John J. Kazmierczak, DVM – Chief of Staff
Dr. Kazmierczak, known as "Dr. K" to his clients and healthcare team, grew up in upstate New York along Lake Erie in a small town called Dunkirk, New York. He has both his B.S. and DVM degrees from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Dr. K established West Trenton Animal Hospital in February 1977. The original practice started out of a small home on Grand Avenue with a few renovations and a big dream. The original West Trenton team consisted solely of Dr. K, his wife Barbara as a receptionist, and two veterinary technicians. In June of 2006 the big dream became even bigger and the entire healthcare team of 26 employees moved to a brand new state-of-the-art facility at the same location.
In the past, Dr. Kazmierczak has been a president of the Central New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association and also president of the Tri-County Racing Pigeon Club. He was once voted "Central New Jersey Veterinarian of the Year" by his colleagues. Dr. Kazmierczak was instrumental in establishing a scholarship fund to help underprivileged veterinary students at Cornell University Veterinary School for a friend and client.
Gunjan Dhawan, DVM
Dr. Dhawan grew up in India and currently lives in Cherry Hill. She received a DVM degree from the College of Veterinary Sciences in Hisar, India, and did her clinical rotations there, as well as at Kansas State University. She practiced at a VCA animal hospital before joining our team in April 2016.
Dr. Dhawan's special interests include dentistry, soft tissue surgery, and general veterinary medicine. She has a five-year-old Dogue Bordeaux mix named Taeya. When she is not working with animals, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and watching movies.
Eric DeRose, DVM — Veterinary Cardiologist
Our staff Veterinary Cardiologist, Dr. DeRose earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine. After finishing his studies, he was selected for an internship with Veterinary Specialist of South Florida in Cooper City. He then went on to his residency in veterinary cardiology at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, NJ. He is especially interested in treatment and management of congestive heart failure due to chronic valve disease or endocardiosis, the most common form of acquired heart disease in dogs. Dr. DeRose strives to help veterinarians improve the quality of life for animals affected by this disease. He provides cardiology consultation services at our practice.
Dennis Ting, DVM, Dipl. ACVS — Board Certified Surgeon
Dr. Dennis Ting is originally from Southern California where he attended the University of California, San Diego for his undergraduate work in the field of Animal Physiology and Neuroscience. He then earned his 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.
Michael Roppolo, VMD
Dr. Michael Roppolo grew up in Stoughton, Massachusetts, and currently resides in Haddon Township, New Jersey. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst and his VMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania. His special interests include internal medicine, radiology, and exotic animal medicine.
In his spare time, Dr. Roppolo enjoys playing the guitar, traveling, and spending time with his pet rabbit Penguin.