Meet Our Staff
Erik Herrema, VMD, MS Education, BS Chemical Engineering
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 B.S. Degree 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 Masters 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 schools 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 dogs Sadie and Luna and two cats, Minnie and Dory.
Todd Braaten, DVM
A general practitioner since 1996, Dr. Todd A. Braaten has been caring for animals since the mid-1980’s. 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.
Becky Kelly, LVT, LATG, Tech Supervisor
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 ot 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 St. Bernard, Laya and two cats Porky and Toby.
Max was surrendered by one of our clients to Four-Legged Friends after being diagnosed with diabetes. Four-Legged Friends was unable to find a stable foster home for Max, so they decided to board him with us for an extended period of time. While he was boarding with us, our staff fell in love and the hospital decided to adopt Max in August 2014. He spends most of his time in the treatment room because he enjoys keeping our sedated patients warm.
Birthday: April 20, 2006
Favorite toy: Paper ball
Favorite past time: Looking out the window and sitting in cardboard boxes, of course.