Our Veterinarians

Dr. Jennifer Alterman is board certified in veterinary surgery.
Jennifer Alterman
DVM, DAVDC
Dentistry & Oral Surgery
Jennifer Alterman
DVM, DAVDC
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Dentistry & Oral Surgery
Dentistry & Oral Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jennifer Alterman's clinical interests include severe periodontal disease, surgical oncology, orthodontics, and restorative procedures including tooth decay and crowns. Educating the public and other veterinarians on oral health is also important to her.
  • Diplomate, American Veterinary Dental College
  • Residency, Dentistry and Oral Surgery, VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital, Denver CO
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Friendship Animal for Hospitals, Washington D.C.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Maryland, College Park
Some of Dr. Alterman’s favorite pastimes include skiing, camping, hiking and exploring national parks. She also plays the flute and piccolo. She and her husband live with two cats and and a dog.
Dr. Julia Disney is board certified in veterinary ophthalmology. She is hugging a dog.
Julia Disney
DVM, MS, DACVO
Ophthalmology
Julia Disney
DVM, MS, DACVO
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Julia Disney's clinical interests include using eye examinations to diagnose systemic disease and procedures that improve quality of life, such as treating dry eye disease or cataract surgery.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  • Residency, Ophthalmology, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg VA
  • Master of Science, Biomedical & Veterinary Science, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg VA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg VA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Augustana College, Rock Island IL
Some of Dr. Disney’s favorite pastimes include hiking, soccer, CrossFit and cooking. Dakota is her blue heeler mix.
Dr. Elizabeth Layne is board certified in veterinary dermatology. She is pictured her examining a golden retriever.
Elizabeth Layne
DVM, DACVD
Dermatology
Elizabeth Layne
DVM, DACVD
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Dermatology
Dermatology
Servicing Locations
Skilled in all aspects of dermatology, Dr. Elizabeth Layne’s particular clinical interests include ear disease, autoimmune disease, and allergies. Before deciding to specialize in dermatology, she worked for a number of years as a primary care veterinarian.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology
  • Residency, Veterinary Dermatology and Allergy, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Internship, Veterinary Dermatology and Allergy, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, University of Washington, Seattle
Getting outside to hike, climb or ski with her husband is important to Dr. Layne. She also enjoys staying inside to read or knit and snuggle with her cat.
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Carinne Ramirez
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Carinne Ramirez
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Carinne Ramirez is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians. She will be working in small animal emergency and is looking to develop her skills in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate TN
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of California, Davis
Dr. Ramirez loves hiking, backpacking, snowboarding and running. She and her husband are always looking for adventure along with their dog Oakley, who also prefers the outdoors to being inside.
Dr. Deborah Schiffer is an emergency medicine veterinarian.
Deborah Schiffer
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Deborah Schiffer
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Deborah Schiffer is particularly interested in internal medicine and exotic animal cases.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
A die-hard sports fan, Dr. Schiffer’s favorite pastimes include snowboarding, hiking and kayaking. She has a German shepherd named Hazel, a cat named Scarlett and a pig named Louis.

Technicians (VTS)

Illustration of a silhouette of a figure with a stethoscope draped around their neck.
Stephanie Johnson
CVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia), VTS (Dentistry)
Anesthesiology & Pain Management, Dentistry & Oral Surgery
Stephanie Johnson
CVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia), VTS (Dentistry)
Veterinary Technician Specialist (Anesthesia & Analgesia) and (Dentistry)
Anesthesiology & Pain Management, Dentistry & Oral Surgery
Servicing Locations
The vital role teeth and oral health play in overall health led Stephanie to work in dentistry, which then led to anesthesia and its important part in treating teeth. Stephanie fosters and rescues with a local advocacy organization and relishes the chance to bottle-feed and raise orphaned puppies and kittens. At home she has a bustling family of pets, with cats, a dog, rabbits and reptiles.