Hospital For Animals

4 Plumtree Road, Springfield, MA 01118
413.782.3183 phone - 413.782.4713 fax

Dr. K. S. Bernstein
Dr. S. B. Himmelstein
Dr. T. J. Crosson

Our Staff:

We are very proud of our outstanding staff, and our clients often comment that they feel comfortable knowing that their pets are under their kind and competent care.

Jean Deforge

Jean has been working in reception and as front office manager for 31 years. Prior to working at Spruce Hill, she worked for the late pediatrician Dr. Kresock. She recognizes former patients who are now adults and clients at Spruce Hill, and remembers if they had to be held down for shots!

She is a master of multitasking and keeps the place running smoothly during busy times. She has a 21 year old cat.

Jean Deforge with "Sophie"
Photo by Mark M. Murray, The Republican

Rachel Chmura

Rachel Chmura joined Spruce Hill 28 years ago when she graduated from Holyoke Community College Veterinary Technician Program in 1991. Like all our technicians, she loves working with animals and is fearless, never afraid of a challenging patient.

In her spare time, she hikes with her family and competes in triathlons and mountain races. She has a dog and a cat.

Rachel Chmura with "Luchia"
Photo by Ted Chmura III

Dawn Fopp

Dawn Fopp is also a graduate of the HCC Vet Tech Program. She has been a member of the Spruce Hill team going on 17 years, starting in 2002.

She and Rachel rotate between the vet tech and front office positions. She enjoys home improvement projects, spending time with her family, and hiking with her 2 dogs. She also has a cat.

Dawn Fopp with "Ranger"
Photo by Mark M. Murray, The Republican

Mike Griffee

Mike Griffee is a graduate of Keene State College with a degree in environmental science, but decided it was much more rewarding to work at an animal hospital. He has been at Spruce Hill for 16.5 years, and we all appreciate his reliable and easy going nature as well as his ability to lift heavy dogs.

In his spare time he enjoys music and loves spending time outdoors with his wife Sarah. He has a dog and 2 cats.

Mike Griffee with "Desmond"
Photo by Mark M. Murray, The Republican

Alyssa LaFleur

Alyssa LaFleur is another HCC Vet Tech grad, who came to Spruce Hill as an undergraduate intern and stayed on when she graduated. Besides her vet tech duties, she serves as our “techie” and problem solves computer issues that arise.

In her spare time, she kayaks and works on her new home. She has a dog, a rabbit, and 4 cats, and has been with us 12 years.

Alyssa LaFleur with "Jack"
Photo by Mark M. Murray, The Republican