Meet Our Vets



Elaina Petrone, VMD (Owner)

Elaina Petrone is originally from New England. She completed her undergraduate studies at Manhattan College where she majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry. After college she went on the earn her degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, Dr. Petrone completed a one-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, New Jersey. Dr. Petrone attended the Academy of Veterinary Imaging in Dallas, Texas and is a graduate of the Small Animal Veterinary Ultrasound Imaging Program.


Dr. Petrone joined Long Branch Animal Hospital in November of 2020. She treats dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, and other small mammals/pocket pets. Her special interests include ultrasound, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, feline medicine, cardiology, and geriatric medicine. She enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking, and spending time with her family, friends, fiancé Mike, and their pets Milton (Maltese), Scarlet (cat), and Gwen (cat).




Dr. Jose Pla (DVM Owner)

Dr. Pla is a co-owner of Long Branch Animal Hospital. He obtained his DVM degree from Cornell University in 1995 and his MBA from Rutgers University in 2018. Dr. Pla is a passionate dog and cat doctor with special interests in behavior, nutrition and gastrointestinal diseases. Dr. Pla strongly believes in the power of education, not only for personal and professional growth but most importantly for a clients ability to make informed decisions regarding their pets' health. When not practicing medicine; he is a avid sailor, scuba diver and wanna-be photographer. Activities he shares with his wife and two sons. At home; he is owned by his cat, Phineas, and managed by his dogs, Quincy and Lola. Two parakeets and lots of fish round out the families pet menagerie.




Dr. Neal Beeber (DVM Owner)

Dr. Beeber is a native of New Jersey. He did his undergraduate work at Cook College; a division of Rutgers University. He attended Michigan State University for his veterinary degree. After graduating he did a medical and surgical internship at Oradell Animal Hospital. In 1992, Dr. Beeber became one of only 10 veterinarian's in New Jersey to be board certified in companion animal medicine. He has a special interest in treating exotic pets, especially ferrets. Dr. Beeber has contributed chapters to two veterinary textbooks and numerous scientific journals on the medicine and surgery of ferrets. He also completed training in veterinary acupuncture and herbal medicine in order to be able to offer his patient alternative and complementary treatments. Dr. Beeber also has a special interest in orthopedic and laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Beeber has served as president of the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association and president of the NJ Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. He has also served as the Chairman of the New Jersey Veterinary Foundation, an organization which raises money to help alleviate animal suffering. He shares his love of animals with his wife Michelle and son Jacob.




Dr. Nicole Holleuffer

Raised in Clifton, NJ, Dr. Holleuffer attended Cook College at Rutgers University. She graduated magna cum laude in 2009 with a B.S. degree in Animal Science with a Pre-Vet concentration. Dr. Holleuffer then attended the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine obtaining her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in May 2013, fulfilling her lifelong dream.


Dr. Holleuffer has a special interest in feline medicine and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners through which she is a Certified Cat Friendly Veterinarian.


Dr. Holleuffer enjoys spending time with her husband, Greg, family, friends, her Maine Coons (Tenshi, Gypsy, Ozzy, and Ginger), her chinchilla (Poyo), her sugar gliders (Momo, Yuki, Hana, Riku, Kenji, Suki, Ryuichi), and a variety of fish.  Her hobbies include traveling, snorkeling, baking, cosplay and horseback riding.




Dr. Caroline Pawlowski

Dr. Caroline Pawlowski joined Long Branch Animal Hospital in August 2023. She grew up in Bergen County, New Jersey and attended Rutgers University studying Animal Science before moving on to attend vet school at Kansas State University. Following her vet school graduation, Dr. Pawlowski moved back to New Jersey to complete a Small Animal Rotating Internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls. Dr. Pawlowski has a special interest in preventative care, the human-animal bond, and quality of life for senior pets. When not working, she enjoys spending her time reading, at the beach, or cuddling with her two cats, Franklin & Ralph. 


Kansas State University

DVM Candidate '22

Rutgers University

B.S. Animal Science '18