Meet Our Staff
Valerie Kaufmann – Practice Manager
Valerie joined our team in 2012 and has since transitioned from Head Receptionist to our Practice Manager. Through her 10+ years of working in this industry, she understands both the needs and concerns of our clients as well as the importance of providing high-quality care for our patients.She is a native of Staten Island, where she attended the College of Staten Island, majoring in Elementary Education before choosing a career in the veterinary field. She is currently working towards completing her business management degree to become a certified Veterinary Practice Manager. We are both happy and couldn’t be more fortunate to have her as the leader of our team.
Frances Avvento – Technical Manager – Senior Technician
Frances is one of our fully trained veterinary technicians with seven years of experience in the field. She graduated from Boston University, majoring in biology with a minor in psychology. She has always had a strong love for animals and began getting involved with them at a young age. She volunteered in shelters while in high school and gradually worked her way up. Frances worked as a technician for six years and also interned at the Staten Island Zoo Clinic. She is hopelessly devoted to pugs and owns a large menagerie of fish; she hopes to one day own a boxer. Frances aspires to attend vet school in the near future. We could not be happier to have her as a part of our management team, as well as one of our most knowledgeable technicians.
Jordan DeRosa – Senior Technician
Jordan is an extremely dedicated member of our PPAH staff. She became part of the Pleasant Plains technical team in 2014 and with having 15 years prior experience Jordan brings a wealth of compassion and experience to our practice. She holds a particular place in her heart for large breed dogs, grumpy cats and has been a loving mom to many animals and fosters throughout the years. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Biology and shares her home with her handsome feline companion, Wesley. We are extremely lucky and excited for her future here with us.
Madlin Deaf – Senior Technician
Madlin is one of the newest additions to the PPAH family. With over ten years of veterinary experience, we are extremely lucky to have Madlin on our team. Graduating in 2010 from the Cairo School of Veterinary Medicine, Madlin hold’s a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in Egypt. She is currently working diligently towards passing her American board exams. In the meantime, we are fortunate to have her employed as one of our senior veterinary technicians. Madlin is particularly interested in the field of veterinary anesthesia. In her spare time, Madlin enjoys spending time with her baby, literature and listening to music.
Danielle Barbato- Senior Technician
Danielle joined our medical team in 2013 and is currently completing a program through the Animal Behavioral College, furthering her career in companion animal medicine. Her beloved beagle CJ has been Danielle’s driving force and main inspiration for her to follow her true passion of becoming a Veterinarian. Danielle is a wonderful addition to our staff and brings love and enthusiasm to the care and treatment of every one of our patients.
Lisa West – Technician Assistant
Lisa comes to us with a varying range of veterinary medicine knowledge and experiences. With 13 years experience in various outlets, she brings a wealth of knowledge and patient compassion to our team. Lisa enjoys both exotic and companion animal medicine and finds she is very passionate about radiology, dentistry, and patient care. When not caring for PPAH patients and their families, she enjoys spending as much time as she can with her own family, which include her husband, four children, seven cats, three birds and her favorite Pomeranian son, Cheese. We are so excited to have Lisa as part of our growing team!
Rayssa Squaracio – Technician Assistant
Rayssa’s passion for animal care and veterinary medicine first sparked when she spent time volunteering at various animal shelters. After many years in companion animal care, she went on to complete a certification course for veterinary assistant and has continued her education and growth within the medical field. Rayssa is an avid dog foster and is completing her Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering from Kean University. She looks forward to adventuring on to Vet School in the future with her family by her side, which includes her four loyal pups, Roxy, Angel, Teddy and Molly.
Amanda Beach – Technician Assistant
Amanda is an integral part of our patient care team! She first found her passion for animal medicine through volunteering with an equine mediated mental health rehabilitation center. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in sign language in order to become an interpreter. She is also looking to continue her career in Veterinary Medicine by pursuing certificate as a Veterinary Technician post graduation. Amanda’s little family consists of tiny Bailey, a whopping 8 pounds and Baileys 90 pound companion, Dutchess.
Veronica Benanti – Technician Assistant
Veronica has been with Pleasant Plains Animal Hospital for over a year now. She has earned her BS in bio-psychology with a minor in anthropology. Veronica loves the fast-paced environment of being a technician and would like to return to school in the future to further grow her veterinary career. Outside of work, Veronica loves to spend time with her 3 cats, 1 dog and a turtle named Tabby. She also enjoys a good video game, traveling, and hunting down a great meal at a nice restaurant. Her dream is to one day hug and feed a penguin.
Danielle Irvine – Technician Assistant
Danielle is currently enrolled in the College of Staten Island working towards her Biology Degree (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavioral). Her beloved pets have always been her pride and purpose in life. She aspires to take on vet school and further devote herself to rescuing neglected animals. Her dream is to open a no-kill, non-profit sanctuary for all species. Danielle has been
Kristina Bohl – Head Senior Receptionist/Technician Assistant
Kristina became an invaluable member of the PPAH team in 2016. Graduating from the University of Albany, majoring in biology and sociology, Kristina knew animal care was her passion. While in school she was also an intern at the Staten Island Zoo. Her dream is to one day be a veterinarian herself! On her downtime, she enjoys a good book and teaching herself new tricks, such as crocheting and calligraphy. We couldn’t be happier to have such a focused and dedicated member on our team!