Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Hopewell Junction! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at (845) 221-2244 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Amy Babcock, Hospital Administrator

Amy Babcock is our hospital administrator. She joined the practice in 2005 and became our administrator in 2010. Amy has a BBA from Pace University and a Paralegal Certificate from Marist College. Amy is also the niece of Hudson Highlands founder Dr. John Whitefield.

“I feel like I’ve been part of the Hudson Highlands family my whole life since my uncle performed his large animal surgery on the farm where I grew up.” Amy and her husband have two children, a black lab, and a cat that was adopted from Hudson Highlands.

Kathy Flynn, Office Manager

Office Manager Kathy Flynn has been with Hudson Highlands since 1973. She is known for her compassion and for caring deeply about our clients and their pets. She is responsible for organizing, training, and supervising our front office staff, scheduling appointments, managing our client/patient database, and more. Kathy has a degree in Medical Assisting from Dutchess Community College.

Denise Lenhart, LVT, Supervisor

Denise Lenhart is a licensed veterinary technician who has been our technical staff supervisor since 2006. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the veterinary field, and her areas of interest include animal behavior and exotic medicine. Supporting our patients with cancer is her current area of focus at Hudson Highlands. Denise is married with two children and she enjoys golfing, hiking, and reading.

Tara Orifici, Referral Coordinator

Tara Orifici is our referral coordinator. She’s the point person that helps guide our clients through the referral procedure. She schedules and maintains the specialist schedule and is the liaison with the referring veterinarian to ensure that all pertinent medical information is provided for the initial consultation. She’s great at putting our clients at ease when they call about a special procedure that their pet might need.

“I maintain a positive and upbeat attitude,” said Tara. “I am definitely a people person.” Tara has been with Hudson Highlands since February of 2005. “I love the fact that Hudson Highlands is a large progressive hospital but keeps the warmth and comfort you would expect from a small hometown practice,” Tara said. “Also the staff is fantastic, which makes it more like family than co-workers.”

She and her husband have two dogs, Winston and Willow, When she’s not spending time with her husband and their dogs, Tara can be found in the kitchen trying out new recipes, or in her garden.

Grace Gajdos, Client Relations Coordinator

Client Relations Coordinator Grace Gajdos joined Hudson Highlands in July of 2003 after having worked in the veterinary field for 5 years. She provides a variety of services for the hospital, including preparing clients for their pet’s surgery by reviewing estimates for services and answering questions, conducting hospital tours, and attending community events. Nothing pleases Grace more than when our clients are satisfied. Grace has two dogs at home, Phoenix, a rescue dog, and Denali, a black lab.

Linda Pagano, LVT, Purchasing Agent

Linda’s career with Hudson Highlands began in our Beacon office in 1973. Her current role as our Purchasing Agent keeps her busy managing our inventory of medical supplies, equipment, and special diets for both of our locations. She has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician for many years and her technician skills and knowledge of Hudson Highlands protocols are called upon often. Linda is valuable resource for our clients whose pets require specialty items.

Harriett, File Clerk

Licensed Veterinary Technicians