Meet Our Team
We are pleased to introduce you to our Irondequoit Animal Hospital Team!
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.
Linda Banks, DVM
Dr. Linda Banks recently joined the team at Irondequoit after caring for pets at Stone Ridge Veterinary Hospital since 1994!
Dr. Banks attended Cornell University and received her Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science in 1985. She continued her education at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. She went on to complete an internship at the Animal Hospital of Pittsford and remained there as a staff veterinarian for four years before moving to Stone Ridge.
A member of the Buffalo Academy of Veterinary Medicine, the Genesee Valley Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Banks has a professional interest in soft tissue surgery. She strongly believes in veterinary continuing education and usually exceeds the number of required course hours every year.
When she's not busy working with pets, clients and staff members, Dr. Banks enjoys spending time with friends and family, which includes her husband and two sons and their furry children. She loves cooking new recipes and tackling home improvement projects when she has the time. As a Christian, her faith and spirituality are an important part of her life.
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.
Kathryn Psutka, DVM
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.
Trent Huynh, DVM
Dr. Trent Huynh is an associate veterinarian at Irondequoit Animal Hospital. Originally from Dallas, Texas, he earned his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Huynh graduated with his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2014 from Saint George’s University.
Before joining our team, Dr. Huynh worked at Companion Animal Hospital and spent several years at CNY Veterinary Medical Services in Westmoreland, NY. His professional interests include clinical pathology, preventative medicine, and client education.
Dr. Huynh has four dogs named Spunky (Yorkipoo), Casper (West Highland White Terrier), Angel (Cairn Terrier Mix), and Arnie (Havanese). In his spare time, he enjoys carpentry, playing the guitar, cooking, and spending time with his wife and new born baby, Lucas.
The Veterinary Technicians
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 Office Staff
Client Service Supervisor
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 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.
Mittens “Mitties” Schmitts
Office Cat Extraordinaire
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.