Get to Know Our Veterinary Staff


Meet Our Veterinarian

If you live in the Highland/New Paltz or surrounding area and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets than look no further than Compassion Veterinary Center. Our veterinarian, Dr. Karen Bennett is a credentialed veterinarian with many years of experience. Your pets’ health and wellbeing are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they need and deserve. We strive to make our hospital comfortable, clean, and calm, so your pet can relax in their exam room and look forward to meeting our veterinarian and staff.

Karen A Bennett, DVM                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Dr. Bennett's Pony Scarlett

Dr. Bennett's Dog Kyree

Karen Bennett has a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Delaware. She earned 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, knitting, and boating.   

Meet Our Veterinary Technicians

Lynn Keifer, LVT

Lynn's Cat Frankie

Lynn has worked in the veterinary field for many, 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 had many pets of her own over the years, but currently shares her home with 4 cats Joone Bug, Frankie, Johnnie, and Tiger. Her interests include; gardening, quilting, and kayaking.



Chrissi Jones, LVT                                                                       

Chrissi's Dog Lulu

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. She joined the Compassion Veterinary team in 2007, and in 2008, Chrissi graduated from SUNY Ulster and got her vet tech license. At home Chrissi has several cats (most of them bottle babies), two dogs Lulu and Jubilee who often come to work and a small flock of chickens(Hattie, Big Bird, Thelma, Louise, Gertie, Blondie, and Emmet).

Kelly Borucinski, LPN

Kelly as a child with her German Shepard

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.