Dr. Christina Seidel opened Ark Veterinary Hospital & Urgent Care in March of 2018. Her long history of working with animals ever since she was young inspired her to follow her dreams to work in this field, wanting to bring joy and love to others the way animals have done for her.
"Animals have given me so much joy and companionship throughout my life that it's so great to be able to care for them and give something back," Dr. Seidel says. "Being a veterinarian is more than just people bringing in their animals for care. They become part of your family and you're able to be there for them from puppy/kittenhood until the end. That bond is priceless."
Dr. Seidel grew up on a farm in rural Iowa. She was involved in every facet of raising animals, from bottle feeding, administering medications, wound management, birthing assistance—she can name it all. In between her work on the farm, she tended to injured wildlife whenever she could. She’s cared for abandoned baby birds, repaired damaged turtle shells, and even befriended a wild turkey. Dr. Seidel was heavily involved in 4-H and took part in her local and State Fair, showing a variety of animals.
Dr. Seidel graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor's in Zoology and Genetics before continuing her education to become a licensed veterinarian. She's a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, the Genesse Valley Veterinary Medical Association, the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, and the American Association of Food Safety & Public Health Veterinarians. She's also a member of the Monroe County Animal Steering Committee and is involved in emergency preparedness for the animals in Monroe County.
At home, Dr. Seidel spends time with her loving husband Michael Seidel, who is a teacher in the Rush-Henrietta School District and a KW Real Estate Broker. Together, they have 5 children in the Rochester area. They also have several pets: Cola, a black lab; Sinker, Sherbert, Smores, and Tabby, all cats; and Hunter, their ferret. In her free time, Dr. Seidel loves camping, swimming, cycling, and family activities.
Dr. Sandy Marky is an Associate Veterinarian at Ark Veterinary Hospital. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell NYS College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990 and her areas of professional interest include internal medicine, behavior, and ultrasonography. She began working in the veterinary field in 1984, and was inspired to pursue veterinary medicine by her strong interest in science, love of animals, and interest in medicine after growing up around her mom who was a nurse. She says the best part of working in the veterinary field is that she is always learning something new and gets to work with both animals and people.
Growing up in Kenmore, NY, Dr. Marky currently lives in Medina with her husband, horse, donkey, and cats. When she is not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Marky enjoys kayaking, cooking, traveling and taking care of the critters on her farm.
Dr. Laurissa Coombs is an Associate Veterinarian at Ark Veterinary Hospital. She graduated from SUNY Potsdam, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minor in Chemistry in 2014, and went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2021. Dr. Coombs completed her clinical training at the University of Tennessee, and is Fear Free Certified, while also looking to become board certified in exotic small animals. Her professional interests include surgery, and exotic medicine and surgery. She says the best part of working in the veterinary field is being a part of the human-animal bond and is very excited to begin her veterinary career with Ark. Growing up, she was inspired by animal lovers such as Steve Irwin and her local veterinarian to be an advocate for animals.
Dr. Coombs grew up in Long Island, NY in Port Jefferson and is currently living in West Henrietta with her cat, dog, and tarantula. In her free time she enjoys reading, watching movies, hiking, kite surfing, scuba diving, and swimming. A fun fact about Dr. Coombs is that she has been to all seven continents! Dr. Coombs has also volunteered for several facilities over the years including working in South Africa with vervet monkeys, big cats, hyenas, wild dogs, and several avian and antelope species. She has also participated in the Aquatic Mammal Training Internship at Riverhead Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Long Island.
Dr. Victoria Robertson is the newest Associate Veterinarian at Ark Veterinary Hospital! Dr. Robertson earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Wittenberg University in 2016 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 2021. Dr. Robertson is CPR certified and her areas of special interest include dentistry, imaging, and preventative medicine. Although Dr. Robertson became a veterinarian in 2021, she has been working in the field since 2013 and has had a love for both science and animals since childhood. Dr. Robertson believes the best part about working in the veterinary field is being able to get to know people through their pets and experiencing the compassion that comes with loving and being loved by animals. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Robertson recently moved to Rochester, New York with her fiancée Adam, their Siamese cat Pigwidgeon (Piggy) and their yellow lab Gumbo. In her free time, Dr. Robertson plays field hockey, soccer, and volleyball and loves to hike and swim. She also frequently hosts board game nights. A fun fact about Dr. Robertson is that she knows how to pogo stick and jump rope at the same time!
Katie is a receptionist here at Ark Veterinary Hospital & Urgent Care. Some of her responsibilities include greeting clients, answering the phone, checking in and out the clients. She has been working in the veterinary care field for a few years. Katie really enjoys meeting new clients and watching their pets grow. Katie has a son and two cats. She enjoys working, spending time with her family, reading, and video games.
Kayleigh is a licensed veterinary technician who joined our team in 2019. She has been working with animals since 2013. Kayleigh has a passion for caring for pets and educating clients. She has been an animal lover her whole life and enjoys all sorts of animals and has worked with domestic and exotic pets!
Kayleigh received her degree in veterinary technology from Medaille College in 2016.
In her free time, Kayleigh is the proud parent of 4 cats and 3 rabbits. Kayleigh enjoys adventuring outdoors, traveling, and encountering on new experiences.
Kelsee received her Bachelor's degree in Biology from Brockport College in 2014 before getting her LVT in 2016 from GCC. She has since worked in the veterinary field and joined our team in October of 2019. Outside of Ark, Kelsee enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her guinea pig Ezekiel.
Cory has been a licensed technician since 2001 and has worked in a variety of veterinary hospitals including general practice, specialty and emergency, and housecalls. He has a special interest in behavior and helping to make our patients feel as fear free as possible. Outside of work he enjoys biking, hiking, boating, fishing, and spending time with family.
Andi joined our team in October of 2019. She is a 2009 graduate of FLCC with a degree in criminal justice. Her passion for caring for animals flourished when the family law office turned into a part time farm where she helped care for cattle, goats, horses and poultry. In the future, she has an interest in becoming a licensed veterinary technician.
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