Scott Delaney, DVM
Born near Philadelphia, PA, Dr. D was inspired to become a vet after his miniature poodle, Beanie, was hit by a car on Thanksgiving in 1967, in State College, PA. “Her leg was hanging off, and we raced to the veterinary hospital/home of Dr. “Jack” Straley. He performed surgery on Thanksgiving Day, saving Beanie and her leg. I thought for sure that she would die, and I knew then that I wanted to be a vet.”
Dr. D Moved to Ocean Township in 1968, and graduated from Ocean Township HS in ’72. He then moved to Colorado where he attended Colorado State University. He completed his BS from CSU in 77, Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated from CSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in ’84.
The historic Millar Animal Hospital was purchased by Drs. Delaney and Wefer in 1986 and became Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital. The goal was to create a culture of excellence and teamwork, where staff could learn, provide the highest standard of care, and have fun. The mission is to celebrate and support the love between humans and pets.
Dr. Delaney loves spending time with his grown-up family and his beloved toy poodles, Cosette (Cozy) and Louis. He spent many years scuba diving in faraway parts of the world, but his main hobby is traveling and attending veterinary conferences to learn new advancements in veterinary medicine. His special interests include Dentistry, Dermatology, Preventative Care, and Behavioral Medicine.
“I don’t know how we managed to raise three daughters, while growing the veterinary practice from two to twelve doctors. We completed two full renovations of the hospital, one in 2000, and then again in 2008. Every year we get better. I’m thrilled by how far veterinary medicine has come.”
“I am most proud of the amazing work environment and practice culture that we have created. Our staff are the most dedicated and wonderful people I have ever met. Exceptional veterinary care is all in the details: the constant growth of knowledge, attentive care given to patients, compassionate communication with clients, and responsibility of caring for beloved pets. I am so fortunate to love what I do. I love the people I work with, and I get to help adorable, furry pets all day long.”
Gene Wefer, DVM
Dr. Wefer was born and raised in Jersey City where early on he set his sights on a career in veterinary medicine. After 4 years at Cook College (Rutgers University), he went on to complete his veterinary degree at Purdue University in Indiana in 1982. He and his wife, Renee, moved to Ocean Township in 1986 when the Delaney’s and the Wefer’s purchased the hospital from Dr. Harry Millar. They raised their 2 girls and provided a loving home to numerous pets of all species over the years – including a trio of backyard chickens who provided a small, but homemade fresh daily breakfast.
Outside the office, Dr. Wefer enjoys traveling with Renee, spending time with his family, working in their yard and trying desperately to break 80 on the golf course (he’s afraid that goal might be too ambitious these days). Although some of his loyal clients have accused him of semi-retiring, Dr. Wefer still enjoys going to the office and seeing his clients who have been coming to OVH for decades. When asked about retirement… “I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t do what I’m doing now”, he says with a wink.
Christopher Campbell, DVM
Dr. Campbell was born in Ft. Knox, Kentucky. When he was young his family moved to West Nyack, New York. Growing up Dr. Campbell had a menagerie of pets including Golden Retrievers, Guinea Pigs, and what he describes as the best cat ever-Maximillian Archibald. Being surrounded by pets from a young age he developed a love of animals that inspired him to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Campbell completed his undergraduate studies at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, New York. His passion for Veterinary Medicine led him to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the island of St. Kitts, where he received his degree in 1996.
After graduating from Ross University Dr. Campbell went on to work at a clinic in Middletown, NY. In 1997 Dr. Campbell joined Valley College Animal Hospital as an associate veterinarian and later went on to become a partner. In June of 2007 Dr. Campbell joined the team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital. His special interests are in the areas of ultrasonography, internal medicine, soft tissue surgery and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Campbell attends conferences all over the country on these topics to ensure that his clients receive the most current and top of the line care for their pets.
Outside of the practice Dr. Campbell can be found spending time with his three children Aidan, Cameron and Mackenzie. He also enjoys traveling, sharing good food and great wine with his significant other, Danielle aka Dr. Rawlins. He splits his time between Middletown and Asbury Park. His Middletown pets include Kazi (an Akita) Porter (Brussels Griffon) and Sam, Emily, Princess and Junior (cats). His Asbury pets include Jack Henry (mixed breed rescue from Tennessee) and Atari and Stormin Norman (cats). Dr. Campbell is an accomplished Triathlete. He has successfully completed multiple full Iron Man races. Any extra time he can find in his busy schedule is spent training- swim, bike, run repeat!
Danielle Rawlins, DVM
Dr. Danielle Rawlins was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA (Go Steelers!). Her love of animals started at a very young age and she always knew her goal was to become a small animal veterinarian. Animal Science and Zoology were important factors in her choosing the University of New Hampshire for her undergrad/pre-vet degree. After graduation and before applying to vet school, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to work two full time jobs at a thriving veterinary hospital and a busy restaurant and brewery.
Dr. Rawlins graduated from the beautiful University of Prince Edward Island, Atlantic Veterinary College, in 2003. After many previous summers as a server and bartender on Long Beach Island, she knew the Jersey Shore was where she wanted to live, work and play. Dr. Rawlins was hired as an associate veterinarian at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital 15+ years ago. She lives in Asbury Park and loves spending time there. Her professional interests include a passion for dentistry, internal medicine, infectious diseases and geriatric pet care. She values forming lifelong relationships with her clients and patients.
Outside of the hospital she enjoys sharing home cooked meals and a delicious glass of wine with family and friends on LBI, stand up paddle boarding, traveling with her boyfriend, Dr. Campbell and his kids, reading and watching old school reality television shows (just don’t tell anyone). Dr. Rawlins has a goofy black and white wire-haired terrier mix named Jack Henry who was rescued from a high kill shelter in Tennessee as well as two awesome cats, Atari and Stormin Norman (a Catsbury Park alum).
Elsa Schock, DVM
Dr. Elsa Jean Schock grew up in Sparta, New Jersey, where she fostered many interests, including music, sports, and a love for the outdoors. When she wasn’t practicing the piano or violin, she was out in the woods catching any critter she could get her hands on or reading books about animals and pets. Although she loved her many pocket pets (rodents, birds, reptiles), in her heart she knew she needed a dog. She was given her first dog in middle school, a Jack Russell named Winston, and let’s just say it was love at first sight. From that point onward, she knew that caring for pets and the people that love them was her calling.
Elsa attended Cook College, Rutgers University where she worked with farm animals, performed equine research, and thrived competing on the equestrian team while acquiring her B.S. in Animal Science in 2002. She then attended Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2006. In veterinary school, she took special interest in small animal surgery, emergency medicine, dentistry, and nutrition. During veterinary school, she also met her future husband, Zach, who was a vet student from Tufts, while they were both on a spay/ neuter field trip in North Dakota.
After graduation from Cornell, Elsa completed a 13 month rotating internship at The Animal Medical Center in Manhattan. She began working as an associate at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital in 2007, where she has been able to pursue her interests in canine and feline medicine, surgery, and dentistry, while also providing empathy and compassion to the families who entrust OVH with their pets.
Elsa and Zach are now well established in New Jersey, with two sons (Jacob, born in 2012 and Luke, born in 2018). Their family also includes two dogs, four cats, one rabbit, and many fish!! Since Zach uprooted from Massachusetts, they are ruthless members of Red Sox Nation as well as supporters of the New England Patriots.
Laura Leanza, DVM
Laura Louise Leanza (Dr. LLL) originally hails from Glen Ridge, New Jersey, where she started out as a BENNY, making frequent trips to visit her extended family and vacation here at the Shore. As a child she began her career rescuing bugs in her backyard, later branching out to volunteering at the local animal shelter and caring for her various other "siblings" as a human only child.
Laura enjoyed four years in the Philly area at Haverford College, where she obtained her BS in Mathematics, followed by a stint in New England at the Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine, finally reaffirming her Jersey Girl status in 2011.
Laura is happy to have the privilege to practice "Family Medicine" here at Oakhurst with special interests in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology.
In August she and husband, Michael, welcomed their second boy to the family and can't wait to take him on his inaugural beach cruiser bike ride this spring! Mom and the Blette Boys spend their time traveling near (weekending in the Catskills) and far (hiking in the Alps), proudly cheering for the Red Sox and Patriots, or making music.
Sadly, the Family just had to say goodbye to “Eartha Kitt-en”, a former stray hearkening back to Laura's Vet school days. This ever gentle, somewhat flighty, but patient girl tolerated everything from bossy Dachshunds to an overeager Labrador puppy, to two boisterous baby brothers. She always knew how to slink in and out of a room and only make herself known to her selected audience. The Leanza-Blettes can't wait to find the perfect dog and/or cat companion for their boys to grow up with.
Daniel Thomasey, DVM
Dr. Thomasey was born and raised in Ocean Township, NJ. Growing up he spent most of his time enjoying the nearby beaches and exploring New York City. His interest in veterinary medicine started early, after getting his first dog, a black lab, in second grade. Throughout high school and college, his interest in biology and love for animals made becoming a veterinarian the perfect career choice. He began working at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital as a technician throughout college to get a better idea of what a day in the life of a veterinarian was like. He has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City. In 2015, Dr. Thomasey earned his D.V.M. degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Following graduation from veterinary school he returned to work at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, this time as an associate veterinarian. His interests include Preventative Medicine and Surgery.
When not working, Dr. Thomasey enjoys cooking, traveling, and running. He has completed 2 full marathons in the past few years. He also enjoys spending time with his boyfriend, who lives in Brooklyn, as well as his parents, siblings, and 4 nieces and nephews who all live in the area. He looks forward to meeting all the wonderful clients that pass through Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital with their pets every day.
Melissa Riggio, DVM
Dr. Riggio was born and raised in Hazlet, NJ. At a very young age she had a strong passion for the care of animals. She often fostered numerous stray kittens and dogs and even rehabilitated eastern box turtles. After working as a veterinary technician for 6 years she graduated with her BS in small animal science from Rutgers University in 2013. After graduating, Dr. Riggio packed three very large, overweight bags and moved to St. Kitts to pursue her D.V.M at Ross University. Her last clinical year of veterinary school was spent at The Ohio State University, graduating with highest honors in January 2018.
Dr. Riggio joined the Oakhurst Vet Hospital as an associate veterinarian in February 2018. She loves caring for and bonding with pets and their owners. Dr. Riggio has a soft spot for pit bull terriers and has two pit bull mixes of her own. Henry/Ham, a 10 year old pit/boxer mix who is wise beyond his years. He enjoys barking at squirrels and likes to think of himself as a professional swimmer. (He even dives off the diving board!). Hudson aka Huddy/pork chop, is a 5 year old pit/lab mix who is an anxious pup who enjoys eating and has zero understanding of the term “personal space”. She also owns 5 eastern box turtles of ages 3 to ~30 years (Boxer, Max, Mims, Quasimodo, Brutus) and a bearded dragon named Drogon.
Dr. Riggio has interest in internal medicine and preventative care, as well as surgery. She also enjoys practicing Fear Free medicine to help alleviate anxiety associated with veterinary visits. When not working, Dr. Riggio enjoys spending time outdoors, baking and spending time with her large family. Dr. Riggio recently married her high school sweetheart John in Ocean, NJ.
Dan Golodik, DVM
Dr. Dan Golodik was born and raised in Tenafly, NJ. He grew up coming down the Jersey shore every summer and naturally moved down this way after school. “My favorite spot to spend time at is Island Beach State Park for its natural beauty, untouched nature, and great fishing and surfing.” He was always rescuing wildlife with his mother, and was allowed to have many types of pets through the years. Additionally, his family has fostered many dogs through a rescue organization.
Dr. Golodik graduated from The University of Rhode Island in 2009 with a B.S. degree in pre-veterinary science. He then attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2013 with his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.
Kona is his 8 year old spayed female “coconut retriever.” He acquired her from the streets of St. Kitts in the Caribbean as a tiny puppy. She has been through a lot with Dr. Golodik over the years, and has traveled many places including the beaches of St. Kitts, the cornfields of Iowa and NJ. She is a faithful companion who is ready for adventure at any time, is always enthusiastic, and loves everyone! Dr. Golodik and Kona commonly run, mountain bike, hike, and fish together.
“I have truly loved being involved in veterinary medicine and still find myself thinking how lucky I am to be able to get to come to the hospital every day, and work with animals and the owners alike. I enjoy all types of animals and love the bonds I have made with clients over the years.”
Outside of the office, he enjoys staying active and being outdoors. “I love the beach and the mountains, and love surfing and hiking. Photography is another passion of mine, in particular capturing the colors of sunrise, sunsets, and beach photography. My ideal vacation would involve building out a camper van, driving it cross country, and visiting all of our wonderful national parks.”
Melanie Hunt, DVM
Dr. Melanie Hunt graduated with honors from Cornell University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology and Animal Physiology. She enjoyed Cornell so much that she stayed in Ithaca, New York for another 4 years to graduate from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. She then completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston Massachusetts before returning to New Jersey.
While Dr. Hunt’s hometown is Denville, NJ, she grew up enjoying summers at the Monmouth County shore. So, when she returned to NJ after schooling, she headed “down the shore”. She has worked in New Jersey as a small animal general practitioner for 20 years before joining Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital in 2018. She joined Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital because of our reputation for excelling in preventative wellness care to support each pet’s best life!
Dr. Hunt has a special interest in dentistry and oral surgery. She is very passionate about saving teeth. That includes being proactive with oral care both at home customized for each individual pet and being proactive with professional cleanings to avoid losing teeth! We want your pet to keep all their teeth for life! Every year, Dr. Hunt pursues additional training in veterinary dentistry on new or advanced dental techniques for pets.
In her free time, she enjoys walking the boardwalks with her husband Steve along the Jersey shore, where she has gotten lucky enough to witness the occasional whale breach! Her four legged family members include Tuxey, a four year old black and white Tuxedo cat and Kelly Parker, a five year old labradoodle. Tuxey was adopted from a shelter where she had been in quarantine for a leg wound for several months. Fortunately, she bounced back like a champ! Tuxey’s favorite pastimes are looking out the sliding glass door to supervise the birds in the back yard for several hours a day and finding the best, most sunny napping spots around the house. Tuxey also enjoys Sunday NFL football (aka family couch time). When the Jaguars or Lions (or any cat friendly teams) are playing, she will of course route for them! Kelly Parker is a 5 year old labradoodle who is a sweet, inquisitive girl who excels at cleaning up any crumbs, real or imaginary, that might hit the floor. Kelly Parker also excels at frisbee and even brings the frisbee back most of the time. Kelly Parker gets an “A” for daily tooth brushing -- she is very cooperative and maintains a pearly white smile!
Ashley Levinson, DVM
Dr. Ashley Levinson grew up in Morristown, NJ and attended Rutgers University. She left New Jersey for a short period of time for veterinary school at Tufts University - Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and promptly returned to her home state after graduation in 2016. She takes special interest in pain management, internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Levinson focuses her efforts to provide low stress veterinary visits and advocates for cats and their unique needs to make visits more pleasant and informative. Being at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, she loves being able to offer the best medicine possible for her patients without compromising their happiness and comfort even in an unfamiliar environment. Veterinary visits can be scary when pets don’t understand what is happening and Dr. Levinson strives to eliminate stressors for pets and their owners so we can all focus on the best care for our family.
When outside of the hospital, Dr. Levinson turns her attention to her own family. She can be found anywhere outdoors with her dog, Chantilly, named for Crème Chantilly (whipped cream) and the color of her thick fur, but prefers to be called Tilly. Tilly is a Shepherd/Labrador mix who doesn’t seem to mind Dr. Levinson’s favorite activities of wandering through the woods, splashing through puddles or curling up somewhere warm on cold days. Her cat, Emma, on the other hand, prefers to lounge in her window and contributes to Dr. Levinson’s jigsaw puzzles by increasing the challenge (when she steals pieces and hides them around the house).