Donald H. DeForge, VMD
Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry

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 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] 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 level and is well respected by the academic community. All of his lectures are RACE approved for CE.

In 2017 Dr. DeForge he 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 on-line and on-site.

Dr. DeForge is Interim Chair of the Global Veterinary Ethics Congress

He is the 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; and 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 joined the SSVC 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 posses a strong passion in 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 yr old Pug named Toboe, and their newest adoption a 9 year told Boston Terrier named Lenny.

Alyssa Pires

Alyssa has been with the SSVC network since June 2017 as a veterinary technician. 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 in the process of applying to veterinary school in the hopes of one day achieving 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 an 11 year old Bishon Frise/Poodle mix named Bella.

Crystal Palombo

Crystal grew up with a love for animals. She attended Johnson & Wales for Baking and Pastry Arts and worked as a Baker/Cook for 5 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, 2 cats Parker and Milo, and dog Gwen. In her free time she enjoys listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.

Hayley Zeidler

Hayley is currently an undergraduate student at the University of New Hampshire. She is studying Animal Science with an intent to apply to veterinary school. Hayley has been working at SSV/MVH for 4 years and it has been an amazing opportunity for her. She’s dreamt about working in this field for as long as she could remember and now she’s closer than she’s ever imagined. Hayley has a dog named Minka as well as two cats named Meme and Ozzie. When Hayley is not at school or working, she enjoys going on walks with her dog and going to the gym.


Romeo has been the SSVC Mascot for the past 3 years now and is enjoying his best life while awaiting for the purrfect home. Romeo can be found roaming around the reception area on the prowl for his hidden treats or curled up in his bed taking a snooze. Clients know him best as being carefree, loving, handsome, and quite the food connoisseur. However, the wonderful staff at SSVC knows to keep a closeful eye on him since he can be a little too curious and mischievous for his own good. When Romeo decides to take a break from his nap, he can be found playing in the laundry basket, chasing his tail, or excessively grooming his luxurious orange coat.

Romeo has left Silver Sands and is in his first year in Veterinary School; Visit Romeo on his personal Instagram-RomeotheIsland

Perras Ruddy

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 SSVC 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.