Get to know us!
Dr. Michael Brennen
After graduating from Cornell with a B.S. in 1985, he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the same institution in 1990 and moved to Seattle where he was an associate at a progressive small animal hospital for 4 years. When Dr. Brennen decided he would like to raise his family in New York, he began looking for a quality practice in New York State to purchase. In 1994, he became the owner of Lake Road Animal Hospital, a hospital that has provided exemplary care since its establishment over 60 years ago.
Dr. Abigail Mulligan
Following graduation in 2014, Dr. Mulligan moved to Rhode Island to complete a rigorous internship in small animal medicine and surgery at a very busy emergency and specialty hospital. She then worked for several years at a 24-hour emergency clinic in Syracuse before life brought her back to the Finger Lakes and she joined Lake Road Animal Hospital in 2017.
Dr. Mulligan has special interests in feline medicine, geriatric medicine and dentistry. She enjoys the sense of community here at Lake Road and loves being part of such a close-knit team to help provide excellent care for all of our patients. She firmly believes that a sense of humor is essential for a good workplace and exam room, but that a sense of calm and quiet can go a long way towards making your cat feel less stressed here at the hospital! She especially loves her feline patients but cherishes her canine patients just as much (almost).
When not caring for patients at Lake Road, Dr. Mulligan, her husband John, and their son share their lives with three cats (Tanner, Tiger Lily, and Godiva) and one dog (Lola). They split their time between working on their 1850’s farmhouse, skiing, hiking, camping, and traveling back to Massachusetts to visit with their large extended family.
Dr. Kathryn Hughes
Dr. Hughes earned her B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University in 1976 and went on to veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated in 1981 and has worked continuously in private practice since then.
Dr. Hughes’ foremost passionis her pets. She loves the outdoors, especially hiking with her dogs. Dog training and competitive dog sports are her primary focus with a special interest in the scent sports.
Dr. Liz Wilcox
Dr. Wilcox obtained a biology degree Summa Cum Laude at Lebanon Valley College in 2001, a DVM degree in 2005, and has broad experience in private and corporate practices, academia, and in shelter medicine.
She currently has one little mixed-breed dog: Dutch, 3 cats: Amic, Ringtail, and Gimli, a leopard gecko named Eupheme, fish, and various foster animals: primarily mother cats and their litters. Dr. Wilcox lives with her husband, Ralph, and two children Claire and Lance, and she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, and going for walks with Dutch. Her other veterinary passions include pain management and geriatric care, shelter medicine, and volunteering for TNR (trap, neuter, release) work.
What Dr. Wilcox enjoys most about being a part of LRAH: Working with a wonderful team that is very supportive and fun, and she very much appreciates all of the dedicated clients and beautiful pets.
Dr. Lauren Gardiner
Dr. Gardiner grew up outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and spent many of her childhood years taking care of and riding horses. She attended Wellesley College in Massachusetts and graduated with a double major in Biology and Spanish. Dr. Gardiner received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and has been practicing in the Finger Lakes area since graduation. Dr. Gardiner’s professional interests include preventive care and internal medicine. In her free time, she and her husband enjoy hiking, kayaking, and biking in beautiful upstate New York.
Licensed Veterinary Nurse, Supervising Nurse, Writer
Erin joined us at Lake Road Animal Hospital in 2008 and has since become our supervising veterinary nurse. Erin is also active with the Shelter Outreach Services (SOS) which assists with low-cost spay/neuter programs.
When not working at our hospital, Erin enjoys spending time with her daughter, Lilia. They love kayaking on the lake and other outdoor activities. Erin enjoys reading and relaxing with friends, family, and pets and has taken an interest in adult gymnastics.
What Erin enjoys most about being a part of the LRAH Team: Being able to help ease the discomfort of not only the animals but also our clients. She enjoys working in an environment that really focuses on patient well-being.
Licensed Veterinary Nurse, Fear Free Certified, Social Media Contributor
Mary was born and raised in Elmira, NY. She attended SUNY Delhi, earning her AAS in Veterinary Technology. She worked in the local veterinary community for several years before joining our team in 2013. Along with her veterinary nursing and technical talents, Mary is especially interested in laser therapy to help with inflammation and pain control.
Mary spends a lot of time with her pets. She is an avid outdoors woman and enjoys spending time with her father and friends, as well as playing softball. Mary also contributes to our Snapchat page.
Mary’s favorite thing about being a part of the LRAH Team: Watching the kittens and puppies grow up, knowing that she and the rest of our team are a vital part in their veterinary care.
Licensed Veterinary Nurse, Writer, Patient Advocate, Fear Free Certified
Rebecca enjoys making memories with the people and animals in her life. Along with her many farm animals, Rebecca also lives with her two dogs, Zoe, a border terrier, and Shelly, a Shetland Sheepdog. Her other interests include writing, painting, sewing, crocheting, singing with her brothers and sisters, baking, playing the piano, running, and reading historic fiction.
Rebecca attended SUNY Canton where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in veterinary science technology. She has been a licensed veterinary nurse since 2016 and greatly enjoys educating clients and easing their worries with diligence and a warm heart.
What Rebecca enjoys most about being a part of the LRAH Team:
“Touching so many lives while helping to heal both physical and emotional pain and participating in and improving the journeys of all our patients. My coworkers are like family. We support each other and make coming to Lake Road to serve our clients and improve the lives of our patients a pleasure.”
Practice Manager, Writer, Fear Free Certified
Carrie was born and raised in Owego, NY (the coolest small town in America). She received her bachelors in Environmental Studies from Binghamton University and a biology certification in Secondary Education at Elmira College. Carrie has many years of experience working in the veterinary industry.
Carrie joined us at Lake Road Animal Hospital in 2008 as our practice manager. She holds a Fear Free Certification and is active in the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. Carrie is also a member of the Well Managed Practice Group. She continues her veterinary knowledge by attending continuing education classes in veterinary practice management.
When not working, Carrie spends a lot of time with her family. She is her daughter’s number one fan. Carrie enjoys brewing craft beer with her boyfriend. She feels the gardening is the best part of brewing, where they grow their own hops. She has an extended furry family of her own pets. Carrie also loves going boating and kayaking with her family, and friends.
What Carrie enjoys most about being a part of LRAH are our strong team, our inspiring culture, and our dedication to client education. She enjoys strengthening the bond between people and their pets.
Exam Room Assistant, Puppy Camp Manager, Fear Free Certified
Mandy was born and raised in Elmira Heights, NY where she graduated from Thomas Edison High School and went on to Corning Community College. She has experience working at the Chemung County SPCA, Humane Society, and Barnes and Noble.
Mandy joined our team in 2012 as a veterinary assistant and has since become a puppy camp manager, and she assists the doctors in exam rooms. She is also a Fear Free Certified Professional. Although Mandy enjoys the medical side of the animal field, her interest lies more in canine behavior and puppy socialization.
When not at work, Mandy enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She has done work with agility trials with her own dogs in the past and is hoping that she will be able to start agility again when she has another addition to the family.
What Mandy enjoys most about being a part of LRAH: Our kind and knowledgeable veterinary team. They are all passionate about what they do and are a constant inspiration and motivation for Mandy.
Client Service Representative Supervisor
Cherie was born in Hartford, CT before moving to Elmira. She attended Corning Community College focusing on early childhood and human services. Before coming to work at Lake Road in 2005, Cherie worked at Wegmans for 15 years and was a manager at the Elmira 1-2-3 theater.
When not at work, Cherie enjoys spending time with her husband, Tom, and their many furry family members. Cherie remembers when she first came to Lake Road it was to pick up her parents’ dog, Sammi, from the kennel. He loved it here so much that when Cherie found out they were hiring, she jumped at the chance to join our team.
What Cherie enjoys most about being a part of the LRAH Team:
“Working with our amazing clients and coworkers. I enjoy being an advocate for the health and well being of our patients while also bringing joy to our clients.”
Veterinary Assistant, Fear Free Certified
Sharon was born and raised in Hornby, NY. She attended West High School and took classes at Corning Community College before being hired in the animal field in 1990. A part of the Lake Road Team since 2002, Sharon also spent time working at the Chemung County SPCA.
When not at work, Sharon enjoys spending time with her son, friends, and family, especially outdoors. She also enjoys time indoors reading and relaxing.
When asked what her favorite part of Lake Road Animal Hospital is, Sharon responds that it’s the clients, staff, and animals that make her job so enjoyable. Make sure you stop in and say hi to Sharon!
Anna-Mae is a skilled assistant and trained groomer and joined the team in 2018. She loves playing with her son, Xaiden, and cats Phoebe and Mary Jane and watching anime.
What Anna-Mae enjoys most about being a part of LRAH: Getting to know all of the amazing clients who care so much about their pets.
She currently has five pets: three cats (Jax, Lynx, and Lotus), one dog (Moose, a hound mix), and a rabbit (Atti). She has an interest in animal behavior and would love to work with cats for the rest of her life.
Danielle’s favorite thing about the LRAH team: The team-friendly environment, and the cats. All of the cats are just the best.
Logan lives with her daughter Elliana and recently adopted a new puppy, Scout. She currently attends college at Penn Foster in preparation for becoming a veterinary nurse. Logan has had experience as a hospital Clinical Assistant and a rehabilitation aid. She loves learning new things, and spending time with her family.
What Logan enjoys most about being a part of LRAH: The team is just one big family, always willing to help each other out, and everyone has each other’s back. It feels like a second home here, and everyone is always willing to help you learn. By watching and listening to how everyone interacts with the animals, I can see just how much they love them too! They always have the pet’s (and owner’s) best interest at heart.
Courtney obtained a two-year Small and Companion Animal Certificate from Broome-Tioga BOCES. She has had a wide range of animal husbandry experience ranging from mucking stalls to managing barns and training horses. She has also worked as a farm hand at a dairy farm taking care of calves and milking, a barn technician at a biosecure pig farm, an animal attendant at stray haven, and a husbandry technician at a veterinary research facility. She is interested in pursuing higher education in the veterinary field.
Featured in Courtney’s photo is her first horse, Beauty. Beauty was very sickly when she arrived, but Courtney and her family nursed her and helped her to live for fourteen years under their care. Horses are Courtney’s favorite animal, and she likes to study equine genetics for fun. Courtney currently has five cats – Scar, Kion, Boog, Mim, and Indy – and a horse named babe.
What Courtney enjoys most about being a part of LRAH: the entire team truly cares about every patient who walks in the door, and she’s honored to be a part of such a close, caring, and hardworking team.
Licensed Veterinary Nurse
Judy lives with her husband Andy. She enjoys horseback riding and hiking and is active in K9 search and rescue. Currently, she works in K9 search and rescue with Cider, who is a certified human remain detection (cadaver) dog. Featured in her photo is her beloved Oakley, her K9 search and rescue who recently passed. Judy also has Onni, Briar, Ditto – all German Shorthaired pointers – plus three horses, and a mini donkey.
What Judy enjoys most about being a part of LRAH: The care and compassion of the doctors and team.
Client Service Representative
After a handful of majors, she earned her B.S. in Psychology and an M.Ed. in School psychology, before ultimately retraining as an English teacher. For roughly 30 years, she was a teacher in various places: high schools, overseas in Hiroshima, Japan, in a family literacy program,and for 21 years at Corning Community College, from which she recently retired.
She and her husband enjoy the antics of their cats Sasha and Oliver. Beth is also a nature lover who enjoys hiking and working in her large vegetable garden. Other interests include volunteering at the library and at Bampa’s House, a residential hospice, as well leading meditation with a local practice group.
What Beth enjoys most about the LRAH team:
“I was drawn to LRAH because of their commitment to fear-free care with an emphasis on compassion and empathy. It is a friendly place, where the team pulls together to offer quality service to pets and people.”
Client Service Representative
Christine has had a wide range of experience in retail, the U.S. Army, food services, taxes, and veterinary medicine and joined the Lake Road team in 2022. She lives with her husband and a Pomeranian named Max, who is featured in her photo, a black cat named Miley, Ron Weasley who is an orange tabby, and a white cat named Kitty Girl.
What Christine enjoys most about being a part of LRAH: Everyone is a team and has each other’s backs. Each of the teammates are knowledgeable and willing and able to help wherever they can. The passion and compassion of each shines through.
Client Service Representative
Jillian was born in Elmira and was raised in Caton, NY. She has always been interested in animals. She enjoys how pure, innocent, and full of love they are. She has also been a dog nanny to several fur babies for many years.
She graduated from Southside High School and joined the Lake Road team in 2022. Jillian loves crafting and baking fancy cakes and cupcakes. She is often creating something and has several projects going at one time.
Jillian lives with her two sons, Logan and Calix. Together, they have nine fish and have rescued 3 cats. Oscar is a tabby. Sophie is a Siamese, and Figgie is a tortie. Recently, she rescued BobbiJo, a beagle, and the very first dog in her home.
What Jillian enjoys most about being a part of LRAH: the team is so friendly and inviting, and the teamwork is phenomenal.
Tue: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wed: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thur: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Fri: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Directions from Corning:
- Take 17/86 east towards Binghamton
- Take Exit 53 (Horseheads) exit and stay to the right
- Go through two lights, and at the third light take a right onto South Main, this turns in to Lake Road
- The hospital is ~1.5 mile on the right
Directions from Elmira – local roads:
- Take Church St. or Water St.to the Madison Ave Bridge
- Take a left on to Madison Ave, this turns in to Lake St, and then to Lake Rd.
- Follow Lake St. to Lake Rd. past Curly’s Chicken, the hospital is ~1/2 mile on the left
Directions from Elmira – highway:
- Take 17/86 West towards Horseheads/Corning
- Take Exit 54 towards Horseheads/Rt 13
- Stay to the left to exit towards Horseheads
- At the light, take a left on to South Main which turns in to Lake Road
- The hospital is ~1.5 mile on the right