Our staff is what makes the difference. We have a well established team of highly skilled and trained individuals that are here to assist you in caring for your pet.
Meet our Veterinarians
Robert A. Bergantino, D.V.M.,
Dr. Bergantino was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. He and his new bride moved to New England in search of a small town lifestyle and, after working in Fairhaven, Massachusetts for two years, met Dr. Howard Adams D.V.M. The Bergantinos moved to Athol to take over Dr. Adams' long established practice in 1987. A second practice was purchased and merged in 1995.
Dr. Bergantino now lives in New Salem, a town smaller than his high school graduating class, with his wife of over thirty years, Betsy. They have three boys and also live with Abita the Boston Terrier.
Dr Bergantino's professional interests include soft tissue and orthopedic surgery and ear disease. His time spent out of the office revolves around golf, travel, sampling tasty craft brewed beers, and working on his home and pinball machines. All of his pets are named after his favorite beers.
Certified Veterinary Technicians
Our highly skilled team of knowledgeable Certified Veterinary Technicians are responsible for the hands on care of your pets. Some of their many important daily tasks include nursing care, administration of medications and treatments, hospitalized patient monitoring, animal restraint, assisting in surgery, anesthesia monitoring, obtaining blood samples and other specimens, performing laboratory diagnostics, performing dental cleaning and polishing, client education, taking and processing radiographs (x-rays), other vital animal care and veterinary clinical tasks.
Meet our Certified Veterinary Technicians & Assistants
Danielle Rouleau, C.V.T.
Danielle joined the Adams Animal Hospital team in 1997. She started with us as a Veterinary Assistant then graduated from HCC and became certified in 2000. In 2014 Danielle was promoted to Practice Manager. Danielle has a strong background in canine behavior and training and enjoys speaking to clients about any problem behaviors they are experiencing. In addition, she enjoys talking with clients who are interested in breeding, showing or performance but don't know where to start. Her interests include breeding and exhibiting her Standard Poodles in Conformation, Rally, Obedience, Barn Hunt, Hunt Tests for retrievers, Working Certificates, and has done some sheep herding, therapy work and agility for fun.
Pam Gale, C.V.T. Pam has been a Veterinary Technician since 1976 and was one of the first who became Certified when the title became available in the 1980's. She enjoys many aspects of being a C.V.T. but excels in patient and anesthesia monitoring, quality control and her attention to detail. Outside of work, Pam spends her time volunteering with the North Orange Grange and at the Community Church of North Orange and Tully.
Terry Matteson, C.V.T. Terry has been a Vet Tech since 1977 and was one of the first who became Certified when the title became available in the 1980's. Terry joined Adams Animal Hospital in 1995. In addition to her "regular" daily duties, Terry handles our inventory making sure we have all supplies and products available to us and our patients. Terry loves her pet cats and ferrets and is another of our cat friendly advocates.
Sarah LeBlanc, C.V.T. Sarah has been an important part of the Adams Animal Hospital team since 2000. She graduated from the Holyoke Community College Veterinary Technician program and became certified in 2004. Sarah is one of our cat advocates and makes sure we adhere to the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) cat friendly standards. She is responsible for implementing and maintaining our status as a Cat Friendly Practice. Sarah is also the cornerstone of our Callback program. She's the friendly voice on the phone that calls each patient to see how they're doing after surgery, a sickness, injury, or following up after a routine appointment. Outside of work you will find Sarah in her garden, hiking, kayaking, volunteering at Medicine Mammals (wildlife rehabilitation) and spending time with her family.
Sara Hess, Veterinary Assistant Sara came on board in March 2015. Sara graduated from Regis College in 2008 with a BA in Biochemistry. She is enjoying getting to know all the patients and their owners here at Adams Animal Hospital. She lives in Athol with her husband Jesse, their 2 sons and 2 cats. Sara volunteers with her dad at the Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church and has cooked their community suppers for the past 20 years.
Client Service Representatives
Our friendly, courteous, compassionate, team of Client Service Representatives can assist you by scheduling appointments, answering questions, and anything else you may need such as a helping hand to carry a heavy bag of food or pet carrier to and from your vehicle.
Meet our Client Service Representatives
Larissa has worked at Adams Animal Hospital since 2003. She enjoys working with animals. Larissa is passionate about positive reinforcement training and promoting a positive image for the American Pitbull Terrier. Outside of work she enjoys gardening and spending time with her husband, 3 wonderful Pitbulls and 3 cats.
Paula joined our team in February 2015. She has lived in Athol since 2004 with her husband and 2 cats, Smokey and Scrappy. She has 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren. Paula enjoys gardening and volunteering at her church.
Meredith joined our team in June 2015. She enjoys volunteering with Medicine Mammals. Meredith especially enjoys helping to rehabilitate skunks, raccoons and other wildlife with her husband and 2 daughters by her side. She has an Italian Greyhound named Jupiter, an English Setter Mix, Gabbie, 2 cats, M.A.C. and Stormy and a guinea pig, Merlin at home. She is a Reiki provider for people and animals, and enjoys arts, crafts and reading in her spare time.
Sara is in charge of keeping the hospital and grounds neat and tidy.