Meet our Team


Dr. Victor Dasaro

Dr. Victor Dasaro is the medical director of NVH. With more twenty years of experience in veterinary medicine, he remains dedicated to the “old style” school of veterinary care. He enjoys interacting with pet owners and their companions. Dr. Dasaro has a special interest in ultrasound, avian, and exotic medicine as well as surgery.

Dr. Erica Harlec

Dr. Erica Harlec graduated from Cornell University’s Veterinary school, and loves working in general practice. She has an interest in geriatric medicine and dental care. Dr. Harlec enjoys rock climbing with her husband and children and spending time with their rescues; a Lab mix named Summer and a cute NVH-adopted cat Huck.

Dr. Ellen Friedman

Dr. Ellen Friedman has been co-owner of NVH since 1993. She has a special interest in geriatric feline practice, although she enjoys caring for her canine patients as well. She also enjoys pocket pet medicine and surgery. She has been married to Dr.Dasaro since 1979 and shares her house with 2 Labs, as well as multiple orange cats and a gray parrot.

Dr. Melissa Flanagan

Dr. Melissa Flanagan may look familiar! She worked at NVH for six years before she headed off to a veterinary school. She is happy to return to her veterinary roots. In her spare time, Dr. Flanagan enjoys spending time with her 2 sons, her husband, and baking. Also a mom to 3 dogs, 2 bald cats, bearded dragons and a turtle!

Dr Carolyn Steinbeiser

Dr Carolyn Steinbeiser originally from New Hampshire, did her undergrad and tech school at Becker College (Worcester, MA) and worked as a Veterinary Technician in MA then vet school at St. George’s University in Grenada and Clinical year at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Special veterinary interests include: Wildlife and exotic companion animal medicine, surgery and clinical nutrition. Outside of work she enjoys: Traveling, SCUBA diving, cooking and hiking with my dogs. Animals include two Grenadian pothounds, Matilda and Puffin, a cat named Mush and a Turtle named Brick.

Dr. Nicole Toso

Dr. Nicole Toso

Dr. Nicole Toso graduated from Ross university school of Veterinary Medicine and did her clinical rotations at Cornell university. She has a special interest in surgery, but enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine! She enjoys playing video games and spending time with her boyfriend, her dog Zoey, and her cat Albus.

Dr. Ruby Turner

Dr. Ruby Turner graduated from Ross University and completed her clinical rotations at Purdue University. She enjoys working in general practice but has a special place in her heart for shelter animals. When not at the clinic she enjoys reading and spending time with her two Kittitian kitties, Maxible and Lena, her partner and his cat Fox. 

Management Staff


Dora has been part of the NVH team since 2006 and is our office manager. You might recognize her as Sally’s care giver. When not taking care of Sally she spends her time with her husband, daughters, and yellow Lab Vienna who she fosters for Guiding Eyes For The Blind.


Eibhlin is our Pet Resort manager. She has been in the animal care field since 2016. She’s always had a love of animals & became a certified pet groomer in 2017. She enjoys hiking and spending time outside w her dogs & cat in her free time.


Fumi is our Veterinary Medicine Researcher who came from Japan and has been with us since May 2005. She earned her B.B.A. in Veterinary Technology Management from SUNY Delhi. Fumi’s numerous research projects are essential to our operations and helps us maintain a state of the art Veterinary Hospital. 


Kris has been part of the NVH team since 2007 and is our hospital coordinator. She has a B.S. from Mercy College in Behavioral Sciences and has over twenty years of experience in the veterinary field. 


Melissa has been part of the NVH team since May 2006 and is our primary outpatient coordinator. Her love of animals makes this an ideal job for her. Melissa shares her life with her husband, Jimmy, their German Shepherd Raine and their 3 cats, Angus, Sophie & Lou – E. Other than working, Melissa also enjoys hiking, camping and snowmobiling.

Reception Staff


Christine is our spotlight staff member this week. Christine is one of our receptionists, and has been with us for a year. She has 2 dogs; Lilli and Gracie, and 1 cat Olivia. In her spare time she enjoys reading, and is a diehard NY Jets fan.


Fran has been a part of our team since 2003. Besides working at NVH Fran owns an art business. She also wrote and illustrated a children’s book which was published in 2008. She has 2 cats and a horse.

Veterinary Technician Assistants & Resort


Kim moved here from Texas and majored in wildlife ecology at LSU. She joined the NVH team in February 2013. Kim enjoys the outdoors, playing the violin and spending time with her kitties.


Donna majored in environmental science at Nassau Community College. She has worked in the Veterinary Health field for over 26 years. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors with her husband, their horse and mischievous cat. 


Suzie is a part of our Resort team. She comes to us with years of experience working at an animal shelter. When she is not busy at our resort she enjoys being outdoors.