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Our skilled veterinary team at The Beacon Veterinary Associates is here to provide outstanding care to pets.

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Medical Director

Dr. Maritza Batista #1

Dr. Maritza Batista

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Dr. Batista was born in Albany but lived all around the state growing up. At an early age, she found an affinity for caring for animals following her dad around while he was raising pigs and rabbits in their backyard. After high school, she attended college at the University of New Hampshire where she received a B.S. in zoology. Dr. Batista then moved to San Diego and spent time there volunteering at a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center. It was then that she realized helping animals medically was what she truly enjoyed.

Dr. Batista spent a few years working at a vet hospital to gain experience then attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2011. Dr. Batista enjoys all aspects of practicing medicine, from meeting new people and pets to being able to help sick pets go home healthy. While in vet school, she volunteered in Costa Rica and Panama, performing spays and neuters and providing basic vaccinations in impoverished areas. At that time she was able to work with one of her favorite animals -the sloth.

Currently, she has relocated to the Beacon area and loves keeping up with the most current innovations in veterinary medicine. Dr. Batista has an older sister who lives with her husband and children in Albany. Her parents, who are retired, live in the capital district as well. In Dr. Batista’s furry family, there is Nova, a 3-year-old poodle mix who loves to meet new people, and Edgar, a 2-year-old goofy Mastiff mix who definitely does not know his size! When not at Beacon Veterinary Associates, Dr. Batista enjoys spending time with her family and friends in the area. Although her love for travel was put on hold with a recent pandemic, this year she plans to make a trip to the Caribbean and hopefully travel abroad next year.

She is also looking forward to exploring the region with her dogs and seeing what this part of the Hudson Valley has to offer!

Hospital Director

Alissa Destefano #1

Alissa Destefano

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Alissa joined the team at Beacon Veterinary Associates as Hospital Director in August of 2021. A native to the Hudson Valley, she grew up surrounded by all kinds of animals and always knew she wanted to work with them. She brings with her 10 years’ experience managing emergency and specialty hospitals in Manhattan and Westchester. Alissa believes in building meaningful relationships with our clients and their fur babies, combined with great medicine to provide the best possible experience for our clients. She is our resident French bulldog enthusiast and often has her own Frenchie, Carmela (named after Carmela Soprano, of course!), by her side at the office.

When she is not out in our waiting room talking to clients and loving on their pets, you can find her drawing, front row at a concert, taste testing vegan baked goods, or at a flea market with her adoring husband Christian. She is a huge music and movie nerd, so feel free to test her knowledge or recommend something for her to check out next time you and your pet are in the office!

Receptionists

Jeanette Bermudez #1

Jeanette Bermudez

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Jeanette is one of our front desk receptionists here at the Beacon Vet. She comes to us with a 20-plus-year history of working with Orthopedic Surgeons in human medicine as an Office Administrator and Medical Biller. She is a graduate of the Mandl School of Allied Health as well as being a certified Medical Biller.

After so many years in this field, she decided to make a career change because of her love for all animals great and small. As per Jeanette, “Every day is a new learning experience.” As a Veterinary receptionist, I get to greet both people and their pets all day, which I love. Each owner loves their pet dearly and relies on our guidance and support to help their baby.”

Jeanette is a mom to a son, 3 dogs, a cat, and 2 red ear slider turtles. She loves spending quality time with her “kids,” photography, traveling, amusement parks, and festivals.

Michelle Canals #1

Michelle Canals

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Michelle joined The Beacon Veterinary family in April of 2019 as a receptionist. She comes to us with 3 years of previous veterinary medicine and pharmacy assistant experience. Michelle has a bachelor’s in English with a minor in Creative Writing and Health and Wellness from Binghamton University along with a professional certificate in Music Business and Performing Arts from Berklee College of Music. She likes to believe if you can’t choose one, then do it all!

When Michelle isn’t sweet-talking your babies, she can be found having dance competitions with her brother Steven or singing to her 5-month old black lab pup “Morgan,” all while cuddling her ferret “Miles.” She can’t wait to meet all your babies and maybe sing them a soulful tune during their visit.

Meghan Cicero #1

Meghan Cicero

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Meghan started at the Beacon Veterinary Associates in April of 2022 but has many years of experience assisting and in reception for animal hospitals. She has a bachelor's degree in childhood education with a concentration in math from SUNY New Paltz. She has always loved kids and animals!

Meghan has consistently had animals in her life, from her childhood dogs Elvis and Miles and cats Mimi and Colonel to her current 7-year-old mixed breed pup Tucker. When she’s not loving on dogs and cats, Meghan is spending time with her husband, Anthony, and 7-month-old baby Mia. She loves spending time at the beach, traveling to new places, and cooking. She looks forward to meeting all of you and your fur babies and growing further in the veterinary field.

Debbie Finocchiaro #1

Debbie Finocchiaro

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Originally from Staten Island, NY, Debbie recently moved to the Hudson Valley and is now a receptionist here at The Beacon Vet. She comes to us with a background in emergency veterinary medicine in New York City. Debbie graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a BA in philosophy and sociology, but soon after college learned she had a passion for working in the veterinary field. A longtime animal lover, Debbie grew up surrounded by pets. When she’s not at the office assisting our client and their pets, Debbie enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors. She also enjoys cooking, spending time with friends and family, and hanging out with her kitten, Mushroom. She is so excited to start her life here in the Hudson Valley and plans to begin studying to become a licensed veterinary technician in the future. She looks forward to meeting you and your fur babies!

Veterinary Assistants

Breanna Keeler #1

Breanna Keeler

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Breanna or “Bre” is currently pursuing her veterinary technician license at SUNY Ulster. She has always been an animal lover and currently has two fur babies at home, Fin and Eris, both adorable cattle dog mixes. They love exploring the outdoors and hiking together. Bre joined the team at the Beacon Veterinary Associates in August 2021 and working with the staff, clients, and patients has confirmed her passion for veterinary care. She looks forward to becoming licensed and practicing in the community of the Hudson Valley.

Ella Tirado #1

Ella Tirado

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Ella started working as a veterinary assistant here at The Beacon Veterinary Associates in April 2022. She has been a pet professional for several years working in veterinary medicine, at a doggie daycare, as a professional dog trainer, and volunteering at local rescues. 

Ella graduated from CUNY City College with a BA in public relations and marketing. She always had a passion for animal behavior and pursued a professional dog training certification through the Karen Pryor Academy. 

When Ella is not at the office taking excellent care of your pets, you will likely find her all around the Hudson Valley training, walking and playing with dogs. When she has time to herself, she prefers to be at home with her two dogs, Ant-Twon, a chihuahua mix and Otto,a large staffie mix, cuddled up on the couch catching up on 90 day Fiance.

Daryl Pazer #1

Daryl Pazer

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Daryl is a Lead Veterinary Assistant by day, but by night, she can is often found eating appetizers or even entrees at local restaurants in Beacon. When she is at home, she is binge-watching HGTV and builds cat toys in her living room for her disabled cat, Thumper. She is a dog mom to Lola and loves her family with all her might. She graduated from the New School with two degrees--both of which she is not currently utilizing. The good news is she converted all of her energy and skills into making your visit to the Beacon Vet as pleasant as possible. Daryl is a patient favorite and has a knack for handling nervous and anxious fur babies.

Stephany Bradford #1

Stephany Bradford

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Stephany is originally from Brooklyn, NY and relocated to Beacon in August 2021. She graduated from Stony Brook University with a bachelor degree in biology, minoring in anthropology. She started her professional career in human medicine, volunteering as an EMT in New York City.

Being a big animal lover, she decided to further her medical knowledge, branching out into animal medicine. Stephany joined the fabulous team at The Beacon Vet in June 2022 as a veterinary assistant and receptionist. In the fall, she will be attending SUNY Ulster to start her journey to becoming a licensed technician.

When Stephany is not here helping at the front desk or assisting the technicians and doctors, she loves to spend time with her husky mix Dozer who she rescued about a year ago. Stephany looks forward to getting to know the Beacon community and exploring the many restaurants and shops the Hudson valley has to offer.

Veterinary Technicians

Morgan Navarro #1

Morgan Navarro

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Morgan is one of our veteran staff members, working at this practice since 2013. She started out tending to large animals in 2009, moved on to small animals in 2012 and completed her bachelor’s becoming a licensed veterinary technician in 2018. When she isn’t sweet-talking your fuzzies she is kayaking or spreading the love by saving stray turtles from the road. She’s great in high-pressure situations and lives by, “It’s all good, no worries”.

Morgan has 4 babies at home! Two of them just happen to be of the human breed, Xylie who is 8 years old and Rayna who is 4 years old; Morgan also has Fred, her 4-year-old mixed breed pup, and the newest addition is a black and white rescue cat, Judah. If you happen to see a super rad tech driving into The Beacon Vet parking lot sporting colorful hair on a motorcycle, it's most likely Morgan coming into work to baby talk your fur children.

Valerie Federico #1

Valerie Federico

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Valerie graduated from the Veterinary Science Technology program at SUNY Delhi in spring 2020. Prior to her studies at Delhi, Valerie attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and has an Associate Degree in Communication Design. She received her veterinary technician license in the fall of 2020. She has been with the Beacon Veterinary Associates since May of 2021 and joined the team full time in September 2021. When not at the office treating and cuddling our patients, she enjoys creating art, enjoying the outdoors, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her cats. Valerie has a unique passion for exotics and pocket pets, having several of her own over the years. She hopes to eventually branch out and work with wildlife or zoo animals in the future.

Jenna Smith #1

Jenna Smith

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Vanessa Pabey #1

Vanessa Pabey

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Vanessa is one of our talented veterinary technicians. She has been with The Beacon Vet since June 2021. She has two fur babies of her own. Laiani is 5 year old German shepherd mix, whom Vanessa and her husband rescued when she was just 5 months old. She was found as a stray wandering the streets of North Carolina with her brother and her father. Sarge is the baby of their family, a 2-year-old black sable purebred German Shepherd, adopted from a breeder in Virginia. When Vanessa is not working, she enjoys being outdoors. She likes sightseeing, traveling to new places, hiking, camping, kayaking, and simply enjoying the company of her loved ones. Vanessa very caring, open, and easygoing. She loves spending time and taking care of all the fur babies that come into our practice.

Now Welcoming New Patients

Our vets at The Beacon Veterinary Associates are now accepting new patients! Our experienced team of veterinary professionals are passionate about giving the cats and dogs of Beacon the health care they need. Contact us today to schedule your pet's first appointment.

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