How We Got Started
Mendon Village Animal Hospital has been open for more than 30 years. Dr. Gluckman began practicing veterinary medicine in 1972, and within a few years, he made the decision to start his own animal hospital. Our clients most often hear about us from other satisfied pet owners. In fact, many of our clients go back almost 40 years and are now multigenerational. The entire staff now shares Dr. Gluckman’s vision, and our philosophy of pet care and veterinary medicine is expressed in our Mission Statement.
Quality Care for Pets
Our compassionate veterinarians and support staff are always ready with preventive pet care information that can help you achieve responsible pet ownership. We care for every pet as if he or she were our own. Our staff enjoys working together to give you and your pet the best possible veterinary care experience.
Caring and compassion for people and their pets will always be a high priority—and making our clients aware of this will be an even higher priority. Our hospital shall be a fun place to be. What is life without moments of joy? This philosophy will benefit both our clients and us. To this regard, a smile will be a mandatory part of the uniform at Mendon Village Animal Hospital.
Quite simply, what sets us apart is our qualified staff. You are assured of access to your pet’s veterinarian, receiving calls back when you have questions. Everyone on our staff goes out of their way to lessen stress, pain, and fear for our patients and their families. We take extra time to reassure pets and always treat them, and you, with care and compassion.
Meet Our Vets
Dr. Stuart Gluckman decided at age 9 that he would become a veterinarian. Receiving his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell University in 1972, he fulfilled that dream. In December of 1979, after being in practice for 7 years, Dr. Gluckman founded Mendon Village Animal Hospital. He has two children, Ben and Bronwen. Dr. Gluckman and his wife Pamela live in Mendon with their three dogs; Beckett, a Standard Poodle and two Irish Setters named Little Red and Agnes. Wally, Mildred and Nashville are the family cats. Dr. Gluckman is the Vice-President and founding member of Pet Pride of New York, a no-kill shelter for cats in Victor, New York. He and his wife love spending time at their camp on Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks. Even after 42 years Dr. Gluckman is still passionate about being in practice and can often be heard saying, "I have never worked a day in my life."
Dr. Allan Reichenstein started college in architecture school at Tulane University in 1973, later graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology. Seeing the role that animals play in our lives, he pursued a career in veterinary medicine receiving his DVM degree from Cornell University in 1984. From 1984 to 1986, Dr. Reichenstein practiced in Ithaca, NY with Dr. George Ross, a Board Certified Surgeon, before joining Mendon Village Animal Hospital and becoming partners with Dr. Gluckman. Dr. Reichenstein lives in Honeoye Falls with his wife, Debbie. They have five children, one of which is still living at home. They have four cats and a dog named Murphy. When not at work, Dr. Reichenstein enjoys spending time outside in nature.
Dr. Melissa Andritz grew up near Albany, New York. She attended Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine where she was very active in organized veterinary medicine as an executive board member of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association, and is currently a member of the AVMA. She received her DVM degree in 2013 and recently moved from a general practice clinic in Buffalo, NY. Her professional interests include preventative medicine, public health, surgery, and exotic companion animal medicine. She is also currently completing a Masters in Public Health through the University of Minnesota. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, fishing, and hiking with her dog Zeus. Along with Zeus, she shares her home with Aoife and Odin the cats, Mercury the Crested Gecko and an aquarium of very personable goldfish.
Dr. Carly Augustyn grew up in Spencerport, NY and attended Churchville-Chili High School. She played DIII Varsity Women's Lacrosse for the Rochester Institute of Technology and completed internships with Genesee Valley Equine Clinic, Seneca Park Zoo, and USDA Inspection Services. In May 2018, Dr. Augustyn received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell University. During her time there she worked on a White-tailed deer fawn research project in the Adirondacks and in the Small Animal Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Augustyn's clinical interests include orthopedics, sports medicine & rehabilitation, and surgery. In her free time, Dr. Augustyn can frequently be found outside running or hiking with her scruffy terrier-mix named Alfred. She also enjoys spending time with family, hitting the archery range, and relaxing by a campfire.
Growing up on a small farm in Bloomfield inspired Dr. Benedetti in her pursuit of veterinary medicine. She earned her undergraduate degree in liberal arts from Syracuse University, then headed west to attend Colorado State University. There she earned a Master's degree in Anatomy in 2000 and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2005. After 10 years in Colorado, Dr. Benedetti returned home to raise her family. She has worked in the Rochester area for the last 12 years focusing her practice exclusively on companion animals and the families that love them. Dr. Benedetti's professional interests included internal medicine, dentistry and pain management. Dr. Benedetti lives in Victor with her husband, three amazing kids, one very silly dog, one opinionated cat and a geriatric goldfish. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, running, and curly up with a good book.
Dr. Sullivan is originally from Sydney, Australia. She earned a degree in Marine Biology from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2012. She then graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney in 2016. Her professional interests include exotic and wildlife medicine and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Sullivan moved to New York State in December 2016 to be with her husband, whom she met through a classmate in veterinary school. She left two cats in the care of her mother in Australia. She and her husband have three cats: Thor, Tigger, and their newest addition, Vegemite. In her free time, Dr. Sullivan enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, arts and crafts and crocheting.
Meet Our Support Staff
Amy B.Office Manager/Licensed Veterinary Technician
Amy graduated from SUNY Delhi in 1999 with an Associates degree in Veterinary technology. She began working at Mendon Village Animal Hospital in May 1999. In September 2002, she married her husband, Denny. They have two children, Marissa and Caleb, and they also share their home with a yellow Labrador named Brady. In her spare time, Amy enjoys shopping, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
KellyOffice Manager/Licensed Veterinary Technician
Kelly has been part of the team at Mendon Village Animal Hospital since 2004. She is a Licensed Veterinary Technician, receiving her degree from SUNY Canton. She has been the co-manager since 2008. Kelly’s two daughters keep her busy outside of work. Jaidan is a nursing major at MCC and an avid soccer player. Katie is in elementary school and makes friends wherever she goes. Together they enjoy watching movies, listening to music and taking road trips. Kelly is a cat enthusiast and always has been. She has three cats that her household: Strike McShield, Honor, and Legend. Despite her love for all things feline, a Pitbull named Nike joined the crew in 2015. He’s very spoiled, loves to cuddle with the cats and makes her home complete.
Amy C.Licensed Veterinary Technician
Amy is a Licensed Veterinary Technician who graduated from Medaille College in 1996 with an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology and a Bachelors Degree in liberal studies. She began working in the Rochester area on emergency and with a veterinary dermatologist before joining Mendon Village Animal Hospital in April 2000. Amy is married to Kevin and they have two sons, Hunter and Mason. They also share their home with an Australian Shepherd named Luna Belle and a French Bulldog/Boston Terrier mix named Kane. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, swimming, being outdoors, watching her boys play sports, and spending time with family and friends.
ArielLicensed Veterinary Technician
Ariel graduated from Alfred State College with an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2007. She has worked most of her career in small animal practice in the Finger Lakes and in 2017 joined the team at Mendon Village Animal Hospital. Outside of work, Ariel enjoys spending time with her husband doing various outdoor activities including hiking, camping and disc golf. They share their home with their 5 cats: Willy, Mr. Todd, Bella, Hamilton, and Gatsby.
Dawn P.Licensed Veterinary Technician
Dawn graduated from Medaille College in 1994 with an Associates degree in Veterinary technology. She began her career working at Clark Animal Care Center in 1994 and in 2001, she joined the team at Mendon Village Animal Hospital. Dawn and her husband, John have 3 children and a house full of dogs. She has a mix name Mia, a Shih Tzu named Benny and 2 French Bull Dogs, Marty and Vinny. Dawn loves spending time with her family and taking long walks with her dogs.
Dianne R.Licensed Veterinary Technician
Dianne is a Licensed Veterinary Technician who graduated from Alfred State College in 2008. After graduation Dianne joined the team at Mendon Village Animal Hospital. Dianne grew up in Dansville, NY on a dairy farm. In 2011 she married her husband Nick. Shortly after getting married they bought their very own farmhouse in the hills of Dansville. Dianne and Nick have two sons, Lawson and Landon. They also share their home with three cats, Yeller, Ellie, and Rodney. When not at work, Dianne enjoys being at the family farm and spending time with family and friends.
DJ K.Licensed Veterinary Technician
DJ joined our team as a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2007. She graduated from Medaille College with a Bachelors degree in Veterinary Technology in 2006. When not working she enjoys spending time with her husband RJ and her son Gavin. They have two cats, Bean and Piper, and a dog named Harper.
JackieLicensed Veterinary Technician
Jackie graduated from SUNY Morrisville in 2014 where she received her Associates Degree in Agricultural Science. Jackie then completed two additional years at Medaille college to receive her Bachelors in Veterinary Technology. In her free time, Jackie enjoys spending time with family and friends and training her German Shepherd named Harper.
Jeni E.Licensed Veterinary Technician
Jeni graduated from Alfred State College in 2006 with an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology. She has been a part of the team at Mendon Village Animal Hospital since 2011. Jeni grew up in Henrietta. She now lives Macedon with her husband Steve, and daughter Hadley. They also share their home with two cats Charlie and Bella, and their hound mix Sadie.
Jennifer M.Licensed Veterinary Technician
After earning her Bachelor's degree in Physical Education Jennifer decided her true love was animals and turned right around to chase her dream. She graduated from Medaille College with an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2006. She started her career at a small animal and referral hospital in Buffalo, NY and in 2010 joined the team at Mendon Village Animal Hospital. Jennifer loves the variety of working at a small animal hospital, and has a special interest in pain management, behavior and nutrition. Outside of work Jennifer spends the majority of her time caring for her busy household that includes a dog, 2 cats, a bearded dragon, a yard full of chickens, her daughter and husband.
Maureen M.Licensed Veterinary Technician
Maureen (known as "Mo" to many) graduated from SUNY Delhi in 2006 with an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology. She has experience in both companion animal and feline only practices. She has been a part of the Mendon Village Animal Hospital team since 2014. She grew up in Honeoye Falls and is glad to be right near home. She lives with her husband Paul and his twin sons Gavin and Alaric. They have many fur-children. Four mixed breed dogs- Daryl Dixon, Tikaani, Sasha Mae, Svedka and longhaired chihuahua-Darby, and 3 cats-Celia, Kitch, and Hiro. In her spare time she loves riding her motorcycle, competing in obstacle course races around the country, and doing anything outdoors.
MeganLicensed Veterinary Technician
Megan joined the Mendon Village Animal Hospital team as a Veterinary Assistant in the beginning of 2017. She obtained her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2018.. In addition, Megan also has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from SUNY Oswego and has a special interest in animal-assisted therapies. Megan grew up in Chili, and currently resides in Brighton with her boyfriend Jeff and their Papillons, Poco and Reba, and two cats named Kitty and Tino. When she is not busy working Megan enjoys going to concerts, traveling, spending time with family and friends.
MeghanLicensed Veterinary Technician
Meghan graduated from Alfred State College in 2013 with an Associate degree in Veterinary Technology. Before joining the team at Mendon Village Animal Hospital in early 2018 she worked for a smaller general practice, and in emergency medicine. When not working Meghan enjoys traveling, reading, spending time at home with her 2 cats (Kate and Posh), and hiking with her Bernese Mountain Dog Koda.
Chaz started her employment at Mendon Village Animal Hospital in August 2011. Chaz has always wanted to work at a place that supported her love for animals. Throughout her employment, Chaz's veterinary knowledge has continued to grow - she has moved from working at the front desk as a CSC to working closely with the DVM's and technicians as a Veterinary Assistant. She loves to help both people and pets in any way, shape or form. During her spare time, Chaz enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, Tom, and his children. Together, they do a lot of outdoor activities. She has a Pit Bull named Layla that she enjoys taking walks and going hiking with.
Emilee joined the MVAH family in 2016. She attended SUNY Brockport for her Bachelors in Environmental Science and Biology and also works at the NYS DEC as a Wildlife Technician. She will be graduating Medaille college as a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2021. Emilee knew from a young age she was going to dedicate her life to helping animals as she worked at local animal hospitals in the past and lived and worked on a reserve in South Africa at a wildlife laboratory. She is thrilled to be a part of such an amazing team at MVAH where she continues to grow and learn new skills while helping to take care of others’ beloved furry family members. Emilee grew up in Scottsville and lives with her four cats, Nugget, Tater Tot, Princess Peppermint, and Cannoli. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and being outdoors. She loves hiking, camping, and kayaking, and you can always find her planning her next traveling adventure.
ErinClient Service Coordinator
Erin is the definition of an animal lover. She cares deeply about everyone’s pets, especially her dog and two cats. Jack is a rat terrier mix, Nora is a gray tiger domestic short hair and Owen, a three-legged tan tiger domestic short hair. Erin has been involved in pet care since middle school and has been doing it professionally for four years. Though she doesn’t have a lot of veterinary experience yet, she is learning daily and is committed to doing her best. In addition to her work with animals, she babysat for twelve years. She also volunteered at The Genesee Country Village and Museum for fourteen years. Erin married her husband, Dan, in August of 2018. In their free time, they enjoy traveling together and spending time with friends. A few of Erin’s hobbies include arts and crafts, painting, knitting, doing puzzles, and watching scary movies.
Jen W.Client Service Coordinator
Jen started working at Mendon Village Animal Hospital in 2014. She previously worked at an animal hospital for six years prior to joining the MVAH team. She knew at a young age that this was the career for her since she loved animals, She enjoys helping owners and their pets in any way she can. Jen married her husband, Eric, in 2014, they have two children, Jalyn and Jaxon. They also have three dogs, Bourbon a Rottweiler, Fabi a French Bulldog, Jasper a Pit Bull, and one cat named Luca. They enjoy spending most of their time camping, four wheeling, canoeing, fishing, barbecuing, and spending time with family and friends.
LoriClient Service Coordinator
Lori has worked for Mendon Village Animal Hospital since 1999. Because she has had animals her whole life, it seemed most appropriate that her job would also involve taking care of them and helping people who share her love for them. Lori enjoys her work here and finds it very rewarding and interesting. Lori has a horse farm that consumes most of her "free" time. She enjoys riding horses and taking care of them, as well as performing farm work. She has two dogs, Dylan and Jessie. She also has two feral barn cats, and one goat. When time allows, Lori likes to ski and hike.
Lori H.Client Service Coordinator
Lori rejoined Mendon Village Animal Hospital in early 2016 after working in the Retail Management field for 5 1/2 years. A native of southern Pennsylvania, Lori graduated with a Management and Marketing degree from St. John Fisher College in 2005. She greatly enjoys being part of the MVAH team and the daily client interaction. When not working she enjoys spending time with her husband Jeremy and their children, Chelsea and Beckett. They share their home with Genny, a Shepherd/Akita mix, and two cats, Kirah and Shaelah. In her free time, Lori enjoys genealogy, baking, painting and sewing.
RachelClient Service Coordinator
Rachel joined Mendon Village Animal Hospital in March of 2018 after working with animals previously at a boarding facility for six years and another animal hospital for two years. Rachel graduated from Brighton High School in 2012 and went right into working with animals full time. When not in working she enjoys hiking and spending time with her yellow lab, Diesel, riding horses, being with friends, and in the summer months, boating and being by the water as often as possible.