Dr. Heather Rife graduated from Kansas State University of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. After completing an internship at New Haven Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine, she joined Dr. Julie Tremblay as an owner of Veterinary Associates of East Haven. Dr. Rife’s focus is on small animal medicine and surgery with a special interest in small mammals including rabbits, ferrets, and other pocket pets. In addition to veterinary medicine, she also helps dog owners with their pet’s behavioral issues. Dr. Rife lives in Guilford with her husband, Tony, a cat named Skid, and 2 Australian Terriers named Martha and Reggie. In her spare time, Dr. Rife is involved in dog agility competitions and Earthdog. She is also an avid gardener.
Dr. Massimo Dammando attended the University of Perugia (Italy).Upon completing his studies in 1982, he came to the United States and received his Connecticut veterinary license in 1984. He then went back to Italy and practiced in Rome for 1 year. Dr. Dammando’s focus is on small animal medicine and surgery with particular interest in gastroenterology and endoscopy. In his spare time, Dr. Dammando enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children, cooking, dining, and fishing. Dr. Dammando has 3 cats (Juliet, Z, and Dasha) and a Golden Retriever named Grace.
Dr. Stephanie Faubert attended the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and acquired her clinical experience at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. She has a focus on Small Animal Surgery and has a special interest in small mammals (rabbits, guinea pigs, etc.) Dr. Faubert recently moved to Connecticut from Ontario, Canada. She currently has one cat Calliope, and a rescue Catahoula Leopard mix named Tika!
Dr. Amy Hinc
Dr. Hinc graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. After graduation, she completed an one year small animal internship at New Haven Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine (now Central Veterinary Hospital). After practicing at various private small animal practices in Connecticut, she discovered her passion for all things feline. In 2004 she pursued her goal of becoming a feline specialist. In 2013 that goal was realized when she was awarded Diplomate status by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in the category of Feline Practice. She is an active member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners. She recently served on their panel for developing the Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Feline Hyperthyroidism. She also serves as a consultant for the Veterinary Information Network in the Feline Internal Medicine section. Dr. Hinc shares her life with her husband Lee, twin children, 7 cats, 6 chickens, and a part-time dog.