Nicholas L. Minervini, DVM
Dr. Minervini was born and raised in New Jersey, having grown up in Ridgefield Park and Parsippany. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree, with Honors, from Rutgers University, Newark School of Arts and Sciences. His major courses of study were Zoology and Physiology. He continued his graduate education at Louisiana State University and the University of the Philippines where he received his degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
Immediately following graduation Dr. Minervini secured a position at Newton Veterinary Hospital under the auspices of Dr. William Gray. While an associate at this five doctor practice Dr. Minervini recognized the need for a veterinarian in the Flanders/Budd Lake area. As a result he began a house call practice providing veterinary services for local pet owners. After a few short years his clientele had outgrown the limits of his house call practice leading Dr. Minervini to establish Flanders Veterinary Clinic.
In his free time Dr. Minervini enjoys being with his family and multiple pets as well as cooking, fishing, hiking, photography, relaxing at the beach and tending to his orchard and garden.
Kim A Slade, DVM
Dr. Slade was born and raised in Lee, Massachusetts, "Norman Rockwell country". She is a graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, NY and received her Bachelor of Arts in Animal Science from Colorado State University.
Dr. Slade joined Flanders Veterinary Clinic as a part time associate in 2003. Sharing the same philosophies of veterinary care, she soon became a valuable asset to the team. Although she enjoys all aspects of general practice, her special interests lie in pediatric and geriatric care. Before joining the staff of Flanders Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Slade was an associate at Mountain Lakes Animal Hospital in Mountain Lakes, NJ.
During her free time Dr. Slade enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, horseback riding her rescued horse, traveling, reading and baking (especially her famous brownies).
Be sure to look for Dr. Slade "around town" always accompanied by the famous "Gabby" her adorable Chihuahua mix.
Jesse Gasparro, DVM
Dr. Gasparro was born in New York and grew up in Boonton, New Jersey. He attended William Paterson University for his undergraduate education where he studied Biology. He obtained his veterinary degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts and finished his clinical year at the University of Pennsylvania.
Immediately after graduation, he stayed in the Philadelphia area and practiced in northeast Philadelphia at VCA Knightswood Animal Hospital before moving back to New Jersey to be closer to his family. When it comes to veterinary medicine, Dr. Gasparro likes doing a little bit of everything, however he particularly enjoys practicing internal medicine and surgery.
During his free time, Dr. Gasparro enjoys spending time with his family and friends, reading, wood-working, and playing tennis. He and his wife have a sweet cat named Lily who they’ve trained to “sit” and “give paw” for her meals (and pretty much only then).
Selena Davis, DVM
Dr. Davis was raised in Roxbury, NJ. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from Drew University. After this, she obtained her veterinary degree from St. George’s University in Grenada with a clinical year at Virgina Tech. Dr. Davis practiced as an associate at a small animal practice in Edison, NJ before joining Flanders Veterinary Clinic. She enjoys general practice as a whole, and she has special interests in pain control, dermatology, and surgery. Dr. Davis resides in Budd Lake with her fiancée and their dog and cat. In her free time, she likes to catch up with family and friends, go hiking, swimming, or travel to places she can scuba dive or snowboard.
Aleda Cheng, DVM CVA
Dr. Aleda Cheng received her veterinary degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University in 1994 and has been practicing acupuncture for nearly 20 years. She began studying acupuncture in her first year of veterinary school and became a certified veterinary acupuncturist in 2006 while furthering her studies in integrative medicine at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is also certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.
Dr. Cheng believes in a holistic approach to veterinary care and combines traditional western veterinary medicine with alternative and complementary therapies. In addition to acupuncture, she practices Chinese and Western Herbal Medicine, Holistic Nutrition, Essential Oil Therapy, as well as other healing modalities including: Cold Laser Therapy, Bee Venom Therapy, Gold Bead Implantation, Trigger Point Therapy, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), and Prolotherapy.
While attending the Chi Institute, Dr. Cheng studied under Dr. Shen Xie and Dr. Roger Clemmons (of Degenerative Myelopathy fame). She studied under Drs. Steve Marsden, Susan Wynn, Allen Schoen, and Dr. Are Thoresen (famed Norwegian medical doctor and veterinarian known for the single needle acupuncture technique, who is also known for a high cure rate for breast cancer in Norway).
Dr. Cheng has a passion for learning and spends most of her free time attending post-graduate veterinary conferences. She is often engaged in clinical trials for degenerative myelopathy and has improved the quality of life for many of her paralyzed or degenerative myelopathy afflicted patients by using a combination of acupuncture, essential oils and other therapies. Her other areas of interest include pain management for any condition.
Dr. Cheng is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, New York Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medical Association, and the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association. She is also an accomplished medical illustrator whose work has been published in numerous human medical and veterinary journals. Dr. Cheng is also a professional portrait artist who joyfully draws pets (often her patients) and their people.
Dr. Cheng lives with her husband, twin teenage sons, and a menagerie of dogs, cats, and a rotating family of foster pets of any species that need a helping hand. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, biking, kayaking and traveling with her family.