Meet the Staff
Our mission is to ensure every pet we meet is happy and healthy.
When you bring your pet to The Moriches Hospital for Animals, you can rest assured they are 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.
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 and she knew from a young age she wanted to do something she could to help them. Christi loves being able to help animals that are sick or hurt. She loves to see the positive impact on the owners when they get their happy, healthy pet back after hospitalization.
Christi recently lost her best friend of 8 years, Roxanne. She was a spunky, fun cuddlebug who loved to give out kisses. After Roxanne’s passing, Christi found a new friend in Daisy. Not only does Daisy resemble Roxanne, her cow-spotted pitbull, physically, but with her energy and loving personality Christi knows that she has found a dog that embodies the spirit everyone loved so much about Roxanne. Although hesitant at first, Daisy is loving her new home life.
Dee has been working with Dr. Lynch since 1989. She is very knowledgeable and has trained all our receptionists. She has a full house with 3 dogs, Maverick, Minnie, and Gibbs, and a bird! Maverick is a 1 year old Standard Poodle. He is a baby at heart and has a lot of energy. He loves to run and play and is full of personality. He needs lots of exercise and loves to go for long walks. Minnie is a senior Miniature Poodle and is Dee’s very own special love. She tries to keep the boys in line but definitely has her work cut out for her! Gibbs is the former baby of the group until Maverick came along. He is a 5 year old maltese. Gibbs is very loving and goofy. Shelden is Dee’s Cockatiel, that loves to play with her family.
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, Georgia, and Luna. Romeo is a mushy, super affectionate, huge bull of a 6 year old pit-bull terrier. Romeo loves people, belly rubs and cuddling. Then there’s Georgia, a 12 year old Jack Russell Terrier. She is very independent and a little bit bossy. Luna is the newest member of Mary’s family, and is living up to her name.
Colleen originally became a receptionist with the animal hospital in 1981. After she moved down south for a number of years, Colleen rejoined us in 1999. After a few hiatuses she has been with us without break since 2007. We always tease that you can never leave us! Colleen had her own nursery business and still tends to the flowers at the hospital. She now enjoys a beautiful home on the water where she loves to relax with her tea. Although, she does not get much down time with 3 daughters and 5 grand babies that always keep her running around!
Colleen has 2 dogs, Bella and Groot. Bella is a beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog and Groot the most adorable Morkie you’ll ever meet! They are both young and love to run and play. They always enjoy spending time outside and keeping an eye on the 6 chickie babies! The 6 gorgeous chickens are the luckiest chickies on the block with a great lighthouse coupe Colleen’s husband, Rick, built for them.
Jackie joined us as a part-time receptionist after spending the last ten years in the legal field as a court reporter. COVID-19 caused a surge in appointments and a change in procedure; Jackie quickly stepped up to full-time. Joining the team at the Moriches Hospital for Animals allows Jackie to work closer to home, as well as spend more time with her favorite creatures – dogs.
Originally from Freeport, Jackie now lives in Moriches with her husband, and two dogs, and five chickens. Huckleberry and Blueberry, their two dogs, are young boys who love to run around and have fun. Blueberry is their newest addition and Huckleberry is showing him the ropes. Huckleberry loves to go paddleboarding with his mom and dad, and Jackie can’t wait to see how Blueberry does his first time this summer!
Jessika joined our team in July 2020. She joined us because she loves animals and was looking for a career where she could help them. Milo is the newest member of her family. He is an energetic pup she adopted from the shelter. He is currently learning his manners as he grows up and keeping Jess on her toes! He loves to run and play fetch in the yard.
Nicki joined our team September 2021. She is a passionate animal lover that has 3 furry family members of her own. Apollo is a young, playful Great Dane who relies on his sister Ruby for courage. Ruby is a young English Mastiff who loves everyone and is very happy to steal the affection from her shy brother Apollo! Nicki’s newest edition is Dublin, another Great Dane, who she rescued from a family who could no longer care for him.
The only thing bigger than Nicki’s dogs is her heart! She is a valued edition to our team who brings compassion and love to all the animals every day.
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 two dogs and three cats. Moose is an exquisitely athletic, tall Rottweiler with a goofy personality. Gruff is a fun-loving juvenile Vizsla. Zephyr is a grey tabby cat who lives for the adventure outdoors. Waffles is a beautiful cream and orange sherbet Siamese flame point male cat. He is very friendly and loving. Mango is the youngster of the family, but is fitting in very nicely. 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 cat who always responded to “Kitty Kitty Meow Meow.”
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 four pets of his own, Jack, a 12 year old Jack Russell terrier who rules the roost; Carl, a 5 year old tuxedo cat, Scully, a 4 year old tortoise shell female cat and Charlie a 4 year old Peek-a-poo. Jack and Charlie are always up for playtime. They love going to the beach, going for walks or riding in the car. Their 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!
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.
Hilary joined our clinic in January of 2020 after years of working as an office manager for her family’s medical supply company. Hilary looks forward to each encounter she will experience with every patient. From an early age, Hilary cultivated empathy and compassion for animals though her experiences with dogs, cats, and horses. She grew up with dogs and was a competitive rider when she was in school.
Now, Hilary lives with her husband, and three Teacup Yorkies: Cori, Blu, and Murf, and a rescue kitten named Silas. Her Yorkies may be tiny in stature, but they have lots of personality. Silas likes to take control of the 3 Yorkies and has quickly taken his spot as ruler of the household.
When you step into Hilary’s backyard, you enter her own little farm! Here she has Remy and Lucky her two mini horses and 3 chickens!
Hana joined our team July 2020. She has been an excellent addition and is wonderful with the animals. She has 2 dogs of her own and she loves them so much she wanted to work with them.
When Hana is not working here at the animal hospital she is a volunteer for the ambulance.
Erika joined us in September 2020. When she isn’t working here she is showing dogs. She has 7 of her own; Percy, Fizzy, Bailey, Striker, Slugger, Willy and Honey. She shows all of her dogs, although some of them have since been retired. They all love to run in the yard and are very active. Percy loves the beach and has even been to Westminster dog show twice!
James is currently attending his first year of school at Rhode Island College. He started with us in high school and will continue to work with us whenever he is home from school on breaks. He will be studying Biology in hopes of being accepted into a veterinary medicine program in the future. We are sad to see him go, but we are hoping he will join us as a doctor one day.
James has always had a love for animals. He grew up with a horse named Simon, two dogs Jake and Daisy, and a cat named Kitty. He loves spending time at the barn with his horse when he has some free time. Kitty is a big fan of lounging around at the barn while her human family members are spending time there. Daisy loves her treats and will do anything for one. After some running around she loves to fall asleep in the sun.
Quinn came to work with us in February of 2021. His love of animals keeps him with us while he continues his college education. He has 3 happy labs, Montauk, Sadie and Tiago. When he is not working with us he spends his time playing volleyball for his college. He can always be recognized, since he is the tallest person in the building!
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.