Mahwah Veterinarian Groom & Board is a family business founded by Dr. Rita Rivero, Jan Rivero, and Joe Owens, but you’ll encounter the whole Rivero/ Owens gang (kids and all!) on the premises here at 346 Forest Rd. Dr. Rita, Jan, and Carmen are the Rivero sisters, born and raised in Brazil by their animal activist mother Wanuza. The three sisters have lived their whole lives surrounded by animals because Wanuza rescued unwanted animals, big and small. In the early 80s, Joe Owens found himself in Rio de Janeiro on the international tour of West Side Story, where it was love at first sight between him and Carmen.
The whole bunch followed Joe back to New Jersey in the late 80s, where Dr. Rita founded Demarest Veterinarian, Jan founded Jan’s Dog House in Demarest, and Joe and Carmen got married and founded Kidz Musik (educational music classes for kids, including songs about kindness for animals and all living things). Jan’s husband Ed Ramalho, a high ranking retired officer from the Brazilian Navy, is also on staff, combining his love for animals and disciplinary skills to launch a state of the art Dog Training School here at Mahwah Veterinarian Groom & Board in the future.
In their experience in the pet care industry, Jan and Dr. Rita saw a need and wanted to come up with the solution. Why should pet owners have to go to three or four different places to get their pets medical care, grooming, boarding, day care, etc.? Why not go to one reliable place? Well, Dr. Rita and Jan looped in their brother-in-law, Joe, who with his many years of experience as a business owner, was up for the challenge. However, with a whole family as passionate about animals as this one, no one wanted to be left out, so you’ll meet everyone on site! Thus, Mahwah Veterinarian Groom & Board was born— your one stop shop for all your pet’s needs.