“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.
About 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.
Dr. Jennifer DiRenzo
Dr. Jennifer DiRenzo is originally from Baldwinsville. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 2005 from SUNY Albany. She went on to graduate from Purdue University’s College of Veterinary medicine in 2011. She is excited to be back in the Syracuse area practicing veterinary medicine. Doctor DiRenzo’s professional interests include all aspects of small animal medicine, especially internal medicine, preventative care, general surgery and dentistry. When she’s not at work, she enjoys being outdoors kayaking, gardening, hiking and looking for waterfalls. She shares her home with her fiancé and 2 dogs, London and Landon.
We are sorry to announce that Arthur has passed away. He worked until just weeks before his death. He was 93 years old.
Since our first day of operation, back in 1991, Arthur had 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 93 years old, he was still an integral part of the Quarryside team.
His responsibilities included the maintaining and preparing the surgical instruments, hospital maintenance, repairs and laundry. He was also the head of office moral. His sense of humor and wit helped set the tone in the office. He kept the office informed with his wisdom of the world…from trivia to current events.
Arthur worked as hard as any employee…even 1/4 his age. Until the end, he never missed a day and was always willing to stay late. He was a big part of why Quarryside has been so successful.
He will be missed by us all.
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 in 2007. She lives in South Onondaga with her husband and son. A border collie and 3 cats also call her place home. She loves to be outdoors with the family and go camping, hiking and swimming. Emily’s best advice, “Laughter 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. Tara enjoys dancing, teaching Zumba fitness, kayaking, and hiking. She also enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her dog Midnight.
Michele is a graduate of 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 stained glass pieces.
Cheyenne grew up in central Vermont and just recently moved to the Syracuse area. She received her Associates in Social Work in 2015, but knew that wasn’t the right field for her, so she decided to follow her passion for animals and received her Associates in Veterinary Technology from Vermont Technical College in 2017, passing the Vet Tech National Exam shortly after. Cheyenne holds a certification in the state of Vermont, and a licensing in the state of New York. When she isn’t at work she can be found at the dog park with her rescue dog Harper and her pug Mia, adventuring with her boyfriend Adam, or binge-watching an assortment of Netflix shows.
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.
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.
Bryce was born and raised in Lafayette but currently resides on her family’s farm in Tully. She is currently attending college in the hopes of one day earning her Master’s degree in Library Science. She enjoys reading, writing and napping with her cat, Cheese. Bryce is also a very big Syracuse Crunch hockey fan and you can find her at almost every home game.
Receptionist at Quarryside Animal Hospital.