Storybook Farm Veterinary Hospital
634 Rowley Road
Victor, NY 14564
We believe what sets Storybook Farm Veterinary Hospital apart from other animal care facilities is our people. We have assembled a great team of caring and talented animal lovers who treat every patient as if it were their own pet. Our team acts as your partner in your pet's care, throughout every life stage.
Let's meet our staff ...
Dr. Earl "Skip" Adams, DVM
Dr. Adams decided when he was 10 years old that he wanted to be a veterinarian. He worked as a kennel kid at the previous Storybook Farm practice site in Bushnell’s Basin during his high school and college years. He has been a veterinarian at Storybook since 2001. He has been married to his wife Jen since 1994 and they have six children. They have a small hobby farm with sheep, llamas, alpacas, ponies, chickens, rabbits, cats and a dog. At Storybook, Dr. Adams not only cares for dogs and cats but also exotics such as rabbits, birds and reptiles.
Dr. Stefan Giles, DVM
Dr. Giles started saying he wanted to be a veterinarian when he was about 8 years old. Growing up on a "hobby" farm in the Southern Tier, he learned a lot animals by helping his father tend a small herd of beef cows, several horses, and assorted pigs and lambs over the years.
Dr. Giles met his wife Kathy during his senior year at Cornell University. They dated during his first year at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine - since Kathy never got squeamish during their Friday night dates in the lab, they got married the following summer! They now have 2 children and a blue merle collie named Thunder.
Dr. Giles graduated from Cornell's vet school in 1990 and started that same summer at Storybook Farm. He is quite unusual in the fact that he has only ever practiced at Storybook Farm ... but he truly loves all the opportunities in the Rochester area and the way our clients embrace the practice of quality preventative medicine. Dr. Giles classifies himself as a true general practitioner in that he enjoys all areas of veterinary medicine.
Dr. Ann Lill, DVM
Dr. Ann Lill is the proud owner of Storybook Farm Veterinary Hospital. She built the current hospital location on Rwoley Road in 1985 and opened its doors for business on Septmember 9th. Since opening at this location, Storybook Farm has been an important part of the Victor landscape, serving clients and their pets from Victor and the surrounding greater Rochester and Finger Lakes area. The reputation for providing up-to-date and comprehensive care for domesticated companion animals that grew out of Dr. Lill's commitment and passion has kept the practice thriving as the area around it grew and changed. Dr. Lill has built a team of dedicated and talented staff to help carry out her vision to provide the best care possible for our patients on a daily basis. On her own "farm", Dr. Lill shares her life with many pets and farm animals that keep her busy. She is also very involved with school and community activies with her husband, Chuck, and their 4 children.
Dr. Mary "Mimi" Lodge, DVM
Born Mary Lodge, Dr. Lodge can't remember a time she wasn't known as "Mimi". She was one of those kids that always knew what she wanted to be when she grew up - a veterinarian. First with an aquarium, then with the "best little white dog a kid could have", then a tempermental chestnut horse named "Gem", Dr. Lodge ended up on the path to the Animal Science department at the University of Delaware. Summers and weekends were divided between kennel work, a race track, and the Heifer Project International's ranch in AK.
Coming to Cornell for veterinary school was a dream come true for Dr. Lodge. The broad education prepared her for the 1st four years of her career in a mixed animal practice in Logan, Utah caring for "all creatures great and small". sadly, since there were no dairy farms on the outskirts of Boston, so during the next 2 years, she narrowed her focus to companion animals. Dr. Lodge came to Storybook in 1988 and she continues to enjoy small animal care, especially surgery and the concept of wellness care.
More than anything though, Dr. Lodge enjoys living in and raising her family in the Victor community, with her husband (a professor at RIT) and her two kids. Her pet family currently consists of 1 dog and 3 cats.
Dr. Karen Smith, DVM
Dr. Karen Smith has been a member of the Storybook Farm veterinary staff since July 1995. She graduated from Cornell University. Her special skills and training in chiropractic care and preventative medicine make her an invaluable member of the Storybook team. Dr. Smith enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, especially lab work-ups and practicing preventative medicine. She also enjoys being our tour coordinator and loves introducing young minds to the joys of a career working with animals.
Dr. Smith is very involved in dog agility and obedience training. She currently shares this love with her 2 German Shepherds. In her free time, she also enjoys spending time with her friends and being outdoors hiking and exploring area trails with her dogs.
Dr. Herbert Bandemer, DVM
Dr. Herbert Bandemer, affectionately known as "Dr. B", was a treasured member of the Storybook Farm family since he founded the hospital in 1960. Dr. B provided a valuable and much-needed service caring for both pets and their owners in the growing suburbs South and East of Rochester. Dr. B, a World War II veteran, passed away on October 7th, 2008, but remains beloved by the public for his many years of caring professional service as well as his past involvement in various groups and organizations. His wife, Dorothy, lives in Canandaigua and continues to remain active in the community.
Nataleigh Chapman, LVT
Nataleigh started working at Storybook Farm as a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 1996 after graduating from SUNY Delhi, where she earned her degree in Veterinary Technology. Nataleigh loves assisting in surgery, especially administering and monitoring anesthesia. She also enjoys following up on surgical cases and answering post-op questions and concerns that owners may have. Nataleigh and her husband Michael live in Canandaigua where they share their home with their 3 children and a beloved cat, Jazzy.
Linda Dreier, LVT
Linda began her Technician career later than most. After raising her 4 children, she decided to pursue her first love - veterinary health care. She worked 2 years in the kennel at Storybook Farm, developing animal handling skills and observing the work of the Doctors and Technicians. Linda returned full time to the college scene at Alfred State in 2001, then rejoined the Storybook Farm staff as an LVT in 2003. Linda feels that acquiring her technician license was an excellent choice. Veterinary medicine is a challenging field of work, and she enjoys learn new things every single day-sometimes from co-wokers, and often from the patients and clients whom she serves. Besides the direct interaction with her loveable patients, she especially enjoys talking with their families - sharing important information and helping to work through health concerns and other issues.
At day's end, Linda heads to Bristol where she and Rick share their home with Spot, Moonshine, Opal and the little Hobo. Linda likes to say "The paperwork says we have rescued them, but the reality is that they have rescued us, keeping us laughing, loving and living well every day!"
Tracey Fancher, LVT
Tracey started working at Storybook in 1986 as a kennel assistant in our boarding facility. She managed the kennel for 2 years prior to attending SUNY Delhi to receive her degree in Veterinary Technology in 1997. Tracey also holds a bachelor's degree in biology from SUNY Oswego. In addition to working as a Licensed Veterinary Technician, she is responsible for purchasing and inventory of hospital supplies. Tracey lives in Fairport with Owen, a Golden Retriever and Emmitt an orange tiger, polydactyl (extra toes) cat.
Julia Tice, LVT
Julia is a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She graduated from Fairport High School in 2003 and received her Veterinary Technician Degree from Alfred in 2006. An aspect of veterinary medicine that Julia especially enjoys is educating our clients on preventative medicine and assisting owners with concerns they may have regarding their pets health.
Julia lives in Fairport with her husband Matt and shares her home with 2 Golden Retreivers, Bree and Lucas. In her free time she enjoys watching movies and spending time on the Jersey shore with her family and friends.
Christa Tuttle, LVT
Christa has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician since graduating from Delhi College in 1990 and joined the Storybook team in October 1991. She grew up living on a dairy farm in Western New York as the youngest of 8 children. Christa foundly remembers many hours of tagging along after the vets who frequented the farm, and even riding along with them on calls. Her mother was ever patient with her menagerie of pets, and other creatures Christa continually brought home!
Christa shares her life with her husband, Dan, and three daughters - Elizabeth, Rebekah, and Lydia. Marcie Rose, their yellow lab and two cats, Hazel Nut and Pearl Jam, complete the family. While Christa enjoys gardening, camping, knitting, singing, creative writing, WWll history, and organizing anything, she spends most of her time homeschooling her daughters.
Kelly Whitmore, LVT
Kelly started working at Storybook Farm in May of 1988. She is a Licensed Veterinary Technician, with a degree from SUNY Delhi. Kelly works part-time since she is very busy at home raising three young sons (and her dog, Jethro, too). She and her husband Cameron live in Bloomfield and love outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends. Kelly also enjoys gardening and cooking in her spare time.
Gretchen Draper, LVT
Gretchen began working at Storybook Farm in 2010 as Kennel Manager. She graduated from SUNY Oswego in 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in Zoology, got her degree in Veterinary Technologuy from San Juan College in 2012, and is now a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Gretchen lives in Macedon with her husband, Ken. They share their lives with 2 dogs- Summer, a Standard Poodle, and Lyric, a resuce Lab Mix- and 2 cats Potter and Weasley. In her free time Gretchen enjoys dog agility with Lyric.
Our Kennel Team
Jennifer Beck graduated from Canandaigua High School in 1996. She attended R-M Womans College in Lynchburg, VA and graduated with a B.S. in Biology in 2000. She started as a full-time kennel attendant in July of 2000. Jen lives with 3 Whippets and one cat. When she is not busy with her work responsibilities, Jen can be found lure coursing the whippets or training her horses Goober and Mirror for endurance trail rides. They have traveled to several different states to participate in these grueling long distance rides. It is a passion they love to share with other equine enthusiasts. In her free time, Jen is an avid reader.
Kevin is a member of our kennel staff. He is pursuing his degree at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY . He is very involved in sports, especially soccer and recently received his referee license.
Kathy Hartigan (Mueller), LVT, Business Manager
Kathy has been an employee of Storybook Farm Veterinary Hospital since May 29, 1989. She started her career at Storybook Farm as a Licensed Veterinary Technician. After several years, she began managing the front desk, a position she held until January 2006. Kathy is now the Business Manager and is enjoying the many challenging responsibilities that come with the position. Kathy is a graduate of SUNY Canton and St. John Fisher College. Kathy lives in Fairport, NY with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Vinnie, and her cat.
Kristin joined the Storybook Farm team as a receptionist in June, 2009. She currently resides in Penfield with her husband, Brent, who is a teacher (and a photographer - he provided some of the photos for our new site). They share their lives with 4 cats, and a Sheltie named Wyatt. Kristin and Brent both enjoy photography in their spare time and you can see some or their work hanging in the exam rooms at the hospital.
Jeni was a wonderful employee at Storybook for many years. She passed away May 15, 2009 after a 5 year battle with cancer. Jeni's memory will live on in our hearts and minds and the beautiful memorial garden we have planted on the grounds. Her smile and bubbly personality will never be forgotten.