David A. Wolfe, DVM
Originally from western New York, Dr. David A. Wolfe attended Cornell University and graduated with a B.S. Degree in Pre-Veterinary Studies. Following his undergraduate years, Dr. Wolfe was admitted to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine where he earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine with honors in 1966.
Dr. Wolfe has been practicing veterinary medicine at Shaker Veterinary Hospital since 1970. Along with his position as hospital director, Dr. Wolfe has also been a consultant to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Siena College since 1994.
Having received a fellowship in surgery at the US Marines Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1974, Dr. Wolfe’s professional interest remains in the field of surgery.
A devoted veterinary practitioner and father of four, Dr. Wolfe enjoys spending his leisure time antiquing and breeding German shepherds for companion animals and police work. Dr. Wolfe is a member of the Healing Team at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center in Greenwich, New York as well as a member of The Gideons. At home, he enjoys and is kept company by five German shepherds, a toy poodle and several cats.
Sarah Crowe, DVM
Dr. Sarah Crowe has been a member of the veterinary medical team at Shaker Veterinary Hospital since June of 2007. A native of Albany NY, Dr. Crowe attended South Colonie High School. After attending Cornell University for her Undergraduate Degree in Animal Science in 2003, Dr. Crowe achieved her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.
In addition to her interests in small mammal and avian medicine, Dr. Crowe received Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA) accreditation at Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Reddick, FL in 2013.Â She practices integrative veterinary medicine using both Western and Chinese methods.
Kristin Gundersen, DVM, CVA, CCRP, CVPP
Dr. Kristin Gundersen grew up in Sunapee, New Hampshire and attended Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. At Washington State, she earned her Bachelorâ€™s Degree in Pre-Veterinary Sciences and was admitted to the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2004.
After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Gundersen practiced in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with a focus on small animal and exotic animal medicine and surgery. Although her interest in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (including acupuncture, herbal therapies and food therapies) has been long-standing, it was not until she moved to the Capital District of New York that she had the opportunity to pursue her interest in this area of veterinary medicine.
In 2007, Dr. Gundersen attended the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Reddick, Florida, where she completed training to become a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA). She continued to practice a combination of Western and Chinese medicine until June 2008, when she began specializing exclusively in Chinese medicine. In 2009-2010 she studied at Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic in Wellsville, Kansas and became Certified in Animal Chiropractic through the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. In 2010, she also studied Canine Rehabilitation at the University Of Tennessee College Of Veterinary Medicine and became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. In 2011, Dr. Gundersen received her certification as a Veterinary Pain Practitioner through the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.
Dr. Gundersen is married to Dr. Ryan Penno, an equine veterinarian. They share their home with two dogs, a parrot, and three horses. Dr. Gundersen keeps busy in her time off riding dressage, hiking, gardening, and cooking. She also loves to travel.
Tanya Hutchins, DVM
Dr. Hutchins has been a member of the veterinary team at Shaker Veterinary Hospital since November of 2010. Originally from Ohio, Dr. Hutchins received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the Ohio State University in 2003. Following that, she achieved her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010.
Aside from her medical interests, Dr. Hutchins enjoys reading, needlepoint, horseback riding, running , or just relaxing at home with her puggle, Eddie, and her cats, Dora, Izzy and Hercules.
Patricia Mackey, DVM
Native to Troy, Dr. Patricia Mackey attended Cornell University and graduated with a B.S. Degree in Animal Science in 2000. After completing her undergraduate studies, she was admitted to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Mackey graduated from veterinary school in 2004 and was awarded her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.
A general veterinary practitioner at Shaker Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Mackey’s professional interests include ophthalmology and internal medicine.
Away from her busy schedule at the hospital, Dr. Mackey enjoys gardening, cross-stitching, cooking and spending time with her pets. She has a cat named Felicia and a dog named Binky.
Lara C. Patrick, DVM
A New York state native, Dr. Lara C. Patrick grew up in Pattersonville, graduating from Schalmont High School. Majoring in pre-veterinary studies during her undergraduate years at the University of Findlay (Ohio), Dr. Patrick earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1996. Following her studies, she was admitted to Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2000.
Dr. Patrick’s varied professional interests include internal medicine, ultrasound and equine lameness. On the Board of Directors for the Old Chatham Hunt Club, Dr. Patrick’s community involvement also includes regular appearances at the Chatham Middle School on Career Day. At home, she is kept company by her two dogs, Jackson (a boxer) and Grant (an Australian shepherd), as well as by two cats, Mustard Butt and C.J. (which stands for Cookie Jar.)
Jeffrey Towery, DVM
Veterinarian at Shaker Veterinary Hospital since 1991, Dr. Jeffrey Towery is a Dayton, Ohio native who graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ohio State University in 1982. Following his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, Dr. Towery returned to Ohio State to complete his veterinary training. A member of the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society, he graduated Magnum Cum Laude from Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1989.
A general veterinary practitioner at Shaker, Dr. Towery has professional interests in feline medicine. A lover of the outdoors, when he is not skiing, hiking, scuba diving, or taking photos, Dr. Towery can be found at home with his Beauceron dog and myriad of tropical fish.
Lea Becker, DVM
Dr. Becker joined the team at Shaker Veterinary Hospital in October of 2011. A native of Broadalbin, she was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 from St. George’s University.