Our Team

Dr. Ken Bernstein

Dr. Ken Bernstein

Dr. Ken Bernstein earned his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1973. He treats dogs, cats, rabbits, and rodents, and also volunteers as a state and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator. His special interests are ophthalmology and Lyme disease, and he has published several articles in peer-reviewed veterinary medical journals.

In his spare time, Dr. Bernstein enjoys fishing, taking care of his ducks and chickens, and hiking in the woods with his dog, Tex. 

Dr. Sherry Himmelstein

Dr. Sherry Himmelstein

Dr. Sherry Himmelstein is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She treats dogs, cats and birds, along with injured wildlife. She enjoys both medicine and surgery and feels privileged to see pets throughout their life stages.

She and her husband, Dr. Ken Bernstein, have two dogs, three ducks and a chicken as well as two grand-dogs, who belong to their adult daughters. She enjoys hiking and serves on the Board of the Minnechaug Land Trust, a non-profit organization that protects open space in Hampden and Wilbraham.

Dr. Joy Alleman

Dr. Joy Alleman

A 1998 graduate of the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Alleman is an East Longmeadow native who practiced in the Boston area for 20 years. She has a special interest in senior wellness and chronic pain management.

In her spare time, Dr. Alleman enjoys the outdoors, hiking with her dog Willow, gardening, yoga and home projects.

Dawn Fopp

Dawn Fopp

Practice Manager

Dawn, a graduate of the Holyoke Community College Veterinary Technician Program, is a long-time member of the Spruce Hill team. After more than 20 years working in both vet tech and front office positions, she now serves as our practice manager, where she keeps things running smoothly amidst the everyday chaos. Dawn thrives on working with animals, especially the injured wildlife that find themselves in our care. In her free time, she enjoys home improvement projects and spending time with her family, including a dog, a cat and a dozen chickens.

Rachel Chmura

Rachel Chmura

Rachel has been part of the Spruce Hill team since she graduated from the Holyoke Community College Veterinary Technician Program in 1991. Like all our technicians, she loves working with animals and is fearless—she always knows how to tame even the most challenging patient.

When she’s not working, Rachel hikes with her family and competes in triathlons and mountain races. She has a dog, Addie, and a parakeet named Szot Park.

Kali Churchill

Kali Churchill

Kali has worked here as a veterinary technician since she completed the veterinary technician program at Holyoke Community College (HCC). Always an animal lover, Kali worked in pet stores for seven years while attending school. She began her college education at Westfield State University, majoring in art education. She soon realized that her passion was working with animals, so she transferred to HCC.

She has a full menagerie of pets, including cats, chickens, a guinea pig and a bearded dragon. She enjoys spending time with her husband, who shares her love of animals, and she also enjoys swimming, yoga and coaching a softball team.

Shannon

Shannon

Shannon came to Spruce Hill after working as a veterinary technician for animal hospitals in Connecticut. In 2017, she graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor's degree in animal science. After college, she had planned to pursue a career in public health, but got sidetracked after volunteering at the Mystic Aquarium and working at a veterinary clinic. We feel very lucky she decided to stay in this field! 

When she’s not working, Shannon enjoys long nights, horseback riding, playing video games with her husband, and reading every fantasy novel that exists. Her fur children are a cat named Thor and a dog named Rebel.

Tiffany

Tiffany

Bio coming soon

Sarena

Sarena

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