Meet the Veterinarians at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital

Mark Burch, DVM | Associate Veterinarian

Mark BurchDr. Mark Burch graduated from the University of Tennessee and now lives in the Poconos with his wife, Heather, and their four children, Ashley, Emily, Ben, and Jo. The family owns a number of different animals, including horses, chickens, a dog, cats, fish, and guinea pigs. Dr. Burch had always wanted to be a veterinarian and feels that veterinary medicine choose him more than the other way around. He enjoys working with the people and pets of Barton Heights and working with the staff to help clients and their animals live healthy lives. In his spare time, Dr. Burch enjoys gardening, hiking, camping, and a variety of sports.

Helen Crabtree, DVM

Helen CrabtreeDr. Crabtree graduated from Louisiana State University’s veterinary medicine program. She was drawn to veterinary medicine through the challenge of diagnosing patients, and she greatly enjoys the process of restoring mobility in pets that have suffered from injury or illness. Dr. Crabtree lives in the Poconos with her coonhound, Julian, and two tortoises, Frank and Ernest.

Alicia Esser, DVM, Diplomate ABVP | Associate Veterinarian

Alicia EsserDr. Alicia Esser received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Louisiana State University in 2000, after earning a bachelor of science from New Mexico State University. She is also board certified in canine and feline practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. She was originally drawn to veterinary medicine by her fascination with physiology and figuring out how things work. She finds the endless variety of clients and patients, and the continual discoveries being made in medicine keeps her actively engaged and looking forward to the next case. She enjoys both surgery and internal medicine equally. She lives with her husband John in the Poconos. They share their home with two old dogs, Finn and Bob. Dr. Esser loves gardening, hiking, skiing, cooking, and travel.

Jonathan C. Goodwin, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM | Cardiologist

Jonathan C. GoodwinDr. Jonathan C. Goodwin was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University and received his veterinary degree from Tuskegee University. He completed his internship in 2000 at the Coral Springs Animal Hospital, and then went on to complete a cardiology residency at Purdue University. His special cardiology interests include canine and feline birth defects, interventional cardiology, cardiac arrhythmias, feline cardiac disease, and long-term management of congestive heart failure. Dr. Goodwin is a Diplomate of The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology).

Dana Greenleaf, DVM | Associate Veterinarian

Dana GreenleafDr. Dana Greenleaf enjoys being a veterinarian in part because every day is different from the day before. She finds that a single day can encompass medical cases, surgeries, emergencies, and wellness exams. Interacting with clients and their pets makes her job even more enjoyable. Dr. Greenleaf has always had a love for animals as well as an interest in science and medicine, so veterinary medicine seemed like the perfect career choice. She takes a special interest in dermatology and feline medicine. Dr. Greenleaf graduated from Mississippi State University of Veterinary Medicine in 2009 and now lives in Poconos with her husband and their Dalmatian, Emma, and three cats, Simon, Francesca Louisa, and Cricket.

Sean Ott, VMD | Associate Veterinarian

Sean OttGraduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003, Dr. Sean Ott worked at the Penn Genetics Lab and concurrently received a business certificate from the Wharton Small Business Development Center. He currently lives in Nazareth with his wife, three children, and their two cats, Marvin and Pouncers. Dr. Ott enjoys the variety of work he experiences from day to day. As he puts it, "Switching from a dermatology case to medicine to a wellness visit and to surgery then dentistry—you never know what you might be doing in a day." He chose to go into veterinary medicine as he found biology fascinating and filled with many unknowns. Because he enjoys diversity, problem solving, and fixing things, veterinary medicine is an excellent choice as he experiences each of these every day. In his free time, Dr. Ott enjoys biking, skiing, woodworking, home improvement, and traveling.

Jeremy Wentz, VMD | Veterinarian, Owner

Jeremy WentzDr. Jeremy Wentz graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003 and purchased Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital in 2009. He lives in the Poconos with his wife, Nicole, and their four kids, Jackson, Brielle, Colton, and Caleena (Colton and Caleena are twins) and their Golden retriever, Champ. When Dr. Wentz’s children ask where he is going, he enjoys responding with, "To fix animals." He finds great satisfaction in helping pets recover and from the obvious appreciation shown by the pets and their owners. Since he was a young child, Dr. Wentz wanted to practice medicine. He is fascinated by how the body systems work and how we can alter or improve the body by medicine or surgery. Dr. Wentz plans to continue to bring new and advanced services and specialists to the Pocono region. He explains, "My goal is to continue to offer the best veterinary care to our clients."

Abby Worton, DVM | Associate Veterinarian

Abby WortonDr. Abby Worton graduated from Delaware Valley College in 2006. She is a native of the Poconos and attended Pocono Mountain High School. She graduated from Purdue University Veterinary school in 2010. She loves that every workday is filled with different cases in which she gets to practice internal medicine, surgery, radiology, and more. Interacting and communicating with clients and helping them to keep their pets healthy are part of what makes her job enjoyable. Ever since she was a little girl, she has had a strong connection with animals. Through her experiences in the veterinary field as she grew up, she discovered the best way she could help serve both people and animals was by becoming a veterinarian. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family and friends watching sports (especially the New York Giants!) and running. Dr. Worton has two cats, Landon and Isabelle.

Jacqueline Wilhelmy, MS, VMD | Practice Limited to Behavioral Medicine

Jacqueline Wilhelmy, MS, VMDDr. Wilhelmy completed her undergraduate work in biochemistry at University of Pennsylvania, and went on to finish her master's degree in chemistry. She is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary medicine where she remained to pursue an internship and then residency in veterinary behavioral medicine. She has treated feline and canine patients for separation anxiety, compulsive behavior, inappropriate elimination, affective aggression, environmental phobia, predatory behavior, thunderstorm and noise fear, and generalized anxiety disorder.

Phil Zeltzman, DVM, Diplomate DACVS, CVJ | Surgeon

Phil ZeltzmanAfter graduating in 1993 from the University of Liege, School of Veterinary Medicine in Belgium, Dr. Phil Zeltzman simultaneously worked as a general practitioner, emergency vet, and journalist for three years in his native city of Paris, France. He completed a one-year internship at the University of Georgia, then a three-year surgical residency near Chicago, Illinois. Then he worked as a surgeon for four years at a surgical practice in Cincinnati, Ohio, and almost four years at a surgical practice in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. Since then, Dr. Zeltzman has worked as a traveling surgeon, which means that he performs advanced surgery at the clinic of family veterinarians. He is a board-certified surgeon, in other words, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, which is a much-coveted professional achievement. He is also a certified surgeon for the Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) and has performed thousands of these procedures in dogs from less than 50 pounds to more than 250 pounds! He is owned by two crazy cats named Praline and Nougat and loves working with clients to help their pets get better. In his own words, "Whether we fix a broken bone, remove a tumor, or repair a torn ligament, improving pet quality of life is what drives me."