Our Team

Dr. Hannah Hottel

DVM, Owner

Dr. Hannah Hottel received her degree in veterinary medicine from Cornell University in 2010. After graduation, Dr. Hottel practiced internal and preventative medicine at Trumansburg, NY's ARC Veterinary Clinic for 6 years. One of her special areas of interest is holistic treatment, and she is pleased to be able to offer clients herbal and acupuncture therapies, in addition to western treatments.

Dr. Hottel has been working with animals her whole life--growing up and working on her family farm. Because you never really can take the girl off the farm, Dr. Hottel owns and operates her own farm with the help of her husband, Jason, and her daughter, Reagan. Along with Jason and Reagan, Dr. Hottel is loved by her bulldog, Caesar, her horse, Kari, and her sweet rescue dog, Callie. In her free time, Dr. Hottel loves to ride her motorcycle.

Dr. Shemika Holder

DVM, Veterinarian

Dr. Denise Firlik

DVM, Relief Veterinarian

Dr. Denise Firlik received her degree in veterinary medicine from Cornell University in 1997. After graduating, Dr. Firlik started working as an equine veterinarian at a hospital in Maine, then later started practicing as a small animal relief veterinarian and has been practicing as so into the present. Dr. Firlik has been working with Home Veterinary Care since 2010. Dr. Firlik has always worked with and had a passion for horses. She currently has 3 morgan horses of her own and enjoys riding and working with them in her free time. 


Practice Manager

Sherry has worked with veterinary practices nearly all her life, starting when she worked as a teen on kennel maintenance in an animal hospital. After finishing school, Sherry returned to working with animals, bringing her accounting and book work skills with her, and has been managing practices since 1990. Though Elmira will always be home, she has worked with animal hospitals in Tennessee and Georgia. At home, Sherry has two  parrots, an Amazon named Reba and a Senegal named Xeta; as well as four cats, Dac, Cheddar, Arden and Paige. She also has two dogs, Anya and Zahkar, and her Friesian horse, Twarres. Some of Sherry's favorite activities are being involved in horse showing and dog shows.



Before joining Home Veterinary Care, Mary worked for 15 years with a humane society, providing protection and shelter for animals in need. Mary is a native New Yorker, growing up in Caton, NY. Her happy home is comprised of a husky named Sakari, five cats, three daughters, and one son. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her kids and her friends, as well as horseback riding.




Licensed Veterinary Technician

Della earned her Associate's in veterinary technology from Alfred State University. A high priority for Della in her work is being a well-rounded technician, offering a comfort level and skill in many areas which support the clinic's proficiency in veterinary care. Della loves just about any activity that lets her enjoy the fresh, open air. One of her favorite things about the local area is the variety in the seasons, each of which offers her a different way to experience the outdoors.


Licensed Veterinary Technician

Amanda earned her Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Technology in 2016 from SUNY Canton. She has worked with animals since 2013 in the shelter setting and is passionate about providing the best possible care for every patient, no matter the situation. In her free time she enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with her husband, as well as her two dogs, Winchester and Remington, and her two cats, Batman and Chase.


Licensed Veterinary Technician

Mandy earned her associates degree in Veterinary Technology from Johnson College. She brings over 20 years of veterinary technician experience to our team and is also licensed to practice in both NY and PA. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, 4 cats, 3 dogs, 1 bird and her chickens. 


Veterinary Assistant

Brittney is earning her Associates in Veterinary Technology through Penn Foster and has worked in the field for almost 5 years. Her favorite part of the job is being able to learn something new each day, and making a pet feel like family. She enjoys working with exotics! She shares her time with her 3 kids, her dogs and a turtle. Fun fact about Brittney, she is an Army veteran who spent a year overseas. 


Veterinary Assistant

Rachel has worked as a veterinary assistant since 2014. Her favorite part of the job is being able to help animals and give the best care to every patient that comes here. In her free time she enjoys off-roading with her jeep, working on vehicles, and spending time with her husband, two dogs names Whisky and Sammy, and her two chinchillas Hugo and Chilly.


Veterinary Assistant

Hailey has had the pleasure of being a part of veterinary medicine since a young age, following her Aunt, Dr. Holder, around. Hailey is working on getting her Veterinary Technician degree from the San Juan vet tech program. She is an equestrian who enjoys jumping. In her free time she loves to spend time with her corgi 'Morty', gecko 'Donnie', and pony 'Shasta'. 

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