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Dr. Beth Dunbar obtained her veterinary degree from Purdue University in Indiana. She has spent 21 years in the veterinary field, 14 of which have been spent practicing as a veterinarian.
Dr. Dunbar has been a part of the MLVH family for 11 years. Her veterinary interests include surgery, ultrasound, and internal medicine.
When Dr. Dunbar is not working at MLVH, she can be found volunteering with R.S.V.P and Kent Animal Shelter where she performs routine spay, neuter surgeries and provides medical care for needy pets in the neighborhood. When she is not working or volunteering, Dr. Dunbar remains active. She is a member of the Long Island Ladies soccer league and is an avid runner. She also enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, stepdaughter, newborn baby girl, and her two pitbulls ‘Oreo’ and ‘Kallie’.
Dr. Scott Kimmel grew up in Texas but spent most of his summers on Long Island with his parents and grandparents. At home he was surrounded by cats, dogs and horses. As a child he rode competitively with is horse, Pegasus, including barrel racing. Dr. Kimmel was very active in scouting and earned his Eagle Scout badge. Dr. Kimmel graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with an economics degree.
While working, he joined the Jamesport Fire Department and became an EMT. After taking time in the business sector, he decided his true calling was medicine and a helping profession. He then attended and graduated from Michigan State University Veterinary School. He joined the MLVH family in 2006 and particularly enjoys internal medicine and surgery.
When Dr. Kimmel is not working he enjoys camping, hiking and golfing. He currently lives with the last of his grandmother's six cats, Molly, who is affectionately known as 'the princess'. He feels very lucky to still have her in his life.
Raised on Long Island, Dr. Nicole Mercurio completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Rhode Island where she received a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Veterinary Studies. After being presented with a unique opportunity, Dr. Mercurio went to London, England to attend the Royal Veterinary College where she received her veterinary degree.
Dr. Mercurio has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1999 and joined the MLVH family in 2003. Her veterinary interests include soft tissue surgery, dentistry and all aspects of veterinary medicine.
While not at work, Dr. Mercurio enjoys spending her time outdoors: hiking, boating, gardening, and spending time on the North Fork Beaches. Most importantly, Dr. Mercurio enjoys doing these activities with her two young children and 11-year-old Labrador, ‘Cruiser’. She also enjoys spending quality time with her two elderly cats, ‘Lexi’ and ‘Stretch’.
Dr. Charles Peck earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University. He has been practicing veterinary medicine for the past 35 years, most of which has been spent practicing in Minnesota, where he owned his own veterinary practice. Additionally, he started three practices, an emergency clinic, and an animal shelter. He also taught veterinary medicine at Cantho University College of Veterinary Medicine in Cantho, Vietnam.
Dr. Peck has been working at MLVH since 2015. Outside of the office, Dr. Peck enjoys running, cycling, boating, and cooking various types of ethnic foods. He is also heavily interested in agriculture. When he isn’t spending his time on the eastern end of Long Island, Dr. Peck can be found in Manhattan. His two dogs, ‘Sami’ the Yorkie and ‘Quincy’ the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, enjoy playing in Central Park and kayaking.
Practice Manager, Elaine James, has been working in the veterinary field for over thirty five years. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Zoology from SUNY Oswego and has been a licensed veterinary technician since 1980. Elaine has been managing animal hospitals since 1985 and is very excited to have joined the MLVH family in March of 2017.
Some of her hobbies include wildlife photography, hiking, and traveling.
Elaine loves spending time with her husband, three daughters, and grandaughter. When at home, her three dogs, ‘Penny’ a hound mix, ‘Lucy’ a Doberman, and ‘Bella Marie’ a Yorkie mix, two snakes ‘Ty’ and ‘Calypso’, rat ‘Annabelle’, and tortoise ‘Donatella’ keep her very busy.
Allison Fritscher has been with MLVH since opening day in October of 1994. Prior to working at MLVH, Allison worked at Hampton Veterinary Hospital And Aquebogue Veterinary Hospital. She is married with three teenage children, two horses, four cats, one very large pig, and her newly adopted dog from the North Fork Animal Welfare League; all of which are very loved! Allison is looking forward to starting back up with horseback riding. In the mean time, her main hobbies are her three kids who always keep her entertained and running around; a job she wouldn’t trade for the world!
Mary Bennett has been working in the animal field for 34 years. She joined the Mattituck – Laurel Family
As receptionist in 2009. Mary is a true animal lover and has a house full of kids to take care of. Her family includes a house full of cats, birds, and bunnies.
If Mary is not working she spends a lot of her time with her family.
Britta Chavez has been working in the veterinary field for roughly 23 years, 19 of which have been spent at MLVH. When she is not working at the animal hospital, she can be found working her catering job-she is truly a jack-of-all-trades! Britta is a hardworking mother of two teenage children, five dogs of various breeds, cats and birds.
Jeanette Robinson has been working in the field for forty-three years. Thirteen of those years have been spent working as a receptionist at MLVH. Not only does Jeanette have experience in the veterinary office, she also has experience grooming dogs; more specifically Cocker Spaniels.
Jeanette is the mother of a daughter and son, and grandmother to a beautiful granddaughter and grandson. She has four American Cocker Spaniels named Carlie (8 years-old), Spencer (6 years-old), Katie (6 years-old), Gracie (3 years old) and six-year-old ragdoll cat Liv.
When not at work, Jeanette enjoys her time cooking, baking, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and needlepoint. She also enjoys tending to her houseplants. Most importantly, she enjoys spending her time with her children and grandchildren.
Diana Stulsky has over 22 years of experience working in the animal field. She joined the Mattituck – Laurel family in 1996.
Diana has always had a deep love for animals. That love brought her to her first position after high school working at the Southold Animal Shelter. She worked at the shelter for a few years before she started working at Mattituck – Laurel Veterinary Hospital as a kennel attendant. Over the years she worked as veterinary assistant/technician to her present position as a receptionist.
When Diana is not working she enjoys softball, darts, and golf. At home her family includes Molli the dachshund, Tinkerbelle the Yorkshire terrier, Bobbi and Mona the cats.
Earned her degree in Veterinary Technology from SUNY Farmingdale State College. She has spent thirty-two years working with animals in both private practice and shelter medicine.
Currently, Wendy has 3 cats named Pussyboots, Isabelle, and Skooter (a.k.a. Pie). Skooter is her most recent addition from a local shelter, which came to her paralyzed in the hind end. Needless to say, he requires a lot of assistance, which is more than worth it because he is quite the character and loves life!
Wendy and her husband enjoy spending their time camping, hiking, biking, and boating. They also enjoy traveling to the National Parks to photograph the majestic scenery. Lastly, in her spare time Wendy enjoys caring for and bottle feeding orphan kittens until they are placed for adoption.
Dana Lamendola graduated from SUNY Delhi University in 2010 earning her Associates of Animal Science in Veterinary Science Technology. After earning her license, Dana discovered an interest in dog grooming. Currently, Dana has been transitioning back into the veterinary aspect of the pet industry. Dana has been working at MLVH since April of 2017 as both a veterinary technician and receptionist.
When Dana is not working or grooming dogs, she enjoys going to the beach, cooking, running, exercising, and practicing yoga. She has three dogs, Carmine the Yorkie, Lola the Chihuahua/Papillon mix, and Max the Shepard/Lab mix.
Jessica Mannix graduated from SUNY Cobleskill in 2011 with an Associates of Science in Animal Science. From there, she completed her Bachelors of Science in Animal Science at Cornell University in 2013. After spending some time working in the field, Jessica decided to go back to Suffolk County Community College to study veterinary technology, graduating and earning her veterinary technician license in 2016. She has been working in the veterinary field for 4 years and joined the MLVH in 2017.
When Jessica isn’t working, most of her time is spent staying active. Health and fitness enthusiast, Jessica enjoys horseback riding, hiking, working out, reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Jessica is a proud mother of her 2.5-year-old Goldendoodle, “Tucker”, who loves to play ball and run around in the sprinklers in the summer and snow in the winter.
Melanie McKay has been working at MLVH for six years. She attended SUNY Cobleskill earning her Associates of Animal Science, and then graduated from Suffolk County Community College in 2012 earning her Associates of Animal Science in Veterinary Technology. She joined the MLVH shortly after she received her license to practice.
Melanie enjoys anything outdoors; some of which include hiking, camping, fishing, paddle boarding. She loves going anything where her two dogs, “Loki” the sheltie and “Quill” the wirehaired pointing griffon, can come along for the adventure. Melanie also fosters and adopts out abandon kittens and volunteers for an Animal Rescue Group.
When Melanie isn’t exploring the outdoors or working, she enjoys painting, sketching, and pottery/ceramics. She is also interested in mastering the art of falconry.
Licensed technician, Susan Seif, has been in the veterinary field for 20 years, all of which were spent working at MLVH as a licensed technician and manager.
Most of Sue’s free time is spent with her dogs. Sue and her husband own Rhumbline Retrievers, where they breed Labrador Retrievers. They train and compete their labs in hunt tests, field trials, obedience and rally in both AKC and UKC venues. Of the top 25 rated Labrador Retrievers in 2017 in the obedience class, 5 of the dogs were bred by Sue. Sue is often listed in the top 20 handlers in the US based on Master Passes. Sue and her dogs qualify to attend the master nationals and master amateur invitational most years.
Sue’s first career was that of Merchant Seamen. She is a graduate from NY Maritime College. She sailed as second and third mate for ten years. After getting married, Sue’s desire to change careers was needed. Even though she already had a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics from Maritime, she returned to school at Suffolk County Community College for a new career as a Licensed Veterinary Technician.
Both Sue and her husband enjoy spending time outdoors hiking, hunting, and simply just spending time in nature. Although Sue does not have children, she is a mother to her own herd of canine companions. Her dogs Docker, Jack, Gyro, Noughty, Gypsy, Dory, Cargo, Punch, Cricket, Clipper and Ketch are all Labrador Retrievers. Her cat, Dinghy, certainly rules the roost. Sue also has chickens, ducks, pigeons, and guinea hens.
With 31 years of experience in the veterinary field, Sue Warner has spent 23 of those years as a veterinary assistance at MLVH. In fact, Sue is one of our original staff members.
She is the mother of one son and two little dogs, “Mae” and “Chrissy”.
Outside of the office, Sue enjoys gardening, painting, horseback riding, bird watching, and sailing.
Maria Anaya has worked in the animal field for over 20 years with the last 14 years being at Mattituck- Laurel Veterinary Hospital. Maria is usually kept very busy with all our boarders and baths. You can occasionally meet her when she admits them for their stay with us (many of which get so excited to see her again) and of course when the babies go home.
Maria enjoys watching movies, reading, music and dancing. When Maria is not at work taking care of your babies, she is happy to be at home with her husband, daughter, her side kick Chiquis, a poodle mix and rabbits, Bengy, Cinnamon, Oreo, Chantal, and Sunshine.
Currently attending Suffolk County Community College’s veterinary technician program, Cathleen Brennan is the newest member to the MLVH team. She has been working with animals for 2 years; however, she has been an avid horseback rider since she was six years old.
In her spare time, Cathleen enjoys hiking, crocheting, photography and is attempting scrapbooking. Being an amateur novelist, she also enjoys writing. Cathleen has two pets at home; one being a 26-year-old Appendix horse named “Mufasa”, and a 2-year-old cat named “Nala”.
Aspiring veterinarian, Maximilian Spielmann, graduated from Cornell University in 2013 earning his Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Marine Biology. Max recently confirmed his passion for veterinary medicine when he began shadowing Dr. Andresen in January of 2017. In addition to shadowing, he began working at MLVH during the summer of 2017.
In his spare time, Max enjoys running, sailing, camping, gardening, carpentry, and archery. Max has a 4-year-old chocolate Labrador, Barkley, which he rescued from North Fork Animal Welfare League, two kitten sisters, Aurelia and Cornelia, an 11-year-old miniature stallion, Camelot, and his own flock of chickens.
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