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Dr. Migday Anita M. Migday, DVM, M.Sc., Hospital Director

Dr. Migday earned both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the College of Agriculture in 1978, and then graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. She purchased Slade Veterinary Hospital in 1982 from Dr. Edward Slade, who established the animal hospital in 1946. Dr. Migday’s efforts have resulted in a modern facility and progressive practice, which have been recognized for high standards of excellence through accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association since 1985. Dr. Migday also spent six years in local broadcast (WVBF 105.7 FM-Boston, WKOX 1200 AM-Framingham, and WCVB Ch. 5-Boston) giving tips as a pet health expert, and hosted the national PBS series, “Cats & Dogs” in the mid-1980s. The show offered a video encyclopedia of pet care, beginning in the examination room and continuing across the nation in exploration of the human/companion animal bond. In 1989, Dr. Migday was appointed by Governor Michael Dukakis to the Board of Registration in Veterinary Medicine for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and sat as Chairman from 1993 to 1994. She and her husband raise, train, and exhibit Bullmastiff dogs and have consistently produced breed champions and obedience titlists since 1992. In her spare time, you may find Dr. Migday at the dojo, on the tennis court, or on a yoga mat.

Dr. MartinMarianne G. Martin, DVM

Dr. Martin joined the staff at Slade Veterinary Hospital in 1999. After graduating from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993, she worked in several local practices before moving to Texas and working in a small animal practice in Plano from 1997 to 1998. Dr. Martin’s professional interests include ultrasonography, surgery, and internal medicine. In addition to her professional pursuits, Dr. Martin enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, two Pembroke Corgis, cat, horse, and Bearded Dragon. She and her family enjoy spending time in Maine on the beach.

Dr. SchmiederGail J. Schmieder, DVM

Dr. Schmieder graduated from the Colorado State School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986 followed by an internship at the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston. She practiced in California for a few years while her husband completed post-doctoral work. Dr. Schmieder and her husband then moved to Canada where she operated her own practice for over 10 years. In 2001, Dr. Schmieder and her family returned to Massachusetts and Dr. Schmieder joined the Slade Veterinary Hospital team. Dr. Schmieder's interest in dogs has led to a strong professional interest in reproductive medicine and dentistry.

Dr. Schmieder has been competing with her Brittanys since 1982 in conformation, obedience, agility, and field work. Dr. Schmieder has campaigned several Best in Show and Specialty winners, including multi-BIS, BISS, American and Canadian Nation Specialty Best of Breed AM/Can CH Jordean Up All Night FD and his son, BIS,BISS Am/Can CH Loki’s Dance the Night Away FD. Dr. Schmieder’s family also includes a cat, a bird and a horse in addition to her beloved Brittanys.

Dr. RottmanPatricia L. Rottman, DVM

Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Dr. Rottman received her bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Illinois in 1985, and then worked as a clinical microbiologist for four years at the University Of Illinois College Of Veterinary Medicine. Subsequently, Dr. Rottman attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University, and after receiving her DVM in 1993, worked at a small animal practice in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dr. Rottman and her family moved to Massachusetts in 1995, and she has worked at Slade Veterinary Hospital since 1996.

Michael W. McGuill, DVM, MPH, DACVPM

Dr. McGuill graduated from Tufts Veterinary Medical School in 1991 and then practiced small animal medicine at the Animal Rescue League Clinic in Boston. Dr. McGuill trained in acupuncture with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and has studied the use of acupuncture in elderly pets. He has experience in the use of several acupuncture modalities: traditional dry needles, electro-acupuncture, laser acupuncture, and aquapuncture (the injection of tiny quantities of sterile Vitamin B12 into acupuncture points).

Dr. McGuill received a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology, earned Board Certification in Veterinary Preventive Medicine, and served as the State Public Health Veterinarian for Massachusetts for nine years. He was elected as a member of the National Academies of Practice, has served on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, and currently holds a teaching appointment through Tufts Medical School, teaching principles of evidence-based medicine to clinicians and students. Dr. McGuill’s interest in population medicine has led him to develop programs to limit the spread of infectious diseases in animal shelters, control rabies in wildlife, and reduce risks to people and animals of tick and mosquito-borne diseases, like West Nile virus and Lyme disease.

Dr. McGuill lives in Boston with his spouse and son. He enjoys struggling to keep up with his Jack Russell “terrorist” (his third) and kayak-fishing for stripers on Cape Cod with his son.

Ira C. Kaplan, DVM, MS

Dr. Ira C. Kaplan was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and is a proud product of public education. After graduating from Woodward High School, one of the first public schools in the country, he entered the University of Cincinnati, majoring in sociology, before transferring to The Ohio State University College of Agriculture as a student of Animal Science. He graduated summa cum laude in 1973.  He enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Graduate School and simultaneously earned his master’s degree in veterinary physiology and pharmacology and his doctor of veterinary medicine in 1978.

Dr. Kaplan is on the Board of Directors of the Greater Lowell Kennel Club, the Baystate Bullmastiff Club, is a member of the Society for Theriogenology and is Assistance Dog Liaison to the Theriogenology Foundation.  Since 1986, Dr. Kaplan volunteered as treasurer, clerk, and board member for  He retired as Director of Veterinary Medical Services where he oversaw the health of over 700 graduate dogs assisting their deaf or disabled human partners.

In their 30 years of breeding Bullmastiffs, Dr. Kaplan and his wife have personally titled 10 breed  Champions.  Their AKC obedience accomplishments include 9 Rally Excellent titles, 12 Companion Dog titles leading to 8 Companion Dog Excellent titles, and one dog, Luke, who achieved the ultimate title of Utility dog. Dr. Kaplan is a licensed AKC obedience judge.

Dr. Kaplan enjoys the practice of general internal medicine, walking his 6 dogs and tennis.

Tamara Kremer Mecabell, DVM

Dr. Kremer Mecabell was born and raised in Argentina and immigrated to Israel at the age of 19. She received a bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and then received her doctorate at the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine. In Israel, Dr. Kremer Mecabell dedicated her time to working as a zoo keeper, a veterinary technician and as a volunteer with disabled adults and low-income immigrants.

Dr. Kremer Mecabell moved to Boston with her husband in 2005. She has worked as a general practitioner in Massachusetts for over seven years in addition to working as an Emergency Doctor for two years. Dr. Kremer Mecabell fluently speaks English, Spanish, Hebrew, and Portuguese. Her special interests are in Internal Medicine, Emergency and Critical Care and educating clients to better understand their pets.

Dr. Kremer Mecabell currently resides with her husband and two kids in Needham, and in her free time enjoys hiking, biking and reading books.

Meera Gatlin, DVM, MPH

Dr. Gatlin is originally from Naperville, Illinois and is a graduate of Northwestern University. She later moved to Massachusetts and obtained her masters and doctorate degrees from Tufts University, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She has worked with the Humane Society of U.S. and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide essential animal health services and community education to underserved areas across the United States. Her professional areas of interest include feline health, dentistry, and preventative medicine/public health. In her spare time, Dr. Gatlin loves to eat different foods, hike in New Hampshire, and root for only Chicago sports teams. She lives in Framingham with her fiancé and uncooperative cat, Leo. 

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