Get to know our history, our veterinarians, and our staff
The Towanda Creek Animal Hospital was founded in 1991 by Dr. Joan Hudyncia. She started the small practice out of the Hudyncia family home on Franklin Road, where she could still keep an eye on her two young daughters, Aurie (3 years old) and Anya (3 ½ months old!). ” Small” did not last long and within a year Dr. Hudyncia had 5 employees, as well as a new surgery room and kennel that her husband, Mike, built into their garage. One of her first employees, Linda, continues to be our dedicated office manager. Dr. Hudyncia is grateful to Linda for helping her build a successful business while giving her time to enjoy her family life.
In 1995, Dr. Hudyncia found the perfect building to expand into, the old church on Route 220. It had an open floor plan that allowed the clinic to be built to her specifications. In November 1995, the Animal Hospital celebrated its move with a moving party and the first official emergency!
Dr. Hudyncia continued to cultivate her client base, as pet owners in the area knew that she was faithfully committed to providing high quality, family-oriented veterinary care. As Towanda Creek Animal Hospital continued to grow, so did the need for a small animal veterinary hospital between Towanda and Meshoppen. Dr. Hudyncia found the opportunity to expand and in 1997 she purchased what was formerly a feed and tack shop in Wyalusing. She was immediately attracted to the property by the surrounding beauty and serenity of that little piece of mountain, overlooking the Susquehanna as it curves outside of Wyalusing township. Dr. Hudyncia’s husband was once again put to work, this time remodeling the old building into the Wyalusing Pet Clinic. The Wyalusing Pet Clinic opened in the spring of 1998 and has been a vital addition to our business, maintaining the same tradition of high-quality compassionate care as both practices continue to grow.
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.
Our business now has three veterinarians and a team of 15 support staff, some of whom rotate between our two hospitals. Our hospitals are not open 24 hours, but we are on call to provide emergency consultation and care, 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. We provide evening hours at both hospitals for the convenience of our late working families.
Lori Smith, dvm
Dr. Lori Smith graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. She was working as a small animal practitioner in Poquoson, Virginia when she met her husband Christopher. It just so happened that Chris had his family roots in Bradford County, and in June of 2003 Dr. Lori and Christopher moved to the Towanda area, where Dr. Lori joined the practice and Christopher began a commercial painting business. Dr. Lori and Chris reside in Wyalusing with their daughter Shayna and son Chris, who are both in elementary school. The rest of the family includes their chocolate lab Roscoe, pit bull Delilah, indoor cats Lucy, Choi Choi, and Kitty Katniss, and porch kitties Fraidy, Peter Tosh, and Sissy.
Dr. Lori loves pets and their owners. She most enjoys the “family practice” aspect of veterinary medicine, and has a passion for educating pet owners and helping them thoroughly understand their pets’ health care. 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 feels very fortunate to have inherited a fantastic team of pet caregivers and a wonderful clientele of loving pet owners!
joan hudyncia, DVM
Dr. Joan Hudyncia founded the Towanda Creek Animal Hospital in 1991 and the Wyalusing Pet Clinic in 1998. She is a 1984 graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. For six years she practiced large and small animal general medicine in Indiana, PA. When the opportunity arose to move north, Dr. Hudyncia, her husband Mike, and her first daughter Aurora relocated to Towanda, Pennsylvania to be closer to their family. Dr. Francis Sullivan was the only small animal veterinarian back then; he gave Dr. Hudyncia the go-ahead to start her own practice (Dr. Sullivan was 75 years old at the time, and did not really need any 'help'!). It looked like the Hudyncias had found an ideal place to set up a new life.
Dr. Hudyncia shares her home with her husband Mike, her Australian Shepherd Bindie, Jack Russell Flossie; and four cats Scout, PG, Big, and Diesel. She is skilled in the fiber arts, including weaving, spinning, and knitting, and she even raises registered Shetland sheep, alpacas, and goats to support her hobby. Dr. Hudyncia and Mike also love to spend time with their grown daughters Anya, Aurie and son-in-law, and granddaughter Sawyer.
Dr. Hudyncia is an indispensable member of the community. She has set the standard of compassionate, caring veterinary medicine that we continue to uphold at both hospitals to this day. Dr. Hudyncia has been working on trying to retire for several years now, but she has since become certified in veterinary acupuncture, herbal medicine, and nutrition. She has continued to share her extensive experience by her willingness to help as the need arises, and by being the only local veterinarian certified in complementary medicine.
Dr. Barry joined our practice in 2010. She graduated in 1994 from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and, as a certified teacher, brings an extra quality of care to her patients and their owners. She and her husband Jim have two grown sons, Quinn and Devyn. Their animal family includes Nellie, a Labradoodle/Border Collie mix, Australian Shepherd cross Katie; and rescue cats Zebe and Maize. They live in Spencer, New York, where Jim has a commercial painting business.
Dr. Barry has special interests in shelter medicine and internal medicine, and she spends long hours devising treatment plans, arranging referrals, and checking on patients by phone. Her excellence in medicine, compassion and dedication have helped her become a much beloved member of our team and community!
amanda barry, dvm
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 a consulting veterinarian for the board of the Bradford County Humane Society.
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, Chubs, and Rascal 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. We are pleased and happy to be able to help Dr. Kaleta of meeting her goal of spaying and neutering all of the cats in Bradford County!
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!
Chrissy joined our team at Towanda Creek Animal Hospital as a receptionist in the fall of 2016. Not only did Chrissy already have 12 years’ experience as a receptionist at another local veterinary hospital, she also brought with her 20 years of experience working in the hospitality industry. As naturally as she gets along with our clients and coworkers, Chrissy also loves to help others, and she has spearheaded our annual holiday fundraisers to benefit local rescues. Chrissy and her husband include their border collie Bonnie, Malti-poo Pita, and cats William, Petie, Steven, Bella Luna, Paulie, Jack, and Bogie as their furry family members.
Lori has been with us at Towanda Creek Animal Hospital since 2015. Despite her best attempts to retire, she is just unable to stay away from the many friends she has made among both clients and coworkers. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, fishing, cooking, shopping, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Lori and her husband have 3 dachshunds, Gladys, Nathan, and Brutis; a beagle/basset named Dug George; and 2 cats, Spade and Pearl.
Nicole is our newest employee, but by no means is she a newbie to the field of veterinary medicine. Before she joined our team as a receptionist in November of 2017, she worked for 11 years as a veterinary assistant in North Carolina. We value the knowledge of the field she brings with her and we look forward to exploring the experience she has had in culinary school! After a long day of helping our clients and their pets, Nicole enjoys relaxing with her cat and her young son.
SAMANTHA McHenry, lvt
Samantha is a licensed veterinary technician, who graduated from Delhi University and worked as a licensed tech in Binghamton for two years before she joined our team in the spring of 2016. In addition to loving the relationships she builds with our clients and their pets, she is a passionate advocate of feline rescue. Sam enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephew, as well as her furry feline family members Bartholomeow, Kovu, and Vanna.
Nikki has been working with us since 2007, and as our senior veterinary assistant, she knows our hospital from head to toe. She also has a warm way with animals that makes them feel more comfortable in a nervous situation. Her favorite part of her job is working with great people and animals that she loves. Apart from her job and family, her interests include camping, home repair, and arts and crafts. Nikki and her two young sons have 4 cats named Chubs, Dirk, Tart and Perry, and 8 fish.
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, and Stryder; cats Bella, Casper, Cheech, and Chong; and horses Dreamer, Shelby, Pocho, and Sidney.
Katie began working at Towanda Creek Animal Hospital in the fall of 2016 with 2 years of experience as a veterinary assistant already under her belt. Not only does Katie share our passion for helping pets and their people, she also enjoys photography and horseback riding. Her family of pets includes her horses Max, Mickey, and Niko, as well as her Australian shepherd Remi and golden retriever Bandit.
Krystal started working with us during summers and holidays while she was in college and began working as a full-time assistant during the summer of 2017. As our aspiring veterinarian and author, Krystal has an insatiable thirst for knowledge. Although she also holds down a job as a farmhand, Krystal comes to work with an eager outlook and lots of energy! Krystal’s pets include 4 cats – Tigger, Bigfoot, Missy, and Magic, as well as her horse Colorado.