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Get to Know Our Veterinary Staff

Meet Our Veterinarians

Karen A Bennett, DVM

Karen Bennett has a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Delaware. She got her veterinary degree from the University of Tennessee in 1987. Shortly after receiving her degree, she moved to the Hudson Valley. Dr. Bennett purchased Compassion Veterinary Center of New Paltz in 1989. Dr. Bennett is a member of NYSVMS and The American Veterinary Medical Association. She has two children and several pets. Her interests include horseback riding and boating.

Les Scherr, DVM

Dr. Scherr has experience not only with dogs, cats and other pocket pets, but he is also skilled with birds and reptiles. He is a graduate of Cornell University and has practiced veterinary medicine since 1980. He is the former owner of Hopewell Animal Hospital in Dutchess County and lives in New Paltz with his three children and his wife of twenty-nine years. Dr. Scherr's personal interests are hiking and rock climbing.

Meet Our Veterinary Technicians

Lynn Keifer, LVT

Lynn has worked in the veterinary field for many years! She received her veterinary technician license in 1983 and has been a veterinary technician here at Compassion Veterinary Center for nearly 40 years! Lynn has 3 cats of her own at home and she is the main caretaker of our hospital cat Waylon. Her interests include; gardening, quilting, and kayaking.


Chrissi Jones, LVT

Chrissi has been working with animals nearly her whole life. From 2001 - 2003, she worked at an animal shelter as a kennel technician, and was also in charge of the animal's quality of life and training them for adoption. After that, she worked for a pet sitting business for 3 years. In 2005, Chrissi began going to SUNY Ulster to earn a degree in veterinary technology. She joined the Compassion Veterinary team in 2007, and in 2008, Chrissi graduated from college and got her vet tech license. She has 8 cats (5 of them had to be bottle-fed as kittens), one dog (an English Bulldog named Lulu), and a Goffin's cockatoo, whom she rescued, named Kooka.

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Kelly Borucinski, LPN

Kelly has been working with animals since 1989. She started at a practice in New Jersey, where she worked for 10 years. While there, Kelly worked as a laboratory technician for five years and then started working as a chemotherapy technician, as well. She has now been with Compassion Veterinary since 2005, and loves what she does. Kelly has several dogs and cats at home, as well as a young daughter.