Our Staff

Melissa Heun, LVTacfba367-2366-4151-8533-06a8d29c1374

Technician
Melissa is our Head Technician. She is a licensed technician and has been here since October of 2005. She is a 2004 graduate of the Suffolk Community College Veterinary Technician program. Currently Melissa lives with her husband Tommy, their son Petey, and her two cats Lil man and Skylar. On her time off Melissa enjoys rescuing and fostering cats and kittens, vacationing, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Eileen Hughesadbbe3da-c305-4b7c-969d-f2a7f0fa6cb3

Technician
Eileen is our longstanding Veterinary Technician, and has been with our practice since April of 2000. With 23 years experience she brings a wealth of knowledge to our hospital. Eileen also helps out our grooming department once in a while and will attempt to groom your cat without sedation. She enjoys fostering cats and kittens, and spends some of her free time at the Southampton Town Shelter where she grooms the resident dogs. At home she has 8 cats, 4 dogs, and 3 hamsters!

Melinda Matthews, LVT16848a3e-03e0-4987-ac85-cd935c5bcf5a

Technician
Melinda has been with us since April 2010. She has returned to the Veterinary field after taking a few years off to raise her two beautiful children. Melinda loves photography, hiking, and sailing. She and her husband, a former marine, live in East Quogue with their three rescue dogs, Kaya a Malamute, and Desna and Suka both Husky/Shep Mixes.

Maria Gatto, LVT696f8a05-806f-44a2-8acd-8936274afa2d

Technician
Maria has been with us since May 2011. She came to us straight out of the Suffolk Community Veterinary Technician program. She is excited to be able to work with us and follow her passion. She is currently awaiting getting her Veterinary Technician license and we wish her luck!

 

Amy Molnara4d907f3-7160-457f-a304-3a89bd90ef45

Office Manager
Amy has been a staff member of the Shinnecock Animal Hospital since June of 1998. Starting out as a receptionist and working her way up the ladder she now heads our personnel and overlooks the daily operations of the hospital. Amy first started working here while attending Long Island University, Southampton College, fell in love with the area and decided to settle here. She currently resides in Hampton Bays with her husband Justin and their sons Brendyn and Conner. They share their home with four dogs, five cats, a rabbit, and some fish!

Rodrigo Apiolaza

Groomer
Rodrigo is our dog groomer who has been with us since February of 2012. Rodrigo has a bachelor’s degree in human resources and is a Reiki Master Teacher RMT. He has 18 years of grooming experience and has been in the Hamptons area for the past 14 years. He attends many dog shows nationwide and internationally. He learns all about new techniques, products and is involved in competitive grooming competitions. He offers many services including but not limited to hand scissoring, hand stripping, clipping and hand drying all in the Hamptons first dog grooming aromatherapy environment.

 

Our Cats312b7d5b-8223-4623-84c8-931ea2d8671c

George, on the left. Gypsy on the right.
Over the years, we have had a number of friendly cats that have lived in our hospital until we could find them a home. Sometimes we have felt it is best that they live out their lives with us. That has been the case with our two in house pets, George, and Gypsy.

Although they have extremely different personalities they live in the hospital together in harmony. George is a quiet shy guy who loves his belly pet! Gypsy is the more aloof type who spends her time “hunting” for employee food.