Thank you for wanting to know more about me. I graduated Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 1996. I got there after a couple twist and turns.

I graduated University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1987 with a Bachelors in Business Administration. I worked in banking for several years. This was not a good fit for me. After consideration, I returned to my childhood plan of becoming a veterinarian.

I entered the profession as a veterinary assistant at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, Ma. This experience was valuable. I greatly appreciate what I learned as a technician and the other technicians who taught me skills I still use today.

I returned to Angell to complete an intership in small animal medicine and surgery. In 1997, my spouse David Tepfer and I moved to the Pioneer Valley to pursue farming and veterinary medicine.

I have practiced in Springfield, Athol, and Northampton. Most recently, I opened South Amherst Veterinary Hospital in May 2013.

David is co-owner of Simple Gift Farm in North Amherst. We have three children in the Amherst public schools.

I look forward to meeting you and your animal companion.


Danielle joined SAVH in May of 2013 when the practiced opened. Her love for animals started at an early age growing up with many different animals. Her biggest passion was horses which is what drove her to Umass where she obtained her associates in Equine Industries as well as a Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences. From there she worked as farm manager for several years before making the shift to veterinary medicine in August 2009.

In her spare time she enjoys boating, fishing, running, going on walks, and adventuring with her family. She shares her home with her husband Grant, their 3 sons; Owen, Sawyer, and Alden as well as Briggs the cat, and Emmett the G. Pig.


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Nadine started at South Amherst Veterinary Hospital in January of 2022. She is a graduate of Umass, and has been working in the veterinary field for 20+ years.
Her passion for animals spills over into her personal life, she has several dogs, a couple horses, and a few other miscellaneous critters.
In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, skiing, archery and fishing.


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Talor started at South Amherst Veterinary Hospital in July 2022. Taylor has been in the field for 7 years. She started at a high school tech program, then earned her bachelors in Animal Science from the University of Rhode Island. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, dance, music, hiking and eating. She has several animals; a dog Marcy, a cat Noodle, 2 aquatic turtles named Sky and Squirt, as well as a fish named Puff.


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Nicole started at South Amherst Veterinary Hospital in February of 2021. She is currently in school to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. In her spare time she enjoys hiking with Mayonnaise(you may see her around the office), and spending time with her family. Some of her family includes her fur babies, Mayonnaise (cat), Fanta (our hospital cat often visits) Teo, and Orin, also cats. She even has a ball python named “Kaa” and a bearded dragon named “Mochi”.


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Fanta is our beloved hospital cat. He has been with Dr. Lowy for 11 years and at the practice since it opened in 2013. You may have seen him hobbling around the office searching for patients to greet with his obnoxious yowl. He’s often finding trouble, but despite him trying our patience at times, we do love him.

If you would like to speak to someone on our team, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (413) 253-8001.