Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Hopewell Animal Hospital in Hopewell Junction! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at (845) 221-PETS (7387) to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Kim Buchanan

Dr. Kim Buchanan received her undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in wildlife biology/mammology from Syracuse University. She went on to do Masters degree work at the University of Connecticut in Reproductive Toxicology/Animal Science. Kim is proud to call Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine her Doctoral Alma Mater. The Hudson Valley became her home immediately after Vet. school, when she began working at a mixed animal practice in Orange County. Dr. Buchanan eventually settled into primarily small animal medicine (with a few large animal clients still “in the wings”), pursuing advanced training in reproduction, dentistry, and traditional Chinese medicine (acupuncture, herbology, food therapy, & massage). Dr. Buchanan is the first member of our staff to become certified in Low Stress Handling, a practice very dear to her heart.  She loves the challenges, variety, interactions with people & their pets, and constant scientific innovation that veterinary medicine provides. Her biggest hope is that everyone’s experience at her hospital is a satisfying and rewarding one.

When not actually in the office, Kim enjoys building on her traditional chinese medical skills, practicing Qigong & Taichi, volunteering to help minimize local food insecurtity (ask her about Rescuing Leftover Cuisine and SNAP), and taking advantage of the multitude of activities the Hudson Valley has to offer. From hiking & canoeing to skiing & taking the train to NYC, all done with her wonderful family: Jerry Scheck, Riva, & Andrew. She also loved skating with the Hudson Valley Horrors Roller Derby team, and encourages anyone interested to check out The Hudson Valley Horrors Roller Derby Of course, she can’t discount hanging out with her own special gang of pets at home: Lucy, Ethel, Tidbit, Charlotte, Shirley, Marvin, and the chicken gang!

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Dr. Jerry Scheck

Dr. Jerry Scheck began his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida. He graduated in 1990 with a degree in Endangered Mammal Biology. For this degree, Jerry worked with the United States Department of the Interior on the Red Wolf reintroduction program in Manteo North Carolina. While there he documented and published the first article on parasitic infection in wild/reintroduced red wolves. Additionally, he did genetic testing on black bear populations in North Carolina and was lucky enough to help with the Florida Panther Recovery Program. Jerry then attended the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1994.

Jerry then joined his future wife Kim Buchanan in the Hudson Valley. After obtaining the post of Medical Director for a large mulitdoctor veterinary practice, Kim and Jerry opened their own practice at Hopewell Animal Hospital in 2008.

In 1995 Jerry became certified in veterinary acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and has been integrating complementary medicine into his practice since that time. In 2004, Jerry realized that some patients responded better to chiropractic manipulation and became certified by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Jerry and Kim are currently pursuing a certification in Chinese Herbal Medicine through the Chi Institute in Reddick Florida.

Dr. Scheck’s professional interests include complementary medicine, pain management, and hospice care.

When not in the office, Jerry enjoys spending time with Kim and their two great children. He enjoys running ( he has so far completed over 10 marathons and is working toward a “super” marathon–ask him about it!), hiking, skiing, reading, and cooking. Jerry is very active in his temple, Congregation Shir Chadash of the Hudson Valley, where he is immediate past president. Additionally, Jerry is the Past President of the Hudson Valley Veterinary Society. Other professional memberships include the American Veterinary Medical Association, International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.

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Dr.  Brooke Williams

Dr. Brooke Pizzola Williams grew up in the Hudson Valley and attended Dutchess Community College, where she received her AAS in Biology in 2012. After completing her undergraduate studies at Manhattan College, she obtained a BA in Biology in 2014. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree, she spent a few years working with animals of all shapes and sizes. She spent some time in Fort Lauderdale, FL working at a small animal hospital and assisting in research before starting veterinary school in “the swamp”. This proud Gator fan graduated from the incredible University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. During veterinary school, she completed additional certificate programs in shelter medicine and business management.

Dr. Williams studied at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where she received her certification in veterinary acupuncture in 2018. At the University of Florida, Dr. Williams has worked with a variety of interesting animals including a Florida Panther, Savannah cat, raccoon and several alpacas.

Dr. William’s has an interest in pocket pets and will be accepting appointments for small animals such as rabbits, hamsters, and ferrets.

Outside of work, her interests include painting, sewing, yoga and kayaking. She is married and has three fur-babies including her Cockapoo named Marley, Cocker Spaniel, Archie and orange tabby cat, Buddy. Dr. Williams loves learning and teaching, so don’t be afraid to ask questions!

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Dr. Leslie John

Dr. John is a great asset for us, filling in on Thursdays, and other days when needed!

Lori Dritz
Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Lori Dritz is a New York State Certified and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.

She earned her Master’s Degree (MSW) from the Hunter College Graduate School of Social Work, through the City University of New York (CUNY), in New York City, in 1983.

Lori’s duel concentrations were Clinical and Industrial Social Work which have provided her with a unique understanding of both personal and work-related issues that can be contributing factors for stress, anxiety and depression, as well as alcoholism and substance abuse.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University’s Sargent College of Allied Health Professions, graduating with honors.

Lori has been in private clinical practice for nearly 31 years, after working for the nation’s then largest EAP (Employee Assistance Program). She has a sub-specialty in Critical Incident work stemming from 9/11 and Newtown, Connecticut. She is regularly called by over a dozen EAP’s and other corporate accounts to service their CISD needs.

In addition, she was instrumental in helping to develop a local hospital-based program to combat 2nd Victims Syndrome in their ER department by assisting and supporting their physicians and nursing staff to “self-debrief” after treating traumas themselves.

In her private practice Lori specializes in working with individuals, couples, adolescents and families who are in transition and are experiencing anxiety, depression, alcohol and or substance abuse or have a family member with those difficulties. She continues to provide EAP and Trauma Response Services to a large number of corporate clients as well.

She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the New York State chapter of NASW and the International Association of Trauma Professionals.

Lori is married to her husband Ron for 33 years and they have a 29-year-old son Scott. She resides in Poughkeepsie., NY.

Vicki Bechtold
Director of Administration

Vicki is actually a Broadway star on sabbatical. Next time you are in the office, or have her on the phone, definitely ask her to regale you with some popular show tunes!


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Jessie Wilson
Director of Medical Services

“Jessie graduated from SUNY Delhi with a degree in Veterinary Technology. She worked as a Licensed Technician before deciding to grow her knowledge in the field. She obtained her degree in Veterinary Service Administration from SUNY Canton. She has a passion for caring for animals and bonding with their owners. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors and exploring new places.”

“Choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life”–Confucius


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Dana comes to HAH from an early retirement as a rodeo clown.  Her true passions are dodging bucking broncos and jumping into giant barrels.  Ask her how she accomplishes these feats with her nails of steel.


Yes, believe it or not, both of our receptionist are named Dana.  This makes it great when you call, because you only have to remember 1 name.  Of course, when you complement Dana, they both get acknowledgement.  Dana is a pitbull lover who loves to draw and do arts and crafts.  Ask her to make you a quick caricature!!  Dana shares her life with a pitbull named Sandy, aka psycho sandy and a lizard named…. wait for it…… Lizzy.

Allison Adams
Veterinary Technician

Graduated from SUNY Ulster Community with a degree in Veterinary Technology, and has been in the field for 3 years now. She enjoys working with small animals but is interested in learning or gaining more experience with large animals as well. In her spare time she likes to go hiking, horse back riding, snowboarding, camping, attend country concerts, and spend time at home with her 2 dogs (Zoe & Donny), and 2 cats (lilly & theo).

Veterinary Technician

Brianna is a Licensed Veterinary Technician from Newburgh NY.  She graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at SUNY Delhi and loves spending time with her family on her boat.  She enjoys zip lining, hiking and amusement parks.  She lives with 2 pugs Buster and  Dexter, and loves listening to their loud snoring at night.

Veterinary Technician

Yes, yet another Dana here at Hopewell Animal Hospital.  Dana is our newest licensed technician. Dana is a licensed veterinary technician who graduated from the Veterinary Technology program from SUNY Canton this past May.  She loves going to the beach, working out, and music.  She has always been an avid animal lover, and loves the field she is in.  She lives with her cross-eyed Siamese cat, Kelly, and her crazy Heeler-Coonhound mix, Riley.

Kathy Kraft
Veterinary Technician

Having graduated from the University of Cincinnati with an A.S. in Animal Health Technology many years ago – I guess you could say I’ve “been around the block a few times”!  I am thrilled to be a part of the team now at Hopewell Animal Hospital.

I have a special interest in animal behavior and using calming techniques to make every pet’s visit as stress free as possible.  You’ll often find me stroking and talking to our patients in soothing tones!

In my free time I enjoy going to dog shows, obedience trials and other dog sports with my Belgian Tervuren.  I am also a breeder but only have a very carefully planned litter every few years or so.  Although I don’t have one now, my other favorite breed is the Ibizan Hound.

In addition to my two dogs, one cat and two gerbils – I own a beautiful registered buckskin Half-Arabian horse named Holly.  Holly came into my life as a check off on my “bucket list”, fulfilling a childhood dream of owning my own horse. 

Veterinary Technician

Following a stressful career in e-commerce and e-marketing, Laura decided to return to her first love, caring for animals. She earned her associates degree in veterinary technology from San Juan College in New Mexico but her education will never stop.
She has a passion for holistic medicine and is interested in learning more about tui na and other TCVM modalities. Laura recently earned her Pet Nutrition Coach Certification. She is a strong advocate for bully breeds and wants to hug every blockhead she sees.
When not at work Laura spends her time outdoors kayaking, gardening, and practicing photography. She shares her home with Penny, the pitbull she raised from four weeks old, and Merlot, the aging Russian Blue.

Veterinary Assistant

Samantha is a very prolific aerial message writer. She comes from a long line of crop dusters, and chose to elevate crop dusting to the level of sky art. Unfortunately, her masterpieces get quickly blown away. However, if you keep your eye on the sky, you just might glimpse one someday!

Veterinary Assistant


Dawn grew up in the Inwood section of Manhattan and in the Bronx.  She moved to Dutchess County in 1983 and raised 2 great sons.  She has been a veterinary assistant since 1997 and became certified in 2002.  She loves working with animals and creating a lasting bond with their owners.  Another of her passions is being involved with BBQ for the Cure.  This is an annual fundraiser for childhood cancer.  She works closely with getting donations, making up baskets to be raffled off and supervises the food tables and serves food.  The proceeds are divided for St. Jude’s and another foundation such as the Jimmy Fund, Ty Campbell Foundation and Sloan Kettering.  In her spare time she likes to crochet, gardening, going to concerts and spending time with friends and her sons.  Dawn shares her home and heart with her 3 cats: Tailer, Radar and Phoebe.

General maintenance/Veterinary Assistant Emeritus

Andrew is a world traveler, or at least cross country, and has taken a leave of absence to attend college.  His parents are ecstatic, (even if they have to pay for it).  Andrew will be studying physics and plans to prove Einstein and Newton (not the fig) wrong.


Our black and white house cat came to us one very cold and rainy day, wet and scared, she was left out front in a cardboard box.

She enjoyed a great life here at HAH, really enjoying tormenting dogs that disliked cats! She holds a special place in all our hearts and will be forever missed.

Resident playboy

Oliver has come to live with us at Hopewell Animal Hospital. He is a real character, and has stolen the hearts of not only the staff, but also his large Facebook following! He loves napping, begging for snacks, and belly rubs. Be sure to give him a pat when you’re here–it’s good luck!