Dr. Maritza Perez-Bruno
Dr. Perez – or “Dr P” as she is referred to by the staff – is a native Puerto Rican. Dr. Perez left her home island when she attended Kansas State University for her undergraduate studies then to Cornell University for veterinary school – where she met her husband, Dr. Donald Bruno. She has worked at West Orange Animal Hospital since 1989 – initially as an associate employee – and presently as co-owner after purchasing the practice with her husband, Dr. Bruno in 2002. Her area of interest and expertise is in surgery. Dr. Perez has enhanced her skills throughout the years by undergoing extensive training and continuing education on the latest surgical techniques. When not working, Dr. P enjoys skiing, water-skiing, gardening, and spending time with her three children. She is very excited to welcome her daughter, Ashleigh, to the practice
Dr. Donald Bruno
Dr. Donald Bruno grew up in Northern NJ. He attended Rutgers University, did his Graduate Studies in Pathology / Immunology at University of Connecticut, and received his Veterinary degree at Cornell University in 1987. While at Cornell he met his wife – Dr Perez – and they raised 3 terrific children including daughter, Ashleigh, who is now part of WOAH – – and two sons who graduated from local Seton Hall Prep. Dr. Bruno began his career as an equine veterinarian, but multiple shoulder surgeries nudged him to join WOAH in 2002. He has a keen interest in pain management, cardiology and geriatric medicine as well as intra-articular treatments such as PRP (platelet rich plasma joint injections). In his spare time Dr. Bruno enjoys brewing beer, fishing, riding his Harley Davidson, rebuilding classic cars, the company of his children and spending time with his wife. His future retirement plan is based on 2 things: His daughter, Ashleigh, and the success of his brewing.
Dr Bruno devotes a substantial amount of time to charitable and social causes. Amongst other positions, Dr Bruno is the Chairman of the New Jersey Veterinary Foundation an organization he has served for many years and is a long-standing member of the Scholarship Committee. He serves on the Cornell University, Alumni Association Executive Board and is a member of the New Jersey State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
Dr. Derek Boen
Dr. Boen is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He has been with the West Orange Animal Hospital for over 20 years. While Dr. Boen enjoys practicing all aspects of veterinary medicine, he is especially interested in ultrasonography and likes to work up challenging cases. He realizes the strength of the human-animal bond, caring for clients’ pets as he does his own. Dr. Boen loves to spend time with his rambunctious sons, his mischievous cats, and his slightly nutty dog who means well. When time permits, he enjoys tennis, photographs, writing, hiking, and canoeing.
Dr. Marissa Dick
Dr. Dick graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. She then pursued a year-long small animal rotating internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, and became a staff emergency doctor there for a couple of years before joining WOAH in June 2019. She is excited to be part of the team! In her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, trips to the beach, and dabbling in ukulele.
Dr. Ashleigh Bruno
Dr. Ashleigh Bruno is the daughter of Dr. Perez and Dr. Donald Bruno and she is very excited to join the family practice. She received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and her veterinary degree from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following veterinary school, Dr. Bruno completed a 1-year internship in small animal medicine, emergency/critical care, and surgery at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, NJ. Her professional interests include pain management, emergency medicine, and critical care. In her free time, she enjoys painting and drawing (she has decorated many parts of the hospital with her artwork), snowboarding, traveling and playing one-sided fetch with her dog, Stoudt.