JP CENTER—Dr. Amy Johnson is happy this month to get down to business instead of overseeing the workers finishing up construction of her new office, the Jamaica Plain Animal Clinic at 10A Green St.
“This is my first business, and it’s been a roller coaster ride—exciting and a real learning experience,” said the veterinarian of nine years who earned her bachelor’s degree at Cornell University and her doctorate in veterinary medicine at North Carolina State University in 1996.
“I want to be my own boss, and do things the way I want,” the Medford native said.
And that way means emphasizing customer service and consistent care. “I’m not going to be a cookie-cutter practice where you may get different doctors. I want to be a local practice and get to know my clients and their needs,” she said.
Johnson, who has lived in JP since 2002, said she got the idea from fellow dog owners she met while walking her two dogs.
“I’ve looked at the local demographics and think there’s plenty of room for a vet in this area. And JP is such a friendly place, it seems like a natural fit.
“I’ve also talked to Amanda Kennedy (owner of Dolittle’s Pet Grooming across the street) and Catherine Cavanaugh (owner of Hounds & Company pet store on Centre Street) about marketing ideas we could do together. They’ve been very supportive,” she said.
“I think it’s a fabulous opportunity for all of us,” said Kennedy, who is also vice-president of the JP Business and Professional Association. “We’ve talked about ways to link our businesses, and hopefully keep as much shopping money in JP as possible.”
Kennedy went on to say, “JP has needed a local-style vet that offers a more personal relationship with clients for a long time. In fact, I have two dogs and a cat, and I’m moving their files to her shop.”
Johnson’s resume includes working in a shelter and private practice in the Hudson Valley area, three years at the Animal Rescue League and most recently working as a fill-in vet for numerous other practices.
The clinic will offer a complete array of services, including surgery by part-time colleague Amy Kantor, chief of staff of the Brookline Animal Hospital.
Johnson, who adopted two shelter dogs herself, is also offering a free visit to other people who have adopted pets from a recognized agency.
The practice, which opened two weeks ago, operates seven days a week. For hours and more information, call 524-7300.