A Special Team

With a special approach.

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To us, veterinary medicine isn’t a profession. It is our calling in life. Because we understand how intertwined your life is with your pet’s health, well-being, and safety. Here, we find answers. And we’ll make a difference.

Doctors

Kip Butler

Kip Butler

DVM/Owner

Dr. Kip Butler joined our practice in July 2014, and in November 2016 became the new owner of Homestead Animal Hospital! Born and raised in Cobleskill, New York, Dr. Butler graduated from The State University of New York at Cobleskill with an Associates in Science Biology and Animal Science. He then completed his Bachelor of Science at the University of Vermont. In 2008, he earned his Doctorate from Kansas State University and has been practicing in New York since. Dr. Butler has been involved in all facets of veterinary medicine from large animal ambulatory practice to overnight emergency critical care and small animal general practice.

Darren MacNaughton

Darren MacNaughton

DVM

Dr. Darren MacNaughton grew up in Queensbury, NY and attended Princeton University, graduating with a degree in Neuropsychology. After graduating from Princeton, he worked in a research lab in the department of Cardiovascular Sciences at Albany Medical College. After a few years he entered the Master’s Degree program in the same department focusing on research in atherosclerosis and treatment complications from angioplasty. He left Albany Medical College to attend Veterinary School at Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine where he received the Best Surgery Team award for his small and large animal surgery work during his studies there. He then went on to study at Cornell University Collage of Veterinary Medicine doing a year long externship for clinical medicine.

After graduating with High Honors, he accepted a position in his hometown of Queensbury and has worked in several different Veterinary Hospitals in the greater Capital District since. He maintains his relationship with Albany Medical College, returning several times throughout the year to help teach medical students electrocardiogram labs. He is a member of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. MacNaughton is certified in Veterinary Stem Cell injections through Vet Stem, and is also a Certified Fear Free Practitioner. He has a special interest in neurology, cytology, and surgery. He currently resides in Clifton Park NY with his wife, daughter, and chocolate Labrador Retrievers.

Greg Adams

Greg Adams

DVM

Dr. Greg Adams joined Homestead Animal Hospital in October, 2021. Dr. Adams was born and raised in Platteville, WI where he developed a love for veterinary medicine working on dairy farms. He attended undergraduate at UW-Platteville and then moved to Madison, WI to attend veterinary school at UW-Madison. Dr. Adams has explored many facets of veterinary medicine from dairy to exotic animal medicine while studying in veterinary school. After school, he practiced mixed animal medicine at a clinic near his hometown. Dr. Adams and his wife Brittany, along with their five dogs and rabbit, are excited to move to New York to explore all that the Saratoga Springs area has to offer and look forward to becoming part of the community.

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”

-Martin Buber

Veterinary Technicians & Assistants

Julie White

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!

Kayla Goodspeed

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 and busy being an amazing momma, 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 two fabulous cats.

Emma Slezak

Emma Slezak

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Emma is a licensed veterinary technician that is originally from the Capital District area. She obtained her license in 2012 from SUNY Canton and spent her first few years as a technician working at the Fort Drum military base. She joined our team in the summer of 2018. She soon after started a Master’s program in public health, but wanted to remain within the veterinary field part time because of her passion for animal care. In her free time Emma spends her time at home with her fur babies or taking her dog on hikes or paddle boarding.

Ellie Gardner

Ellie Gardner

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Ellie is a licensed veterinary technician who re-joined the team in 2020. Ellie enjoys emergency and diagnostic medicine. Ellie has a true love of cats and is sure to say hello to every kitty patient. Ellie loves the outdoors, her flowers and has 4 cats of her own.

Jennifer Miano

Jennifer Miano

Veterinary Technician

Jen joined the Homestead team in 2020 when she was on a search for a veterinary hospital with a staff that is as caring and dedicated as she is! For her, the most rewarding part of the job is working with her teammates in providing a comfortable, comprehensive visit for our patients and supporting pet-parents in their desire to have a happy, healthy pet.

In Jen’s free time, she enjoys reading mysteries, working in her yard and exploring her wild little home state of Vermont with her partner Matt and her very adorable yellow lab Andy.

Kendra Herrington

Kendra Herrington

Veterinary Technician

Kendra joined the staff at Homestead in March of 2021. Kendra graduated from SUNY Morrisville in 2008 with a degree in Agricultural Business then from SUNY Canton in 2013 with her Veterinary Technician License. Kendra enjoys spending time in surgery and seeing any Frenchie that walks through the door! Kendra lives in Greenwich with her husband, daughter, her dogs Murphy, Memphis & Butchy the rabbit. When not at the clinic she can found at her family’s strawberry farm, making jam, in her garden, or surrounded by family.

Liz Wallace

Liz Wallace

Veterinary 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 on the phone, making social media posts and by keeping our facility clean and stocked! Liz enjoys spending time with family, cheering her nieces on in their dance competitions, and attending hockey games. She currently has a feisty black cat named Ivy.

Shelbi Merrifield

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.

Tabitha Henzel

Tabitha Henzel

Veterinary Assistant

Tabitha joined the Homestead team in the spring of 2021 as a veterinary assistant. Tabitha is currently working towards being a Veterinary Technician through Penn Foster college. Tabitha always has a smiling face and loves your pets like they were her own. Tabitha has a dog, Larry, and two cats, Waffles and Skittles. Tabitha’s inspiration to work in veterinary medicine was her beloved dog, Cedar, who recently passed at the age of 16.

“When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.”

-AD Williams

Client Care

Miranda Duel

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.

Debbie Martin

Debbie Martin

Receptionist

Debbie joined the Homestead team in April 2018! Debbie brings many years of experience working in an animal hospital and has a true love for all animals. She enjoys working at Homestead where the doctors and staff are devoted to upholding high standards of medicine for their patients and deeply care for our patients. Debbie loves meeting new clients, their pets and being able to form a relationship with them over the years! Debbie is known for her kind demeanor, willingness to help and is always willing to give a stray or unwanted dog or cat a second chance by taking them into her home. She loves hiking with her dogs, snowmobiling, garage sales, her family and the ocean. We know you will enjoy working with Debbie as much as we do!

Claire Gabriel

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.

Nicole Koch

Nicole Koch

Receptionist

Nicole joined the Homestead team in the summer of 2021. Working with animals has always been a dream of Nicole’s and she truly enjoys meeting every one of our client’s pets. Nicole has ambitions of going to college to become a veterinary technician in the future. Nicole and her son, Aiden, love the outdoors. You will often find them fishing or hanging out on the farm. Nicole has 2 dogs-Skye and Rocky, 2 cats-River and Bug, chickens, 2 goats and a snake named Apollo.

Inky

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 the doctor’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!

Bosco

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.