Kali Gonroff, Office Manager
Kali first joined the Homestead team in 2000. She always knew her life’s passion was in working with animals – big and small! She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University at Albany in 2008. Since then, she has been the hospital manager, with a passion for client communication and organization! She is currently studying for her CVPM (Certified Veterinary Practice Manager) certification, to further help ensure the happiness of the pets and people at Homestead. When she’s not at the hospital, she can be found snuggling with her precious three-legged Peekapoo, her three fabulous cats, one wild pony, one naughty goat, several chickens, and one happy little Parakeet!
Julie White, Veterinary Technician
Julie started working at Homestead in 1997! She is one of the employees that so many of our clients have known and loved since the start. Julie is a graduate of Tonawanda High School and The State University at Fredonia. She is best known in the office for her friendly, calm demeanor, and her incredible laboratory skills. Her favorite part of the job is helping our clients that truly feel their pets are part of their family – sometimes their only family – especially during difficult situations. That is when her kind spirit truly shines.
Julie is also a board member at the Hudson Crossing Park in Schuylerville, where she is currently in charge of the park’s annual Cardboard Boat Race! She can be found digging around in both her garden at home and at the park, as gardening is one of her favorite hobbies. Julie shares her home with her husband, two children, and her pack of rescue animals: Maddie a Pit mix, Maisy a Mutt mix, Sprout the Chihuahua, Bubs the cat, Sardenia the mama cat, and Polo the guinea pig!
Kayla Goodspeed, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Kayla started her career with us as a veterinary technician intern student, and we just loved her so much, we couldn’t let her go! Kayla joined our staff as one of our full time LVT’s in May 2016. As soon as you meet Kayla you will see how she was truly destined to work with animals. Her friendly personality and willingness to help are some of her best qualities! And veterinary medicine isn’t just a career to Kayla, it is her passion, and has been her dream since she was a very young child. She feels that helping animals is such a rewarding job – the best part of the job! Kayla currently has several beautiful pets in her life – an AQHA horse named Ty, three adorable miniature horses, four fabulous cats, including the famous Jiggy Gelato( Jiggy is the large grey kitty Kayla adopted from the hospital – who has been made famous on our Facebook page!)
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Jennifer Johnson, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Jennifer joined our professional team in April 2017 as a Licensed Veterinary Technician. During high school, Jennifer worked at a zoo, helping to care for several different types of animals and her interest in veterinary medicine began! This experience and her passion for animals lead her to pursue a career as an LVT, and she has done that ever since! Jennifer is a helpful team player, with a calm and collected demeanor – which is well received by nervous cats and dogs. When not at work, Jennifer is an amazing athlete – playing hockey, biking, running marathons, and being a mom to two teenagers! She currently owns four dogs (two Labs, one Golden Retriever, one Rottweiler) and three crazy cats.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Alyssa DiFlorio, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Alyssa joined our professional team in May 2017 as a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She studied Equine Science at SUNY Cobleskill and veterinary medicine at SUNY Delhi. Alyssa has always had a love for animals and this career allows her to work closely with them. She enjoys being able to help sick pets and get them back home with their families. Alyssa is typically found in our surgery suite, assisting our doctors with surgical procedures and ensuring a safe and comfortable visit for your pet! When not at work, Alyssa enjoys spending time with her dog, traveling, hiking, and going to the beach! She currently has a sweet Husky named Kyra, a purrfect cat named Digiorno, and a handsome Thoroughbred named Ben!
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Thresa Clinton, Receptionist
Thresa is one of the first friendly faces you’ll see when you walk into Homestead! She joined our staff as a receptionist in January 2018. Thresa comes to us with several years experience as a professional veterinary receptionist, working in the industry for over ten years. She is currently pursuing a degree in English and Cultural Studies from SUNY Empire State, which explains her love for thorough and detailed medical records! Her favorite part of the job is educating clients and making them feel confident with their pet’s care. Thresa is known for her contagious laugh, cracking jokes, and her morning “cheese break.” When she is not at Homestead, she is a full time student, but does occasionally find time to go camping or kayaking. She currently shares her home with two dogs and two cats!
Debbie Martin, Receptionist
Debbie joined the Homestead team in April 2018! Debbie brings several years of experience working in an animal hospital and has a true love for all animals. She enjoys working in a hospital where the doctors and staff are devoted to upholding high standards of medicine for their patients and deeply cares for our patients. Debbie loves meeting new clients and their pets, and being able to grow a relationship with them over the years! Debbie is known for her kind demeanor and willingness to help out – and for not knowing what Star Wars is! She loves hiking with her dogs, snowmobiling with her family, and going to the ocean to listen to the waves and relax. She is also a garage-sale expert! We know you will enjoy working with Debbie as much as we do!
Liz Wallace, Kennel Assistant
Liz is a graduate from Penn Foster Career School for Vet Assistant. She has been part of our staff since January 2014. Liz is our jack of all trades, and is truly an asset to everyone! She can be found all over the hospital, assisting the doctors and technicians with appointments, helping clients at the front desk and by keeping our facility clean and stocked! Liz is an avid reader (she tends to read 4 books at a time!), and enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She currently shares her home with a beautiful black long-haired cat named Ivy and an adorable black New Zealand Giant Rabbit named Pippin!
Margaret Wilmot, Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist
Margaret joined the Homestead team in September 2018! She has a degree in Criminal Justice from SUNY Delhi, and is now continuing her education to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Margaret has always been surrounded by animals her entire life and nurturing them is her true passion. Her calm and sincere personality shines through with a smile on her face as she greets our clients and helps them during their appointments. The way to Margaret’s heart is truly through caring for animals….and a bag of potato chips – she can’t resist either of them! She currently has a beautiful rescued Pitbull named Delilah and two fuzzy orange cats, Hector and Annabelle.
Inky – Homestead’s Official Greeter
Inky became part of our family in December 2017! His previous owners sadly could not keep him, and instead of euthanasia, Dr. Butler let us adopt him as our official Homestead pet! He has a staff of servants that cater to his every demand. He is known for his giant extra toes and his grouchy old-cat meow! He enjoys knocking the phone off the hook, walking across the keyboards, and sleeping on Kali’s desk. He can be found hanging out at the reception desk, sleeping in the office, and hiding under the basement stairs waiting to scare the staff! Be sure to say hello to him the next time you are in!
Homestead’s Official Greeter
Emma Slezak, Licensed Veterinary Technician
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