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Our Staff

staffimage_1.pngDr. Marc Gurtman

In 1991, after a few years of uninspired practice as an attorney, Dr. Gurtman decided that he was tired of working with animals :) and pursued a career in veterinary medicine. A 1998 graduate from Cornell University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, Marc has special interests in surgery and oncology.

Dr. Gurtman enjoys the challenges of difficult cases and is lucky to have friends that are specialists in various veterinary disciplines to call upon when needed.

Marc enjoys guitar, athletics, writing comedy and spending time with his wonderful wife Sonali and children Jason and Lauren


Dr. Sonali Kothari

Dr. Kothari was born and raised in Canton, Ohio. After establishing residency in Virginia while attending the University of Richmond, Dr. Kothari decided to attend veterinary school at Ross University on the beautiful island of St. Kitts. She completed her final year of clinical studies in Louisiana at LSU and graduated Veterinary School in 2004.

Animals respond to Dr. Kothari’s warm and caring demeanor. Perhaps they sense that “she’s not from around here”.

Driven to offer the “best” medicine, Dr. Kothari will leave no stone unturned in diagnosing challenging cases. She has a special expertise in dermatology and has helped many dogs that had been suffering a life of discomfort due to skin ailments.

Sonali enjoys taking long runs, swimming, tennis, traveling and eating! Although she loves all breeds, Dr. Kothari has a special place in her heart for the small flat-faced kind. Look for Kiwi, Ponzu, Miso and Gnocchi as evidence when you come visit our practice.


Dr. Karen Urgo

Dr. Urgo is a 2010 graduate of Mississippi State University’s school of veterinary medicine. She enjoys problem-solving, and strives to offer high quality medicine, compassion, and enthusiasm to every client. She has special interests in dentistry and medicine.

Karen travels to work from Brooklyn. We are honored to have her pass so many other practices on her way to work with us each day.

Dr. Joseph Palmeri

Dr. Palmeri is a 1990 graduate of Michigan State Veterinary School. He brings over 25 years of experience in veterinary medicine and surgery with him to TLVG. Always quick with a smile and a story, Dr. Palmeri has seen it all over the years and is a great resource for the rest of our staff.

KatieIdoctorDr. Katherine Iovino

Dr. Iovino joined our staff in July 2017 . She is a native Long Islander and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Iovino has a strong passion for animal behavior and will be heading the new Behavioral Service at Towne Line. Her goal is to educate her clients while making appointments as stress free as possible for her patients. She also is heading our technician continuing education program where we strive to be as up to date as possible in our field.

Office Manager:
Marketa Jefferson

Licensed Veterinary Technicians:
Jillian Cosgriff
Audrey Cruciani
Samantha Palmer
Nicole Smith
Megan Torpey
Megan Barry

Angel Brower
Andy O'Rourke   
Ashley Hall 
Emma Kling

Marketa Jefferson
Ron Branche

Kennel Assistants:
Elizabeth Durney
Jessica Epstein
Vanessa Ferrufino
Evelyn Gonzalez
Jessica Gonzalez
Alison Gonzalez
Allie Roppelt
Taralyn Schwiebert

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Practice Hours

Monday - Friday:

8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Saturday, Sunday:

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Doctor Hours (By Appointment)

Monday - Friday:

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Saturday, Sunday:

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm