and has an Associates Degree. She has a dog 'Penny the Pekapoo' whom she rescued from the Pet Store when she was very sick and nursed back to health!

    Ashley likes the friendliness of the PAH staff and the caring way the staff interacts with patients and their owners.

  • Rachel Mazer
    Veterinary Assistant

    Rachel has worked at PAH for two years. Rachel has a love of animals and hopes to go to school to become a Veterinarian. She has a 3 year old mixed breed named Charlie whom she adores. In her free time, Rachel loves hiking and Yoga.

    Rachel enjoys learning from the doctors at PAH and enjoys the patients that present challenges at PAH!

  • Barbara Keefe
    Practice Manager

    Barb was an Executive Director for a non-profit association for eight years prior to joining PAH. Barb brings lots of business experience to her position as the Practice Manager. She is in charge of all financials, customer service, marketing, and social media. Barb has produced two events since joining PAH:  Packanack Animal Hospitals first Open House and PAH's first ever Adoption Day. Both events were well-received by the community and supported by the PAH vendors. Barb has three children and and a dog which she recently rescued named 'Max'. In her free time Barb likes to  travel and has been to Europe, South America, Africa, and Russia. In her spare time, Barb likes to listen to music, read, exercise, watch movies and spending time with her adult children. 

  • Kristine Cimino
    Reception Staff

    Kristine has been a PAH staff member for over ten years  and is a very valuable employee. Kristine is often the first face that our clients see as they enter the building. She knows just about every client as well their pets!

    Kristine's 'people skills' and love of animals combined with her unique sense of humor make her ideally suited for her receptionist position. She also does an excellent job of managing patient scheduling and keeping the hospital running smoothly throughout the day. 

    Kristine is happily married to her husband John. She enjoys cooking, shopping, decorating, music and is a Yankee and Giants fan. Kristine and her family have two dogs: Bowen,  a pampered Chihuahua mix that she rescued several years ago, and a Chihuahua named Kara that was also rescued. 

  • Ilysa Mitofsky
    Reception Staff

    Ilysa has been a valuable part of the reception staff for the past year and a half. Ilysa brings a high degree of professionalism to her position and provides excellent customer service. 

    Ilysa has a degree in Film & Photography from Temple University. She will be attending graduate school in the fall for Social Work.  Ilysa has two pets: Banjo and Maple Syrup, both of whom are rescues. Her favorite part of working at PAH is  being a part of a team that truly loves animals. 

    Ilysa's hobbies are movies and dogs-especially pit bulls and mutts!

  • Summer Tencza
    Reception Staff

    Summer has been a receptionist at PAH for 2 1/2 years. Summer provides a warm, welcoming greeting to all of the clients that come to the hospital. She has two pets: a crested gecko,  'Artemis' and a canine terrier mix 'Chandler', both of whom were rescue animals. 

    Summer enjoys the compassion that the staff at PAH has when working with the patients and clients. She would love to build a habitat for rescued animals! 

    Summer is engaged to Kyle, and will be married in the fall of 2019. They love going to outdoor concerts and spending time with their many friends.

  • Holly Dzamba
    Kennel Manager

    Holly is our Kennel manager and the office 'go to person'.  Since 2006, Holly has cared for the canine and feline clients as they wait for and recover from surgery. She soothes and nurtures your special family member, keeping them safe, clean and loved. Holly does a wonderful job decorating the hospital lobby for all of the holidays!  Holly never hesitates to assist in treatment rooms as she is also an expert dog handler and trainer. Holly is a passionate Packanack team member who enjoys the opportunities that are presented to PAH to rescue or help to heal community dogs and cats.  Holly 's passion is German Shepherd's. Two years ago, Holly was a foster for Garden State German Shepherd Rescue. She fostered Karma and has since adopted her. In her spare time, Holly is an avid gardener and maintains a Koi pond.

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