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Dr. Gary Dattner graduated from Cornell University in 1989. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, New York State Veterinary Medicine Association, Long Island Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Dr. Dattner has completed continuing education courses and regularly attends the North American Veterinary Conference. He has a special interest in Bio Stem Cell Therapy and Orthopedics.  
 
 
  Back to top Dr. David Alan Kolins graduated from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Association of Avian Veterinarians, Association of Reptile Amphibian Veterinarians, Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, Association of Wildlife Veterinarians, New York State Veterinary Association and the Long Island Medical Association. He has a special interest in Exotics, Specialty Reptiles and Chemotherapy.  
 
 
  Back to top Dr. Mara DiGrazia graduated from Cornell University in 1996. She completed a small animal medicine and surgical internship at Oradell AnimalHospital in 1997. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, New York State Veterinary Medical Association, and Long Island Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. DiGrazia has special interests in veterinary ultrasound and small animal ophthalmology. She was recently credited for supplying all Nassau County Fire Departments with animal oxygen masks through HELP Animals, Inc.  
 
 
  Back to top Dr. Joseph I. Deme graduated from the University of Veterinary Sciences at Budapest, Hungary, in 1988. He has completed many local monthly continuing education courses. Dr. Deme is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and completed one year of clinical experience at Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Joseph I. Deme is now heading up our team at our new location, the Mineola Animal Hospital, opened October 2008.  
 
 
  Back to top Dr. Julia M. Harmon graduated from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. Dr. Harmon has a particular interest in internal medicine, general surgery, and new pet welfare. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, the New York State Veterinary Medical Association, and the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association. In addition, Dr. Harmon is a contributor to the Veterinary Information Network.  
 
 
  Back to top Dr. Charlene Merritt graduated from the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom in 2009. She then completed a rotating internship in small animal internal medicine, emergency and critical care, oncology and surgery at the Animal Hospital Specialty Center in 2011. Dr. Merritt is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the New York State Veterinary Medical Association, the Colorado State Veterinary Association and a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. She has special interests in infectious disease, neurology, dentistry and pathology.  
 
 
  Back to top Dr. Lynn Santora graduated from Ross University with a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, and afterward completed a small animal internship at The Center for Specialized Veterinary Care. Prior to becoming a veterinarian, Dr. Santora worked as a registered nurse at Stony Brook University Hospital. In addition to being a member of the American Veterinary Medical Associates, the New York Veterinary Society, and the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association, she has received numerous awards including Outstanding Performance in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, and the Banfield Human-Animal Bond Award.  
 
 
  Back to top Dr. Lorraine Socci joined our newest hospital, Mineola Animal Hospital in October of 2008, heading up our team there with Dr Joseph I. Deme. Dr. Socci graduated from Cornell University in 1983. She is a member of the American Medical Association, New York State Veterinary Medical Association, and attends yearly continuing education conferences. She has a special interest in emergency medicine shelter medicine.  
 
 
  Back to top Dr. Jennifer Steiger joined our staff in July 2008. She is a graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, completing her clinical year at Auburn University, Alabama. Dr. Steiger is a Magna Cum Laude member of the National Honor Society, and active member of NYSVMA, LIVMA and AVMA. She has a special interest in Dermatology and Stem Cell Therapy.  
 
 
  Back to top Dr. Marielle Penyy graduated from Cornell University in 2010. She then completed a small animal medicine and surgical internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in 2011. Dr. Penyy is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and attends yearly continuing education conferences. She has a special interest in emergency and feline medicine. She joined Garden City Park Animal Hospital in September 2012, and we are so proud to have her as part of our team!  
 
 
 

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Dr. Joseph Silverman started working at Garden City Park Animal Hospital in 2003 as first a kennel worker, and then as a veterinary assistant. In 2009, he left GCPAH to pursue his veterinary dream. Dr. Silverman went to Ross University of Veterinary Medicine and did his clinical year at Cornell Universtiy School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Silverman's well-rounded education has created a fondness for many fields of medicine, cardiology, internal medicine and surgery, to name a few. We are all so pleased to have Dr. Silverman back at Garden City Park Animal Hospital and a part of the team again!  
 
 
 

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Dr. Janice Huang attended St.George's University - School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada and graduated in 2007. She did her 4th clinical year at Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine followed by an internship at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists in NYC. Dr. Huang started working for Garden City Park Animal Hospital in the kennel before she decided to go to Vet School. We sure were proud of her when she graduated vet school and came on board as a doctor!  

           

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