Meet Our Team

The Packanack Animal Hospital Family

In addition to our veterinarians, Packanack Animal Hospital has ten caring staff members who are also animal lovers. Our support team is dedicated to providing medical assistance to our doctors and loving attention to our clients. Our staff will welcome you as special guests offering compassionate care, clean surroundings and friendly customer service.Your pets are pampered from the minute you enter our waiting room!

We are committed to maintaining a comforting atmosphere, high level of medical proficiency and expert animal handling. We are proud of our animal hospital and grateful for your trust.
We welcome a visit from you with questions or to just stop in to say hello!


  • Steven Clinton Neuss, D.V.M.

    Dr. Neuss is the founder of Packanack Animal Hospital. Dr. Neuss has been practicing veterinarian medicine since 1979 as well as serving the local New Jersey animal community since 1993. He takes a special interest in challenging diagnostic and surgical cases and is often consulted by his colleagues. 

    Dr. Neuss also provides veterinary care to local shelters in the Wayne area. 

    Dr. Neuss is a member of the American Veterinarian Medical Association and the New Jersey Veterinarian Medical Association. Dr. Neuss attended Undergraduate school at Rutgers University and earned a Masters degree in Animal Husbandry at the University of Missouri. Dr. Neuss graduated from the University of Shiraz with a Doctorate of Veterinarian Medicine.

    Dr. Neuss resides in Wayne, New Jersey with his wife Joyce, his mother in law Myrna, his dogs, Maggie and Sammy and his cat, Luey. He is the proud father of two daughters, Ilysa and Lara. In his free time, Dr. Neuss is an avid golfer and also enjoys playing the piano.

  • Sharon Capone, D.V.M.

    Dr. Capone graduated from Ross University School of Medicine in 1988. She practiced at Shrewsbury Animal Hospital, Marsh Animal Hospital and Alliance Emergency Veterinary Clinic before acquiring her own practice in Pompton Plains, Cassidy Animal Care (CAC). CAC was named after a stray dog who became her family pet and  inspiration.

    In 2006, Dr. Capone and her husband, Richard Gries, took CAC on the road as a mobile veterinary service. Soon after, Packanack Animal Hospital became their home base hospital,  providing surgical, medical and support services. In January 2015, Dr. Capone joined Packanack Animal Hospital as an Associate Veterinarian.  Dr. Capone is excited about being able to provide for her patients in such a well-appointed setting.

    Dr. Capone maintains strong relationships with specialists in the area, and enjoys attending monthly educational meetings at the Animal Emergency and Referral Center. Her patients have benefited from advanced diagnostics and treatments for a myriad of disorders.

    Dr. Capone and Rich are known for their personal dedication to the importance of companion animals. They enjoy home life with their dogs Elsa and Harper who are both rescue dogs. 

  • Cynthia Yim, D.V.M.

    Dr. Cynthia Yim received her Masters degree in Veterinary Medical Sciences at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and her DVM at University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She then completed an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and has been practicing in Manhattan for 15 years.  

    Dr. Yim is also a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and enjoys providing the option for integrative medical care to her patients. 

    She and her husband are proud parents of their daughter and enjoy food, traveling, and exploring nature.


Veterinarian Technicians/Assistants

Our hospital technicians are expertly trained and experienced. The duties of a veterinarian technician include: taking x-rays, drawing blood, placing IV catheters and assisting our veterinarians in the operating room and through all medical and dental procedures. They perform numerous procedures while assisting our veterinarians with your pets ever changing needs. The technicians are trained in safe animal holding and in monitoring the medical status of cats and dogs. They have extensive knowledge in animal behavior and can provide tips and information for training. In addition, our technicians are educated to be sensitive to the emotions of our client families as they are faced with difficult medical decisions and loss. We provide our entire staff with professional grief counseling and support as your losses are felt deeply by the staff as well. We are dedicated to staying current on all animal care and our technicians participate in ongoing continuing education.

  • Ashley Cil
    Head Veterinary Technician

    Ashley recently joined the staff of PAH and has been an  exemplary technician. Ashley has eight years of experience as a technician and has a wonderful way with the animals. She is currently attending Passaic Community College and has an Associates Degree. She has a dog 'Penny the Pekapoo' whom she rescued from the Pet Store when she was very sick and nursed back to health!

    Ashley likes the friendliness of the PAH staff and the caring way the staff interacts with patients and their owners.

  • Nick Piccininni
    Veterinary Technician

    Nick was hired in March of 2014 as an Assistant and is now a Veterinary Technician. Nick has grown into his position and has become a valued asset to PAH. Nick is also very fond of animals. Nick rescued and fostered an entire kitty litter and kept two of the kittens and found homes for the others.  He also has two dogs: Lucky and Vito.

    Nick is currently attending Passaic County Community College and is majoring in Biology. Nick hopes to pursue a career in the field of Veterinary Biology.

    In his spare time, Nick likes to spend time with his friends, enjoys music and cars.

  • Joselyn Rojas
    Veterinary Technician

    Joselyn majored in Animal Science at Rutgers University and earned a B.S. degree. Joselyn was born into a family of dog lovers, however, she now owns a feisty cat, Keta and a male cat 'Papito'. Joselyn also has an elderly dog Nickelodeon or 'Nicky' for short. In her spare time, Joselyn plays the Ukulele and enjoys spending time with friends. 

  • Jessica Diehl
    Veterinary Assistant

    Jess is a student at Ramapo College majoring in Biology with a concentration in Veterinary Science. Jess has proven to be an excellent  veterinary technician and is a valuable addition to the evening staff. She is extremely competent and always willing to lend a hand to the rest of the staff. 

    Jess has a two very active dogs, 'Kota' and 'Digger'. She also fishes competitively on the schools fishing team. Jess plans on attending Veterinary School when she graduates from College. She loves meeting the animals and learning from the doctors

  • Barbara Keefe
    Practice Manager

    Barb was an Executive Director for a non-profit association for eight years prior to joining PAH. Barb brings lots of business experience to her position as the Practice Manager. She is in charge of all financials, customer service, marketing, and social media. Barb has produced two events since joining PAH:  Packanack Animal Hospitals first Open House and PAH's first ever Adoption Day. Both events were well-received by the community and supported by the PAH vendors. Barb has three children and and a dog which she recently rescued named 'Max'. In her free time Barb likes to  travel and has been to Europe, South America, Africa, and Russia. In her spare time, Barb likes to listen to music, read, exercise, watch movies and spending time with her adult children. 

  • Ilysa Mitofsky
    Reception Staff

    Ilysa has been a valuable part of the reception staff for the past year and a half. Ilysa brings a high degree of professionalism to her position and provides excellent customer service. 

    Ilysa has a degree in Film & Photography from Temple University. She will be attending graduate school in the fall for Social Work.  Ilysa has two pets: Banjo and Maple Syrup, both of whom are rescues. Her favorite part of working at PAH is  being a part of a team that truly loves animals. 

    Ilysa's hobbies are movies and dogs-especially pit bulls and mutts!

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Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Packanack Animal Hospital

Monday:

8:00 am-8:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-4:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-8:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-8:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-1:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed