dr-rothman“I’ve wanted to be a vet ever since I was a child. I was always the one to care for the family pet. My father and I loved to visit the old SPCA together just to look at the animals, knowing some day I would be taking care of them,” he says.

In fact, he credits his father as being his biggest influence. “He taught me to love, respect and appreciate animals. He is a very kind and gentle man.”

About Dr Rothman

Gary Rothman is a Class of ’78 Alumnus of Jamesville-DeWitt High School. Gaining his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in 1982 and a M.B.A. from Temple University in 1984, he went on to receive a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1988.

After gaining hands-on experience working in established practices, and forming his own high standards and ideas on how he believed an animal care facility should be run, Dr. Rothman returned to his home town to open his own practice. Collecting up used equipment, he hung his shingle in Jamesville, NY – and Quarryside Animal Hospital was open for business. After almost 20 years of hard work and dedication, he has gained a reputation as a caring and skilled doctor that offers quality care at a fair price, serving over 5,000 families by treating more than 10,000 of their pets. In April of 2001, Dr Rothman moved the original Quarryside hospital to a new and modern facility on Jamesville Rd.

Dr. Rothman is one of the few vets in the area that also specializes in the care of exotic pets (birds, reptiles, rodents, ferrets, rabbits, etc.), which requires additional training, special skills and equipment.

“The best thing about veterinary medicine is the pets and their owners. They are kind and caring people. It is wonderful to see the happy faces of families that are reunited with a healthy pet,” says Dr. Rothman.

Obviously a dedicated doctor, Gary Rothman is also a family man. He lives with his wife, three children, and dog in the DeWitt area. He is an recreational marathon runner, who also enjoys biking, skiing and fishing. He is also an accomplished photographer. His gallery is available for viewing on the walls of Quarryside Animal Hospital.

dr-lagoAbout Dr Lago

Heather was born and raised in the city of Syracuse. She attended Henninger High School on the north side of Syracuse, graduating in 1994. She gained her Bachelor’s degree in biology from SUNY Geneseo in 1998. After graduation, she went to work for Quarryside Animal Hospital as a receptionist and veterinary assistant, hoping to gain better insight into the field of veterinary medicine.

While still working at Quarryside, Heather received her MBA from Syracuse University in 2004.

Returning to school once again, she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 2009. After graduation, Heather returned to Quarryside in July 2009 as Dr. Rothman’s newest associate veterinarian. She has been very excited to see many old faces, including pets, clients and staff members.

She is also delighted to meet many new faces, most certainly the furry ones.

When Heather is not caring for animals, she can be found traveling the globe with her husband. Some interesting, exotic places they have been include the French Polynesia, Easter Island, Russia and China. Heather currently lives in the Pompey countryside with her Belgian Tervuren dog, Kanoa, and her three domestic short hair cats, Fleur-de-lis, Sassafras, and Colin.

dr.-shayevitzAbout Dr Shayevitz

Dr. Jessie Shayevitz joined our staff in August 2013. She told her parents when she was nine years old she wanted to be a veterinarian, and has been caring for animals ever since.

Dr. Shayevitz graduated from Connecticut College in 1982 with a BA in Zoology and then received her Veterinarian Degree from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986.

She is an enthusiastic Equestrian, who enjoys riding her horse as often as possible.

She also loves spending time with her sons Noah and Sam, and her husband Dr. Robert Kellman, and the family dog Lily.


Eric was raised in the beautiful countryside of Northeastern Pennsylvania amongst cows and corn fields. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, graduating summa cum laude and being named a National Goldwater Scholar for Excellence in Science, from King’s College, just outside Scranton, Pennsylvania (which, yes, is the setting for the sitcom The Office, which, no, was not actually filmed there, although the cast has made appearances).

He first came to Central New York as a graduate student at Cornell University and then at SUNY-ESF, where he studied coral reefs while his wife (Alison) attended law school at Syracuse University. While at SUNY-ESF, he also worked at Quarryside Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant, specializing in the scooping of poop and shoveling of snow. He volunteered at the SPCA of Ithaca, New York and Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge of Dallas, Pennsylvania, and he milked cows during the night-shift in the Tully Valley. After his wife completed her law degree, Eric attended veterinary school in Blacksburg, Virginia.

During summer breaks, he performed tuberculosis research at the National Institutes of Health just outside Washington, DC, working with marmosets. Eric finally earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Student Surgery Award for Excellence in Small Animal Surgery from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.

Although he and his wife love their hometowns, they were never happier than when living in CNY, watching Billy Fuccillo’s commercials and shopping at Wegmans, so they hoped to return to the area. Dr. Gelsleichter is elated to see patients at Quarryside, where he appreciates the unique passion and compassion for pets that characterize both the staff of the clinic and the citizens of the community.

He and Alison reside in Camillus with their pit-bull Abbey (rescued from the Cortland County SPCA seven years ago when they first moved to the area) and cat Linus. In his spare time, Dr. Gelsleichter enjoys reading, photographing, running, biking, canoeing, fishing, hiking, backpacking, camping, cross-country skiing, rock and fossil collecting, and fumbling around on his guitar (essentially, anything but cooking).

Since our first day of operation, back in 1991, Arthur has been a vital employee of Quarryside Animal Hospital. In the early years Arthur was a jack-of-all-trades, doing everything from answering the phone to assisting in Surgery. At 90 years old, he is still an integral part of the Quarryside team.

His responsibilities now include the maintaining and preparing the surgical instruments, hospital maintenance, repairs and laundry. He is also the head of office moral. His sense of humor and wit helps set the tone in the office. He keeps the office informed with his wisdom of the world…from trivia to current events.

Arthur works as hard as any employee…even 1/4 his age. He never misses a day and is always willing to stay late. He is a big part of why Quarryside has been so successful.

Peggy, the leader of our team of technicians, grew up in Tully Valley where her family owned a large dairy and poultry farm. She had all kinds of pets, so she continued her love for them as her career. Peggy graduated from OCC. Her favorite animals are cats and dogs. Her favorite past time is spending time at camp in the Adirondacks with her family and gardening

Amy is from DeRuyter. Her house is filled with 2 dogs, 3 cats and a leopard gecko. Being in the great outdoors with her family is her favorite thing to do. Together they go canoeing, kayaking, and hiking. Amy received her degree from SUNY Delhi. Her favorite animals are cows. Amy loves working in a practice where she can watch a pet grow up. She says, “It’s a great feeling seeing the bond owners have with their pets.”

Emily grew up in the East Syracuse/ Dewitt area. She received her degree from SUNY Delhi College. Five cats, a border collie and a rabbit call Emily’s place home. Her favorite animal is….cats of course! When not working, she loves to be outdoors camping, hiking and swimming. Emily’s best advice, “Laughing is the best medicine!”

Sara received her degree from SUNY Delhi in 2005. She lives in Dewitt with her husband and son. She also has 2 cats, Stewart and Clementine, as well as, a Boston dachshund mix named Willie Taters! In her free time she enjoys camping, crafting and spending time with her family.

Tara is from Oswego. She received her degree from SUNY Canton. She has always loved animals and is grateful that she now gets to work with them every day. It really is her dream come true. Tara loves spending time with her family, friends and her dog Midnight.


Michele is a graduate from SUNY Alfred. She lives in New Woodstock with her husband and her 2 rescue dogs. She loves to work at the family farm and garden. In her spare time she loves to design stain glass pieces.


Bri is from Cape Cod, MA and moved to Syracuse for school and to be closer to her husband. Together they own a rambunctious pup named Rome and hope to adopt another soon! Bri loves to spend time with her dog, explore the outdoors and take photos when she has free time. She loves working at Quarryside and meeting all of the animals!


Elke was born and raised in Syracuse and has graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a degree in psychology. In her spare time she enjoys running, hiking and biking along with spending time with her husband Bret and her baby cat Striker Sebago. She is also the world’s biggest Bon Jovi fan.


Siobhan was born in Bangor, Maine to an incredibly Irish family. She’s pretty proud of her vinyl collection, as well as her inability to keep plants alive. She likes to bake in practically all of her spare time, and you can always find her with a cup of coffee in hand (she needs it to keep up with her two crazy pups, Murphy and Molly!).


Melissa is a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in American History. She started working at Quarryside Animal Hospital back in 2002 as a part time job while pursuing her studies and she has been there ever since. When not at work she takes pride in raising her young son and daughter, who keep her busy at all times. She also enjoys traveling, cooking (although she equally loves eating out), reading and being in the great outdoors.


Office Staff. Member of the Quarryside team since 2004.


Receptionist at Quarryside since 2015.