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Dr. Nicholas Spaccarelli, DVM
Dr. Spaccarelli's Bio
Dr. Nicholas Spaccarelli was born and raised in the Hudson Valley. He went to SUNY Delhi where he received his degree as a veterinary technician. He later attended Purdue University and continued on to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2007, Dr. Spaccarelli returned to the Hudson Valley to begin working in private practice and to pursue his professional interests in surgery, rehabilitation and pain management in pets with chronic issues. In 2011, he returned to Ross University as a faculty member and clinician at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. After three years on the island of St. Kitts, Dr. Spaccarelli returned to the Hudson Valley to fulfill his lifelong dream of practice ownership.
He brings over 10 years of small animal experience to The Beacon Vet. He is excited to be adding orthopedic surgery and chronic pain management to a long list of advanced offerings at the practice.
Dr. Spaccarelli resides in Hopewell Junction with his wife Megan and their two daughters Mackenzie and Madison. They have a dog named Marshall that they rescued along with two Red Footed Tortoises named Harry and Sally. He is an avid traveler and has been to Europe, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, and Central America. His passions include surfing, stand up paddleboarding, fishing, hiking, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Bethany Souers, DVM
Dr. Souers' Bio
Dr. Bethany Souers first learned of her innate love for animals at the age of 6 when her family welcomed their first puppy. From this early age, she knew her calling and went on to achieve her Bachelor in Science from Cornell University. After graduating from Cornell, she went on to attend Ross College of Veterinary Medicine earning her DVM degree. Over the years Dr. Souers has participated in volunteer organizations including the Hudson Valley Raptor Center, the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado, and a research expedition in South Africa near Kruger National Park. Since achieving her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2009, Dr. Souers has practiced small animal medicine in Vermont and Maine. She enjoys all aspects of general practice, with a special interest in dentistry, surgery, and radiology.
Dr. Souers now returns to her native NY roots here in the Hudson Valley and continues to learn, and love, the art of helping to enrich the lives of her patients and the families they represent. **Dr. Souers embraces the companionship of 5 rescues: 3 wonderful dogs and 2 independent tabby cats.**
Dr. Sara Martens, DVM
Dr. Martens' Bio
Dr. Sara Martens is originally from Rochester, Michigan. She relocated to Florida, where she spent her time volunteering at wildlife sanctuaries and a marine rescue/research facility prior to deciding on a career in veterinary medicine. She earned her doctorate through Ross University and spent a year at Purdue University completing her clinical studies. Since that time, Dr. Martens has worked in several areas of NY State including Pittsfield, Poughkeepsie and now Newburgh. Dr. Martens is the full-time veterinarian at our sister office in Newburgh, Stone
Cottage Veterinary Hospital, and comes to help out in our office as needed. In her free time, she enjoys running and hiking in the woods near her house in Accord, NY with her husband and their dog “Worf”.
Dr. Alexis Fitch
Dr. Fitch's Bio
Along with welcoming in 2020, this January, we are super excited to welcome in Dr. Alexis Fitch. Dr. Fitch may look familiar to some of you as she worked with us as a veterinary assistant for almost two years before leaving for vet school. We are extremely proud of all she’s accomplished and happy to have her back on board our team! Dr. Fitch has an undergrad degree in veterinary technology from Mercy College, as well as an undergrad degree in history from SUNY New Paltz. She now joins Dr. Spaccarelli and Dr. Souers as Ross University alumni with her DVM degree, which she graduates from as a part of the Phi Zeta honors society.
When she’s not working, Dr. Fitch enjoys reading and spending time with family, friends, and fiancé Johnny. She also spends her time cuddling with her recently adopted 1-year-old pit mix, Mason. Dr. Fitch met Mason during her externship in vet school after he was pulled from a hoarding situation in the Carolinas. She couldn’t help falling in love with him (neither could we when we met him) and describes him as a lemon pup – which makes him all the more lovable. Dr. Fitch is excited to begin her career as a veterinarian and looking forward to putting all the knowledge and skills she’s learned into caring for her new patients. She has a special interest in internal medicine and behavioral medicine. Schedule an appointment today to have Dr. Fitch care for your four-legged friend!
Meet Our Staff
Lindsey graced The Beacon Veterinary Associates in January of 2017. She is a licensed veterinary technician in addition to holding a bachelor’s of science in Biology from SUNY New Paltz. When Lindsey was 8 years old she started working closely with rabbits, chickens, and goats! When she isn’t lovin’ up on your babies in our treatment area, you can catch her dancing it out at one of her favorite country concerts or scrapbooking while nestled up by the bonfire. Lindsey has 15 fur babies at home. YES, you read that right, 15! She has 4 dogs, 7 cats, 3 dwarf goats, and a naughty pony. She is super excited to meet each and every one of your babies and maybe if you’re lucky you can sneak a taste of her famous chili. Its Dr. Spaccarelli’s favorite!
Morgan is one of our veteran staff members, working at this practice since 2013. She started out tending to large animals in 2009, moved on to small animals in 2012 and completed her bachelor’s becoming a licensed veterinary technician in 2018. When she isn’t sweet-talking your fuzzies she is kayaking or spreading the love by saving stray turtles from the road. She’s great in high-pressure situations and lives by, “It’s all good, no worries”. Morgan has 4 babies at home! Two of them just happen to be of the human breed, Xylie who is 8 years old and Rayna who is 4 years old; Morgan also has Fred, her 4-year-old mixed breed pup, and the newest addition is a black and white rescue cat, Judah. If you happen to see a super rad tech driving into The Beacon Vet parking lot sporting colorful hair on a motorcycle its most likely Morgan coming into work to baby talk your fur children.
Jenna joined the Beacon team in November of 2018 as a veterinary technician with her associates from SUNY Ulster. She comes to us with 2 years of previous veterinary experience as a receptionist and vet assistant. In between cuddling the pups and kitties at the office, she can be found fishing or camping. You may even catch her taking a hike up Mount Beacon with her pug “Lucy.” Jenna believes highly in rescuing any pets that need a little extra lovin’. So along with “Lucy”, she also mothers “Fred,” a 3-year-old kitty that showed up suddenly in her backyard. During tense and stressful situations you can always find Jenna bringing a sense of zen and tranquility to our office, so never be afraid to bring your fur babies in. Jenna is bound to use her calm and relaxing tone to lull your fuzzies into a world of peace.
Nicole hopped on board the Beacon team in April of 2019. She comes to us with a bachelor’s in Biology from Mount Saint Mary College and previous experience in small animal emergency medicine. She is currently completing her associate degree at SUNY Ulster to become a veterinary technician. When she’s not cradling your babies during appointments, you can catch her riding “Fletcher,” her pet horse at the nearby barn and stables. You might even see her hiking up Storm King with her 5-year-old pit-bull “Indy” or nestled on the couch with “Maggie” and “Ash”, her other pitty and kitty. Nicole has an easy-going nature and a strong belief that, “What’s meant to be will be.” So never be hesitant about leaving your babies with her, she is sure to treat them like her own.
Taylor was welcomed into the Beacon office in July of 2018. After lots of hard work, she has taken on the position as Practice Manager alongside veteran Heather Savage. Taylor has a bachelor’s in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, as well as a medical assistant certificate. She has years of previous experience from small animal emergency hospitals. When she’s not kayaking down the Hudson, you can always catch her laughing around a bonfire with her closest friends or going for a drive with her fiancé Nick and their 4-year old chocolate lab “Gunner”. Taylor is an easy-going spirit whose motto is, “It’s all going to be fineeeeeee.” She is eager to kiss each and every one of your babies. Just be careful, she might steal your floof as a cuddle buddy while she walks around the office.
Heather has worked in the Beacon office alongside Dr. Spaccarelli and Dr. Souers for a number of years. She has experience in veterinary medicine since 2008 and in 2017 she graduated from Penn Foster making her a licensed veterinary technician. When she isn’t making friends with all our clients while loving on your fur babies, she is hanging out with her daughter, 8-year-old Thalia. She may even be readjusting her Pinterest boards with the help of her pups “Hamilton” and “Rosie,” or relaxing on the couch pretending to hit the gym alongside her kitty’s, “Colonel” and “Prince”. Fun Fact, aside from being adored by all our long-time clients, Heather is left-handed and REALLY good at eating (according to Thalia ☺). Heather always knows how to keep our team going with her, “You Got This!” attitude. So stop by with any questions you may have, Heather is guaranteed to have an answer for everything!
Michelle joined The Beacon Veterinary family in April of 2019 as a receptionist. She comes to us with 3 years of previous veterinary medicine and pharmacy assistant experience. Michelle has a bachelor’s in English with a minor in Creative Writing and Health and Wellness from Binghamton University along with a professional certificate in Music Business and Performing Arts from Berklee College of Music. She likes to believe if you can’t choose one, then do it all! When Michelle isn’t sweet-talking your babies she can be found having dance competitions with her brother Steven or singing to her 5-month old black lab pup “Morgan,” all while cuddling her ferret “Miles.” She can’t wait to meet all your babies and maybe sing them a soulful tune during their visit.
Courtney Courtney hopped on board with The Beacon Veterinary family in November of 2018 as a licensed veterinary technician. She comes to us with 6 years of previous emergency medical experience and dental care but 11 total years in the field of veterinary medicine. Courtney graduated from the Vet Tech program at Ulster County in 2013. She believes highly in non-toxic, cruelty-free lifestyles and makes sure to work that into her veterinary work whenever she can. When she isn’t loving up on your fur babies with hugs and mushy kisses, she can be found nestled on the couch with a hot cup of tea and her 3 (YES, I said it THREE) black labs, “Parker”, “Jack” and “Blue”. She also LOVES finding her Zen space through meditation with her 2 kitties, “Priscilla” and “Elvis”. Courtney adores being surrounded by your awesome bundles of fluff and can’t wait to meet each and every one of them!
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