Meet Our Team

We are pleased to introduce you to our Irondequoit Animal Hospital Staff!

Our Veterinarians

Kathryn O’Neill, DVM

Kathryn O’Neill, DVM

Dr. O’Neill has been the director of IAH since 2003. She joined the practice in 1992 and is originally from Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and graduated cum laude with her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science in 1985, followed by her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 1986. 

Dr. O’Neill went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M in 1990. Her professional interests include dentistry, surgery and dermatology. 

Dr. O’Neill shares her home with her husband Chris and their two dogs and two cats. They have three adult children: Jon, Matt and Kasey. In her free time she enjoys gardening and ponding. She herself has a 5,000-gallon Koi pond!  She can also be seen running around Irondequoit with her Golden Retriever, Winnie, while her husband follows on his bike.

Andrea Straka, VMD

Andrea Straka, VMD

Dr. Straka grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania. She attended University of Delaware for her undergraduate degree. In 1993, she received her degree in Animal Science.

Dr. Straka went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania for veterinary school. She graduated cum laude in 1997 with her degree in Veterinary Medicine. She was also inducted into the Phi Zeta national honor society during her time at the University of Pennsylvania. She has a professional interest in animal behavior.

Dr. Straka has a pug named Martini, a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Penny, a cat named Nikki, a frog named Froggy and a fish named Melvin. She enjoys spending time with her family including her husband Dan, her son Andrew and her daughter Sydney. She also enjoys reading, traveling, fishing, yoga and baseball in her free time.

Jeffery Cacia, DVM

Jeffery Cacia, DVM

Dr. Cacia grew up in Greece, New York. He attended SUNY Brockport for his undergraduate degree, and received his bachelor’s in Biology with a minor in Chemistry in 2005. He went on to attend Ross University for veterinary school, graduating in 2010 with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. While attending veterinary school, Dr. Cacia was the recipient of the Veterinary Colleague Award three times, a semester achievement award and was a class representative for four semesters.

Dr. Cacia’s professional interests include surgery and dentistry. He completed a one-year internship in medicine and surgery.

Dr. Cacia shares his home with his wife Kim, who is a vet tech at a different hospital. They have three dogs: a black lab named Sheba, a border collie mix named Sammy, and a border collie named Aengus. They also have three cats named Jack, George and Remmington, two rabbits named Bunny and Clyde, and one horse named Ace. In his free time, Dr. Cacia enjoys fly-fishing, hunting, hiking, traditional archery, camping, rock climbing, kayaking, traveling and being outside.

Kathryn Psutka, DVM

Kathryn Psutka

Dr. Kathryn Psutka is an associate veterinarian at Irondequoit Animal Hospital. Raised in London, Ontario, Canada, she attended the University of Guelph and majored in biological science before receiving her doctorate of veterinary medicine from St. George’s University in 2012.

Dr. Psutka completed a clinical year at the University of Minnesota and a small animal rotating internship at the University of Illinois. Before joining Irondequoit Animal Hospital, she worked as an associate veterinarian at the North Texas Emergency Pet Clinic in Carrollton, Texas and Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services in Lakewood, Colo.

Dr. Psutka’s professional interests include surgery and ophthalmology. She shares her home with two cats, Sheldon and Penny. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, music, theatre and SCUBA.

The Veterinary Technicians

Barb Swartzfager, LVT

Barb Swartzfager, LVT

Barb grew up right here in Rochester, New York. She is currently an LVT/ACA supervisor, and has been with Irondequoit Animal hospital for the past 15 years. Barb is licensed by New York State. She is also certified as a veterinary dental technician and is an adult leader for the explorer program at Monroe Veterinary Associates.

Barb enjoys spending her free time with her family including her husband, Scott, and son, Jack, taking care of her home, gardening, trying new restaurants and traveling. She also enjoys taking her dog Otter to the dog park. In addition to Otter, Barb also has two cats named Annie and Mr. Whiskers.

The Kennel Staff

Danielle Samsel
Kennel Supervisor

Danielle  Samsel

Danielle is a native to Rochester NY. She is currently a full time kennel supervisor at Irondequoit Animal Hospital, and has been for the past two years. She loves working at the hospital because she loves spending her days caring for and helping animals.

Danielle has one cat named Meko. In her free time she likes to read and pet sit for friends and family. She is also a member of the WWF Organization.

 

 

The Office Staff

Jennifer Irvine
Client Service Supervisor

Jennifer Irvine

Jennifer was born in Rochester and grew up in Hilton NY. She has been a Client Service Supervisor for the past nine years at Irondequoit Animal hospital. She loves working at Irondequoit because the staff is like family.

Jennifer has a miniature pinscher named Sierra, and two cats named Isabella and Lizzy. In her free time she enjoys doing activities outside and spending time with her family and friends.

 

 

Megan McLaughlin
Administrative CSR

Megan McLaughlin

Megan was born in Rochester and grew up in West Irondequoit, right around the corner from Irondequoit Animal Hospital. She still currently lives in Irondequoit and works at the hospital as a full-time Administrative Client-Service Representative. She has been employed at IAH since 2007.
Megan enjoys working at Irondequoit because the hospital is a tightknit family. We all really love what we do and it shows through the compassionate care we give our clients.

Megan shares her home with her husband, Mitch, her daughter, Lily and her sons, Alex and Graeme. They have a corgi mix named Perdy, a pit/lab mix named Cinder, a guinea pig named Sunflower, a cat named Bandit and a white-faced cockatiel named Mohawk. In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time with her family, jewelry making, dancing, and cooking.

The Pets

Mittens “Mitties” Schmitts
Office Cat Extraordinaire

Mittens “Mitties” Schmitts

Mittens grew up right in Irondequoit Animal Hospital. His job at the hospital includes acting as a full-time greeter, but really only when he wants to. He has been in this position for the past five years. He has been in the animal field since he was born seven years ago. Mittens is the poster child for teeth-brushing and for Irondequoit’s Facebook page.

Mittens loves Irondequoit because of all the attention he gets. The hospital has the best flowing water from the faucets … a cat’s dream. And there are so many to choose from!

Mittens shares his home with his “pets,” the Irondequoit Animal Hospital staff. In his free time he likes to sleep and meow at his people. He also enjoys sitting in front of his staff’s workstations while they are busy, watching Megan’s betta fish swim (sometimes trying to play with him) and playing hide-n-seek when it is time to close or get his teeth brushed. Mittens loves the occasional belly rub as well.