Christopher Brunner, VMD — Chief of Staff
Dr. Christopher Brunner, our Chief of Staff, earned his undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University and his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. His professional interests include laparoscopy and other minimally invasive techniques. Dr. Brunner is an active member of the Veterinary Endoscopy Society (VES), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), the Evidence-Based Veterinary Medical Association (EBVMA), and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). He is also accredited by the USDA to sign international health certificates and is currently serving as professor of anatomy and physiology for the Norwalk Community College Veterinary Technology program.
Rachel Harter, DVM
Dr. Rachel Harter is a graduate of Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine and began her career at Seneca Animal Hospital outside of Buffalo, NY, a six-doctor growing practice, which introduced her to managing heavy case-loads and also helped her build strong diagnostic and surgical skills. It was also there that Dr. Harter developed a particular interest in client education, leading new-owner puppy training classes and writing an "Ask the Vet" column for the Buffalo News. Dr. Harter spent seven years practicing at Brookfield Animal Hospital in Brookfield, CT where she was able to experience the operation of a smaller practice within a smaller town, which she greatly enjoyed. She is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).
Áine Fitzpatrick, DVM
Dr. Áine Fitzpatrick is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she completed a one year internship in Maryland. Since then Dr. Fitzpatrick has worked in both general practice and emergency medicine. Her professional interests include internal medicine and critical care. She is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID), the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).
Dr. Fitzpatrick recently relocated with her family from Northern New Jersey and loves living in Sherman, with her husband Kevin and new baby son, Eamon. Her four legged family includes two mischievous dogs named Corra and Finn, and a one-eyed watchcat named Chili. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her son, running, and reading.
Cheryl Chappa, DVM
Dr. Cheryl Chappa graduated from the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She started her career at a mixed animal practice in upstate New York but after three years she decided to move back to Connecticut to be close to her family. Dr. Chappa worked at a small animal practice for three years before moving to northern Fairfield county. She has been practicing in the New Fairfield area for the past 16 years where she enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and building relationships with her clients that are based on communication and trust.
Dr. Chappa lives in New Fairfield with her husband and her son, Jessie. She has three dogs, Buckwheat, Gunther, and Hoover, and three cats, Manny, Thing, and Stevie.