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.
Mary Lester, DVM
Dr. Lester grew up in Honeoye Falls, NY. She graduated from the University of Buffalo in 2011 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. She received her Doctor of Veterinary medicine degree from Cornell University in 2015. She received multiple scholarships, including the Frederico Scholarship which is awarded to a student with a demonstrated interest in feline medicine.
Her professional interests include geriatric medicine, feline medicine, oncology, internal medicine and surgery. Dr. Lester has two domestic short hair cats named Merlin and Luna. In her free time, she enjoys cooking (particularly making pasta from scratch), reading, knitting and camping.
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.
James Klovstad, DVM
Dr. Klovstad grew up in Brooklyn Park, Minn. He attended the University of Minnestoa where he was a double major in biology and fisheries and wildlife. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from St. George’s University in 2012. Since attending veterinary school, he has completed a veterinary small animal rotating intership at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Neptune City, N.J., a small animal surgery internship at Dallas Veterinry Surgical Center in Dallas, Texas, a small animal research and teaching internship at the University of Missouri Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Colunbia, Mo., and a small animal surgery internship at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver, Colo. His professional interest is small animal surgery. He shares his home with his two cats, Penny and Sheldon. Dr. Klovstad enjoys rock climbing, camping, skiing, hockey, baseball and video games in his spare time.
Morgan Hackett, DVM
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.
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.
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.
Nicole Bonaventura, DVM
Dr. Bonaventura grew up in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry in 2012. She just received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ontario Veterinary College. While in veterinary school, Dr. Bonaventura was consistently on the Dean’s Honour List and received the Richard and Sophia Hungerford Travel Grant. In the future, Dr. Bonaventura would like to pursue a small animal surgical residency. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, ultimate frisbee, skiing and hiking.
Michael Diehl, DVM
Dr. Diehl grew up in Liverpool, N.Y. (a suburb of Syracuse.) He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Clarkson University. While at Clarkson, he was awarded the Clarkson Leadership Award and Merit Scholarship. Dr. Diehl then obtained a master’s degree from Roswell Park Cancer Institute before attending Mississippi State University where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. While in veterinary school, he was an invited speaker for Research Day (MSU-CVM) and received several scholarships. His professional interests include small animal surgery and neurology. Dr. Diehl has one mixed-breed dog named Liddy. In his spare time, he enjoys drawing, painting, lacrosse, running and yoga.
Staceyann Doobar, DVM
Dr. Doobar grew up in Queens, N.Y. She graduated from the City College of New York in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell University in 2016, where she won the Research Award for Best Overall Presentation at the Annual DVM Research Symposium. Her professional interests include small animal internal medicine. Dr. Doobar has two dogs named Buster and Luna. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with her pups.
Sara Erlichman, DVM
Dr. Erlichman grew up in Waterville, N.Y. (outside of Utica.) She graduated from Siena College in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Dr. Erlichman received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University in 2016, graduating summa cum laude. Her professional interests include veterinary ophthalmology. She has received several certifications, including the USDA National Veterinary Certification—Category 1, the FAMACHA Certification and the Clinical Small Animal Dentistry Certification. Dr. Erlichman has two Samoyeds, a twelve-year-old named Misty and a four-year-old named Tundra. In her free time, she enjoys Latin salsa dancing, spending time with her family and dogs, hiking outdoors, boating and listening to music.
Arielle Herberger, DVM
Dr. Herberger grew up in East Aurora, N.Y. She graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Western University of Health Sciences, where she was on the Dean’s List, received the Zoetis Scholarship, was a member of the Phi Zeta Honor Society and earned the Silver Certificate from the Student Chapter of the Veterinary Business Management Association. Dr. Herberger’s professional interests include animal neurology and wildlife rehabilitation. She has two dogs named Chloe and Paige. In her free time, she enjoys yoga and hiking.
Frances Hinkle, DVM
Dr. Hinkle grew up in Temple, Texas. She attended Texas A&M University where she studied biomedical sciences before starting work on her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, which she obtained in 2015. While in veterinary school she received the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Scholarship and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association Legend’s Scholarship. She recently completed an equine internship in Lexington, Ky. Her professional interests include diagnostic imaging, sports medicine and emergency medicine. Dr. Hinkle has a six-year-old Schnauzer mix named Poppy. In her free time, she enjoys polo, photography, cooking and traveling.
Rylea Nicholls, DVM
Dr. Nicholls grew up in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in 2012. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ontario Veterinary College in 2016. Her professional interests include emergency medicine. One day she would like to pursue a residency in emergency and critical care. Dr. Nicholls has a Catahoula dog named Frank. In her free time, she loves to travel and would ideally like to integrate travel into her career.
Caitlin Whyle, BVetMed
Dr. Whyle grew up in Lancaster, N.Y. She graduated from Canisius College in 2012 with a major in biology and a minor in animal behavior. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Royal Veterinary College in 2016. Her professional interests include neurology, cardiology, oncology and exotics. Dr. Whyle has two mixed-breed dogs named Bowie and Sadie and three cats named Blackie, Marshmallow and Chip. In her free time, she enjoys soccer and rugby.