Veterinary Dentistry Specialists in Chadds Ford, PA Expands Clinical Team to Support Increased Demand for Services

CHADDS FORD, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–John Lewis, VMD, DAVDC, FF-OMFS, co-owner of Veterinary Dentistry Specialists in Chadds Ford, PA, a full-service advanced dental care practice for companion animals, is proud to announce the expansion of his clinical team to meet the post-COVID demand for services.

VDS Chadds Ford is one of the only dentistry practices in the country where a full-time, board-certified veterinary dentist and a full-time, board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist are available for each patient to ensure the best outcomes.

Joining Dr. Lewis and longtime associate Marissa Berman, DVM (Practice Limited to Dentistry) are:

  • Kelly Saverino, DVM, DAVDC: Dr. Saverino’s interests include maxillofacial oncologic surgery and periodontal therapy. She also serves as the director of the VDS Residency Program. She became a board-certified veterinary dentist in 2019.
  • Melanie Jarrett, DVM DACVAA: Dr. Jarrett became a board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist in 2017 following extensive training. Before joining VDS, she worked at a multidisciplinary private veterinary specialty practice for many years.
  • Becca Feuer, DVM, Dentistry Resident: Dr. Feuer joined the VDS team in 2022 for a Dentistry and Oral Surgery residency. With experience in animal behavior and dog training, she is Fear Free Certified and values the importance of low-stress handling in the clinic setting.

“Our clients come from all walks of life and many from miles away. But what they all have in common is a beloved pet with significant oral health needs, so It’s important to find the right people as we grow – those who truly understand that pets are cherished family members, ” said Dr. Lewis. “We have an exceptional team of highly talented and dedicated professionals who are passionate about pet dental health and providing first-class service. We will continue to build on that strength as we hire more team members, including certified veterinary technicians and client service representatives.”

While dental disease is prevalent in most companion animals, there are only approximately 200 board-certified veterinary dentists and 295 board-certified veterinary anesthesiologists in the United States. This unique combination of expertise provides each patient with the safest and most comfortable experience. This synergistic relationship helps to allay pet parents’ fear of anesthesia.

Good oral health in a pet is the gateway to good overall health. Regular dental examinations with a primary care veterinarian are an essential part of a pet’s healthcare plan. If advanced care is necessary, a referral to VDS may be recommended.

Symptoms of pet dental problems that may indicate treatment is needed include:

  • Bad breath
  • Buildup of tartar
  • Eating difficulties
  • Excessive salivation
  • Facial swelling
  • General fatigue
  • Head shyness
  • Loose or broken teeth
  • Oral or facial swellings/masses
  • Stained or dark teeth
  • Swollen/irritated gums
  • Weight loss 

At VDS, advanced services are available to care for orofacial conditions and diseases affecting the mouth, teeth, jaws, and face. These services include tooth restoration, periodontal surgery, oral oncologic surgery, jaw fracture repair, salivary gland surgery, endodontics, orthodontics, palate surgery, and more.

Located at 455 Old Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA, 19317, VDS accepts patients Monday – Thursday, 7:30 am – 7:00 pm. For more information or to make an appointment, call 484-775-0557, email, or visit VDS also has practices in Mt. Laurel, NJ, and Katy, Texas.


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