Meet Our Team
We are pleased to introduce you to our Irondequoit Animal Hospital Team!
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.
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.
Kaycee Ratcliffe, DVM
Dr. Ratcliffe grew up in Rochester, NY and completed her undergraduate studies at SUNY Buffalo with a bachelor's degree in Biology. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical rotations at Purdue University.
She completed a rotating internship at Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services before joining our team. Dr. Ratcliffe's professional interests include surgery, emergency and critical care, and neurology.
During her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, and traveling. She has a Coonhound mix named Phoebe and a calico cat named Cat.
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.
The Management Team
Hospital Business Manager
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!
Client Service Supervisor
Jennifer was born in Rochester and grew up in Hilton NY. She has been working for Irondequoit Animal Hospital since 2005! Jennifer feels she gets the best of both worlds working here because she works with people and animals - both of which she gets along with great!
Jennifer has two dogs, three cats, and a bird. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and husband. You'll usually find her either working on projects around the house or spending time outdoors.
The Veterinary Technicians
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.
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.