Meet our Team

Dr. Hess Dr. Oksenberg Mario Tammi Shannon Shadeanah Agnes

Michal Hess, DVM

Dr. Hess received her BSC in Life Science, with honors, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003, with honors.
She practiced veterinary medicine for 3 years in Israel, and then relocated to NY, where she worked at the Veterinary Clinic of East Hampton for 4.5 years, and at the Animal Hospital of the Rockaways for 2.5 years.

Dr. Hess enjoys every aspect of small animal medicine, with emphasis on soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, and ultrasound.
She is internationally qualified in ultrasonography .

She is the Queens county director of the Paw project, a nation wide project to ensure the welfare of cats by fighting for the illegalization of declawing.

Dr Hess puts a lot of emphasis on continuing education, and writes articles in known veterinary magazines.
She enjoys travel, photography, and foreign languages.

Dr. Hess's publications:

1. Perirenal pseudocyst in a cat, Veterinary Forum, 2008
2. Incidental Finding of PeritoneoPericardial Hernia in a Cat, veterinary Medicine, 2008
3. Thoracic radiology: Pulmonary Patterns, Veterinary Forum, 2008
4. Hemophilia A in a Maltese Dog, Veterinary Medicine, 2009
5. Necrotizing Fasciitis due to Prevotella Bivia in a Cat, Journal of Small Animal Practice, 2009
6. Phaeohyphomycotic Osteomyelitis in a Femur of a Cat, Journal of Feline Medicine and surgery , 2009
7. Anaplastic Renal Sarcoma in a Dog, Journal of Small Animal Practice, 2010
8. Copper Associated hepatitis in a Doberman Pinscher, Veterinary Medicine, 2011
9. A Modified Technique for Episioplasty, Canadian veterinary Journal, 2012
10.A case of suspected swallow wort (Vincetoxicum hirundinaria) toxicity in a cat, Journal of Small Animal Practice, July 2014

Dr. Oksenberg

Lindsay Oksenberg, DVM

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Dr. Lindsay Oksenberg earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine degree from St. George’s University and completed her clinical training at University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2017. Honors and distinctions include induction into the Alpha Delta Chapter of the Society of Phi Zeta (2016), and was the recipient of The Bayer Parasitology Award (2015) and the International Peace Scholarship at St. Georges University (2013). In addition to her veterinary degree, Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago, a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Communication from the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center and worked as a medical illustrator for 5 years. Lindsay has had many of her medical illustrations published in books and journals including Williams Gynecology, The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Clinics of North America: Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Lindsay enjoys many aspects of small animal medicine but has specific interests in soft tissue surgery, dermatology, clinical pathology, animal welfare and the unique needs of brachycephalic breeds of dogs such as English and French Bulldogs. Growing up with a love for animals, Lindsay learned animal care and husbandry from her from her father, mother and aunt.
During her spare time, Lindsay enjoys spending time with friends and family, fine art including drawing, animation, and photography and exploring New York City with her bulldog Tex. Although Lindsay is new to New York, she has family roots in Queens and Long Island.


Mario Gonzalez: Veterinary Assistant

Mario Gonzalez went to the Borough of Manhattan community college with a major in writing and literature. He started his veterinary assisting career at the animal Hospital of the Rockaways where he worked for 3 years. He really enjoys all aspects of veterinary assisting.He currently lives in Long Island with his lovely wife and his two children.


Tammi Soden: Veterinary Assistant

Tammi Soden is a Veterinary Assistant and graduate of Pima Medical Institute in Mesa, Arizona. She began her Veterinary career in 2009 as a volunteer at Arizona Animal Welfare League working in the infirmary. Her love for taking care of the sick and injured animals inspired her to return to college where she completed the Veterinary Assistant certificate program. Tammi currently lives in Ozone Park, NY with her 9 year old Springer Spaniel Maris and her 2 year old American Pitbull Mocha


Shannon Acevedo: Receptionist

Shannon Acevedo has lived with animals all her life. Her father owned a pet shop where she used to help out. She currently lives in Bushwick with her 2 cats, Scarlet and Whiskers. Scarlet is a 3 months old kitten which she raised since it was 2 days old and abandoned by her mother. Whiskers is an 8 year old cat which she also raised from the early days when it was abandoned in a basement.


Shadeanah Riley: Licensed Veterinary Technician

Shadeanah is a Licensed Veterinary Technician with a passion for animals. She graduated from LAGCC in 2009 and received her LVT license after passing the NYS’s Board Exams. She has been practicing in various animal hospitals in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan and takes a special interest in animal dental treatments and ultrasounds.
Her passion for veterinary medicine began when her first rescue, a Pekinese mix, passed away from a heart failure and she was upset she couldn’t help him. It was then that she vowed that she would do whatever it will take to help any animal that was in need of her help. Shadeanah knew taking care of animals was what she would be doing for the rest of her life.


Agnieszka Czaja: Receptionist

Agnes recently graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a BA in Neuroscience. Throughout her time at college, she has worked with many different animals, including dogs, Capuchin monkeys, turtles, and others. These opportunities, as well as her interest in medicine, have led her on the path toward pursuing a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in the near future. In the meantime, she is learning as much as she can about animal welfare, volunteering at the New York Aquarium, and spending time with her friends and her family (especially her beloved Bella).