Meet Our Administration
Anthony Palminteri, DVM, Diplomate, ACVS – Board of Directors
In Memoriam ~ Dr. Palminteri founded Oradell Animal Hospital with Dr. Gary Johnson in 1961. He was the first board certified veterinary surgeon in the state of New Jersey, as well as a “distinguished practitioner” in the National Academy of Practitioners. Dr. Palminteri remained active in the management of his hospital until his death in November of 2020. In addition to his pioneering work during his long veterinary career, Dr. Palminteri taught self-defense at the Bergen County Police Academy, obtained an 8th degree black belt in Jiu-Jitsu, took an avid interest in boating with his beloved wife, Gail, and appreciated jazz and classical music. His legacy of clinical excellence remains the backbone of his hospital’s mission, and his pragmatic outlook and dedication to relieving suffering live on in the Dr. Anthony Palminteri, DACVS, Veterinary Care Fund at Oradell Animal Hospital.
William Stockman, VMD –
Dr. Stockman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He completed an internship followed by a surgical residency at the ASPCA hospital in New York City. Dr. Stockman enjoys boating, fishing, scuba diving and underwater photography.
Rita Angelo, VMD – Hospital Director
Dr. Angelo graduated from the University Of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship in small and animal medicine here at Oradell Animal Hospital and remained on staff as a senior general practitioner at both our Paramus and Fort Lee locations. Dr. Angelo was appointed Hospital Director of Oradell Animal Hospital in 2019.
Karen Critchley-Capone, CVPM, CVT – Executive Administrator
Karen joined Oradell Animal Hospital in 2003, after graduating from Bergen Community College’s Veterinary Technician Program, with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science. Karen began her career as a veterinary assistant, quickly advancing to a Certified Technician. Within 3 years Karen became a supervisor, and then the Patient Services Manager to which she held this title for the next 12 years. In 2019, Karen joined the Administration Team as Associate Director of Oradell Animal Hospital. Karen has a multifaceted job working with team members to ensure the mission statement and core values of Oradell Animal Hospital are achieved. Karen is a Board Member of the New Jersey Veterinary Hospital Manager Association, an active member of VHMA, NJVTA and NVTA. She is also the co-founder of the North Jersey Veterinary Technician Conference and also received her Certified Veterinary Practice Manager credential in January of 2020.
Alison Maglio, – Executive Administrator
Alison is responsible for managerial functions that encompass most areas of the hospital. She is a graduate of Seton Hall University with a concentration in psychology and business management, and has been serving as hospital administrator for 20 years. She works closely with the hospital director to achieve the hospital's mission and ensure exceptional customer service. Alison handles all billing and client related financial matters.
Christine Banks, – Human Resources
Christine is responsible for managing most matters pertaining to all employees including recruitment, orientation, contract preparation, and employee benefits.
Megan DeCesare, – Client Relations Coordinator
Megan has been part of the OAH administrative team since 2008. Her role started as the Administrative Assistant to her current position of Client Relations Coordinator. Her primary role it to help facilitate clients with any issues or concerns they may have while trying to maintain client satisfaction. With her many years spent here Megan has a strong understanding of the billing and financial aspects of OAH. In her free time Megan loves to spend time outdoors camping with her family which includes her English Bulldog Billy.
Susan Kolkka, CVT, VTS (Clin Lab) – Fort Lee Clinic Manager
Sue has been an employee of the Oradell Animal Hospital for over 30 years. She has worked in many different departments, and is currently our manager at the Fort Lee office. She is a licensed veterinary technician, a charter member of the NAVTA Clinical Pathology Specialty Group, and has lectured at numerous conferences. Sue lives in Bergen County with her family and pets. If she is not at the office she is probably in DisneyWorld!
Liz McKnight, BS, CVT – Outpatient Services Manager
Liz McKnight graduated from Cook College at Rutgers University in 1983 with a B.S. in Animal Science, and earned her CVT status after passing the Veterinary Technician National Exam in 1999. Liz has worked at Oradell Animal Hospital for over 30 years where she has been involved in all aspects of animal care, including nursing, surgery, dentistry, radiology and oncology. Over the years her role expanded to supervising the technical support staff. Since 1997, Liz became the manager of the Clinic Services department which includes the outpatient clinic, the laboratory, the dispensing pharmacy, the oncology team, and client education. In 2019 Liz's role expanded further when she took on the additional responsibility of managing the Client Services Department as the Outpatient Services Manager. Liz has always had a special interest in behavior and pet nutrition. Liz enjoys reading and being outdoors, hiking, gardening, and birding.
Heidi Petri, – Controller
Heidi is responsible for the keeping of all financial records associated with the corporation and its business, including receipts, disbursements, general ledger, cash management and payroll.
Michele Zotollo, CVT - Patient Services Manager
Michele is a graduate of the Bergen Community College, Veterinary Technician Program where she earned a degree in Applied Science. She began working at Oradell Animal Hospital in 2008 as a Client Services Representative. She then transferred to the Emergency and Critical care department where she started as a ward aide. She trained to be a vet assistant until she earned her technician degree. Shortly after her technician promotion, she accepted a supervisor position in the department and has been doing that until January 2019 when she moved to her current position of Patient Services Manager. As Manager of Patient Services Michele oversees all of the technical support staff in the following departments: Emergency, Critical Care, In hospital care, Dental, Surgery, Radiology/MRI/CT, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Neurology, Rehabilitation/cold laser, Blood banking, Instruments.