Christine Spodnick, VMD — Co-Chief of Staff
Dr. Christine Spodnick, our Co-Chief of Staff, began working at Hopelawn Animal Clinic in 2004. First earning an undergraduate degree from Lehigh University, she later attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Spodnick’s professional interests include soft tissue surgery and internal medicine. She has a pet Beta Fish named Princess Molly. In Dr. Spodnick's spare time, she enjoys playing the piano and gardening.
Christopher Laffoon, VMD — Co-Chief of Staff
Dr. Chris Laffoon, our Co-Chief of Staff, grew up in Western, Pennsylvania and now lives in Hillsborough, New Jersey. He earned an undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and later received a VMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. Dr. Laffoon's professional interests include ultrasound and internal medicine.
At home, he has a Jack Russel Terrier named Haley. Dr. Laffoon enjoys kayaking, hiking, biking and traveling.
Deborah Traurig, VMD
Dr. Deborah Traurig is a graduate of the University of Michigan and later, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Originally from Oak Park, Michigan, she now resides in Highland Park, New Jersey. Dr. Traurig's professional veterinary interests include managing challenging internal medicine cases.
In her spare time, Dr. Traurig enjoys spending time with her two children and the family dog, Rodney. She also enjoys swimming and hiking.
Patricia King, DVM
Dr. Patricia King hails from Middletown, NJ and now lives in Freehold. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Duquesne University in 2000 and later a DVM degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. King completed her clinical year at The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation in 2006, she joined a small animal general practice on Staten Island, NY called Staten Island Veterinary Group.
Dr. King joined Hopelawn Animal Clinic in 2009 with an interest in all aspects of veterinary medicine; however, she has a special interest in internal pet medicine. In her spare time, Dr. King enjoys traveling, cooking and photography. She also has a cat named Lily.
Amanda Armstrong, DVM
Dr. Amanda Armstrong joined the Hopelawn Animal Clinic team in 2016. Originally from New York, she now resides in central New Jersey. Dr. Armstrong attended Cornell university for her undergraduate degree. She then earned a DVM degree from Ohio State University. Dr. Armstrong has special veterinary interests in pet surgery (both soft tissue and orthopedic) as well as behavioral medicine.
Dr. Armstrong has several pets to keep her busy: four dogs, Kimba, Haiku, Willow and Hopalong Cassidy (two of which are tripawds); two cats, Boca and Neville; as well as three goldfish, Suki, Iroh, and Lucy. Dr. Armstrong has had all these pets ever since she was earning her undergraduate degree. In her spare time, Dr. Armstrong enjoys swimming, kayaking, hiking, sewing, and needle felting.
Monica Smetts, VMD
Dr. Monica Smetts began working at Hopelawn Animal Clinic in 2017. She grew up in Brick, New Jersey and now resides in Piscataway. Dr. Smetts completed her undergraduate studies at Rutgers University and later earned a VMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She has special veterinary interests in pet dermatology, neurology, and soft tissue surgery.
At home, Dr. Smetts has a Lab mix named Sakura (nicknamed Kora). Aside from spending time with her dog, she enjoys hiking, running, and relaxing on the beach.
Emily Levine, DVM
Dr. Levine grew up on a horse farm in a small town in Mississippi an now lives in Old Bridge, New Jersey. She completed her undergraduate studies at Mississippi State University in Animal and Dairy Science. In 2014, Dr. Levine obtained a DVM degree from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In the past, she has also practiced in Massachusetts and Oklahoma. Some of Dr. Levine's professional veterinary interests include behavioral medicine, ethics, ophthalmology, internal pet medicine.
Dr. Levine has several pets including her two dogs, Little Bit and Copper, as well as a horse Ruby. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding, cooking and art.
Michelle Mills, DVM
Dr. Michelle Mills grew up in Port Jefferson Station, New York and now lives in Hoboken, New Jersey. She earned an undergraduate degree from St. Bonaventure University, and later a DVM degree from Ross University. Dr. Mills then finished her clinics at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She has special veterinary interests in endocrinology, soft tissue surgery, and preventative care.
At home, Dr. Mills has two cats, Paisley and Wally, both rescued from St. Kitts. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, kayaking, baking, painting, and horse back riding.
Chelsea Stern, DVM
Dr. Chelsea Stern grew up in Westchester, New York and currently resides in Edison, New Jersey. She received an undergraduate degree from SUNY Geneseo and earned a DVM degree from The Ohio State University. Her special interests include internal medicine, managing chronic diseases, and soft tissue surgery.
In her spare time, Dr. Stern enjoys skiing, traveling, and scuba diving, as well as arts and crafts. She also cares for two geriatric cats, Marlin and Cashew, that she grew up with in New York and a guinea pig, named Pork Chop, that she adopted while in veterinary school.
Tamara Maehr, DVM
Dr. Tamara Maehr was born and raised in New Jersey. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Rutgers University in 2003 and had a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry for numerous years before ultimately deciding to follow her true passion, caring and attending to animals. In 2013, Dr. Maehr earned a DVM degree from Oklahoma State University. Her medical interests include dentistry, pain management, and dermatology.
In her leisure time, Dr. Maehr enjoys running, watching cinematic movies and spending time with her cat, Nala and her two dogs, Winnie and Bailey.