Meet Our Veterinarians
Hope Jankunas, DVM
Dr. Jankunas is a compassionate and dedicated veterinarian. Her passion for animals started early in her childhood when she bonded with a family of stray cats that made a home in her backyard. Caring for them gave her a sense of purpose and sparked her desire to become a veterinarian. After earning her bachelor’s degree at Boston College, she went on to receive her DVM at the University of Florida. Following graduation, Dr. Jankunas completed a one-year internship at the Animal Medical Center in NYC, where she gained valuable experience in treating a wide range of cases. Dr. Jankunas is committed to providing low stress visits and working closely with clients to come up with the best treatment plan for their beloved pets. She understands that every patient and family is unique and works hard to tailor her approach to the specific needs and concerns of each individual.
Dr. Jankunas serves on the board of the Hudson Valley Veterinary Medical Society and volunteers with the Putnam 4H Junior Vet Program. She enjoys exploring local wineries and craft breweries with her husband, Dr. Jeremy Frederick (also a veterinarian). Their family includes their son, Jaxson, and furry friends, Stella, Mittens, and Bubbles.
Alisha Selzner, DVM
Dr. Selzner is a talented veterinarian with a passion for providing exceptional care to pets and their families. A native of the Hudson Valley, she received her undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College, where she double majored in biology and music. She went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada. After graduation, she completed a one-year internship in medicine and surgery at the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island.
As a veterinarian, Dr. Selzner takes pride in being able to improve her patients’ quality of life while providing support and guidance to their parents. Her passion for animals extends beyond the exam room, as she chooses to spend her time outside of work surrounded by animals as well. She enjoys beekeeping, riding her horse CC, and doing agility training with Tillie the Labrador Retriever, who is also a registered therapy dog. Other family members include Gibert the orange tabby cat, and her husband, Chris.
Maureen Lecaro, DVM
Dr. Maureen Lecaro is a highly skilled and compassionate veterinarian who is dedicated to providing the best possible care for her patients. Born and raised in Queens, Dr. Lecaro was drawn to the field of veterinary medicine by her love of animals, science, and puzzles. After earning her bachelor’s degree from Yale University, she went on to attend veterinary school at Tufts University. Following her graduation, Dr. Lecaro completed a one-year internship at VERG in Brooklyn, NY. As a veterinarian, she enjoys building relationships with patients and clients and believes that creating trust and working as a team is essential to providing the best care for their furry loved ones.
Outside of work, Dr. Lecaro shares a home with her partner and their dogs, Coco, Penny, and Bailey. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading, and being in the sunshine. She is also an active member of her community and volunteers with the Cold Spring Fire Department.
Nicole Knapp, DVM
Dr. Nicole Knapp is a caring veterinarian who goes above and beyond to ensure the well-being of both pets and their families. With a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Rhode Island and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Western University, Dr. Knapp brings a wealth of knowledge and a compassionate touch to her work.
From a young age, Dr. Knapp felt a strong need to help animals. Her journey began with volunteering at an animal hospital during high school, solidifying her commitment to a lifelong career in veterinary care. The heart of Dr. Knapp’s practice lies in enhancing the quality of life for her patients and, in turn, positively impacting their devoted pet parents.
Dr. Knapp’s family includes her husband, two sons, two dogs and a cat. Beyond the clinic, Dr. Knapp finds solace in the great outdoors, indulging in activities like hiking and camping. She’s also a proud lacrosse mom, cheering on her boys as they take the field.
Valerie Ammirato, DVM
Dr. Valerie Ammirato is a compassionate veterinarian who understands that pets are not just patients – they’re cherished members of the family. She is a Hudson Valley native and earned her BS in Biology from Iona College. She then traveled to Grenada to attend veterinary school at St. George’s University and further honed her skills during her clinical year at the University of Georgia.
Dr. Ammirato’s childhood home was filled with a menagerie of pets ranging from fish and snails to dogs and everything in between, and laid the foundation for her profound love for animals. Driven by a passion for science and medicine, she embarked on a veterinary career to blend her love of animals and science. Dr. Ammirato places the utmost importance on creating a positive client and patient experience. Taking the time for detailed conversations with pet parents, she ensures that their concerns are thoroughly addressed. Moreover, she is committed to providing a secure and stress-free environment for the pets under her care.
Meet Our Consulting Specialists
Jeremy Frederick, DVM, DACVIM, CVA
Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine
Dr. Frederick graduated from the prestigious Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada and went on to complete a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Florida. Early in his career, Dr. Frederick developed a special interest in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, and pursued special training at the Chi Institute to become a certified veterinary acupuncturist. With his unique combination of knowledge and expertise, Dr. Frederick provides a comprehensive and holistic approach to veterinary care.
Dr. Frederick is dedicated to helping pets live their best lives by addressing not only their physical health but also their mental and emotional well-being. He believes that a complete lifestyle approach to care is essential for maintaining optimal health and preventing disease. He works closely with pet owners to create personalized treatment plans that address the unique needs of each animal.
Jean-Paul Petrie, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Cardiology Consultations and Echocardiograms
Dr. Petrie is a board-certified veterinary cardiologist with a mobile cardiology service operating in Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Dutchess Counties. He completed his DVM degree at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada and went on to complete a residency in veterinary cardiology at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. He lectures both nationally and internationally, has published several articles and books chapters, and continues to be actively involved in clinical research projects.
Alexandre Rousseau, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECCS
Internal Medicine and Ultrasonography
Dr. Rousseau provides on-site diagnostic, therapeutic and consultation services for patients of Companion Pet Hospital. He earned his DVM from the Université de Montréal and completed double residency training at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. He has years of experience working in multi-specialty referral hospitals in different locations across the country. Now as a mobile specialist, Dr. Rousseau works with your pet’s veterinarian to develop a diagnostic and treatment plan to address their needs.
Chad Andrews, DVM, DACVS
Soft Tissue and Orthopedic Surgery
Dr. Andrews is a board-certified veterinary surgeon and provides mobile surgical services at our Carmel and Fishkill facilities. He earned his DVM from The Ohio State University and completed his surgical residency training at the University of Tennessee. His special interests include orthopedic surgery and arthroscopy. He enjoys participating in hands-on trainings that teach surgical techniques to fellow specialists and general practitioners.
Our partnership with Dr. Andrews enables your pet to receive the specialty surgery they need while under the care of the veterinarians you know and trust.