About Natick Animal
Natick Animal Clinic is a full-service, state-of-the-art, small-animal practice. Our staff includes six general practice veterinarians, one mobile veterinarian for home and nursing home visits and a surgeon. A visiting specialist provides ultrasound and endoscopic imaging services on-site.
The clinic focuses on medical, surgical, preventive and dental care and has been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association for more than 50 years, a status that is reserved for only a small number of hospitals nation-wide. We offer a primary care practice model that allows you and your pet to establish a trusting and consistent relationship with your pet’s veterinarian, much like you have with your own family doctor. Nearly every time your pet requires medical attention, your appointment will be with your pet’s primary care veterinarian.
Natick provides other pet care services as well, like a contemporary kennel facility with outdoor runs and a grooming salon that pampers both cats and dogs. With this variety of services on the premises, the clinic aims to create an all-encompassing, convenient and customer-friendly experience for our clients.
Natick is unique in the community for its reputation for excellence in medical care and for its accommodating seven-day operational schedule. Our practitioners also provide evening on-call services, another unique feature that most general practice hospitals do not provide. After business hours and until 10:00 pm, you can reach one of our staff associates within 30 minutes of calling our answering service.
Meet Our Doctors!
Dr. Melissa Dorr
Dr. Dorr's Bio
Dr. Melissa Dorr joined the staff at Natick Animal Clinic in August 2016. A New England native, she has been interested in veterinary medicine from a young age and began volunteering at Connecticut animal shelters and clinics in middle school. She graduated from Tufts University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in biology and completed her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tufts in 2014. After working in southern Massachusetts for two years, Dr. Dorr is happy to join the Natick team.
Dr. Dorr has a professional interest in internal medicine, pocket pets/exotics, and dermatology. In her free time, Melissa enjoys painting, cooking, and spinning wool in her home with her three cats: Logan, Hannah, and Gummy; and hiking and kayaking with her husband and dog, Kalea.
Dr. Andrea Moolenbeek
Dr. Moolenbeek's Bio
Dr. Andrea Moolenbeek, our chief of staff, joined Natick Animal Clinic in 1992 as a kennel attendant. She was born and raised in Massachusetts and attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she graduated summa cum laude in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science.
She continued to work at Natick Animal Clinic as a receptionist and veterinary assistant during her undergraduate studies at UMass and after being accepted to Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. Upon graduating with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts in 1998, she became a full-time practicing veterinarian at Natick Animal Clinic. Dr. Moolenbeek has special interests in veterinary dentistry, dermatology, nutrition and small-mammal medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association. She teaches occasionally at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and is the Vice President of the Veterinary Alumni Association. In her free time, Dr. Moolenbeek enjoys reading, skiing and golfing, but most of all, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. Her personal zoo includes three dogs (Lowell, Louis, and Penny), three cats (Ginger, Elizabeth, and Chester), a guinea pig (Rudy), fish, hens, roosters and a duck.
Dr. Kimberly Heald
Dr. Heald's Bio
Dr. Kimberly Heald completed her undergraduate degree at Bowdoin College and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University in 1996. Upon graduation, Dr. Heald continued her education by completing a one-year medical and surgical internship at Veterinary Specialists of Connecticut in West Hartford. Raised in Weston, Dr. Heald returned to Massachusetts to assume the role of associate for four years at Brookline Animal Hospital.
She and her husband, Dr. Krawshuk, who is an associate at our sister hospital Weston Veterinary Clinic, have two children, two dogs, and two cats. Dr. Heald took a temporary hiatus until the children were old enough for her to return to her passion of veterinary medicine. She is excited to bring at-home veterinary care to the areas of MetroWest Boston that she calls home.
Dr. Katie Moynihan
Dr. Moynihan's Bio
Dr. Katie Moynihan joined the veterinary staff at Natick Animal Clinic in 2007. She grew up in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. Ever since she was a child, she wanted to become a veterinarian, and she started working as an assistant at her local veterinary hospital when she was 19. She graduated cum laude from Tufts University with her Bachelor of Science in biology in 1996, then moved out to Tufts’ North Grafton campus to receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Prior to coming to Natick, Dr. Moynihan worked in private small-animal practices around the Boston area, primarily in Brookline. Professionally, her interests include internal medicine and dermatology. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
When not working, Katie enjoys baking, gardening, and reading. She lives with her husband, son, their dogs Edgar and Honey, and their cat Lampie.
Dr. Elizabeth Oram
Dr. Oram's Bio
Dr. Elizabeth Oram completed her undergraduate work in pre-veterinary medicine at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2000.
Dr. Oram was accepted into a one-year internship program at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital after graduation. Her internship provided additional clinical practice in surgery, medicine, and emergency care.
Upon the successful conclusion of her extensive training, Dr. Oram spent five years as an associate veterinarian at hospitals in Weymouth, Massachusetts; Hudson, New Hampshire; and Newton, Massachusetts. Prior to joining Natick Animal Clinic, Dr. Oram practiced with VCA Rotherwood Animal Hospital. Dr. Oram is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association.
In her free time, Dr. Oram enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with her friends, husband, two kids, dog Maisy and cat Alice.
Dr. Macy Trosclair
Dr. Trosclair's Bio
Dr. Samantha Palermo
Dr. Palermo's Bio
In her free time, Samantha enjoys baking, photography, being outdoors (especially the beach and hiking trails), anything Disney, and spending time with her fiancé and two cats (Simba and Kira). She hopes to be adding a Labrador puppy to her family soon!
Meet Our Leadership Team!
Kristen - Value Communicator
Kim - Vet Tech Supervisor
Meet Our Behavior Consultant!
Karen Plescia had dogs and cats as pets for most of her life. However, it wasn’t until she rescued a neonatal feral kitten in 2005 that she became fascinated with animal development and behavior. Since then, she has been involved in animal care and welfare as a volunteer, foster caregiver, shelter assistant manager, veterinary clinic office manager, student of animal behavior, pet behavior consultant, and dog trainer. Her passion is helping people better understand their pets so that they can successfully deal with behavioral concerns in a positive way.
Karen is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CCPDT) and is Fear-Free Certified trainer. She is currently a professional behavior responder for the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team, works with private clients, and teaches dog training classes in the Greater Boston area.
Meet Our Technicians!
Lisa – Technician
Missy – Technician
Adel - Technician
Emma - Technician
Liz - Technician
Meet Our Customer Service Representatives!