Angela O'Donnell, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. Angela O’Donnell, our Chief of Staff, joined the Middlebranch Veterinary team in August of 2012. Originally from the Albany, New York area, her love of horses and all animals lead her to a dream of becoming a veterinarian at the age of eight. Dr. O’Donnell received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Manhattan College in 2007. She then went on to earn a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 2011.
Dr. O’Donnell completed a one-year rotating internship in emergency medicine, surgery, and others specialties at Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to general medicine, she has a strong interest in nutrition, behavior and business management.
Outside of the hospital, Dr. O’Donnell enjoys spending time with her husband and her new daughter, Lily Grace. Her menagerie includes two dogs, two cats, and a horse. Her favorite hobby is practicing dressage with her horse, Onyx.
Dori Hoell, DVM, CCRP, CCFT
Dr. Dori Hoell graduated from Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. She practiced medicine on Long Island before moving to the Hudson Valley in 2002 to join Middlebranch Veterinary.
Over the course of her career, she developed a strong interest in orthopedic and soft tissue wellness. This inspired her to pursue a rigorous two-and-a-half-year program at the University of Tennessee to become a certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. She achieved that goal in 2016!
In 2018, she earned an additional title as a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer. Her passion is helping dogs and cats achieve the best quality of life by addressing arthritis and soft tissue pain proactively for all life stages. She also enjoys educating clients about how to prevent injury and help their companions live a healthy, pain-free life.
Dr. Hoell is also the owner of Dawgfit K-9 Fitness and Rehabilitation in Hopewell Junction, NY. She spends her days off seeing patients for rehabilitation, fitness training, and laser therapy.
Annette Gonzalez, DVM
Dr. Gonzalez earned her DVM from Ross University in 2008, and attended Purdue University for her senior clinics. She also earned a Veterinary Associate of Applied Science degree from Suny Farmingdale in 1992 and was a Licensed Veterinary Technician for many years before going to vet school.
Prior to joining the Middlebranch Veterinary team, Dr. Gonzalez had been practicing veterinary medicine in the area for nine years. Previously, she also worked at the Bronx Zoo as a Veterinary Technician; as a Director for the Center for Animal Care and Control, Brooklyn Shelter; and as an Animal Health Technician for NYS Department of Animal Industry for five years.
Dr. Gonzalez has a special interest in soft tissue surgery, along with exotics and pocket pets. She also enjoys working with local farms, caring for llamas, sheep, goats and alpacas. Dr. Gonzalez is an active member of the AVMA, NYSVMS, HVVMS and The Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners. She enjoys time spent with family and friends.
LouAnn Pfeifer, DVM — Retired
Dr. LouAnn Pfeifer, now retired, practiced veterinary medicine for over 35 years. She founded Middlebranch Veterinary in 1993 and, in 1999, she moved the practice from its original location in Brewster to its current location in the "big yellow house" in Carmel.
Originally from Wisconsin, Dr. Pfeifer graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980, but she has been a New Yorker ever since.
Dr. Pfeifer's hobbies include reading, crafts, gardening, and dog training. She has a large family of five dogs and one cat.