Dr. Dana Pantano received her doctorate degree in veterinary medicine from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 1991. After receiving her degree, Dr. Pantano returned to her home town of Norwell, Mass. were she now lives with her husband Ed and their two sons Joshua and Samuel, six horses (Dyna, Skip, Taylor, Honey, Moe and Geronimo), 2 cats (Velcro and Stitch), a dog named Lilo and a variety of other smaller pets.
Dr. Pantano is a former Massachusetts 4-H member and horse owner since 1976.
After eight years of practicing large animal medicine and surgery on the South Shore for another practice, Dr. Pantano decided to follow her own vision for a large animal veterinary practice.
In October 1998, she founded Black Pond Veterinary Service Inc. to continue serving the South Shore and Cape.
Dr. Pantano continues to be an avid horsewoman, having shown Western in her youth, played polo through college and vet school, ridden and shown dressage. Now, with her two sons wanting to be cowboys, she is going back to her roots and trying her hand at a variety of fun competitions including team-penning. It's all about having fun and passing along her love of horses and animals to her children!
Dr. Pantano participates on the Veterinary Services Division for the State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team (SMART). Dr. Pantano is a member of American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners (AASRP), Society of Theriogenology (SFT) , American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA).
Kristen Whittaker, Practice Manager and Whit Acres Farm Owner
Kristen Whittaker and her family own and operate Whit Acres Farm. She is the office manager for BPVS and oversees business operations for both BPVS and Whit Acres.
Kristen has been involved with horses since very young. She began her show career at eleven primarily in the Arabian show circuit. She has won numerous achievements in junior and amateur divisions in English & Western pleasure, and halter. She was US Top Ten and Canadian Reserve National Champion with the farm stallion Tikvah Guarantee, and US Top Twenty with two of the horses bred and raised on the farm. She has had various equine medical experiences both personally and professionally. As a member of SMART (State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team) she participates in clinics and training for large animal rescue.
Kristen graduated from Stonehill College with a degree in Marketing and was co-captain of the Stonehill Equestrian Team.
She enjoys spending time with her family on the farm including her parents, Jean and George, her husband Sean, her son George and daughter Riley.
Michelle Durfee, Receptionist
Michelle Durfee joined Black Pond Veterinary Service in the spring of 2006. She is a native of the South Shore and graduated from Whitman- Hanson High School. Michelle is the receptionist and is the voice you most often hear when calling the clinic or booking appointments. She competed in local dressage and hunt seat competitions with her previous horse and currently Michelle and her charming horse Bailey ride and train in dressage.
David Camara, Verterinary Assistant
David Camara became a veterinary assistant for BPVS in the fall of 2015.
David has been involved with horses since he was very young. David began his show career at the age of 9 on the Morgan show circuit. His first horse the Morgan stallion Regatta Showboat helped him achieve much success in the Junior Exhibitor Classic English Pleasure division on the Morgan cicuit. David has continued Regatta Showboat’s legacy through ownership of his son Regatta’s Rainbow and grandson TTA The Regatta’s Captain. David bought TTA The Regatta’s Captain as a 3 year old and has raised and trained him himself and looks forward to competing him in the Classic English Pleasure division. David has ridden primarily saddleseat, but has experience in other disciplines as well.
David graduated from Johnson & Whales University with a degree in Equine Business Management/Riding and also competed on the Johnson & Wales dressage team.
David’s main role at BPVS is to assist Dr. Pantano in all aspects of her work. David enjoys working with the large variety of animals serviced by the practice, however through working with DR. Pantano David has discovered his fondness for goats.