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 w/her boyfriend, hot yoga and volleyball.


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Licensed Veterinary Technician

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 is now 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.


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

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

Kasandra Wolschlegel

Kasandra has always had a deep love for animals of all kinds. As a child, she had dogs, cat, horses, cows, chickens, ducks and sheep.  All of which found their way to the fair at some point as she was part of 4H.  Kasandra not only competed at the county level, but also went to the state fair as well.  4H and Pony Club really helped her knowledge of animal health and care development. In addition to spending most of her days with her 2 dogs Saucy (basset) and Shadow (beagle), her horse Connie; Kassandra also really enjoys hiking, Foxhunting, 3-day Eventing… really anything outdoors where her dogs and maybe even horse can tag along.



Christina Witkowski

Customer Service Representative



 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.



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…