Licensed Veterinary Technicians

Stephanie Gordon, LVT, BS, CCRA

Stephanie is originally from Tonawanda and attended Medialle College. She joined the Pine Woods team in 2012 and continued her education by completing her Rehab certification at Canine Rehab Institute. She has a full house with her 3 cats Stewart, Gandalf and Burnadette and her canine gal Maisey. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys camping and occasionally escaping to her favorite magical place, Disney World!

Marlene, LVT

Marlene joined the Pine Woods team in 2010. She grew up in North Tonawanda and worked for many years as a hair stylist before she went back to school to become a Veterinary Technician. She has 2 cats Artemis and Isis. Marlene is a huge Sabres fan and spends a lot of her free time going to hockey games and planning her next rock concert.

Tiffany, LVT

In 2015 Pine Woods welcomed Tiffany to the Pine Woods team. Originally from Ohio, Tiffany started out as a Veterinary Assistant in the veterinary world and then went on to study to be a Vet Tech. She has two cats, Trouble and Sid. Outside of taking care of her child, job, household and pets, Tiffany enjoys kickboxing, four wheeling, riding her motorcycle and bonfires.


Laura, LVT

Laura has held a place at Pine Woods since 2005 and became a Vet Tech right out of high school after attending Medaille College. She grew up on the West Side of Buffalo and has a dog name Buddy Blu. She enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her dog.

Breanna, LVT

Originally from Niagara Falls, Bre started working for Pine Woods in 2013. She has 2 dogs, Oscar and Finn and also has 3 cats, Beanz, Meg and Kingsford. Bre loves traveling, spending time outside and playing volleyball.

Shelly, LVT, Veterinary Assistant Team Leader

Shelly has been with Pine Woods since 2009. She grew up in the Ken-Ton area and used to work as a waitress before becoming a Vet Tech. Shelly has one dog named Macie and loves reading, hiking, OCR racing and being an amazing hockey Mom.


Kim, LVT, AS, CVT Veterinary Technician Team Leader

Kim, graduated from SUNY Delhi College in 1997 and joined the Pine Woods team in 2006 after moving back home from Vermont. She has worked in daily practice as well as in emergency. She has 2 dogs and 2 cats, all of which are rescues. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, volleyball, gardening, music, creating jewelry and sewing.

Kathleen, LVT

Kathleen graduated from Buffalo State College with a theatre degree and then attended LaGuardia Community College to become a Veterinary Technician while living in NYC for almost 20 years. She worked in an exotic practice after moving back to Buffalo and then joined the Pine Woods team in 2016. She spends the majority of time attending to her collection of pets, but also is devoted to singing with the Sweet Adeline’s in the Buffalo Gateway Chorus.

Wendy, LVT

Wendy graduated from Medaille College and has enjoyed working with Dr. Mike and being part of the Pine Woods family since 2001. She spends most weekends camping with her husband and two grown children in the southern tier. Wendy has two dogs and three cats. In her spare time, you will often find her in a quiet place reading.


Jenna, LVT

Jenna graduated from Medaille College in 2013. She has an extensive background in exotics as a technician. Outside of Pine Woods animal hospital, Jenna spends most of her time working out at the gym and loving up her amazingly perfect pitbull, Stella! Jenna is happy to be part of the Pine Woods team.

Marissa, LVT

Marissa is originally from Hamburg. She graduated from Medaille college with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science. She has been with Pine Woods animal hospital since December 2016 and before that Marissa worked in veterinary emergency medicine. Outside of work, Marissa enjoys reading a good book and spending time with her family. She has 6 amazing fur babies, 3 dogs: Rufus, Luna and Gryfiin and 3 cats:Gimli, Remus and Leo.

Jessica Fritschi, LVT, CDBC, CPDT-KA

Jessica works as an LVT and dog trainer at Pine Woods AH. She received her Associate degree in Veterinary Technology in 2008 then completed her BS in Animal Behavior in 2017. Jessica also holds multiple certifications in dog training and behavior consulting. When she is not training clients and their dogs, Jessica enjoys competing in various canine sports with her two rescue pit bulls, enjoying the company of her fiance and five cats, and tending to her garden and managing her large flock of chickens.


Hilary, LVT

Hilary has been a part of Pine Woods animal hospital since 2017. She is very passionate about animals and her career.

Nancy, LVT

Nancy has been at Pine Woods for 14 years . Her menagerie includes 2 dogs, 6 cats and a red-eared slider turtle.


Vet Assistants

Nina, Vet Assistant

Nina Nardecchia grew up in WNY and joined the Pinewoods team in September 2019. Before joining the clinic Nina spent many years working on a horse farm, doing daily chores which included assisting the trainers, farrier and Equine Vet. Her first love is horses and currently owns a Quarter Horse named Bentley. As a youth she competed in Hunter Quarter Horse shows across the east coast. In her spare time she rides Bentley and spends time with her boxer mix Roman and two cats, Cali and Biggie.

Jackie, Vet Assistant

Jackie is a Veterinary Assistant at Pinewoods. She obtained her degree from NCCC in 2011 in Animal Management. She’s a lover of all things nature and would never turn down helping a human or animal in need. She has the most perfect cat named Camilla and she’ll never shy away from a big bowl of salad or her absolute kryptonite vegan ice cream.

Nicole, Vet Assistant

After graduating with her Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology, Nicole moved away from her small country town in Western Pennsylvania to Buffalo in 2009. She joined the Pine Woods practice in 2011. Nicole is passionate about wildlife conservation and education. In her spare time, she travels to zoos and nature preserves around the world to photograph wildlife. Nicole and her husband live with their five guinea pigs (Luna, Nova, Raven, Cami and Cali), 2 leopard geckos (Ryu and Keitaro) and one cat (Oliver).

Client Care Team

Julie, Client Care Specialist

Kaitlin, Client Care Specialist

Karen, Office Assistant

Jill, Client Care Specialist

Jill has been a receptionist in our Pine Woods family since 2013. Her love of animals stems beyond the animal hospital, where she is a co-founder of one of the local rescue organizations. When she isn’t at work, she’s with her two dogs, Bennett and Maggie, husband, and two kids.

Janelle, Client Care Specialist

Janelle has been with Pinewoods for 16+ years and her love for animals has lead her to become a member of multiple animal organizations. She’s been married to her husband Dale for 19 years and they have one dog named Ellie.

Tammi, Client Specialist Team Leader

Tammi has been part of the Pine Woods family for 11 years. She has 5 cats and 1 dog. Tammi and her amazing husband Rich have been married for 28 years and they are proud parents of their 3 great children. In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting, walking her dog Earl and spending time with her family.

Maryilyn, Client Care Specialist

Marilyn joined the Pine Woods Animal Hospital Team in 2009. A few things she enjoys are traveling, music( especially Michael Buble’), movies and spending time with her husband of 43 years along with family and grandchildren. She has one fur baby, Stuart the Cat!