Dr.Kerry L. BrownDVMVeterinarian
Dr. Brown is originally from Berwick, PA. He set his sights on a career in veterinary medicine when he was in the sixth grade. His love for nature, wildlife and animals strengthened during his high school years and he entered undergraduate studies in pre-veterinary medicine at Penn. State University in 1966. From there, he entered Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine through a reciprocity program in fall of 1969. Kerry received his BS in animal science from Penn. State in 1970 and his DVM in 1973. After four years in general practice at the Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital in Fayetteville, NY, he and his wife, Nickolette opened the doors to the Village Veterinary Hospital, in June 1977. VVH was originally a mixed animal practice. Kerry has a special interest in reproduction and enjoys working with dog breeders. He also enjoys internal medicine and surgery, both soft tissue and orthopedics as well as endoscopy and has a special interest in nutrition. In 1994, Dr. Brown became certified in acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and added alternative medicine to his areas of special interest. He has found it especially gratifying to see Eastern and Western medicine compliment each other and give his patients the best of both worlds. He co-authored the book "The Holistic Guide For a Healthy Dog" with Wendy Volhard. The Browns have a son, Eric, who earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and a daughter, Alicia, who joined the practice after graduating from Cornell University in May 2013, with a major in veterinary medicine. They also share their home with four cats (Tara, Flynn, Thomas J, and Timmy), and one horse, Mr. Megafleet (Bubba). Kerry is very active in the Lions Club, both on the local and district levels and enjoys working with the Lions youth program. Additionally, he has served on the Board of the Wanderer's Rest Humane Society since its inception. Gardening and landscaping are also favorite pastimes. He helps Nickie maintain the plantings and flowerbeds that surround the hospital. His worst obsession is cruising lake Ontario in search of salmon and steelhead. Dr. Brown has his Coast Guard Six-Pac license and captains the Ace of Spays III out of Oak Orchard, NY. Kerry and Nickie continue with the same enthusiasm for high quality veterinary care that they had when they first opened the doors in 1977. They look forward to continued service to their clients and patients with the unrelenting focus on providing the best that veterinary medicine has to offer.
Dr. Frank Capella is originally from Solvay, NY. He received his undergraduate degree from the Cornell University College of Agriculture & Life Sciences in 1985. Dr. Capella has been a member of the Village Veterinary Hospital team since his receiving his DVM degree from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. He has special interests in ophthalmology, ultrasound and internal medicine. Frank is a past president of the Central New York Veterinary Medical Association and has been an active board member since 1993. He had also been actively involved in the DVM exhibit at the NY State Fair for that entire time. Frank and his wife Dee live in Chittenango, NY with their two sons, Evan and Jonah. They have two dogs, two cats and a Python. His personal interests include kayaking; hiking; camping; golfing and cooking and catering. Frank is an active leader of Troop 11 of the Chittenango Boy Scouts, and is an active member of the local Knights of Columbus chapter.
Dr. Love has been a member of the VVH family since 1996. She was born and raised in Simsbury,CT where her interest in animals developed at a young age. She readily became a pet sitter for all the neighborhood dogs and cats and, at age 15, she began working at two local animal hospitals as a kennel attendant. Throughout high school and college, she worked as a veterinary assistant. Karen attended the University of Connecticut as an undergraduate (yes, she is a Husky!!) majoring in Pathobiology. While at UCONN, she spent some time working in a research department studying winter dysentery in cows and Crohn's disease in humans. After three years at UCONN, she was accepted to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. While at Cornell, her family grew. She rescued a Rottweiler carrying muscular dystrophy and two research cats. She also met John, her future husband. During her four years at Cornell, Karen worked in the small animal out-patient practice as a veterinary assistant. She also exercised horses on a treadmill as part of a research project. She graduated from Cornell in 1996 and since her husband, John, was a Cazenovia native, she sought employment in the Syracuse area. This brought her toVillage Veterinary Hospital. Karen has developed a strong interest in dermatology and is a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatologists. She currently resides in Cazenovia with her husband, two children and menagerie of animals. She is a lifelong horsewoman who also enjoys playing tennis and running.
Dr. Brandy grew up in Western Massachusetts. He completed his undergraduate studies at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL where he received a BS in psychology and a minor in economics. Following Eckerd College he enrolled in a post graduate certificate program at Bennington College in Vermont receiving a degree in Pre-veterinary studies. He then attended Tufts Veterinary School outside of Boston, MA. While at Tufts he focused and excelled at both small animal surgery and emergency critical care, receiving the ACVS student surgery excellence award as well as the ACVECC student critical care excellence award. He also completed an externship in surgery at the Animal Medical Center in NYC. Following his graduation from Tufts, he took a position with the Village Veterinary Hospital where he has continued to develop his special interest in surgery and emergency/critical care. He is an active member of the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society and he annually attends the IVECCS conference. He is an active member of the American Veterinary Medicine Association and the Central New York Veterinary Medical Society. Dr. Brandy enjoys spending his free time with his wife Kiri and their daughter Madie and son Jack. They share their home with two dogs, Solomon and Brock and two cats, Nickie and Cooper. He especially enjoys the outdoors - kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing and gardening. He also likes to relax in his woodshop.
Dr. Roach's aspiration of becoming a Veterinarian began at a very young age. In 1985, she started working after school at a local Veterinary Hospital on Long Island where she grew up. In 1986, Barb was accepting into the State University of Delhi's associate program for Animal Health Technology. In 1988, she was then accepted into the State University of Binghamton's Bachelor of Science program, majoring in biology. In 1993 she began studies at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with her DVM in 1996. Dr. Roach worked at another local hospital from 1996 until 2000 where she not only eagerly enhanced her small animal medicine and surgical skills but also developed a keen interest in exotic medicine. Dr. Roach joined Village Veterinary Hospital in January of 2000 and has continued not only to have a passion towards and professional interest in exotic medicine but also small animal surgery, medicine, diagnostic imaging, and cardiology. Dr. Roach is a Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the New York State Veterinary Medical Association, and of the American Association of Avian Veterinarians. She also has served as secretary for the Central New York Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Hopper was born and raised in northern New York and aspired to be a veterinarian from a young age. She volunteered at the Watertown Zoo for two years, and then went on to work at Old McDonald's Children Farm in Sackets Harbor, NY throughout high school. In 2001 she left the northern New York area to complete an associates degree in animal science at SUNY Cobleskill . She then transferred to Cornell University to complete two more years of animal science for a bachelor's degree in 2003. After taking a year off from school to work at veterinary hospitals in the Syracuse area, Dr. Hopper was accepted at Cornell University Veterinary School in 2004 and completed her degree in 2008. Dr. Hopper's special interests in the veterinary field include pain management and imaging. While attending Cornell, Dr. Hopper met her husband Kevin, a fellow veterinarian. She and Kevin have two sons and one dog Ruger, with whom she spends most of her free time. Dr. Hopper also enjoys sailing, kayaking, gardening and fishing.
Dr. Stell is originally from Rome, NY. He graduated from Le Moyne College in 2003 with a BS in Biology. He received his DVM degree from Cornell University in 2008. Dr. Stell has a special interest in emergency and critical care medicine. He completed a small animal internship at an Emergency/Referral Center in Norwalk, CT in 2009. He then went to work as an emergency veterinarian at a Westechester County Emergency/Referral Center. Dr. Stell is a member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the New York State Veterinary Medical Society and the American Veterinary Medical Society. He and his wife, Erin, live in Chittenango with their three sons, dog Pippa and cat Penelope. Their favorite past times are mountain biking and cooking.
Dr. Alicia Brown started her veterinary career at a very young age. She is the daughter of VVH founders Dr. Kerry Brown and Nickie Brown, so, naturally, she has had many opportunities to help out and observe over the years here, at VVH; from dogs and cats to horses and cows, she handles them all with patience and compassion. Alicia has officially worked at VVH as a kennel worker, a receptionist, a veterinary assistant, and now as a veterinarian. Dr. Brown's special interests in veterinary medicine include orthopedics, neurology, and rehabilitation. Dr. Brown and her husband, Brian, have two dogs, Harper and Hank, two cats, Heifer and Peggy Bandit, a horse, Bubba, and a small herd of grass-fed beef cattle. Alicia has a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a BA in Biochemistry from Skidmore College and now her DVM from Cornell University. She also worked as a Student Technician at Cornell's Equine and Farm Animal Hospital.