Staff

Meet Our Team

Veterinarians

  • Sheldon Steinmetz,
    M.S., B.V.M.S.

    Dr. Sheldon Steinmetz was born and raised in New York. He attended Purdue University, completing his Bachelor's in Animal Science and Agriculture. He earned his Masters of Agriculture and Nutrition from The University of Florida and then finally received his B.V.M.S at Glasgow University in Scotland. Dr. Steinmetz enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, although he does prefer the surgical sciences.
    Dr. Steinmetz is married and has two children who live in New York City and Los Angeles. He and his wife have six dogs and one cat, which makes for a very busy household. In his leisure time, Dr. Steinmetz enjoys spending time with his family and pets. He also enjoys sculpture welding.

  • Dr
    Sarah Donovan,
    D.V.M.

    Dr. Sarah Donovan is originally from Virginia and received her Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech in 2010. She then completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. After graduation, she began her career in a primary large animal practice in Virginia and volunteered at the local horse rescue in her spare time. 

    Her growing passion for small animal medicine inspired her to transition to exclusively small animal practice in 2016. She now lives in Bethel, CT with her fiance and three rescue dogs: Bella, Delilah, and Chief. Her professional interests include internal medicine and animal behavior. She is also a USDA accredited veterinarian.

  • Dr.
    Sorcha Rea,
    D.V.M.

    Dr. Sorcha Rea has recently moved from her home country of Ireland to Connecticut. She graduated from the University of Glasgow's Vet School in Scotland and began working in a mixed animal practice in Ireland. While she enjoyed the challenge of farm work, her interest is in small animal medicine and she is excited to practice this exclusively at Mill Plain Veterinary Clinic. 

    In her free time she enjoys participating in all kinds of sports, especially rowing which she competed in at University. 


Receptionists


  • Cookie

    Cookie has been with Mill Plain Veterinary Clinic since its inception in 1989. She is the office manager, head receptionist, and is married to Dr. Steinmetz. Cookie has two wonderful children, Michael and Amanda, and six dogs. Most days she goes by Cookie, but on payday we call her Fortune Cookie!

  • Amanda

    Always a friendly face, Amanda has been working the front desk of MPVC since 2008. She is a crossword-guru, and she can remember client and pet names like no other. Amanda has a sweet little girl at home, as well as her loving husband, a spunky pit-mix, and a chill cat. Fun fact: Amanda is trypophobic, but she’s still likes Dalmatians...

  • Maggie

    Maggie’s smiling face has been greeting clients at MPVC since 2014. She has a rescue dog named Ziggy who is her pride & joy -- take a peak behind the counter and you may even get to meet her dapper dog, bow-tie and all.

  • Britteny

    Britteny is the newest receptionist at MPVC, joining our team in November 2018. She has had a passion for animals her entire life. She lives with her daughter, her cat Hamilton, and her rescue dog - a great dane named Dexter. When not at work, she enjoys hiking with Dexter and family, cooking, and reading.


Nurses


  • Angela

    Angela has been a nurse at MPVC since the beginning of time. Nick-named “the Cat Whisperer”, she is well-trained in animal handling, specifically with working dogs such as Rottweilers and Belgian Malinois’ -- Angela is a great resource for clients who are considering adopting a working breed! At home, Angela lives with her husband, two silly cats, a Belgian Malinois, a herd of Pomeranians, and a muscle car named Big Orange.

  • ​Daphne
    Daphne attended veterinary technician school at SUNY Delhi, and has been a nurse at MPVC for 11 years. She is married with two wonderful kids and a very spoiled Jack Russell. Daphne enjoys working with all animals and enjoys making sure that their owners are well-informed about all that MPVC has to offer, specifically that their pets will receive the best care here at Mill Plain Vet!

  • Sarah

    Sarah has been a nurse at Mill Plain Vet Clinic for the last 9 years. She has two adorable French Bulldogs named Henri & Hailey, and she would love to talk to you about any bulldog “problems” or concerns you may have! Fun fact: Sarah is Dr. Baruffo’s sister-in-law!

  • Krystal

    Krystal started out as an intern with MPVC in 2010 and worked her way up to kennel assistant and then veterinary nurse. Krystal attended tech school at Alfred State and will be finishing her degree this year. She has three rescue pets named Nitro, Weasley (Max), and Milton Bradley.

  • Jillian

    Jillian has been with MPVC since 2011, working her way up from a kennel assistant to veterinary nurse. She’s married with two rescue dogs and two cats, and she is an advocate for animal rescue.

  • Kailee

    Kailee is a CVT who graduated from Becker College in 2016. She has a passion for working with animals and finds love in every pet that comes into the clinic. In her free time you can find Kailee spending time with her boyfriend in NYC or watching netflix cuddled up with her two cats Masi and Rascal.

  • Kayla

    Kayla has been in the veterinary field for 9 years, and joined MPVC after working at an all cat clinic. She loves all things involving kitties! When she is not working with furry friends, she is at home snuggling up to her pups and kitties.

  • Ariel

    Ariel attended Mercy College and graduated in 2016. She worked in equine medicine for 2 years, then decided to switch to small animal medicine. She loves spending her free time watching Netflix with her cat Ayla and her parrot Tahiti.

  • Ashley

    Ashley graduated from the University of New Haven and has been working in the veterinary field for 4 years. She started her career working in emergency medicine, and then joined us at MPVC to work general practice. Her favorite things to do are spend time with her family, her boyfriend, and her loving pitty Teddy.


Assistants


  • Michelle

    Michelle has been a veterinary assistant with MPVC since 2015. She loves fast cars and dachshunds, and has dreams of living near the beach someday.

  • Kayla H

    Kayla joined the MPVC team in the summer of 2016. If you don’t see Kayla walking dogs or helping our doctors, it’s probably because she’s on a cruise ship somewhere warm! Kayla lives with her husband and sweet dog Lyla.

  • Aimee

    Aimee has been working in the veterinary field since 2014 and is currently completing schooling to become a certified veterinary nurse. She lives with her snuggly pitbull, ferocious minature pinscher, and her boyfriend.

  • Sarah

    Sarah has been with MPVC since the summer of 2018. She has been working with animals for 8 years. When she is not working she loves to be outside hiking and having fun. She lives with her crazy husky Harley, and her trouble maker of a rabbit Norman. She also has 3 cockatiels Larry, Peaches, and Timon.