South Putnam Animal Hospital

Meet Our Team

Our approach to veterinary care sets us apart from other practices in the area. While we provide top-quality clinical services and feline boarding accommodations in a modern facility, it's how we deliver care to you and your pet that's different. We view bedside manner as an integral component of superior service, and strive to offer plenty of love, cuddles, and warm welcomes during every visit.

Julie Fixman

DVM, DABVP, Medical Director, & Co-Owner

Dr. Julie Fixman earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell University in 1998. Dr. Fixman is a compassionate and committed veterinarian, co-owner, and the Medical Director at South Putnam Animal Hospital.

Dr. Fixman became Board Certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Canine and Feline Practice in 2007 after completing additional studies and examinations to achieve board certification. Her areas of professional interest include complex internal medicine conditions, soft-tissue surgery, and ultrasound. Dr. Fixman belongs to a number of professional organizations and is a former president of the Hudson Valley Veterinary Medical Society.

At home, Dr. Fixman's pets include Callie, a Golden Retriever, Spike, an Abyssinian cat, and an ever-changing number of chickens. She has a busy family life outside of the office with her husband, son, and daughter, and when she isn't inside an ice arena being a "hockey mom," she enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, skiing, and gardening.

Carrie Begin

DVM

Dr. Carrie Begin joined the clinical team at South Putnam Animal Hospital as an Associate Veterinarian in September 2018. Born and raised in Michigan, Dr. Begin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Michigan, and she went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She has areas of professional interest in internal medicine, dermatology, client education, preventative medicine, and pocket pets.

Inspired by her father's career as a veterinarian, Dr. Begin started on her own path in the veterinary field at the young age of sixteen years old. Today, her friendly demeanor and years of experience allow her to serve her clients and their pets with the highest level of care and compassion.

Dr. Begin had many family pets growing up, but her Shih Tzu, Mandy, was her first true forever friend. Currently, Dr. Begin has a Golden Retriever, Alta, and a senior cat, Ellie. In her free time, Dr. Begin enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, gardening, reading thrillers, and boating.

Karen Pedevillano

DVM

South Putnam Animal Hospital is excited to have Dr. Karen Pedevillano join the team as an Associate Veterinarian. Dr. Pedevillano is a graduate of Penn State University, earning her bachelor's in Animal Biosciences, and earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. She attended Michigan State University for her clinical year, and her areas of professional interest include surgery, behavior, pain management, and exotic and wildlife species.

Dr. Pedevillano has worked in the veterinary industry since 2004 and was inspired to become a veterinarian by her deep love of animals, and the ability to educate and inspire people to love and care for them as well.

Originally from Poughkeepsie, NY, Dr. Pedevillano currently lives in Dutchess County, NY with her husband, Chuck, daughter, Olive, and son, Innocenzo. She also shares a home with her two pit bulls, Juba and Leela, and Chihuahua, Picasso. When she is not providing quality veterinary medicine, she enjoys exercising with her family and dogs, hiking, crocheting, and amateur carpentry. A fun fact about Dr. Pedevillano is that she was a zookeeper at Central Park Zoo for three years before going to vet school.

Kathi Heiber

DVM & Co-Owner

Originally from Cleveland, Dr. Kathi Heiber earned her degree in veterinary medicine from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1979. Her first few years in practice in Brewster, NY were spent treating companion pets as well as farm animals and horses.

In 1984, Drs. Heiber and Cindy Kosacz founded South Putnam Animal Hospital in its present location in Mahopac, NY. The hospital was built to provide a high standard of veterinary care that they would want for their friends and family to receive for their beloved pets. Providing owners with the best information to make care decisions for their pets has always been the hospital's goal.

Dr. Heiber is actively involved in the community, and presently serves on the Board of Directors for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County. She is also a leader with 4-H youth development programs that work with local youth interested in veterinary medicine. In addition, Dr. Heiber volunteers for AFS International Exchange Student Program welcoming students from foreign countries and supporting families who host students in their homes.

When Dr. Heiber is not practicing high-quality animal medicine or doing community service, you may find her riding her Arab Shagya mare, Lily. She also has a Jack Russell mix and two adopted cats. Dr. Heiber enjoys reading, swimming, yoga, and spending time with her husband, cooking through the seasons with fresh local produce, exploring new cuisines, and traveling.

Peggy Keating

Practice Manager

Peggy Keating joined our staff in 1990. She oversees a variety of functions necessary for hospital operation, makes sure the hospital runs smoothly, allowing veterinarians and staff to focus on the health of the animals. She has a Pitbull mix named Shelby, and two Domestic Shorthair cats named Walter and Mildred.

Jennifer

Reception

Jennifer Shea joined our staff in 1995. She currently has a Labrador Retriever mix named Maybelle and 4 domestic shorthair cats Randall, Pearl, Otis, and Baby Shark.

Jen

Reception

Jen Bernstein joined our staff in 1997.

Ann

Reception

Ann Clark joined us in 2014. She has two cats, a Domestic Shorthair named Shadow and Simba, and a 4-year-old Boxer mix named Meadow.

Molly

Reception

Molly McMahon joined our staff in 2019. She has a Goldendoodle named Buster and a Terrier mix named Brooklyn.

Irene

LVT

Irene Baier, LVT joined our staff in 1997. She has a Cockapoo named Peep.

Megan

LVT

Megan Sausedo, LVT originally joined our staff in 2003 as a Veterinary Assistant and is now one of our Licensed Veterinary Technicians. Megan is also our inventory manager and is responsible for managing the practice's medical inventory which is crucial to the smooth flow of client service and patient care. She has an Australian Cattle Dog mix named Kiwi.

 

Astri

LVT

Astri Teal, LVT originally joined our staff in 1996 as a Veterinary Assistant. After graduating from Mercy College, she received her Veterinary Technician License in 2001. She has three mixed-breed dogs, Rygg, Mesa, and Summit.

Lisa

LVT

Lisa Forsythe-Kane, LVT joined our staff in 1996. She has a four terriers named Sprocket, Britt, Roo, & Biggie, and 10 felines of various breed, Race, Swish, Munson, Kraft, Felix, Shuster, Carmen, Davis, Gillette, and Sid aka Hairy Thursday.

Gina

Veterinary Assistant

Gina Guerreiri joined our staff in 2017. She has a Domestic Longhair Cat named Rizzo.

Andrea

Veterinary Assistant

Andrea Jenkins joined our staff in 2018.

Gladys

Veterinary Assistant

Gladys Taboado Toranzo joined our staff in 2019.

Annmarie

Veterinary Assistant

Annmarie joined our team in October 2020.

Julia

Veterinary Assistant

Julia joined the South Putnam team in August 2020.

Rachel

Veterinary Assistant

Rachel joined the team in May 2019.

Vera

Hospital Cat

Vera is a hospital cat here at South Putnam. Make sure to say hi the next time you stop by!

Sonny

Hospital Cat

Sonny is one of our hospital felines! Say hi the next time you are at the hospital.

Join the South Putnam Animal Hospital Family Today!

Located off of Route 6 and Route 6N, just minutes from Lake Mahopac and Mahopac High School.

Phone: 845.628.1834

Email: frontdesk@spahvet.com

  • Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed