Meet Our Team

Meet the veterinarians and team at Slade Veterinary Hospital! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Get to Know Our Team!

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Gail J. Schmieder, DVM
Gail J. Schmieder, DVM

Dr. Gail Schmieder earned her BA at Pomona College. She graduated in 1986 from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine and moved to Massachusetts to complete an internship at the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital. After several years in private practice, she moved her family to Quebec, where she became fluent in French in order to obtain her veterinary license. For the next decade, she owned a very successful AAHA-certified practice in addition to teaching veterinary sciences at the college level in Quebec. After returning to Massachusetts in 2002, Dr. Schmieder joined the Slade Veterinary Hospital team.

Dr. Schmieder has been competing with dogs since the 1970s. Starting in 1984, she has successfully competed with her Brittanys in obedience, hunt tests, and conformation. She has bred and competed with multiple successful dogs, including National Specialty Winners and Best in Show dogs. She has competed in obedience through the Utility Dog title and has dabbled in other dog sports such as agility and flyball. Currently, she is enjoying the opportunity to help many dog fanciers achieve success through her expertise in Slade Veterinary Hospital reproductive services.

Dr. Schmieder enjoys artistic endeavors when at home such as creating pet furniture, sewing piecework home decorations, and other home improvement projects. Her favorite projects are the ones that make her life with her dogs and cats even more fulfilling.

Tessa Fiamengo
Tessa Fiamengo, DVM, MS, DACT

After moving around the country during her pursuit of higher education, Dr. Tessa Fiamengo, DVM, MS, DACT, is excited to return to the East Coast. Originally from New York, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University with a major in biology focusing in genetics and double minors in philosophy and biomedical sciences. She graduated from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Fiamengo then spent 4 years working as a small animal general practitioner in Portland, Oregon before deciding to follow her passion and return to reproductive medicine and research. In 2016, Dr. Fiamengo was awarded an AKC/ AKC CHF/TF Companion Animal Theriogenology Residency at The Ohio State University. As a first-year resident, she won the Dr. Jerry Rains Memorial Abstract Competition at the Annual Theriogenology Conference for her research on biofilm formation in canine pyometra. That research was the foundation of her master’s thesis. Over the next two years, she continued to expand on that work exploring antimicrobial resistance patterns in E. coli, isolated from canine pyometra. In July 2020, she completed the requirements of the Specialty Board and is now a recognized Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists. While she spent her formative years working on an equine breeding farm, she now specializes in companion animal theriogenology.

At Slade Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Fiamengo brings the knowledge and experience gained during her residency to aid in the reproductive management of our canine and feline patients. In addition to being passionate about reproductive medicine, she also enjoys soft tissue surgery.

Dr. Fiamengo grew up showing horses, however, in recent years she has been enjoying working with smaller teammates: showing and trialing with her Vizslas. She successfully handled a puppy she bred to his grand championship! At home, Dr. Fiamengo enjoys running and hiking with her 3 dogs, Mudd, Torr, and Nilla.

Patricia L. Rottman, DVM
Patricia 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.