Meet Dr. Bernie
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Meet Dr. Bernie
Dr. Bernadette Aleksey, (please call her Dr. Bernie), graduated magna cum laude from Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She is a member of the veterinary honor society, PHI ZETA and was a recipient of the Valerie Bates Humanitarian Award. Prior to becoming a veterinarian, she was a practicing Enrolled Actuary and an Associate of the Society of Actuaries for over 13 years jetting around presenting retirement projections to multi-billion dollar conglomerates.
Dr. Bernie's passion for learning continues. She has completed over 200 hours of instruction, successfully passed a two-day IVAS examination, 40 hours of internship, a grueling 14-page case study in order to become a certified veterinary acupuncturist (CVA). She has recently earned the Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine, (GDVCHM) after 480 hours of instruction, multiple case studies, and publishing papers for the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT). Dr. Bernie treats the whole patient by integrating Chinese Herbal Therapy, Chinese Acupuncture, and Laser Therapy with traditional western Veterinary Medicine on an individual patient basis.
Dr. Bernie recently earned her Certification in Veterinary Manual Manipulation (CVMM) from the Intergrative Veterinary Medical Institute, www.IVMI.us. The training consisted of 2 sessions that took place online plus 3 five-day sessions at the spacious IVMI campus in Ocala, Florida. This 128-hour CVMM program, 40 hours are dedicated to intensive learning in hands-on wet labs. Her degree allows her to perform hands-on treatments on her patients and adds another specialty skillset to treat the whole pet's health.
So, her alphabet soup of veterinary specialties on her business card is
Bernadette Aleksey, DVM, CVA, GDVCHM, CVMMP.
Dr. Bernie is still welcoming new clients. She performs acupuncture and laser therapy on felines, canines, and pocket pets in Middlesex County.
Dr. Bernie’s most memorable experience from veterinary school was looking forward to palpating dairy cows in the middle of winter after trudging through a quarter mile of waist deep snow! To date, the most unusual pet treated was a rooster for a prolapsed cloaca!
Dr. Bernie is married to her soul-mate and has two vivacious and gorgeous children. She enjoys traveling and then being home with her pets: Macy (Boxer mix), Jayde, Taz, Charlie & Aries (Cats), Geo &, Gertie (Oberhasli Goats), Sassy (Pony), Captain Tuttle (Russian Tortoise) and a few tropical fish.
Jennifer Burton-Reeve, Certified Veterinary Dental Technician
Jennifer graduated from Holliston Jr. College as a veterinary technician. She performs as a certified veterinary dental technician, a surgical and emergency technician with a wide range of experience.
Working with Dr. Bernie and the staff at Adorable Pets Veterinary Center has been great, meeting new friends and helping their animals.
She has a love of all things in nature and also earned a B.S. in environmental science from the University of Connecticut. In her spare time she serves on the inland, wetland and watercourses committee in East Haddam. She does all sorts of crafty things, but her favorite pastime is spending time with her husband, her labrador Otis, and her eight grandchildren.
Suzanne Banks, CVT
Suzanne Banks, Practice Manager, Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)
Sue graduated from Becker College with an Associates of Science Degree in Veterinary Technology. In 2006 she was recertified in veterinary technology through the AVMA. Sue is a mother of 2 very rambunctious boys. They spend a lot of time participating in TaeKwonDo and soccer. In the summer, they can always be found at the Waterford Speed bowl. Sue met Dr. Bernie in Orlando, FL during a veterinary conference.
Mikaela Lemieux, Senior Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)
Mikaela graduated as a veterinary technician from Middlesex Community College in the spring of 2018. Ever since she was little she remember being extremely interested in biology, medicine, and of course, animals! Her interest in the sciences and human-animal bond led her directly into the veterinary field. Some hobbies include dolls (she worked restoring them for 7 years), special effects makeup, and digital art. Mikaela also spent 3 years as a volunteer for a cat shelter and take special interest in homeless animals.
At the end of the day she loves to spend time with her 3 cats (Stanley, Kit, and Miscuit) and her bunny, Shakespeare!
Wendy Abrams, Client Liaison and Certified Veterinary Assistant
Wendy completed her Veterinary Assistant training at Middlesex Community College in 2012. Prior to pursuing her interest in the Veterinary field, Wendy managed the Creative Department at Ogilvy & Mather in New York City. Wendy holds a BA in Sociology from Goucher College. As a caring and committed Client Liaison and Veterinary Assistant, Wendy enjoys working with clients and their “adorable pets” in an environment focused on providing exceptional care and state of the art integrative medicine. Outside of work she can be found baking, canoeing, scuba diving and playing with her spirited Goldendoodle named Gracie.
Heather Stevens, Office Manager
Heather has her Bachelor's Degree and a background in customer service. She has enjoyed working at Adorable Pets. Heather oversees the front office staff workflow along with our monthly newsletters, assisting with the website, plus helping with veterinary assistant work. Heather enjoys helping owners find the best solutions for them and their pets. Outside of work, Heather enjoys spending time with her husband, son and her two dogs, Scout and River.
Kate Simshauer, Certified Veterinary Assistant.
Kate came to East Haddam 12 years ago from New York. At that time she began working as a Realtor in the Shoreline area. Animals have always been Kate’s first love though and the transition to the Veterinary field was only natural. She couldn’t be happier for the opportunity to build a career in the health and wellness of animals with the help of such experienced professionals like Dr. Bernie and the rest of the staff at Adorable Pets. When she’s not at the clinic Kate enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with family which includes two much-loved pets.
Kate Foley, Certified Veterinary Technician.
As a teenager, Kate saw the powerful relationships between humans and animals while working as a Guiding Eyes’ for the Blind volunteer. In 2018, she graduated from Middlesex Community College with a degree in Veterinary Technology, became a Certified Veterinary Technician. Earlier she earned a degree in Cell Biology from Wesleyan University which has shown to be a valuable resource to draw upon working in the field of veterinary medicine.
Kate is excited to be a member of the Adorable Pets Veterinary Center team utilizing integrative
medicine helping to increase and enhance the connection between clients and their pets.
Outside of work, Kate’s favorite things to do are reading, hiking, and most importantly spending
time with her animals; two black labs, Lilly and Hailee, and a rescue kitty named Tabitha.
Heather Trotochaud, Veterinary Assistant
Heather completed the Veterinary Assistant Program at Middlesex Community College in 2012. After four years she decided to try another profession with animals to gain extra skills and went to Connecticut K-9 Education Center in 2016 and completed the grooming course. She worked at New Inn Kennels for four years as a groomer as well as taking some veterinary technician classes at Northwestern Connecticut Community College. She wanted to come back to the animal science profession and came to work at Adorable Pets Veterinary Center. In her spare time Heather enjoys going hiking, spending time with her family, going out with friends, and of course spending time with her dog Benjamin.