Mon and Fri: 8 AM – 5 PM
Tue – Thur: 8 AM – 6 PM
Sat: 8 AM – 1 PM
442 County Route 76
Mechanicville, NY 12118 (518) 664- 2722

(518) 664 – 2122

Our Staff

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. 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: Maisy a Mutt mix, Sprout the Chihuahua, Bubs the cat, Sardenia the mama cat!

Julie White

Veterinary Technician

Kayla Goodspeed, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Kayla started her career with us as a veterinary technician intern in 2015, 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! When not at work, Kayla enjoys spending time riding her horse competing in cattle sorting, ranch work and barrel racing. Kayla currently owns an American Quarter Horse named “It’s About Docalady”, two adorable miniature horses, chickens, a red heeler named Louie, and three fabulous cats.

Kayla Goodspeed

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!

Alyssa DiFlorio

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Eddie Castellano, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Eddie is a licensed veterinary technician who moved to the capital district from long island just before joining the Homestead Team in January of 2019. He spent most of his career at specialty and emergency facilities, so he comes to us with a lot of experience. His move was prompted by his dreams of living in the country. Now, Eddie spends most of his time building an infrastructure for his farm, caring for his various animals which include various exotic animals, dogs, cats, chickens and goats.

Eddie Castellano

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Emma Slezak, Licensed Veterinary Technician


Emma Slezak

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Alley Willard, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Alley is one of our licensed veterinary technicians, who is striving to become a veterinarian. She works with us during her school breaks. You will quickly see Alley’s friendliness and love for animals when you meet her. When Alley isn’t studying or working you can find her cooking, hiking, and wrangling her two ferrets- Thor and Odie. We know that Alley has a bright future ahead of her as a veterinarian!

Alley Willard

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Miranda Duel, Practice Manager

Miranda joined our team in the fall of 2019. Miranda comes from the horse world but has a passion for small animals that is evident when you meet her. Miranda graduated from SUNY Delhi and is a licensed veterinary technician. Miranda has a love for all animals but is partial to horses and Border Collies! Miranda and her daughter, Hope, live on their family’s small farm with an assortment of animals-including horses, Shorthorn beef cattle, Dorset cross sheep, pigs, turkeys and chickens.

Miranda Duel

Practice Manager

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.

Margaret Wilmot

Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist

Shelbi Merrifield, Veterinary Assistant

Shelbi joined the team in October of 2019. Shelbi graduated from Le Moyne College back in May 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Biology. Shelbi has dreamed of being a veterinarian since she was 5 years old so is getting all the experience, she can here with us, before applying to veterinary schools. In her free time Shelbi enjoys reading, drawing and spending time with her dogs and family. Shelbi has many pets, she has 3 dogs River, Wrangler and Coco, 2 Siamese cats Loki and Bob and 3 rabbits.

Shelbi Merrifield

Veterinary Assistant

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!

Debbie Martin


Claire Gabriel, Receptionist

Claire joined the Homestead team this fall. You can find her in the office greeting you with a smile on Mondays and Saturdays. Claire is trained in canine animal behavior and actively participates in canine rescue groups. Claire fosters dogs in her home and assists in facilitating canine adoptions throughout the year. In addition to the fosters Claire has 5 dogs, a bearded dragon, a crested gecko, and snakes.

Claire Gabriel


Judy Kergel, Receptionist

Judy joined our team in late 2019 as a receptionist. As soon as you meet Judy you will recognize how much she loves animals, especially little dogs. Judy’s first job working with animals was when she was 12 years old, and she’s been in the field since! Judy graduated with a degree in Biology and has done everything from Vet assisting to receptionist! Judy has two little dogs, Percy and Penny, who are two of the coolest dogs on the block! Judy also recently added a cat to the family! Her name is Wendy and she’s her honorary little dog. Judy has a special love for little dogs and will most likely try to snuggle with your little dog when you visit.

Judy Kergel


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!

Liz Wallace

Veterinary Assistant

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 Dr. Little’s charts. 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

Bosco – Homestead’s Official Tail Wagger

Bosco is Dr. Butlers beautiful Australian Shepherd. Bosco loves belly rubs and playing with tennis balls. Be sure to say hello to Bosco when you see him in the office.


Homestead’s Official Tail Wagger

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