Our Team

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DR. PAULA OSPINA, DVM, MPH, PhD

Owner
Dr. Paula Ospina has wanted to be a vet since before she could walk! Even though she's a long way from home, born in Cali, Colombia, and grew up in Southern California, she calls Upstate New York her new home. She graduated from Cornell University with a DVM and PhD, and also has an MPH from UC Davis. She has been lucky enough to meet all of the right people and has put together a great team that is here to help service the community with urgent and convenient care hours for dogs and cats.

Outside of work, Dr. Ospina stays busy with her three little humans (on opening, day ages, 2, 4, and 6!), and an extra-ordinary husband! At home they tend to: one large white dog (Polar Bear), one cunning beagle/cattle dog (Murphy), and hardworking cats, sheep, chickens, and cows. If there is any extra time in the day, she enjoys sewing.

"I hope you don't need us, but we are here if you do." - Dr. O.
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DR. SARAH ERICKSEN, DVM

Dr. Sarah Ericksen received her B.A. in Political Science and minor in Forensics from the University of West Florida and her M.A. in Asia Pacific Studies from the University of San Francisco. Dr. Ericksen previously worked for the University of San Francisco as the Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions prior to going back to school to study veterinary medicine. Dr. Ericksen received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 2019 and completed a one year shelter medicine internship at Cornell. Her veterinary areas of interest include community outreach, emergency medicine, disaster preparedness, policy and legislative issues surrounding animal welfare.

Dr. Ericksen lives with her husband, young son, three Great Pyrenees, and five cats including a troublemaking Bengal. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.
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GWENNAN

LVT
In 2022, Gwennan is celebrating her 20th year as a Licensed Vet Tech. In that time, she has worked in multiple areas of the veterinary industry including general hospitals, feline-exclusive practice, spay/neuter clinics, academia, and urgent/emergency/intensive care units. She feels most at home in the 'emergency room' setting and enjoys taking continuing education classes to constantly learn how to better help the pets (and people) that come under her care.
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ERIN

LVT
Erin lives in Auburn with her husband and 4 year old son along with three dogs, three cats, and two guinea pigs. She has been an LVT for over 20 years. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors and doing things like hiking, camping, swiming, kayaking, and gardening.
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CHARLIE

LVT
Charlie is a licensed veterinary technician and also a student at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. He lives in Ithaca with his partner, Melissa, their black lab Atlas, and their cat, Westley.
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JOANNA

Receptionist and Assistant
Joanna is currently pursuing an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology, which will allow her to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She has a dog, three cats, a boa, and a western hognose snake. In her free time she enjoys kickboxing, baking, crocheting, and spending time with her pets and nephew.
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KELLY LEE

Receptionist and Assistant
Kelly has been working in the veterinary field for over 15 years. She has three cats and a glow fish. She enjoys working with pets and their people; it is her passion. In her free time she enjoys baking, traveling, and spending time with her daughters.
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KELLY ANN

Receptionist and Assistant
Kelly is working on her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She has one dog, five cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and chickens on her small farm. When she has spare time she likes to go camping with her family and ride her horse.
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JESSICA

Receptionist and Assistant
Jessica has three dogs, a cat, and two bunnies. In her free time she likes spending time with her family, reading, and horseback riding. She has a background working with dairy cows and other farm animals. She is looking forward to working with small animals.
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JULIA

Receptionist and Assistant
Julia has five pets: two Bengal cats named Phoebe and Gus, two dogs named Tyson and Roxy, and a quarterhorse named Shelby. In her spare time she enjoys working out at the gym, playing golf, horseback riding, and listening to music.