Our Team

Meet our talented doctor and staff!
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Get to know our Milford veterinary team.

Our team works together to ensure your pet is happy and healthy for all stages of their lives. Thank you for trusting us with their care.

Dr. Donald DeForge, VMD

Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry
Dr. DeForge's Bio

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. DeForge developed a special interest in oral care. In 1996, he was honored as the North East Practitioner of the Year by the American Animal Hospital Association. That same year he received the Peter Emily Residents Award in small animal dentistry.

Dr. DeForge lectures on small animal dentistry and oral surgery, emphasizing practical applications for the general practitioner. His past columns in companion animal dentistry have appeared in DVM Newsmagazine and Veterinary Practice News for over a decade. Dr. DeForge is co-editor of An Atlas of Veterinary Dental Radiology along with Ben H Colmery III, DVM, DAVDC.

Dr. DeForge has guest lectured in veterinary technology programs at Suffolk Community College and Mercy College in New York. He was an adjunct at Northwestern Community College’s Veterinary Technology Program, where he established the Department of Oral Radiology and Periodontology for veterinary technology students in conjunction with Dr. Nancy Marchetti, program director.

As a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, he has been honored by human dentistry. Dr. Jeffrey A. Sherman, DDS, Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Electrosurgery and Executive Director of the World Academy of Radiosurgery writes:

Your years of lecturing and writing on the subject of radiosurgery have not gone unnoticed. I believe your efforts in creating the E-Journal of Radiowave Radiosurgery [see www.AnimalDentistrySolutions.com] will help your colleagues and makes us all proud of your efforts. Your discovery of Indirect Radiowave Radiosurgery Coagulation has brought new insight into the use of radiosurgery in all fields of medicine and should be one of your proudest accomplishments. It is with honor that I call you colleague and friend. Please continue all of your fine efforts in the field of radiosurgery and know that sharing your knowledge is the greatest gift you have given to the profession.

Dr. DeForge performs continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians on the local, regional, and national levels and is well respected by the academic community. All of his lectures are RACE-approved for CE.

In 2017, Dr. DeForge became the oral radiology consultant for E-Vet Diagnostics, a telemedicine reading service for veterinarians.

He also is a lecturer for Tuft’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine online and on-site.

Dr. DeForge is Interim Chair of the Global Veterinary Ethics Congress: GlobalVeterinaryEthicsCongress.blogspot.com.

Medical Director of the Silver Sands Veterinary Network
  • Milford Veterinary Hospital – Companion Animal Hospital – General medicine and surgery with visiting specialists in internal medicine, surgery, radiology, and special imaging
  • House Calls for Pets – Mobile Companion Animal Practice
  • Silver Sands Urgent Care – Companion Animal Community Urgent Care for non-life-threatening emergencies.
  • Connecticut Out-Patient Hospice

Jennifer Massimin

Jennifer's Bio

Jennifer joined the SSV family in 2008 and quickly became our hospital manager as well as our head technician. She is currently enrolled at Cedar Valley Community College, which is part of the American Animal Hospital Association program to become a certified technician. She possesses a strong passion for urgent care, surgery, and dentistry; she also wishes to specialize in these fields. She shows great compassion with all of the pets that visit our hospital and treats each of them as if they were her own. Jennifer enjoys making a positive difference in the lives of not only the animals but their owners. During her free time, her hobbies include skiing, scuba diving, and spending with her husband, young daughter, 11-year-old Pug named Toboe, and their newest adoption, a Boston Terrier named Lenny.

Alyssa Pires

Alyssa's Bio

Alyssa completed a pre-veterinary school externship at Silver Sands Veterinary in June 2017. She is a recent graduate from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s of Science in both Animal Science and Pathobiology and Veterinary Science. Alyssa is currently a Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine veterinary student completing her Clinical Studies/Clinical Placement year as she continues her journey to becoming a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. When Alyssa is not working, she enjoys going to the beach, running, skiing, reading, and hanging out with her family. She has a Bishon Frise/Poodle mix named Bella.

Crystal Palombo

Crystal's Bio

Crystal grew up with a love for animals. She attended Johnson & Wales for baking and pastry arts and worked as a baker/cook for five years. Crystal decided to go back to school to become a part of the veterinary field, which came as no surprise to family and friends since her passion has always been caring for animals! Crystal lives in Naugatuck with her husband, two cats (Parker and Milo), and dog (Gwen). In her free time, she enjoys listening to music and spending time with family and friends.

Romeo

Romeo's Bio

Our Hospital mascot for six years goes to Veterinary School……from SSV to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine! Romeo was adopted by Alyssa Pires when she left SSV to initiate her studies at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Many remember Romeo at SSV…..always seeking friendship with new clients as he monitored the Client Support Desk for treats and warm greetings from our SSV client family. Romeo is missed but, now, has a wonderful home with a future doctor of veterinary medicine

Visit Romeo on his personal Instagram: @RomeotheIsland.

In Memoriam:

We lost our special friend, Romeo, after a sudden collapse from cancer. He was in the best hands at the Ross UniversitySchool of Veterinary Medicine. They did all they could to help him and make his last hours comfortable. Many of you will remember his selfless love as he patrolled our reception area for 8 years. He will be missed! I send this special tribute to Romeo-The Rainbow Bridge- to honor him and to let him know we will meet again! 

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….
-Author Unknown

Perras Ruddy

Perras' Bio

Perras is a junior at Trumbull High School. She is attending the agriscience and biotechnology program and majors in veterinary science. She recently became part of the SSV family by taking place in our summer externship program. She is very passionate about animals and hopes to become a veterinarian in the future. She lives in Milford with her family and four pets. Outside work and school, Perras enjoys drawing, painting, or really any type of arts and crafts project she can do.