Meet Our Staff
Dr. Dan Hebert
While not a true native Cape Codder, Dr. Hebert spent most of his youth growing up in Dennisport where his parents started their own candy business, Stage Stop Candy, more than 30 years ago. His father, Ray, is a third-generation candy maker from the Hebert Candies family, a New England staple since 1917 and the first makers of white chocolate in America.
Dr. Dan earned his bachelor’s degree in biotechnology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, known for its work in veterinary biomechanics. Prior to veterinary school, he performed research in AIDS-related diseases at Harvard Medical School. This included several months in Costa Rica studying dental infections in squirrel monkeys. He then received his doctorate from Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, where he is still active as president of the Alumni Board. While general practice remained his goal, he still elected to complete a one-year internship in advanced small animal medicine and surgery at Veterinary Specialists of Connecticut in 2002. During that time, he received additional training in a large number of advanced surgeries and diagnostics, which he put to use at a large emergency and referral clinic outside of Providence, Rhode Island, before taking over as Chief of Staff at a private hospital in 2005.
During the past several years, Dr. Dan has continued to expand his skills in advanced veterinary medicine. This includes ultrasound, digital imaging, dental surgery, laser surgery, endoscopy, critical care, and echocardiography. As many of you may have noticed, we have already begun to upgrade the technology at the practice to allow our patients to receive this innovative care here instead of having to be sent several towns away.
While he will miss his Rhode Island friends and clients, he truly sees this move to Duxbury as “coming home.” His parents are still on the Cape and his sister has lived with her family in Plymouth for more than 10 years. While he does not yet have a family of his own, he is very excited to be able to watch his niece and nephew playing sports and then relax in one of the many local restaurants he has already come to love. A self-proclaimed history nerd, he loves the idea of walking the same ground as the Pilgrims and revisiting the many historic sites from his youth.
He is very involved in animal disaster relief including board positions with the Rhode Island Animal Disaster Response Team and the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association. He also works in the Prison Pups program with NEADS, a group that trains puppies at local correctional facilities to become service dogs for disabled Americans, including veterans. He plans to continue this work here in Duxbury.
For fun, his activities reflect that of a true New Englander: skiing, hiking, golfing, tennis, kayaking, boating, swimming, scuba diving, fishing, and cycling. He also has a severe travel bug and has visited places around the globe. His favorites include Alaska, the Azores, and Ecuador, including the Amazon and the Galapagos.
For furry friends, he has a cat and a black Lab. Macy, an 11-year-old calico was rescued from severe abuse and required multiple surgeries during his internship to walk again. According to Dr. Dan, she still loves people and rarely stops purring. She likes to help him relax by lying across his computer while he is trying to work. His dog, Joe, was retired early from the Prison Pups program due to a short attention span. He enjoys swimming, walking in the town forest, and sleeping.
Dr. Beth Buchholz
Dr. Beth Buchholz got her first horse when she was in junior high school, and she’s been a “horse person” ever since. By the time she reached high school, her dream was to become a veterinarian.
During her first semester at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Dr. Buchholz spent much of her time riding and working with horses. She then moved to Coral Gables, Florida, to gain valuable experience training Arabian horses on Frank Smathers’ Arabian horse farm. After a year, Dr. Buchholtz was ready to go back to school for her undergraduate degree and then to veterinary school, as she initially planned.
Dr. Buchholz got her bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Miami in 1977, and stayed for a couple more years earning credit hours toward a master’s degree in animal science. While in south Florida, she worked part time for a number of veterinarians, and one summer worked on a cattle ranch to increase the scope of her skills.
In 1984, Dr. Buchholz received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She married her fiancé and fellow ’Gator, Mark Buchholz (class of 1984, applied mathematics), and they moved to the Boston area. For Dr. Buchholz (born in Boston and raised in Duxbury), this was a homecoming, as her parents lived on the south shore of Massachusetts. After working at various animal clinics in the Milton area for more than a decade, Dr. Buchholz became part of the veterinarian team at the Duxbury Animal Hospital in 1996.
Dr. Buchholz’s practice of preventive medicine and teaching of preventive care incorporate her deep affection for animals and her positive experiences of animal–human bonds. She enjoys helping her clients create nurturing, life-long relationships with their pets.
Combining her interest in animal–human relationships with her love of horses, Dr. Buchholz has begun a new venture: an equine assisted therapy program to help children with behavioral challenges. In 2006, she earned her certification from EAGALA, the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (a non-profit organization in which horses are used in the treatment of mental health). As the equine person who supplies the horses, Dr. Buchholz works in conjunction with therapists to develop relevant and beneficial activities that support therapeutic interactions.
A member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Dr. Buchholz attends several continuing education conferences each year to advance her veterinary medical skills and professional training. Her special interests include preventive, behavioral, and feline medicine.
Dr. Buchholz and her husband, Mark, live in Pembroke, Massachusetts. They have three children: Catherine, Jonathan, and Steven; they also have six animals, one dog, two cats, a dwarf hamster, and . . . two horses (one of her main hobbies). Both she and Mark enjoy pastoral counseling for their local church.
What are some of the benefits that Dr. Buchholz enjoys at DAH? “I love the relationships we’ve developed with the pets, the owners, the families . . . it’s more than just treating an animal or diagnosing disease, it’s the whole picture.”
Dr. Jessica Shepard
Dr. Shepard had the privilege of growing up in the beautiful green mountains of Vermont. She spent her childhood hiking and biking through the mountains, and fishing and boating at her family camp on Peacham Pond in the northern part of that state.
Her exposure to the wild outdoors and curiosity about animal biology led her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at the University of Vermont. While at UVM she applied and was selected for the Cooperative Real Education in Agricultural Management (CREAM) program which allows students to manage and participate in running a fully operational dairy herd. It was at UVM while milking cows at sunrise that she decided she loved animals and medicine, and would become a veterinarian.
Dr. Shepard attended the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 and completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She also completed a small animal rotating internship at New England Animal Medical Center in 2012. The level of her excellence in care was such that she invited to remain there as a doctor in their advanced General Medicine division. During that time she received addition training and experience in many areas, particularly dental surgery, critical care, advanced internal medicine, and laser surgery. She will be a fantastic addition to Duxbury Animal Hospital and the cutting edge technology that has been added there over the last two years.
Dr. Shepard and her husband bought a home in Duxbury in 2013 knowing that this was a town where they wanted to raise their new family. She is thrilled to have many years ahead practicing medicine and caring for the animals in this progressive community that she has quickly grown to love. She actively participates in the Duxbury Newcomers Club, and is also an involved room parent at her daughters’ school. For fun, she loves taking her daughters to Duxbury Beach in the summer, and skating on the ponds in the winter time. She and her husband enjoy playing tennis, dinners on the beach, and walking on the Duxbury bogs during the cranberry harvest. She has a black Lab aptly named Maverick who, despite his age, is always up to new tricks!
Denise’s home town is Charlestown, MA and she currently lives in Plymouth with her husband, Jim, who owns Cycleville Bike shop. They have two teenage sons, Louis and Christopher. Her furred and feathered companions include a puggle named Sammie, a tiger cat named Romeo, and a flock of chickens. Prior to her promotion to Hospital Manager, she was a veterinary technician while owning her own grooming business for over 22 years. In her free time, Denise enjoys gardening, cooking, biking, and spending time with her family & friends.
Certified Veterinary Technicians
Ms. Jennifer Longmore
Originally from Plymouth, Jen now lives in Kingston, MA. Her education and training for her certification was completed at Bay State College and Mount Ida College in Newton. Prior to coming to Duxbury Animal Hospital, she worked for a clinic in Plymouth as well as a local veterinary eye specialist. Being a huge supporter of pet rescue, Jen has quite the menagerie at home. She has two dogs named Abby and Barbara, as well as seven cats named Petunia, Grover, Skyler, Jasmine, Maybel, Tabitha, and Agatha. Many of her cats have significant medical conditions that would have likely meant euthanasia without her constant care. When not caring for this crew, she enjoys volunteering, shopping, cooking and walking with her dogs.
Ms. Annette Tompkins
Annette was born and still lives in Brockton, MA. She has extensive experience in veterinary medicine including a large amount of work in specialized veterinary referral surgery. We were very lucky to have her come on-board with our team and bring that expertise to our patients. Annette has a dog, Sunny and a cat named Gracie. In her free time, she enjoys walking, hiking, and reading.
Andrea and her husband, Bowen, just moved to Scituate all the way from Mississauga, Ontario. She earned her RVT degree in Ontario and also obtained her CVT certificate her in Massachusetts. Her skills and confidence have been a wonderful addition to the team. In her free time, Andrea enjoys photography, hiking, art, and music.
Ms. Dawn Johnson
Dawn joined us with over 10 years of experience in many mixed animal veterinary clinics, including wildlife and exotics. Dawn also carries and maintains her certificate in Animal Care. Originally from Marshfield, Dawn currently resides in Halifax with her six year old daughter, Natalie. She also shares her home with Max, a 6 year old Shih Tzu, and Cas & Sebastian, 8 and 10 year old kitties. In her spare time, Dawn enjoys hiking.
Client Care Specialists
Ms. Claudia Wait
Originally from Hingham, Claudia now lives in Duxbury. Prior to her time here, she cut her teeth in customer care as a flight attendant with American airlines for 42 years! At home she has two cats. “Little” is an 18 year old American shorthair and “Alley” is a Maine Coon mix. In her free time, Claudia enjoys yoga, walking, reading, gardening, biking, and spending time with family and friends. These include her two children, Chris and Cara, as well as her three grandchildren, Jack, Ben, and Charlette.
Ms. Sarah Wang
Sarah comes to us from Quincy where she was born and continues to reside. Her parents also live in Quincy and she has one older sister in Florida. She studies finance at Northeastern and was a room technician and receptionist at the Animal Health Center before joining our team. She is amazingly gifted at client relations and management. As we continue to modernize over the next several years, she will be an integral part of setting up our paperless medical records system. In her free time, Sarah volunteers with Boston Cares. She loves anything food-related as well as tennis, hiking, and traveling abroad with friends. For a pet, she has a Red Ear Slider turtle named Oo-guai.