Our Team

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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 Great Pyrenees, Max, her pug, Derp, her horse, Kari, and her sweet rescue dog, Callie. In her free time, Dr. Hottel loves to ride her motorcycle.

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Dr. Shemika Holder

DVM, Veterinarian

Dr. Holder enjoys long walks on the beach and getting caught in the rain. Her favorite color is purple. Her secret passion is performing dental cleanings and extractions, so all paws can have a nice smile!

Dr. Denise Firlik

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 5 Morgan horses and 1 Dutch Harness horse of her own and enjoys riding and working with them in her free time. 

Sherry

Sherry

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 6 cats, Dac, Cheddar, Arden, Paige, Ash, and Ainsley. She also has a Borzoi named Zahkar, and her Friesian horse, Twarres. Some of Sherry's favorite activities are being involved in horse showing and dog shows.

Mary

Mary

Receptionist

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.

April

Receptionist

April joined the Home Veterinary Care family in April of 2022. She is the proud owner of 2 Bichon Frise dogs, Dixie and Cruz, as well as 2 Coton de Tulear dogs names Lyric and Sailor. She also has a corgi named Summer. April enjoys traveling, even day trips, watching scary movies, and baking. Her favorite thing to bake is sugar cookies because she loves decorating them; she also enjoys interior design!

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Laura

Receptionist

Laura joined the Home Veterinary Care family in July of 2022! Laura used to be a local roller derby queen. Laura has three canines; a corgi, Regina, a shar-pei ,Ellie, and pit bull, Lola. 

Kayla joined the Home Veterinary Care family in April of 2022. She entered the field when she earned both her Bachelor's and Associate's degrees in Veterinary Technology in 2019 from SUNY Canton. Kayla enjoys seeing the combination of Eastern and Western medicines integrate within the veterinary field. She brings with her a passion for sugar gliders and comic relief. She has two cats, Chessure and Jack Skellington, as well as several gliders. When she isn't bouncing around the clinic, you can find her crafting away outside or out on the lake fishing!

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Della

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. Something Della enjoys doing in her spare time is re-enactment. From 1690-1840s, fur trade to the French and Indian Wars. She especially enjoys hunting with tradional black powder rifles and muzzleloaders.

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Amanda

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.

Kayla

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Brittney

Veterinary Assistant

Brittney is earning her Associates in Veterinary Technology through Penn Foster and has worked in the field for almost 10 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 4 kids, and her dogs. Fun fact about Brittney, she is an Army veteran who spent a year overseas. 

Hailey

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 online through Penn Foster. She is an equestrian who enjoys jumping. In her free time she loves to spend time with her dogs, Morty the Corgi and Jimi, 3 cats, Hugo, Stevie, and McLovin, a quarter horse pony, Shasta, a guinea pig, Heifer, and an axolotl named Rhupert. When she isn't taking care of her own zoo, she enjoys spending time along a shoreline fishing. 

Adalia

Veterinary Assistant

Adalia joined the Home Veterinary Care team in February of 2022. She has a dog named Boov, 2 sphynx cats named Oscar and Sprout, 1 hairy cat named Skunk, a leopard gecko named Fritz, and a horse, Brumby. She enjoys swimming with her dog. In her spare time, you can find Adalia doing her homework, so she can pursue her dreams of graduating from Cornell as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. One thing you will never find Adalia doing is cooking, it is her least favorite thing to do!

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Aaron

Veterinary Assistant

Aaron joined the Home Veterinary Care team in May of 2022. Aaron has 4 kids that take up his spare time, 1 son and 3 daughters. He also has two Rottweilers, Barack and Valencia. Aaron has spent over 6 years in the veterinary field as a technician in Pennsylvania. He is now on his way to becoming a licensed veterinary technician in New York online through Penn Foster.

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Kim

Veterinary Assistant

Kim joined the Home Veterinary Care family in June of 2022! She originally joined the field back in 1998 as a Licensed Vet Tech, but took a break. Kim is excited to be back in the field as is looking forward to recertifying her license. She has been happily married for the last 24 years and currently enjoys her spare time with her rescue dogs Tucker and Nina, and rescue cats Midnight and Iris. Fun fact about Kim, she is a military veteran who served with the US Navy for seven years!

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Jennie

Veterinary Assistant

Jennie joined the Home Veterinary Care family in June of 2022! Jennie enjoys going on nature adventures with Zeus, her pit bull. She brings over 6 years experience in the veterinary field to HVC. Fun fact about Jennie, you will never see her bare nails! They have been all dressed in the latest fashion for the last 10 years.