Our Veterinary Support Staff

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Ashley Brendle

Practice Manager

With a B.A. in management, Ashley moved back to New York after living in Chicago for the past four years. While growing up, she always showed an interest in animals, and when she was given the opportunity to work for a dog and cat hospital shortly after college graduation, she eagerly took it. At the Veterinary Center, Ashley is excited to apply her superb management and marketing skills to a specialty animal hospital. Her work at the Veterinary Center allows her to combine her passion for animals with her love for organization and event planning. Whenever there is an issue at the Veterinary Center, Ashley is the go-to person for problem-solving. When she’s not at work, Ashley enjoys spending time with her family and friends, sampling local craft beer, and photography.

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Mary Ann Collins

Licensed Veterinary Technician

A lifelong Westchester County resident, Mary Ann attended SUNY Farmingdale as an “aggie” and planned on going into dairy farming. However, after she realized that cows were a 24/7 job, she turned her focus to small animals and exotics as a veterinary technician. After running a boarding kennel in Harrison, NY, Mary Ann returned to the veterinary technology world and worked in several small animal hospitals around Westchester and Connecticut where she gained invaluable experience working with birds and other exotic species. She lives in South Salem with her dog and two birds. When she’s not caring for all the needy wildlife that comes to her door, Mary Ann is at the Veterinary Center caring for all the exotic pets and helping us keep the hospital on track.

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Nina Lundin

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Originally from Poughkeepsie, NY, Nina graduated from SUNY Ulster with a degree in veterinary technology. Nina has always loved exotic animals, growing up with birds and turtles, among other pets. She knew from childhood that she was destined to work with exotic animals and is thrilled to see so many different species every day at the Veterinary Center. Nina has three hermit crabs (Kevin, Bob, and Stuart), as well as a cat (Wilson) and a dog (Anabelle). When she isn’t chasing the doctors around the Veterinary Center to make sure they stay on track, Nina is either out hiking or doing crafts. The most laid back staff member at the Veterinary Center, Nina will be sure to greet you with a smile!

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Megan

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Megan graduated Mercy College with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology in 2016. She spent the next year on an island in the Caribbean studying veterinary medicine with her adopted island puppy. When she returned to the states, she started working at the Animal Medical Center in NYC and was the lead technician in their Exotics department for 4 years. Her passions include pain management and anesthesia for all Exotics species! She is currently working towards her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Exotic Companion Animals. Megan lives in South Salem and shares her home with 2 dogs (Reggae and Roo) and 3 cats (Ava, Blue and Cici). She spends her free time trail riding with her quarter horse Jackson and enjoying the great outdoors.

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Christina Stefano

Receptionist

Originally from Patterson, NY, Christina has been around and loved animals of all kinds for as long as she could remember, and she most likely will be the first voice you’ll hear when calling the Veterinary Center! She received her Bachelors Degree in Biology at Hartwick college; however, most of the courses she took there were animal-related. After graduating, Christina found her way to the Veterinary Center, where she realized becoming a veterinary technician was her calling. Currently, she is enrolled in the Penn Foster College Veterinary Technician Program. A reptile enthusiast, she has 2 bearded dragons, 2 leopard geckos, 2 western hognose snakes, and 2 poison dart frogs. As she always says, if she could have every animal that came into Center, she would!

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Lisa

Receptionist

Born in Somers, NY, Lisa has an AAS in communication and media arts and has always been an animal lover. She has spent most of her working career working at veterinary offices. Not only does she surround herself during the day with her furry or feathered friends, but also, she has had many animals of her own at home. At one time, she had 3 dogs, 5 cats, and 6 chickens. In her spare time, she enjoys creating art including taking photos (especially portraits of animals), drawing, and her newest hobby, puppet making.

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Zach Lewis

Intern

Zach is our superstar volunteer! When we saw how well he took care of his pets and his obvious passion for working with animals, we asked him to join our team. Zach comes to us with uniquely extensive experience working with animals—he has volunteered more than one-thousand hours at a nature center and has worked at a nature-based outreach education business. In May 2016, Zach won the Volunteer New York! Youth Leader Award for his outstanding volunteer service at the nature center. At school, Zach founded the Environmental Club and started a Zero-Waste Program while maintaining his grades. Zach is an aspiring veterinarian, and here at the Veterinary Center he is always busy with helping to keep us running smoothly. When not working on doing so, Zach can be seen observing appointments, procedures, and asking questions. He is currently working with Dr. Britton to research the blood proteins of raptors. His particular interests include zoo, exotic, and wildlife medicine.