Our Staff


Erika Placek, Licensed Veterinary Technician132c5c60-80af-4f3e-8236-47b970be6e0c

The hospital is proud to have Erika on our team! She graduated Centenary College with an Associates Degree in Equine Science and Mercy College with a Bachelors Degree in Veterinary Technology. Erika has over 20 years experience as a Licensed Veterinary Technician and her knowledge, compassion and love for what she does is always apparent. When she is not caring for the patient’s at the hospital she enjoys spending time with her husband and son as well as her horses Magill and Whistler, dog Delilah, cats Jack and Poopsie, and the family goose Lily! Her hobbies include riding Magill and snowmobiling!

Ursula Towle, Licensed Veterinary TechnicianUrsula

Ursula attended Mercy College to earn her bachelors degree in Veterinary Technology and has been working at Monroe Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center as a Licensed Veterinary Technician for over 8 years. With over 20 years experience, she is an extremely skilled and compassionate technician that brings nothing other then her very best to the practice each day and we are so very thankful to have her on our team! She enjoys traveling, photography, scrapbooking, and spending time with her dogs Boru, and Sammie.


Lora Chandra, Licensed Veterinary TechnicianCapture

Lora graduated from Bergen Community College and received her Veterinary Technician License in 2009. She has spent the last decade caring for small animals of many different species and works part time at the hospital caring for your family. She loves being outdoors, working out at the gym, hiking and enjoying the company of family, friends and her beautiful cat Mischa.


Jennifer Cutler, Veterinary AssistantCapture

Jen has a lifelong passion and love for all animals and thoroughly enjoys taking care of other people’s furry family! She is a graduate of Meredith Manor International Equestrian center, is a certified therapeutic riding instructor and has been successfully involved with breeding and training warmbloods. Since joining our team Jen has been learning a lot about many different species and is an integral part of our support team. When she is away from the hospital she finds much joy spending time with those she loves including her adorable son Tucker, dogs Molly Rose and Bella Luna and her horse Shiraz!


Kathleen Schutz, Veterinary Assistantshutz

Kat is a graduate of Suny Cobleskill and Johnson and Wales University, studying Animal Science and Equine Business Management. She has been involved with horses since she was a very young girl, having her own horse for 14 years and later caring for Olympic and Grand Prix horses. Her knowledge and love of all animals led her career to small animal practice, caring for people and their pets. With over 6 years experience we are proud to have Kat working on our team. When she is done with work there is nothing she enjoys more then spending time with her beautiful daughter Kira Brianna.


Lisa Li Causi, Client Service Representativelisa

Lisa has over 8 years experience helping animal loving family’s care for their pets. She recently moved to the Hudson Valley from Queens NY to start a new chapter in her life. While continuing to help animals with her client communication skills she also enjoys cooking new dishes, hosting family game night in her new home, experimenting with her cosmetology skills and going to the gym. After a long day she especially loves going home to her awesome boyfriend Chris and her beautiful cat Roxy.


Maggie Granata, Client Service RepresentativeCapture

Maggie has spent most of her life dedicated to helping animals in various different endeavors. She is new to the area having recently moved here from Cedar Rapids Iowa and the hospital is thrilled to have her on our Customer Service team making sure you and your pet family are well taken care of. She is over the moon for her 3 adopted pets, Penelope the dog and her sweet cats Jameson and Coggon. When not working at the hospital she enjoys cooking, baking, gardening and making essential oil blends for wellness and healing purposes.


Tomas, Resident Comfort DogCapture

Tomas has been a registered Therapy Dog since July of 2013. He has spent the last 3 years visiting folks at a senior center each Saturday and for the past 2 years he has been hosting his very own reading program here at our Pet Wellness Center.When he is not providing unconditional love and comfort to everyone he meets he absolutely adores hiking in the woods with his sister Roxy, swimming in the pool (again with his sister Roxy), annoying his brother Hank the Bulldog just because, and chasing his feline housemate Harry around the house! At the end of a long day, best of all, he loves to snuggle with his human companions.