Meet Our Team

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

Our Veterinarians

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.

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.

Monica Bunkenburg, DVM

Monica Bunkenburg

Originally from Skaneateles, New York, Dr. Bunkenburg attended Arizona State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness. She then attended the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Bunkenburg spent the last eight years as an associate veterinarian at Suburban Animal Hospital.

As a Fear-Free Certified Veterinarian, she is interested in enhancing the human-animal bond, enriching the lives of pets and their families - additionally she enjoys soft tissue surgery.

At home, she enjoys the company of her husband and a sassy, pastel calico kitty named Duchess. During her free time, she enjoys reading, trail walking, watching movies, tailgating, and anything LSU football.

Andrew Kicera, DVM

Andrew Kicera, DVM

Dr. Kicera grew up right around the corner in Perinton, NY. He began his studies at RIT and received a degree in Biology. From there, he moved down to sunny Florida and received his degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2015. His professional interests include Wellness and Preventative Medicine and Soft Tissue Surgery.

At home, he lives with his wife, Dr. Kathleen Temple Kicera, who is a Critical Care Specialist at Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services, along with their several fur babies - Lu and Pringle who are both Pitbull mixes and Mickey, Hannah, Beanie, and Litterbox who are all Domestic Short Hair cats.

You will find Dr. Kicera spending a lot of time outdoors in his free time. He enjoys playing football, soccer, and lacrosse as well as hiking and kayaking!

The Management Team

Sue Riggs
Hospital Business Manager

Sue Riggs

Sue Riggs joined our team in September 2019!  Since then, she has built a strong bond with the individuals who make up our hospital.  She loves seeing how the team not only has compassion for the animals, but also the families that come.  Every day, she sees staff trying to make the people who walk in our doors feel welcome and like family.

Sue was born and raised in the suburbs of Albany, NY.  She has a Samoyed/Belgian Tevuryn dog named Monte and two frogs named Toy Bonnie and Toy Freddie.  Besides her animal family, she also has a human family consisting of her husband, Jim, and her two children, Savannah and JD.  In her free time, Sue enjoys supporting her kids at their activities, going on hikes with Monte and her family, spending time at their cottage, and swimming!

Linda M. Childs
ACA Supervisor/Admin CSR

Linda Childs was part of a military family growing up, so she has lived in many different places although she was born in Abilene, Texas! She has been working at IAH since 2015 and is currently our Animal Care Assistant Supervisor and Administrative Client Service Representative. She has many achievements such as having a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences, being a member of the Biology Honor Society TriBeta, and earning her Continuous Improvement Green Belt.

Linda considers the IAH staff her family; as they are a warm and welcoming crew. She loves having fun with her team members inside and outside of the hospital.

At home, you’ll find Linda hanging out with her 17-year-old black cat named Wudon, painting with watercolors, collecting wargaming miniatures, playing board games, and playing video games. She also has a large collection of fantasy and thriller/mystery books that she loves to read!

Deanna Pfluke
CSR Supervisor

Deanna joined us as our CSR Supervisor in June 2020! She grew up in the Rochester area, but has also lived in Pittsburgh and Atlanta. She has a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with a minor in Music – which was put to good use when she was in a blues band that toured locally around Rochester for 15 years!

Deanna’s favorite aspect of working at IAH so far has been the fact that she is working alongside fellow animal lovers! She enjoys the fast-paced environment and assisting the clients and patients. Seeing the their smiling faces is the highlight of her day!

At home, Deanna loves spending time and walking with her two dogs – Lexi (Shihpoo) and CHI CHI (Chihuahua Scottish Terrier Mix), listening to music, going to enjoy live music, being by the water, trying out different restaurants, enjoying umbrella drinks on vacations to tropical islands, providing drum lessons to beginners, and watching sports (Go Steelers!).

The Veterinary Technicians

Barb Swartzfager, LVT

Barb Swartzfager, LVT

Barb was born in Rochester and grew up right outside of it in Churchville, New York. She is a LVT supervisor, and has been with Irondequoit Animal hospital for the past 20 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.

Her favorite part of being at Irondequoit Animal Hospital is working alongside her compassionate coworkers and taking care of all the animals she gets to see on a daily basis!

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 as well as cooking new recipes, and traveling. She also enjoys taking her Pit Bull mix, Otter, to the dog park. In addition to Otter, Barb also has two cats at home named Annie and Joey.

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.