Meet Our Staff

Dr. Jason Palaigos
Assistant Medical Director and ER Vet

Jason Palaigos

A Maryland native, Dr. Palaigos earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Loyola University Maryland with honors. As an undergraduate student, he worked at a small animal clinic where he discovered his passion for helping people and their pets. He was also a member of the Pre-Health Society and the Pre-Veterinary Society. Dr. Palaigos studied abroad for a semester in New Zealand and was the student chair of the Honor Council. After earning his bachelor's degree, Dr. Palaigos went on to University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. While at veterinary school, he made the dean's list all four years, was a member of the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society and a recipient of multiple academic scholarships. He graduated magna cum laude in 2015 with his Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris. After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Palaigos completed a one-year internship at the Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services (CARES) in Langhorne, Penn. Dr. Palaigos is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, and is accredited by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). His professional interests include surgery, emergency care, anesthesia and ophthalmology.

Dr. Chung Lee
ER Vet

Chung  Lee

Dr. Chung Lee grew up in Philadelphia, PA, and attended the University of Pennsylvania for both undergraduate education and veterinary medicine.  After graduating from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 2005, he has worked all over Pennsylvania dedicating himself to the field of veterinary emergency and critical care.

Dr. Lee brings a depth of knowledge, experience, and skills having worked at multiple emergency & referral hospitals with various board-certified specialists.  His professional interests include emergency surgery, critical care, and trauma.  Outside of emergency medicine, he also has broad experience in general practice and orthopedic surgeries.

During his free time, Dr. Lee enjoys pets, sports cars, motorcycles, track day events (road courses), and weight lifting, though the last hobby has been “dormant” for a while due to his crazy schedule!!  He lives with 2 warring cats (Nala and Piglet) and deeply misses his 2 dogs that recently passed away – both at the age of 15.

Dr. Lisa Noble
ER Vet

Lisa  Noble

Dr. Lisa Noble graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. After graduation she completed a surgical internship in Kentucky prior to returning home to Pennsylvania to begin her career in small animal private practice. Dr. Noble has been part of the Berks Animal Emergency team since 2006. Dr. Noble's areas of special interest include surgery, critical care, feline medicine and surgery, and pain management.

Dr. Noble's beloved personal pets include four cats & one large horse. Outside of work she enjoys riding her horse Rohan, traveling out West, & spending lots of time with her family.

Dr. Kirsten Reis
ER Vet; Special Interest in Ultrasound

Kirsten  Reis

Dr. Kirsten Reis was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pa. She received her bachelor's degree in small animal science and conservation at Delaware Valley College in 2002.  Then, in 2006, she received her degree in Veterinary Medicine from The University of Tennessee.

Dr. Reis has been practicing veterinary medicine for more than 8 years. She previously worked at a progressive 11 doctor practice, where she pursued companion animal medicine, exotic and wildlife medicine, and ultrasonography. Dr. Reis is skilled in internal medicine, pediatrics, soft tissue surgery, emergency medicine and ultrasound. When Dr. Reis is not working, she enjoys running, gardening, spending time with her husband and her 5 dogs and 4 cats. 

She has over 9 years of experience with ultrasonography. She divides her time at BAERC between working in the ER and seeing referral cases in Ultrasound (abdomen, chest and heart).

Dr. Mary Landis
Practice Limited to Ophthalmology

Mary  Landis

Dr. Landis graduated from The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. After a rewarding experience in small animal general practice, she completed a residency in veterinary ophthalmology under Dr. Robert Peiffer. She enjoys the challenges of a busy ophthalmology practice with over a decade of experience in the field. Her special interests include ocular emergencies, corneal disease and eyelid surgery. Dr. Landis is an alumae of Temple University. Go Owls!

Dr. Landis provides ophthalmology services for small animals at Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center. Working with our local general practitioners, comprehensive care is provided for our patients.

In her spare time, Dr. Landis enjoys biking, travel and cheering on her little ones at their sports games.

Dr. Michele Saletros
ER Vet

Michele Saletros

Dr. Michele Saletros is originally from Brooklyn, New York. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in biology/business from Pace University in New York, she attended University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Saletros received her veterinary degree in 1999. After working in general practice for 7 years, she became involved with Berks Animal Emergency Center and has been an active participant in its growth from a weekend emergency service to a full time emergency and referral practice. Dr. Saletros enjoys the challenges of emergency medicine and has a passion for helping pets and educating their owners. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and horseback riding (with Joe, her Quarterhorse) and spending time with her friends, family and Japanese Chin Mix, Sayuri.

Dr. Carl Veltri
ER Vet

Carl  Veltri

Dr. Veltri graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.  During his tenure at Tufts, he participated in the Aquavet program.   He enjoys the challenges of emergency care with two decades of experience in the field.  He has special interests in oncology, internal medicine and cardiology.

Dr. Veltri provides chemotherapy services for Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center.  Working with two Board-certified oncologists, a suitable protocol is devised for the patient’s best interest.   The PhaSeal system is used to administer drugs safety for our patients and our technicians.  He enjoys extending the survival of pets so that their owners and family can spend more quality time with them.  He values “quality” of life over “quantity” of life.

Dr. Veltri is a member of the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Association, American Veterinary Medical Association and Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association.   Each year, he attends lectures and labs in critical care and emergency medicine and reads extensively on the subject to further his knowledge.

In his spare time, Dr. Veltri enjoys hiking, kayaking and birding.  He participates in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

Dr. Phil Zeltzman
Board-Certified Surgeon

Phil Zeltzman

Dr. Phil Zeltzman graduated in 1993 from the University of Liege, School of Veterinary Medicine in Belgium.  He then simultaneously worked as a general practitioner, emergency vet and veterinary journalist for 3 years in his native city of Paris, France. He completed a 1-year internship at the University of Georgia, followed by a 3-year surgical residency, near Chicago, IL. He then worked as a surgeon for 4 years at a surgical practice in Cincinnati, OH, and 4 years at a surgical clinic near Allentown, PA. He is a board certified surgeon, i.e. a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (DACVS).

Dr. Zeltzman is a certified surgeon for the Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) and the Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA Rapid) to treat ACL tears.  He has performed thousands of these procedures in dogs from around 10 pounds to over 250 pounds!

His interests include all aspects of soft tissue, orthopedic, cancer, reconstructive and neuro-surgery, as well as physical therapy and emergency cases. His newest endeavor is stem cell therapy for arthritis.

Dr. Zeltzman's goal is to offer the best surgical care, the safest anesthesia and the utmost pain management to patients. Dr. Zeltzman is a prolific writer and speaker.  His web site is www.drphilzeltzman.com.