Our Doctors

Sara Bernat, VMD

Sara Bernat, VMD

Dr. Bernat graduated with her VMD from The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Her professional interests include surgery, ultrasound, and internal medicine. She is a member of the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association), and the NYSVMS (New York State Medical Society).
Kimberly Parkhill, DVM

Kimberly Parkhill, DVM

Dr. Parkhill graduated from Ross University of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She completed her clinical year at Purdue University. Dr. Parkhill’s professional interests include soft tissue surgery, oncology and exotic pets.
Corey Biesinger, DVM

Corey Biesinger, DVM

Dr. Biesinger began his veterinary career as a Veterinary Assistant here at Green Acres while pursuing his Pre-Veterinarian degree from Medaille College. He then graduated from The Ontario Veterinary College in 2013. He has assisted in spay/neuter clinics in India and Thailand and plans to return in the near future. Dr. Biesinger’s interests include ultrasound, radiology, and surgery.
Samantha Harack, DVM

Samantha Harack, DVM

Dr. Harack is a Western NY native from North Tonawanda. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biology at Niagara University in 2015, and received her D.V.M from The Ohio State University in 2020. Her experience in school includes: completing a Business Minor at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, being a student ambassador for OSU, assisting in a spay/neuter trip to Costa Rica, and being a Hill’s Pet Nutrition Primary student representative. Dr. Harack’s medical interests include: oncology, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, emergency and critical care. Her professional associations include being a member of AVMA,
Kimberly Hitt, DVM

Kimberly Hitt, DVM

Dr. Hitt graduated from Mississippi State University in 2012 with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Her professional interests include low-stress visits, low-stress handling, canine reproduction, and canine behavior. In her spare time, Dr. Hitt enjoys training and competing with her Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and Flat-Coated Retrievers in Obedience, Agility, and Conformation.
Melanie Burkard, DVM

Melanie Burkard, DVM

Dr. Burkard was born and raised in the Buffalo, NY area. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Daemen College in 2015. Dr. Burkard graduated from Ontario Veterinary College in 2020 with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Her professional interests include feline medicine and low-stress visits. Dr. Burkard has four pets, 2 dogs and 2 cats, that keep her very busy.
Lisa Navickas, DVM

Lisa Navickas, DVM

Dr. Lisa Navickas is from New Jersey. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Delaware Valley University. She attended veterinary School in Grenada at St. Georges University and completed her clinical year at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Her professional interests include preventative, alternative and sports medicine, as well as pocket pet and equine medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys competing in show jumping with her horse Tuffy , spending time with her rabbit Petrie and hiking with her two dogs, Kahlua a lab mix and Savannah a retriever mix.

Paul Harper, DVM

Dr. Paul Harper was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. He attended the Ohio State University for his undergraduate education and graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, Dr. Harper returned to the Buffalo-Niagara area to practice small animal medicine. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, Western New York Veterinary Medical Association, and the Niagara Veterinary Medical Association. His areas of interest include orthopedic surgery (fracture repair, TPLO, MPL, etc), soft tissue surgery, and emergency/critical care.
Dr Ashley Mott

Ashley Mott, DVM

As a Western New York native, Dr. Mott is excited to be a part of the Wheatfield Animal Hospital team. After receiving her B.A. in Biology and A.S. in Veterinary Technology from Medaille College, Dr. Mott attended the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine. During her time spent in the United Kingdom, she traveled to several countries to gain further experience in emergency medicine and critical care. Dr. Mott is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Her clinical interests include emergency care, ultrasonography, and surgery.
Robert Harper, DVM

In Memoriam: Robert Harper, DVM

Dr. Harper was a 1974 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was with the practice for over 25 years. Dr. Harper was a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and the Ohio State Veterinary Association. His professional interests included canine and feline surgery, ophthalmology, and reproduction.
Dennis Rohan, DVM

Dennis Rohan, DVM

Dr. Rohan attended Kansas State University where he received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Rohan’s professional interests include feline medicine, surgery, and dermatology.
Janet Spence DVM

Janet Spence, DVM

Dr. Spence received her degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2014 at Mississippi State.
Melanie Hopkins DVM

Melanie Hopkins, DVM

Dr. Melanie Hopkins is originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biological Science. She attended and graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She is absolutely in love with the town of Lewiston and is so excited to serve such an amazing community. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Cody Howard, DVM

Louie Cody Howard, DVM

Dr. Cody Howard was born in Salyersville, Kentucky, and is a graduate of Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Morehead State University and then attended Tuskegee University in Alabama for his DVM degree. Dr. Howard’s professional interests include internal medicine and general surgery. In his free time Dr. Howard is an avid horseman of several disciplines, going to the movies and comic conventions with friends, as well as powerlifting and rock climbing. Dr. Howard also enjoys managing his beef cattle herd alongside his German shepherd named Max.
Dr. Jamie Rottstock

Jamie Rottstock

Dr. Rottstock is a graduate from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine class of 2007. She completed her clinical studies at Louisiana State University and received a Bachelor’s in Science of Biology from the University of Puerto Rico. She has an interest in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine and Anesthesia. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the NYS Veterinary Medical Society. She moved to Buffalo in 2018 with her husband and daughter accompanied by her rescue dog “Nietzsche” and cat “Baby Kitty”. She enjoys spending time with her family hiking, traveling and watching blockbusters.
Leon Tse, DVM

Leon T.S. Tse, DVM

Dr. Leon Tse grew up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and received his Bachelor of Science at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. It was during his undergraduate studies where he developed an interest in animal care and veterinary medicine when he volunteered weekly at his local SPCA animal hospital. He then went on and graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. His clinical interests at the moment include surgery and diagnostic imaging. Dr. Tse has a 12 years old Westie-poo named Riker.
Andrea Wicks, DVM

Andrea Wicks, DVM

Dr. Wicks grew up on Long Island, New York. She graduated from Marist College with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences. She then went south to attend Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine before moving back north to practice here in Lewiston. She has two dogs, a cattle dog mix named Dallas and a Pembroke welsh corgi named Theodore.
Dr. Lindsey Tanalski

Lindsey Tanalski, DVM

Dr. Tanalski is originally from Long Island, NY but fell in love with western NY after attending the University at Buffalo where she received a degree in Biology with a minor in Medical Anthropology. She then received her D.V.M. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine in 2021. At Illinois, she worked with the resident wildlife animals, volunteered with the Veterinary Leadership Institute, and enjoyed outreach in the local community. Her veterinary interests include surgery, internal medicine, oncology, and pathology. She is a Fear Free certified professional, recover CPR certified, and a member of the AVMA.
Dr. Eureka Ma

Eureka Ma, DVM

Dr. Ma received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell University. She is proud to be in a position where she can help pets and their families stay healthy and happy. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and a Fear Free certified professional. Outside of veterinary medicine, she enjoys reading science fiction and teaching her cat Jilly how to do tricks.
Payal Samuel, DVM

Payal Samuel, DVM

Dr. Samuel is excited to join the Wheatfield Animal Hospital team and the Buffalo community! Dr. Samuel received her BSc. in Biology from Queen’s University in Canada. She then graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the island of St. Kitts and Nevis and completed her clinical year at Cornell University. Growing up she moved to several countries, developing a love for travel and various cuisines. She is looking forward to learning about Buffalo and its culture. Dr. Samuel’s clinical interests include wildlife medicine, rehabilitation and surgery.
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Amanda Gerard, DVM

Dr. Gerard graduated from Dickinson College earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology and History. She then went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University in 2013. Upon graduation, Dr. Gerard completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Iowa State and an Internal Medicine residency at the Atlantic Veterinary College (Prince Edward Island, Canada). She has previously worked in Massachusetts and Utah. She joins the Green acres family with years of experience in internal medicine, oncology, ultrasound, endoscopy, and computed tomography (CT).

Madeline Vind, DVM, MLAS

Dr. Vind earned her Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Miami University, then her Master’s degree in Laboratory Animal Science from Drexel University. She graduated from Western University with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and went on to complete a one-year small animal rotating internship. Dr. Vind’s professional interests include emergency medicine, critical care, and ultrasonography. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, skiing, and spending time outdoors with her husband and spunky Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.
Dr. Pawlowski with her dog

Jessica Pawlowski, DVM

Dr. Pawlowski grew up in the western NY area where she obtained her bachelor of science degree from Fredonia State University. After college, Dr. Pawlowski joined the BVG team as a veterinary assistant/receptionist before finally completing her doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from St. George’s University. Dr. Pawlowski’s area of clinical interest would be preventative medicine as well as surgery. Dr. Pawlowski lives with her two dogs Athena and Maggie as well as her four cats Penelope, Prentiss, JJ and Morgan.
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Derek Haley, DVM

Dr. Derek Haley was raised in Fayetteville, Georgia. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College in Massachusetts where he studied film and animal behavior. He then received his D.V.M. from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2022. Dr. Haley’s professional interests include emergency/critical care, behavioral medicine, and soft tissue surgery. He is a Fear Free certified professional and a member of the AVMA. Dr. Haley’s personal interests include photography, sailing, and rock climbing. He also enjoys spending lots of time with his German Shepherd named Freja.
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Joshua Reeder, DVM

Originally from Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, Dr. Reeder went to Albright College for his Bachelor of Science degree. He then attended the Atlantic Veterinary College (PEI Canada) for his DVM. His professional interests include emergency/critical care and surgery. He has one dog, a 3 year old boxer named Phoenix.
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Hung-Chun Lin, DVM

Dr. Lin received a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from National Chiayi University, School of Veterinary Medicine in Taiwan. Following graduation, she completed a small animal rotating internship in National Taiwan University and earned a master’s degree at Purdue University. Dr. Lin then completed a clinical year at Louisiana State University and achieved her certification of the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE). Her professional interests include anesthesia and emergency medicine. When she is not working, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and playing badminton.

Kiera Moore, DVM

Dr. Moore is from Ontario, Canada. She attended the University of Guelph and completed her bachelor’s degree in Animal Biology. She travelled to the Caribbean and received her Doctorate from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, and then completed her clinical year at Purdue University in Indiana. Buffalo allows her the opportunity to be close to family but also gain the most experience in emergency medicine. She is Fear Free Certified and Recover CPR certified. Her veterinary interests are emergency and shelter medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, marine wildlife, and spending time with her Australian shepherd

Irshad Khan, DVM

Dr. Irshad Khan was born and raised in Pakistan. After finishing vet school in Pakistan, he moved to France where he completed his masters degree from University of Francois Rabelais Tours. He later moved to Canada and worked at small animal practices in Newfoundland and Ontario. His professional interests include small animal medicine and surgery. In his spare time he enjoys walking trails, riding his bike, and volunteering.

Ajay Johny, DVM

After receiving his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, Dr. Johny graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed his clinical year at Michigan State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Dr. Johny further completed a 1 year Rotating Internship and a 1 year Neurology Speciality Internship at Pieper Veterinary Emergency & Specialty in Connecticut. Dr. Johny’s professional interests include Neurology and Emergency/ Critical Care Medicine. When he is not working, he enjoys hiking, landscape photography, snowboarding, and woodworking.