BRIDGEWATER VETERINARY HOSPITAL
BRUCE LEVINSTON, DVM
" I love being able to make a difference in the life of a pet and his or her family. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the excitement and relief when we are responsible for helping resolve a health issue for a family pet. For me, working in such a fulfilling profession is a lifelong dream: being among a team of medical professionals protecting the health and welfare of animals. "
Dr. Bruce Levinston founded Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital in 1992. He has been a small animal veterinarian since 1989. When asked what his early influences were that led him to become a veterinarian, Dr. Levinston said, "Actually, no one motivated me to become a veterinarian. I did not grow up on a farm or do 4H. It was more common for others to push me toward other professions. However, becoming a veterinarian was my passion from the start and I never showed much interest in any other profession. I always wanted to become a veterinarian and nothing would stop me.”
In addition to his work at the Hospital, Dr. Levinston helps mentor young people interested in becoming veterinarians, is involved with animal shelters and humane societies in and around Bridgewater, and discusses animal care issues and animal care careers with school kids. He also takes advantage of numerous continuing education opportunities throughout the year and enjoys attending national conferences that cover a range of veterinary modalities. In all, he says, these activities play an important role in advancing his skills and keeping Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital at the leading edge of veterinary medicine.
A native of Edison, New Jersey, Dr. Levinston attended Ithaca College and then the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine where he earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. His areas of particular professional interest include reproduction, cardiology, physical rehabilitation, and stem cell regeneration. He is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, and the Metropolitan New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Levinston and his wife Roxanne, who works in sales, marketing and communications, have two sons, Max and Jack. They also provide a home for a yellow Labrador retriever named Sierra, Bengal cat named Marty, and Comanche, the hospital cat. His interests include photography, boating, gardening, wine tasting, travel, and being part of his kids’ sports and other activities.
LYNN ARBACH, DVM
“ I have wanted to be a veterinarian since I was a child. However, the defining moment came when I was in college and a teacher’s assistant gave a speech to my class about trying to strive for your biggest goals because you don’t want to look back and regret not trying. I knew at that moment the direction I would be taking. ”
A native of East Brunswick, New Jersey, Dr. Lynn Arbach is an Associate Veterinarian who has been practicing with Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital since 1997. Dr. Arbach attended Old Dominion University for her undergraduate studies where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1987. After a few years working at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio, as a laboratory technician in the National Toxicology Program, she entered Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1992, she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Her area of special professional interest is internal medicine, specifically urology and endocrinology.
She is certified in Fear Free Practice techniques and is very active in the community to take the “Pet” out of “Pet-rified”. She is also a member of the Metropolitan New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Arbach and her husband Bill, a Business Consultant, have two children, Matthew and Emily. The family also provides a home for a dog named Daisy, and two cats named Mr. Rose and Link. All of their pets are rescues. Dr. Arbach’s interests include gardening, yoga, and reading.
SPENCER SILVERS, DVM
"I remember accompanying my dog to an animal hospital where the veterinarian diagnosed him with ear mites. That was the day I knew I wanted to become a veterinarian."
Growing up in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, Dr. Spencer Silvers had an early interest in animals and their anatomy. Prior to joining the staff at Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Silvers was the medical director and owner of Lexington Veterinary Group in New York City for 23 years.
He attended Colorado State University for his undergraduate studies where he earned a degree in animal science in 1977. He then attended the University of Parma in Italy and earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. Dr. Silvers is fluent in speaking, reading, and writing Italian.
He attended Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine for his post graduate training and received his Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) certification in 1983. His professional interests include internal medicine, dermatology, endocrinology, and soft-tissue surgery.
He attends continuing education programs to stay current in the latest trends in veterinary medicine. Dr. Silvers belongs to the American Veterinary Medical Association and the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association.
Ever committed to the community, Dr. Silvers has provided guidance and veterinary care to non-profit organizations Citi Critters Inc. and the Unleashed After-School Program. In his free time, Dr. Silvers loves exploring parks, and taking care of the family’s three precious toy poodles, Mocha, Ruby and Bella, as well as their 3 adorable cats, Orson, Earl. and Cruise.
JESSICA AULISIO, DVM
" Acupuncture fascinates me! I enjoy being able to offer it for pain relief and to aid in rehabilitation cases. I love having it in my toolkit, and the training allows me to see problems in different light. "
Originally from Bridgewater, New Jersey Dr. Jessica Aulisio has always been passionate about animals and veterinary medicine. Although much of her time as a young adult was spent working on horse farms or participating in the Somerset County 4-H program, her transition into the animal medical world began right here at Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital. Starting as a Kennel Assistant, with mentorship she quickly rose through the ranks to become one of the hospital’s senior technicians before departing for veterinary school.
Dr. Aulisio graduated cum laude and as a George H. Cook Scholar from Rutgers University’s Cook College, and then went on to Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine in California. In veterinary school, she developed an interest in acupuncture, and completed the Chi Institute of Chinese Veterinary Medicine’s Acupuncture certification course in Florida. Dr. Aulisio has been practicing veterinary acupuncture since 2014.
After joining an equine practice in Maryland, Dr. Aulisio returned to New Jersey where she practiced small animal medicine, acupuncture and surgery in Morris and Essex counties before finally returning to the place where it all
began . . . Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital!
Her animal companions include three Yorkshire Terriers- Sandy, Rosie, Frankie and two horses- an Appaloosa mare, Piggy and Percheron mare, Zoey. She spends her free time with her husband Jim, and enjoys caring for their horses, reading, cooking, and training for bicycle races.
We could not be more thrilled, more proud or more honored to have her return to the BVH team as an associate veterinarian.
CHRISTINE KRENICKI, DVM
Graduating with her Doctorate and at the top of her class from the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Krenicki has been in practicing integrative veterinary medicine for over four years. In that time, she has worked for several progressive, bustling hospitals along the east coast and most recently relocated to New Jersey all the way from Memphis, Tenessee.
So what exactly is Integrative Medicine? Dr. Krenicki specializes in combining standard treatments with complementary therapies to care for a patient’s mind, body and spirit.
Currently enrolled in the Master’s program for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine at the Chi Institute, she is able to offer and perform a wide variety of treatment options for patients in addition to the standard medical care that we are all familiar with. Dr. Krenicki is highly experienced in:
Animal Massage Therapy
She is proud to offer clients a combined Eastern and Western medicinal approach in a current and modern hospital setting like Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital and we are so excited to have her as a part of the BVH team!
Both Dr. Krenicki and her husband are highly passionate Wisconsin Badger fans and love college football. Bucky Badger, their Golden Retriever, is the apple of their eye. And when Dr. Krenicki is not practicing veterinary medicine or hiking with Bucky, you can usually find her at the gym.
HEATHER LOENSER, DVM
Dr. Heather Loenser grew up knowing she wanted to be a veterinarian. Her childhood was spent rescuing feral cats, local wildlife and riding horses. After graduating from Iowa State University, she spent three years in general practice before finding her true calling, emergency veterinary medicine. For almost a decade, she has comforted pet owners and their pets in the times of their greatest crisis, most currently at Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey.
Outside of the hospital, she is the staff Veterinary Adviser for Professional and Public Affairs with the American Animal Hospital Association. Prior to that position, she served on their Board of Directors and she worked as a pharmaceutical consultant with various animal health companies. She also serves her profession by facilitating communication workshops attended by other veterinarians, and teaching pre-veterinary technician students.
Her love of teaching has led her to another facet of her career. As a sought-after guest on TV and radio, she shares her expertise on all sorts of issues with animals, including breaking news, emergency medicine, behavior and lifestyle tips. She has been a frequent contributor to the TODAY Show and Fox News, as well as Martha Stewart Radio, "Just Jenny" with Jenny Hutt on Sirius Radio, Meredith Vieira, Bloomberg News, local television in New York City and Philadelphia. She is a guest blogger on many popular pet-health sites. She was overjoyed to have won the 2016 "Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award."
She shares her home with her amazing husband, also a veterinarian, two young animal-loving children, one cat, two dogs, three box turtles, five chickens and fresh-water fish. In her brief moments of spare time, she loves hiking, building LEGO towers, SCUBA diving, sailing and decorating princess tiaras with glitter glue.
JASON R. LEWIS, D.C.
"I work with you and your veterinarian in order to help your animal reach their full potential."
Dr. Lewis, is an experienced animal chiropractor who lends his considerable skills to Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital’s practice. He graduated from Bloomfield College in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Then graduated from Parker Chiropractic College in 1996. He is certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. He keeps up to date on all the newest chiropractic methods through his continuing education. Dr. Lewis lives in Jackson, NJ with his wife, stepson, three horses, three dogs, two cats, and a couple of fish.
JOHANNA FRANK, DVM
Dr. Johanna Frank is Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital’s small animal internist and she performs ultrasounds for our patients, lending her considerable sonographic experience to our medical team.
Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Dr. Frank graduated with high honors from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph in 1994. She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery from North Carolina State University in 1995 and then returned to the Ontario Veterinary College for a residency in small animal internal medicine, which she completed along with a doctorate degree of Veterinary Science (DVSc) in 1998. Dr. Frank achieved board certification by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM-small animal) in 1998.
Dr. Frank performs ultrasounds on more than 2000 patients per year. As a result of her sonographic experience and expertise, she has developed long-standing, trusted relationships with numerous veterinarians and become a highly-respected consultant among general practitioners. She is currently co-authoring two books on sonography: Clinical Approach to Veterinary Sonographic Pathology, Small Animals, and Exotics and The Curbside Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Common Sonographically-Detected Disease: Canine and Feline.
Johanna and her husband, Sean Troth, a veterinary pathologist, have three wonderful children, Benjamin, Jillian, and Allison who keep them very busy with all their sports and activities. The family also cares for two Cavaliers, Miley and Moose; two cats, Bell and Rudy; Tori, a thoroughbred mare; Charlie, the leopard gecko; and a smattering of betta fish. In her limited free time, Johanna really enjoys riding Tori, photography, and reading for her book club.