Our Team

The veterinarians and staff at Hawthorne Animal Health Care have worked together for years, creating a warm environment and forming what feels like a family. We think that says a lot about the culture of our practice and the kind of care your pet will receive.

Arthur Freedman HAHC
Arthur Freedman, DVM,
practice owner

Dr. Arthur Freedman, affectionately known as Dr. F., has owned and operated Hawthorne Animal Health Care for 31 years. He grew up in Marblehead and attended Kansas State University and then Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, earning his DVM. He returned east to begin his career at Lager Animal Hospital in Salem, purchasing and relocating that practice when Dr. Lager retired in 1986. His practice evolved as he developed an interest in alternative medicine, studying with Dr. Richard Pitcairn, the renowned veterinary homeopath, and completing advanced coursework in the field. Dr. F. is a member of many professional organizations and has been acknowledged by peers for his volunteer service, dedication, and spirit of giving back. He and his wife, Ellen, live in Swampscott with their dog Quinn.
Kim Rotner HAHC
Kim Rotner, DVM,
associate veterinarian

Dr. Kim Rotner, a key part of our practice for 21 years, is a native of New York who attended Trinity College and the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, earning her DVM. She went on to study veterinary acupuncture and became certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) — at the time, one of the few practitioners in the state to be so certified. In addition to her affiliation with IVAS, Dr. R. is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Veterinary Acupuncture, and the Veterinary Association of the North Shore. She lives on the North Shore with her husband, Phil, her sons, Sam and Ben, and their dog, Jib.
Diane Thomas HAHC
Diane Thomas, DVM,
associate veterinarian

Dr. Diane Thomas, a valued staff member for 23 years, grew up on Long Island and attended West Virginia University and Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, earning her DVM. Dr. T. has immersed herself in the study of alternative modalities over the years; she is certified in veterinary acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and has completed advanced coursework in Chinese herbal medicine for cats and dogs. In addition to IVAS, she is a member of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association, the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Veterinary Association of the North Shore. She lives in Beverly with her cats, Stuart and Lyle.

Veterinary Staff 

Alice Burnam HAHC
Alice Burnham
, certified veterinary technician

Alice is a vital part of our long history and favorable reputation. A part of our staff for 31 years, she is kind, levelheaded, and competent, and her study of pain management has helped us make significant improvements to our protocol. Our clients feel confident knowing that she is behind the scenes taking care of their pets during surgery and post-op. Alice lives in Groveland with her husband, Tom, her cat, Clarence, and her new dog, Marcie. 
Diedre Pedanto HAHC
Deidre Pedato
certified veterinary technician
Dee started out with us in 1986 but left for a position in emergency medicine, and she currently holds an evening position in the ICU at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. We were able to persuade her to join us in a part-time capacity, and over the last eleven years, she has been in our office on many of the Saturdays we’re open. We always breathe more easily when she’s on the schedule, knowing that no matter what the day brings, we can manage. Dee lives in Woburn with her husband, Brian, her daughter, Natalie, their cats, Alexis and Sebastian, and their dog, Quincy.
Sheila Magesky HAHC
Sheila Magesky
, certified veterinary technician
Sheila has been a veterinary technician for many years and is currently clinical coordinator and full-time instructor for the Veterinary Technology Program at North Shore Community College. Sheila also works with local animal shelters and provides foster care to homeless cats and kittens. She is a co-founder of Commonwealth Cats, Inc., a nonprofit trap-neuter-return program for feral cats. She lives in Peabody with her four cats, Busta, Sparky, Cleo, and Dimitri, and we’re fortunate that despite her busy schedule, Sheila finds time to work with us, too.
Tara Vassil, technician
Tara joined us last year.  She brings an enormous amount of positive energy into work each day, along with her many skills.  It’s obvious to those around her that animals are, as she says, her “heart and soul.”  She’s been working with them in a variety of ways (teching, walking dogs, providing in-home care) for 15 years, since she began her technician training at Mt. Ida, and she’s also a devoted rescuer. She currently lives with her family, including 4 rescue cats and a rescue bunny, in a very harmonious household.  You may see her in the grocery aisle buying organic carrots for her bunny (and regular carrots for herself).

Reception Staff 

Tory Fallon HAHC
Tory Fallon
, receptionist

Tory is a mainstay at HAHC, a member of our staff for 24 years. During that time, she has established herself as a versatile team player who never misses a detail and always knows the right questions to ask. Pets and their owners know that they’re in good hands when Tory is helping them, and so do her co-workers. She and her husband, Rob, her twin daughters, Phoebe and Currie, and her dog, Strider, live in Hamilton.
Keri Williams HAHC
Keri Williams
, receptionist
On staff for 15 years, Keri is invaluable for many reasons — one of which is her great memory. She can recall the details of a given situation years later, recognize a voice she’s heard only a couple of times, and remember your pet’s name before you tell her. As we have become a holistic practice, Keri has also become studied Reiki and become skilled in flower essence therapy. She lives in Marblehead with her mother and her cat, Tyler, and is enjoying her role of aunt to niece Ayla.
Kris Higgins HAHC
Kris Higgins
, receptionist

Kris was a client of ours before we persuaded her to work with us eleven years ago. She quickly mastered all the details and has been keeping us laughing ever since, despite the many serious aspects of her work. Pets love her and respond to her “animal talk,” and clients love her, too. She lives in Gloucester with her cat, Higgie Poo, and her dog, Rosie, and her door is always open to her many friends. 
Susan Wesley HAHC
Susan Wesley
, receptionist
When Sue joined our practice ten years ago, she made an immediate impact with her positive attitude, her caring spirit, her patience, an easy-going style of communicating, and a desire to improve the business whenever she encountered a snag. Sue and her husband, Andy, live in Beverly with their two kids, Ava and Brandon; a cat, Blitzen (deaf and 3-legged, and so happy to be with Sue); and a dog, Hazelnut, rescued from the Dominican Republic.