M. E. Henry, VMD, Chief Veterinarian

Dr. Henry graduated from Bucknell University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Behavior. She completed her veterinary degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. Throughout veterinary school, Dr. Henry enjoyed participating in humane education efforts focusing on dog bite prevention and humane pet ownership; she spent multiple weeks traveling with the HSVMA Field Services (formerly known as RAVS), providing free veterinary care to underserved, rural communities. It wasn't until her third year of veterinary school, when she began volunteering at Philadelphia's Animal Care and Control shelter, that Dr. Henry realized she had found a niche for herself in shelter medicine. She went on to complete a one year intensive internship in shelter medicine at Cornell University, where she spent time working at the university and in local shelters, improving her skills and teaching veterinary students about shelter medicine. Since joining the Animal Welfare Association, Dr. Henry has taken time to continue honing her surgical skills.

While Dr. Henry is interested in all aspects of this field of veterinary medicine, infectious disease control, humane education/outreach, and affordable spay/neuter programs are among her favorites. Outside of work, Dr. Henry is often found going on adventures with her husband, baby and dog, or baking something to bring into work the next day. 

Donna Alfieri, DVM, Staff Veterinarian  

Dr. Alfieri graduated with honors from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. Prior to working at AWA, Dr. Alfieri owned and operated her own animal hospital in Morris County, NJ, which she sold in 2014. When not at AWA, you can find Dr. Alfieri on her farm in Hunterton County, cleaning and caring for her dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and a donkey named Dusty. In her spare time she tries hard to learn the art of dressage and yoga. Dr. Alfieri feels strongly about AWA's mission and is happy to be a part of it.

Andrea Cermele, DVM, Staff Veterinarian  

Dr. Cermele is a 2001 graduate of The University of Florida’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to private practice she completed a 1 year rotating internship in general medicine and surgery at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital. She then moved to South Jersey to work in small animal general practice and shelter medicine until recently joining the AWA team in January of 2017. Her passions in veterinary medicine include internal medicine, surgery and shelter medicine. In her spare time she participates in triathalons, loves to read and loves to spend time with her small herd of rescue pets, family and friends. She is a tried and true UF GATOR fan! 

Lauren Simermeyer, DVM, Staff Veterinarian 

Dr. Simermeyer's professional interests include emergency and critial care, canine reproduction, and general veterinary medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. She attended Muhlenberg College where she double majored in biology and psychology. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. In 2013 she received an award for excellence in Internal Medicine during clinical rotations. Dr. Simermeyer breeds and shows Cardigan Welsh Corgis and shares her home with twelve canine companions and two cats. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, reading, and working on home improvements.

Contracted support surgeon:
Chris Torre, VMD

Animal Welfare Association

509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ 08043
Phone: 856.424.2288 | Fax: 856.424.8318