Joe Martins, DVM was born and raised in New Jersey and is a Rutgers alumni who also graduated from the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. While at Rutgers studying animal science pre-veterinary medicine, Dr. Martins was hired and entrusted by the State University to work the farm for 4 years. This job meant that every summer and every winter he was responsible for feeding, cleaning and caring for over 100 sheep, 50 goats, 50 pigs, and 20 horses. For someone who loved to drive tractors, bail hay, and experience nature, this was a dream job.
After veterinary school and completion of an emergency externship in Phoenix Arizona he began his career as a general practitioner for 5 years up at the Basking Ridge Animal Hospital. After that he also worked at the Hunterdon Hills and Long Valley Animal Hospitals in pursuit of fulfilling his life-long dream of working at a practice with a clear vision of helping people and their pets.
In 2002, Dr. Martins began working at Belle Mead Animal Hospital. After 3 arduous years, he purchased the hospital and was able to fulfill his dreams of ownership. Since then he has proudly worked to make Belle Mead Animal Hospital a warm, positive family environment with the best caring and healing that people could trust.
Dr. Martins’ professional passions, to name a few, include veterinary dentistry, animal behavior, pain management, and preventative medicine. His other greatest joy is spending time with his beautiful family, including his wife Lara, son Henry, his five cats, (Tai, Turbo, Nelson, Tino, and Lion), his two dogs, (Heidi and Peanut), and recent goldfish, Dorothy.
Kim Somjen, DVM graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in May, 2006 and joined the team at Belle Mead Animal Hospital in July, 2006. Dr. Somjen’s interests include small mammal exotics (including rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, and chinchillas), surgery and pain management, as well as physical rehabilitation. Dr. Somjen is currently pursuing certification as a canine physical rehabilitation practitioner and has completed the Certified Companion Animal Pain Management Program through UTCVM. She is a member of the International Veterinary Association of Pain Management and is pursuing certification as a Veterinary Pain Practitioner. She is eager to apply what she knows and learns to all of her clients. Dr. Somjen currently lives with four dogs – Dobermans Berlin and Cherrybomb, Border Collie Chill, and the newest addition, American Staffordshire Terrier mix Gadget. They share the house with three cats – Frankie, BH, and Cobra. In her spare time, Dr. Somjen enjoys training and showing her dogs in obedience, rally obedience, agility, nosework and tracking. Her previous Doberman, OohRah was nationally ranked for 4 years and obtained his UD in 2011. Dr. Somjen is active in her breed club and is current president of the Doberman Pinscher Club of Tappan Zee, helping them put on multiple shows a year including an all-breed obedience trial as well as a Health Fair hosted at Belle Mead every February. Dr. Somjen also enjoys reading, hiking with her boyfriend and the dogs, as well as relaxing at the beach.
Heather Simon-Buonocore, VMD graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. She completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in 2008. She also received experience as an Intern in Small Animal Neurology and Neurosurgery at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Simon-Buonocore’s clinical interests are Neurology (seizures, spinal cord injury, vestibular disease), Internal Medicine and Surgery. She joined Belle Mead Animal Hospital in May of 2009. She has one dog (Bonnie), three cats (Cleopatra, Camus and Pita) and a rabbit (Glia). Dr. Simon-Buonocore enjoys running, reading, cooking, music and art. She runs often with her dog Bonnie and has participated in many races including half-marathons and marathons. Dr. Simon-Buonocore raised money for the ASPCA charity at the New York City Half-Marathon 2012.
Jessica Stephens, DVM obtained her undergraduate degree in 1998 at Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science with a Bachelor of Science and Minor in Psychology. From there Dr. Stephens was an animal keeper at Lion Country Safari where she provided care for reptiles, primates, and livestock. She received her veterinary degree at Purdue University in 2004 and also did several exotic zoo externships for San Francisco and Indianapolis Zoo. Dr. Stephens completed a general medicine and surgery internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls from 2007-2008. Additionally, she completed a Surgical Internship in 2009 at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Florida and in her spare time worked at various south Florida 24 hours emergency hospitals and perfected her urgent trauma and critical case triage and treatment skills. Dr. Stephens is an outstanding general practitioner who is well prepared for any emergency that comes through our doors. When not working she is a proud mother of a beautiful son.
Debra White, DVM obtained her Bachelor of Science degree at Penn State University in 1990. She Graduated with her veterinary degree from Michigan State University in 1994. She has been practicing in New Jersey for the past 18 years and provides our clients with excellent up-to date preventative care and client education.
Erin Rockhill, DVM received her Bachelor of Animal Science degree from Rutgers University Cook College in 2007 and her Veterinary Degree from Tuskegee University in 2011. Dr. Rockhill went on to complete several externships. She completed an externship at Northstar Vets and soon after that became a valued energetic asset to the Belle Mead Animal Hospital.