Rothman Animal Hospital
Rothman Animal Hospital Services
- Birds (Avian Medicine)
- Dental Care
- Fully Stocked Pharmacy
- Hospice and Euthanasia Services
- Laser Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Pain Management
- Parasite Prevention and Control
- Puppy and Kitten Care
- Rabbits and Small Mammals
- Radiology (X-Rays)
- Senior Care
- Wellness Exams
Rothman Animal Hospital Staff Profiles
Mark Esser, VMDDr. Mark Esser graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986, and joined Dr. Rothman as an associate that same year. He became owner and director of the practice in 1991 with Dr. Rothman still on staff.
Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Dr. Esser became interested in veterinary medicine while in high school, and vigorously pursued his education in the sciences, earning a degree in biology from Gannon University in Erie and a Master's Degree in biochemistry from Kansas State University before attending veterinary school at Penn.
In his twenty years of practice at Rothman Animal Hospital, he has cared for thousands of animals, including birds, reptiles and other exotics. "There's always something different every day," he says, noting that working with so many species and so many pet owners has been one of the most rewarding parts of his job.
Under Dr. Esser's direction, the hospital built its new facility, utilizing state-of-the art systems designed for the highest level of medical care. He strives for perfection in everything he does, including maintaining impeccable standards of cleanliness and accessibility for clients and their pets.
Dr. Esser and his wife, Kathy, live in Deptford Township with their three-year-old son, Dylan and two very lucky cats, Dora and Diego, whom his family adopted after they were abandoned on the hospital doorstep.
In his spare time, Dr. Esser enjoys playing golf, and visits local schools to talk to children about being a veterinarian. Show More
Molly Dixon, VMDDr. Molly Dixon grew up on 26 acres of rolling farmland just outside Pittsburgh, PA where she discovered her veterinary calling early in life. As a child she nursed injured turtles, snakes, baby birds and orphaned squirrels back to health, took charge of the various family pets and volunteered countless hours at local rescue facilities. She earned her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Allegheny College with a focus on animal behavior and physiology.
While at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School, she continued to lend a hand at animal shelters and developed a strong interest in reproduction and pediatrics. Dr. Dixon also acquired significant experience in avian medicine at a wild bird rescue and rehabilitation center. There she learned to stabilize trauma patients, decontaminate oiled birds and determine the cause of death in a variety of species.
Upon graduation from Penn, Dr. Dixon received the Class Award for Achievement in Pathology, an area of medicine that she has always found fascinating. "In pathology, whether you're analyzing skin cells or abnormal bloodwork, you're like a detective looking for clues to identify what's wrong with a pet. When you discover the answers, it is extremely gratifying," she said.
An avid photographer, Dr. Dixon has utilized her skill with the camera to capture trips to Europe, South Africa and Alaska, as well as creatively document aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery.
Dr. Dixon resides in Philadelphia, caring for her rescued cats Zoey, Jeffrey and Walker Texas Ranger. A devoted fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dr. Dixon has an aquarium filled with black and gold mollies. Show More
Monique Garcia, VMDDr. Monique Garcia was born in San Diego, California and spent her early years traveling the country with her military family. At age three, she rescued a baby sparrow from her front yard and hand fed it until it could be released. "I always knew that I would become a veterinarian and that sparrow was just the beginning," she jokes. She has had many pets in her life including dogs, hamsters, fish and her little companion, Blitz, the bunny. Today, Dr. Garcia cares for all animals, with a special interest in small animals and exotic companion pets here at Rothman Animal Hospital.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Garcia joined Rothman Animal Hospital in 2012. At Penn, she was president of the Canine Club and worked directly with famed researcher Dr. Cindy Otto, studying and volunteering her time with working dogs, including search and rescue and police dogs. She also conducted multiple research projects involving canine ophthalmology and the study of canine color blindness. She volunteered with pet therapy dogs and visited children and families at the Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia.
Prior to entering veterinary school at Penn, Dr. Garcia completed undergraduate and graduate work in biology at Temple University and worked for five years as a veterinary technician gaining hands on experience with animals of all kinds. While at Penn, she was awarded the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Scholarship for research and academic excellence, and her experience with purebred dogs. Upon graduation from Penn, Dr. Garcia received the Class Award for Excellence in Patient care.
Dr. Garcia resides in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, Jimmy, and continues to work within her community to promote client education and responsible pet ownership. Show More