Meet Our Family
Brook Farmers never stop learning. Each year, every member of the team participates in Continuing Education to further their knowledge of the veterinary field. This includes taking graduate-level classes, attending industry conferences, and participating in roundtable discussions about a wide range of topics.
From practicing better medicine to building a more inclusive and sustainable workplace, Brook Farmers are always learning something new.
After spending numerous years as an emergency veterinarian throughout the Greater New York City area, Dr. Evan Kanouse founded Brook Farm Veterinary Center in 1982. Together with his partner Dr. Alan Schoen, a world-renowned author and lecturer in veterinary acupuncture and natural therapies, Dr. Kanouse began accepting clients, changing the paradigm and elevating expectations for veterinary care in the Hudson Valley.
Today, Dr. Kanouse co-owns Brook Farm with his wife, Pat, and son, Evan, both of whom work at the practice (Dr. Schoen would later leave to teach at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and author several books on integrative veterinary medicine). As the Medical Director, Dr. Kanouse works with clients to develop health care plans that are appropriate for their pet’s lifestyle and within their budget.
Dr. Kanouse enjoys being involved in the community and forming relationships with other local businesses; you can often hear him talking about his visits to Green Chimneys Pre-School, the Patterson Library, and the Putnam Humane Society, to name a few. Dr. Kanouse is the past-president of the Hudson Valley Veterinary Medical Society, a Boy Scout Leader, and a regular lecturer at local community groups. He has been featured in local newspapers such as the Poughkeepsie Journal, The Putnam County News and Recorder, The Putnam County Courier, and The Examiner, and on the radio on 100.7FM WHUD, Pawling Public Radio, and Hudson Valley Talk Radio.
Dr. Kanouse is passionate about environmental conservation, animal rights, and community health and wellness. At home, Dr. Kanouse is an amateur woodworker and enjoys reading, hiking, and kayaking.
Pat has worked as an administrator at Brook Farm since the mid-1980’s, joining the practice shortly after it was founded in 1982. Today, Pat manages finances and controls hospital inventory.
Pat enjoys interfacing with different distributors to help make veterinary care affordable for our clients. At home, she is passionate about the conservation efforts surrounding the protection and restoration of the Hudson River. A Hudson Valley native, Pat enjoys hiking and exploring the small towns that our region of New York is known for.
As the Hospital Director since early 2010, Evan holds the practice accountable to its mission by working alongside other Brook Farmers and by helping us maintain compliance with various professional organizations. Evan also leads a number of practice initiatives focused on community engagement, practice transparency, and sustainability.
Evan is a guest lecturer at the State University of New York at Delhi where he teaches internship skills to first and second year Veterinary Technology students. He is a local educator and is passionate about working with youth (our Veterinary Summer Camp program was his brainchild.)
As a vegetarian, Evan is passionate about the fair treatment of both animals and people; he is interested in animal welfare, civil rights, and education. Evan sits on the board of the Pawling Resource Center and is a member of numerous committees at other local nonprofits. At home, Evan is an avid hiker and reader.
Dr. Katie Clark has been Associate Veterinarian at Brook Farm since March of 2013. You’re likely to meet Dr. Clark if you are a night owl or have been faced with an unexpected emergency as she directs our Urgent Care Division. She is known for her calm, empathic demeanor and for soothing the nerves of even the most distraught pet parents.
When asked about her work ethic, Dr. Clark’s colleagues described her as “truly passionate.” She is known for taking her time to ensure that clients understand all of the intracies involved in proper pet care, especially when pets are suffering from vague or complex conditions. Like other Brook Farmers, Dr. Clark is dedicated to improving animal rights, rescue, and well-being, and volunteers her time regularly throughout the Lower Hudson Valley.
Dr. Clark is personally passionate about music, traveling, and “loving [her] wonderful dogs.”
As Operations Director, Shannon works with both clients and fellow team members to facilitate service, resolve problems, and exceed expectations.
Shannon enjoys interacting with clients and helping them to find a resolution to their concerns. “We see everyone on their best days and their worst,” she says,”and making sure that they know that our service is unwavering – regardless of their circumstance or emotional state – helps them find comfort on what can otherwise be a very stressful day.”
Shannon is passionate about educating the community about animal overpopulation and the importance of adoption and rescue organizations. She also cares about raising awareness about animal cruelty and how to care for pets safely.
When Shannon’s not at Brook Farm, she’s baking cupcakes: she has “books and books” of cupcake recipes and decorations. While the cupcakes are in the oven, she’s spends her time snuggling with Luna, her Afghan Hound Mix, and Ella and Zoe, her Ragdoll cats.
One of the many things that attracts Amber to Brook Farm is the family atmosphere. Amber began her career in veterinary medicine as a Client Advocate with us in August 2010. In 2011, she became our Director of Client Advocacy, ensuring that each client receiving the quality of care and service that they deserved. After taking time to care for her daughter, Scarlet, she returned to the practice as an Assistant Medical Auditor. As a Medical Auditor, Amber reviews each and every account to make sure that we are living up to the high standards of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
Amber enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, Zach outside of work; it doesn’t matter what they’re doing, as long as they’re together! She has two cats, Al and Lou, and a dog, Phil.
Rebecca loves knowing that she gets to work closely with each and every animal and truly get to know them. From being able to comfort them when they are nervous to playing with them when they need some exercise, the fact that she’s making a difference and lending a hand gives Becca great joy. As Inventory Coordinator, Becca interfaces with vendors and staff to ensure that each department is properly stocked. She also participates in periodic assessments of our suppliers in order to ensure that they meet strict standards in terms of environmental and social impact. She is also the Department Head for the Animal Care and Environment team.
When she’s not at Brook Farm, Becca enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys hiking, crafts, and playing board games.
As a Medical Auditor, Nathelia is responsible for monitoring the daily delivery and documentation of patient care – essentially, she makes sure that patients receive the right care at the right time. She works with each department to identify training opportunities and ensure that each staff member is coached to succeed at their highest level. Since Thea works remotely, she gets the most pleasure from her daily interactions with other Brook Farmers through our internal systems and during her weekly visits on-site. Thea loves that Brook Farm places an emphasis on community outreach and education, both of which she feels are deeply important to veterinary medicine.
At home, Thea enjoys exploring New York City, binge-watching Netflix, and curling up with a great book. She also enjoys spending time with her German Shepherd/St. Bernard Mix, Roy.
Jennifer has always loved animals. She recalls a childhood full of saving chipmunks and squirrels in her backyard and naming all of the turtles in her pond. Today, that same connection with the animal world inspires her to provide excellent patient care, which she calls the “most important aspect of her job.” As a Veterinary Technician, Jenn is the “eyes and ears” of her patients in order to keep them comfortable, happy, and safe.
At home, Jenn enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially her husband, Allan, and her daughter, Eleanor. She has three dogs and four cats who all live in harmony among her loving family.
Emily, a Licensed Veterinary Technician, has been a Farmer since mid-2013. Emily started with Brook Farm as an Animal Care Assistant, and worked her way up into a Technician position as she made her way through tech school. As a child, Emily always knew she wanted to work with animals; in fact, she says that is what she most enjoys about her job. Coming to work and interacting directly with animals in need is the highlight of Emily’s week.
Although Emily has attained her veterinary technician license, she is not looking to slow down her quest for knowledge. Emily is looking to get her Veterinary Technical Specialty in small companion animal care so that she can better help the Veterinarians at Brook Farm and better care for the patients and clients she meets here at the Center.
When Emily isn’t at work, she looks to spend as much time as she can with her friends and family, and, of course, her pup Rocky. Rocky is a terrier mix, and full of energy and spirit; he certainly keeps Emily active! Together, Emily and Rocky do what they can to draw attention to causes that promote positive animal rights groups. Emily is very passionate about the care that every animal receives during its lifetime; big or small, they should be treated with dignity and respect.
Alexa describes herself as enthusiastic, determined, and organized – all essential traits to her role as a Eligible Veterinary Technician. Alexa loves working in an atmosphere that fosters a commitment to both the people and animals with whom they work, and enjoys being a part of the Brook Farm family. She is passionate about animal nutrition and enjoys learning more about how pets’ diets affect their overall health and wellbeing.
At home, Alexa enjoys watching the Patriots or reading the latest novel written by Steven King.
Kevin joined our staff as a Technician Assistant, but he is the first to offer to lend a hand to both our Animal Care and Lodge staff. Kevin recently finished his schooling as a Veterinary Technician, and is eager to move forward to a tech position here with us.
If you were to ask Kevin what he loved most about his position, he would be nothing but candid with you: “I love being the person who can help educate owners by sharing the knowledge I’ve learned on how to care for their pets. From medication to grooming and nutrition, I want to someone our clients can trust for advice. It’s a field that each day you’re learning something new.”
Of course, Kevin cannot help but take his passion for animal care home with him. He has a six-year-old Cockapoo named Hazel who is the perfect companion to his four-year-old son, Cameron. Between the two of his little bundles, Kevin is a busy man!
It comes as no surprise that Kevin is passionate about animal rights and welfare, but he balances his concerns over a widespread lineup of causes; from the American Humane Society to Veterans on Duty, and all the way on to the Public Education system, Kevin keeps up with a number of issues facing the world today.
Alicia, a Brook Farmer since 2014, is our Urgent Care Coordinator. Alicia creates an exceptional experience for each and every client by helping them understand the doctor’s recommendations and coordinating their pet’s care.
To say that Alicia is a “people person” would be an understatement – she’s virtually obsessed with interacting with clients and saying hello to their four-legged companions. Alicia is passionate about stopping animal abuse and holding people accountable for their actions. She is also interested in supporting local community organizations and getting involved wherever/whenever possible to help them thrive.
As a Client Advocate, Christine enjoys helping pets by facilitating their care and working with their owners. She enjoys seeing the impact that she is able to make on families by educating them about their pet’s treatment plan and working with them to keep pets happy and healthy. Christine looks forward to coming to work among clients and colleagues who love animals as much as she does!
At home, Christine enjoys reading. Her favorite book is The Secret History by Donna Tartt (who is also author of The Goldfinch.)
Rebeca has a passion for making people happy. As a Client Advocate, she enjoys working with families to ensure that they are well cared for during their visit. We would describe Rebeca as enthusiastic, alert, attentive, empathetic, and above all else: dedicated. In her own words, she “loves who [she] works for.” She describes her colleagues as “people who care not only about those in front of them but about the entire community.”
In her free time, Rebeca does freelance makeup, which she describes as another opportunity to make people smile.
As an Animal Care Assistant, Jacob is passionate about…well, animal care! He loves being able to work among people who care about pets as much as he does. He enjoys learning about the veterinary industry and communicating the quality of care that we provide to our clients. Whether he’s reassuring and empathizing with a nervous pet parent or assisting a colleague, you’ll be sure to see Jake smiling ear to ear.
As an Animal Care Assistant, Ben provides care to our patients and assists with hospital sanitation. Ben enjoys working with animals and has two of his own at home, black labs named Folly and Zoey. In his free time, ben enjoys outdoor activities, games, and puzzles.
Ben is a member of our First Jobs program, which provides youth with the opportunity to learn essential skills necessary to join the workforce.
Cathy has been a Lodge Attendant at Brook Farm since 2003, and if there’s one thing that Cathy absolutely loves about her job, it’s the animals. Despite the fact that the lodge has over a thousand guests throughout the year, she remembers their names, dietary habits, and even what toys they like! As a Lodge Attendant, Cathy is responsible for the general care and well-being of our guests; her big smile and warm embrace will be sure to calm the nerves of the occasional nervous pet parent or first time pet owner.
Cathy is passionate about stopping illegal game hunting and supporting organizations that work against animal cruelty. In her free time, Cathy enjoys cooking and playing with her two pets – Jackie, a Boston Terrier, and Charlie, an orange Tabby.
Even when Caitlin isn’t at Brook Farm, where she works as a Lodge Attendant, she is never quite short of animals. Be it her boxer Tucker, or her cats, Zeus and Luna, Caitlin is passionate about the care she provides for her pets, and that is what brought her to Brook Farm in 2014.
Being a pet-owner herself, Caitlin knows that the care she provides to the animals staying at the Lodge at Brook Farm is critical to their well-being while they are away from home. Apart from health and safety though, Caitlin is careful to show each pet staying with us the tenderness she would show her own, so as to make them feel at home and at ease. Caitlin follows the actions of many anti-animal cruelty organizations, and is always looking to further her knowledge on how she can better the experiences of the cats and dogs that stay with us.
When not tending to her wards here at the Farm, Caitlin takes trips into New York City to frequent the various plays of Broadway. Although she had no problem stating that theLion King is her favorite of the Disney plays (of which she has seen them all), she stands firm that Rent is her all time favorite show, and one that she has seen again and again.
Those who work with Kevin call him the “dog whisperer,” and it couldn’t be truer. Kevin’s love for all creatures, great and small, emanates from his every action. Whether he’s comforting a nervous pet or assisting a colleague, Kevin is sure to bring a sense of calm to the situation.
As an Animal Care Assistant, Kevin is responsible for ensuring that each pet receives the love and attention that they need in order to feel comfortable during their stay. You might find him playing a rousing game of tug-of-war with one of our lodgers, or monitoring a patient in our treatment area as they recover from their surgery.
At home, Kevin enjoys being with his two lab mixes, Molly and Luke, and his cat, Annie. He also enjoys Mixed Martial Arts.
As an Animal Care Assistant, Dana enjoys being with each and every animal during their time of need. She looks forward to giving them love, care, and attention when they come in, and learning about new topics in the field. Dana looks forward to the day when she becomes a Veterinary Technician and makes an even greater impact by working with the veterinarian on more complex cases.
At home, Dana is passionate about makeup, fashion, music, yoga, and the outdoors. She loves spending time with her dog, Max, and Stella, her cat.
A career at Brook Farm Veterinary Center provides young professionals - as well as those new to the veterinary field - with the essential competencies needed to be successful in veterinary medicine. Most of these staff members will leave to gain additional experience or continue their education in the field, with some returning for our well-established internship program. We are proud to provide the support and foundation necessary for those taking their first steps in their career.