Dr. Alison Flanigan, DVM. is the practice owner of the Lake Placid Animal Hospital and a practicing veterinarian since 1999. She moved to the area in 2009 after summering in the ADK's for many years and opened the hospital in January of 2010. She shares her home with her husband, 3 children, 4 dogs and 1 cat. She feels that she was put on this earth to help animals. Her interests outside of veterinary medicine include yoga, skiing, mountain biking, cooking (and eating!) and quilting.
Dr. Gracey Frenette-Welsh, DVM. joined the Lake Placid Animal Hospital staff in 2016 after graduating from Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up in Saranac Lake and comes from a family with long ties to the Adirondacks. She shares her home with her husband and 4 German Shorthaired Pointers. She has a special interest in veterinary nutrition.
Courtney Sullivan, LVT- Head Veterinary Technician joined us in 2012 after graduating from SUNY Canton's Veterinary Technician program. She grew up in Vermontville, NY and went to Saranac Lake High School. She loves all of her dogs but the coonhounds are her favorite! Other than Ruth, she is the longest employee we have had, from starting in the kennel position and working her way up to where she is now.
Ruth Schmidt- Receptionist extraordinaire, consumate conversationalist and collective memory of the entire staff. Ruth has been with us since the doors opened in 2010. She will most likely be the voice you here when you call and will remember your name, your pet's name and what you were here for the last time you were in. She shares her home with her 2 cats, 3 dogs, her husband and her son and daughter.
Kait Coats- Vet Assistant. Kaitie started with us a couple years ago, took a small break then came back to join her favorite family! She started as a kennel technician, and worked her way into being able to do our assistant work! Kait still loves visiting with her doggy day care friends, but will be leaving in January to have a baby girl with her fiancé, Andrew. So you may be seeing her more often in the receptionist seat as her belly continues to grow!
Alexsas Brown- Kennel Technician. Alexsas is one of our 2 newest members in the Kennel. She graduated from Lake Placid HS in 2019. She is a very driven, hardworking girl who is always willing to go above and beyond. She enjoys playing outside with the daycare dogs, learning about some of the medical tasks we perform when she isn't busy with her boarders!
Israel Smith: Kennel Technician. Israel has been with the Lake Placid Animal Hospital since 2017. He enjoys spending time with dogs and shares his home with his rescue dog Dixie.
Daniel Foley-Kennel Technician. Daniel is one of the 2 newest members of our kennel staff. He just graduated from Saranac Lake HS in June 2019. He fits perfectly with our staff, and all the animals seem to have a special bond with his calm, cool, collected personality!
Roslyn McClatchie- Kennel Technician. Ros joined our staff in 2017. She recently graduated from Saranac Lake HS and will be starting nursing school in the fall. She shares her home with her cat and her dog.
Sam Kalilec- Kennel Technician. Sam started working with us in 2018. She is a local north country girl, who loves her Doggy Daycare as if they are her own, and is very passionate about the care of the animals whether they are here being hospitalized, boarding, or doggy daycare. She shares her home with her children, dogs, and cats.