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. Laura Zehnder Jones grew up in Flemington, New Jersey. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with her B.S. in Biology from James Madison University in 2002. Laura then pursued her degree in Veterinary Medicine at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, where she graduated from in 2006. After initially working in Virginia, Laura moved to Pennsylvania where she now resides in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her two rescued dogs, Barley and Amber, and her one husband, Andrew.
Laura thoroughly enjoys being a veterinarian. It is a wonderful career because it allows her to combine her interest in science and medicine with her love of animals and those who care for them. Laura’s favorite aspects of veterinary medicine are the complexities of internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, preventative medicine, and the human-animal bond. She is also very passionate about promoting adoption/rescue to help our animal companions who are the most in need. To find your new best friend please visit a local shelter or www.petfinder.com.
In her free time, Laura’s hobbies include hiking, painting, gardening, updating her house with her husband and helpful dad, enjoying her husband’s homebrew, and taking advantage of all that Philadelphia has to offer.
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.
Emily joined the CCVH staff in August of 2012. After realizing that her love of animals superseded the degree she was working towards, Emily moved to Philadelphia in 2008 to pursue her degree in Veterinary Technology from Harcum College. After graduating, Emily and her husband, Josh, settled in Philadelphia with their yellow lab rescue, Leroy and furry Maine Coon mix, Frappy. Emily has been working with animals for several years and thoroughly enjoys every moment. Emily grew up around Pittsburgh, PA and is an avid Steelers and Penguins fan.
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.
Sarah is a recent transplant to Society Hill from the Jersey shore. She has been a technician since 2003, working in various aspects of the veterinary field: emergency, general practice and avian vaccine manufacture. She is currently enrolled in San Juan College’s Veterinary Technology program. “I consider myself grateful for having such an amazing career. It’s not work for me, it’s a collection beautiful experiences. Connecting with patients and their parents brings an indescribable satisfaction to my life.”
When she isn’t working, she is spending time with her 6 year-old son, Chase, who inherited his mother’s love for animals at an early age. When this duo are not consorting with the neighborhood canines and their parents, you can find them at the beach, playing Legos, or hanging out at Three Bears Park. Chase takes great pride in his mother’s career, “My mom helps sick animals not be sick anymore, just like when I’m sick.”
Sarah also is an avid bird watcher, of which Ospreys are her favorite. “I grew up on the estuary of the Delaware Bay, and was educated at an early age of its environmental importance. I’ve always been drawn to the wildlife and the beauty of this area. It will always be home to me.”