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 8 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, 2 boxers, Liam James and Lydia Cosette, a very cantankerous cat named Tristen Bernard, a 2 yr old Bengal named Finnick and her latest addition, a 5 month old flamepoint himalayan named Sir Kensingpurr Bartholomeow. When not working, Dr. Buck enjoys riding her horse Lily and hiking with her dogs.



Dr. Juliann Ragone, DVM

Dr. Ragone graduated from the University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009.  She then went on to complete her internship at Veterinary Specialists of Rochester before starting work in the surrounding Rochester areas in Emergency and General Practice.  Dr. Ragone shares her home with her husband Scott as well as 2 cats and dogs.  When not working, Dr. Ragone enjoys running, crossfit and riding her horse.


Dr. Kate Huggler, DVM

Dr. Huggler grew up in the Finger Lakes Region and started working at her local veterinary clinic as a young teenager.   She fell in love with veterinary medicine and surgery and attended Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine where she studied veterinary medicine and was also involved in equine immunology research.   She graduated from Cornell in May of 2013, and began working as a veterinarian in the Rochester area.   Her veterinary interests include general practice as well as pain management and dermatology.   Currently, Dr. Huggler is receiving training in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), and she’s very excited to start offering these services as a compliment to her traditional western medical training.    In her spare time, you can find Dr. Huggler renovating and flipping houses with her husband Aaron, riding horses, doing yoga and occasionally even bicycle-touring around the country!   She lives with her two cats Kirya and Mittens, her lab/shepherd mix, Buddy (world’s best dog), and her husky/shepherd puppy, Roger (future world’s best dog).


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 aka “Princess”, a chow/golden retriever mix and Syler aka “Velcro”, a border collie mix.   Julie’s interests include world travel, coffee and movies with friends, wine tasting, boating, hot yoga and volleyball.


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Veterinary Technician

Samantha Welter

Samantha graduated from Medaille College in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Technology but has been working in the veterinary field since 2008.  She continues to work towards her Bachelors of Science degree in Veterinary Technology.  Samantha has a sincere interest in providing the best care possible for pets and their families.  When not working, Samantha enjoys hiking, drawing/painting, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.  Samantha has had many pets throughout the years and currently has four cats:  Polly, Fletcher, Clay and Carly.   




Veterinary Technician

Lyndsey Allen

Lyndsey graduated from Genesee Community College in 2016 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. She enjoys building relationships with clients and patients, and putting smiles on their faces. When not working, Lyndsey enjoys hiking and reading. Lyndsey is owned by 5 cats named Bella, Enzo, Hannah, Toby and Max, in addition to 2 ferrets, Homer (Homie) and Thelma.

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Veterinary Technician

Hillary Cardin

Hillary graduated from Medaille College with a degree in Veterinary Technology.  In addition, Hillary has a Bachelor’s of Arts from St. John Fisher College.  When not working, Hillary enjoys running, lifting weights, reading and the company of her friends.  Hillary lives with her 2 dogs, Isaac (Sumo) an American Bulldog, and Malachi a Pitbull, along with a mean cat named Waka Superfly!


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 1 year old cat named Julius that he rescued from Keller’s Kat’s.


Veterinary Assistant

Brianna Wilson

Brianna is currently a veterinary technology student at Medaille College.  She has been working as a vet tech assistant for 2 years.  Brianna loves providing the absolute best care for patients and their families.  She has 2 fur babies; a 1 year old black cat named Penelope and a 4 year old tabby named Boots.  In her spare time, Brianna enjoys traveling, spending time with family/friends, shopping, and planning her wedding!



Customer Service Representative

Shelby Foster

Shelby graduated with an Associates in Liberal Arts from FLCC.  She has worked in the hotel industry for 7 years when she finally decided she wanted to purse a career working with what she is passionate about – animals. Recently married, Shelby shares her home with her husband Adam, her 8 yr old American Eskimo named Jinx and her 10 year old Tabby named Crickett.  In her spare time, Shelby enjoys wine tastings, travel and spending time time with her beloved animals.


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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Hospital Assistant

Levi Ruper

Levi has always loved animals and is the proud “brother” of three dogs, a giant black lab, a feisty Siberian Husky, and a princess Pomeranian.  When the Animal Hospital of Rochester opened, Levi knew he wanted to work there as soon as he could.  Now an Assistant, Levi loves coming to work and learning as much as he can.  In turn, he teaches the rest of the staff Sign Language and is an excellent teacher to all of us.  Levi is considering becoming a Vet Tech someday.