Meet our veterinarians
Peter Berk, DVM
Dr. Berk received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri. He interned for one year in Bradenton, Florida and completed a one-year post-doctoral study in surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Berk is very involved in the veterinary community. He is a past president of Hartford County Veterinary Medical Association and is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association and the Hartford County Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Berk was a recipient of the NIH grant for study in thoracic surgery and a consultant with a United Technologies primate space research project.
Dr. Berk’s three children have also been successful in their careers. Katie, who lives in Vermont, is a clinical psychologist with a Ph. D., and sons Andrew and Jeff are equine veterinarians living in Los Angeles and Florida, respectively.
His hobbies include competitive horse sports – he frequently participates in equestrian events and polo. He also enjoys skiing and tennis. Dr. Berk has a cat, Joe Black, who resides with us here at the hospital, eager to greet each visitor.
David Staudacher, DVM
Dr. Staudacher completed his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 1978. He continued his veterinary education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded his Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris in 1986. He counts internal medicine and soft-tissue surgery among his favorite areas of professional interest. He is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Dental Society.
Dr. Staudacher and his wife, Allison, are the proud parents of three children: Adam, Christian and Emma. The family’s four-legged members include a Yorkshire terrier named Artie and a cat named Cuddles. During his leisure time, Dr. Staudacher enjoys gardening, cooking, listening to music and cheering on New York’s sports teams.
Jacoba van der Giessen, DVM
Dr. Jacoba van der Giessen grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada, and graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada. After practicing for 2 years in Pittsburgh, she decided to move closer to extended family and joined the RBVH team. Her special interests in veterinary medicine involve internal medicine cases and radiology. Having had exposure to holistic practices at her last position, Dr. van der Giessen decided to pursue chiropractic training to enhance her approach to optimize quality of care. She received her certification from the Healing Oasis Wellness Center; the only nationally accredited chiropractic school in the country, and has demonstrated and appreciated significant improvement in success rates of treatments by integrating chiropractic with traditional care.
Dr. van der Giessen shares her home with three cats: Nimbles, who was abandoned as a kitten at a veterinary clinic; Scotch, who she adopted from the humane society, and Pocus, a four-legged (and beautiful) gift from a client in Pittsburgh. She also lives with her dog Harley; a Nova Scotia Ducktolling Retriever, who was a rescue while Dr. van der Giessen attended veterinary school, Harley had been abused for the first 10 years of his life. After investing in years of training, Harley has shown tremendous improvement, from the days of severe conflict aggression to now being considered a therapy dog. When she’s not at the clinic, or traveling to visit with friends and family, Dr. van der Giessen really enjoys spending time outdoors and loves to be out on the water (Harley joins her in the kayak).
Josh Malouin, DVM
Dr. Malouin has a beagle/Jack Russell terrier mix named Peanut. In his free time he enjoys landscaping, building fish ponds, fly fishing, RC planes and intricate pumpkin carving.
Aaron Begg, BVSc
Veterinarian Aaron Begg grew up in New Zealand and attended the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where he met his Farmington-born wife. He spent many years practicing in New Zealand, and in late 2017 moved to Connecticut to be closer to her family. He has worked in emergency as well as general practice, and spent two years as primary care veterinarian for Auckland’s police dogs. His special interests in veterinary medicine include bunnies, all aspects of feline and canine medicine and surgery, and a minor interest in ophthalmology. When he’s not at the clinic, Dr Begg is obsessed with food and baking, and is always happy to share a recipe or two.
Meet our hospital managers
“I love being a part of a team that makes a difference,” Joanne says. “We make a positive impact in the lives of families and their pets in this community.”
Joanne has two dogs: Penguin, a border collie, and Bean, a pointer; and two horses, Molly and May. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, fishing, and exploring with her husband and dogs.
Roaring Brook Veterinary Hospital’s friendly atmosphere appeals to Allison. “I really enjoy my co-workers. Everyone is friendly and very knowledgeable,” she said. “All of the doctors specialize in different areas and make for a better overall experience.”
Visiting her family is one of Allison’s favorite things to do in her spare time. She also enjoys fishing, hiking and cooking. She shares her affection with her two dogs, Finn and Dutch, and her 2 year old cat, Jack.
Meet our veterinary technicians
At home, Samantha has an 8-month-old Springer Spaniel named Ralphie that she enjoys taking to dog dock diving trials. She also has an 8-year-old Maine Coon Cat named Buddy. Beyond her work and pets, she also enjoys playing soccer, working out, going out dancing, running, and spending time with friends and family.
An avid pet person, Kerry says that her work provides a great opportunity to mix her love of animals with her day-to-day work-life. “I enjoy working at this veterinary hospital because we see a wide variety of animals,” she says, “including birds, small animals, and reptiles, which I have a lot of experience with.”
Kerry also manages a wide array of pets at home, which include two cats, a Jenday Conure, a Chinchilla, five Gerbils, one Hamster, five toads, and two Beta fish. Her free time is spent watching movies, working out, playing Wii, cooking, reading, visiting museums, travel and pet sitting and grooming.
Les received his veterinary assistant certificate from Tunxis Community College and has been working in the animal related field for four months.
Playing music on his keyboard and singing are two of his favorite hobbies. He also enjoys watching movies and fishing in his spare time. At home, Les is busy taking care of his many pets: Toby, his yorkshire terrier, Princess and Daisy, his two cats, S’Mores, his guinea pig, and Kam, his veiled chameleon. Les also has a keen interest in tropical fish.
Tatiana has a dog, three cats, a snake, and a leopard gecko. She also paints pet portraits in her free time, and enjoys camping and going to the beach.
Meet our receptionists
Alicia has two dogs: Pistol, a Beagle, and Hudson, a Dachshund. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, crafting, cultivating her “not-so-great green thumb,” thrifting, repurposing, and cooking. She also writes for the Winsted Journal and spends her weekends working at a winery.