Christopher Ficke, VMD — Co-Chief of Staff
Dr. Christopher Ficke, our Co-Chief of Staff, purchased Chester Veterinary Clinic in November of 1982. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979, he started practicing in Bristol, Connecticut, while looking to purchase a practice of his own. After moving to Chester, Dr. Ficke found a then struggling Chester Veterinary Clinic, which, with lots of hard work, was developed into the successful veterinarian practice it is today.
Dr. Ficke has become a vital member of the practice and the community. He has also served as a member and past president of the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA). He lives in town with his wife and three sons. When not at the clinic he enjoys boating, water skiing, scuba diving and biking.
Caroline Peese, DVM — Co-Chief of Staff
Dr. Caroline Peese, our Co-Chief of Staff, has been working in the veterinary field since 1997, starting as a receptionist/assistant and progressing to a technician.
She enjoyed her work in the field so much that she decided to go back to school to become a veterinarian. Dr. Peese attended the University of Illinois, where she obtained her veterinary degree in 2007.
She has been a member of the Chester Veterinary Clinic family since October 2007. Dr. Peese lives in Haddam with her husband, two children, a dog, and four cats.
Ellie Wahlberg, DVM
Dr. Ellie Wahlberg was raised in Rhode Island. She earned an undergraduate degree from University of New Hampshire and went on to work for the Royal Veterinary College in London for two years after. Dr. Wahlberg then completed an internship with Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and another with the University of Missouri.
After working with New York Racing Association she decided to move closer to home and accepted a position with a large animal practice. Dr. Wahlberg could not be more excited to be joining our team here at Chester Veterinary Clinic.
Buck Drummond, DVM
Dr. Buck Drummond grew up in Northern Virginia and then attended the University of Georgia for both his undergraduate and veterinary education. After completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery, he spent the next 20 years in the Los Angeles area, specializing in emergency care and ultimately becoming the director of emergency services for a large 24-hour practice.
In 2008, he moved to historic Savannah, Georgia to pursue artistic interests and then, in 2010, he returned to the Washington metropolitan area to be closer to his family. Dr. Drummond is particularly interested in military and law enforcement canines, working to balance their health needs with their all-important duties. He is proud to be able to help continue their care into retirement through the Paws Of Honor organization.
Mark Graves, DVM
Dr. Mark Graves has been a long time veterinarian in CT. He founded and owned the Norwich Animal Hospital for many, many years. Dr. Graves retired and sold his practice but couldn't stay away from veterinary medicine. He has become a huge part of Chester Veterinary Clinic and is loved by many.
He currently lives in Norwich with his wife, Karen, and his dog, Bella.