Our Team

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Team member at Wantagh animal hospital

Hospital Manager

Denise - LVT

Denise started her involvement with South Shore during her externship as part of the Veterinary Science program at SUNY Farmingdale. In May of 1993, she graduated with an A.A.S. and passed her NYS boards to become a licensed veterinary technician. The timing was perfect, as a position just opened up at South Shore Animal Hospital. The rest is history. In 2010, Denise took on the role of Hospital Manager and works together with her Managing DVM to make sure all our patients receive the best care possible. Originally from Queens Village, Denise and her husband Jim live in Lindenhurst with their little girl, Payten. They also share their home with numerous cats, and 4 dogs (Libby, Bridget, Miley and newest member - Bingo). Denise is an avid camper who enjoys football, baseball and is currently the Head Coach of her daughter's softball team. 

Client Services


Christine of South Shore Animal HospitalChris has been with us for over 23 years. She enjoys interacting with the clients and their furry friends. There are many aspects to her job. As demanding it may be at times, Chris always keeps a smile on her face. She and her husband, John, live here on the south shore where they enjoy cozying up with their 2 cats, (Allie and Zoe). Chris has 2 children and 3 grandchildren whom she just adores!


Dawn of South Shore Animal HospitalDawn has been working with us since 2009 and enjoys interacting with the clients. Being able to socialize with their pets is an extra perk in her book. Dawn’s love of dogs prompted her to start a home boarding business. Dawn is married with 2 boys, Steven and Brett. She worked for a credit office for 17 years before taking time off to raise her 2 sons. She has worked for various medical offices, but admits the animal medical field is where she is the happiest.


Donna of South Shore Animal HospitalDonna is a long time native of Wantagh and has been part of South Shore Animal Hospital since 2014. Her past experience at Bide-A-Wee Adoption Center made her the perfect fit here. She has a strong love for animals, particularly cats. Scooter and Bailey are her two main squeezes, of the furry feline variety, and the loves of her life. In Donna’s spare time she enjoys going to the movies, especially those about animals.


Mary of South Shore Animal HospitalOriginally from NY, Joan spent a few years in Arizona where she was involved in rescue work with The Greyhound Society. This experience gave her a deeper love and understanding of animals and came with boundless gratification. In 2013 she returned to NY and came on board with us in 2016. Since being here, she has recently adopted a dog named Hank.


Mary of South Shore Animal HospitalMary has been part of the South Shore family since 1987. She resides in Wantagh with her husband Rich and their 2 sons. Mary and Rich’s “other” children are their 3 cats (Sophie, Kylie and Bella). Being a true Long Islander, Mary enjoys the beach and just relaxing listening to Jimmy Buffet.

Vet Techs


Courtney began her relationship with South Shore in the spring of 2014 where she was fulfilling her externship while in the Veterinary Science Technology program at Suffolk Community College.  She graduated from the program in May of 2014 and passed her boards to become a LVT.  Courtney was such an asset to us, we couldn’t let her go. She is now a full time employed LVT with us and we couldn’t be happier to have her.  She resides in Forest HIlls with her boyfriend and enjoys her summers at the beach and is a huge NY Mets fan! 


Cindy has been a part of the South Shore family since 2008, where she worked as a veterinary assistant.  She graduated from Suffolk Community College after completing the Veterinary Science Technology program in the spring of 2014. She passed her boards and is now a LVT.  Cindy lives in Long Beach with her rescued Chihuahua named Coqui.


Lenea is a Licensed Veterinary Technician who graduated from SUNY Canton in 2005. She also has a B.S. in Environmental Forest Biology. She has been part of this hospital for over 8 years. Originally from Queens Village, she presently resides in Valley Stream. Lenea’s co-inhabitants includes a Shih Tzu mix by the name of Cooper. Cooper is the official South Shore Mascot (of the canine variety)!


Jodi, a Licensed Veterinary Technician, has been with South Shore Animal Hospital since 1989. She Graduated from SUNY Farmingdale with a degree in Veterinary Technology, then went on to study Wildlife Biology at Colorado State University. While living in Colorado, Jodi spent 6 years volunteering with the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program rehabilitating injured birds of prey. She also trained educational birds and new volunteers and gave educational programs to the public. Also a NY State Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator, Jodi specializes in neo-natal care of displaced and injured small mammals and birds. Jodi lives with her two daughters and a small menagerie of animals including 2 Cattle dogs, (Luke and Dixie), a Shih Tzu (Madeline), 4 happy kitties, an African Grey named (Bosco), a pair of Pekin ducks that were rescued as babies, a rat named (Ivan) and (Claude) the Tarantula.

Vet Assistants


Chrissy joined the South Shore family back in 2008. She left for some time and returned in the fall of 2012. Chrissy is a proud cancer survivor, and we all are thankful to have her in our lives. Her fun and positive attitude shines through during her every day tasks and can bring cheer to even the gloomiest of days. She currently resides in Wantagh with her lovable Labrador, Jeter.


Nitza has been a Veterinary Assistant with us since September 2015. Currently, she is attending Suffolk County Community College, enrolled in the Veterinary Science Technology program. She is looking to futher her carer in the animal care field and become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Outside of South Shore, she works with a rescue organization and is very passionate about animal welfare. In her spare time, she loves to travel around Y in search of delicious food!