Dr. Michael Funk is a Michigan State University graduate. Recognized as ‘Best Veterinarian’ of Long Island for eight consecutive years (2014 - 2021), Dr. Michael Funk uses exemplary core values to balance progressive veterinary medicine with practicality. As a pet owner himself, Dr. Funk understands how much pets mean to their families. That’s why he is dedicated to using a high-level of knowledge and experience alongside open client communication. Following the disaster of Hurricane Sandy, Dr. Funk led a relief effort recognizing the clinical needs of affected animals, as well as the irreplaceable bond between a person and their pet. Dr. Funk’s professional interests include wound-repair surgery, and neurology and seizure management. He is also trained and certified to perform Zeuterin, an alternative to traditional neuter procedure that is non-surgical and approved by the FDA. While Zeuterin is no longer available, Dr. Funk is always looking for cutting edge medical advances in this field.
In his spare time, Dr. Funk enjoys playing softball, hockey, and spending time with his wife, Bernadette, their daughter, and their two dogs, Sushi and Juno. He is also a sports fanatic and follows New Jersey Devils hockey, New York Mets baseball, and Michigan State University football and basketball.
Dr. Laura Gay Senk is the founding veterinarian of Farmingdale Dog & Cat Clinic and a University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine graduate. Initially, she practiced as an equine veterinarian before dedicating her professional energies to care for cats, both pets and feral. With professional interest in feline medicine and surgery, and a drive to help animals in need, Dr. Senk started a Trap Neuter Release (TNR) program that is still in place today. This is a low cost service that helps to control populations of feral and stray cat colonies on Long Island, and humanely works to end the cycle of pet overpopulation. She also volunteers for TNR programs with rescue organizations such as Last Hope Animal Rescue, All About Spay Neuter, and Animal Lovers League throughout the year.
Dr. Senk is a lover of all animals, no matter the species or breed. Her first pet was a shelter dog named Fang, who she describes as a Heinz 57 mixed breed. Dr. Senk enjoys exercising, horseback riding, skiing, snorkeling, clay sculpture, and writing.
Dr. James Kuehn is passionate about making a difference in the lives of pets. Born and raised in Rockville Centre, Dr. Kuehn pursued a career in veterinary medicine at Iowa State University where he earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. His professional interests include dentistry, nutrition, and feline medicine.
In his spare time, Dr. Kuehn savors time traveling, hiking, and spending time with his wife who is also a veterinarian! At home, Dr. Kuehn is a pet parent to two cats, Parsnip and Maisie.
Dr. Olivia Drutjons is an Associate Veterinarian at Levittown Animal Hospital and Farmingdale Dog and Cat Clinic . She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2020, and attended Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine for her clinical training. She is certified in RECOVER Basic and Advanced Life Support, ASPCA Trap and Neuter Release, and Colony Care. Her areas of professional interest include dentistry and nutrition. As a child, Dr. Drutjons was inspired to work in the veterinary field after having a profound interest in animals and their well-being. Growing up, she learned to care for her family's numerous pets including geckos, hamsters, cats, and dogs. Dr. Drutjons says that veterinary medicine allows her to express her interest in the sciences while also combining her passion for animals into a career that could not be more rewarding.
Originally from Amityville, New York, she currently lives there with her husband and they are expecting their first child in April 2022. They share their home with a black lab mix, Layla, and four cats, Scottie, Jordan, Kobe, and Curry. In her free time, she enjoys staying active while hiking with her dog, swimming, and yoga. She also loves to read and watch movies. Some of her hobbies include gardening, cooking, and hanging out with her friends and family. A fun fact about Dr. Drutjons is that she loves traveling, and spent her 2012 summer with a family in Ghana, West Africa. Some of her favorite memories are in St. Kitts where she studied abroad for veterinary school.
Dr. Jessica Balter is the newest Associate Veterinarian at Farmingdale Dog and Cat Clinic. Dr. Balter attended Cornell University where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She had the opportunity to participate in internships with the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center of Westbury, where she focused on internal medicine. Her areas of professional interest now lie in internal medicine, as well as feline health, and senior pets. Dr. Balter has been awarded the Winn Feline Foundation Award, as well as her Certificate of Clinical Excellence through the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine .
While Dr. Balter's veterinary career did not start officially until 2011, she has worked in animal shelters and nature preserves since she was in high school. She has also worked with Farmingdale Dog and Cat Clinic as a relief veterinarian since 2017. Her love and passion for animals is what drove her to show the same care for her patients as she would her own fur babies.
Dr. Balter grew up on the south shore of Long Island, and after veterinary school returned to live in her childhood home which she shares with her 10 indoor cats, 4-5 outdoor feral cats, 3 snakes, and her bearded dragon she has had since he was just a baby! After tending to her outside cats, Dr. Balter dedicates any free time she has to reading in the tub for some relaxation. Some of her favorites include the fall time and everything spooky, Christmas lights, and feeding any wild animals that show up to her house for a visit!
Located off of NY-110 (Broadhollow Rd) between Cedar Ave and Birch Ave E.
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