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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 preventative care. Dr. Harlec enjoys rock climbing with her husband and their rescues, an Australian cattle dog named Casey and a cute NVH-adopted kitten 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 a Lab, a chihuahua and a bald cat.

Dr. Jami Landry

Dr. Jami Landry graduated from Cornell University’s Veterinary school after many years of working as a licensed veterinary technician.  She has an interest in emergency medicine and surgery.  Dr. Landry enjoys helping stray animals abroad with her non-profit FARVets as well as hiking with her husband and three dogs.

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.


Mike has been with us since August 2003 when he was hired as a kennel assistant. Since then, he has earned B.B.A. in Veterinary Technology Management from SUNY Delhi and now is a Manager at NVH. In the future he would like to pursue a Master’s degree in business.


Kristin 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 four cats, Joy, Angus, Sophie & Lou – E. Other than working, Melissa also enjoys hiking, camping and snowmobiling.


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. She has three cats; B+, Pinky and Rillie.

Licensed Veterinary Technicians


Jennifer has been with us since 2005. She graduated from Murray State College in Oklahoma with her Veterinary Technician Degree and has been working with animals since. When not working Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Reception Staff


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


Deb is our Resort Supervisor and has been with us since November 2017. Born and raised in the area; she has 4 rescue dogs & shares her life with her partner Jeff and 3 children. In her free time Deb likes to hike, kayak and listen to live music.


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. 


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.


Laly joined the NVH team in May 2018. A jack of all trades you will see her everywhere from our resort, to treatment area, rooms and reception. Before joining our team she was a groomer for six years. Laly has two dogs and enjoys cooking in her free time. 


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.