Meet Our Service Coordinators

Tamara Day
Radiology ACA and Emergency Coordinator

Tamara Day, from Brockport NY, started at VSES in 2014.  She is the Radiology ACA and Emergency Coordinator.  Tamara has always had a passion for animals and after earning her Bachelors of Science, began working at an animal hospital.  She has been working in the animal-related field for the last 6 years.

At home, she has two cats: Morgana and Arien.  She also has: Tulip the Shihtzu, Toby the Springer Spaniel, and Rory the Yorkie, with whom she enjoys walking along the canal with or going on hikes.

Marilyn Taylor
Coordinator Supervisor

Marilyn Taylor is from Michigan but made her way to the Rochester area where she now works as a full time Coordinator Supervisor.  Although only starting with VSES in February of 2018, Marilyn has worked in the animal-related field for 16 years.

Marilyn has many people in her life that she loves dearly including her 2 amazing daughters, 8 terrific grandchildren, and 1 sweet great grandchild.  Her love doesn’t stop at her human family—she also has a Chocolate Lab named Fred and 3 cats named Pudge, Peezie, and Louie.  When she is not spending time with family, you will find Marilyn hiking, gardening, or cooking.

Nikkie Wargo
Administrative Assistant

Nikkie left for sunny Florida to work as a Vet Tech but ultimately returned to her roots in Rochester and has worked as a full time Administrative Assistant at VSES since April of 2016.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Syracuse University and an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology from Alfred State.

She enjoys that her position allows her to engage on social media and help plan events, all while including her love of animals. Her coworkers add to her enjoyment of the job along with the emergency setting which provides new experiences and learning opportunities each day.

When Nikkie isn’t enjoying her time at work, she is having fun at home with her four pets: Trillian (Pit bull), Dash (German Shepard), Tortuga (Tortoiseshell Cat), and Donatello (Turtle).  She also loves going to sporting events (Go Amerks! Go Penguins!), reading books and comics, and overall spending time with her “crazy little ninja”, Radek, and her “wonderful other half”, George.

Anna Y.
Patient Care Coordinator

Born and raised in Rochester NY, Anna Y. has been with VSES full time since June of 2018 as a Patient Care Coordinator.   She enjoys helping people take the best care of their pets as they possibly can and loves learning about the veterinary field along the way.  This may explain why she has been working in the animal-related field for 5 years now!  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and a Master of Arts in Biochemistry.

Anna has one cat, Mari. (Domestic Medium Hair).  In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at the Buffalo SPCA and shadowing at local veterinary hospitals.  Through these activities, she is not only helping animals, but also gaining experience as she plans to apply to veterinary school!

Julie Kolb
Surgery Coordinator

Julie Kolb

Julie is from Rochester and grew up in Chili, NY. She has been working in the animal related industry since January of 2016. She loves the excitement of working in a emergency setting. She finds it very rewarding to see critical patients get better and go home with their loved ones.

At home Julie has three dogs. An Irish Setter mix (Jack), a Golden Lab mix (Poly) and a German Shepherd mix (Taser). Most of Julie’s free time is spent with her dogs. She enjoys taking them for long walks, playing fetch and reading while snuggling with them.

Ally Gridley
Neurology Coordinator

Ally Gridley

Neurology Coordinator Ally Gridley enjoys helping sick animals and being there for the owners while their family member is undergoing treatment. A member of our staff since 2004, Ally feels very fortunate to work with highly skilled veterinarians who strive for excellence in quality patient care.

Ally is "Mom" to three Staffordshire Terriers, Ava-Blue, Lucy Lou, and Aerosmith; and four cats, Charlie, Ogee, Hazlitt, and Keuka. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, road trips, antiquing, home renovations and spending time with her family.

Heather O'Neil
Internal Medicine Coordinator

Heather O'Neil

Heather grew up in Lima, NY. She has been working with animals since 2002. She has been an Internal Medicine Coordinator at VSES since June 2006. Heather enjoys working with animals because "it allows for a sense of accomplishment that we can help in some way to make them better."

In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with her family, friends and animals. She also enjoys reading, wine tasting and antiquing. Heather's animals include an American Staffordshire terrier named Pickles, a pit bull mix named Daphne, a Staffordshire bull terrier mix named Buster, one cat named Crash, and three bearded dragons.

Kim Turk, LVT
Radiology Coordinator

Kim Turk

Born and raised in the Finger Lakes region, Kim Turk has been a full-time licensed veterinary technician (LVT) since 2000. She received her associate's degree in Animal Science from SUNY Delhi.

She enjoys working at VSES because of the diverse opportunities available at the hospital. For example, Kim has worked in emergency, oncology and now radiology coordinator. She has also filled in for ophthalmology and MRI.

Kim shares her home with two dogs, Soleil and Brogan. During her free time, she enjoys watching sports, cooking, and camping.

Martinique Bonter
Emergency Coordinator

Martinique Bonter

Emergency Coordinator Martinique Bonter has always loved animals and has worked in the animal care field for nine years. She joined the VSES staff in 2001 and is the emergency coordinator. Martinique has an Associate in Science degree from Monroe Community College. Martinique believes her employment at VSES has given her the ability to see and apply a higher standard of care for animals. She also loves the one-on-one relationship she has with her allergy clients.

When she is not caring for animals at the hospital you can find Martinique camping, watching movies, gardening or swimming. She loves spending quality time with her friends, family and her pets, comprised of Mork, her twelve-year-old cat, and her tank of fish.

Nikki Trapani
Surgery Coordinator

Nikki Trapani

Nikki is a native of Greece, NY and has been working at VSES for over five years. As a surgery coordinator, Nikki loves being a part of the surgery department and working with such a talented group of people.

In her free time, Nikki enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, biking on the trails around Rochester, enjoying the outdoors, and hanging out with her Pekapoo, Bud.

Jena Kimpel
Emergency Coordinator

Jena Kimpel

Jena is from Fabius, NY and has been working in the animal-related field since 2012. Jena joined Monroe Veterinary Associates as a client service representative for Penfield Veterinary Hospital in 2013 and joined the VSES team in the spring of 2016. She also has a bachelor’s degree from St. John Fisher.

When not at work, Jena enjoys exercising and outdoor activities. She also enjoys spending time with her canine companions, Myla and Braylon.

Tiffany Phillips
Emergency Coordinator

Tiffany Phillips

Originally from Pensacola, FL, Tiffany ditched the sun and moved to Fairport, NY. She has been with VSES full time since 2016. This is her first job working in the animal related field. So far, her favorite part is making a difference in the lives of pets and their families. She enjoys the fast paced environment of working in an emergency setting and embraces the daily challenges.

Tiffany has a few pets of her own. She has three cats, Feargus (Male Bombay), Ayra (Female Tabby) and Espeon (Female Russian Blue). She also has a dog named Brandy (Dachshund/Chihuahua mix). In her free time she enjoys traveling, hanging with her fur babies, going to concerts and spending time with her loved ones.

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