Get to know our team of veterinarians here at Bergen County Veterinary Center. Our experienced veterinarians will provide the best care possible for your pet!
Dr. Jill Shiffman
Dr. Jill Shiffman graduated from Ross University, School of Veterinary Medicine with high honors in 2003, after completing a year of clinical training at the University of Florida, School of Veterinary Medicine. Her education continued during an internship in Equine
Dr. Jaclyn Homan-Lewis
Dr. Jaclyn Homan-Lewis grew up locally, in Huntington, New York. She then moved south to college, completing her undergraduate degree in biology at Loyola College in Maryland. She received her veterinary degree in 2009 from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and finished her clinical year at Purdue University Veterinary School in Indiana. After graduation, Dr. Lewis returned home to the New York area where she worked at a large, 24-hour veterinary emergency hospital in Long Island area. Before joining BCVC, Dr. Lewis worked at West Chelsea Veterinary in Manhattan where she truly enjoyed the fast-paced city environment. Dr. Lewis is now living in Wyckoff, New Jersey with her husband and two sons and has found her new work family at BCVC! It is common practice to find Dr. Lewis on the floor with her patients, getting kisses as well as giving them. In the medical world, her primary interests include small animal medicine, radiology and above all quality patient care. In her free time, she loves to travel, spend time with her family and friends as well as spend time outdoors with her two dogs, a rambunctious Pug, named Gus and a special, rescued Shih Tzu Mix, named Willy.
Dr. Laurel Gess
Dr. Laurel Gess is a 1993 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Originally from Charleston, SC, she has lived and worked in Northern NJ since graduating, with a short interlude in Atlanta, GA. She enjoys all aspects of small animal practice and strives at all times to put the best interests of her patients first. She is certified in low stress handling and restraint and employs these techniques to make veterinary exams and procedures a positive experience for everyone involved, especially her patients. Dr. Gess works with us at BCVC 2-3 days/week and is otherwise on the road doing house calls with her mobile practice, Got Pets Mobile Vet.
She keeps busy with her family, including her husband, two teenage boys, two dogs (Beau and Capers) and two cats (Mason and Dixon). Her house has also been home to many foster pets, pocket pets, and reptiles over the years. Dr. Gess enjoys the outdoors and can often be found running, hiking, or kayaking, usually accompanied by Capers.
Dr. Leah Van Blarcom
Dr. Leah, originally from Washington Twp, had the privilege of growing up on a working Horse farm in NJ and NY. Her Family bred, raised and showed Quarter Horses and Standardbred Race Horses. As a young child, Leah knew that she wanted to work in a field that helped both people and animals.She saw the great benefits of Chiropractic for both herself and her own horses growing up. After graduating from NC State University with degrees in Biochemistry and Animal Science. She received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at New York Chiropractic College. Dr. Leah then pursued her American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) certification and completed the 215-hour animal program at Parker University in Dallas, TX. She then sat for the AVCA exam in Oklahoma. She is now an AVCA Certified Animal Chiropractor. You can visit www.animalchiropractic.org to learn more about the program and animal chiropractic.
As Board Certified Chiropractor and an AVCA Certified Animal Chiropractor, she can now follow her passion, helping people and animals live the BEST quality of LIFE possible through Chiropractic and Wellness care.