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 dog, Luna and two cats, Minnie and Harry.
Michelle Beck, DVM
Dr. Michelle Beck is an associate veterinarian at Penfield Veterinary Hospital. Originally from Toronto, Dr. Beck earned her doctorate of veterinary medicine from St. George's University in Grenada. She graduated summa cum laude and also received the Merck Small Animal Internal Medicine Award. Dr. Beck completed a clinical year at Cornell University. Her professional interests include internal medicine, dermatology, pain management, and preventive medicine.
Dr. Beck is married to Dr. Tent Huynh, an associate veterinarian at Companion Animal Hospital. They have a newborn son, Lucas. Her furry family members include four dogs: Casper, Spunky, Angel, and Arnie. 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.
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.
Julieann Ragone, DVM
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 five cats (Oberon, Steven, Tobias, Fyfe and Pew-Pew) and two dogs (Tisza and Oscar ArfArf). In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding (eventing), running, swimming, fishing and gardening.
Katrina Thornton, DVM
Katrina Thornton is an associate veterinarian at Penfield Veterinary Hospital. She graduated from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017, earning her doctorate of veterinary medicine. Dr. Thornton has also earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and an associate's degree in veterinary technology from Medaille College. She received the Sister Alice M. Huber Collegiate award for outstanding service to the college and leadership in co-curricular activities. Dr. Thornton also earned her master's degree in public health while concurrently attending veterinary school.
Her professional interests are focused on behavior, nutrition, infectious disease and preventative medicine. She also has an adorable Beagle named Perdi, whom she adopted from Medaille College. She enjoys outdoor activities, cooking, archery, spending time with her family and volunteering. Dr. Thornton is especially happy to be back in Rochester and working in this wonderful community.
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 dogs: Half Pint and Desi, five cats: Baby Lightning, Jean Genie, Harriet, Sergeant Waffles and Admiral Pancake, as well as two guinea pigs and two rabbits.
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.