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Bruce Levinston, DVM
Dr. Bruce Levinston founded Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital in 1992. He has been a small animal veterinarian since 1989.
When asked what his early influences were that led him to become a veterinarian, Dr. Levinston says, “Actually, no one motivated me to become a veterinarian. I did not grow up on a farm or do 4H. It was actually more common for others to push me toward other professions. However, becoming a veterinarian was my passion from the start and I never showed much interest in any other profession. I always wanted to become a veterinarian and nothing would stop me.”
Dr. Levinston adds, “I love being able to make a difference in the life of a pet and his or her family. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the excitement and relief when we are responsible for helping resolve a health issue for a family pet. For me, working in such a fulfilling profession is a lifelong dream: being among a team of medical professionals protecting the health and welfare of animals.”
In addition to his work at the Hospital, Dr. Levinston helps mentor young people interested in becoming veterinarians, is involved with animal shelters and humane societies in and around Bridgewater, and discusses animal care issues and animal care careers with school kids. He also takes advantage of numerous continuing education opportunities throughout the year and enjoys attending national conferences that cover a range of veterinary modalities. In all, he says, these activities play an important role in advancing his skills and keeping Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital at the leading edge of veterinary medicine.
A native of Edison, New Jersey, Dr. Levinston attended Ithaca College and then the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine where he earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. His areas of particular professional interest include reproduction, cardiology, physical rehabilitation, and stem cell regeneration. He is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, and the Metropolitan New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Levinston and his wife Roxanne, who works in sales, marketing and communications, have two sons, Max and Jack. They also provide a home for a yellow Labrador retriever named Sierra, grey and white cat named Dexter, and Bob, the hospital cat. His interests include photography, boating, gardening, wine tasting, travel, and being part of his kids’ sports and other activities.
Lynn Arbach, DVM
A native of East Brunswick, New Jersey, Dr. Lynn Arbach is an Associate Veterinarian who has been practicing with Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital since 1997.
Asked what led her to become a veterinarian, Dr. Arbach says, “I have wanted to be a veterinarian since I was a child. However, the defining moment came when I was in college and a teacher’s assistant gave a speech to my class about trying to strive for your biggest goals because you don’t want to look back and regret not trying. I knew at that moment the direction I would be taking.”
Dr. Arbach attended Old Dominion University for her undergraduate studies where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1987. After a few years working at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio, as a laboratory technician in the National Toxicology Program, she entered Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1992, she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Her area of special professional interest is internal medicine, especially urology and endocrinology. She is also a member of the Metropolitan New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Arbach and her husband Bill, a Risk Manager at Johnson & Johnson, have two children, Matthew and Emily. The family also provides a home for a Boston Terrier named Albert (he was abandoned with chemical burns to his body when adopted), and two cats named Mr. Rose and Link. All of their pets are rescues.
Dr. Arbach’s interests include gardening, biking, hiking and reading.
Spencer Silvers, DVM
Growing up in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, Dr. Spencer Silvers had an early interest in animals and their anatomy. "I remember accompanying my dog to an animal hospital where the veterinarian diagnosed him with ear mites. That was the day I knew I wanted to become a veterinarian," Dr. Silvers said.
Prior to joining the staff at Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Silvers worked as the medical director of Lexington Veterinary Group in New York City for 23 years. He attended Colorado State University for his undergraduate studies where he earned a degree in animal science in 1977. He then attended the University of Parma in Italy, one of the oldest universities in the world, and earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. Dr. Silvers is fluent in speaking, reading, and writing Italian.
He attended Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine for his post graduate training and received his Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) certification in 1983. His professional interests include internal medicine, dentistry and ultrasound. He attends continuing education programs to stay current in the latest trends in veterinary medicine.
Dr. Silvers belongs to the American Veterinary Medical Association and the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association. Ever committed to the community, Dr. Silvers has provided guidance and veterinary care to the non-profit organization Citi Critters, Inc. and the Unleashed after-school program.
Together, Dr. Silvers and his wife, Shelley (an avid poodle collector), spend time with their two children.
In his free time, Dr. Silvers stays busy by participating with his son's soccer activities, watching his Bernese mountain dog, Bernie, explore at parks, and taking care of the family's three toy poodles, Mocha, Ruby and Bella, and their two cats, Orson and Oliver.
Johanna Frank DVM, DVSc
Diplomate ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine)
Dr. Johanna Frank is Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital's small animal internist and she performs ultrasounds for our patients, lending her considerable sonographic experience to our medical team.
Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Dr. Frank graduated with high honors from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph in 1994. She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery from North Carolina State University in 1995 and then returned to the Ontario Veterinary College for a residency in small animal internal medicine, which she completed along with a doctorate degree of Veterinary Science (DVSc) in 1998. Dr. Frank achieved board certification by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM-small animal) in 1998.
Dr. Frank performs ultrasounds on more than 2000 patients per year. As a result of her sonographic experience and expertise, she has developed long-standing, trusted relationships with numerous veterinarians and become a highly-respected consultant among general practitioners. She is currently co-authoring two books on sonography: Clinical Approach to Veterinary Sonographic Pathology, Small Animals, and Exotics and The Curbside Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Common Sonographically-Detected Disease: Canine and Feline.
Johanna and her husband, Sean Troth, a veterinary pathologist, have three wonderful children, Benjamin, Jillian, and Allison who keep them very busy with all their sports and activities. The family also cares for two Cavaliers, Miley and Moose; two cats, Bell and Rudy; Tori, a thoroughbred mare; Charlie, the leopard gecko; and a smattering of betta fish. In her limited free time, Johanna really enjoys riding Tori, photography, and reading for her book club.
Heather Loenser, DVM
Dr. Heather Loenser grew up knowing she wanted to be a veterinarian. Her childhood was spent rescuing feral cats, local wildlife and riding horses. After graduating from Iowa State University, she spent three years in general practice before finding her passion in emergency veterinary medicine. For almost a decade, she has comforted pet owners and their pets in the times of their greatest crisis in emergency veterinary hospitals in the New York metro area. She is very pleased to join Bridgewater
Outside of the hospital, she’s been supporting the profession with the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) as their staff Veterinary Advisor in Professional and Public Affairs. Previously, she had been on the Board of Directors for AAHA, with a focus on animal ethics and welfare, and social media. In addition, she facilitates communication workshops attended by other veterinarians and taught pre-veterinary technician students.
Her love of teaching has led her to another facet of her career. As a sought-after guest on TV and radio, she shares her expertise on all sorts of issues with animals, including breaking news, emergency medicine, behavior and lifestyle tips. She has been a frequent contributor to the TODAY Show and Fox News, as well as Dr. Oz, Kelly & Michael, Martha Stewart Radio, Meredith Vieira, local television in New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. She is a guest blogger on many popular pet-health sites.
She shares her home with her amazing husband, also a veterinarian, two young animal-loving children, one cat, two dogs, three box turtles, four chickens and fresh-water fish. In her brief moments of spare time, she loves riding horses, SCUBA diving, camping, building LEGO towers with her son, listen to her daughter practicing the piano, and sailing with her family.