Meet Our Staff

Veterinarians

Dr. Elizabeth Boggier

Elizabeth  Boggier

Dr. Boggier’s inspiration for making her veterinary dream come true was Larry Lion, a beloved stuffed animal she had at the age of two. When Larry’s string was pulled, he roared. One day, to her dismay, the string stayed out. Larry Lion was broken. Elizabeth’s thoughtful babysitter at the time, offered to take Larry home for an “operation.” Elizabeth remembers feeling frightened for her best friend but her babysitter said not to worry. She’d take good care of him. The next day, Larry Lion came back home. He wasn’t able to talk anymore—they had to remove his “voice box” but otherwise he was restitched and as good as new. “I could have cared less that he didn’t speak anymore. I had my best friend back.” It was at that moment, Elizabeth knew she’d one day become a veterinarian and take care of other people’s much-loved best friends. “It’s been 40 years and I can still remember that feeling of pure joy.”

“My biggest inspiration is my Mom. She was a single mother who raised my brothers and me while working days AND nights. She instilled in me the desire to stay strong even through adversity and to do my best to stay focused even when there seemed to be no end in sight. She is an amazing person and if I can be half the mother she is, I figure I’ll be way ahead.”

“My husband William and I have been married for (…checking wedding band…) 15 years this November and tease each other that it seems SOOOO much longer. That would be because we had our Abigail nine months later, Zoe 15 months after that, had two major job changes and started this business. Whew! William has the patience of Job and the wit of Jon Stewart. We laugh every day. Ok, not EVERY day, but pretty close. He joked the other day to our technician, Heather, be sure to marry someone who’s funny, because in the end, that’s what gets you through the most. He’s a tough-as-nails Police Captain  who is quite firmly wrapped around our daughter’s cute little fingers. William will be managing the office in his spare time between brushing his teeth and taking a shower. I’m lucky to have him and figure, he’ll stick around as long as I keep feeding him.

Abigail and Zoe. Our two little bookends are quite simply the greatest thing we’ve ever done in our lives. Abby is excited about helping in the office (which is good as there are no child labor laws if it’s your OWN child). She has her own broom and will be cleaning cages as soon as she can reach them. Zoe, well, Zoe will do whatever Zoe wants. My baby girl is as unyielding as her curly hair. Perhaps we can train her to handle telemarketers…

Dr. Boggier graduated with a major in Science, and a minor in English and Chemistry from West Virginia University. She received her Medical Degree from Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama.

Dr. Boggier is the past president of the Metropolitan NJ Veterinary Medical Association and had been an active board member for 10 years.
American Veterinary Medical Association Member
American Veterinary Medical Association - House of Delegates representing State of NJ - Alt
Member Feline Practitioners Association
Member Association of Shelter Veterinarians

Her special interests include: Surgery, Chemotherapy and Geriatric medicine.

Favorite Place other than my home: St. John, USVI (I know of a great place for rent if you need to get away (www.waterlemonvillastjohn.com) Shameless plug.

Hobbies: Cooking with wine—as they say “sometimes I even like to put it in the food,” Running, (NY Marathon, Georgia half marathon, etc) and riding on the back of my honey’s Harley.

Dr. Susan Loftin

Susan Loftin

Dr. Loftin has been a practicing veterinarian since 1986. She graduated from a veterinary school in the Philippines and went on to study clinical medicine at the University of Missouri Veterinary School until her graduation. Dr. Loftin feels living in the Philippines for four years satisfied her sense of adventure and taught her how to be self-reliant.

Having always had a passion for science and animals, private practice has made her dreams come true. Her philosophy in life is to love learning and since veterinary medicine is forever evolving, she is constantly doing so by attending frequent continuing education lectures and seminars. Dr. Loftin feels she learns the most from her beautiful patients. She has commented that her patients teach her how to be strong, to enjoy everyday, and to love unconditionally.

The other loves of Dr. Loftin’s life are Carl, her husband of 22 years, and Isaac, her 8-year-old yellow lab. She shares a passion for running, hiking with her boys, writing short stories, and singing. Although, she freely admits, most of her singing is done in the shower.

Brooklyn born, Dr. Loftin has lived in New Jersey since practicing veterinary medicine. She absolutely adores the Tri-state area and all it has to offer.

Dr. Maryellen Voigt

Maryellen Voigt

A Detroit native, Dr. Maryellen Voigt attended the University of Missouri, Columbia, and received a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture in 1984. She went on to attend the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. Upon graduation, she honed her skills in a small animal hospital in central NJ where she continues to practice. Dr. Voigt's professional interests include ophthalmology and soft tissue surgery. She holds advanced training in emergency preparedness as a member of both the Morris County Animal Response Team and Morris County Medical Reserve Corps. Also, as a USDA Federally Accredited Veterinarian, she can issue both domestic and international health certificates. What else can this wonder woman do? Why see pot bellied pigs of course? One of the few in the state who do! With a perpetual smile on her face and a perceptive sense of medicine, Dr. Voigt is a great addition to the Mountainview family.

Dr. Voigt is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Metropolitan New Jersey Medical Association.  Her outside hobbies and interests include softball, hiking, golf and skiing. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, John, and their four children, Rachel, Hannah, Jacqueline and Daniel.  One dog, a black mouth cur mix named Taser, and two cats, Cookie and Kerbie complete the family nicely.

Veterinary Staff

William Boggier
Office Manager

William  Boggier

Born and raised in Essex County, NJ. Majored in business management at Fairleigh Dickenson University. My life began when I met Elizabeth—you know her as Dr. Boggier. Up to now I’ve been on the sidelines cheering her on; the good doctor has called my bluff and put me in the game as Office Manager.

Now it’s my job to help her and promote her—since I believe in her. It’s an easy job with so-so pay.

 

Heather Cole

Heather  Cole

Heather started her veterinary career in high school as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic. She branched out into kennel work, then technical work. She then completed the veterinary technician program at County College of Morris.

Heather passed the State Veterinary Tech exam and started working in the ER at Animal Emergency and Referral Associate and for Dr. Hunt, a board certified surgeon. While she enjoyed surgery very much, she realized she missed seeing healthy patients. She is now a valuable and much loved employee at Mountainview Veterinary Hospital!

Heather currently is mom to three dogs and two cats.  All three dogs were rescues.  The newest addition to the family is Bubbles, a Shar-Pei/Pug mix who had been hit by a car.  Bubbles survived the accident but had severe injuries including nerve damage to her front leg and a fractured jaw. Bubbles was set to be euthanized because the owners could not afford the cost of surgery for her overwhelming injuries.  Heather agreed to adopt Bubbles and Dr. Hunt agreed to repair her injuries, which included amputating her front leg and repairing her jaw.  After months of spoon feeding her and caring for her shattered body, Bubbles rewarded Heather with daily love and kisses.  She is now a happy healthy member of the family.

Alex Burkhart

Alex  Burkhart

Alex started her career as a kennel assistant in 2004, has been a long time volunteer at the Montville Animal Shelter and also a member of C.A.R.T (critical animal rescue team for emergency response). She has been a technician with us since 2009. She is a fan of hiking, backpacking and pretty much anything outdoors. Alex and Matt welcomed a baby boy to the world in January of 2014 and are enjoying being new parents. They currently reside in Riverdale with her 3 troublesome cats Evie, Sancho and Lila, 2 dogs Bullet and Piranha, 2 guinea pigs Penelope and Charlotte, fish and a turtle by the name of Ivan the Terrapin.

Lauren Erickson

Lauren  Erickson

Lauren graduated Randolph High school in 2008. She began working in a veterinary hospital her junior year of high school. She began working in the kennel then moved to receptionist and later became a technician. After she graduated high school she went to County College of Morris to become a police officer. Originally she thought she wanted to be a K9 Officer but, she realized that after working for the veterinary hospital that she liked helping the animals. Lauren now works with us as a technician. She loves to go horseback riding and spending time with her friends. She has a dog "Tator Tot" who is a mixed breed she rescued from 11th hour rescue and also a cat "Camo" who was brought into our office as a kitten.

Danielle VanSaders

Danielle VanSaders

Danielle has always had a passion for animals and loves taking care of them. She has been working with us since April 2011 as kennel assistant and also works as receptionist. Danielle is also a volunteer in the Rockaway Borough Fire department where she spends some of her free time between school and work. She is now attending County College of Morris working towards her Associates Degree in Restaurant and Hospitality Management.

Danielle was always told by her parents to never bring any animals home, but couldn’t help herself. So now she has two cats, Haley and Frankie, who were both adopted from Eleventh Hour Rescue.  Danielle did a great job nursing these two very sickly—but now lively kitties—back to health.

Danielle is also a volunteer in the Rockaway Borough Fire department where she helps people instead of animals. She manages to fit in her volunteering between school and work and keeps a busy schedule. In the rest of her free time she enjoys camping at Shady Acres in Pennsylvania with her family.   

Justine Karinja

Justine Karinja

Justine graduated from Hopatcong H.S. in 2009 and pursued her passion for animals by working in an animal hospital for two years. Then she felt the need to provide assistance to less fortunate pets by working in shelter medicine for three and half years. Eventually, Justine found MVH and made it her home. She is planning furthering her education by earning her CVT (Certified Veterinary Technician) in the future. Justine cares for a menagerie of pets including her two dogs, Dillinger and Nike, and her five cats, Rupert, Hobbes, Colby, Gizmo, and her one-eyed wonder Sundance.

Justine enjoys all outdoor activities, especially camping, hiking, and fishing, and participates in several women’s soccer and basketball leagues. She also loves going to the jersey shore and spending time at her father’s fishing nook at Sandy Hook National Recreation Area.

Melissa Lauder

Melissa always had a passion for animals and grew up around them. She always wanted to do something to help them and the environment. She started working in the veterinary field in September of 2007 as a kennel assistant/receptionist. At the time she was attending her senior year at Morris Hills High School. Melissa started college in 2008 at County College of Morris and got her associates degree in Fashion Merchandising, and will further her schooling. She also loves horseback riding and has an appendix horse for about 5 years now. She also has two dogs and two cats. Three of which are rescues.  Melissa is currently a receptionist/assistant and dogs walks in lower Manhattan.

 

Celena Garrafa

Celena  Garrafa

Celena has been working at Mountainview for over 2 years now. She enjoys working with the pets and has a special touch when caring for them. She always had a strong bond with animals, growing up helping her father breed boxers. If pressed, she has likely helped raise over 60-70 puppies before graduating Morris Hills High School.

Celena has one lhasa Apso (Gonzo), five boxers (Pink, Coffee, Hershey, Mystery and Judo) and a Paso Fino horse (Latte). She likes to go hiking with her dogs.

Abrille Morales

Abrille Morales

Abrille joined our staff in 2012 through the co-op program at Morris Hills High School. Abrille has always wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as she can remember and wanted to see what it was all about. Since being at MVH she has decided that she does want to become a vet. She loves all aspects of taking care of the dogs and cats, especially her own dog, Sassy. She is currently a junior, majoring in Organism Biology at Christopher Newport University in Virginia. After college she plans on attending veterinary school. In her spare time Abrille likes hanging out with her family and friends.

Smores

Smores

Smores is our beautiful and only female cat who lives with our colorful brood here at MVH. She was brought to us as a kitten with a serious and rare conditon (for cats) called megaesophagus. We had to feed her on an elevated surface and burp her after each meal. We grew to lover her very much at the hospital and soon realized we could not part with her. Smores LOVES everyone - be it human, cat, dog, guinea pig, rabbit or chicken. She doesn't care as long as you give her some love. She normally hangs around upstairs with staff, but if you don't see her, feel free to ask for her and one of the staff members will be happy to go fetch her for you.