Meet Our Team

We are pleased to introduce you to our Penfield Veterinary Hospital Team!

Our Veterinarians

Erik Herrema, VMD

Medical Director
Dr. Herrema's Bio

Dr. Erik Herrema is the director of Penfield Veterinary Hospital. He was born and raised in Irondequoit. Dr. Herrema attended Bucknell University, where he graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering. Following college graduation, Dr. Herrema was employed as an environmental chemist by Target Environmental, located in Columbia, MD. After two years at Target, Dr. Herrema decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. He spent two years at Alfred University as a graduate assistant lacrosse coach for the men’s varsity lacrosse team while acquiring a master’s degree in secondary education. Dr. Herrema was admitted to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999 and was awarded his VMD degree in 2003. Dr. Herrema was the recipient of the Leonard Pearson Prize (the school’s highest honor awarded to the fourth-year student who demonstrates the best potential for professional and/or academic leadership in veterinary medicine) and The American College of Veterinary Radiology Award at his graduation.

With professional interests in internal medicine, cardiology, radiology, and ultrasonography, Dr. Herrema enjoys practicing general veterinary medicine and surgery at Penfield Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Herrema resides with his family in Pittsford, NY. Along with family outings, Dr. Herrema enjoys golfing, fishing, and relaxing with his two dogs, Luna and G, and two cats, Minnie and Harry.

Todd Braaten, DVM

Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Braaten's Bio

A general practitioner since 1996, Dr. Todd A. Braaten has been caring for animals since the mid-1980s. Having graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1992 with a degree in chemistry, Dr. Braaten concluded his studies at Oklahoma State University, where he received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1996.

From his days back in Wisconsin, where he cared for horses at two stables, to his present position at Penfield, Dr. Braaten has always been a lover of animals whether on or off the clock. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the doctor hosts many, many pets in his home. Included among his menagerie of animal companions are his six Newfoundlands (Stella, Sydney, Sam, Bubbles, Louis, and Ozzy) and his two cats, Sally and Abby. Dr. Braaten also owns several birds, these being his cockatoo, Big Bird, a cockatiel named MARS, and 15 chickens!

Dr. Braaten is married to Mary, a social worker at St. Mary’s Hospital, and during his leisure time, he enjoys billiards, biking, fishing, and woodworking.

Alexis Deyo, DVM

Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Deyo's Bio

Dr. Alexis Deyo grew up in Brighton, NY. She began working in the animal care industry after receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ithaca College.

After graduation, she worked as an adoption counselor for the Erie County S.P.C.A. and both a veterinary technician assistant and a certified veterinary technician at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey. She then obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. She completed externships at Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services and Pittsford Animal Hospital while in veterinary school.

Dr. Deyo has one dog, Kiko, and two cats, Bo Bo and Sophie. In her free time, she enjoys gardening and baking.

Julieann Ragone, DVM

Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Ragone's Bio

Dr. Julieann M. Ragone is an associate veterinarian at Penfield Veterinary Hospital. She has cared for animals since 2002 and has worked as a veterinarian since 2010. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 2009. Prior to that, she attended SUNY Geneseo, where she received her bachelor’s degree in biology. Before joining the Penfield Veterinary Hospital team, she completed a rotating internship at Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services and worked at the Animal Hospital of Rochester and the Animal Clinic of East Ave.

Dr. Ragone and her husband share their home with four cats (Steven, Tobias, Fyfe, and Pew-Pew), three labrador retrievers (Oscar ArfArf, Watson, and Ben), and her two daughters (Hadley and Teagan). In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding (eventing), running, swimming, fishing, and gardening.

Katrina Thornton, DVM

Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Thornton's Bio
Dr. Katrina Thornton is an associate veterinarian at Penfield Veterinary Hospital. She is originally from Rochester and decided to come back to the area for work. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University in 2017. Prior to that, Dr. Thornton earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and an associate’s degree in veterinary technology from Medaille College. She has a strong interest in public health and the one health concept, which lead Dr. Thornton to also completing a master’s degree in public health through the University of Minnesota while concurrently attending veterinary school.

Her professional interests are focused on behavior, nutrition, infectious disease, and preventative medicine. She has an adorable hound mix named Jack and a playful cat named Lilly. She enjoys kayaking with her dog, baking, archery, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Becky Kelly, LVT, LATG

Technician Supervisor
Becky's Bio

Becky is the head technician at the Penfield Veterinary Hospital. She is a licensed veterinary technician and animal technologist and has been part of the hospital team since 2001. Becky enjoys working at Penfield Veterinary Hospital because it focuses on meeting the needs of its patients and clients and it offers state-of-the-art health care. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, horseback riding, crafts, ministry, playing different musical instruments, and reading. She shares her home and life with her dogs (Half Pint and Desi), five cats (Baby Lightning, Jean Genie, Harriet, Sergeant Waffles, and Admiral Pancake), two guinea pigs, and two rabbits.

Kristyn Smith

Practice Manager
Kristyn's Bio

Bio coming soon!

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