Renowned Experts

Who love your pet like you do.


Driven. Compassionate. Accomplished. The team you will find here at Hinesburg is at the top of their game. Because when the stakes are this high, we settle for no less.


Rich Armstrong


Dr. Armstrong has been with us at the Animal Hospital of Hinesburg since 2000 and became an owning partner in 2010. After graduating from the University of Georgia in 1995, he practiced in Virginia before moving with his wife Kristin, also a veterinarian, to Vermont – one of the best decisions they ever made. Rich has a special interest in laser surgery, wound therapy, and practice management. Rich and Kristin live in Hinesburg, where Rich enjoys activities like fishing and playing drums in a band. At home, 2 cats, 2 Golden Retrievers, and a former Bahamian street dog provide a constant reason (along with Rich’s cooking) to smile.

Patrick Leavey


Dr. Leavey moved to Vermont in 2000 and met his wife, Anna. After a temporary relocation to his native Massachusetts to attend veterinary school at Tufts University, they returned to Vermont in 2009 to raise a family in the state that they love. Pat joined us at AHH in 2014. Pat loves working with dogs and cats, but he also has an interest in working with exotic species, including reptiles, small mammals, and poultry. Pat’s interests lie in surgery, dental procedures, and ultrasounds. He and Anna live with their wonderful son and daughter as well as Fred, their black Lab, and Theodosia, their kitty. When not at the hospital he is usually having fun with his family and friends and playing music with his many assorted instruments.

Ellen Foster


Ellen Foster, DACVIM, is our internal medicine specialist. She splits her time between seeing general practice patients and seeing dogs and cats referred from other veterinarians for endoscopy, ultrasound, or advice on a difficult case. She graduated from veterinary school at the Ohio State University in 1982. She then spent 3 years at the Animal Medical Center in New York City completing her specialty training in internal medicine and neurology, after which she (thankfully) moved to Vermont.

Ellen has been at the Animal Hospital of Hinesburg since 2004. When not at work, she is an avid gardener and recently completed the Extension Master Gardener course through UVM. She lives with her husband Gary and 2 hulking sons, soon to leave home. She’s sad to say that Gary is allergic to cats, so she does not have 12. Her 2 dogs are the Brittany, Finnigan, who is a hooligan, and Lila, of unknown breed, who is the perfect southern bell.

Brianna Letaw


Dr. Bri, as she is affectionately called by our clients, came to The Animal Hospital of Hinesburg in 2017 from Naples, Florida. She has practiced small animal medicine in North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida since graduating from North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. In her free time, you can usually find Bri and her husband, Josh, enjoying the outdoors and soaking up everything Vermont has to offer. Bri enjoys boating, fishing, travelling, camping, hiking, and exercising. At home she is a four-legged mom to a senior Norwegian Elkhound named Gracie and two Tuxedo cats named Ellie and Finn. Bri and Josh will also be welcoming a two-legged child in Nov. 2018.

Karen DeMoy


We welcomed Dr. DeMoy into our practice in 2016. She graduated from the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She practiced mixed animal medicine for three years in central New York before moving back to Vermont in 2002, focusing on small animals. Karen lives in Orwell with her husband, Dave, a large animal veterinarian, a son, and two daughters. When not shuttling her children to their various activities, she also enjoys gardening, needlework, and is an avid reader of all topics. At home, Karen’s family is extended with a border collie mix named Moxi, a Havanese named Dottie, Melon the cat, a leopard gecko, a turtle, a guinea pig, and lots of chickens.

Matt Quinn


Dr. Matt Quinn is a native of Utica, New York and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. Starting with HVA as a private contractor in 2006, he became a staff veterinarian in 2015. Matt’s clinical strengths lay in surgery, encompassing orthopedics, soft tissue, and dental surgery. He has been an asset in this regard at both Animal Hospital of Hinesburg and Bristol Animal Hospital. Matt’s love of motorcycles has taken him across the world, having gone on rides in Spain and France.

Kurt Kenney


Dr Kurt Kenney brings over 30 years of small animal surgical experience to the Animal Hospital of Hinesburg. Kurt became part of our team in 2004. A Midwesterner, he graduated from Iowa State University in 1983. He completed an internship and surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Kurt sees surgical referrals from across the region and interests include orthopedics, soft tissue, and oncologic procedures. Kurt has incorporated surgical laser into every case for almost 20 years and enjoys seeing the amazing benefits to his patients. Kurt lives on Limping Dog Farm with his wife Sharron and when not in the OR you can usually find him on his bike.

“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.”

-Theodore Roosevelt


Tammy Lavalette

Practice Manager

Tammy, the one who brilliantly takes care of all things behind the scenes for our practice, has been with us since 2011. She has been involved with both large and small animal veterinary medicine since 1979, first working as a technician and then evolving into management. Tammy loves labs! – she has been raising Labrador Retrievers since 1984. She also is an avid beekeeper and breeds rare varieties of chickens and quail. Tammy also loves spending time outdoors fishing, gardening, hunting, hiking, and spending time on her property in Maine.

Rachel Manikian


Rachel graduated from Vermont Technical College in 2005 with a degree in Veterinary Technology and joined the team at the Animal Hospital of Hinesburg as a technician shortly thereafter. Along with her regular technical duties, Rachel became the hospital’s Technician Supervisor/Assistant Manager in 2013. Rachel has special interest and skills in emergency and critical patient care. When not on the clock, she can be found heading up a mountain with her lab-mix “Dexter”, taking a Zumba class, or just hanging out with her husband, daughter, cat, and flock of chickens.

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

–Anatole France

Care Team

Maria Berger

Never one to miss an opportunity to visit with a client, Maria’s face is familiar to many of you. She has been with HVA since 2006, and brings years of experience as a Veterinary Technician and Veterinary Pharmaceutical Sales Rep to her skill set at the front desk. Maria enjoys answering clients’ questions and giving advice; sometimes even in Spanish or French!

When not in the office, Maria might be found traipsing through local woods and fields sustainably harvesting wild edibles and medicinals, or she might be found in the garden with her cat Maggie, or keeping buzzzzzy in her bee yard.

Rachel Manikian


Rachel graduated from Vermont Technical College in 2005 with a degree in Veterinary Technology and joined the team at the Animal Hospital of Hinesburg as a technician shortly thereafter. Along with her regular technical duties, Rachel became the hospital’s Technician Supervisor/Assistant Manager in 2013. Rachel has special interest and skills in emergency and critical patient care. When not on the clock, she can be found heading up a mountain with her lab-mix “Dexter”, taking a Zumba class, or just hanging out with her husband, daughter, cat, and flock of chickens.

Brittney Osborne


Bio Coming Soon…

Heather Lutton

Heather has been with the Animal Hospital of Hinesburg since 2014. Before becoming part of our team, she graduated in 2011 from Vermont Technical College with a major in dairy farm management. Heather grew up on a dairy farm in Bristol with four siblings, her dogs Max (Bernese Mountain Dog) and Daisy (Yellow Lab), and many many cows! Heather decided to further pursue her passion for animals, along with people, and joined our reception crew at the front desk. When Heather is not working, she enjoys helping her husband with his maple sugaring business, and of course sampling the sweet syrup. You may also find her hiking, kayaking, baking, and just enjoying the sunny days of Vermont!

Stephanie Whitten

Stephanie graduated from Vermont Technical College’s veterinary technical program in 2012 and started working at AHH in January of 2015. She lives at home with her two dogs, Jade and Zoe, and her cat, Stripes. In her free time she enjoys hiking and snowboarding and getting as much fishing in with her dad as possible.

Meghan Forsyth

Meg is a Vermont native who was eager to join our team! She started here at HVA in January of 2015 as a technician. She graduated from Johnson State College in 2010 with a B.S. in Biology. While earning her degree she took on an internship at Lamoille Valley Veterinary Service to explore her passion of working with animals. Meg lives in Shelburne and enjoys cuddling and playing with her golden retrievers Midas and Henry. As well as her two furry cats Snickelfritz and Mr.T. In addition to her love for animals, you will also find her kayaking in Lake Champlain, hiking with her dogs, dancing, playing tennis, and spending time with friends and family.

Ashlie Bodington

Ashlie started working in our Bristol office as a high school student in 2013. After graduation in 2015, she transferred up to our Hinesburg office. She enjoys coming in to work and meeting new people and their beloved pets.

She also loves bringing her Golden Retriever, Turbo, to work with her. Outside of the workplace, Ashlie helps her boyfriend on his 1,000 acre pig farm (the largest in Vermont) in Addison.

She also has a passion for demolition derby and won the 1st place title at the Addison County Field Days in 2015! One night a week, Ashlie bowls in a league which has been a family event since she was a little girl. But most of all, she loves to farm and to be around her family and friends.

Nicole Nadeau

Nicole graduated from the veterinary technology program at Vermont Technical
College in 2017. Following graduation and her certification as a veterinary technician she came on board our team at Animal Hospital of Hinesburg. She lives in Bolton with her husband. Brian and sweet golden retriever Millie. When not working, you can find Nicole hiking, kayaking, and spending time with family and friends.

Sarah Lathrop

Sarah has been a veterinary technician for the past 11 years. She became part of the team at Animal Hospital of Hinesburg in the summer of 2015. A Vermont native, she and her wife Sommer reside in beautiful Lincoln, Vermont, with their 3 cats (Donny, Mio & Bean) and their big beautiful pupper, Malcom. In Sarah’s free time she enjoys camping, fishing, kayaking and hunting. In the summertime you’re likely to find her floating in the Lincoln River.

Kate Heffernan

Kate has been with us since 2005! Growing up in Bristol, she started out at our Bristol Animal Hospital while in high school. She then graduated from the University of Vermont with an animal science degree and went to vet school in London for almost 2 years. She left school due to medical issues (resulting in a new pair of lungs!) and started at Animal Hospital of Hinesburg as a veterinary technician. Kate lives life to its fullest with enjoying hunting, fishing, and hiking with her dog, Ziggy.

Sierra combs

Sierra started with us in April 2018, a month before graduating from Vermont Technical College with a degree in veterinary technology. She grew up in Lincoln, surrounded by many animals. Her love for animals and wanting to help them is what made her pursue her passion of working in the veterinary profession. When not at work, Sierra enjoys hiking, running, kayaking, traveling, and spending time with her boyfriend and her cat, Zillie.