Veterinarians

            

Peter R. Brody, DVM

            

Christopher L. Bukata, VMD

            

Nancy A. Darby, DVM

            

Eric R. Christensen, DVM

            

Douglas J. Heacock, VMD

            

Brenda A. Bourassa, MS, DVM

            

Loree Flora, DVM

            

Jennifer A. Dobson, VMD

            

Michael H. Charney, DVM

            

Susan B. Seltzer, DVM






Peter R. Brody, DVM

Born in New Jersey, Dr. Peter Brody grew up in Tyler, Texas. He received his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University followed by his professional degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State in 1978. After working for one year at an Ohio practice, Dr. Brody returned to New Jersey in 1979 to join Badgley Memorial Animal Hospital in New Providence. In 1997 he left to form Mur...ray Hill Veterinary Associates with his partners Dr. Christopher Bukata and Dr. Nancy Darby. He enjoys general medicine and connecting with his clients. Dr. Brody lives in Gillette with his wife Ellen. Their older son Matthew attends the University of Maryland at College Park. Their younger son Eric attends New York University. In his spare time, Dr. Brody enjoys yardwork and playing with his new Border Terrier Kevin.
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Christopher L. Bukata, VMD

Dr. Chris Bukata graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1980 and worked for nine years in Mendham treating "all creatures great and small", including horses, cattle, sheep, goats, swine, dogs, cats, ferrets, and the occasional emu. He also practiced at Badgley Memorial Animal Hospital in New Providence until 1997, where he developed an interest in small animal ophthalmology, surgery and canine fertility. Together with partners Dr. Peter Brody and Dr. Nancy Darby, he formed Murray Hill Vet in 1997. Chris enjoys golf, softball, canoeing, and playing guitar for The Mailman’s Band in Chatham. He and his wife Anne have two children, Claire and Greg. Their menagerie includes 3 dogs, 6 cats and one horse.
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Nancy A. Darby, DVM

Four years employment as a veterinary technician in Virginia preceded Dr. Nancy Darby entering the Maryland-Virginia Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1988. The birth of her second son Patrick delayed the start of her first part-time position at Badgley Memorial Hospital in New Providence. She worked there until Murray Hill Veterinary Associates was formed in 1997, joining partners Dr. Peter Brody and Dr. Christopher Bukata. Dr. Darby enjoys practicing medicine and surgery for small mammals, cats and dogs. She lives in Summit with her husband, John and daughter Irene who attends the Academy of Saint Elizabeth in Convent Station. Her older sons are away from home; Pat is attending the University of Montana and Matt is in graduate school at the University of Alabama studying mathematics. At home Dr. Darby enjoys her two dogs Tate and Bessie and her four cats Stripes, Betty, Nikeke and Tom along with nightly dog walks with neighbors.
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Eric R. Christensen, DVM

Following graduation from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999, Dr. Eric Christensen completed an internship in emergency medicine and surgery at Rowley Memorial Animal Hospital, a large regional referral center in Springfield, MA. He returned to Cornell and served on the veterinary faculty for three years teaching anatomy, physiology, emergency medicine and small animal surgery and medicine. Dr. Christensen joined MHVA in 2003. His particular veterinary interests include emergency medicine, pain management and shelter medicine. Dr. Christensen lives with his wife Cory and young children Luke and Madeleine in Readington Township. Two cats, Geronimo and Captain Jack, and Ford the golden retriever mix round out the family. He enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, woodworking, exercising and gardening.
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Douglas J. Heacock, VMD

A native of southern New Jersey, Dr. Douglas Heacock received his B.A. degree at Swarthmore College followed by his V.M.D. degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 1979. Having worked 23 years at Madison Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Heacock joined MHVA in 2005, attracted by the “hometown vet” feel of the practice. Along with general medicine and surgery for cats, dogs and exotic pets, Dr. Heacock has expanded the capabilities of MHVA with his expertise in chemotherapy and avian medicine. He lives in Chatham Township with his husband Brian and their cats Serengeti and Guinevere. He is an avid contra dancer, organizing Swingin’ Tern Dances held twice monthly in Chatham since 1984. He enjoys traditional and Celtic folk music, gardening, his koi ponds, photography and computer graphics.
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Brenda A. Bourassa, MS, DVM

Since her early childhood on a dairy farm in Michigan, all forms of animal life have fascinated Dr. Brenda Bourassa. She pursued this interest at the University of Michigan where she obtained a B.S. degree in forestry and wildlife management followed by veterinary school at Michigan State University. After graduation, Dr. Bourassa moved to New Jersey to work at small animal practices, emergency clinics, and shelters. Several years ago, Dr. Bourassa returned to academia for a M.S. degree in molecular genetics at Rutgers University. She has published papers in the field of immunology and has a special interest in immune-mediated disorders and the interactions of the immune system with cancer cells. Dr. Bourassa lives in New Providence with husband Edward Saunders and their Whippets. Their daughter Jackie attends the University of Virginia. Dr. Bourassa enjoys the great outdoors, photography, and creating stained glass.
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Loree Flora, DVM

Dr. Loree Flora cannot remember a time in her life when she wanted to be anything other than a veterinarian. Dr. Flora graduated from Cook College, Rutgers University with a bachelor of science in Animal Science. She then attended Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation, Dr. Flora worked in New Hampshire on cows and horses as well as dogs and cats. Eventually, she decided she missed New Jersey and preferred working with small animal patients. She happily joined MHVA in early 2007 and is glad to be able to focus on her interests in small animal internal medicine and surgery. Dr. Flora currently lives in Berkeley Heights with her family and rough collie, Remy. She enjoys spending her free time cooking, reading, exercising, and horseback riding.
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Jennifer A. Dobson, VMD

Born and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Jennifer Dobson left the state for her education and recently to work for two years at a veterinary practice in Pittsburgh. Dr. Dobson is now back working at Murray Hill Vet. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. She worked for four years in central New Jersey before joining MHVH in 2001. She currently works part-time on Tuesday, Fridays and alternate Saturdays so that she can spend time with her young twins Lindsey and Geoffrey. Dr. Dobson enjoys hiking and running with her two dogs and reading with her three cats. She has recently taken up golf with her husband Chris.
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Michael H. Charney, DVM

Dr. Michael Charney was born and raised in Westfield New Jersey. At a very early age, he knew that he would dedicate his life to the well being of animals. Dr. Charney graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Animal Sciences and continued directly onto Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine. He then completed a yearlong internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Oradell Animal Hospital in New Jersey. He joined Murray Hill in 2011.
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Susan B. Seltzer, DVM

Dr. Susan Seltzer believes every pet should be treated like family. That's why she happily joined the compassionate team of veterinarians at Murray Hill in 2011. Dr. Seltzer attended Tuskeegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in Alabama, and while she loves the south, she is a Jersey girl at heart. She has been practicing small animal medicine in NJ since her graduation in 2005. Dr. Seltzer has a special interest in ultrasonography and surgery and has a strong recognition for the human-animal bond. She currently resides in Bridgewater with her wonderful husband, Jody, two beautiful children, Avery and Aaron and her chihuahua, Tyler. Dr. Seltzer loves the beach, reading, dining out and spending time with her family.
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