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Dr. Jagat Podduturi - Veterinarian/Owner
Dr. Jagat Podduturi is the new practice owner for the Pet Health Center of Philadelphia. The Torch has being passed from Dr. Rude to Dr. James Wilson to me. He has degree in veterinary medicine from India and a Masters degree in immunology and virology from LSU- health sciences center in Louisiana. Dr. Podduturi was a researcher before becoming a clinician. He did research in Human Cytomegalous virus. He has worked as emergency veterinarian for 7 years before getting into general practice. He has treated medical and surgical conditions in dogs, cats and exotics. His special interests are in surgery and internal medicine with a focus on critical cases. Dr. Podduturi strongly believes that the health, quality of life and longevity of a pet lies in regular well visits and he is very excited to be part of the lives of pets cared for at the pet health center and be able to provide the care they deserve.
Dr. Podduturi lives with his wife (who is also a veterinarian practicing integrative medicine in Yarldey, Pa), his two children and his fur child "taffy" a calico. In his spare time he likes to go on jogs, do gardening and do fun activities with his kids.
Jessica Bermudez, Practice Manager
Jessica Bermudez was born and raised in Mt. Holly, NJ and although she is not a Philly native she loves the city and the clientele she serves. “Philadelphia has some of the nicest clients I have ever met,” she explained. Her passion for animals started as a child and she dreamed of one day working in a job where she could care for them.
She took her passion for animals to Centenary College graduating with a major in Equine studies and minoring in Biology. As a member of various clubs and organizations while attending college, she earned numerous awards and accolades in leadership and dedication, all while volunteering her free time to work with local horse farms. When asked why she likes working here she replied, “giving back to the community is something I take pride in which is one of the reasons I love working for the Pet Health Center because I truly believe we are helping the local community.”
Jessica has been working in the veterinary field since 2004 and her passion for her work can be seen on her great smile that goes ear to ear. We are proud to have her as our Assistant Manager/Veterinary Technician. We feel blessed to have her many talents and dedication to providing exemplary client service. An equally dedicated mom when not in the office she enjoys spending time with her family. She says, "From cheerleading competitions and gymnastics to basketball and softball games, there is never a dull moment with Eric and our children!"
Ken Carchidi, Veterinary Assistant
Ken was born and raised in South Philadelphia. Before getting into the Veterinary field Ken spent 15 years in the Transportation industry, eventually serving as VP of Sales for the entire country. Having to extensively travel in this industry Ken realized the satisfaction he sought from a career was not becoming a realization.
His attention turned toward a passion that was always in the back of his mind. “I grew up with animals, I grew up fascinated by all animals, I grew up loving animals, so why not find a way to combine my customer service experience and business skills into an industry working with something I have always loved, animals” With this in mind, he gave up the business world came back home to Philadelphia to be close with family, and put himself through the Penn Foster Academy to begin learning the skills necessary to make the transition.
He has been in the Veterinary field since 2013 and brings great experience and understanding to our team having worked for the local SPCA. He understands many of the concerns you have as pet owners and looks forward to answering any questions about your pet’s health. “If I don’t know the answer to your question, you can rest assure I will find out. If what we are recommending is confusing at all, or if you have any concerns, just let me know and I will gladly spend the time with you to ensure you are happy and comfortable with our medicine.” It is his enjoyment for customer service and client education that will help us deliver the experience you deserve as a Pet Health Center client.
When not working, Ken enjoys golfing, riding his Harley and is probably the biggest Eagles fan in the hospital. “E-A-G-L-E-S!!!” He still resides in South Philly and has a 7 month old Yellow Lab named "Sassy." A newer member of our team he was approached by management and asked how things are going, his response, “ I have found the satisfaction I was looking for.”
Maggie Grover, Veterinary Assistant
Maggie is another Port Richmond native and graduate of Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls. As far back as she can remember Maggie has always been an animal lover bringing home stray animals since the age of 5. Her dedication to animal care has influenced her to foster dozens of homeless cats and dogs over the years. She is the proud mother of three cats Mittens, Gypsy and Forrest, and two dogs, Chico and Dobby, all of whom are rescues. It is because of Mittens that we found Maggie.
In August of 2014 Mittens came to the Pet Health Center very sick and was diagnosed with Hepatic Lipidosis causing Mittens to stop eating and drinking resulting in mass weight loss. Eventually a feeding tube was placed and we are glad to report that Mittens is as happy and healthy as she has ever been. It was the care and compassion she showed for her cat along with her positive upbeat personality that prompted us to offer her a position.
When not at the hospital Maggie likes to spend her free time with family and friends and enjoying all that life has to offer.
She has been animal lover for her entire life and has worked or volunteered in the veterinary and rescue field on and off for the past six years. Growing up, Juliet and her mom adopted and fostered many cats from outside or the Women's Humane Society. Along with helping animals in the area, Juliet loves the opportunity to help their owners as well. She is always happy to assist with any questions or concerns that come her way.
Katt - Receptionist
Bebe - Veterinary Assistant