Meet the Staff

Our mission is to ensure every pet we meet is happy and healthy.


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When you bring your pet to The Moriches Hospital for Animals, you can rest assured it is in good hands. One of the reasons we are the best veterinary hospital on Long Island is thanks to our exceptional staff. Read our biographies below to learn more about the people whose mission to provide the best care for your pet.



Licensed Veterinary Technician

Heather graduated Westhampton Beach High School and then attended the State University of New York at Delhi where she obtained her A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology in 2008. We were lucky to have her join us in March of 2009. Heather worked for us until October of 2011 when she decided to relocate to Colorado. She did eventually return to New York and then in 2013 to work for us part-time. After a few years, Heather decided to return to the Moriches Hospital for Animals on a full-time basis. Yeah for us! Heather is the rock upon which our veterinarians rely. She is also heading the technician activities for our Veterinary Stem Cell Therapy practice.

Heather is owned by her tow dogs and three cats. Duke is a stately senior Vizsla. Moose is an exquisitely athletic, tall Rottweiler with a goofy personality. Zephyre is a grey tabby cat. Waffles is a beautiful cream and orange sherbet Siamese flame point male cat. He is very friendly and loving. Rupert is the youngster of the family and terrorizes everyone. He is an orange tabby and complements the Waffles quite well.

Ollie Doodle, her male cat, has since passed on but will always remain in our memories as the sweet at who always responded to “Kitty Kitty Meow Meow.”



Veterinary Assistant

Michael has worked at The Moriches Hospital for Animals since 2008. Michael is a very gentle and warm person whom all our clients love. His favorite part about his job is seeing a client’s beloved pet get better, especially when “the odds” are against them. Pets have taught him many things over the years. One of the most important lessons to Michael is that dogs and cats don’t feel sorry for themselves. They are always happy and willing to love you.

Michael has three pets of his own, Jack, a 12 year old Jack Russell terrier who rules the roost; Carl, a 5 year old tuxedo cat, and Scully, a 4 year old tortoise shell female cat. Jack is always up for playtime. He loves going to the beach, going for walks or riding in the car. His favorite toys are balls and bones. Carl loves to nap and is the dedicated lap cat. Scully loves to watch the world outside through the window. She loves to be petted, but only if it is on her terms. She is the perfect queen!



Veterinary Assistant

Vinny began working with Dr. Lynch in 2001, and already had about 14 years experience at that time. He has been a veterinary assistant since he was 18 years old. Vinny’s favorite part of his job is assisting Dr. Lynch while he performs surgeries. Vinny enjoys seeing the results of those surgeries, especially when the pet is able to walk better. Dogs and cats can recover so fast.

Vinny’s best friend is Red, a 6 year old Shepherd Mix with the cutest personality. When Vinny is not working at the hospital, he enjoys all sorts of construction work, from roofing to tiling. While he is working, Vinny helps to maintain the hospital and even did a lot of the renovation work. Vinny’s favorite time is the time spent with his children, a new baby boy, a stepson and a daughter.



Kennel Assistant / Pet Whisperer / Receptionist

Kathy joined us in 2009 and immediately took charge of the kennels and caring for our patients and boarders. She has been working with animals since she was old enough to have a job at 14 years of age. Kathy is a dog whisperer; she has a knack for becoming best friends with dogs with a “reserved” nature. She loves to earn the love of her doggie boarders and patients and to get lots of smooches! Kathy sometimes helps the receptionists and loves meeting all the owners of her patients, but she loves most being with our patients and boarders in the kennel.

The most rewarding part of Kath’s job is providing the nursing care that our patients need, and seeing them happily reunited with their owners. Kathy is vigilant in watching our patients and boards and quick to bring any needs to the attention of our doctors. Her experience and vigilance ensures that our patients recover as soon as possible. Kathy loves to “Save the world one paw at a time!”

Kathy adopted Hashmir, a Maine Coon cat. He is a big, fluffy, 17 lb. ball of fur. Hashmir is reclusive and can be spiteful, but he is the best kitty ever. He causes no trouble, unlike his adopted brother Kryll.

Kryll is Domestic Short Hair street cat, that she rescued from a box left on the street. He is a mischievous little trouble maker, but is sweet and loves to cuddle.



Kennel Assistant

James is a high school student, who expresssed an interest in veterinary medicine.  He started with us in 2018.  He mostly works Saturdays, but does fill in when he is not attending school.

James has a cocker spaniel named Daisy and a cat named Kitty.



Kennel Assistant

Kim joined our clinic in 2016. Kim graduated with Bachelors in Business Management and an associates in Photography Imaging. Having a love for animals led Kim to working with sick and injured birds and wildlife. Having worked with injured animals led Kim to realize her true passion is to work at an animal hospital. On Kim’s spare time she volunteers at Long Island aquarium, spending time with her cats and walks with her dog Coco. Kim has 5 cats : Maya, Skyy, Stormy, Smokey and Gidget and she also has one dog – Coco.



CFO and Paperwork Pusher

Leslie Lynch is the boss’s wife, but the staff likes to tease that she is the “real boss.” She is an attorney and so has been the head of the Paperwork Department since she married Dr. Lynch. You might not see her at the hospital. Since she is married to the boss, she works behind the scenes and doesn’t keep regular hours. She is however the expert reader, researcher, and writer for the practice and available to the boss 24/7. She loves her job; she loves filling out forms, organizing information, things and people. The most rewarding part of her job is a happy boss who is free to do what he likes to do… taking care of pets and their people.

Leslie is top dog to Logan, her and Dr. Lynch’s Irish Terrier, and queen to her two male cats Tibby and Gregory. Tibby is a perfectly symmetrical tuxedo cat with white gloves, spats, and shirt. He was rescued when he was “one pound” old. Gregory is a beautiful silvery grey love bug of a cat… so loving that he is sometimes a pest. Gregory was adopted when he was a year and one half pound old (and unaltered!) to rescue Lynchs from Tibby. Tibby’s real name is Tiberius, the idea being that giving him a cute nickname might help calm his fierceness. Gregory is also called Yuri by Lynchs’ son Connor and his friends, since they fondly think of him as a Russian Blue. His full name is Yuri Gregory LynchO’Vich.




Dee has been working with Dr. Lynch since 1989. She is very knowledgeable and has trained all our receptionists. She has a lot of her own pets: 3 dogs, Mya, Minnie, and Gibbs, a bird and 4 snakes! Mya is an 8 year old Standard Poodle. She is super smart and a great watch dog. Minnie is a 7 year old Miniature Poodle and is Dee’s very own special love. Gibbs is the youngest dog. He is a Maltese and only a year and a half old. Gibbs is very loving and goofy. Shelden is Dee’s 4 year old Cockatiel, that loves to play with her family. Dee also has two Corn Snakes and two Garter Snakes.



Receptionist / Office Manager

Christi joined our animal clinic in 2011. Before joining us she worked at an animal shelter for two years and grew up with horses. Animals have always been her passion an she knew from a young age she wanted to do something she could help them. Christi loves being able to help animals that are sick or hurt. She loves to help them feel better and to see the look of the owners’ faces when they get their pet back healthy and happy.

Christi’s best friend is Roxanne, a 5 year old pit-bull mix. Roxanne is spunky, fun, and loves to cuddle and give kisses. She adopted Roxanne from the shelter at two months old. Roxanne loves to go swimming at the beach and go for long walks, play fetch, but she also likes to lounge on the couch and sleep upside down.




Mary joined The Moriches Hospital for Animals in 2009. She loves to see pets reunited with their families. Mary loves to see our patients leave happy and healthy.

Mary has three dogs, Romeo, Snip and Georgia. Romeo is a mushy, super affectionate, huge bull of a 4 year old pit-bull terrier. Romeo loves people, belly rubs and cuddling. Snip is a 15 year old Jack Russel Terrier and the most loyal member of the family. Last, but not least, is Georgia. She is a 12 year old Jack Russell Terrier. She is very independent and a little bit bossy.




Colleen has been a receptionist with the animal hospital since 2007. She has previously worked for us before her family moved down south for a number of years. Colleen had her own nursery business and still tends to the flowers at the hospital.