Dr. Jane Raftopoulos grew up in Westchester county and attended Skidmore College where she earned her BS in biology. She attended Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, NY and earned her DVM in 2014. After graduating she spent her first two years working at small animal practices in PA and OH. She was drawn back to central NY in 2016 when she joined the VVH family as an associate veterinarian and rotating emergency doctor. Dr. Jane now lives in Fayetteville, NY with her husband and fur family of three dogs and one cat.
Dr.Kerry L. BrownDVMVeterinarianDr. 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 CapellaDVMVeterinarianDr. 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, they have two sons, Evan and Jonah, two dogs, two cats and a Python. His personal interests include kayaking, hiking, cooking, and catering, and he occasionally enjoys a round of (mostly bad) golf. He is now an ownership partner and looks forward to continuing the VVH tradition.
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 to Village 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 Maddie and son Jack. They share their home with their dog, Solomon 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.Barb RoachDVMVeterinarianDr. 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 two dogs, with whom she spends most of her free time. Dr. Hopper also enjoys sailing, kayaking, gardening and fishing.
Dr.Timothy StellDVMVeterinarianDr. 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 one son, 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.
Dr. Eric Gelsleichter was born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, graduating summa cum laude from King’s College and being named a National Goldwater Scholar for Excellence in Science.
Eric first came to Central New York as a graduate student at Cornell University where he studied organic chemistry, and then as a graduate student at SUNY-ESF where he studied coral reefs while his wife finished law school at Syracuse University. Eric worked at an animal hospital as a veterinary assistant; volunteered at the SPCA of Ithaca, New York; volunteered at Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge of Dallas, Pennsylvania; and milked cows during the night-shift in the Tully Valley. Eric eventually left New York for Virginia, where he attended veterinary school.
During summer breaks from vet school, Eric performed tuberculosis research at the National Institutes of Health just outside Washington, DC, working with marmosets. Eric finally earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Student Surgery Award for Excellence in Small Animal Surgery from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.
Eric spent several years as a small-animal veterinarian at a clinic elsewhere in Central New York before moving to Village Veterinary Hospital in 2018. He has special interests in endocrinology, gastroenterology, ultrasonography, surgery, and dentistry.
He and his wife, Alison, reside in Manlius with their two energetic, enthusiastic, and entertaining daughters, Lena and Celia; their pit-bull, Abbey, whom they rescued from the Cortland County SPCA 12 years ago when they first moved to New York; and their cat, Linus, whom they found as a kitten while running a trail in Pennsylvania. In his limited spare time, Eric enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, learning to play guitar, studying music, reading, photography, swimming, biking, canoeing, fishing, hiking, backpacking, camping, cross-country skiing, and rock and fossil collecting.