Meet our Staff
Dr. Fleckenstein received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 1993. She was awarded a Master of Science degree from Cornell University in 1994 in Animal Nutrition and Toxicology, and a Bachelor of Science with Honors in 1986. Dr. Fleckenstein completed a one year internship at South Shore Veterinary Hospital in Weymouth, MA, practiced at a veterinary emergency and specialty facility in Massachusetts, as well as a local general practice prior to joining the VMC in 2003. Dr. Fleckenstein received her certification in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2000, after having completed extensive training, casework, and a certifying examination. She is a credentialed veterinarian for Vet-Stem Regenerative Therapy, and is active in national and local veterinary organizations. Dr. Fleckenstein splits her time between the acupuncture service and the emergency service.
Michelle Burnett, DVM, CVA
Dr. Burnett received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University, and has been a member of the CNY referring community for several years. Dr. Burnett joined the VMC in the summer of 2008, and is currently pursuing further education in Veterinary Pain Management. Dr. Burnett received her certification in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2013, after having completed extensive training, casework, and a certifying examination. She is a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and is a credentialed veterinarian for Vet-Stem Regenerative Therapy,
Molly Flaherty, DVM, CCRP, CVA, CAC (see bio under Physical Rehabilitation)
Bruce Kornreich, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Dr. Bruce Kornreich received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. Following his veterinary studies, Dr. Kornreich practiced primary care medicine before returning to Cornell to complete a residency program in veterinary cardiology.
Maureen Luschini, VMD, DACVECC
Dr. Luschini completed her three year Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Residency at Cornell University where she also completed her Small Animal Rotating Internship in 2007. Dr. Luschini received her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated Cum Laude. Dr. Luschini was named a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2010.
Dr. Luschini is the Medical Director at VMC. Dr. Luschini assists in overseeing and developing all aspects of medical protocols and treatment within the emergency service. Dr. Luschini also works very closely with our surgical, imaging, oncology, and internal medicine departments to ensure that patient care is managed in a fluid and collaborative manner, providing optimal care for your pets.
Elise Craft, DVM, DACVECCDr. Craft joined VMC in 2012 after successfully completing her Emergency and Critical Care Residency at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Craft received her veterinary degree from The Ohio State University, completed two internships there, and remains a rabid Buckeyes football fan. Dr. Craft spent two years in a private emergency practice between her internships and her residency, and has been a spectacular addition to the VMC team.
Samantha Berge, DVM
Dr. Berge received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 2003. Dr. Berge joined the VMC in 2003, and has been instrumental in the growth of our facility.
Michelle Burnett, DVM
(see bio under Acupuncture)
Polly Fleckenstein, DVM, MS, CVA (see bio under Acupuncture)
Lisa Knapp, DVM
Annette Otis, DVM
Dr. Otis received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 2005 and has a Master's in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Colorado State University. She completed a rotating internship at SouthPaws Veterinary Clinic in Fairfax, Virginia and then worked at an emergency practice in Alexandria, VA. After five years, she decided she missed the snow and accepted a position with the VMC in the fall of 2011.
IMAGING / RADIOLOGY
Alain Giroux, DVM, DACVR
Dr. Giroux graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal in 1995. Since completion of his residency at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000, Dr. Giroux has served as a Board-Certified Radiologist performing radiology, ultrasounds, and MRI consultations. Also, he led and participated in numerous ultrasound labs and lectures for veterinarians, in upstate New York and in major veterinary conferences.
Heather White, DVM, DACVIM
Dr. White completed her three year Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency at Texas A&M University and received Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2013. She previously completed a Small Animal Rotating Internship at Purdue University and received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from The Ohio State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Dayton where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. In her spare time Dr. White enjoys running, playing ice hockey, and watching college football (particularly her Ohio State Buckeyes).
Kenneth Rassnick, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Dr. Rassnick received his veterinary degree from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed his Residency in Medical Oncology at the Animal Medical Center in New York City in 1996 and then joined the Oncology Department at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. From 2001-2010 he was an Assistant Professor of Oncology at Cornell, where his research efforts were focused on clinical and translational projects involving cancer control and pharmacological validation of new agents. Dr. Rassnick has trained 8 residents to careers in oncology and is the author of more than 150 articles, book chapters and abstracts in the veterinary literature. Through clinical service, he is dedicated to providing cutting-edge, high-quality treatments for dogs and cats with cancer, while still keeping quality-of-life as the top priority.
Kent Burgesser, DVM, DACVO
Dr. Kent Burgesser attended Colorado State University where he received both a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Following veterinary school, he was awarded an internship in medicine and surgery at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, which he completed in 1994. A clinical instructor in ophthalmology at the Ontario Veterinary College and resident in ophthalmology at Colorado State University, Dr. Burgesser was inducted as a Diplomate into the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 2000.
Dr. Flaherty received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 from Iowa State University where she also completed a Bachelor of Science degree. She practiced in small animal general medicine for several years before pursuing the field of veterinary physical rehabilitation. Before joining VMC in 2015, Dr. Flaherty had over five years of experience at a veterinary rehabilitation referral practice in Chicago.
She completed coursework and is certified in Canine Rehabilitation (CCRP) by the University of Tennessee, in Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA) by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, and in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (VSMT) by The Healing Oasis. She is also certified in animal chiropractic (CAC) by the Animal Chiropractic Certification Commission of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.
Lis Conarton, BS, LVT, CCRP
Lis has been a long term member of the Surgical Service at VMC since 2003, and became an LVT in 2008. Through her experiences on the Surgery Service, Lis developed an interest in veterinary physical rehabilitation. Lis successfully completed the coursework and testing through the University of Tennessee’s Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner Program and began a physical rehabilitation service at the Veterinary Medical Center. Lis became certified as a Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) in June 2009. She directs the Physical Rehabilitation Service at VMC, and is a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management
Dr. Tim Robinson received his DVM from Cornell University in 1993. He completed his three-year residency in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998 and was inducted as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1999. Dr. Robinson is the director of the Surgery Service at VMC.
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