About Us

River Road Veterinary Clinic – Who We Are


Christine Pinello, M.S., D.V.M., C.V.A.

Dr. pinello Bio shot 001Dr. Pinello started River Road Veterinary Clinic in 1985 in Norwich, VT. She is a native of Bethel, VT and has a B.S. in Animal Sciences from the University of Vermont and an M.S. in Botany from Iowa State University. Before attending Cornell Veterinary College and graduating with her DVM in 1982, she worked doing product development of a yeast identification system for API. Dr Pinello is also a certified acupuncturist and incorporates alternative medicine into her practice by practicing acupuncture as well as dispensing herbal remedies in combination with traditional treatments. Dr. Pinello enjoys riding her horse, Poppy, and spending time at her house in Norwich with her four cats.


Charlie Berger, D.V.M.

DR. berger bio picDr. Charles Berger recieved his DVM from Cornell Veterinary College and proceeded to be the owner and medical director of Campus Veterinary Clinic in Berkeley, CA for 35 years. Dr. Berger has extensive experience with wolves as he served on the Board of Directors and was the veterinarian for largest collection of captive wolves in the country. He also served on the Board of Directors of the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association and has been the veterinarian for the Iditarod, Yukon Quest and over 30 other sled dog races.


James Tiede, V.M.D.

Dr. TiedeDr. Tiede graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and then went on to be the owner and director of an AAHA accredited hospital with a staff of three veterinarians and fifteen employees for 27 years. He has more than five years of veterinary relief experience in Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Washington. We are fortunate enough to have Dr. Tiede’s vast knowledge and dedication in our clinic at least every other weekend.


Veterinary Technicians and Assistants

Christine Whitesides, Technician

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Christine lives in Vermont with her two young children and her Rottweiler mixed breed dog, Homer. She recently moved to the area from South Carolina and graduated from Penn Foster college in 2009 with her Veterinary Assistant degree. Christine loves interacting with all the animals she sees here at the clinic and enjoys working with everything from reptiles to large animals. She is hard-working and very dedicated to learning as much as she can about being a great vet tech. In her spare time she enjoys any sort of adventure, particularly those where she gets to be outdoors.


Deborah Mattern, Technician 


Deborah graduated in 2011 from Coastal Carolina University with a business management degree, but knew she wanted to work in the animal field, and has always had a passion for helping animals. She moved to Norwich in August, 2014 after living in Myrtle Beach for 7 years. Her family of 11 sisters and brothers live in Tunbridge, VT. In addition to multiple siblings, her family had many dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, snakes, goats, cows, horses and other various wildlife, including a pet woodchuck and squirrel. In her free time, Deborah enjoys running, snowboarding, and any outdoor adventures. She has a rat terrier, Bella, and a Rhodesian Ridgeback, Nala, who had her second litter of puppies in February.


Mary Hazen, Technician 

untitledMary Hazen graduated from the University of Vermont in the spring of 2014 with a bachelor degree in animal science. She was fortunate to work at Windsor Vet and Dental clinic which has an emphasis on dental hygiene. This allowed her the opportunity to learn a great deal about dental health. Mary moved to Norwich, VT to be closer to her father’s horse boarding facility, Brookside Farm in Wilder, VT. Mary has always been interested in horses and has been riding for over 20 years. She enjoys her two dogs, a pitbull mix and a chocolate lab and the two horses she owns. Mary also enjoys teaching riding lessons to adults and children.




Martha White, Inventory Manager

Martha with her dog TazMartha’s previous experience includes inventory management and working in manufacturing and at a hospital. Her innate connection to animals brought her here to work at River Road Veterinary Clinic. Her education has included Inventory Management and computer classes at Claremont Vocational Technical College, UNH School for Lifelong Learning, and Franklin Pierce College. Martha’s interests include traveling the United States with her partner, Punky, in their motorhome.


Mary Sellmann, Receptionist

maryMary moved to Norwich, VT 30 years ago from Pennsylvania.  She moved here initially with two small children and one chicken. Over the years she has had the pleasure of owning dogs, cats, horses, sheep, cows, turtles, squirrels, and a crow. Her love of animals enticed her to work here at River Road Veterinary Clinic. The ever-changing atmosphere here at River Road Veterinary Clinic is what Mary loves most about her job!




Brenda Masterson, Bookkeeper