Meet the Doctors of Winchester Veterinary Group
Stephen W. Zanotti, VMD
Co-Founder Of Winchester Veterinary Group
-Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine; Residency 1986-1988
-Angell Memorial Hospital; Internship 1983-1984
-University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine; VMD 1983
-Northeastern University; BS Biology 1978
Dr. Zanotti is interested in all aspects of internal medicine.
He has one blind cat named Magoo and a chocolate lab named Henry, who is the client greeter! In his free time Dr. Zanotti enjoys hiking, skiing, running, and traveling as well as riding his motorcycle. He also enjoys a nice craft beer.
Beatriz Thayer, DVM
-Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine; ECFVG Clinical Program 2004
-University of São Paulo, School of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Husbandry; DVM 1996
-Florida State University, Masters Program in Fine Arts 1999-2000
Dr. Thayer has been part of WVG since 2004. Her home away from home! She has a special interest in dentistry, internal medicine, and preventative care. She lives with her husband, her two dogs Chopper and Bel, and her hemophiliac cat named Quickly. On her time off she enjoys going for a run with her 4-legged partner Bel, walking the dogs in the woods, gardening, going to Maine's mountains for a good hike, skiing, and enjoying a nice happy hour and good food with her husband Mark and their friends.
Gabriele Chase, DVM
-Pieper Memorial Veterinary Center; Small Animal Internship 2012-2013
-Cornell University; DVM 2012
-Smith College, BA Medieval Studies, Minor Religion 2008
Dr. Chase has a special interest in preventative care, dermatology as well as ultrasound. Dr. Chase has two pets, a cat named Buddy, and a dog named Shiva. In her free time she enjoys making jewelry, cooking, reading, and playing board games. Dr. Chase is grateful to have been able to pursue this vocation that started when she was four years old.
Natalie Heininger, DVM
-Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine; DVM 2013
-Princeton University, BA Ecology & Evolutionary Biology 2008
Dr. Heininger has special interest in dentistry and soft tissue surgery.
She has a 14 year old cat at home named "Ninja". She doesn't have much free time with a baby around now, but in her former life she enjoyed traveling to Martha’s Vineyard, snowboarding, trying out new recipes, and kayaking.
Yuanji "Benjie" Ding, DVM
-BS of Science, Pathobiology- University of Connecticut 2014
-Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine; DVM 2018
Dr. Ding joined the WVG team in February of 2020.
He has a special clinical interest in feline medicine and behavior. He has two cats, named Oreo and Mochi. In his free time he enjoys Improv comedy, singing, dancing, and tabletop roleplaying games
Elizabeth Rising, BVM&S, CertAqV
-BS Animal Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2004
-BSc (Hons) Veterinary Pathology - Royal Veterinary College, University of London (UK) 2006
-BVM&S (UK DVM equivalent) Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh (UK) 2009
- MSc Aquatic Veterinary Studies -Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling (UK) 2019
- World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA) Certified Aquatic Veterinarian
Dr. Rising has a boxer/eskimo mutt mix named Dasha, a tabby cat named Elektra, and a black cat with cerebellar hypoplasia named Brutiss. In her free time she enjoys travel, scuba diving, skiing/snowboarding, board games, wine and cocktail tasting, spinning, and managing Brutiss’ Instagram page! @brutiss_the_CH_cat