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.
Dr. Lauren Connolly did her undergraduate training at North Carolina State University and graduated from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She then returned to her native New England and has lived extensively up and down the east coast before settling in the Philadelphia area. Dr. Connolly has practiced in the traditional clinical setting, but has always enjoyed making house calls as she feels her patients are truly relaxed and happier. She has particular interests in animal behavior and hospice care and is passionate about preventative medicine.
Dr. Connolly has a beautiful daughter and handsome son and in her free time enjoys playing games and reading to them. She can’t wait until they are old enough to take them backpacking and teach them about the outdoors. She also has two shelter dogs, one a Lab/Pitbull mix named Guinness and the other a Golden Retriever/Collie mix named Jake.
Dr. Andrew Heller joined our practice full time in 2014. His broad range of experience extends from his training in a specialty and emergency hospital in Bucks County to his non-profit experience at the National Greyhound Adoption Program in Northeast Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, going on to complete his clinical studies at Penn. His special interests in emergency medicine, soft-tissue surgery and ophthalmology make him a valuable addition to our general practice. Although originally born in England and having grown up in northern California, he now considers himself a true Philadelphian, residing just up the street in Northern Liberties with his family.
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.
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 2009, Rebecca had left academia and was mom to her and Dr. Cohen’s spirited and adorable one year old, Adina Cohen. 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 worked her way up to manage a veterinary clinic in north Philly. Applying her love of medicine to help keep animals healthy and happy is what drives her. She’s thrilled to be at CCVH where that is fostered.
A nerd at heart, Dana enjoys reading, research, documentaries, playing at the park, and spending time at home with her husband, her talkative Siamese, and her sweet, ham of a dog, Frankie.
A recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Esther has worked with small animals in both shelter and hospital environments, although she spent the bulk of her time getting pushed around by horses at a rescue in Florida. When she is not surrounded by animals, she is busy cheering on the sports teams of her adopted hometown.
Kellie started her veterinary career 11 years ago in South Jersey. She has worked in almost all aspects of a veterinary hospital, from a client service team member, to kennel technician, then to an emergency patient care nurse and surgical assistant. When she decided to move to Philadelphia she was thrilled to start working at CCVH. When she is not working you can find her throughout the local Philadelphia Theatre scene or working on her novel. Kellie has three rescued pets; Ethel a munchkin Persian, Ira a three legged domestic short hair, and Elanore a one eyed English Mastiff. I guess you can say she likes the misfits!
A California-native, Kyle is a transplant to Philadelphia. He studied Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior at UC Davis, Public Health at Drexel, and is currently working on his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College. His interests in the veterinary world include preventative medicine, zoonotic diseases, and public health. Between work, school, and studying, Kyle enjoys the company of his Boston terrier, Henry, cooking, and running.
Roger is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Environmental Studies. He lives in West Chester with his two ferrets, Sassy and Frosty, cat Athena, and goffin cockatoo Bella. When he was six he helped raise a litter of squirrels that fell out of a condemned tree, and he has been caring for animals ever since. In his free time he enjoys running and woodworking, and is training for next year’s marathon.
Hi, my name is Kristen and I am a CVT here at CCVH. I graduated from Manor College with an associate’s degree in veterinary technology in 2011 and have been working in the field ever since! I joined CCVH in July 2013 and am currently in charge of training any new members of our team. I also work at Manor once a week as a teaching assistant to freshman students in the large animal labs. I love both my jobs because I get to work with small animals as well as large. My loves are my two dogs Misty and Roman, and my cat Milo.
Jess is a recent transplant to Philadelphia from Washington, DC. Previously Jess worked at a small animal practice in Alexandria, Va for 4 1/2 years before moving on to an emergency animal hospital. While she loved working in emergency, she really missed the close connections with patients and clients, which is one of the reasons Jess is very excited to be a member of the CCVH team.
Jess lives in Fishtown with her three dogs. Ophelia Bottoms, a Jack Russell mix she rescued while living in DC; Joe Calderone, a chubby Chihuahua; and Caulker a stray Island dog she brought back from Caye Caulker, Belize where she was volunteering and assisting with spays and neuters of local island dogs.