Finger Lakes Animal Hospital's Dedicated Team
Our team of veterinary professionals is devoted to you and your pets.
Sherry Thompson, LVT – Hospital Manager
Sherry joined the Finger Lakes Animal Hospital team in 1992 and became our hospital manager in 2000. She returned to school soon after, and received her degree in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College in 2004. Sherry is a current member of the New York State Association of Veterinary Technicians.
Sherry’s interests outside of work include leading a 4-H rabbit club, volunteering to run the rabbit barn at the Ontario County Fair, and being an active member of the Canandaigua Community Toastmasters. She raises and shows mini-rex rabbits and satin American cavies. She also enjoys spending time with her dog and three cats.
Angela Arthurs, LVT – Veterinary Technician
Angela graduated from Alfred State College with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 2009. She started working for Finger Lakes Animal Hospital in 2010. Angela’s veterinary interests include internal medicine, animal behavior and nutrition. She really enjoys working with felines and is our resident "cat whisperer.”
Angela is a member of the New York State Association of Veterinary Technicians and National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. When not working, she enjoys spending time on the farm with her family, her two cats, Pilot and Chloe, and her flock of ducks.
Melissa Partin, LVT – Veterinary Technician
Melissa is a 2002 graduate of SUNY Delhi, where she received her AS in Veterinary Technology. She is a native of the Finger Lakes Region of western New York. Melissa grew up with a variety of animals including horses, rabbits, dogs, cats, rats, ferrets, snakes, lizards, birds and more. She has always had an interest in working with animals, especially the exotics.
Melissa enjoys helping the doctors educate clients on wellness and preventive care to keep their beloved pets happy and healthy. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with family and friends, and of course, her fur babies, which include her three cats Oreo, Raven, and Ella and her rabbit, Charlie Thunder Buns.
Stacey Restaino – Therapy Laser Tech & Vet Assistant
Stacey received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Biology in 2007 from SUNY Oneonta. She joined our team in early 2014 as a veterinary assistant and a therapeutic laser technician. Before Finger Lakes, Stacey worked as a technician assistant at Thera Vet Acres, working with laser therapy, hydrotherapy, and physical therapy in canine rehabilitation. Stacey has been involved with animals all her life, including showing dogs from a very young age. She has experience handling several breeds and has competed at multiple national competitions. She is a second generation Rottweiler breeder and handler, and actively competes in AKC and UKC conformation and obedience events. Stacey is a Farmington native, and lives at home in Shortsville with her husband, Rottweilers Emmett and Baby, horses Jillian and Merger, and barn cat Piper.
Brittany Kommer – Vet Assistant & Receptionist
Brittany graduated from Red Jacket Central School in 2003. She started working at Finger Lakes Animal Hospital in March 2007 as a part time kennel attendant and grooming assistant. Over the years she has become a full-time employee working as a kennel attendant, kennel manager, grooming assistant and now a laser therapy and veterinary assistant. Recently she trained with our groomer and has added grooming to her belt.
In her time off, Brittany enjoys hanging out with friends, family, four dogs (between her own and being an aunt to others), and her cat. She also enjoys camping, NASCAR, and football.
Ashley Widmer – Vet Assistant & Receptionist
Ashley graduated from Canandaigua Academy in 2009 and received her veterinary assistant certification from Animal Behavior College in 2010. She started working at Finger Lakes Animal Hospital in 2012 as a kennel attendant and is now a receptionist and assistant.
Ashley loves all animals, but her passion revolves around horses. In her free time, she enjoys training and riding horses, crafting, hiking, creating organic cosmetic products and spending time with friends, family and her beloved pets.
Lindsey – Vet Assistant & Receptionist
Lindsey began working here as a volunteer in our kennels in 2012. She was hired soon after, and has worked as a kennel attendant, a grooming assistant, and now is here as a receptionist and veterinary assistant. Lindsey has a strong interest in laser therapy, and will soon receive her certification. In her time off, Lindsey enjoys country music, hanging out with her 4 dogs, and reading a good book.
Ariana — Animal Care Specialist
Ariana has been with our practice since 2016. She is Treasurer of the Animal Science Program at BOCES, in addition to being the main groomer and a receptionist there. She is a supporter of the Tails on the Trail Fundraiser held annually to benefit our local humane society. Holding a primary role in our boarding kennel, Ariana makes a huge difference in the excellent care our boarding patients receive. She is an honor roll student.
Ariana is planning to pursue her interest in helping animals by pursuing a college education this fall to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Outside interests include outdoor activities, including boating, hiking, canoeing, kiaking and more.
Jim Ellis — Maintenance Staff
Jim joined Finger Lakes Animal Hospital in 1988 assisting with the kennel and maintenance. He keeps very busy, working full-time job at Constellation Wines and as a crossing guard for Canandaigua Primary School in the mornings. During the summers he mows several lots for Randall Farnsworth. In his spare time Jim is a volunteer Fire Police Captain for the Hopewell Fire Department.
At home, Jim has an Irish setter named Kerry as well as a Himalayan and a Persian cat. He is easy-going and always willing to step in and lend a hand on any project.