Dr. 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, ice hockey, writing comedy and spending time with his wife Sonali and children Jason and Lauren.
Dr. Sonali Kothari
Dr. Kothari was born and raised in Canton, Ohio. After four wonderful years in Virginia while at 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, Gnocchi and Maui 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. Dr. Urgo is also a proficient surgeon with wonderful outcomes in many challenging cases.
Karen has a handsome young son Theodore with her husband Frank. To our continued amazement Karen travels to work with us from Brooklyn. We are honored to have her pass so many other practices on her way.
Karen enjoys family time and her personal passion is Mississippi State Football and on a good year, the Jets.
Dr. Katherine Iovino
Dr. Iovino is a native Long Islander and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her undergraduate work at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY majoring in Biomedical Sciences. Before coming to work at Towne Line, she previously worked in Westbury and Oyster Bay.
Dr. Iovino has a strong passion for the Human-Animal Bond and Animal Behavior which was sparked after completing a training internship at the Long Island Aquarium. She made it a priority to study as much about behavior as possible throughout veterinary school and was involved in teaching dog training classes and dog and cat clicker training labs at Penn Vet. She continued her education in Behavior after vet school by completing a mentorship with a Behaviorist and is also a Fear Free Certified veterinarian. Dr. Iovino is a strong proponent of positive reinforcement training, an idea which she hopes to share with her clients. Her goal is to educate pet owners while making appointments as stress free as possible for her patients. She offers an extra Behavioral Service here at Towne Line.
Dr. Iovino is a proud pet parent to her black cat, Tucker, and her dog, Finn. Tucker was the last of his litter left un-adopted at the shelter because he does not have a tail, and Finn was rescued from a research lab. Dr. Iovino has a soft spot for shelter animals and also participated in a foster program throughout veterinary school. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, going to the gym, biking, and spending time with her family and friends.
Sam graduated from the Suffolk Veterinary Technician program in 2013. She enjoys being in the operating room, closely monitoring anesthesia during surgery, assisting the doctors with their patients as well as preforming dentistries. She has always gravitated to all types of animals but she has a weakness for Shiba Inu dogs, as she and her husband have two; Huey & Floki.
I have been a proud member of the TLVG family for about 3 years. When I’m not helping you and your pet I am teaching math or working on my Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education. In my free time I love going to the beach, spending time with my family and drinking coffee.
Veterinary Assistants, Animal care
Let’s see.. my favorite Ralph’s flavor is definitely the blue raspberry. I’m attending saint Joseph’s college with a psychology major and I started working at TLVG in 2016. I love working with and helping all of the animals that come for day care, boarding, or even just for appointments :) OH! and I also have three dogs named Quinn, gimli, and wolfie and a fish named Bruce!
I am a junior zoology major and chemistry minor at SUNY Oswego and I plan to apply to vet school this year. I want to work in rescue/ shelter medicine as well as wildlife/ aquatic rescue medicine. I have been fostering kittens and doing TNR for 7 years now and want to decrease the homeless cat population and teach people to help care for them and be kind to them