Linda Piffer, DVM, Fear Free Certified
Dr. Piffer graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. She completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Purdue University in 1988. Dr. Piffer has practiced in New Jersey since then and has been with Somerset Veterinary Group since 1993. She has special interest in the nutritional management of disease and the use of herbs and supplements as adjuncts to therapy. Dr. Piffer lives in Middlesex with her husband, Lou, and their daughter, Julia.
Colleen Miller, DVM, Fear Free Certified
Dr. Miller attended Cook College, Rutgers University, where she received her BS degree in Animal Science in 2000. Following her undergraduate studies, Dr. Miller was admitted to Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She has been an associate veterinarian at Somerset Veterinary Group since 2006. Dr. Miller has a cat, Rudy, and a rabbit, Julius.
Abby Oratio, DVM, Fear Free Certified
Dr. Abby Oratio grew up in Ramsey, New Jersey and now lives in Basking Ridge. She attended Bucknell University for her undergraduate studies and later obtained a DVM degree from Tufts University. Prior to joining Somerset Veterinary Group, Dr. Oratio worked at New England Animal Medical Center and Animal Infirmary of Hoboken. She has special veterinary interests in internal pet medicine.
At home, Dr. Oratio has a mini bull terrier named Tuna (aka Petunia). In her spare time, she enjoys indoor cycling/spinning, hiking, running, and staying active.
Vicki Shekk, VMD, Fear Free Certified
Somerset Veterinary Group is so excited to annouce and Welcome Dr. Vicki Shekk!
Dr. Vicki Shekk grew up in Bridgewater, New Jersey and has wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as she could remember. She was accepted to Cook College at Rutgers University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. After college, she attended the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Shekk obtained a Veterinary Medical Doctorate (VMD) degree, graduated with Honors, and was inducted to the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society.
Diana Dekovich, VMD
Somerset Veterinary Group is so excited to annouce and Welcome Dr. Diana Dekovich- Joining us July 2020!
Diana Dekovich, VMD grew up in Caldwell and graduated from Cornell University. She earned her degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. She began her career in Washington state in equine practice, and became certified in animal chiropractic while she was an equine practitioner. Dr. Dekovich transitioned to small animal practice in 2009 after a move to California, and enjoys the variety of small animal general practice. She has a special interest in dentistry and received additional training in dentistry while living in the Twin Cities for the past seven years.
Dr. Dekovich is excited to return to her home state and be close to family. She and her husband have two daughters, a coonhound mix named Penny, and an orange tabby cat named Donut. She enjoys hiking, doing art/science projects with her girls, and snowboarding.
Dennis Ting, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, Board Certified Surgeon
Originally from Southern California, Dr. Ting attended the University of California, San Diego for undergraduate work in the field of Animal Physiology and Neuroscience. He then earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of California, Davis in 2003. In the following year, Dr. Ting returned to Southern California to complete a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery. With a growing interest in small animal surgery, he completed a surgery specific internship in Denver followed by an orthopedic research fellowship at Michigan State University. Dr. Ting then stayed at Michigan State University and completed his residency training in small animal surgery.
Dr. Ting, who is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), performs advanced surgeries at Somerset Veterinary Group by appointment. He has particular interests in orthopedics, traumatology, and oncologic surgery. He is trained in minimally invasive surgeries such as fluoroscopic-assisted fracture repair. Dr. Ting has also published a number of original orthopedic articles in various veterinary surgery journals and has presented numerous lectures on national and local levels.
Deborah Ward, DVM, MS
Dr. Ward was born and raised in New York. After obtaining her undergraduate degree from Duke University, she graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. She completed a one year rotating small animal medicine and surgical internship at Southwest Veterinary Specialty Center in Tucson, Arizona, prior to beginning her Internal Medicine Residency at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She obtained board certification in Small Animal Internal Medicine from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2000 as well as a Master’s Degree in Veterinary Medical Science for her research on the use of gastro-protectant medication in dogs.