Shelly, LVT, Veterinary Assistant Team Leader
Shelly has been with Pine Woods since 2009. She grew up in the Ken-Ton area and became a Veterinary Technician in 1999. 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.
Tammi, Client Care Specialist Team Leader
Tammi has been part of the Pine Woods family since 2008. 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.
Licensed Veterinary Technicians
Stephanie, LVT, BS, CCRVN
Stephanie is originally from Tonawanda and attended Medaille College. She joined the Pine Woods team in 2012 and continued her education by completing her Rehab certification at Canine Rehabilitation 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 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 where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. 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.
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 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 named Buddy Blu. She enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her dog.
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.
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.
Stephanie Ortel, MS (Ed), LVT, CCRP, CVPP Credentialed Member AAPM
Stephanie Ortel has been a licensed veterinary technician since 1999. She completed the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner program in 2007. Stephanie also has an interest in pain management, helping to make physical rehabilitation therapy a comfortable and positive process for her patients. She is a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner and Credentialed Member of the American Academy of Pain Management. She has spoken at conferences, wrote textbook chapters and teaches physical rehabilitation therapy and pain management. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys dog and cat sports (with her German Shorthaired Pointer Marston and cat Esther), judo and outdoor activities.
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 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 furbabies including: 3 dogs named Rufus, Luna and Gryffin and 3 cats named Gimli, Remus and Leo.
Jessica, LVT, CDBC, CPDT-KA
Jessica works as an LVT and dog trainer at Pine Woods Animal Hospital. 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, tending to her garden and managing her large flock of chickens.
Jessica Ekman, LVT
Raised in Williamsville, Jessica graduated with a Bachelor degree from SUNY at Buffalo in 1997 and continued on to earn her Associate’s degree for veterinary technology from Medaille College in 1999. While Jessica has spent most of her career in veterinary emergency medicine, she has a strong interest in integrating western veterinary medicine with traditional veterinary medicine. She is a proud owner of a “pawfect” Bernese Mountain dog and hopes that he will soon become a therapy dog. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys hiking, road trips, reading and music.
Hilary has been a part of Pine Woods animal hospital since 2016. She is very passionate about animals and her career.
Nancy has been at Pine Woods for 14 years. Her menagerie includes 2 dogs, 6 cats and a red-eared slider turtle.
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 Northeastern 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).
Laurie, Vet Assistant
Laurie started at Pine Woods in 2019. She has been married to her other half, John for 32 years. She spends her free time camping and enjoying numerous outdoor activities. She also loves making new memories with her children and her grandchildren. She has one special dog named Ruby Starr! Laurie also spends special time with her Mom, Ruth who is 89 years young.
Melissa, Vet Assistant
Melissa joined the Pine Woods team in 2019 and has been in the veterinary field since 2011. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys being with her family, friends and her big furry lab, Ralphie Parker. While Melissa loves to travel, she is happy to come home and cheer on the Bills and the Sabers!
Client Care Team
Julie, Client Care Specialist
Julie Lee was a long time client at Pine Woods before becoming part of the team. She shares a home with her husband, daughter and 5 rescue cats. In her free time, she enjoys scrap booking and card making.
Kaitlin, Client Care Specialist
Kaitlin has worked at Pine Woods since 2017 and is originally from North Tonawanda. Although she has a degree in journalism, she has always felt her true calling was to work with animals. Her fur family includes her two small breed pups, Rocko and Oscar. Outside of work she loves to sing, play volleyball and enjoy fun family activities with her firefighter husband and daughter.
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 as 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 Pine Woods 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.
Marilyn, Client Care Specialist
Marilyn joined the Pine Woods Animal Hospital Team in 2009. A few things Marilyn 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!
Debbie, Client Care Specialist
Originating from North Tonawanda, Debbie joined the Pine Woods team in 2010. She is a proud mom of two beautiful daughters and one granddaughter. She enjoys country music, sunshine and the great outdoors. She cherishes everyone she gets to share life with including her fiancé, family, friends and dog, Roxy.