Team Members

Deborah OtkaDeborah Otka, Hospital Administrator

Hospital Administrator Deborah Otka holds a Doctor of Pharmacy and has more than 14 years of experience in pharmacy, patient care and customer services. Her background will be invaluable in assisting our clients and ensuring that Noank-Mystic Veterinary Hospital becomes the model of veterinary care in our area.

"Owning this hospital is something that my husband and I have worked for," she said. "We take pride in providing our patients with the quality care we know they deserve.

Outside of the hospital, Deborah enjoys tennis, ballroom and Latin dancing, swimming, playing the piano, gardening and spending time with her family - furry and non-furry!

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Natasha LutzNatasha Lutz, Certified Veterinary Technician Supervisor

Veterinary Technician Supervisor Natasha Lutz joined our hospital in 2015 and has since proved herself to be a valuable team member. Natasha helps by assisting the doctors in the surgery suite, providing critical care treatments, performing requested labs and diagnostics, ensuring clients are fully educated, managing hospital inventory and special orders, staff training, hiring, schedule making, and much more!

"I love utilizing the lab equipment and providing the best care for our patients," she says. "I enjoy working at NMVH because it has many state-of-the-art features that I have not seen at other veterinary hospitals that I've previously taken my pets to."

Natasha holds a bachelor's degree in Biology and Forensic Science from Syracuse University. In 2018, Natasha received a Veterinary Technology Degree from Cedar Valley College and recently passed the VTNE for her license. She has three dogs of her own, Angus, Russell and Margot, as well as an African helmeted turtle named Xena. In her free time, she enjoys learning more about biology, forensic science, and animal conservation. She also likes to cook, draw, travel, and practice karate. Natasha also volunteers with the Connecticut Human Society.

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Laura M. SearsLaura M. Sears, Lead Customer Service Representative

Since 2018, Laura has been a full-time Customer Service Representative here at Noank-Mystic Veterinary Hospital. She is passionate about and dedicated to making a difference in animals lives. Some of her job responsibilities include managing the appointment schedule, all modes of communication between the clients and medical team, social media management, and making sure that written medical protocols and forms are up to date.

Laura loves educating our clients about animal care, and believes that “when you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.”

When she isn’t working, Laura spends a lot of time volunteering at local animal shelters. She also enjoys baking traditional desserts and trips to the beach.

At home, Laura cares for her newborn Odette, and her three cats Mowgli, Gryffin, and Rollo and her chinchillas, Lyla and Winnie.

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Sarah MedinaSarah Medina, Veterinary Technician Assistant

We would like to welcome Sarah Medina to the Noank-Mystic Veterinary Hospital family! Sarah is a Veterinary Technician Assistant who helps with blood draws, labwork, vaccinations, and client education. Sarah is essential when it comes to assisting doctors and technicians so that our appointments run smoothly. Sarah is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Biology with plans to graduate in 2020 and go on to attend veterinary school in the future. Before joining our team in October of 2019, Sarah had previous experience as a pet sitter and dog walker for animals throughout the community. She also worked at the Angell Animal Medical Center (MSPCA) in Boston, MA.

We are so grateful for Sarah's positive attitude and energetic approach to veterinary care. She truly makes an impact on our client's lives by providing them with the best pet care advice so that their pets can go on to live long and happy lives. During her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her own pets. She has 2 dogs, 2 reptiles, 2 cats, and 2 freshwater aquariums which she loves to maintain and care for. She also enjoys cooking (and eating!), taking long road trips, traveling, spending time with her mini zoo, and going on runs. We are so lucky to have Sarah as part of the Noank-Mystic Veterinary Hospital family!

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Anmarie BlazejowskiAnmarie Blazejowski, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Anmarie Blazejowski is one of our incredible Licensed Veterinary Technicians! We are so happy to have such a talented and knowledgeable veterinary professional caring for our patients! She is primarily responsible for prepping and monitoring patients during surgeries, performing dental cleanings, and assisting doctors with exams. Anmarie joined our team full-time in January of 2020. Prior to joining our team, she worked as a Licensed Veterinary Technician working primarily as a surgical technician and an Animal Rescue Fellow at Mystic Aquarium. Anmarie obtained an Associate's degree in Veterinary Technology from Delaware Technical Community College, where she also worked as a Teaching Assistant.

We are so lucky to have Anmarie on our staff because of her extensive veterinary knowledge and her love of working with exotics at our clinic! She helps us provide exceptional care to all of our pet patients. We also love her fun and positive attitude that makes her a joy to work with! In her free time, Anmarie likes to spend time with her adorable 8-year-old Husky named Kratos. She also enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and volunteering to work with wildlife at the Mystic Aquarium. We are so happy to have Anmarie as part of the Noank-Mystic Veterinary family!

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Hours:

MON, TUES, WED, FRI 8-6  |  THU 8-7 (8-2 every other THU)  |  SAT 8-2  |  SUN 8:30-12:30