Meet Our Staff
Michael Cohen, VMD
Michael Cohen earned his VMD in small animal medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. Raised just outside of Philadelphia, he graduated with honors from the University of Delaware, and received special distinction for his research in dairy cattle nutrition.
After graduation, Dr. Cohen was an associate veterinarian at a small practice in Delaware County. In addition to his experience in private practice, Dr. Cohen has a strong background in emergency medicine. Working as an emergency clinician at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware for more than six years, he gained vital experience dealing with traumatic injuries, metabolic and endocrine diseases, toxin exposure, obstetrical emergencies, among others. Dr. Cohen was inspired to go into private practice after working with animals whose emergency room visit could have been prevented with proper preventative care at their regular veterinarian’s office. Dr. Cohen created Center City Veterinary Hospital to provide quality, modern, and compassionate care to the dogs and cats of Philadelphia.
As a member of the Veterinary Information Network, Dr. Cohen participates in an online community of veterinarians and board certified specialists who share cases and information. This allows him to provide your pet with the collective experience of over 42,000 veterinarians who love what they do and love to do it well! Dr. Cohen is also a member of the Delaware Valley Academy of Veterinary Medicine, a seminar series to advance knowledge of small animal medicine.
A man of many hobbies, Dr. Cohen is a novice urban beekeeper, kept chickens (for eggs, not meat!) during his veterinary school days in West Philadelphia, maintains a garden with the help of a worm composting bin, and enjoys starting, but only occasionally finishing, projects in his home. Dr. Cohen resides in Bella Vista with his wife Rebecca, his two children Adina and Benjamin. His four legged kids were both adopted from SPCAs: Roger is a mixed breed adopted from Grenada while Dr. Cohen volunteered for the Grenada SPCA and Jake is a Bernese mix adopted by his wife from a shelter in Indiana. Although Jake has recently passed on, he is always with us in spirit.
Beverly Jogan, VMD
Beverly Jogan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006 after completing her undergraduate degree at Penn where she studied biology and physical anthropology. She is originally from Reading, PA but also had the opportunity to live in South America, where she fell in love with animals by visiting llamas, penguins and toucans in their natural habitats. After completing vet school, Dr. Jogan practiced at a small animal hospital in New Jersey, and later enjoyed working with veterinary students at an animal shelter during a year spent in North Carolina. She has also volunteered on several spay/neuter clinic trips in underserved areas in the US and abroad. Dr. Jogan has special interests in pain management, geriatric medicine, preventive care, and ophthalmology.
Dr. Jogan lives in Queen Village with her husband Keith, baby boy Colin, and their cat Simon. She loves to travel, plays the cello in a Baroque music group, and enjoys sewing and other crafts.
Meghan Gallagher, DVM
Meet our new veterinarian, Dr. Meghan Gallagher!
Dr. Gallagher grew up in Connecticut and began her time in Philadelphia as an undergraduate student at Villanova, where she majored in Biology and became interested in the combination of medicine, patient/client care, research, and animal care that she found in Veterinary medicine. After college, she worked as a technician in private practice to solidify her choice and went on to complete her doctorate in veterinary medicine at Purdue University, College of Veterinary Medicine.
During veterinary school, Dr. Gallagher excelled academically. She was honored to achieve accept the Purdue University SVM J. E. Salsbury Award for the demonstration of leadership, academic qualities, initiative, and perseverance. After graduating with honors, She pursued her passion and completed her specialty fellowship training in small animal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and another rotating internship in cardiology, internal medicine, and emergency/critical care services at Cornell University.
Through her training at UPENN and Cornell, Dr. Gallagher gained an appreciation for working with medical and veterinary teams to offer comprehensive care to all patients, including those with medical complexities and special health care needs. In order to continue her work in advanced medicine and spend intense time in surgery, Dr. Gallagher spent three years working in the emergency department of Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital where she developed a special interest and skill in veterinary dentistry and surgery as well as critical care. Metropolitan is also where Dr. Gallagher met one of Dr. Cohen’s veterinary school buddies and learned about Center City Veterinary Hospital.
At home, Dr. Gallagher is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys cooking with her husband, her newborn daughter, Lily and her cat, Jack. Dr. Gallagher is thrilled to be joining the Center City Veterinary Hospital family and looks forward to being part of a team that provides individualized and quality care to each patient and client. She believes in the power of preventative care and is excited to help nurture the behavioral and medical healthcare piece of the animal-human bond. She is thankful for this opportunity and cannot wait to meet each of you at CCVH!
David Puerto, DVM, DACVS
Dr. Puerto is a board-certified veterinary surgeon with extensive experience with orthopedic, and soft tissue procedures. These surgeries may range from cruciate (ACL) repair, patellar luxation, hip surgery, trauma care, tumor removal, abdominal and reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Puerto provides mobile specialized veterinary surgical services here at Center City Veterinary Hospital to provide advanced surgical care for your pet. Our goal is for your pet to be well and provide specialty level care in the familiar setting here at Center City Veterinary Hospital with the staff and doctors you and your pet know.
Dr. Puerto is also Chief of surgery at the Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services (CARES) in Langhorne, PA and owns Healing Hands Veterinary Surgery.
Rebecca Cohen feels incredibly lucky to work at, and co-own, Center City Veterinary Hospital. What was once her husband’s dream has slowly become her third child as she slowly took on more responsibility at the practice. Currently, as “mother” of the practice, she fawns over the pets that enter the hospital and works hard, though part time, to take care of the organization, finance and people who work and venture into the CCVH community.
Before managing the hospital, Rebecca taught high school English in Michigan, taught as an Assistant Instructor at Indiana University while earning her dual PhD in Education and American Studies, and worked as an Assistant Professor at a small liberal arts college.
When the practice opened in late 2010, Rebecca had left academia and was mom to her and Dr. Cohen’s spirited and adorable one year old, Adina. She was also three months pregnant with what would be her sweet and funny son, Benjamin. “The Rog” and Jakes round out the rest of the Cohen household quite literally as they are both rather ... overweight. Three and a half years later, her family and the Philadelphia community gives Rebecca the spirit, hope, and perspective that keeps her a grounded (though usually frenzied) mom, wife, and hospital manager.
Dana has been a part of the Philadelphia animal community since 2006. She started her career in her hometown, in New Jersey, at a holistic practice in 2000 and through hard work, study, and dedication, worked her way up to manage a veterinary clinic in north Philly. Here at CCVH since 2012, Dana is our associate manager and surgical technician. Since CCVH is paperless, she is also our resident computer programmer, graphic designer, and master of all things technical expert. Applying her love of medicine to the care and comfort of our animal companions is what drives her. She’s thrilled to be at CCVH where that is fostered every day. A nerd at heart, Dana enjoys reading, research, documentaries, hiking, and spending time at home with her husband, her sweet ham of a dog, Frankie and her two cats, Violette and Shosh.
Client Services Lead
Catherine grew up in Southern New Jersey and moved to Philadelphia 5 years ago to receive her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science from Drexel University. She has had animals her entire life including five dogs simultaneously, cats, birds, pocket pets, and frogs! She was introduced to veterinary medicine in 2015 and loved helping other family’s fur babies feel better. Currently, Catherine lives in Fishtown with her partner, their two rescue dogs, Sushi (Shiba Inu), Bandit (Australian Cattle Dog) and their sassy cat Marie Au Toilette. In her spare time, Catherine enjoys growing vegetables in her backyard, photography, and hiking with Bandit. Catherine is looking forward to work alongside an amazing team at Center City Veterinary Hospital and getting to know your fur babies!
As a Client Services Coordinator here at CCVH, Autumn take great pride in the fact that our hospital strives to go above and beyond for our clients. As a new Philadelphian, Autumn moved here in 2015 to further her veterinary knowledge and go back to school to eventually become a Veterinary Surgeon. Dr. Cohen is like an open book and has given her such a great opportunity to learn and grow here at CCVH, all the while perfecting her customer service and office skills. When she is not rocking the client services aspect of the hospital, she is either at home with her two cats, Oli and Belle, and her lovebug of a pit bull, Reese, or outside hiking, relaxing at the shore, or searching for a great, new restaurant to try a new, exotic food. Autumn is learning more and more as she begins to assist the technicians every day, and cannot wait to see what the future holds for her!
Ashleigh is originally from Richmond, Virginia and moved to Philadelphia in December of 2016. Back home in Virginia, she attended a private all-girls college (Mary Baldwin) and was a cadet in the Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership! She has been in the veterinary field since early 2015 and has over 8+ years of Customer Service under her belt. She has worked in retail and has also worked on and off in the cosmetology industry for 5+ years. Her Dachshund Mix, Dallas, came from Ashleigh's first hands-on emergency where she assisted in the birth of her beloved best friend. In her free time, she enjoys roaming the city to find fun and adventurous things to do and great places to eat. Here at CCVH, she loves spoiling your furbabies with cookies and kisses and hopes to continue to use the wonderful skills she's learned here to ensure the best care for both you and your beloved companions!
Client Services/Veterinary Assistant
Naudia is from Indiana and moved to Philly in December of 2016. She was introduced to the veterinary field in August of 2015. She realized working at a vet hospital combines both of her passions, customer service and animals. Since then, she has chosen to finish her degree in Business and added Chemistry so she can pursue vet school later. Naudia is excited to learn about vet medicine as an assistant. Outside of school and work, she enjoys trying new restaurants, Philly sports, and taking care of her furbabies. Furbabies (her own and our clients) are her motivation for everything she does. She has two dogs (Denver and Kojo pictured left), four cats (Yankee, Ash, Miley, and Bella) and a macaw (Indigo). Naudia hopes to continue improving her skills and knowledge through CCVH that she can carry with her for the rest of her career and life!
Technician / Inventory Manager
Molly has a great sense of humor and a sweet disposition. She is an animal lover that grew up in PA with dogs, cats, and horses. She began showing horses competitively at the age of 7. Molly moved to Colorado where she received her CVT (Certified Veterinary Technician) and recently moved back to the Philadelphia area. She feels extremely lucky to have found a career here at CCVH and has begun to develop her training in surgery and anesthesia. Molly lives in South Philadelphia with her newly adopted kitten, Olive and enjoys spending her free time with friends and family and skiing.
Luisa grew up in Los Angeles but is now a West Philly transplant. Spending most of her life in LA, she soon found herself living in Baja California while taking a Veterinary Assistant course in San Diego. Once completing the program she was then offered a job in San Francisco and after 4 years of living in the bay area she moved across the country with her partner, 3 dogs and 1 cat. During her spare time Luisa loves exploring new parks with her critters, crocheting and collecting vinyl.
Maddie has been a member of the CCVH team since June 2016 but is a lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area. She grew up with a multitude of pets; her dad is a veterinarian and she loved spending time at the animal hospital or with her family's dogs, cats, birds, and turtles. Growing up around veterinary medicine has proven to be in Maddie's blood as she is climbing the ladder here at CCVH, quite quickly. We thrilled to have her as part of our team! Maddie loves her cat Guppy, reading, and hiking with her dog Jenny.
Neil brings over 14 years experience working with animals in a variety of disciplines, including emergency medicine, surgical assistance, general practice, and working on GIS projects with the Endangered Species Program of New Jersey. He attended the University of Tennessee Canine Rehabilitation Program and has worked as a canine rehabilitation practitioner, helping companion animals with physical therapy and conditioning. Neil lives in Cherry Hill, NJ with his wife and three kids. In his spare time, he enjoys watching his dog Millie watch television. Homeward Bound is a favorite!
Erica's life-long love of all animals started while volunteering with her Mom at local shelters. It also helped that she grew up with two brother cats and her babysitter was a 160lb Doberman. She began her career in veterinary medicine at the young age of 15, first working as a kennel attendant/assistant. Her love of animals was ever-growing, while she experienced general practice, veterinary surgery, emergency medicine, and exotics medicine. Erica received her Master of Laboratory Animal Science from Drexel University in 2012 and hopes to one day apply and attend veterinary school. She currently lives in Port Richmond and has 2 cats (Chicken Ellis and Mika) and a boyfriend. Erica loves to snowboard and loves to be challenged and learn something new about veterinary medicine every day. Erica absolutely loves her place at CCVH and never, ever wants to leave, unless of course she gets into vet school!
Hannah was born and raised in Philadelphia. She has grown up with yellow labs, a jack-russell/pug mix, and has had many exotic pets. Her love for animals started when she was young as a volunteer at animal rescues. Her experience in customer service in the veterinary field, along with volunteering at Penn Vet Working Dog Center and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah, has fueled her passion. She is graduating from Temple University in May 2017 with a degree in psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Hannah will continue her passion helping people and animals by providing a welcoming and friendly environment at CCVH!