Karen Borneman, Practice Manager
Karen has worked with Dr. Niesenbaum for over 21 years. She started as an assistant and receptionist at The Nassau Animal Hospital and moved to the position of manager - overseeing the operations at all of the practices that have come and gone since then. She is happy that she has been able to combine her organizational skills with her love of animals into a managerial position that keeps us running smoothly. You may not see her often because most of her work is behind the scenes.
Shelley Ashton, Receptionist
Shelley, one of our friendly front desk staff is a New Zealander (Kiwi) who came to the US in 1991. She has worked for Dr. Niesenbaum for almost all of that time, first as his childrens' nanny for 11 years, and then as a receptionist for 16 plus years. She has been an animal lover for her entire life, so a working in the veterinary world is the perfect situation for her. A strong advocate for those animals that have nowhere else to turn, she has found placements for many unfortunate pets that have been left homeless and always goes the extra mile for those in need. Although she has no animals of her own due to lease restrictions, she shares in the care of Bella, Dr. Niesenbaum's terrorist, oops I mean terrier.
Tanya Redd, Receptionist
Tanya has been with our practice for over 20 years. Starting at or Hempstead office as a kennel assistant, she has extensive experience as veterinary assistant, receptionist and "retired" kennel manager (both at Black Forest Kennels and at our Great Neck Dog and Cat Hospital). You will often see her at the front desk, but she is best known for an amazing, soothing, relaxing, deep tissue massage from the nose to the tip of the tail bath. She would love to have many pets of her own, but does not personally have any at this time. She has an amazing husband and three beautiful, outstanding, active boys that keep her running when she is away from the office.
Sue Reda, Receptionist
After raising 3 beautiful daughters and living in Connecticut, Sue has moved back to New York with her 2 loving kittens, Serena and Daisy. Sue loves all animals and if she could, would adopt all of the animals that are in need of a home. Volunteering at Ladew Cat Sanctuary on the weekends, Sue also enjoys reading, walking on the beach, and is at the tail end of earning her Bachelors Degree in HR Management.
Jackie Keiman, Recpetionist/Veterinary Assistant
Jeanette Perry, Receptionist
Kim Gunnerson, LVT
Kim has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician for 16 years, all of that time spent here at Crawford Dog and Cat Hospital. Formerly a cat person, her family currently includes her husband, their children, two dogs, and a cat.
Eleanor Abrams, LVT
Eleanor came to us from the US Navy via a short gig in Pensacola. Since joining the staff, she has helped to elevate our level of patient care. She lives with her three cats, who actually helped her to get the job by appearing live on her interview over Skype.
Miriam Herrera, LVT
Miriam is one of our Licensed Veterinary Technicians; recently graduated in May of 2017. She has a goofy pit bull named Zeus and a loving tabby cat named Luna. Miriam has a passion for all animals and is always seeking new ways to help and care for each patient.
Erika Prior, Veterinary Assistant
Hector Herrera, Veterinary Assistant
Hector has been with the practice for over 20 years. Starting in the kennel in Hempstead, he has become an invaluable member of our team. Whether he is working with the doctors and technicians or bathing dogs, he has a certain way with our patients.
John Ocskai, Veterinary Assistant
Born and raised on Long Island, John has worked at Crawford since 2011. Starting as a kennel assistant, he helped manage the boarding facility in Great Neck and now is charged with the duties of assisting the doctors here at Crawford. Although his genuine affection for all animals is apparent, he has a special affinity for the nasally challenged. It is tough to get him to let go of the Pugs, Boston Terriers, and especially the Frenchies that come through the practice. When not caring for the animals, he enjoys outdoor activities such as biking, hiking and playing hockey.
Nicole Columbel, Veterinary Assistant
Nicole has many years of experience fostering cats and kittens. She is especially passionate about bottle feeding kittens and providing them with around the clock care. When she doesn't have a litter to care for, she enjoys gardening and spending time with her family, including her four cats and her dog Milo.
Lenore McGinn, Veterinary Assistant
Lenore spent 32 years as the practice manager for a busy Animal hospital in Nassau County. She has also managed the care for Nassau County Police Canine Unit, Nassau County Fire Marshall Accelerant Detection Canine Unit, and the United Nations Canine Unit. Lenore has a deep sense of compassion for all animals but her true passion lies in the rearing and training of working dogs, especially the German Shepherd Dog.