The staff at Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital understands that you are entrusting us with a very important family member, and it is our goal to make your experience at the Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital exceptional at every juncture.

Hospital Manager - Marilyn Farrar-Wagner

IMG_0703.jpgThe Hospital Manager insures that the visions and goals of the hospital are consistently delivered on a daily basis. The Hospital Manager puts vision into action, always searching for new ways to improve our service and care. Human resources, scheduling, computer technology, and compliance with regulatory agencies are some of the areas that are part of the daily operations of the Hospital Manager, which helps ensure that your pets receive the highest standard of care available.

Integrative Medicine Coordinator - Dr. Tara Johnson

The Integrative Medicine Coordinator is responsible for finding ways to blend the use of conventional veterinary medicine with alternative medicine. This position includes responsibility for working with the veterinarians to develop protocols and procedures for rehabilitation, chiropractic, acupuncture, therapeutic laser, herbal medicine, traditional Eastern medicine, and other new therapies. The Integrative Medicine Coordinator keeps the Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital on the cutting edge of all modalities of therapy available to benefit your pet's individual needs.

Dr. Tara Johnson grew up working at the Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital with her father, Dr. Dean Cerf. When she became a chiropractor in 2001, she saw that her profession could help pets as well as people. She uses her background in chiropractic to work with the veterinarians to develop protocols to use all modalities available from both conventional and integrative medicine to treat pets. Dr. Johnson graduated with honors from New York Chiropractic College in 2001. She is a member of the American Chiropractic Association, American Animal Hospital Association, and American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Dr. Johnson's family includes her husband Brian, son Hunter, daughter Hailey, Standard Poodle Daisy, Sheepadoodle Mickey, and Leopard Geckos Gary and Sandy.


Client Care Representatives

The number one goal of our Client Care Representatives is to care for you and your pets like family members. You will see them at one of three stations; 1.) the front desk, where they will welcome you and ascertain that your needs and your pet's needs are met, 2.) the telephone station, where they answer all your telephone calls, understanding the vital information necessary for our veterinarians and act as their liaison, and 3.) the pharmacy, where our challenging training program demands that they learn the names and uses of over 500 medications, along with our computer software designed for the veterinary hospital. Our Client Care Representatives work both in front and behind the scenes to assure you that you will get excellent service.

Patrizia Zurzolo (Supervisor)

Roberto Caraballo

Samantha Pantino

Jennifer Alexander

Meghan Black

Maria Tsimpedes

Veterinary Technicians

Veterinary Technicians directly assist the doctors with patient care. Expert knowledge of physiological and disease processes as well as the professional demands of assisting and scrubbing in to assist the doctor in surgery is expected. They monitor surgical patients, provide medications and nursing care to hospitalized patients, and attend continued education conferences to ascertain that your pet gets the highest standard of exceptional care currently available.

Christine Jazikoff (Supervisor)

Christopher Guerra


Alison Bolch


Veterinary Assistants

Veterinary Assistants perform laboratory analysis of blood and fecal samples, take x-rays, and assist doctors and technicians with patient care. They assist with EKGs and ultrasounds, and must have an in-depth knowledge of anatomy, anesthesia monitoring, and pharmaceutical calculations. Veterinary Assistants care for your pets on a daily basis, and will always ensure that your pet is comfortable and happy while in the hospital.

Alex Alas


Loraine Capurso

Noelle Pollina



Exam Room Assistants

Exam Room Assistants help doctors with their daily appointments by taking a thorough history of your pet's health, weighing your pet, and assisting with venipuncture and minor procedures. Exam Room Assistants are given guidance on everything from preparing for the doctor to understanding common diseases and their treatments. They will always strive to make you and your pet feel happy and comfortable during your appointment.

Steven Strauss

Kristal Gok

Kaylee Zaccone


Animal Ward Assistants

Animal Ward Assistants are responsible for the day to day loving care of hospitalized patients including everything from the essentials of proper walking and feeding to the intricacies of performing in-house lab analysis. They administer medications, bathe pets and make them feel at home during their stay at the Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital.       


Emily Kirillov

Kelly Xiang


Christine Smerecki

Kristi Eckert



Clerical Assistant - Kathleen Verschraegen

The Clerical Assistant is responsible for preparing charts, confirming appointments, doing mailings and assisting Client Care Representatives throughout the day so that they are able to devote more time and attention to you and your pets.