Michelle used to work in a very stressful fundraising job in New York City. She didn’t feel passion for her job, and recognized that working with animals could be what truly satisfied her! Michelle’s background includes graphic design, marketing , advertising and fundraising. DCAH was the perfect fit to utilize all her skills.
Michelle grew up in Orange County, New York. She graduated in 2003 from Marist College with a Bachelor’s in Communications Advertising. While looking for a job after her New York career was over, she found an ad in the Pennysaver and applied. She’s now been at Dutchess County Animal Hospital since 2007, serving as a receptionist as well as a marketing and web supervisor! As of 2015 she became Operations Manager!
Nothing is more rewarding for Michelle than feeling that she’s helped make clients’ days better. She also likes connecting one-on-one with pet patients, and watching pets grow up over the years.
Michelle and her husband have a son, Wesley, and a daughter, Lucy. They share their home with two cats, Nicky and Kris.
As a kid growing up in the Bronx, Suzana saw a lot of stray cats and dogs. She knew she wanted to be their voice, speaking up for them and providing whatever care they needed. She even convinced her parents to take in many strays! To this day, Suzana loves caring for pets of all shapes and sizes.
Suzana’s professional animal care career started in 2000, when she took a position as an Operations Manager at a major pet retail store. She later moved into the veterinary side of things, arriving at Dutchess County Animal Hospital in the summer of 2014.
At home, Suzana has two pets of her own. Donatella is a rescued tiger cat who will play fetch endlessly, and Punkin is a rescued mini schnauzer who has Suzana wrapped around her paw.
Front Desk Lead
Ambrielle has always had a deep love for animals. Growing up she always tried to sneak stray kitties into her house which her parents were not too fond of. Ambrielle graduated Chapel Field Christian High School in 2015 and started working in retail and customer service. She then discovered she loved working with people. Although she enjoyed working with people she still had a yearning to express her love for animals in her daily life. Working at Dutchess County Animal Hospital has given her the opportunity to follow both passions, working with people and animals!
Having had everything from iguanas and dogs to mice and hermit crabs, Shannon is definitely an animal lover! She even keeps an emergency kit in her vehicle in case she runs into a hurt animal! Shannon’s previous work includes home care for the elderly and managing an internal medical office, but she has always gravitated towards working with animals. So here she is! She gets the best of both worlds!
Alyssa started working with us at the end of the summer 2019. She loves all animals and has had rats, two sugar gliders (Cheddar and Biscuit), a ball python, a red tail boa, and a dog! Alyssa’s compassion for animals started at a young age and continued to grow.
Sarah has wanted to work with animals for as long as she can remember. Her dream job has always been to work in zoo animal behavior and communication. From working with cats and dogs to spending the day at the zoo, Sarah is most at home when there are animals around.
Born and raised in Hyde Park, NY, Sarah received her Bachelor’s degree in 2010 from Marist College in Behavioral Psychology. She also graduated from SUNY Ulster County Community College with her A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology in 2015 and was licensed that same year.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Tracie’s grandfather used to raise giant chinchilla rabbits, and he let Tracie feed them when she was only five years old. This early experience with animal care helped inspire Tracie to work in the animal care field full time!
Tracie grew up in Rockland County, New York, and moved with her family to Cornwall at the age of five. During her teenage years, she helped train the family dogs in obedience classes, then started cat rescue. She worked with several cat shelters in Boston and New York State, eventually meeting Dr. Diana Cannan in 2001 at a cat shelter in Beacon. A year later, she came to work with Dr. Cannan at Dutchess County Animal Hospital. In 2008, Tracie graduated with honors from SUNY Ulster.
Tracie has a rescue cat named Billy. Billy likes to sit beside Tracie when she reads.
When she has time outside of work, Tracie likes yoga, cross fitness, researching history, and running. She’s also an avid reader and loves going to the library.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Tara’s love for animals began when she was just 5 years old after her parents brought home her first pup, Toby. He became her inspiration when attending school for pre-veterinary medicine to work proudly in the animal care field. Tara now has 2 rescue pups of her own, Milo and Casey, who love exploring and taking up most of the space on her bed. Nothing makes her happier than being around her “kids” and helping save animals; and she definitely brakes for squirrels!
Raised in Poughkeepsie, NY, Tara graduated from Arlington High School in 2012. She then went on to Dutchess Community College where she received an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. From there she attended the University at Albany in pursuance of a Bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology but transferred after a year to attend Becker College in Worcester, MA. There she received an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary Medicine in 2017. Next step is to further her education in Veterinary Nutrition, and later attend a program at the University of Tennessee where she can become a Canine Physical Rehabilitation Practitioner. Her dream is to own a house with a large yard where her numerous rescue pups can play!
Gabby has always been an animal person having grown up with dogs but her love for animals really flourished when she began horseback riding at age 11.
She grew up in Wappingers Falls, NY and graduated from Roy C Ketcham High School in 2015. It was there she discovered her passion for science and medicine. She began her quest into the medical field by studying to become a nurse, but that was not quite her niche. She is am hoping to combine her love of science with her love of animals to create a fulfilling career in the veterinary field. She aspires to become a licensed veterinary technician.
Claire grew up not too far from Poughkeepsie in Cortlandt Manor. Claire had cats and rabbits growing up and she currently has Jax, an American Bulldog/Pitbull mix that she rescued from Yonkers Animal Shelter. Claire has worked in veterinary medicine on and off for twenty years. Some of her favorite areas of the job include working with the bully breeds in the rooms with their owners, she also enjoys assisting the doctors and technicians with surgical prep. Claire has started her associates degree to become a veterinary technician and plans to continue.
Michaela has loved animals since she was little. When her parents let her go pick out her very first kitten when she was about 7 years old, she ended up coming home with two kittens instead of one! Then her parents let her pick out a dog named Lily, and her love for animals just kept growing. Next, she brought in a stray cat and the family got even bigger!
Michaela lived in Highland, NY and graduated from Highland High School not knowing what she wanted to do for a career. After starting in retail, she soon realized that what she really wanted to do was to work with animals and help them since she had a love for being around them from a young age. Her goal is to go to school to become a licensed veterinary technician and start the career she knows she’ll love.