Our Doctors

Kathleen E. Wakefield, D.V.M., D.A.B.V.P.

Dr. Wakefield and her petsMy first memories as a child involve the animal world, whether it was going on farm calls with my father or snuggling under the covers with our dachshund. I knew most of my life that I would become a veterinarian. From an early age I helped my father, (veterinary class of 1954 MSU) with his large and small animal patients and my grandfather doing chores on his Hereford farm. I have always had a soft heart for all animals. Whenever a very sick dog or cat was missing from my dad’s clinic he knew where he would find it, in my bedroom with me trying to nurse it back to health. While driving by one of his cat-lady client’s home and viewing the 50 cats heading toward her house at dinner time, my father exclaimed to me, “There for the grace of God go you, Katz, if you don’t make something of your life!”

After 2 years of undergraduate study at Michigan State University, I was accepted into MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine class of 1979. In 1984, I joined Clark Animal Hospital (started by Dr. Stillman Clark) and became owner/partner together with Dr. Charpentier in 1988. We renamed the practice Clark Animal Care Center when we built our present facility and relocated to Route 250 in 1992. In June 2017, Dr. Charpentier and I sold our practice to National Veterinary Associates.

My very tolerant husband, Paul, fortunately shares my compassion for animals. We currently have 8 pets: 2 dogs (both boxers), 5 cats, and a small parrot. There always seems to be some woebegone animal that needs a home. We live on a hill in Penfield and Paul has often suggested that we put a sign halfway up our drive saying: Reject Hill, you are home now.

In 1998, I became board certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in Feline Medicine. There are approximately 75 veterinarians worldwide who have achieved this accreditation. Although my expertise is feline medicine, I will never limit my practice to cats only. I love dogs too much!

A. Denise Charpentier, D.V.M., D.A.B.V.P.,

Dr. Denise CharpentierDr. Charpentier attended the University of Connecticut for her undergraduate studies. She graduated from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1979. Dr. Charpentier is originally from Lunenburg, a small town in North-Central Massachusetts. Her parents, most of her five siblings and her many nephews and a niece reside in Massachusetts and New Hampshire where she loves to visit them. She has one brother who resides in New Zealand (when he isn’t working in Antarctica) but she doesn’t get to visit with him very often! She and her husband, Roger, share their home with Billy, an African grey parrot.

In 1987 Dr. Charpentier became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, certified in Canine and Feline Practice. Re-certification is required every 10 years and she has re-certified twice. This makes her one of only about 460 Canine/Feline ABVP Diplomates in the United States and abroad. Dr. Charpentier has been an owner/partner in Clark Animal Care Center since 1988. Her professional special interests include endoscopy- flexible gastrointestinal endoscopy as well as the use of rigid scopes in rhinoscopy, cystoscopy, and laparoscopy. She also has a special interest in avian medicine. She enjoys the diagnostic challenges of internal medicine. Surgical interests include the performance of a variety of soft tissue procedures and cranial cruciate repair.

Dr. Charpentier has served as a Member of the New York State Board for Veterinary Medicine since 2007 (currently as Chair). This Board is appointed by the State of NY and is dedicated to public protection and quality professional preparation and conduct. The BVM advises and assists the Board of Regents and the State Education Department on matters of professional regulation.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Charpentier loves nature, animals, and being in the out-of-doors. Hiking, snowshoeing, camping, backpacking, kayaking and solo canoeing are all pursuits that she enjoys. She is an enthusiastic member of the Adirondack Mountain Club and has served in many capacities in the local chapter including Treasurer, Vice-Chair, Chair, Programs Chair and Outdoor Expo Volunteer Coordinator. She is honored to have been chosen to be a member of the Genesee Valley Chapter’s “High Summit Honor Society”, which acknowledges those members of the Chapter whose volunteer efforts over many years have consistently exceeded all expectations. Travel is another interest and she especially enjoys travel “off the beaten path”. Her adventures have included climbing to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, hiking through the Himalyas to Everest Base Camp, and kayaking in the fiords of southern Greenland. Closer to home, Dr. Charpentier has completed the Finger Lakes Trail End-to-End hike, which is approximately 575 miles. Reading both fiction and non-fiction is a lifelong love and she is never far from a good book.

Dr. Charpentier is proud to be a veterinarian at Clark Animal Care Center, where she is continually challenged to be the very best doctor that she can be.

Joanna S. Benedetti, D.V.M.

Dr. BDr. Benedetti grew up on a small farm in Bloomfield, NY, which inspired her pursuit of veterinary medicine. From an early age she cared for a menagerie of pets, livestock, birds and miscellaneous wildlings. As the daughter of a dentist and a chemist, medicine and science were present throughout her life, laying the foundation for a future in veterinary medicine.
She earned her undergraduate degree in liberal arts from Syracuse University, where she met her husband, Anthony. After spending several years working in various parts of the country including a wildlife hospital in Northern Wisconsin, and veterinary hospitals in San Francisco and Boston, they settled in Denver, Colorado so that she could pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian.
After earning her MS in Anatomy (2000) and DVM (2005) from Colorado State University she worked at AAHA-accredited Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital in Denver, Colorado.
After 10 years in Colorado, Dr. Benedetti and her husband returned to their hometown roots in Upstate New York. After practicing at a large, high-volume small animal hospital in the Victor area, she joined Clark in 2011. Now a mom to three wonderful children, she enjoys the challenges of caring for her patients and the families that love them. Her veterinary practice has focused exclusively on companion animals with professional interests in internal medicine and pain management.
Outside of work she enjoys running on trails, in 5k races and, happily, after her kids, as well as spending time gardening and baking anything chocolate!

Allison Cooperman, D.V.M.

Allison CoopermanDr. Cooperman was born in New York City and raised in Long Island, New York. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree and then a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University, she spent 10 years working in the field of public health doing both research and public health education in the New York City area. Despite a satisfying career, she could no longer ignore her lifelong desire to work with animals and pursued a veterinary career. In 2009, she graduated with a DVM degree from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

After completing her veterinary degree, Dr. Cooperman completed a 1 year small animal internship at a specialty practice in the Rochester area and then spent two years working at a busy companion animal practice in Livonia, New York before joining Clark Animal Care in 2012. Her special interests include internal medicine, preventive medicine and pain management.

Dr. Cooperman met her wonderful husband Paul, a music therapist and lifelong Rochesterian, while in veterinary school, and they have a “delicious” son, Russell, who was born in 2012. The three have nested in with their two Chihuahua/Terrier mixes, Javier and Ernesto, their cat, Luna, and their mischievous ferret, Lulu. Outside of her veterinary work, she enjoys kayaking, cooking and is trying to turn her brown thumb green with multiple home gardening projects. She also enjoys listening to a various types of music with her husband, especially when he’s playing in the band.

Amanda Kiley, D.V.M.

kileypicDr. Kiley joined the Clark Animal Care team in September 2014. She is originally from Maryland and grew up in the Baltimore area. During high school, she worked at a cat-exclusive veterinary clinic where she developed her love for veterinary medicine. She received an undergraduate degree from Cornell University, than graduated in 2011 from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

After graduation, Dr. Kiley and her husband (a native of Clyde, NY) planned to relocate to upstate NY. She had worked at a small animal clinic out towards Buffalo for three years, but moved back to the Rochester area to be closer to friends and family. Her primary interests include internal medicine and feline medicine and nutrition.

Dr. Kiley and her husband have a son and daughter, and share their home with Toots a Pitbull mix, Sullivan a Chihuahua mix, and two cats, Phyllis and Emo. Outside of work, she enjoys going to concerts, watching baseball, and spending time outdoors with the dogs.

Dr. Jessica L. Christman, D.V.M.

Dr. Jessica L. ChristmanDr. Jessica L. Christman joined the team at Clark Animal Care Center in July 2019. She has been a Doctor of Veterinary medicine since 2014 and graduated from The University of Illinois. Before joining Clark she worked at a small 2 doctor practice in central Illinois treating small animal and the occasional exotic pet. Dr. Christman has a strong interest in emergency service and surgery. In her spare time Dr. Christman enjoys playing with her Jack Russell Terriers Moose and Pip , spending time with her family especially her 2 nieces , reading and watching baseball. She loves the outdoors and is looking forward to exploring the Rochester area. She is excited about expanding her knowledge in Ultrasonography and advancing her surgical skills in soft tissue and orthopedic repairs.

We are delighted to have Dr. Christman on staff and see her develop long lasting client relationships while she delivers the best possible care to their pets.