At Animal Cancer Care Specialists we approach each case as a team. The Veterinary Technicians, Assistants, and Client Service Representatives, along with our doctors, are invaluable members of our veterinary team. All are highly trained and dedicated to caring for the needs of cancer patients. Meet the caregivers that dedicate themselves to caring for your pets.
Dr. Erin Michael Romansik was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, making him a die-hard Broncos fan (sorry New England). He attended Penn State University and received a BS in biology. Dr. Romansik then returned to Colorado, enrolling in veterinary school at Colorado State University. He received his DVM degree in 2002, finding his passion for veterinary oncology along the way. In pursuit of residency training, Dr. Romansik completed an internship at Tufts University, followed by an oncology internship in Tampa, Florida. He went on to complete his medical oncology residency at University of California, Davis. In 2007 he became a board-certified Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
Dr. Romansik then returned to the Boston area and practiced at NEVOG in Waltham, MA for seven years followed by a two year position with Aratana Therapeutics. There, he was part of a team developing novel therapies for serious diseases in dogs and cats. Aratana was a short, exciting diversion from clinical medicine but Dr. Romansik missed the personal interactions with patients and clients. He returned to treating patients in 2016, forming his own independent consulting practice which has grown into Animal Cancer Care Specialists.
Outside of work, Dr. Romansik spends as much time as he can with his wife and his three daughters. They share their home with a dog and two bunnies. His interests include HiFi audio, anything outdoors, and his first love – meteorology.
Dr. Cronin grew up in New York and at an early age decided that her dream career was to be a veterinarian. After obtaining her DVM degree in 1990 at Cornell, she went on to pursue a rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in NYC. While there, she realized that her passion was for oncology and went to NCSU to pursue a residency in medical oncology and obtained board certification in oncology in 1996. After her residency, she spent three years as a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and then three years at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital. In 2001, she co-founded The New England Veterinary Oncology Group in Waltham, MA. While at NEVOG, she supervised the training of multiple oncology residents and was actively involved in clinical trials. She then worked at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Waltham, MA for 4 years and has been at Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital for the last 3.5 years.
Dr. Cronin has been strongly committed to giving back to her profession and is currently active on committees for both ACVIM and the AVMA. She also serves on the advisory board for Zoo New England to help promote their mission of education and conservationism. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening and is also a certified yoga instructor. She has a dog named Loki and a Siberian cat named Natasha.
Dr. Deb Sapienza has had a lifelong passion for helping animals. Growing up in the Boston area her goal was always to become a veterinarian. Her love for skiing took her to the University of Colorado where she earned a BA in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and she completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Colorado State University. She then returned home to Massachusetts where she lived her dream of caring for pets as a veterinarian. Over the 15 years she was in general practice she developed a deep interest in caring for pets with cancer and their people. In 2017 Dr. Sapienza left general practice to focus her compassion on the treatment of cancer and she joined Animal Cancer Care Specialists.
When not at work Dr. Sapienza focuses on her family, their love of travel, and getting outdoors