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Tara Estra, DVM is a graduate of Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Estra has particular interests in small animal nutrition, pain management, dermatology, internal medicine and behavior. She has been a guest lecturer at Veterinary Centers of America (VCA), the Capital District Veterinary Medical Society(NY)'s continuing education program and at Cornell Vet school. She has been an active volunteer with Guiding Eyes for the Blind since 1996, raising and training guide dog puppies and currently providing veterinary care for the Capital District region of Guiding Eyes. Dr. Estra spent eight years prior to veterinary school as an award-winning producer of television news and documentaries in New York City.
Maria Accumanno, LVT joined the Canterbury team in 2008. She graduated from SUNY , Morrisville in 2001 with a degree in Equine Science and Management. In her spare time, Maria enjoys horseback riding, snowboarding, roller blading and spending time with her horse, Echo; cats - Arlo, Cocoa, Kitton, Sookie, Sophia and Stella; Goats - Fidget and Josephine and her rabbit, Pheffer.
Justine Chong joined our team as a Veterinary Assistant in 2012. Originally from Long Island, she moved to the Hudson Valley while attending SUNY New Paltz. She now resides in the Capital District. Making the trip along Route 87 she has taken her dog, Rocky and cat, Gizmo.
Mellissa started working in the veterinary field at 15. Starting out in the kennels and working up to the position of veterinary assistant has provided her knowledge in every aspect of veterinary care. After graduating from Penn State with a degree in Psychology, she realized she needed a way to incorporate veterinary medicine into her every day life. Mellissa has delved into the veterinary community rehabilitating wildlife (Bald Eagles, fox) to caring for exotics and rescue animals. She believes pets are extended members of our families and deserve nothing but compassion. Every day she looks forward to spending time with your loved ones.