Skilled. Detail-oriented. Accomplished. The team behind you at Acorn Animal Hospital is at the top of their game, and is singularly focused on one thing: providing the best care your pet could receive anywhere in the world.
- Andrew WeitzmanPractice Owner
- Benjamin BraultDVM
- Patricia BolducDVM
- Tanya BollenDVM
- Martha BugbeeVMD
- Tara EatonDVM
- Rachel IllingworthDVM
- Julieanne PinelDVM
- Abigail Smith ViolinVMD
Dr. Andrew Weitzman was born and grew up on Long Island and upstate New York. He received his Bachelor’s of Science degree from Union College in Schenectady, New York in 1981. Following several years of working with horses at Saratoga race tracks, he went to the College of
Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University where he received his DVM in 1987. After graduation, he did a fourteen month internship at Angell Memorial Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. After five years in private practice he purchased Acorn Animal Hospital in 1994. He has overseen the growth of the practice from a very small single doctor practice to the large multi-doctor practice it is today. He enjoys all aspects of medicine and has special interest in surgery including orthopedics and ultrasound. Dr. Weitzman lives in Norfolk with his wife Dr. Martha Bugbee and three children. Also living with them are two dogs and two cats.
Dr. Benjamin Brault is a native New Englander, having grown up in both northern and southern Connecticut. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at Cornell University and received his DVM from Kansas State University in 2003. Dr. Brault then moved to Sacramento, California and completed a one-year rotating internship in general practice, internal medicine, surgery, and critical care and spent the next six years practicing general medicine in Elk Grove, California.
In August 2010, he and his family made the move back to the East Coast and he began practicing in the Boston area. He lives in Milford, tucked in the woods, with his wife and two young children. They are home to their dog Sooki, a Leonberger who used to be a show dog before losing a leg to cancer, a Burmese cat named Gronk, and their APHA horse, Khrystian. In his free time, Dr. Brault enjoys taking his kids to Patriots and Red Sox games, making his yard the envy of his neighborhood and beekeeping.
Dr. Patricia Bolduc grew up in North Reading, Massachusetts where she developed her love for veterinary medicine as a kennel worker at the local animal hospital at the age of 14. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animal Science from Cornell University in 1996. Over the years, her work experience at animal hospitals has included positions as office manager, receptionist, technician, emergency lab and surgery technician and large animal groom. She studied veterinary medicine at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her doctorate in 2003. She has been working as an associate practitioner at Acorn Animal Hospital since September of 2003. Dr. Bolduc is a member of the AVMA, MVMA, CAAAN and OSU College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society. She has been the coordinator for Acorn’s Pet Food Drive benefiting the Franklin Food Pantry for the past 5 years. Dr. Bolduc has
two feline companions and a long haired dachshund.
Dr. Tanya Bollen was born in Cape Town, South Africa, where she enjoyed the company of a series of well-loved cats, dogs, rabbits, and tortoises. At the age of 11, she moved with her family to Canada. She graduated from the University of Guelph’s Veterinary School, and joined a busy practice in Toronto where she worked emergency shifts and honed her diagnostic skills. After several years, she moved to Brooklyn, NY to work at an upscale practice on the Upper West Side where her clients included the pets of Conan O’Brian and other television personalities. It was here that Dr. Bollen was interviewed for Good Housekeeping magazine (July 2000 issue). After her marriage in 2001, she moved to the Boston area and has worked at a number of practices since then. Dr. Bollen has a loyal clientele who value her expert diagnostics, successful treatment plans, and sensitive manner. She lives with her family in Natick and enjoys reading, birdwatching, spinning, yoga, hiking, and baking fresh challah bread.
Dr. Martha Bugbee grew up in Wilbraham, Massachusetts and attended the University of Vermont as an undergraduate. She graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science. She then went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1990. After graduation she completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Since completion of her internship, she has been practicing small animal medicine and surgery, joining the staff at Acorn Animal Hospital in 2001. She lives in Norfolk, MA with her husband Dr. Andrew Weitzman and their 3 children, 2 dogs and 2 cats . In Dr. Bugbee’s free time, she enjoys running, horseback riding and skiing with her family.
Dr. Tara Eaton joined Acorn Animal Hospital in 2014. Born and raised in Massachusetts, she received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In search of a warmer climate, she attended veterinary school at North Carolina State University, and earned her doctorate in 2005. She continued her training at Tufts University, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, where she completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Eaton then moved back to western Massachusetts and spent the following 8 years working as an emergency veterinarian at a very busy 24-hour emergency and specialty hospital where she was responsible for managing complex critical-care, medicine and surgical cases in the ICU in addition to treating the variety of patients that presented to the emergency service. In 2014 she returned to the Franklin area where she happily resides with her family and young cat, Rosie. Dr. Eaton enjoys music, hiking, working in the yard, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Rachel Illingworth has had a long term association with Acorn Animal Hospital beginning in 1995 when the facility was originally located on Mill Street. Growing up on a dairy farm in Nova Scotia developed her strong interest in animals. She graduated in 1993 from The Atlantic Veterinary College in Canada and pursued part of her formal veterinary education at the University of California, Davis and The Animal Medical Center in New York City. She is a member of both the American and Canadian Veterinary Medical Associations. In addition to attending to the many animals with fur including cats, dogs, ferrets, rabbits and other rodents, she will also attend to those pets with scales and feathers. When not traveling with her best companion, an adorable yorkie named Dusty, she can be found hitting golf balls in many directions or digging in the garden.
Dr. Julieanne Pinel joined the Acorn Animal Hospital staff in July of 2008. A Massachusetts native, she received her undergraduate degree from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. After working several years in vaccine research for Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, she went on to earn her DVM from Iowa State University in 2002. She completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at Veterinary Specialists of Connecticut, where she stayed on as an associate veterinarian until July of 2008.
Abigail Smith Violin
Dr. Violin joined Acorn Animal Hospital in 2011. She grew up in Brookline, MA and received her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College in Vermont. She continued her education at the University of Pennslyvania, receiving her veterinary degree in 2004. After completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, she spent six years in private practice in Danvers, MA. Dr. Violin has a dog and three young children. In her spare time she enjoys horses, hiking, cooking and home renovation.