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.


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).



Dr. James Klovstad, DVM

Dr Klovstad is a graduate of St Georges University. He has a extensive background in animal surgery as well as routine animal healthcare. He shares his home with his wife Kat who is also a veterinarian in the city of Rochester, as well as his dog Vixen and 2 cats Penny and Sheldon. When not helping animals in need he spends his time with friends and enjoying nature. He loves the outdoors and can be found hiking whenever he gets a chance.


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, hot yoga and volleyball.


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Veterinary Technician

Emily Bellavia 

Emily graduated from Genesee Community College in 2016 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. With a life long passion for animals, she loves working with fur friends every day. Emily belongs to Rugby, a 3 year old American Bulldog mix, and can often be found adventuring outdoors with him. When not working, she enjoys getting lost in the woods, doing yoga, baking, and spending quality time with her family.



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

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!



Veterinary Assistant

Alison Diaz

Alison was born in Massachusetts but grew up in the Dominican Republic where her and her father was a veterinarian. Alison returned to the U.S. in September 2010 and began her training to become a veterinary technician. Alison graduated May 2016 with a degree in Veterinary Technology and joined our team January 2017. She lives with her fiancé Chris, son Sebastian, daughter Emma, two dogs, and one cat.


Customer Service Representative

Elaine Singh

Elaine attended Morrisville State College for equine science and management. She loves working with all animals but has a special place in her heart for horses and dogs. She is a mom to two fur babies, Babee, and Nylah. When not at work she enjoys spending time with her husband, crafting, visiting the Rochester Public Market, trail riding, and creating memories with families and friends.



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.