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Meet Our Team

Our Veterinarians

Ken Scheider, DVM

Ken Scheider, DVM

Dr. Ken Scheider took on the role of medical director at Fairview Veterinary Hospital in 2017, but he has been with Monroe Veterinary Associates since 2008.  He is also a veterinarian and the medical director at Perinton Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Scheider grew up in northern New Jersey and received his bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2003. As an undergraduate, he was captain of the track and field team and held the school’s record for indoor and outdoor pole vault.

After graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Scheider received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University in 2007, and he completed his clinical year at the University of Missouri. He then went on to complete a one-year rotating internship at Bay Area Veterinary Specialists in San Leandro, California. Following completion of his rotating internship, he gained two years of specialized surgical training as a surgical intern at Veterinary Specialists of Rochester. Before joining the Perinton veterinary team, Dr. Scheider was an associate at Irondequoit Animal Hospital. His professional interests include small animal orthopedic, soft tissue surgery, and pain management. He recently became a certified Fear Free professional.

Dr. Scheider has two dogs, Tiki (11-year-old lab mix) and Lafonda (11-year-old pit bull mix), and an 11-year-old cat named Oliver. During his free time, he enjoys watching football and baseball as well as spending time with his family. He and his wife, Janine (an associate veterinarian at Pittsford Animal Hospital), have two sons and one daughter.

Sarah Castle, DVM

Sarah Castle

Dr. Sarah Castle returns home to Rochester after earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. One of the most unusual animals that she
treated was a reindeer that had a problem with its eye! She said that it was relatively tame but like most reindeers, didn’t like to be handled.

Dr. Castle’s most interesting surgery was a puppy who had come in for limping and neck pain but the owners didn't know what was wrong. After Dr. Castle performed some internal imaging, she found a foot long stick that the pup had swallowed! The dog had a routine surgery to remove the stick from its esophagus that had been there for a week. The puppy recovered fully following surgery.

Even when not at work, Dr. Castle still finds time to spend with animals. On a trip to the Netherlands, she visited a water buffalo farm! She learned about the dairy industry and that water buffalo milk is used to make mozzarella cheese! Dr. Castle would also like to start rowing again. She rowed in high school and college and would like to join the large community of rowers in Rochester. 

Ashley Palmieri, VMD

Ashley Palmieri, VMD

Dr. Ashley Palmieri was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in North Huntingdon, a suburb just outside of the city.  She attended Allegheny College where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology before going onto The University of Pennsylvania where she received her Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris in 2019.  Prior to vet school, Dr. Palmieri worked as a tech assistant at an emergency animal hospital.

Dr. Palmieri’s favorite aspect of working at Fairview Veterinary Hospital is being part of such a compassionate, caring team that values high quality medicine and continued education.  Some of her professional goals include building trusting relationships with her clients and their pets along with continuing to increase her skills in soft tissue surgery.  Her most rewarding case in veterinary school was treating a pet Nigerian Dwarf goat after a bad barn fire.  In general, the most unique animals she has treated have been a camel and a zebra!

Over the course of two summers, Dr. Palmieri spent two weeks in Cap-Haitien, Haiti where she was providing veterinary care for livestock and pets in the area as part of the service group, Pou Sante: Amar Haiti.  She hopes to revisit the area one day as well as travel to different countries.  At home, Dr. Palmieri lives with her boyfriend, a three-legged Pit Bull mix named Lorelai and a Rottweiler named Hobbes.  She enjoys crocheting, relaxing while watching TV with her dogs, reading, hiking, spending time outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends.

Amie Rennie, DVM, CVA

Amie  Rennie

Dr. Amie Rennie chose to work at Fairview after her family had been bringing their pets to the hospital for many years. Because of this, she felt strong ties to the hospital and to the staff that took care of her animals.

Throughout her career, Dr. Rennie has treated all types of animals ranging from household dogs and cats to farm animals such as horses, cows, goats and sheep. She has
also treated more exotic animals including bobcats, porcupines, and an abdominal surgery on a young zebra foal!

One case special to Dr. Rennie was a young Dachshund that had suffered from acute
paralysis in her back legs. At the time she was unable to walk. However with acupuncture,
the pup regained feeling and full control of her legs. After a few years she is still doing well! One of Dr. Rennie's most interesting experiences happened while studying abroad. She worked at the Shark Lab with Dr. Sam Gruber (who frequently appears on the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week) in the Bahamas and was able to swim with and handle juvenile sharks (one of her favorite animals).

Loren M. Rodriguez, DVM

Loren M. Rodriguez

Dr. Loren Rodriguez has worked with animals for many years at Fairview and around the world. While at Cornell, Dr. Rodriguez visited a jaguar sanctuary in Bolivia! She helped spay and neuter these jaguars as well treating other exotic jungle animals including Howler Monkeys!

In one of Dr. Rodriguez’s more interesting cases, when performing a routine operation on her own German shepherd, she found a small uterus where she thought a testicle would be. Dr. Rodriguez was shocked to learn that her dog is a hermaphrodite!

Outside of animal care, Dr. Rodriguez has a passion for dance. She used to be a part of a
salsa performance group and hopes to perform again someday.

The Management Team

Tammy Byers-Smith
Hospital Manager

Tammy Byers-Smith

Tammy grew up just outside of Syracuse, NY.  She has been employed in the animal care industry for the past 30 years.  Tammy started out as a veterinary assistant in college and since then has worked in four different states as a veterinary assistant, veterinary technician, and hospital manager.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Geneseo.  She manages both Fairview Veterinary Hospital and Cats & Critters.  She enjoys the variety of animals along with getting to know all of the staff from both hospitals.  The caring and incredible staff members are what make her job fun and satisfying!

In Tammy’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her two cats, Harvey B.O.B. Fetterman, Ph.D and Ezekial.  When she’s not snuggling them, you’ll find her running, biking, hiking, reading, and exploring new places and restaurants. Tammy has two daughters who she also loves spending time with.

Jennifer Gargan
LVT Supervisor

Jennifer Gargan

Jennifer Gargan grew up in York, NY.  She is a full-time LVT Supervisor and has been with Monroe Veterinary Associates for the past 17 years.  After working 10 years at Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services, Jennifer enjoys being able to see mostly healthy pets here at Fairview Veterinary Hospital but still uses her emergency skills and experience when necessary.

Jennifer has a Pitt Bull named Riley, a Pitt Bull mix named Saphyra, and three cats: Pheobe and Tuka (Domestic Shorthair cats) and Oliver (Siamese mix).  She enjoys spending her free time with her boyfriend, friends, and family.  You’ll also find her kayaking, traveling, hiking, going to festivals, and teaching Veterinary Technology part-time at Medaille College.

Katelyn Schafer
Client Experience Supervisor

Katelyn joined the Fairview team in Fall of 2019 as our Client Experience Supervisor.  She was born and raised just outside of Philadelphia before she made her way to New York.

Right from the start, Katelyn has loved working with the caring, energetic team of individuals who are all dedicated towards the common goal of providing excellent care to their clients and their pets.

At home, Katelyn has a Golden Shepard/Labrador mix named Frodo and two cats named Sadie and Venus.  She enjoys spending time at home with her husband and their fur babies.  Katelyn also enjoys reading, crafting, and hiking!

The Veterinary Technicians


Jessy was born in Fort Benning, GA and raised in Palmyra, NY.  She joined our team as an LVT in May 2019! Before coming here, she started her animal related career as an Animal Care Assistant at Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services.  In April 2017, she became a Licensed Veterinary Technician and also received an associate degree in Science Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College.

Jessy has loved working at Fairview because of the warm, welcoming atmosphere along with the fact that the doctors and her coworkers are some of the most compassionate and talented people she has ever worked with!

Outside of work, Jessy enjoys reading, writing, bowling, and making leashes and collars from paracord for her family, friends, and local shelters. During the warmer months, she enjoys walking outside and playing with her kids and dogs. She has also recently picked up pyrography and refurnishing old furniture! Jessy has two dogs named Destiny and Chief, and two cats named Tiffany and Veruca.



Paula was born and raised in Auburn, NY.  She is a Licensed Veterinary Technician here at Fairview Veterinary Hospital. She has been working in the animal care industry for the past 32 years!

Her favorite part about working here is working with the compassionate, talented team.  She has many fur babies at home and you will find her hiking, kayaking, and biking in her free time.





The Animal Care Staff

Taylor Clark

Taylor Clark

Taylor Clark was born in Plattsburgh, NY and grew up in Fairport, NY.  Taylor began working as a full-time kennel attendant in July of 2013.  She is now a full-time Animal Care Assistant!  Taylor is currently attending Medaille College in order to obtain a degree in Veterinary Technology.  The best part of her job is getting to work with animals every day as well as seeing Raven and Dr. Rennie!

Taylor has a yellow Labrador named Belle and two cats named Tigs and Mittens.  In her free time, you’ll find her binge-watching shows and spending time with friends and family.


Mackenzie Meleca

Mackenzie Meleca

Mackenzie Meleca was born and raised in Webster, NY.  She has been working in the animal care industry since 2017 and started at Fairview Veterinary Hospital as a full-time Animal Care Assistant in July 2018.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from SUNY Oswego.

Mackenzie enjoys working with animals every day and helping them feel better.  She loves all of her coworkers and seeing their beautiful faces every day.  She has an Akita named Apollo and a Basset Hound named Sadie who she loves bringing to the dog park.

Kim Ross

Kim Ross

Kim Ross was born in Canandaigua, NY and grew up in Bloomfield, NY.  She has been caring for animals for around two years as a full-time Animal Care Assistant.

Her favorite part of the job is that she gets to work with animals all day long.  At home, she has Lola who is a Pitt Bull/Lab mix, Ally who is a Lab mix, and two Domestic Shorthair cats named Dusty and Tarzan.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking in the woods and climbing waterfalls with her dogs.



Meghan was born and raised in Upstate NY. She started with Fairview in May 2019 as a Client Service Representative and is now an Animal Care Assistant.  She is currently enrolled in the Vet Tech Program through Medaille College!

Growing up, Meghan had always loved animals and wanted to take care of them. It makes sense that she ended up working in a veterinary hospital! Meghan has 2 dogs named Gus and Baxter.  In her free time, you’ll find her playing with them, studying, or going on nature walks.



The Reception Staff

Carla Larson

Carla Larson

Born in Sidney, New York, and raised in Bliss, New York, Carla joined Monroe Veterinary Associates in November 2010, but she has been working in the animal-related field since 2007. She takes the most pleasure in working with pets and clients.

"I have always loved animals. Being able to work in an environment where I am able to enjoy the interactions with clients and their pets is very rewarding," she said. Carla has a Golden Retriever named KC’s Bailey.

During her free time, Carla spends time with friends and family and doing a variety of activities, such as boating, long walks, gardening, taking vacations to the Adirondacks, sitting by the campfire and canoeing with friends. She has three grandchildren, two daughters, two son-in-laws and resides with her significant other, Kevin.

The Kennel Staff

Kelly Ashley
Kennel Attendant

Kelly Ashley was born and raised in Pittsford, NY.  She has been at Fairview working as a part-time kennel assistant since March 2019.  This is her first time working in the animal care industry and she loves it so far.  She knows it is impossible for her to have a bad day because there is always a dog nearby to get hugs and kisses from!

At home, Kelly has a beagle named Bailey, a painted turtle named Rocky, and a goldfish named Bob Marley.  In her free time, she enjoys training Bailey.  Bailey can close doors and turn off light switches!

Kimberly Bracken
Kennel Attendant

Kimberly joined our team in September 2019 after spending most of her life living on Long Island.  She has been working in the animal care industry for the past five years!  Kimberly received her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from SUNY Oswego.

Her favorite part of working on our kennel team is firstly getting to meet the dedicated pet parents of our patients, and then making sure their “babies” are happy and healthy while in Fairview’s care!

Kimberly’s own dog, Maggie, is a rescue from Thailand and her cat, Molly, was adopted from a local shelter.  She and Maggie will often check out trails together.  She works at Seneca Park Zoo as a Zoo Naturalist.

Kate Gaffney
Kennel Attendant

Kate was born and raised right around the corner in Rochester, NY.  Kate loves how friendly and helpful all her coworkers have been! Her favorite aspect of working as a kennel attendant has been building relationships with frequent boarders.

Kate has a Springer Spaniel named Shelby, a Chocolate Labrador named Sophie, a Brittany Spaniel named Macy, and two rats named Burger and Babes.  Her favorite past time is cuddling with her rats and dogs!

Abi Zaborny
Kennel Attendant

Abi has worked in the animal care industry for the past three years.  Here at Fairview, she is a part-time kennel attendant.  Abi is originally from Puerto Rico, so growing up she would spend the school year in Rochester, NY and then head back to Puerto Rico for breaks and holidays!

Abi loves interacting with and spending time with all the animals that pass through the hospital.  Her favorite part is creating a bond with reoccurring clients!

At home, she has two Pit Bull mixes named Bruce and Blueberry, a Husky/Labrador mix named Charlie, a Chihuahua mix named Littles, and a cat named Luna.  Abi loves taking care of and spending quality time with all her fur babies! She is also currently working towards an associate degree, so going to class is an important part of her life right now.  When she has time to relax from school, she enjoys making jewelry and drawing!

Olivia Brasser
Kennel Attendant

Olivia Brassner was born and raised in Fairport, NY.  Working as a kennel attendant since August 2018, this is her first time working in the animal care industry.  She has always had a soft spot for animals—she adores them! Olivia finds working in the hospital challenging in all the best ways and she loves when she gets a chance to assist her coworkers.  On her first day, she had the chance to hold an animal while an ultrasound was being performed and she thought it was the coolest thing!

Phil Mruzek
Kennel Attendant

Phil was born in Providence, RI and grew up in Fairport, NY.  He has been a part-time Kennel Attendant since December of 2016.  The best parts of working in his position are taking care of the animals and learning about the veterinary field.  He also enjoys meeting the clients and spending the day with his coworkers.

At home, he has one cat named Tip who is a Domestic Shorthair.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with and petting Tip, playing guitar and hanging out with friends.

The Pets

Office Cat Extraordinaire


Raven is a 14 year old black domestic short hair kitty. She has enjoyed her entire life here at Fairview. She likes to spend her days sun bathing, laying in her bed up front on the reception desk or her new favorite spot is the table in room 2. She also enjoys filing the paperwork that is left out on her down time.

Raven will always make her presence known by giving a big meow (or many meows) until
she is given the attention she deserves. She will also make it known when she wants the sink turned on so she can receive water. Raven does enjoy the occasional snuggles and kisses but it MUST be on her terms, of course! Raven is definitely the face of Fairview and brings a smile to all of the employees and clients faces every single day!

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