Staff Page

Meet our staff!



Dr. Brenda Buck, DVM  

Dr. Buck graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in January 2005.  She completed her clinical year of study at Cornell University before going on to complete her internship.  She has worked in both emergency and general practice over the past 10 years.  Dr. Buck has a strong interest in surgery and emergency medicine.  She finds building relationships with clients and their pets to be particularly rewarding and strives to work with each client to be a partner in determining the best course of treatment for the pet.  Dr. Buck shares her home with her husband Brian, 3 boxers, Liam James and Lydia Cosette and Liesel Phillapina,  a Bengal named Finnick and her latest addition, a flame point Himalayan named Sir Kensingpurr Bartholomeow. When not working, Dr. Buck enjoys riding her horse  and hiking with her dogs.




Practice Manager

Julie Standish

Julie is a graduate of SUNY Brockport with a background in recruitment and investigation.  She has worked in veterinary management since 2007 and has a strong desire to help families and their pets in need of medical care.  Julie owns 2 rescues,  Abby, a chow/golden retriever mix and Syler, a border collie mix.   Julie’s interests include world travel, coffee and movies with friends, photography with her boyfriend Ben, hot yoga and volleyball.


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Veterinary Technician

Erin Connolly

Erin is currently attending Medaille college for Veterinary Technology. She has a background as an emergency surgical Veterinary assistant and loves going that extra mile to help any animal in need. On her spare time she loves cuddling up with her two cats Noodle and Bandit! When not cuddling her cats she loves enjoying what the world has to offer and exploring new foods to adapt to her Vegan lifestyle.


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Veterinary Assistant

Aaron Barber

Aaron graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2010 with a bachelor degree in graphic design and marketing. With a passion for all animals both large and small, he took a detour from his freelance career as a designer and pursued his love for animals. Since he was a child he has always enjoyed working with animals and being on his grandfathers dairy farm. His true passion is equine, and has been involved with the community from a very young age. He still rides competitively with his horse Thade as an eventer, pursuing his love for Jumping and Dressage. Aaron is a proud father of two dogs Emery and Bryson, and his cat Little Boy.


Veterinary Assistant

Scott Heindl

Scott graduated from SUNY Oswego in 2002 with a degree in Biology and a concentration in Zoology.  Scott spent 2 years at the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn, NY and 6 years in Baltimore, MD as a Herpetologist at The National Aquarium.  Prior to Animal Hospital of Rochester, Scott was a Vet Tech Assistant for Rochester Animal Services.  Scott’s hobbies include hiking, climbing, gardening and watching UFC.  Scott has a 4 year old American Staffordshire Terrier named Meatball that he rescued from RAS and a cat named Julius that he rescued from Keller’s Kat’s.


Veterinary Assistant

Lauren Blalock

Lauren has had a passion for working with and helping animals for as long as she can remember. After graduating high school, Lauren completed her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from SUNY Alfred State and will soon be taking her exam to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician in New York State. Lauren has a strong interest in exotic pets and loves going to reptile expos. During  free time, she also loves to go hiking, fishing, and spend time with her Beagle named Nez, flame point Balinese cat named Moby, blue tongue skink named Gator, and ball python named Monty.


Customer Service Representative

Amanda Bureau

Amanda is a graduate of Northeastern University.  A native of Massachusetts, she loves her Boston sports teams, especially the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox. Amanda loves working at an animal hospital because it allows her to be with dogs and cats every day and meet so many wonderful people.  When not working, Amanda is with her husband Rich, their children Nathalie, Melanie and Luc, their French Bulldogs Beau and Rico, Rottweiler, Jack and cat, Plumb.

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 Customer Service Representative


 Tasha Portenier

Tasha graduated from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in 2016 with a degree in Biology and Natural Science. Prior to Animal Hospital of Rochester, Tasha worked as a Veterinary Assistant in Miami, Oklahoma. She has always had a passion for animals and loves getting to spend her days caring for patients. She has two very spoiled cats, Loki and Cleo. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, doing puzzles, crafting, camping, and traveling.