John H. de Jong, DVM, Principal

Dr. John de Jong

John de Jong is owner and founder of Newton Animal Hospital. A 1985 graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, he has taken on many leadership roles in organized veterinary medicine having served as president of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, the New England Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Housecall Veterinarians. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), as Chair of the Board 2015-2016, and as President of the AVMA 2018-2019. His primary interest is surgery and he also owns and operates the Boston Mobile Veterinary Clinic. He is a weekly columnist for the Boston Herald and for many years was a monthly talk radio guest on the syndicated Howie Carr Show. Boston Magazine and the Improper Bostonian have both recognized him previously as Boston's Best Veterinarian. His personal interests are politics, fishing, golf and rugby and he enjoys family time with his wife and two sons.

Carole Lee de Jong, Principal

Carole de Jong

Carole de Jong joins her husband as principal and Director of Marketing. A Boston native, Carole spent over twenty years in the radio, print and television advertising sales industry. Her main focus at the hospital will be community outreach, advertising, marketing and creating strategic partnerships within the pet industry in Newton and the greater Boston metropolitan area. She is also buyer for the pet boutique and always on the lookout for one of-a-kind high quality pet merchandise. Her goal is to provide the clients at Newton Animal Hospital with unsurpassed value and resources so that all of your pet needs, education, services and questions are always answered. Carole is also a realtor, an author and a contributor at the Boston Herald. She enjoys tennis, golf, cooking and spending time with husband and two sons.

Jenny-Ree Hedges, BVMS

Jenny Hedges

Dr. Hedges joined Newton Animal Hospital in January 2014. A 2009 graduate of The University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine, she practiced as a veterinarian in London. In 2013, Dr. Hedges and her husband relocated back to the United States and settled in Massachusetts. Before heading across the pond, she received a bachelor's degree in Animal Science from Rutgers University and worked as a veterinary technician in various practices throughout New York and New Jersey.

Dr. Hedges enjoys all aspects of general practice, but has a particular interest in management of chronic diseases and senior pet care.

Dr. Hedges is a Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the British Veterinary Association, and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association. She lives in Watertown with her husband and their Jack Russell Terrier, Pudge.

Noelle Litra, DVM

Noelle Litra

Dr. Litra received her veterinary degree from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in the spring of 2015. After graduation, she accepted a position in Boca Raton, FL, where she remained for just over a year. Shortly after assisting in the opening of a new hospital there, she made the move back to snowy New England in the winter of 2016. Originally from the Hudson Valley region of New York, Dr. Litra is happy to be back in Massachusetts and excited to be a part of the team at Newton Animal Hospital. She has a passion for surgery, as well as dentistry. In her free time, Dr. Litra enjoys running, horseback riding, and spending time with her cat, Harvey, a rescue from her days in veterinary school.

Nicole Santos, DVM

Nicole Santos

Dr. Santos received her bachelors in biology from Connecticut College in 2007, followed by her DVM in 2011 from The Ohio State University. She has practiced for the last 7 years in several towns and hospitals around the greater Boston area, and is very excited to now call Newton Animal Hospital home! Her professional interests include dermatology, soft tissue surgery and dentistry. In her free time, Dr. Santos enjoys spending time with her husband, brand new baby girl, and her fur babies - her dog Jack and cats Will and Grace.

Adam L'Esperance-Chouinard, CVT

Adam L'Esperance-Chouinard

Adam joined Newton Animal Hospital in December of 2013. He graduated in 1998 from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and began his first career in construction management. After 10 years of working first as an assistant project manager and then as a field superintendent, Adam decided to return to school to turn his love of animals into a new career. He graduated co-valedictorian of his class with a 4.0 from Mount Ida College in 2013 and became a Certified Veterinary Technologist (CVT) in January of 2014. Adam enjoys all aspects of veterinary technology but has a special interest in surgical anesthesia. Adam is a member of the Massachusetts Veterinary Technicians Association. He lives with his two children in Brookline. In his time off, Adam enjoys running and is training for three obstacle course races and his first marathon in 2018.

Anastasia Hawkins, RVT


Originally from Northern California, Anastasia graduated from UCLA with a Bachelors of Arts degree in History in 2010. Having always loved animals and volunteering at various animal shelters, she began her career as a veterinary technician at a small companion animal hospital in West Hollywood, CA about five years ago and decided on a career working with animals. She recently graduated in 2015 with an Associates of Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, CA. She took and passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam and the California Registered Veterinary Technology Exam. With her husband, Topher, a native New Englander, she moved back to the Boston area this summer along with her 3 cats, Wookiee, Jawa, and Tatooine. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, coloring, and being with her husband and cats at home.

Kate Beck, CVT, Practice Manager

Kate Beck

Kate relocated to the area from Washington State and joined the team in September, 2017. While originally from Pennsylvania, she has lived and worked in many places including Michigan, Colorado, Ohio and Washington state. Kate has worked in veterinary medicine since 2006 and obtained her veterinary technician certification through Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver, CO in 2008. She was previously a weapons systems maintainer for the F16's for the Air Force National Guard, served two overseas deployments and reached the rank of Staff Sergeant in 2015. Kate is a graduate of Colorado State University 2015. She worked as a Veterinary Technician Manager for specialty hospitals, primarily specializing in surgery and anesthesia, for the past 3 years prior to coming to Newton Animal Hospital. In her free time, she loves to travel (20 countries and counting), spend time with her boyfriend and two dogs, Turkey and Claire.

Samantha Pattie, Receptionist and Veterinary Technician

Samantha Pattie

Samantha joined Newton Animal Hospital in November of 2017 as a receptionist and tech in training. She moved to the area from Tucson, Arizona with her boyfriend and her two pets, a cat named Gideon and a Shiba Inu named Shinji. She graduated from Pima Medical Institute with a certificate in veterinary assisting, and attended Pima Community College. In her free time she likes to cuddle with her cat, read, play video games, paint and sing.

Jackie Higley, Receptionist

Jackie Higley

Jackie was born and raised in Dedham. She had a golden retriever lab growing up named Skippy who lived to be 16 years old! At a young age Jackie knew she was interested in veterinary medicine. She remembers taking her dog to the vet and always asking a million questions.

Jackie graduated from Dedham high school in 2007 and went off to Cape Cod Community college where she became certified to teach infants, toddlers and preschool. She ended up working with children for over 10 years. In 2015, she made a career change and has worked in the veterinary field ever since. Jackie is happier then ever working at Newton Animal Hospital and can be found greeting clients at the front door.

Jamily Maia, Veterinary Technician

Jamily Maia

Originally from Brazil, Jamily has always loved animals since she was a little girl. It was her dream to become a Veterinarian, but instead became an interior designer. Jamily moved to the area from California in 2017 where she previously worked at a small hospital. Jamily resides with her son and her 12 year old Schnauzer/terrier mix named Brandy.

Sabrina Miller, Receptionist


Sabrina graduated from Northeastern University with a bachelor's of science degree in biochemistry. After graduating, she worked as a medical tecnologist at a Boston area hospital.Sabrina has always had a vested interest in animals and has gained a diverse volunteer experience with Saveadog, World Vets, and International Volunteers. It is her love of animals and these positive volunteer experiences that led to a career change. In her free time she loves to travel and spend time with her 3 pups: Bianco, Okami, and Bella.