ROBERT M. THOMPSON, JR., V.M.D. - MEDICAL DIRECTORA native of Delaware, "Dr. Bob" was raised on a farm in Hazlettville, Delaware. When most children were playing baseball, football or enjoying vacations, Dr. Thompson was helping his father raise beef cattle and train standardbred horses. He attended Caesar Rodney High School in Camden, Del. He received his B. S. degree in agriculture from the University of Delaware in 1981 and from there attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1985. After graduation, he practiced at several small animal hospitals, but in 1988, his love for horses inspired him to accept a position at Delaware Park as assistant track veterinarian. In 1990, Dr. Thompson left his position at Delaware Park to pursue his desire to open his own veterinary hospital. In 1991, Lums Pond Animal Hospital became a reality and has since become one of Delaware's leading, progressive, state of the art, AAHA accredited veterinary practices. Dr. Thompson has dedicated servant leadership to Delaware Veterinary Medical Association. He has served on numerous committees and in leadership positions including DVMA Executive Board, DVMA President Elect, President, and Past President, and currently serves as Delegate to AVMA. In 2010, Dr. Thompson was named Veterinarian of the Year by the DVMA. Dr. Thompson resides in Bear with his wife, Barbara, their 5 Brittanys and 2 cats. In his spare time he enjoys gardening, fishing, harness racing, U of DE football games and spending time with family and friends.
JENNI SMAGALA, DVMDr. Smagala completed her undergraduate degree at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania in 2005 with a B.S. in Biology. She then attended Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in Lafayette, Indiana. After graduation from veterinary school in 2009, Dr. Smagala completed a one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA Newark Animal Hospital. She joined the Lums Pond team in the summer of 2010. Dr. Smagala resides in Newark, DE with her cat, “Taft”. In her free time, she enjoys water skiing, reading and spending time with friends and family. Dr. Smagala has a twin sister who is also a veterinarian.
MALCOLM KRAM, DVMDr. Kram has a long history in veterinary medicine which began in 1974 when he graduated from Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine. He began in New York City where he was the owner and director of the Animal Clinic of New York for over 18 years. During this time he was President of the Veterinary Medical Association of New York City and also was the anchor for the nationwide pet health radio program for ABC Cap Cities. In 1989, Dr. Kram was awarded the 2nd Congressional Science Fellowship for veterinarians and worked for the US House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture, and subsequently was intimately involved with the writing and passage of federal legislation that allowed veterinarians to prescribe human medicine when appropriate for use in sick animals. Dr. Kram joined Lums Pond Animal Hospital in 1994 while he also worked for Pfizer Animal Health in providing veterinarians critical information on how to improve outcomes with their medicines. In 2004, he was named "Veterinarian of the Year" in Pennsylvania. Most recently Dr. Kram has completed training at the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and will be providing acupuncture and herbal therapies for our client's animals and pets referred by other veterinary hospitals. Dr. Kram lives with his partner, a human doctor, their standard poodle "Babka" and senior citizen cat "Knaidel" in Betterton, Maryland.
DANIELLE DOWNS, DVMDr. Danielle Downs has been working as a small animal veterinarian at Lums Pond Animal Hospital since 2009. Dr. Downs, originally from New York, received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from the University of Delaware in 2002. Prior to returning to school in 2005 for her DVM degree, Dr. Downs worked for U of D as a biotechnology research associate and as a volunteer environmental educator with the AmeriCorps Program. Dr. Downs graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in 2009 and soon after joined the practice at Lums Pond Animal Hospital. Dr. Downs resides in Newark, Delaware, with her husband and two dogs. Dr. Downs enjoys spending her free time hiking, kayaking and traveling.
PAULA COLLETTI, DVMDr. Colletti graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Biological Basis of Behavior. She received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. Following graduation, Dr. Colletti completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, New Jersey. She then returned to Pennsylvania and has been practicing small animal veterinary medicine in the Delaware Valley since 1991. Dr. Colletti became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, certified in canine and feline practice, in 2002. Dr. Colletti resides in Chester Springs, PA with her husband Tony. They share their home with a Rhodesian Ridgeback, and a pond of ornamental goldfish. In her spare time, Dr. Colletti enjoys reading, fitness training, sporting events (especially football!) and spending time with Tony and the dogs.
MICHELLE CROSIER, DVMDr. Crosier grew up in Camden, DE. She completed her undergraduate studies at Washington College in Chestertown, MD, and attended veterinary school at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. Dr. Crosier worked for six years as an associate in a small animal/exotic practice near Annapolis, MD, prior to joining the staff at Lums Pond Animal Hospital in 2004. Dr. Crosier has an interest in exotic animal medicine, and provides care for small mammals, birds, and reptiles in addition to dogs and cats. Her other veterinary interests include dentistry, pain management, and preventative care. Dr. Crosier lives in Middletown with her husband Dennis, children Erik and Paige, dogs Cricket and Boaz, cockatiels Sunny and Tang, and new cat Layla. Her hobbies include baking, scrapbooking, and travel.
JEANETTE RUSSELL, DVMDr. Russell is originally from Wilmington, Delaware. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Delaware in 2005, with a B.S. in Animal Science. Dr. Russell then attended the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens, Georgia. After graduation from veterinary school, she completed a one-year internship at VCA Newark Animal Hospital in Newark, Delaware. Dr. Russell resides in Newark, Delaware, with her husband, Chris. They have three dogs; Doyle, Shortie, and Alva, as well as one cat named O’Malley. In her free time Dr. Russell enjoys music, anything to do with the outdoors, and time with friends and family.
YOON CHAY, DVMDr. Yoon Chay was born in South Korea and came to the U.S. when he was 14 years old to further his education. He completed his undergraduate degree at Yale University. After working at a consulting firm in NYC, Dr. Chay decided to follow his life-long interest and attend the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Chay completed an internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in NJ before he joined Lums Pond Animal Hospital.Dr. Chay lives in Delaware with his wife who is also a veterinarian, Zuni the dog (a stray from New Mexico), and Teddy, a Persian cat. Dr. Chay is a big fan of Apple products.