Karen is the new Hospital Manager at Clark Animal Care Center. Karen has an Associates Degree in Business Administration from Monroe Community College. She was previously employed at Gap Inc. 22 years. During that time Karen gained strong customer service skills, business management skills and how to build and maintain strong teams. Karen prides herself on how she can make connections with people and the 4 legged creatures that come into the office. Karen’s transition to the veterinary world had been a desire for many years based on her love of animals. She was looking for a career in which she could be part of something she was truly passionate about. The opportunity finally came and she welcomed it fully.
Karen was born in Rochester and her whole family is still in the area. She has an older brother and sister who each have 2 children with whom she is very close to. Karen’s parents live close to her home and are frequent babysitters to her dog. She is the proud mother of Kiki D , a 6 year black lab mix she adopted from Lollypop Farm. Kiki stole her heart from the moment she saw her. Karen always names her pets after a favorite song or musical artist. So Kiki D is named after the Elton John/Kiki Dee song “ Don’t go breakin’ my heart”. Her fist dog Lola, a Pitt mix was also adopted from Lollypop Farm. Karen chooses to adopt or rescue those pets who need homes and has had 2 great dogs in her adult life!
Karen is excited about this next chapter in her professional career. She looks forward to learning as much as she can about the veterinary world and become part of giving great care to the Clients at Clark.
Technicians and Assistants
Carrie, Licensed Veterinary Technician, Technician manager
Carrie came to Clark’s after having received an associates degree in Veterinary Technology, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Medaille College. Carrie has been an employee here since November 1997. She is responsible for many aspects of your pet’s care while they are here at the hospital or visiting us with you. She truly enjoys the interaction with clients and their pets. She feels good about working at a hospital that practices excellent medicine and promotes the human/animal bond. Carrie is a member of the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians.
Carrie has been married since 2004 and has a couple of “furry” family members. They are Bruce- weimaraner mix, and Earl-siamese. In her time away from Clark, she likes to do agility training with Bruce and dog obedience work.
Deb, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Deb has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician since 1984, graduating Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Canton. Initially, her career centered in feline practice, which explains her affinity toward cats. One of the highlights of her career includes an internship and 2 years as a volunteer at PAWS Wildlife Center in Lynnwood, Washington. She was a NYS wildlife rehabilitation assistant for many years. Deb joined CACC in 2003. Her special interests lie in critical care, anesthesiology and geriatrics. Quality care, for both pets and their owners is her reason for working at CACC. “Our pets afford to us a unique dimension to our human experience. I couldn’t imagine life without them.”
Deb enjoys life with her wonderful husband, Andy and their dog Pixie(Captain of our boat), 6 beautiful feline kids and 1 geriatric bunny.
Jennifer, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Jennifer has been working as a veterinary technician at Clark Animal Care since 1998. She has been a licensed tech for the last 20 years, having graduated from Canton Agriculture/Technical College in 1986. Her position here is an “animal nurse” where she monitors anesthesia, runs lab work, does radiology, performs client education, prepares for surgical procedures, monitors patients that need intensive care, and all the other basic animal nursing duties. What she likes best about the position is the interaction with clients and educating them about their pets, and of course, she enjoys working with the animals.
Jennifer must like it here, as she drives 50 miles to get to work! Jennifer grew up in Pulaski, New York. Her mom was a home economics teacher, her dad a well driller. She has an older brother and 7 nieces and nephews, and 2 god daughters. Her 4 footed family consists of 2 cats (Harley and Howitzer), a rescue dog (Lady Hannah) and a bunny (Harry). She has many more pets that are still cherished in her heart. Outside of enjoying animals, Jennifer pursues various outdoor activities – skiing (downhill and cross-country), kayaking, and camping. She also likes to read, do crafts, and spend time with her husband and family. She is also an active member of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution).
Heather, Licensed Veterinary Technician and Inventory Manager
Heather started as a veterinary assistant here at Clark Animal Care in 2004. In 2008, Heather graduated from Alfred State College with her Veterinary Technician license and started her technician career immediately. She loves paying attention to each pet that comes in, and sees that they are comfortable and at ease while in our care.
Living at home with her and husband, Antonio, are Linin (a Boston Terrier), Diego and Darth (2 cats), Digit (a Leaf Tail Gecko from Madagascar), 100 Dart Frogs, and growing! In her free time, Heather enjoys teaching Linin new tricks, watching movies with Antonio, and shopping.
Amanda, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Amanda started at Clark in August 2010. As a technician, she loves working in the lab. Analyzing samples is one of her favorite tasks. She also loves performing dentistries. What Amanda enjoys about her job is being able to help and make animals happy and comfortable. Watching an animal that had come in to CACC sick, then leave happy and healthy always makes her day.
At home, she has 2 cats, Zip and Nigel. In Amanda’s spare time she enjoys drawing and painting, doing mind puzzles, and completing Sudoku puzzles.
Laura, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Laura is another one of our technicians. She enjoys working with animals and being able to help them. Laura has worked at Lollipop since she was 14 years old. She helped with the farm, clinics, and camps and anything else you can think of while there. Laura has 5 animals of her own; a husky/sheltie mix named Mindy, 5 cats named Pete, Snickers, Hannah, Brooklyn and Elizabeth. Outside of her animals, her interests include history and shopping.
Jordan, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Jordan started here with us at CACC in 2007 as a kennel attendant. After working with the animals and staff here, she decided to get her degree as a veterinary technician at SUNY Canton, graduating in 2012.
She and her fiancé Andrew have a son named Adrian and three rescues – a papillion named “Louie”, and two cats named “Mr. Sandman” and “Man in the Moon” (aka “Manny”). Jordan enjoys spending time outdoors – specifically hiking and camping, reading, and spending time with her son, friends, and other family members. Animals and their well being have always been a passion of hers, and she loves to help people feel secure in knowing their furred-family members are receiving high quality care. Jordan says, even if she did not work at Clark Animal Care Center, she would continue to bring her pets here, because of her confidence in the knowledgeable and compassionate doctors and support staff – she takes great pride in our hospital.
Kaylin, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Although Kaylin has been with Clark Animal Care Center since 2013, she graduated from Genesee Community College and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2016.
In her free time, she loves to spend time with her black lab, Chase. Kaylin also enjoys many outdoor activities, such as camping, hiking, skiing and fishing.
Her favorite part about working with animals is how they all have their own personalities, and have a wonderful ability to make her laugh!
Leah, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Leah is a member of the Clark Animal Care technical crew, having started in October or 2016. She came with experience, having worked at other animal facilities before. She enjoys helping animals live happier, healthier lives.
Leah’s family consists of her mom and dad, and 2 brothers. She also has 2 cats – Theo and Mica. When not at work, she enjoys traveling, exercising, and fostering “bottle baby” kittens.
Elizabeth (Beth), Licensed Veterinary Technician
Beth is another of our NYS Licensed Veterinary Technicians. She graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and from Medaille College with an associate’s degree in veterinary technology.
While here at work, Beth loves being able to help sick or injured pets feel better. She also works at Animal Emergency Services. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, and photography. She likes to craft and create things – even has her own Etsy shop that keeps her very busy!
Beth’s father is a retiree of Kodak and her mother is a children’s author of over 30 published books – for whom Beth handles some of her PR work! Beth’s pet family consists of 2 cats – Lucy and Desi and a rabbit – Captain Jack. Her favorite pet to have are pet rats – although she doesn’t currently have any.
Jennifer, Office Manager and receptionist
Jennifer started in April 2013. In November 2016, Jenn took on the responsibility of managing the office and receptionists. She likes working at Clark because of our friendly clients and getting to know them, and also being a part of a great team. She loves seeing all the animals throughout the day!
Jennifer has 3 dogs, Bosley (a Pug, Beagle, and Jack Russell mix), Shea Lynn (a Jack Russell and Fox Terrier mix), and Tallulah (a rescued Pug mix) and 2 kitties named Chai and Beastie. Jennifer enjoys photography, running, traveling, and when home, cuddling with her dogs and cats.
Cheryl is another of our receptionists who will be at the front desk to answer the phone or greet our clients.
In 2014 she celebrated her 20th wedding anniversary with her husband, Mike. They have 3 boys, one having started college in the fall of 2014. Cheryl has 2 dogs – Maggie and Speck, and a bird – Staniel.
Maria began working at Clark in May 2015. She has a diverse background including graphic design, IT, and copy editing, but what she enjoys most is working with people. Her focus as a receptionist is on making sure our clients feel welcome, and getting to see and pet their furry friends is an added bonus.
Maria’s pet family includes two dogs, Gypsy and Merlin. She collects fountain pens and dolls, and enjoys reading and playing board games, but her favorite hobby is finding more hobbies.
Tristen has been a part of the Clark family since March of 2016 and appreciates the relationships she has built with clients, her co-workers, and of course, the animals. She has an 18 year old daughter, Alina, who would like to become a veterinarian some day! Tristen’s four legged family members include Lily, a Great Dane, who’s favorite thing to do is snuggle on the couch which means someone may be crushed under her 120 pound frame! Lily likes to counter surf and drink out of the bathroom sink. Tristen also has Mila, a Pit Bull mix. Mila loves sleeping in bed under the covers, ankle biting and ripping things up. Leo is a Chinchilla who enjoys raisins, Gluten free pretzels and dust baths. Through the years, Tristen has had cats, snakes, ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits, a tortoise, Leopard gecko and a mouse!
Tristen has a Bachelors of Science in Zoology from SUNY Oswego. In the past she interned at Seneca Park Zoo where she befriended 2 grey wolves and a silver fox. Prior to working here, she spent most of her adult career in property management, managing apartment communities. She spent 3 years at a local boarding and training facility, which she loved! Her dream job would be to work with elephants, and on her bucket list is to give an elephant a bath.
In Tristen’s spare time she enjoys copying crafty things from Pinterest and interior decorating. She attends her daughter’s sporting events (volleyball, cheerleading and lacrosse) and enjoys wine! (But note, she does not enjoy wine at her daughter’s events!)
Samara started working at Clark in September of 2016. She has been married since July 2011 to Duane. Their family consists of 4 dogs: Gizmo, a Boston Terrier, Ella, a Pit Bull mix, Apollo, a Pitbull, and Junior a Rottweiler. They also has two Ferrets, Bob and Lucy and two unnamed Beta fish.
Samara has worked with a couple of local rescue groups and has volunteered at local animal shelters.
Her spare time is spent with her “fur kids” and her family.
Karly started working as a Receptionist in October 2017. She likes working at Clark Animal Care Center because she gets to meet new people and pets! She also loves learning new things! She is very close with her Mom, Dad and Brother, as well as her best friends. She also has 3 cats, Max, Morty and Kitten – who are the loves of her life!!
In her spare time she likes to go hiking, paint and enjoy photography. She hopes to because a Licensed Veterinary Technician to help animals in need and to open a home for stray dogs.
Patrick, Kennel Manager
Patrick has been working at Clark Animal Care since January of 1998, and is our hospital’s resident “Dog Whisperer”. Patrick has a bachelor degree in biology from the University of Miami (Florida), and has been around animals his whole life. He is often called upon for our large and sensitive pets and is very empathetic with all animals.
Patrick comes from a large family and has 2 sisters, a brother, and has over 20 cousins in his extended family that he sees whenever he can. He has 2 nieces and 2 nephews. Patrick got married in October of 2004, and has 2 dogs and a cat. While the most important things in Patrick’s life are his family and friends (including the animals he has and those that come to Clark’s), his hobbies include playing Xbox, playing games of all kinds, and most sports. He plays ice hockey in an adult league.
Chris started in our kennel area in December 2015. He is enjoying the work environment here at Clark Animal Care, as he gets to work with animals and coworkers who are friendly and happy to be working here! – Thanks, Chris!!
He graduated from SUNY Potsdam in 2014 with a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in wildlife ecology and evolutionary biology. Outside of the biology department, he was involved with student events, helping to organize and staff music shows, comedians, etc.
Chris claims his friends would call him “the guy that has a lot of random skills” but his main hobbies include getting outdoors to go hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, and camping. He also enjoys listening to music, Xbox (and other games with friends), working on cars, watching a variety of TV shows and reading.
He has one older sister, Sarah, who is currently working on her PhD at UPenn! His family has always had at least two cats in the house. Currently they have Maggie, a tuxedo cat, and Graycie, a long haired silver tabby.
Suzanne started here in April of 2017. She is one of our kennel attendants and tends to the animals who are boarding. She enjoys taking care of them and loving them on a daily basis.
Suzanne has 3 cats – Pockey, a male, Chai, female, and Sky, a female, mother cat. Her special interests include art and illustration and video games.