We are proud to be a Fear Free Certified practice! At South Branch, all doctors and staff are trained and certified in Fear Free techniques to make your pet’s visit to the vet a less stressful one.
Dr. Elizabeth Pope, Fear Free Elite Certified
Dr. Elizabeth Pope grew up in NJ with the dream of pursuing a career caring for animals. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, Center for Veterinary Health Sciences where she met her husband, Nick, a fellow veterinarian. After graduation, they returned to the Garden State and they reside in Hunterdon County with their beautiful baby boy, Benjamin, two spoiled dogs, Eloise and Brody, and a small herd of cows, goats, and chickens. Dr. Pope treats small animals and has a personal interest in internal medicine, rescue work, preventative care, and oncology.
Dr. Catherine Rotsides, Fear Free Certified
Dr. Catherine Rotsides was born and raised in Morristown where her love for animals began. She attended Stevens Institute of Technology where she graduated with an undergraduate degree in chemical biology before continuing on to veterinary school. She earned her DVM from St. George’s University in Grenada and then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Garden State Veterinary Specialists. She stayed on as an emergency doctor for two years, then continued her emergency career at a hospital in Westfield before joining the South Branch Family.
Dr. Rotsides has a special interest in cardiology, surgery, and emergency medicine. In her spare time, she has a passion for soccer and traveling. She also enjoys spending time at home with her husband, son, and two ninja cats, Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee.
Dr. Emily Denning, Fear Free Certified
Dr. Denning was born and raised in New Jersey, where she was an avid equestrian and surrounded by animals, fueling her drive to become a veterinarian. She received her bachelor of science degree from Penn State University and went on to receive her DVM from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona, graduating with multiple awards.
Dr. Denning’s veterinary interests include internal medicine, wound management, and preventative care. Outside of work, Dr. Denning enjoys spending time with her husband and their cat, Nelson.
Dr. Nick Pope
Dr. Nicholas Pope grew up on a farm in Oklahoma knowing he wanted to be a veterinarian from day one, and earned his DVM from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Pope’s grandmother was the office manager of a multidoctor clinic in his hometown, inspiring his desire for owning and operating veterinary hospitals and beginning his lifelong involvement in the veterinary industry.
Dr. Pope is passionate about delivering exceptional patient care, leadership development of his team members, and practice management. He loves living in beautiful Hunterdon County on a small farm with his wife Elizabeth, son Benjamin and all his animals. When not at any of the practices you can find him either fishing the Raritan, golfing, or driving around admiring his cows.
Diana Buhl, Fear Free Elite Certified
Certified Veterinary Technician
Diana, a graduate certified veterinary technician, has been with South Branch since 2007 and is our Head Veterinary Technician. She is a graduate of the Veterinary Technical Institute in Pennsylvania and holds a B.A. from Boston University. Diana has over ten years experience in small animal hospitals and emergency and surgical veterinary medicine. Diana lives nearby with her husband and their dog and cat.
Matthew Klitsch, Fear Free Elite Certified
Certified Veterinary Technician
Matt joined our team in 2013 and comes from a diverse background of working with animals. He spent six years as a lead-volunteer with a local wildlife rehabilitator. Matt also worked in a local animal shelter as an animal care technician and is an NJ certified animal control officer. Matt holds a B.A. from Montclair State University, an M.F.A. from Drew University, and an A.S. in Veterinary Technology from Penn Foster. He lives in Hunterdon County with his cat and rat (Celes and Locke, respectively).
Samantha Whitmore, Fear Free Elite Certified
Samantha is one of our veterinary assistants and has been a member of our team since 2011. She has experience working with a wide variety of exotics; including lizards, frogs, rodents, ferrets, and chinchillas. She has previously volunteered in a local animal shelter and spent a summer working with equines at a riding camp. Samantha lives nearby with her beloved rabbits: Chicken Nugget and Waffles.
Olivia Wismer, Fear Free Certified
Olivia joined the South Branch team in 2013 with many years of prior experience working in a small animal veterinary practice. Olivia studied pre-veterinary science at Hunterdon County Polytech and was a member of Hunterdon Hoppers 4H Club. Olivia has a particular interest in rabbits and has been raising them since she was 13 years old. She lives in Hunterdon County with her cat, Maddie.
Alyssa Carbo, Fear Free Certified
Alyssa is pursuing a BS in Animal Science and Small Animal Science at Delaware Valley University. Outside of work, Alyssa does rodeo events with her horse and is very involved with her university. She has previous experience in emergency and specialty medicine. She currently lives in Hunterdon County with her dog- Maxie, two cats- Nate and Lucy, and horse- Roman. Alyssa is Fear Free Certified.
Diane Fitzpatrick, Fear Free Elite Certified
Client Service Representative
Diane, one of our client service representatives, brings a great deal of invaluable experience to the South Branch team. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science from Rutgers University and spent over 15 years working in that field. Along with working as an emergency veterinary assistant, Diane is also a professional sheep shearer and farm manager. She lives nearby with her dog, cat, amazon parrot, two horses, and a flock of sheep.