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 travel, coffee and movies with friends, photography, yoga and volleyball.


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Lead Licensed Veterinary Technician

Ashleigh Calderon

Ashleigh graduated in 2016 with an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from Medaille College and will be taking her VTNE this Fall and continuing her biggest passion, which is to help animals in need. When not working, Ashleigh enjoys hiking, camping, hunting and spending time with her husband Gerry.  Ashleigh owns  a husky named Duke (cute dog shown in picture), 2 cats named Floki and Trixi, a bearded dragon named Odin and a scorpion named Mathayus.



Veterinary Assistant

Shannon King 

Shannon has worked as a technician in the Florida area before deciding to return to Rochester to be closer to family and continue her education at Medaille to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Shannon has a pitbull named Lady that is her world.  On the weekend Shannon loves to go on day trips to various hiking spots.

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Veterinary Assistant

Julianna Kalke

Julianna has had a passion for working with and helping animals for as long as she can remember. After graduating high school, Julianna completed the Farrier program at Cornell University.  Julianna grew up in the Horse 4-H world, Barrel Racing at the County and State Fair which peaked her interest in the health and care of Farm Animals. During free time, she loves to spend time with her array of animals including, chickens, turkeys, a rabbit, dogs, cats, horses and cockatiel. When the weather is nice, she also likes to go exploring new trails with her dogs, Bindi and Finn.
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Lead Customer Service Representative

Karmen Peterson

Karmen is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a degree in Journalism. After a professional career in broadcasting she turned her love of animals into a second career.  Her passion for animals started at an early age while growing up in the Midwest. She enjoys the outdoors and spending time with family and friends, especially her rescue pups Jax and Sydnee!  She is a master euchre player, and also something about world peace…



Customer Service Representative

Tori Gokey

Tori graduated from medaille college in 2019 with a Bachelor Degree in Veterinary Technology. She will hopefully be taking the VTNE soon to continue her life goal of helping animals. When not working, Tori enjoys spending time with family and friends, time outside, hiking, and fishing. She has a cat named Roz and a rescue puppy named Drake. 


Customer Service Representative 

Sara Ferguson (pic and bio coming soon)



Customer Service Representative 

Heidi Schmitt 

Heidi earned a degree in Communications from SUNY Geneseo, and has worked in various industries before joining the Animal Hospital of Rochester, including event coordination and makeup artistry.  This is her first professional experience using her background in the animal care industry, and she’s loving it!  Heidi has 2 dogs, Rosie, a red Cocker Spaniel and Lucy, a cream Golden Retriever.  Heidi’s interests include spending time with friends and family, live theater and concerts, and anything to do with being near the water!Heidi Schmitt Bio Photo (1)