Meet Our Team

Dr. Samantha Schenck, DVM

Dr. Samantha Schenck is a native of Fall River, MA. After graduating from UMass Dartmouth with a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry, Dr. Schenck attended Tufts University and graduated in 2014. Dr. Schenck worked in small animal general practice prior to joining Pets in Need in March 2018. She has attended special training in small animal dentistry and has special interests in behavior and internal medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Schenck enjoys spending time hiking, travelling and relaxing at home with her husband and two cats, Nyx and Buddy.

Dr. Danielle Johnson, DVM

Dr. Danielle Johnson is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. She went to veterinary school at Ross University in St. Kitts where she adopted her two adorable coconut retrievers, George and Lola. Dr. Johnson then went on to do a small animal rotating internship and then practiced as an emergency veterinarian until joining Pets in Need in January 2020. Her special interests include internal medicine, shelter medicine, and critical care. In her free time, she enjoys the beach, traveling, and doing anything outside with her pups. She is very excited to now be a part of the Pets in Need team!

Maia Shwartz, Executive Director

Maia is originally from the west coast but landed in southeastern MA in early 2018. After completing an undergraduate degree in biology, Maia went on to complete her Master of Public Administration in 2015. Maia has a true passion for helping those in need – four legged and two legged alike! With two kids at home, Maia doesn’t have much free time but enjoys hiking, playing outside, and snuggling her cat and two dogs.  

Sydni Martin, CVT

Sydni started at Pets in Need as an intern in 2016 and has been with us as a certified veterinary technician ever since. She is a graduate of the New England Institute of Technology and has an Associates of Science degree in Veterinary Technology. Sydni was given the honor of being voted the 2018 Rhode Island Vet Tech of the year! When she isn’t at one of her two jobs working with animals, she spends her down time with her own fur babies, Gizmo, Lionel, Archie, and Rufus.

Jen Morris, CVT

Jen graduated from Bridgewater State University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, but later went back to school to pursue her true passion of working with animals. Jen obtained her Associate’s degree in Animal Science from New England Institute of Technology in 2014 and has been a Certified Veterinary Technician since. Jen has worked at Pets In Need since April 2018, where she continues to pursue her long term goals of helping animals and the families who own them, especially those less fortunate than others. When Jen is not working at Pets In Need, she is spending her time with her own 2 dogs and 3 cats, and/or pet sitting several other beloved furbabies.

Amber Muller, CVT

Amber is a certified Veterinary Technician that graduated from New England Institute of Technology in 2016. Amber has worked through a few different types of veterinary hospitals over the past couple years to find herself at Pets In Need in 2018. She feels as though she did not know what making a real difference was until she began working here. Amber is extremely proud of what we do and how many people and pets we impact and improve daily. When Amber is not working, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé, Kyle and her three handsome cats: Emmett, Zane, and Miles.

Brenna DuPerry, Veterinary Assistant

Brenna grew up in Cranston and graduated from LaSalle Academy in 2015. She went on to get her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Johnson & Wales University in 2019. She has been at PIN since May of 2019 as a veterinary assistant and hopes to attend veterinary school next fall. She lives with her family, Labrador Retriever, Ruby and Sulcata Tortoise, Fred. In her spare time, she enjoys sports, hiking, and volunteering at a local animal shelter.