Meet Our Staff
Todd Wihlen, DVM
Dr. Todd Wihlen, president of Monroe Veterinary Associates and co-director of Animal Hospital of Pittsford, joined the Animal Hospital of Pittsford medical team in 1996.
Dr. Wihlen grew up in Rochester and attended the State University of New York at Oswego. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Biology in 1989. He pursued his veterinary education at the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine cum laude in 1996. He then completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Veterinary Specialists of Rochester.
His professional interests include dentistry, surgery and senior pet care. Dr. Wihlen is a member of the New York State Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association. He also serves on the board of directors of Rochester Hope for Pets.
Outside the hospital, he enjoys running, biking and playing water sports in his spare time. He and his wife, Monique, are the proud parents of two daughters, Morgan and Hannah. Their four-legged family members include three dogs named Janie, Luke, and Lily; and two cats named Bently and Rio.
Nick Delahanty, DVM
Dr. Nicholas Delahanty is the co-director of Pittsford Animal Hospital, where he has worked since June 2010. He began working with animals in 2001 as an animal care taker at the Liverpool Health Center in Liverpool, N.Y., before earning his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2010 from Kansas State University.
Originally from Astoria, Queens, Dr. Delahanty studied ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Rochester where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2005. In addition to his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Delahanty holds a Certificate in Dentistry from the Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Beyond general practice and dentistry, Dr. Delahanty's professional interests include surgery and pain management.
His love for animals does not end at the clinic doors as he provides a home to a Miniature Schnauzer named Kansas, a Pitbull named Yadier, two cats named Arya and Sansa. During his free time, he is an avid biker often commuting to work and enjoys Rochester city living, cooking, painting and restoring his historic home.
Janine Ashton, DVM
Dr. Janine Ashton has cared for pets as a general practitioner at the Animal Hospital of Pittsford since 2008.
A native New Yorker, Dr. Ashton grew up in Beechhurst and attended Saint John's University, where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology in 2001. She continued her veterinary education at Ross University and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Dr. Ashton also holds a Master's Degree in Toxicology.
When she's not busy with her duties at the hospital, Dr. Ashton enjoys spending time outdoors and can often be found skiing and fishing. Her hobbies also include cooking and baking. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her husband Ken Scheider, DVM, director at Perinton Veterinary Hospital and their three children (two sons and one daughter). They share their home with three dogs, Jasper, Lafonda and Tiki, and two cats, Jeter and Jaks.
Lisa Boelio, DVM
Dr. Lisa Boelio is originally from New Jersey. She graduated from the University of Rochester in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in evolution and ecology. Dr. Boelio attended veterinary school at Ross University, graduating in 2013. She completed her clinical year at Tufts University. Dr. Boelio has been practicing in the Rochester area for the last two years.
Her professional interests include surgery and geriatric medicine. Dr. Boelio and her husband, Adam, have the “best dog in the world!” Charlie is a coconut retriever, which is the name for mixed breed dogs from St. Kitts, where Charlie is from. In her free time, Dr. Boelio likes to garden, cook, read and travel to places with good snorkeling.
Kate Gault, DVM
Kate Gault is an associate veterinarian at Pittsford Animal Hospital. Dr. Gault graduated with her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017, and achieved her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Oklahoma in 2006. She has a specialized interest in acupuncture, physical rehabilitation, soft tissue surgery, preventative medicine and pain management.
Dr. Gault has two dogs of her own, Keltsy, an 10-year-old Border Collie Mix, and Murphy, an eight-year-old American Staffordshire mix. They’re both black and white with spots. Her favorite hobbies include cooking and watching the Food Network. She also enjoys traveling, watching documentaries and scuba diving.
Sara E. Heslop, DVM
Originally from Fair Haven, New York, Dr. Sara Heslop received her bachelor's degree in biology from Cornell University before being awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University in 2011. She received the International Veterinary Medicine Post-Graduate Certificate and Sarah Lee Irwin Wildlife Medicine awards.
She completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Oradell Animal Hospital in New Jersey. Her professional interests include conservation, zoo, wildlife medicine and the "One Health" approach to the intersection of human and animal medicine.
She shares her home with two cats, Darwin and Gibson, as well as two mixed breed dogs, Odin and Pheobe. Her hobbies include traveling and volunteering for animal conservation and health programs worldwide, such as Bambelela Primate Sanctuary in South Africa and Northern Lights Wildlife Sanctuary in British Columbia. She also enjoys outdoor activities, such as hiking, kayaking and camping, as well as painting.
Samantha Tandle, DVM
Dr. Samantha Tandle is an associate veterinarian at Pittsford Animal Hospital. Originally from Seneca Falls, NY, she graduated from Hobart & William Smith College with a degree in biology. She received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Cornell University in 2016.
Her professional interests include behavior and facilitating the human-animal bond. She loves that she is able to see a little bit of everything working in a general practice.
Dr. Tandle shares her home with her significant other, Ryan; Rowan, their son; three cats, Squeakers, Inka, and Clementine; and one fish named Blue. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing, and exploring with Rowan and is a fan of the Buffalo Sabres!
Michelle Beck, DVM
Dr. Michelle Beck is originally from Toronto Ontario. Attending The University of Waterloo in Canada, she received her Bachelor of Science in health studies. While attending St. George's University, School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Beck received the Merek Small Animal Internal Medicine Award. She completed her fourth year clinical training at Cornell University.
Her professional interests include internal medicine, dermatology, pain management and preventive medicine.
Dr. Beck is married to Dr. Trent Huynh who is an associate veterinarian at Companion Animal Hospital. They have four small dogs named Spunky (Yorkipoo), Casper (West Highland White Terrier), Angel (Carine Terrier Mix), and Arnie (Havanese). In her spare time, she enjoys arts and craft, playing the piano, relaxing in coffee shops and has recently tried her hand at cooking authentic Korean food.
Sheila Casler is the hospital manager at Animal Hospital of Pittsford. She has been working in the animal care industry for 18 years.
Sheila is proud to be part of a professional team practicing high-quality medicine that makes client and patient needs a priority.
She has a small menagerie of her own: two dogs named Murray and Millie, two cats named Wendell and Oscar, and one bunny named Lance.
Roger Keymel, LVT
Roger Keymel is the technical manager and head technician at the Animal Hospital of Pittsford. He is a licensed veterinary technician and has been part of the hospital team since 1995. Roger believes that AHOP is the best animal hospital around and is proud of the high-quality patient care offered here. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with the love of his life, his daughter Madelyn. Roger has a number of hobbies, including golfing, boating, fishing, bowling, swimming and biking. He shares his home with his dog, Alex, named after the lion in the movie "Madagascar".
Client Service Supervisor
Joanna was born and raised in Rochester and has worked for the Animal Hospital of Pittsford for four years. She enjoys the camaraderie of the Pittsford team and especially loves "developing relationships with our clients and offering compassionate care for their pets."
Joanna married her high school sweetheart, Sean, in 2010. She and her husband share their home with Nora, a terrier mix, who also enjoys going to work with Joanna on occasion. In her free time, Joanna likes spending time with her family, watching movies, scrapbooking, gardening, and being outdoors.
Client Service Shift Supervisor
Joanne Palermo is a client service supervisor at AHOP, where she has worked for 22 years. Before working with animals, she was a dental hygienist for 11 years.
She and her husband share their home with two dogs named Paulie and Roxy, two cats named Sweetie and Arnold, a cockatiel named Dundee, a Russian tortoise named Shelly, and a beta fish. In her free time, Joanne likes to crochet, read, and play in chime choir.
Animal Care Assistant Supervisor
Johnica is the animal care assistant supervisor at AHOP, where she has worked since 2014. Starting off as a kennel attendant, Johnica has always enjoyed working with patients, especially the cats! She also appreciates the AHOP team because “everyone is so amazing. They will make you feel welcome and are always there to help.”
In her free time, Johnica loves singing, karaoke and baking. She also enjoys spending time with her cats, Chester and Kitty, her leopard gecko, Waffles, and her bull terrier, Sid.
Kennel supervisor Stacy Kindler joined the Animal Hospital of Pittsford staff in 2000. She loves working with animals and enjoys getting to know all of the pet guests that stay here at the hospital. Stacy likes to spend her free time with her family, friends and numerous pets. She also enjoys reading, watching movies, and going camping and fishing (where she always throws the fish back).