Pound Ridge Veterinary Center is happy to welcome back Dr. Hillary Schilke as our new medical director and co-owner. Dr. Schilke grew up in South Salem, New York, and Pound Ridge Veterinary Center was her family's veterinarian when she was a child. She also worked at Pound Ridge Vet as a veterinary assistant from 2000-2005 before becoming a veterinarian. The tropical region of Grenada, West Indies, was her home as she completed her first three years of veterinary school from 2000-2003 at St. George’s University. Dr. Schilke completed her final year of clinical rotations at the University of Minnesota. Since her graduation as a DVM, she has practiced veterinary medicine at several facilities in the United States prior to returning to Pound Ridge Veterinary Center. Veterinary ophthalmology is an area of special interest for Dr. Schilke. In addition to attending several veterinary ophthalmology conferences, Dr. Schilke has worked with leading ophthalmologists across the country to expand her skill-set and is a published author in the Veterinary Ophthalmology Journal. A lover of water sports, Dr. Schilke enjoys spending her free time paddle boarding, scuba diving, and boating, and has paddle boarded around Manhattan a few times to raise money for Autism and the environment. At home, Dr. Schilke’s colorful collection of furry children includes a Pothound named Callaloo (who was rescued from the West Indies), a French Bulldog named Jadot, a Belgian Malinois named Brugge, a black cat named Spoon, a grey kitty named Brixton Guillermo, and a rabbit named Joni Stubs.
Dr. Laurel Kaddatz earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota. He has practiced veterinary medicine for over forty years, and was voted one of Westchester County's topVets multiple times. He has served as the president of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society and was the recipient of their Veterinarian of the Year award in 2002. Dr. Kaddatz is involved with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Counciltes and he represents the AVMA at World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA). Committed to continuing education, Dr. Kaddatz is a past president and Board of Directors member of the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC). Outside of the Center, he enjoys reading, traveling, photography, being active in his church, and enjoying the company of his wife, Jackie, and pets, Tyler, a Brussels Griffon, Julie, a DSH calico, and Trixie, a DSH Abyssinian mix.
Dr. Bayha earned her BS and DVM degrees from Cornell University. She completed a large animal (equine) internship at the University of Pennsylvania before joining Pound Ridge Veterinary Center in 1988. She was voted one of Westchester County's topVets in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and has co-chaired both the Development and Advisory Boards for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell. Dr. Bayha currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Cornell University Council and on the President.s Council for Cornell Women. Always active in our community, Dr. Bayha has volunteered her veterinary skills to care for the 25 grey and red wolves at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York, since 2001. She lives in South Salem with her husband, Tom Gossett and their two children, Billy and Elizabeth. The Gossett family shares their home with two dogs, Henry and Dottie, and a cat named Peter George.
Dr. Christine Wilson received her undergraduate and veterinary degrees from Cornell University. She spent many summers working at the Bronx Zoo and completed an externship there in her final year at Cornell. She has been volunteering at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem since its inception and has watched it grow into a wonderful full-service facility. She is in the process of joining Cornell CAAAN, where she will be conducting informational sessions for prospective students. Dr. Wilson lives with her husband, two children, and Hugo, their mischievous mixed-breed rescue. She loves spending time outdoors with her family, camping, hiking, and swimming.