Cat friendly and fear free practice
Dr. Patricia Hart Veterinarian
Dr. Hart has been a veterinarian in Fairfield and Westchester counties for 30 years and is the owner of the Southport Veterinary Center. She graduated from Colorado State University in 1989. Her special interests include internal medicine, oncology, acupuncture, and animal welfare. Dr. Hart likes to showcase a rotating animal art gallery on-site at the hospital that features commissioned animal portraits in various styles and mediums. Dr. Hart lives with 3 cats, 3 dogs, and 4 Nigerian Dwarf goats. On her days off Dr. Hart is an avid skier, mountain biker, and gardener.
Dr. Meghan Greco Veterinarian
Dr. Greco obtained her doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. After school, she returned to Connecticut and practiced veterinary medicine in Norwalk under her maiden name Kohlhepp. Dr. Greco says it’s a perfect fit, as the high standards for medicine and surgery align with her standards of care. She has a special interest in feline medicine, soft tissue surgery, and internal medicine. Dr. Greco lives with 2 dogs, 2 cats and enjoys gourmet cooking and fitness.
Dr. Chelsea Markleski Veterinarian
Dr. Markleski graduated from the University of Connecticut before obtaining her doctorate from Ross University in 2014. Afterwards she began practicing in New Haven County before deciding she would rather work for a private practice. She has a special interest in soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, and ultrasound. In her free time she likes traveling, going to concerts and sporting events, taking her dogs to new places, and spending time with her family.Growing up I always wanted a dog but my parents would only allow me to have a cat. While attending Ross University in St. Kitts I rescued two kittens. Once returning to the States I adopted the kitten’s mother and my first dog, Moe (He melts my heart everyday). When Moe was 3 I rescued Penny, my other dog, to give Moe a partner in crime. All 5 animals have come together and really enjoy each others company.
Renee LaPointe Veterinary Technician
Renee is a certified veterinary technician and has been in the veterinary field for almost 20 years. From 2002 to 2011 she was an ICU/internal medicine nurse and supervisor at the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk. She then joined Southport Vet Center and earned her vet tech certification in 2013. She earned Bachelor’s in Law & Society with a minor in women’s studies from UConn in 2008.
Richard Collins Veterinary Technician
Richard has been in the veterinarian field for ten years now. As a teen, Richard’s house became full of all types of exotics to baby alligator, chickens, snakes, you name it. The majority of his adult life Richard has worked with cats, dogs as well as people throughout many outreach programs and organizations. He loves to serve all, knowing that this what he has a passion to do. Currently, he owns a beautiful Boa Constrictor, Athena and a Savannah Monitor Lizard, Nipsey.
Emely Montenegro Veterinary Technician
Emily started her career at a Fairfield County animal hospital in 2011, working as a receptionist before joining the technician team. Emily is currently preparing for her certification and she has no free time as she lives with a dog, a cat, and 2 newborn twins.
Marilyn Williams Receptionist
Marilyn has worked in the veterinary field for 27 years — 21 of which have been here at Southport Vet Center! For many years Marilyn lived overseas, and at one point, she had the pleasure of living in Monte Carlo and working with Prince Rainier’s sister’s 27 rescue dogs and 40-plus cats. At the front desk, Marilyn says, she loves interacting with clients on a personal level, making them feel welcome and confident in their choice of veterinary care.
Jennifer Montenegro Receptionist
Jennifer joined Southport Veterinary Center in Sept 2018. Jennifer always had a passion for animals and she had many different pets since childhood, including dogs, birds, rabbits, turtles, and fish. Currently, Jennifer has a beautiful dog named Loki and a handsome black cat named J.J., both of who she cares for dearly.
Markus Santiago has joined Southport Veterinary Center for January 2020 but has been in the veterinary field for three years.Markus doesn’t currently have a pet but had pets growing up most of his life. He’s shared his home with German Shepherds, Chihuahuas, Labradors, Retrievers, and Shar Peis. He loves animals of all shapes and sizes.
Carmen Mead Veterinary Assistant
Over eight years ago, Carmen became a certified veterinary assistant and started work at Southport Vet that very same month. Fifteen years ago, Carmen worked as a barn manager in Southbury, Ct at Red Horse Stable. Before that, she assisted with horse training for a variety of horse friends, mentors, and clients.
Ann Amadori Veterinary Assistant
Anne Amadore enrolled in a veterinary technician course and was hired as a veterinarian assistant at Southport Veterinary Center and joined Southport Veterinary Center for a year.Anne grew up having a variety of pets from dogs to iguanas. Anne currently has four cats named Wicked, Gordo, Midnight, and Smudge. She also has a pitbull, Pepper. All of her pets are rescues and she enjoys going hiking, backpacking, and camping with Pepper. Anne loves all animals and hopes to one day team up with an animal sanctuary and help rescue animals in need.
Jody Rosengarten Dog Behavorial Therapist
Jody Rosengarten is our behaviorist of choice. She is the owner and operator of The Bark Stops Here, which is a multifaceted private practice specializing in problem-solving and rehabilitation of rescued dogs. She makes daily house calls, works with various rescue groups, and teaches group training classes here at Southport Vet. Her clients tell her that she can empathize with both people and dogs equally which enables her to help each better understand the other, creating transcultural compromises that endure. Jody lives with her several dogs and even more parrots, all of which are rescued.