Dr. Sonya Swinamer, DVM CVA

Dr. Sonya Swinamer joined Stonington Veterinary Hospital in 2016. She graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2004. She is a certified acupuncturist and a current member of the American Veterinary Acupuncture Society. She received her training through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2010. She purchased Stonington Veterinary Hospital in February of 2020. She is originally from Nova Scotia, Canada and currently resides in Mystic with her husband, 2 sons, 2 dogs and 2 cats. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, boating, fishing and skiing with her family.

Dr. Karen Quental-Brown, DVM

Dr. Karen Quental-Brown joined Stonington Veterinary Hospital in October of 1995. She graduated from Michigan State University in 1992. She grew up in Fall River, MA and currently resides in Ledyard with her husband and 2 kids. She has 2 cats and a rescue Lab mix.

Dr. April White, DVM

Dr. White and Dr. Swinamer met years ago as bright and shiny newly graduated veterinarians at their first veterinary jobs. Years later, when Dr. Swinamer reached out looking to hire a new veterinarian, Dr. White was thrilled, but a bit skeptical that it would work out. However, it turned out that Dr. Swinamer was actually willing to put up with the crazy schedule she needed to commute from Fishers Island, and so she jumped at the chance to move back to her childhood home and to join the Stonington Veterinary Hospital family. Now she commutes to work by boat, embracing her role as the crazy dog mom that drags her two Boston Terriers along with her every day.

Dr. White graduated from Quinnipiac University with a degree in Veterinary Technology, then went on to attend the Royal Veterinary College in London, England. Although the years spent living in the UK were amazing, allowing her the chance to travel throughout Europe, she chose to return to the states after graduation. Since graduation she has worked in Connecticut and Rhode Island in small animal veterinary hospitals. Be kind to her when the wind is blowing a gale out of the west, as those are very bad boat ride days!


Lead Receptionist

Sue has been working at Stonington Veterinary Hospital as the lead receptionist since March of 1997. She was promoted to office manager in 2007. She graduated from UNCW in 1996 with a degree in Marine Biology. She grew up in Pawcatuck and now resides in Ashaway with her husband, 2 kids, 2 cats, and 1 dog. In her free time she enjoys birdwatching, photographing wildlife and spending time with family and friends.


Veterinary Technician

Krystin started working at Stonington Veterinary Hospital as a veterinary technician in 1986 after graduating from Ledyard High School where she was a student in the Vocational Agricultural Program. She grew up in Mystic and now resides in North Stonington with her husband, 2 daughters, 3 horses, 2 cats, 2 goats and 2 dogs. She enjoys spending her free time outdoors with her family, friends, and pets.

Heather B.

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Heather has been working at Stonington Veterinary Hospital since June of 1999 after graduating from UMASS with a BS in Animal Science. She currently resides in Voluntown with her husband, son and 2 cats. She enjoys hiking, kayaking and spending time with friends!



Dea has been working at Stonington Veterinary Hospital as a full-time veterinary technician since 2002. She transitioned to a full-time receptionist in the fall of 2018. She’s a long-time resident of Westerly, RI. She has a tuxedo cat, who enjoys waking her up early in the morning to be fed! She enjoys spending time with her grown children, family and friends.


Veterinary Technician

Cheri joined the staff at Stonington Veterinary Hospital as a full-time veterinary technician in 2008. She graduated from UCONN with a BS in Animal Behavior. She currently resides in Pawcatuck. When she is not taking care of cats and dogs she can often be found volunteering at the Mystic Aquarium, caring for the penguins.


Veterinary Technician

Jess joined the team at Stonington Veterinary Hospital in the fall of 2015. She is a full-time technician but willingly jumps in and assists the receptionist whenever needed. She enjoys spending her free time with her 3 horses, 2 dogs, and several cats. Jess currently resides in Stonington.


Veterinary Technician

Kaitlyn has been working at Stonington Veterinary Hospital since the summer of 2020. She graduated from MXCC with a degree in veterinary technology in 2018. She resides in Pawcatuck with her husband and her cat, who likes to make her presence known during Zoom meetings!


Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Cat joined Stonington Veterinary Hospital’s surgical team in November 2020. She has been a technician for over 35 years and is currently the president of the Rhode Island Veterinary Technician Association and also a past president of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. She holds certifications in CT, RI and MA. A native Rhode Islander, she currently resides in Charlestown, RI with her husband Mike, daughter Lauren, dog Penny and cat Tonks.



Brittany joined the SVH family in March of 2022 as a full-time receptionist. She can typically be found asking you if she can take a picture of your adorable pet! Her love of animals started at a very young age. She currently lives in Groton, CT with her husband and 4 cats. She is, without a doubt, a crazy cat lady!


Veterinary Technician

Alicia joined the SVH team as a veterinary technician in the summer of 2022. She has been working in the veterinary field for over 20 years. When she’s not working , she likes to spend her time playing with her dogs and spending time with her family.


Sasha started working at SVH in the summer of 2022 after spending the past 10 years working in the veterinary field across the country. She enjoys competing in dog sports and currently resides in Baltic, CT with her husband, 6 dogs and 2 cats.


Jen has been working at Stonington Veterinary Hospital since August of 2023. She has 2 cats and 1 dog and spends most of her free time volunteering for a local animal rescue. She also enjoys volunteering at the schools her kids attend. When she’s not busy working and volunteering, she likes to travel, spend quality time with the kids and go hiking with friends. She currently resides in Voluntown with her husband, 2 kids and her parents.


Kyla joined the SVH family in June of 2023. She has always had a love of all animals and graduated from Texas A&M in 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in Entomology. After spending a few years training marine mammals, she made her way back to the veterinary field. When not at work, she enjoys spending her time training dogs, competing in dog sports, and occasionally reading a good book or playing board games. She currently resides in Groton with her husband and 2 dogs.