Ken Scheider, DVM
Dr. Scheider's Bio
Dr. Ken Scheider took on the role of medical director at Perinton Veterinary Hospital in 2017, but he has been with Monroe Veterinary Associates since 2008. He is also a veterinarian and the medical director at Perinton Veterinary Hospital.
Dr. Scheider grew up in northern New Jersey and received his bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2003. As an undergraduate, he was captain of the track and field team and held the school’s record for indoor and outdoor pole vault.
After graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Scheider received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University in 2007, and he completed his clinical year at the University of Missouri. He then went on to complete a one-year rotating internship at Bay Area Veterinary Specialists in San Leandro, California. Following completion of his rotating internship, he gained two years of specialized surgical training as a surgical intern at Veterinary Specialists of Rochester. Before joining the Perinton veterinary team, Dr. Scheider was an associate at Irondequoit Animal Hospital. His professional interests include small animal orthopedic, soft tissue surgery, and pain management. He recently became a certified Fear Free professional.
Dr. Scheider has two dogs, Tiki (11-year-old lab mix) and Lafonda (11-year-old pit bull mix), and an 11-year-old cat named Oliver. During his free time, he enjoys watching football and baseball as well as spending time with his family. He and his wife, Janine (an associate veterinarian at Pittsford Animal Hospital), have two sons and one daughter.
Ashley Palmieri, VMD
Dr. Palmieri's Bio
Dr. Ashley Palmieri was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in North Huntingdon, a suburb just outside of the city. She attended Allegheny College where she received a Bachelor of Science in biology before going onto The University of Pennsylvania where she received her Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris in 2019. Prior to vet school, Dr. Palmieri worked as a tech assistant at an emergency animal hospital.
Dr. Palmieri’s favorite aspect of working at Perinton Veterinary Hospital is being part of such a compassionate, caring team that values high-quality medicine and continued education. Some of her professional goals include building trusting relationships with her clients and their pets along with continuing to increase her skills in soft tissue surgery. Her most rewarding case in veterinary school was treating a pet Nigerian Dwarf goat after a bad barn fire. In general, the most unique animals she has treated have been a camel and a zebra!
Over the course of two summers, Dr. Palmieri spent two weeks in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, where she was providing veterinary care for livestock and pets in the area as part of the service group, Pou Sante: Amar Haiti. She hopes to revisit the area one day as well as travel to different countries. At home, Dr. Palmieri lives with her boyfriend, a three-legged Pit Bull mix named Lorelai, and a Rottweiler named Hobbes. She enjoys crocheting, relaxing while watching TV with her dogs, reading, hiking, spending time outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends.
Tomeka Smith, DVM
Dr. Smith's Bio
Dr. Tomeka Smith is an associate veterinarian at Perinton Veterinary Hospital. She most recently worked at Companion Animal Hospital, where she was the hospital director since July 2011. Prior to Companion, she cared for pets at the Animal Hospital of Pittsford.
Dr. Smith grew up in Jamaica/Barbados and attended the University of Guelph. She received a bachelor’s degree in biological science and graduated with honors in 1999. She went on to attend the St. Georges University College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her doctorate of veterinary medicine in 2005. After receiving her degree, Dr. Smith completed a one year rotating internship at Veterinary Specialists of Rochester. Internal medicine and emergency surgery are among her many professional interests.
Dr. Smith’s hobbies include running, yoga, traveling, and spending time with her fiancé, Joe. At home, she enjoys the companionship of her four dogs, Tye, Newman, Abby, Princess, and her cats, Amara and Gracie.
Sarah Castle, VMD
Dr. Castle's Bio
Dr. Sarah Castle returns home to Rochester after earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. One of the most unusual animals that she treated was a reindeer that had a problem with its eye! She said that it was relatively tame but like most reindeers, didn’t like to be handled.
Dr. Castle’s most interesting surgery was a puppy who had come in for limping and neck pain, but the owners didn’t know what was wrong. After Dr. Castle performed some internal imaging, she found a foot long stick that the pup had swallowed! The dog had a routine surgery to remove the stick from its esophagus that had been there for a week. The puppy recovered fully following surgery.
Even when not at work, Dr. Castle still finds time to spend with animals. On a trip to the Netherlands, she visited a water buffalo farm! She learned about the dairy industry and that water buffalo milk is used to make mozzarella cheese! Dr. Castle would also like to start rowing again. She rowed in high school and college and would like to join the large community of rowers in Rochester.
Chelsea Spring, DVM
Dr. Spring's Bio
Dr. Chelsea Spring has been a full-time associate at Perinton Veterinary Hospital since May 2015 and previously was a part-time associate since July 2014. She has been an associate veterinarian with MVA since October 2013.
Dr. Spring grew up in Altamont, NY and received her Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Oneonta in 2008. Between her undergraduate work and studying at Ross University in 2010, Dr. Spring worked and traveled in Australia and throughout Southeast Asia.
She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medication in 2013 from Ross University and completed her clinical year at Oklahoma State University. Her professional interests include internal medicine and working closely with her clients.
Dr. Spring shares her home with a Shiba Inu/Chao mix named Tucker and a tabby cat named Pickles. In her free time, she enjoys reading, scrapbooking, and traveling.
Meet the rest of our amazing staff!
Kathy Smith, LVT
Kathy is Perinton Veterinary Hospital’s hospital manager as well as the LVT and kennel supervisor. Kathy has advanced training in radiology, and she teaches veterinary students at Medaille College. She has been working in the animal field for 14 years! Kathy enjoys working with animals because not only is she making a difference in an animal’s life, but she is also making a difference for its entire family, saying, “Seeing the smiles on the family’s faces after their pet recovers makes it all worth it.” In addition to being a licensed veterinary technician in New York and North Carolina, Kathy is an EMT and Interior Firefighter in her “free time.” She recently became a certified Fear Free professional.
A self-proclaimed “dog lady,” Kathy shares her home with her husband, Drew; her six dogs: Halligan (Lab), MacKenzie (Pit), Lala (Boxer), Jaeger (Mastiff), Rogue (Poodle), and Cap (Border Collie); three cats: Squeak, Stitch, and Arkham; three guinea pigs: Tilly, Bane, and Alfred; and her fish. Kathy enjoys having her dogs compete in Canine Performance Events (CPE) through the American Kennel Club and the United Kennel Club conformations. They also compete in Barn Hunts and Lure Coursing. All of her dogs have Canine Good Citizen training, three of them have Therapy Certifications, and four of them have Trick Dog titles!
Heidi Sorel-Gallagher, LVT
Heidi has been all over the country. She was born in Pittsfield, MA and moved around to Peoria, IL, Albany, GA, and Dallas, TX before finally making her way to New York!
She has been working as a full-time LVT at Perinton since June 2015 but has been in the animal care industry for the past 22 years. She has experience with advanced radiology and had the chance to study under a board-certified veterinary radiologist!
She loves how fast-paced Perinton is because it allows her to continue learning new things. Having great coworkers is also a perk of the job!
At home, she has a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Harper, a Dachshund/Terrier named Paulie, and a Shepard named Augie. She loves to go on walks with her three dogs and hang out with her daughter and husband.
Kelly Kibbe, LVT
Kelly began her employment in the animal field when she was only 14. Kelly is currently a full-time licensed veterinary technician and works at both Perinton Veterinary Hospital and Veterinary Specialists & Animal Emergency Service (VSES). She has worked at Perinton since 1995 and started at VSES in 2008. Kelly received her associate’s degree from an online program through St. Petersburg, Florida and is a licensed technician in New York State. Kelly has been at Perinton Veterinary Hospital for many years and says it feels like a home. She has watched it grow into a wonderful facility that she is glad to be a part of.
Kelly lives in Marion with her boyfriend, Dave, and her three wonderful children. Her family also includes Dolly, a Fox Terrier mix; Ducky, a Pit Bull; and four cats named Peep, Daisy, Toodles, and Mimi. In her spare time, Kelly works with a cat foster group, Kitten Korner, helping with blood testing and vaccinating, as well as fostering and kitten rearing. Kelly and her family are very active, they enjoy getting out of the house and taking small day trips, going to the park, local sightseeing, going to concerts, going to the beach, attending community events, camping, boating, bike riding, and scouts.
Rhea Weimer, LVT
Originally from Ohio, Rhea Weimer is a licensed veterinary technician at Perinton Veterinary Hospital. She has worked in the veterinary field for 12 years, having most recently worked at Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services for four years before joining our team.
Rhea enjoys working at Perinton Veterinary Hospital because of the caring doctors and amazing staff. “It’s more like a second family,” she said.
Rhea has a 12-year-old Lab/border collie mix named Grace, who is also known as the tennis ball bandit. In her free time, Rhea enjoys running, trail running with Grace, painting, and watching any movie with a superhero.
Steph was born and raised in Randolph, NY. She has been a full-time LVT at Perinton since July 2018 but has been in the animal care industry since 2004.
She prefers to spend her time with animals, especially cats, so working at Perinton has been a perfect fit! Steph has a Rottweiler named Kada and three cats named Lucas, Milo, and Possum. In her free time, you will find her relaxing with her family!
Mackenzie was born and raised in Oswego, NY. She has been working as an Animal Care Assistant at Perinton since August 2018 but had worked as a zookeeper beginning in 2013!
She began school at Medaille College in July 2019 to pursue a veterinary technology license. She loves working with animals and seeing them grow, change, or even recover from illnesses and injuries.
At home, Mackenzie has a Chocolate Labrador named Bri, a guinea pig named Moscato, and a cat named Hawkeye. You’ll often find her snuggling her fur babies while reading a good book!
Tori grew up in Farmington, NY. She made her way over to our team in December 2019 as an animal care assistant! One day, Tori aspires to become an LVT. She loves working at PVH because she has always loved animals, especially helping them since she was young.
At home, she has three cats named Bubbles, Luna, and Eevee and a rabbit named Philip. In her free time, you’ll find Tori reading, crocheting, playing video games, and hanging out with her husband, Gino.
Ashley has been a part of our animal care assistant team since August 2018 and has loved working at PVH ever since! She enjoys working with people who are just as passionate as she is about helping animals. When she comes into work and sees the patients, it instantly puts a big smile on her face!
At home, Ashley has a German Shepard named Sweet Pea and three cats named Ollie, Cleopatra, and Athena. Some of her favorite activities are painting, hiking, and reading books while surrounded by her four pets. She also has a husband named Joe, who vowed to one day get her pet goats, which are her favorite animal!
Fear Free Certified Professional
Charmaine is currently a client service representative supervisor at Perinton Veterinary Hospital, where she has worked since September 1988. She has an associate degree in accounting. Charmaine loves working with the clients and their animals to keep them healthy and happy. She says, “It is both fun and rewarding working in a fast-paced hospital with a great team.”
When not at work, Charmaine enjoys spending time with her husband, hiking, gardening, and mountain biking and has an interest in photography. Her fur family includes four cats, Kara, Lee, Boomer, and Jixxer.
Katie was born in Canandaigua, NY and grew up in Naples, NY. She has been working as a full-time client service representative since April 2018 and has been working in the animal care industry for the past year and a half.
The reasons she loves working at Perinton Veterinary Hospital is the fast-paced environment, her amazing coworkers, and the adorable patients she gets to meet. She has two shih-poos named Tucker and Bear. Katie likes to hang out with her dogs, spend time with her boyfriend, and go to bonfires — summer is her favorite season!
Taimi is our part-time client service representative and started her first animal-related job in June 2010 with Perinton Veterinary Hospital. Prior to this, Taimi attended Pierce College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she received her associate degree in business management. Taimi enjoys working at the Perinton Veterinary Hospital because she learns more about animals every day. She also enjoys seeing the sick and injured go home happy and healthy.
Taimi’s family includes Mike, her husband; Anson, her 13-year-old son; Oona, her three-legged dog; and JoJo, her 3-year-old cat. She enjoys walking Oona in all kinds of weather, attending swim classes, and being a busy mom.
Mackenzi is currently working as a part-time kennel attendant at Perinton Veterinary Hospital. She is enrolled at FLTCC and BOCES and has previously competed in the Skills USA Competition. Mackenzi began working at Perinton Veterinary Hospital because she wanted to be involved with animals. She would eventually like to enter the animal field as either a dog or horse trainer.
In her free time, Mackenzi enjoys grooming her dog, Silky, and working with her former FLTCC teacher’s dogs: Blitz, Frankie, and Noel. She also likes to help people train their dogs and has successfully trained one dog named Balto.
Natalie Brown was born and raised in Binghamton, NY. She is starting her animal care career right here at our hospital as a full-time kennel attendant!
Natalie enjoys the company of animals, so she feels this is the perfect fit for her. At home, Natalie has several pets of her own which include two mixed miniature poodles named Yoda and Fluffy, two cats named Zoey and Kitty, and a bunny named Milkshake.
You’ll find Natalie hanging out with friends, watching Netflix, or shopping when she isn’t at work. She also fosters stray cats and enjoys learning grooming techniques for different animals.