Meet The Team at Yorktown Vets

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The highly trained doctors at Yorktown Vets are dedicated to providing the best medical and surgical care for your beloved pets. Many of our staff members have been working with us for many years and as a team, we strive to make your experience at Yorktown Vets as comfortable and comforting as possible.

Our Doctors

Valerie Carril

DVM, YORKTOWN AND ARDSLEY VETERINARY ASSOCIATES

Dr. Valerie Carril obtained her undergraduate degree at The College of St. Rose in Albany, NY. After graduation, she attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical rotations at Louisiana State University, earning her doctorate in January 2014. She began her veterinary career working in a high volume small animal practice in Howard Beach, NY. Dr. Carril’s career interests include surgery, feline medicine, preventative care and exotic medicine.

She is a current member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), New York Veterinary Medical Society (NYVMS) and the Westchester/Rockland Veterinary Medical Association (WRVMA). She resides in Putnam County with her husband, sons and rescued cats and in her spare time enjoys cooking, traveling, sculpting and painting.

Lindsey Thomas

DVM, YORKTOWN AND ARDSLEY VETERINARY ASSOCIATES

Dr. Lindsey Thomas grew up in Eastchester, NY with early aspirations to become a veterinarian. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University where she had the opportunity to study lemurs in a natural forest habitat. After graduation, she moved to Australia and completed her Veterinary Science degree at the University of Sydney, graduating with merit in 2012.

While working as a small animal veterinarian in Brisbane, she developed a strong interest in dermatology while participating in a drug trial for the treatment of skin allergies in dogs. She is also very interested in soft tissue surgery. In her free time in Brisbane, Dr. Thomas did volunteer work with an organization that raises and trains puppies to become service dogs for physically disabled individuals.

Dr. Thomas came back to New York in 2014 and is excited to be working as a veterinarian in her home state. She currently lives in Westchester with her husband, 2 children, 2 dogs and 2 cats. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and running.

Elise Lovisa

DVM

Dr. Lovisa graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. She received several awards for academic excellence including Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Sigma and Mortar Board. Dr. Lovisa entered the NYS College of Veterinary Medicine Graduate school in a Master’s Program for the Feline Health Center and was a teaching assistant for veterinary students.

She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University and pursued an internship at the Animal Medical Center in N.Y.C. Dr. Lovisa has been in private practice in Ardsley since 1986 and has been a guest speaker at several high school career functions, and a guest on numerous radio and TV programs.

She has been recognized as a Top Veterinarian by Westchester Magazine in 2011 and 2012. Her special interests are internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, weight management and disease prevention. She works cooperatively with several pet rescue groups, pursues continuing education, and takes great pleasure in mentoring high school and pre-veterinary students. Dr. Lovisa lives in Ardsley with her husband, has two adult children and currently owns two cats, Otis and Vito. After hours she enjoys exercising, reading, being with friends, and traveling.

 

Joseph Zuckerman

DVM

Dr. Zuckerman received his Bachelors in Science in Marine Biology from Farleigh Dickenson University in Teaneck N.J. He received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in Basseterre, Saint Christopher.

His senior year in veterinary school was spent doing clinical rotations such as medicine, surgery and anesthesiology at the University Of Minnesota School Of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Zuckerman is a former adjunct professor of comparative anatomy at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., Dr. Zuckerman is on the advisory board for the Animal Welfare League and frequently provides services and consultations with animal rescue organizations such as Pet Rescue and Adopt-A-Dog. Dr. Zuckerman has certification from the USDA/APHIS for international health certificates and in Stem Cell Therapy.

His special interests are Dentistry, Internal and Regenerative Medicine and Soft tissue surgery. Dr. Zuckerman lives in Westchester County N.Y with his wife, 2 daughters and his Malti-Poo “Charlie”. When he is not taking care of your pets, Dr. Zuckerman enjoys fishing and spending time with family and friends.

Christopher Dillon

DVM, DIP. ACVS-CONSULTING

Dr. Christopher J. Dillon is a 1991 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine Texas A&M University. After several years in private practice, Dr. Dillon decided to continue his education and successfully completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship and Small Animal Surgery Residency at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. Since then, he has worked many years both on Long Island and Manhattan and most recently as Director of Surgery at a referral practice in upstate New York. Over the years Dr. Dillon has developed a strong interest in reconstructive surgery as it relates to trauma and in the treatment of cancer, with other interests in soft tissue and neurosurgery

Kerry Heuter

DVM, DACVIM

Mobius Veterinary Services offers quality mobile ultrasounds and internal medicine consultations directly to general practice colleagues throughout Westchester and the surrounding counties. Mobius Veterinary Services is owned by Dr. Kerry Heuter. Dr. Heuter is a board-certified small animal internal medicine specialist with over 20 years’ experience managing complex cases.
Dr. Heuter received his veterinary degree from the Ohio State University and did his internship and residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. He has been in the Westchester area in large specialty practices since 2007 and has performed over 10,000 ultrasounds and managed countless patients.
During this time, he has built many relationships with primary care veterinarians. An unmet need remains for access to boarded specialists in the general practice setting. In 2019, Dr. Heuter decided to start helping veterinarians and their clients by going directly to their clinics. He provides high-quality ultrasounds, detailed internal medicine consultations, and assists in the day-to-day hospitalization of the more critical patients. Dr. Heuter’s goal is to assist veterinarians with diagnostics and treatment of your internal medicine cases in your practice, so you can provide the highest possible quality medicine and quality of life for your patients and their families.

J.P. Petrie

DVM, ACVIM-CONSULTING

Dr. Jean-Paul Petrie is a veterinary cardiologist with a mobile cardiology service operating in Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Dutchess Counties. He completed his DVM degree at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 1994. Following veterinary school, he completed an internship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists, Southfield, Michigan.

Prior to completing his residency, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cardiac physiology and interventional cardiology at the Robarts Research Institute, University Hospital, London, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Petrie went on to complete a residency in veterinary cardiology at The Animal Medical Center in 1996. He was awarded Diplomate status by the American College of Veterinary Medicine in Cardiology in 1999. Prior to his current position, Dr. Petrie was a staff cardiologist with the Department of Medicine at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. He lectures both nationally and internationally, has published several articles and books chapters, and continues to be actively involved in clinical research projects.

Zoe Quirk

DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Zoe Quirk received her veterinary degree from Iowa State University followed by a general internship year in Arizona. Dr. Quirk then completed an internal medicine internship followed by internal medicine residency under the tutelage of Dr. Kerry Heuter in Yonkers, NY which included extensive ultrasound training. Following completion of her internal medicine residency in 2015, Dr. Quirk worked as a staff internist at specialty and emergency practices in Long Island and Brooklyn continuing to perform and expand her ultrasound skills. Dr. Quirk is thrilled to be returning to Westchester and the surrounding communities to support veterinarians and their clients and pets by providing ultrasound exams, procedures, and internal medicine consultations directly in their home clinics. When not in the office, Dr. Quirk enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends as well as running and ice hockey.

Our Staff

Ray Disco

Clinic Manager / Assistant / Client Service Representative

Ray is new to the veterinary profession having previously spent many years in finance prior to joining YVA in the summer of 2021. He holds a BA degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in Mathematics and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Ray lives in Garrison with his husband and two Jack Russell terrier rescues, Gigi and Jackson.

LeAnna Colon

Client Service Representative / Assistant

LeAnna is currently pursuing her bachelors degree in biology with a concentration in animal studies at Manhattanville College. She lives in Yorktown with her three dogs – Benji, Bailey and Bambi.

In her free time, LeAnna enjoys watching baseball, and spending time with her pups.

Millie Lazo

Assistant / Client Service Representative

Millie graduated from SUNY Cobleskill in 2021 with a bachelors degree in Canine Training & Management. While Millie now works full time at Guiding Eyes for the Blind, she still finds time to occasionally come back to YVA and fill in on weekends.

Millie lives in Yorktown Heights with her rabbit Storm, and in her free time loves to do Taekwondo and watch movies.

Teresa Rodak

Assistant / Client Service Representative

Teresa has worked in the veterinary profession for 20 years since graduating from Peekskill High School and is YVA’s longest tenured employee.

She lives in Peekskill with her husband, two sons and three cats – Bella, Lil Mew and Kiara. During her down time, Teresa enjoys relaxing at home with her family, as well as caring for other people’s pets through her pet service, Paws and Claws Petsitting.

Ekaterina Uspenskaya

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Ekaterina graduated from Mercy College in 1998 and is licensed by the New York State Department of Education. After graduation, she worked in general practice honing her skills in surgical nursing, laboratory sample collection, digital radiography and animal husbandry.

Ekaterina worked for over 10 years with a board certified veterinary surgeon and has experience in anesthetic monitoring, post-operative care and physical therapy.