Our Staff

Dr. Donald Mullen

Dr. Mullen is one of our five owner/partners at Guilford Veterinary Hospital. Though a Connecticut native, he traveled to Pennsylvania for his higher education. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, then studied reproductive physiology for two years at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mullen’s veterinary degree was earned at the University of Pennsylvania School for Veterinary medicine in Philadelphia. Following graduation in 1979, he was hired as an associate at GVH, and has called it his home ever since. He became a partner in 1982. While all of the GVH veterinarians are primary care providers and address the well and sick needs of all of our patients, each of us has special interests. Dr. Mullen has been a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) since 1979 but his other areas of particular interest are canine and feline surgery and well care. While he does not play favorites, he has had at least one Labrador Retriever as a part of his family for 40 years. In his leisure time, Dr. Mullen enjoys travel and is an avid bird watcher. He can often be spotted around town with binoculars and Sibley’s Guide in hand.

Dr. Deborah L. Ackles

Dr. Ackles is one of our five owner/partners at Guilford Veterinary Hospital. She completed her undergraduate training at McGill University in Montreal and the University of Illinois. Before beginning her medical training she worked at Yale University School of Medicine for eight years researching cancer chemotherapeutics . However, since the age of seven she knew she wanted to be a veterinarian and finally pursued her dream and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University in 1987. Having grown up along the Connecticut shoreline she returned “home” to practice. She started at Guilford Veterinary Hospital in 1987 and became a partner in 1990. Her interests include both feline and canine medicine and surgery with special interests in ultrasonography and cardiology.

Outside of the practice Dr. Ackles is kept busy with her twin grandchildren that bring her great joy watching them develop and grow into two very individual people. She also fills her time gardening, doing genealogy research, enjoying active travel, and especially loves sitting on a beach reading a good book. She shares her life with a cuddle-bear tabby cat and two rag-a-muffin rescued Shih Tzus. Her menagerie is completed by several chickens and ducks that help with the weeding and fertilizing.

Dr. Anthony DellaMonica

Dr. DellaMonica is one of our five owner/partners at Guilford Veterinary Hospital. He received his undergraduate degree in Animal Science at Purdue University. He also attended the University of Bridgeport where he received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After practicing as a registered nurse in intensive care and coronary care units and a cardiac catheterization laboratory for several years he decided to pursue his lifelong goal of veterinary medicine. Dr. DellaMonica received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University in 1993, where he graduated with honors. Following one year of mixed animal practice he joined the Guilford Veterinary Hospital in 1994. His professional interests include gastrointestinal endoscopy. Dr. DellaMonica and his wife Debra have been involved in breeding and exhibiting Schipperke dogs for many years. They have the honor of having a dog in the top 10 Schipperke breed rating for six consecutive years and have had several Best of Breed winners at the Westminster dog show. His other interests include fly-fishing.

Dr. Anita Soucy

Dr. Soucy is one of our five owner/partners at Guilford Veterinary Hospital. She graduated from Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. She completed an internship in small animal surgery at South Shore Veterinary Associates in South Weymouth, MA in 1993 and joined the staff of GVH in 1994. She enjoys all aspects of canine and feline medicine, and has a special interest in soft tissue surgery.

Dr. Soucy, a Connecticut native, was raised in the Hartford area and completed her undergraduate work at Uconn. She is currently a Guilford resident.  In addition to her daughter, Hannah, who is a student at Vassar College, her family consists of two Tonkinese cats, a Golden Retriever and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.  Dr. Soucy enjoys training her Corgi in canine agility and taking both dogs on long hikes in the woods.

Dr. Morna Pixton

Dr. Pixton is one of our five owner/partners at Guilford Veterinary Hospital. She joined GVH as an associate in 1998 after graduating with honors from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She became a partner in 2008. Dr. Pixton was born in Berkeley, CA, mostly raised in upstate NY, and graduated cum laude from Yale University, receiving a Bachelor of Art in English literature. Dr. Pixton enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery, and has a special interest in animal behavior. Dr. Pixton lives in Guilford with her twin boys and their two cats and one dog. She spends her free time enjoying life with her children and pets, and loves to read, cook, garden and especially hike.

Dr. Kirsten Nordt

Dr. Nordt is originally from Oregon. She completed her undergraduate degree at Lawrence University in Wisconsin in 1997. She worked as a certified veterinary technician for five years before pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Nordt was part of the last class to complete her veterinary degree at both Oregon State University and Washington State University, graduating in 2006. She joined the Guilford family in October of 2006. Her special interests lie in dentistry for dogs and cats and feline medicine and surgery. She also enjoys seeing some reptiles and turtles. Kirsten lives in Guilford with her four cats and Shih Tzu, Clover. In her free time she enjoys crafting, including quilting, knitting and cross-stitching. She also is an avid reader and traveler.

Dr. Christina DeAngelo

Dr. DeAngelo is a New Englander, born and raised. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science at the University of Connecticut. While there she worked as a veterinary assistant at a local veterinary hospital. She then received her dual degree of Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and a Masters degree at Tufts University in Grafton, MA. She joined the Guilford Veterinary Hospital family in 2014. Her interests include canine and feline surgery, dermatology and ultrasonography. She also loves to care for pocket pets. During her free time, Dr. DeAngelo enjoys horseback riding on the Connecticut trails, playing equestrian polo, hiking and taking long strolls on the beach with her dog, Picasso. She also enjoys spending time with her two blind cats, Kera and Kennedy.

Dr. Katelyn McGovern

Dr. McGovern joined Guilford Veterinary Hospital in June of 2017. She is a proud native of Rhode Island. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Connecticut in 2012 (Go Huskies!). She discovered her passion for veterinary medicine during her senior year when she participated in a veterinary technician internship program. Dr. McGovern received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where she graduated summa cum laude. Her interests include public health, dermatology, and oncology. Dr. McGovern enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her dog, Doug. While she is not at the office, she can be found exploring the outdoors, traveling to new places, and crafting.

Rose Muolo-Carrano, CVT

Rose has always had a love for animals and wanted to help them in any way possible.  Before joining GVH, she owned her own dog grooming business for 6 years.  Rose started at Guilford Veterinary Hospital in 2000 as a veterinary technician.  After becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) in 2004, she focused on patient advocacy. She climbed her way up the GVH ladder by first becoming the supervisor for the veterinary assistants in 2014, then in 2015, she was promoted to technician supervisor.  Rose became increasingly interested in the challenges of management and in 2016 she was offered the position of GVH’s practice manager. In 2017, the partners of GVH nominated her for Veterinary Management Council of Connecticut Practice Manager of the Year – and she won.

Rose enjoys sharing her farm with her husband, 2 dogs, 1 cat, 2 horses, 2 goats and a variety of ducks and chickens. She also enjoys making jewelry and is a key member of Wesleyan Potters in Middletown. She is a founding member of the Connecticut Veterinary Technician Association and sits on their board of directors.

Cindy Philippi

Client Liaison

Cindy pursed her first job at her hometown veterinary hospital when she was 16 years old. She attended UCONN and after leaving college she worked at her first emergency veterinary clinic in Danbury. That is where she found her love for emergency medicine. Cindy became a certified veterinary technician in 1996 and then went on to become a certified technician in emergency medicine in 1999 while working at Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine. Cindy joined the team at Guilford Veterinary Hospital in 2001 in addition to working part-time for a board certified surgeon. She became the technician supervisor in 2006. Currently Cindy is the Client Liaison which utilizes her knowledge to advocate for our patients and owners.