Meet Our Team of Board-Certified Specialists and Emergency Veterinarians
In order to be called a specialist in their specific discipline, our veterinarians must first complete many years of specialized training, with an internship and residency at an accredited institution. Diplomate status is obtained by our veterinarians who have successfully passed rigorous specialty boards following completion of their residency program.
Our specialty practitioners are recognized by the AVMA American Board of Veterinary Specialists, and offer exceptional veterinary service.
Our VSES Board Certified Veterinary Specialists
Michael Koch, VMD, Diplomate ACVIM
Dr. Koch is the Medical Director at VSES. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he received the Jules and Lucy Silver Animal Bedside Manner Award.
Dr. Koch’s professional interests include endocrinology, nasal disease, gastrointestinal disease and immune mediated disease. Dr. Koch is a board certified member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
Samantha Murray, VMD, Diplomate ACVIM
Dr. Samantha Murray joined Veterinary Specialists of Rochester's internal medicine team in October of 2014.
Dr. Murray attended the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2001. She received the Auxiliary to the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association prize, as well as the Small Animal Award.
Before joining Veterinary Specialists of Rochester, Dr. Murray completed her residency in small animal internal medicine at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania from 2002-2004. She also completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery there from 2001-2002.
Dr. Murray is a member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Murray’s professional interests include hepatic disease, gastrointestinal disease and immune-mediated disease.
Dr. Murray and her family are currently looking for the perfect dog. In her spare time, she enjoys running, cycling and hiking; as well as spending time with her husband and children.
Erin Toone, DVM
Originally from Buffalo, New York, Dr. Toone attended undergraduate school at Alfred University where she majored in biology and minored in chemistry. Dr. Toone received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Purdue University. After veterinary school, she completed a rotating internship at the Louisiana State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where she conducted a seminar on Blastomycosis in Small Animals. Her professional interests include fungal and infectious diseases, gastroenterology and endocrine diseases.
Dr. Toone has a dog named Ben and a cat named Toby. During her free time she enjoys horseback riding, reading and hiking with her dog.
Jennifer L. Bouma, VMD, Diplomate ACVR
Dr. Bouma received her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. She then went on to complete a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, MA before returning to Philadelphia for a three year residency in radiology at the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Bouma achieved Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Radiology following completion of her residency in 2001. Before entering private practice she stayed on for a year as a lecturer in the section of radiology at Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bouma has worked in the states of Colorado and Delaware but is happy to be back in New York State; she grew up in Jamestown, N.Y. Outside of work, Dr. Bouma enjoys spending time with her pets: a Golden retriever named Franklin, a terrier mix named Carlos, an Abyssinian named Julio, and a Somali named Anderson Fern.
Daniel E. Hoffmann, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS (Small Animal)
Originally from Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Dr. Daniel E. Hoffmann joined Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services’ surgery team in March 2013. Prior to that, he worked as a Small Animal Surgeon at the Akron Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Ohio.
Dr. Hoffmann attended the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2004. He has completed a surgical residency at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine as well as internships at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center and at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Hoffmann has published multiple articles, including one that was accepted for publication in the Journal of Veterinary and Comparative Orthopedics and Traumatology in October 2015. His professional interests include pain management, tibial tuberosity advancement, total joint arthroplasty, reconstructive and oncologic surgery, wound healing and management, and neurosurgery.
He shares his home with his wife, their three children, a Yorkie Bichon named Andy, and a Persian named Plato. During his free time, Dr. Hoffmann enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, birding, traveling, fishing and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Lindsay St. Germaine, DVM, Diplomate ACVS (Small Animal)
Dr. Lindsay St. Germaine is a native of Milford, Michigan and joined VSES as a staff surgeon in October 2014.
She earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2009, graduating from Michigan State University with high honors. Following veterinary school she completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. St. Germaine then moved to Rochester where she accomplished a three-year residency in small animal surgery and successfully obtained board certification.
Following residency, Dr. St. Germaine went on to practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before returning to VSES in 2014. Her professional interests include oncologic surgery, trauma patients, and critical care medicine. She has published on multiple topics including surgical site infection and permanent tracheostomy in dogs.
In her free time she enjoys outdoor hobbies including boating, skiing, running, and hiking.
Kathryn Flesher, DVM, Surgical Resident
Dr. Flesher received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science before receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from St. George’s University in 2013. While in veterinary school, she received the Most Outstanding Student Award and the International Peace Scholarship. After completing her clinical year at the University of Florida and a rotating internship at The Animal Medical Center, she received additional training as a surgical intern at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists. In her free time, Dr. Flesher enjoys downhill skiing, cross-country running and international travel.
Morgan Hackett, DVM, Surgical Resident
Dr. Hackett grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa. She graduated from St. Vincent College with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2010, where she received several awards. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University in 2014, where she was on the Dean’s List. She then completed a rotating internship at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital is Copley, Ohio and a surgery internship at Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove, Ill. Her professional interests include soft tissue surgery. Dr. Hackett has two cats named Margo Plicatus and Alice. In her free time, she enjoys reading and playing sports like softball, volleyball and flag football.
Katelyn MacGillivray, VMD, Surgical Intern
Dr. MacGillivray is originally from the Jersey Shore. She attended the College of New Jersey and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology before graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. MacGillivray has completed a small animal rotating internship at Animal Medical Center in New York City and a surgical internship at Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Diego.
She has a Newfoundland named Abigail, and two cats named Millie and Milo. Outside of work, Dr. MacGillivray enjoys rock climbing, hiking with her dog and cooking.
Kent Burgesser, PhD, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVO
Dr. Burgesser earned his PhD in immunology from the University of Denver in 1989. He earned his DVM degree from Colorado State University in 1993. Dr. Burgesser completed his residency in veterinary and comparative ophthalmology at Colorado State University in 1998, where he also earned a Masters degree in Clinical Sciences.
He received board certification from the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 2000.
Dr. Burgesser was previously a clinical instructor in ophthalmology at the Ontario Veterinary College, and practiced ophthalmology in south Florida before joining Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Services.
For more information on the value of Dr. Burgesser’s certification as a diplomate, please visit the College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists website.
Ed Jazic, DVM, Diplomate ACVD
Dr. Jazic received a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Toronto in 1994. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999.
After graduation, Dr. Jazic worked in private practice for three years in Tampa/St. Petersburg, completed his residency with Dermatology for Animals in 2005, and received board certification in veterinary dermatology in 2006.
Curtis Dewey, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology), Diplomate ACVS, CVA, CVCH
Dr. Dewey is a board certified neurologist at Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services. He received his DVM degree from Cornell University in 1989 and completed a small animal internship at the University of Georgia (UGA) before going back to school for his Master's degree in Anatomy. Dr. Dewey completed a surgical residency at UGA and then a neurology residence at the University of California at Davis. He is also a certified veterinary acupuncturist.
He shares his home with his wife, their six children, two French bulldogs name Mojay and Ginji, a Rottweiler named Sampson, a miniature poodle named Rocky, a Yorkshire terrier named Candy and a Persian named Chuck Plumpton. During his free time, Dr. Dewey enjoys running, swimming and playing the piano.
Our VSES Emergency Veterinarians
Simon Kirk, DVM
Dr. Simon Kirk is an attending emergency clinician at Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Services of Rochester. His main professional interest is veterinary emergency medicine.
In 2002, Dr. Kirk earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Atlantic Veterinary College, graduating with honors. He completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Service of Rochester. Before veterinary school, Dr. Kirk had attended Dalhousie University for his undergraduate studies, and he was awarded his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology in 1998.
Originally from Canada, Dr. Kirk enjoys spending his leisure time outdoors on many activities, including kayaking, hiking, cross-country skiing, scuba diving, and traveling.
Senior Staff Doctors
Sarah Brawdy-Annechino, DVM
Dr. Sarah Brawdy grew up outside of Buffalo, New York. She attended the State University of New York College at Geneseo, where she majored in biology and minored in chemistry and art studio. After graduating from Geneseo, Dr. Brawdy received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee in 2009. She completed both a rotating internship and an internal medicine internship at the Veterinary Specialists of Rochester, before joining the emergency service as an attending clinician.
Dr. Brawdy has professional interests in anesthesia and pain management, emergency and critical care, and internal medicine. Outside of work, Dr. Brawdy enjoys running, painting, and reading. She shares her home with her husband, John, a German shepherd named Tessie, a Maltese-poodle mix named Olive, and two cats named Penelope and Mike.
Kimberly Dodge, DVM
A graduate of Michigan State University, Dr. Kim Dodge received her B.S. Degree in Zoology in 1995 and her DVM Degree in 1999. After graduation she joined a mixed practice in Indiana, and then a 24-hour emergency and routine care practice in Connecticut. Dr. Dodge then moved again, this time to Rochester, where she joined the Animal Hospital of Pittsford for three years prior to moving to Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services.
Dr. Dodge is a co-founder and former board member of the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss. She works to mentor other deaf individuals who are interested in the veterinary field.
Dr. Dodge enjoys watching and playing sports, reading fiction and the companionship of her two cats and dog.
Catherine O. Herlihy, DVM
Dr. Catherine Herlihy grew up in Wilmington, Delaware. She attended American University, where she majored in biology and played on the women’s soccer team. Dr. Herlihy received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Atlantic Veterinary College in 2015. She then completed a rotating internship at Dogwood Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center in Richmond before joining VSES.
Dr. Herlihy has professional interests in traditional Chinese veterinarian medicine, shelter medicine, and international veterinary aid and outreach. She is also certified in veterinary acupuncture through the Chi Institute and has a graduate certificate in shelter medicine from the University of Florida.
Outside of work, she enjoys running, hiking, travelling, and yoga. Dr. Herlihy’s fiancé is a large animal veterinarian. They share their home with two dogs (Peep and Marty) and three cats (Essie, Dory, and Jalapeno).
Johnny Lamb, DVM
Johnny was born in Denver, Colorado and grew up in Warner Robins, GA. She majored in biology at the University of Pittsburgh and after working at an animal shelter one summer decided that veterinary work would be in her future. She then moved to St. Kitts, West Indies to attend Ross University.
She would love to do zoo/wildlife work and plans to be a practice owner/partner someday.
Johnny has gathered a small menagerie since starting vet school: 3 island cats, 1 Washington pound puppy and 1 Washington pound bunny. Her interests include: eating, playing soccer, hiking, biking, photography, watching college sports and traveling.
Tom Linnenbrink, DVM
Colorado transplant Dr. Tom Linnenbrink attended Colorado State University where he received his BS Degree in Biology in 1994. He remained at Colorado State University where he completed a Master's Degree in Anatomy in 1997. Following this, he was admitted to Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded his DVM Degree in 2001.
Following veterinary school, Dr. Linnenbrink received an internship position in medicine and surgery at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing his internship in 2002, Dr. Linnenbrink moved to Rochester where has been working as an emergency staff clinician at Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services.
Kathryn Pappert, DVM
Dr. Pappert attended Cornell University, receiving her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Dr. Pappert most recently worked as an associate veterinarian at Honeoye Fall Veterinary Hospital. She previously completed a rotating internship at VSES. Dr. Pappert also worked as a surgery technician at Cornell University Hospital for Animals and a veterinary assistant at Apple Country Veterinary Hospital before completing her veterinary degree. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the New York State Veterinary Medical Society and the Genesee Valley Veterinary Medical Association.
Joseph Wilder, DVM, Diplomate ABVP
Dr. Joe Wilder has been a staff clinician at the Animal Emergency Service of Rochester since 2002. Dr. Wilder received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990.
Dr. Wilder is married to Chris, a veterinarian, and they have 3 children. Their hobbies include watching movies, traveling and cooking.
Allison Collier, DVM
Originally from Aurora, Ontario, Dr. Collier completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Guelph with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science. She also received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Guelph. While in veterinary school, she was awarded the Major James Rattray Proficiency Prize. Dr. Collier’s professional interests include internal medicine, especially endocrinology and immune-mediated diseases, and is looking to pursue a residency in internal medicine.
During her free time she enjoys horseback riding and playing hockey. She also has a 13-year-old rabbit named Ben, a 16-year-old dachshund named Pounce and a four-year-old black Labrador retriever named Keira.
Sangsoo (Daniel) Kim, DVM
Dr. Kim is originally from South Korea, but moved to Canada in ninth grade and grew up in Toronto. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences. He then went on to the University of Guelph to earn his master’s degree in biomedical sciences and doctorate of veterinary medicine. Dr. Kim’s professional interests include internal medicine, particularly endocrine and immune-mediated diseases.
He has a dog named San, a 14-year-old Jindo. Outside of work he enjoys listening to music, watching movies and playing computer games, as well as playing hockey and baseball.
Marisa Quinlan, DVM
Originally from Dryden, New York, Dr. Quinlan completed her undergraduate studies at the State University of New York at Geneseo with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in psychology. While at Geneseo, she graduated magna cum laude and was a member of the TriBeta Honor Society. She received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Prince Edward Island. Dr. Quinlan would like to specialize in veterinary behavior and has earned silver level certification in low stress handling.
Quinlan has two cats named Andromeda (Andy) and Cassiopeia (Cassie) as well as a black Labrador retriever named Perseus (Percy). Outside of work she also enjoys snowboarding, hiking and knitting.
Amanda Saldivia-Woo, DVM
Dr. Saldivia-Woo is originally from Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a bachelor’s degree in animal biology and was awarded a research grant from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) for animal behavior and welfare research in 2013. She was also awarded the undergraduate student citizenship award from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). She also received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Guelph. Dr. Saldivia-Woo’s professional interests include emergency and critical care, neurology, surgery and anesthesia.
She has two dogs named Tobi and Katie, a German Shepherd and a Schnauzer-poodle mix. Outside of work she enjoys knitting, horseback riding, hiking and travelling.
Daniela Vozner, DVM
Dr. Vozner is originally from Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an honors specialization in animal physiology and a minor in visual art. Dr. Vozner received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Melbourne. Her professional interests include emergency medicine, soft tissue surgery, oncology and exotic animal medicine, particularly avian medicine.
She has completed continuing education courses organized by the Australian Veterinary Association in large animal rescue, emergency and critical care, and oncology. Dr. Vozner has a pet bird named Bird. Outside of work she enjoys winter sports, reading, photography and recently began roller skating.
Kaycee Ratcliffe, DVM
Dr. Ratcliffe grew up right here in Rochester, New York. She completed her undergraduate studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo with a bachelor’s degree in biology and was a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success (Alpha Sigma Pi). She received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Ratcliffe completed her clinical rotations at Purdue University.
Dr. Ratcliffe has one dog named Phoebe (Coonhound mix) and a cat named Gaia (Calico). In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking and traveling.