Dr. Ingrid Rhinehart
Years in Practice: 7
Education: Oberlin College, Cornell University
Dr. Ingrid Rhinehart is a Western New York native who is happy to call Ithaca home. She is a Cornell Vet School alumna who just couldn’t stay away. She has previously practiced in Western New York and Western Pennsylvania before moving back to Ithaca and joining Briar Patch.
Dr. Rhinehart earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Oberlin College and her Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Cornell. After working as a development economist with farmers in East Africa, she returned to Cornell and earned her veterinary degree in 2011. Additionally, she earned certification in Veterinary Acupuncture from The Chi Institute in 2011. She continues to immerse herself in the study of Chinese Herbal Medicine, Chinese Food Therapy and other aspects of integrative medicine. She has recently earned certification as a Fear Free Practitioner, concentrating on considerate approach and gentle control techniques used in calming environments.
Dr. Rhinehart shares her life with her husband, two senior Great Danes, one elderly Doberman, one feisty kitty, two budgies and a tortoise. When not busy seeing patients or furthering her studies she enjoys quilting and traveling.
Dr. Katherine Vissio
Years in Practice: 3
Education: George Washington University, Cornell University
Katherine (Kat) Vissio, DVM graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 and has remained at the college for a year of advanced training as a small animal rotating intern. She is interested in general wellness care, complete medical work-ups, surgery and post-operative care. She has enjoyed her time at a large teaching hospital and looks forward to developing long-term relationships with patients and clients in a more personal practice environment. Her honest and empathetic communication style creates a strong partnership with her clients that allows for the best possible patient care.
She is originally from Austin, Texas but has lived in the northeast since college. She earned her undergraduate degree at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. There she was able to delve into evolution and cultural studies with a major in Biological Anthropology. Dr. Vissio finds Ithaca has a similar vibe to Austin, on a more intimate scale. In her time off she loves to dance, sing, travel and practice yoga. She also enjoys hiking and camping in the rain, snow or sunshine with her husband, Emmanuel, and their dog Zoe. They enjoy Ithaca’s festivals, active community involvement and outdoor activities. She is excited to become part of the Briar Patch family and more deeply connected to the people of Ithaca.
Years in Practice: 28
Education: Camden County College
BJ graduated from Camden County College in Blackwood, New Jersey in 1989 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. Since graduation, she has worked in three veterinary hospitals, one in New Jersey and one in Ithaca, before joining Briar Patch in 2011. Even after being a technician for over 25 years – she still enjoys her work!
When not at work, BJ enjoys spending time cooking and gardening with her partner. Their blended family consist Zoe a Rottweiler and Chloe the kitty.
Years in Practice: 1
Education: Keuka College, Alfred State University
Junelle earned a BA in Organizational Communications from Keuka College in 2012. After working for a couple years she decided to switch careers to veterinary medicine. In 2016 she graduated with a degree in Veterinary Technology from Alfred State, then continued to study and earned her Veterinary Technician license.
Junelle is an Ithaca native, but now lives in Elmira with her boyfriend, David, and their beautiful dog, Xena.