Get to know our history, our veterinarians, and our staff
The Towanda Creek Animal Hospital was founded in 1991 by Dr. Joan Hudyncia. Seeing the need for high-quality small animal veterinary care in the Towanda area, she started the small practice out of the Hudyncia family home on Franklin Road. Within several years, she built a loyal client and pet base, and was able to move the hospital to our current location.
Pet owners in the area soon grew to recognize Towanda Creek Animal Hospital as a place where they felt like their pets were being treated just like members of their family. As Dr. Hudyncia continued to cultivate her commitment to excellent, family-oriented veterinary care, she was able to recruit veterinarians and staff members who were equally committed to her mission. In 1998, she opened the Wyalusing Pet Clinic to serve the need for the same-quality veterinary care that pet owners were looking for in the eastern part of Bradford County.
In 2006, the Towanda Creek Animal Hospital achieved accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). As one of only 15% of veterinary hospitals in the nation to receive this distinction, we are put to the test on hundreds of rigorous standards of practice and have been judged to meet or exceed them. We are proud to perform with the high level of medical care and compassion that we would want for our own pets.
In January 2011, Dr. Hudyncia passed the reigns of the hospital to Dr. Lori Smith. Dr. Lori strives to lead our hospital with the same exceptional client and patient care we have been known for for 30 years. In addition, we pride ourselves in low-stress handling techniques for our patients, and for training team members to be aware not only of our patients' physical state, but of their emotional one as well. Our hospital currently has two veterinarians and a team of 9 support staff. We are not open 24 hours, but we are available to provide after-hours emergency consultation for our current patients, when possible. If your pet requires diagnostics or treatment beyond what we can provide, we will refer you and your pet to the nearest specialty or emergency facility.
Lori Smith, dvm
Dr. Lori Smith graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. After practicing for 3 years in southern Virginia, she joined Towanda Creek Animal Hospital in June of 2003. Although Dr. Lori enjoys both the surgical and clinical aspects of small animal veterinary medicine, she has a keen interest the “family practice” aspect of nurturing the bond we share with our pets, and promoting client education to help pet owners be a part of their pet's health care team. Dr. Lori purchased both the Towanda Creek Animal Hospital and Wyalusing Pet Clinic in early 2011. She continues to uphold the tradition of compassion and caring that has defined the hospitals since they were founded.
Dr. Lori and her husband Christopher reside in Wyalusing with their daughter Shayna and son Chris. The rest of the family includes their pit bull Delilah, indoor cats Choi Choi and Kitty Katniss, porch kitties Peter Tosh and Sissy, and a handful of backyard hens.
MICHELLE KALETA, VMD
Dr. Kaleta graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992, and before joining our practice she worked as a mixed animal practitioner in Newville, PA, and in dairy practice in Rome, PA. Dr. Kaleta joined the Towanda Creek Animal Hospital in 1999 to exclusively practice small animal medicine, and left in 2011 to work for the Animal Care Sanctuary. When she rejoined us in 2013, Dr. Kaleta brought with her a passion for shelter medicine and feline TNR (trap, neuter, release), and she has become an integral part in controlling local feline populations through You Too Rescue and Kali's Mission.
Dr. Kaleta also carries a special interest in veterinary dentistry, a challenging but rewarding enterprise! Dr. K resides in Ulster with her husband Norm and daughter Jessica (when she is home from college). Also sharing her home are her Great Pyrenees Gerda, bully mix Zelda, cats Topaz, Bug, Luna, Mrs. Weasley, Mipha and Dexter on the inside, cats Jack and Gus in the barn, and her alpacas B.J. and Hawkeye, who help to sustain her hobby of spinning wool and knitting/weaving.
lINDA ROSe henson
Linda has been with us since Towanda Creek Animal Hospital first opened in 1991. She feels that as our office manager, every day is a new adventure! She enjoys helping out all of our clients and her co-workers in any situation, and finds the daily task of keeping the hospital running smoothly to be her favorite challenge.
Linda and her husband Roger like to call their cats “the kids”, and they currently have one at home, Caspurr purr. As our cat lover extraordinaire, she is always ready with some baby food and a warm paper towel bath when a feline patient is feeling under the weather. Linda brings that same caring and dedication to every aspect of her job and we don’t know what we’d do without her!
Kim Robinson, lvt
Kim started at Towanda Creek Animal Hospital in 1997, as a kennel assistant right out of high school. She received her degree as a licensed veterinary technician from Johnson College in 1999, and worked at both of our hospitals in that capacity for 17 years. In 2016, she became our office manager at the Wyalusing Pet Clinic and in the transition to Towanda Creek she helps in all capacities, whether it be as a receptionist, technician or managing the office. In addition to her varied work responsibilities, she has a busy home life, helping her husband Jeremy run their hauling business, and raising their four children Kyle, Sawyer, Kiera, and Saylor. Rounding out her family is their boxer Harley, American bulldog Rogue, cat Oreo, as well as horses. In her current position, Kim is able to help our clients and patients from multiple perspectives, and we are very lucky to have her as a part of our team!
cynthia carbone, lvt
Cindy has been a part of our team since the spring of 2016. She has been working in the veterinary field for close to 30 years, with many of those years as a licensed veterinary technician and some as veterinary hospital manager in New Jersey. Through it all, she continues to have a passion for helping clients and pets through good times and bad. She also has a special place in her heart for rescue; Cindy and her fiancé have found room on their farm for their German Shepherds Meeka, Parker, Koda and Stryder; cat Bella and horses Dreamer, Shelby and Sidney.
Kelly started working at the Wyalusing Pet Clinic in March of 2019 as the Receptionist and moved to our Towanda office when the clinics merged. She loves helping out in all aspects of the clinic, but focuses her time on assisting clients, running our social media and cross-training as a technician assistant. At home she has two cats, Moxie and Oliver, loves doing photography and traveling with her boyfriend. Kelly earned an Associate's Degree in Business Management from EGCC and is currently enrolled to earn her Bachelor's in Business Management and Zoology. In the future she would love to work with rescuing and rehabilitating exotic animals, but is currently very content with spending her days caring for our patients and their owners.
Katelyn started working at Towanda Creek Animal Hospital as a Technician in April of 2019. She came to us with some knowledge from technician school but wanted to focus on work and gaining hands on experience. At home Katelyn has a border collie mix named Jack and cats Princess, Whiskers, Checkers and Bella. She enjoys reading, crafting, watching soccer and taking Jack for walks. Her loves for animals shows through as she is always doing what she can to help her patients. She hopes to go back to school some day and become a licensed vet tech to further her knowledge in the field.
Mikayla is a 2014 graduate of Wyalusing High School and started working with us as a Technician in July of 2020. At home, she and her husband Devin have two cats Adi and Kiara, a lab/pit mix Reggie and two huskies Ember and Kenai. In her free time, Mikayla loves camping and hiking with her pups, playing Sims and watching Netflix. Mikayla hopes to continue learning and being the best she can at her job and to live a happy and fulfilling life with her family.
Michelle joined our team as a receptionist in November of 2020. She and her husband Brian have three children, Grace, KaLee and Nic, a granddaughter Bryelle and two grandsons Carter and Leo. At home they have four Australian shepherds, five cats, horses, a pony, donkeys, sheep, pigs, cattle and a milking shorthorn. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her grandchildren and spending time in the saddle. Michelle is always ready and eager to learn new things at work and her love for animals shines through daily.
Elaine is a veterinary assistant, and has been working at Wyalusing Pet Clinic since 2003. Although Elaine is a “cat lady” at heart, she truly enjoys every patient she sees during her work day. She also enjoys the opportunity to always learn something new. Elaine and her husband have 14 cats and two horses that occupy much of Elaine’s free time. She also loves horseback riding and the beach. Although Elaine only helps out at the clinic once a week, she knows our clients and our pets well, and we are privileged to have her!
Martha joined us in June of 2021 as a part-time technician. She lives at home with her husband, Greg, her Australian shepherds; Flash, Rein and Cadence, and her cats; Manny, Jasper and Maizey. She graduated from Mansfield University in 2003 with a BS in Medical Technology. Martha started her career as a veterinary technician and then moved into laboratory science. Although she was working in the veterinary field, she was not working directly with the animals. Since recently retiring, she has the opportunity to work hands on with the animals and their owners. Martha enjoys sharing the always evolving treatments, techniques and medications with our clients and their beloved companions.
Brenda is our newest receptionist, joining us in September of 2021. Her husband, George, and she have two Pomeranians, Macy and Sophie and two cats,