Meet Our Team
Emergency & Critical Care
Dr. Rutter graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and practiced in Florida and New York before settling in Vermont in 2012. She received her veterinary CPR certification in 2016 through the American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care (ACVECC). In 2018, Dr. Rutter became certified in Fear Free Professional. Fear Free certified professionals not only look out for your pets’ physical health but also their emotional well-being.
Her veterinary interests include emergency and critical care medicine, and ultrasound. In her free time, Dr. Rutter can be found hiking and camping with her children and husband.
Dr. Halpin graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Following a one-year internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists, she moved to Vermont to work at Brown Animal Hospital. She joined the Burlington Emergency Veterinary Service as one of its full-time emergency doctors in July 2005.
Dr. Halpin lives in Essex Junction with her family, who share their home with a Greater Swiss Mountain dog (Fiona), a Great Dane (Libby), and two cats (Puddles and Lars).
Dr. Kiniry received her veterinary degree from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in May 2004. She completed her internship at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Dr. Kiniry served as medical director and a practicing emergency veterinarian at Bay State Veterinary Emergency Services from 2006 until she joined InTown Veterinary Group in 2008. She became part of the BEVS team in 2015.
Dr. Kiniry grew up in Shelburne, Vermont, and is happy to be home.
Dr. Sullivan joined BEVS in June 2018 after graduating from University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a Rotating Internship here at the hospital from 2018-2019 and joined our Emergency Department full time in August 2019.
Dr. Gibeley graduated from Tufts and received her undergraduate degree at UVM with a BS in Biological Sciences. She completed a Rotating Internship at Pieper Memorial in Middletown, CT. Dr. Gibeley joined BEVS in July 2019.
Dr. Letaw graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She worked in several multi-doctor general practices before joining our emergency department in 2019.
Dr. Peake graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to vet school, Dr. Peake held a variety of positions in various animal hospitals. During vet school she continued to work and volunteer in shlters, private practices and emergency clincis. Dr. Peake joined BEVS as an intern in June 2020 and works in our Emergency Department when not rotating through our specialty departments.
Dr. Weiner joined the BEVS team in 2021. He earned his veterinary degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in 2015. Post-graduation, he provided medical and surgical emergency veterinary care in Florida until he joined us here in Vermont. Prior to his veterinary training, he worked as a veterinary assistant and a veterinary technician. Dr. Weiner earned his Bachelor of Arts in biology with a double minor in biochemistry and music from Hofstra University in New York. He has a special interest in echocardiography.
He is a former volunteer veterinarian for the Iditarod race in Alaska and is passionate about building a strong relationship with our local service dog community.
Heather S. York
DVM, CCRT, CVAT
Dr. York joined the BEVS team in 2021 following a wealth of unique training and professional experiences. After graduating with honors with Bachelor of Science degrees with honors in both Animal Science/Dairy Foods, and Biological Science from the University of Vermont (UV), she took time off from her education and worked as a researcher at UV then at Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc., as a Research and Development intern which led to her being an International Training Specialist. She also worked for many years as and EMT with UVM Rescue here in Burlington. There were a few more work experiences along the way, including as a veterinary surgical nurse and a critical care veterinary nurse before and while she was earning her BVSc from Massey University in New Zealand in 2008.
Additional training and experience includes:
- Internship: Small Animal Medicine & Surgery – Ocean State Veterinary Specialists, East Greenwich, RI
- Specialty Intern: Surgery – Animal Specialty Center, Yonkers, NY
- Fellow: Orthopedics, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation – Veterinary Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Group, Annapolis Junction, MD
- Certified Canine Rehab Therapist – Canine Rehabilitation Institute, Wellington, FL
- Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist – Canine Rehabilitation Institute, Wellington, FL
- Director, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation – Maine Veterinary Medical Center, Scarborough, ME
- Owner, Medical Director – Peak Pawformance Mobility and Pain Management Center; OrthoPets New England Partner Clinic, West Bolton, VT
She is and avid hiker and has completed the End-to-End Long Trail (272 miles through the wilderness of Vermont).
DVM, DACVIM, Medical Director
Dr. Harnett is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). He earned his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Kansas State University. Following graduation, he completed both his internship and internal medicine residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City.
From 2000 to 2007, Dr. Harnett was a staff internist at Mission MedVet in Kansas City. In 2007, he moved to Vermont and joined BEVS as medical director and its first veterinary specialist. Dr. Harnett lives in Jericho with his family and their dog and two cats. Outside of work, he enjoys mountain biking, skiing, mowing the grass, and plowing the driveway.
DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
DVM: Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, 1987
Internship: Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Sacramento Animal Medical Group, 1988
Residency: Small Animal Internal Medicine, Texas Veterinary Medical Center, 1991
Board Certified: Internal Medicine, 1992
Following Dr. Zenger’s clinical and academic training and achieving board certification by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1992, she completed a formal Ph.D. in Molecular Biology examining cellular mechanisms of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) – associated neuropathogenesis. In 1998 Dr. Zenger co-founded Bay Area Veterinary Specialists (BAVS), where she also served as medical director and staff internist. While wearing multiple hats at BAVS, she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the AIDS Oncology Program at the University of California, San Francisco, and maintained a research appointment in the AIDS Immunobiology Lab at San Francisco General Hospital studying pathogenesis of AIDS-associated diseases such as dementia and lymphoma.
Dr. Zenger’s professional interests include feline infectious disease, oncology, endocrinology, and gastroenterology. In addition to her love for clinical medicine, she regularly participates in and lectures at scientific meetings and veterinary schools around the world. She currently shares her home with Chester, a 4-year-old Shollie (Border Collie/Shepherd).
Rebecca J. Stevens
VMD (Practice Limited to Internal Medicine)
VMD: University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
Internship: Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Tufts University
Residency: Small Animal Internal Medicine, Matthew J. Ryan Hospital, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Stevens joined the BEVS family and became a Vermont resident in 2020. Before joining us, she had a diverse educational and professional background. Her endeavors included minoring in Art History during her undergraduate years, to working at the UPenn library during veterinary school, to making the Dean’s List for four consecutive years, to graduating Magna Cum Laude. During her internship and residency, she enjoyed being a mentor and tutor to veterinary students on internal medicine and emergency cases. She has a special interest in internal medicine, oncology, cardiology, and neurology.
When she’s not at work, Dr. Stevens enjoys biking, running, and soccer, as well as spending time with her pitbull mix (Lavender) and two cats (Jean Raphio and Mona Lisa). Fun facts: She is also proficient in Spanish and was a Division II Women’s Rugby All-American.
DVM: Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Internship: Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Residency: Small Animal Surgery, The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine
Board Certified: American College of Veterinary Surgeons (2020)
Dr. Helmick joined the BEVS family and became a Vermont resident in 2020. Prior to joining us, he enjoyed an eclectic background in veterinary surgical opportunities including as a clinical instructor at The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, working at large and small general practices in West Virginia and Maryland, and volunteering at People United for Rescue and Rehabilitation (P.U.R.R.), a non-profit cat rescue organization, as a veterinarian and a board member.
He has a special interest in orthopedic surgery, including Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) and long bone fractures.
When he’s not at work, Dr. Helmick enjoys mountain biking and hiking. He and his wife share their home with two mixed breed dogs they rescued, Millie and Bernie, and two cats Karma and Hubert. Everyone is adjusting well to their new home in Vermont.
Dr. Kellner is a graduate of the University of Vermont and Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he earned his DVM with honors.
He began his career at a mixed-animal hospital in New Mexico before moving back to Vermont to focus on companion animal care. He has trained under several leading veterinary dental experts and has over 25 years of experience practicing advanced veterinary dentistry. He also has completed advanced anesthesia and pain management training.
Dr. Kellner enjoys spending time with his wife, two children, dog, and cat, and his hobbies include skiing and running, particularly road marathons and ultra-distance trail races.
Rehabilitation & Acupuncture
DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVPP
A member of the BEVS team since 2016, Dr. Levin is originally from New Hampshire, earning her bachelor of science degree in animal science from the University of New Hampshire in 1992. She graduated from the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 after completing senior clinical rotations at Oklahoma State University, and went on to practice as a small animal general practitioner and emergency and critical care veterinarian in New York, New Jersey, California and Massachusetts.
In 2009, she earned certification in veterinary acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, and certification in canine rehabilitation therapy in 2011 through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, subsequently serving as staff acupuncturist and rehabilitation therapist at a large emergency and referral hospital in New Jersey.
Notably, Dr. Levin is a certified veterinary pain practitioner (CVPP), the only veterinarian with this credential in the entire state. It means she has undergone comprehensive training in animal pain management and is uniquely qualified in such areas as pain medication, physical rehabilitation, therapeutic laser and acupuncture.
After working as a Certified Veterinary Technician in general practice her entire career, Lyn decided to pursue her passion for helping physically challenged animals. In 2014 she began working toward a veterinary specialty in rehabilitation. She completed an extensive program through the University of Tennessee School of Veterinary Medicine and earned certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) the following year. Although not limited to canines, she has a special interest in physical rehabilitation for felines as well. Lyn also recently completed a program in medical massage for animals and is a certified small animal massage therapist. She is currently pursuing additional certification in manual therapy techniques.
Lyn is also a founding member and Administrative Officer of the National Veterinary Response Team (NVRT), where she manages a team of over 100 veterinarians and technicians nationwide. NVRT is the primary federal resource for veterinary medical support during disaster response and special security events.
Whitney Durivage, MBA, CVPM
Whitney graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Animal Science and a few years later joined BEVS in 2009. In 2017, she became a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) and later that year earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Champlain College. She is actively involved with the local humane society (Chittenden County Humane Society), serving as a member of the Board of Directors since 2013.
Brenna Mousaw, VTS (SAIM), CVT
Brenna graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Psychology. She also has an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology from Harcum College. Brenna spent six years as a certified veterinary technician in large and small animal medicine prior to joining our Internal Medicine department in 2007. In 2013, she became a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Small Animal Medicine. Brenna transitioned into the Hospital Manager role in 2018.
Susan graduated from Marist College with a degree is Finance and Accounting. Prior to joining BEVS in 2018 she has 15 years’ experience in varying levels of finance, accounting, and bookkeeping. Susan joined BEVS in 2018. Pictured with Susan is her lab mix Maddy.