Danielle Furphy, DVM
Medical Director of General Practice
Dr. Furphy is a graduate of the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and has been in practice since 2008. She completed a clinical year of study at The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine, including a double rotation in cardiology. Dr. Furphy enjoys caring for small animals and exotics, and also has experience working in mixed animal practice. Her special interests include preventive medicine and herbal therapy. In her spare time, Dr. Furphy loves spending time with her family. She shares her home with her husband, Allen and her two children, son, Ryker and daughter, Adalene. Her fur children include two coconut retrievers, Cayon and Tyra, from the Caribbean, and three cats, Shady, Wheezie and Macklemore. If she is not at the office or with her family, Dr. Furphy enjoys dancing ballet and baking.
Deidre Galbo, DVM
Dr. Galbo is a general practitioner with special interests in dermatology, feline medicine, pediatric/geriatric medicine and obesity and weight management. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, and also has a BS in Biology from Stonehill College. Dr. Galbo completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington DC. She spent eight years as a senior clinician in general practice and emergency medicine at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital-Western New England (formerly Rowley Hospital) in Springfield, MA before joining Veterinary Specialists in 2008. Dr. Galbo has been published in JAVMA. She is a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology. She was the recipient of the G. Edward Cummings Compassionate Care Award. In her spare time, Dr. Galbo enjoys spending time with her family as well as her rescue lab mix, Adelaide and her Himalayan cat, Mashed Potato. “I love to help animals stay healthy and happy. Pets are so important to my clients. They are friends, family members, and in some cases, service animals. I want to strengthen the human-animal bond and help keep everyone healthy.”
Harlan Gustafson, DVM
Dr. Gustafson is a general practitioner who has been with Veterinary Specialists since 1982. A Colorado native, Dr. Gustafson received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree as well as his BS in Animal Science from Colorado State University. Upon graduation, he moved to Connecticut and worked for eight years as a clinician in general practice in West Hartford and Farmington before joining Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Gustafson is active in all aspects of veterinary care with special interests in otology, well care and small mammal medicine. He has twice been named “Best Veterinarian” by the Hartford Advocate Readers’ Poll. In his spare time, Dr. Gustafson enjoys photography, family, spending time in the mountains and music. He and his wife are active volunteers with Habitat for Humanity. He shares his home with two pugs and four cats.
Mary Zee, BVetMed
Dr. Zee is a general practitioner with special interests in dentistry, ophthalmology and preventive medicine. She studied veterinary medicine at The Royal Veterinary College in London, England after obtaining a BS in Biology from SUNY Stony Brook. After graduating with her veterinary degree in 2006, Dr. Zee spent one year as an intern at Veterinary Specialists. She went into private practice in North Windham, CT, before re-joining the practice as a senior clinician in 2008. Since then, she has been able to start up our dental practice which is thriving today. Dr. Zee resides in Vernon with her husband Chris, their dogs Apollo and Brutus, and Siamese cat, Edie. She is originally from Long Island, NY and tries to go back often to visit family. “If you’re passionate about doing something every day, it’s not considered work. I love what I do and do what I love.”
Patricia Curella, DVM
Dr. Curella graduated from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 and completed a one-year clinical rotation at the Ohio State University with a double rotation in emergency medicine. She specializes in small animal medicine and surgery, and her special interests include preventative medicine, fostering the human-animal bond, client communication, and behavioral modification. In her spare time, Dr. Curella enjoys reading, rock climbing, running, cooking and traveling. She adopted her pot-hound, Olive, from the island of Grenada in 2014 and has happily shared her home with her ever since.
Tara Bisesti, DVM
Dr. Bisesti has been living in Connecticut since 2015 and is originally from Massachusetts. She graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 and completed her clinical year at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Following graduation, she completed a rigorous small animal rotating internship in Connecticut at VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Shelton and VCA Veterinary
Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk. This internship focused on emergency medicine, neurology, surgery, internal medicine, oncology, and cardiology. Dr. Bisesti then completed a specialized internship in small animal Neurology at VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center. Before veterinary school, she was a veterinary technician for seven years.
In her spare time, Dr. Bisesti spends quality time with her friends and family – this includes her son (a rescued terrier mix from St. Kitts whose name is Van) and her two loving cats, Benny and Jett. She also enjoys playing the piano, attending concerts, spending time outside, exercising, and creating stained glass works of art.