Meet Our Staff

Veterinarians

Michael Cohen, VMD
Veterinarian

Michael   Cohen

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 for two years. To increase his range of experience, he spent six years as an emergency clinician at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware.  Here he gained vital experience dealing with traumatic injuries, metabolic and endocrine diseases, toxin exposure, obstetrical emergencies, among others. Dr. Cohen was inspired to go back 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 started 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 American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association.  Dr. Cohen is a USDA certified veterinarian and has sent pets everywhere from Colombia to Saipan.

A man of many hobbies, Dr. Cohen has been a novice urban beekeeper, kept chickens (for eggs, not meat!) during his veterinary school days in West Philadelphia, enjoys light gardening with the help of a worm composting bin, woodworking, and regularly starts, but only occasionally finishes, projects in his home. Currently, he is slowly restoring a 1957 Volkswagen Beetle.

Dr. Cohen is the proud dad of two amazing human kids, and two sometimes well-behaved Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

 

Beverly Jogan, VMD
Veterinarian

Beverly Jogan

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
Veterinarian

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 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. She completed 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
Surgeon

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.  

Staff

Dana
Manager / Technician

Dana

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 Practice Manager, supporting the staff, clients, and the mission of CCVH. When time in her schedule allows, you can still find her being a technician with our appointments or in surgery. Since CCVH is paperless, she is also our resident computer programmer, graphic 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, podcasts, photography, documentaries, hiking, home projects, and spending time at home with her husband, her sweet ham of a dog, Frankie and her two cats, Violette and Shosh.

Danielle
Client Services

Danielle

Danielle’s childhood dream job was to be the next Jane Goodall and study Chimpanzees.  Her career, however, went down a different path and she spent the last ten years working as a dietitian in the human healthcare world.  Danielle decided it was time for a change when she joined CCVH.  Working in a vet office allows Danielle to combine her love of animals and customer service!

Danielle lives in Philadelphia with her husband and their two cats, Penguin and PlumBer.  She loves to walk around the city and say hello to every dog she passes!  In her free time, she also enjoys hiking, camping, board game nights,  cooking and snuggling up with her cats.  

Yasmine
Client Services

Yasmine

Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Yasmine always housed a strong fascination with animal behavioral studies and veterinary medicine. Her childhood revolved around the caring of a wide array of animals including dogs, cats, parrots, mice, and turtles. She obtained her Associates in Biology soon out of high school and has since set her sights on pursuing work in the veterinary field. She is so excited to be welcomed onto the CCVH team where she can fully indulge in her love of animals and client care, all the while being part of such an amazing veterinary practice.

Yasmine is now living in Philadelphia with her partner and their goofy black lab rescue, Midnight. In her spare time Yasmine loves drawing and painting, geeking out, traveling, camping, and spending time with her absurdly large family.

Molly
Technician / Inventory Manager

Molly

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.

Maddie
Technician

Maddie

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.

Alyssa
Technician

Alyssa

Alyssa is originally from central Pennsylvania, where she grew up on a 45-acre farm filled with an abundance of animals. She moved to Philadelphia in 2012 to attend Manor College’s veterinary technology program. She graduated in 2014 and became a certified veterinary technician. She started her career at a general animal practice then moved on to work at a specialty and emergency center focusing on emergency.

Alyssa is looking forward to a fulfilling career at CCVH! She is very interested in furthering her knowledge of surgery and anesthesia and her interests outside of work include brunch, vinyl records, anything outdoors, sushi and the beach.

Neil
Technician

Neil

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! 

Daniel
Technician

Daniel

Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Dan is a recent manor graduate and certified veterinary technician. After having worked in small animal emergency hospitals and wildlife rehabilitation centers in between classes, Dan has found an amazing hospital to work at! He enjoys spending time with his newly rescued terrier, Squirrel, who has already become closely attached despite his timid and nervous personality. 

Naudia
Technician

Naudia

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!

Shawna
Technician

Shawna

Shawna is a recent Manor graduate and certified veterinary technician with a special interest in behavior. She has been teaching behavior classes for 2 years and wants to move into shelter behavior. She has 3 rescues animals at home that she loves spending time with on her days off. When not at work Shawna also loves to watch her Philly sports teams and spend time with her family.

Taylor
Technician

Taylor

Taylor was raised in the Philadelphia area and graduated from Manor College with a degree in veterinary technology. She has been a part of the veterinary community since 2012 as a CVT in general practice, emergency and specialty care. She has a dog named Pearl that she rescued during her time in emergency care and two cats named Little and Peanut. In her free time she enjoys playing with her daughter, skiing, hiking, home renovating, and trying to make up for the cuddle time that her pets have lost since her daughter arrived!

“Bailey absolutely loves going! Every time we take a walk past their building, Bailey waits at the door to go in. He doesn't even notice when they give him a shot because he's so preoccupied with the treats the technician is giving him.”

“After struggling to get appointments at my old vet I was thrilled to find that Center City Vet is not only flexible, but friendly, affordable and knowledgable. I have felt nothing but appreciated and welcomed at this practice. My cats even seemed to have the best appointments of their lives (in terms of calmness) due to the gentle but thorough. I think the greenies treats helped too! Highly recommend this practice!”

“My dog Molly has been a patient since we adopted her at 6 months old. She loves Dr. Cohen as much as we do. He is a brilliant veterinarian with a love for animals you expect from a Vet but rarely find.” — Joshua

“Dr. Cohen and the rest of the staff at Center City vet are fantastic. They are very quick when an appointment is needed and thorough. My cat Dexter and I have become spoiled because they take such good care of him! Thanks for everything you guys do!” — Emilee

“I have been bringing my dog to Center City Vet Hospital since they first opened. All of the staff is extremely professional and caring. I am glad to see that their business continues to grow without any effect on the quality of their service. I highly recommend taking your pet here.”

“The staff at CCVH are incredible. They go out of their way to ensure our pup is getting the best care possible. Our rescue dog has extreme separation anxiety, and he has always been available to help answer our questions, no matter what the concern. The facility is beyond bright and clean, and is by far the best vet hospital in the city.”

“The staff is so nice and the hospital is very efficient and clean.  It’s never too crowded and we’re in and out for a physical/vaccine update in about 30-40 min.  I lived around the corner when I first adopted my dog, so I went to CCVH out of convenience, but after moving across town and loving the service, I continued going.”

“The nurses are kind and caring. My dogs even like to go visit regularly. What dog do you know likes to go to the vet just to visit and say hi ??!   They have always fit my animals in, even when they are booked. Their prices are extremely reasonable, unlike other neighborhood veterinarians. ”

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