Our Doctors


Rene T. van Ee, DVM, Diplomate ACVS

Board Certified in Surgery by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. van Ee is a native of Detroit and attended Michigan State University where he majored in physiology.  He graduated from the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine with honors and then completed a 1 year small animal surgery internship at Oradell Animal Hospital in New Jersey. His internship was followed by a small animal surgery residency at the University of Tennessee. Following his residency, Dr. van Ee was an assistant professor of small animal surgery at Louisiana State University.  He has authored more than 30 scientific publications related to surgical topics.

Currently, he serves on the advisory board of the veterinary technician program at Medaille College and was President of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society in 2010.  He is an adviser for Explorer Post 26 “Exploring Veterinary Science” program. Recent professional recognition includes the William H. Spurgeon III Award by the Greater Niagara Frontier Council, Veterinarian of Year (2012) by the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, and the ImproMed Community Contributor of the Year Award for 2013.

He and his wife Pamela, have been married 37 years and have 3 children.

Dr. van Ee’s practice is limited to consultations and surgery on a referral only basis.

Melanie J. Hall, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM-Small Animal

Board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Dr. Hall graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Atlantic Veterinary College on Prince Edward Island in Canada. She completed a small animal rotating internship at Cornell University Hospital for Animals, and then went on to a three-year residency program in Small Animal Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University. In addition to completing her residency, she completed a Master’s of Science degree in Comparative and Veterinary Medicine. Her research interests over the past few years have involved treatment of chronic kidney disease and diabetes in cats. Don’t get the wrong idea, though, she loves dogs too! Dr. Hall entered veterinary school with the goal of becoming an internist, and feels extremely lucky to have trained and worked with many wonderful and talented specialists. This specialized training has prepared Dr. Hall for diagnosing and treating disorders such as: anemia or other bleeding disorders, chronic gastrointestinal disease such as vomiting, diarrhea and weight loss, complicated pancreatic disease, coughing and other breathing problems, endocrine diseases such as adrenal disease (Cushing’s disease, Addison’s disease, and adrenal tumors) as well as complicated diabetes and thyroid disorders. She has undergone additional training in diagnosing and treating infectious diseases, kidney or bladder disease, and liver disease. Dr. Hall has a passion for managing chronic illness and multiple concurrent illnesses, with the ultimate goals of preserving and maintaining her patients’ quality of life and joy in life.

Dr. Hall was born and raised in Hannibal, New York, but has called Buffalo home for over thirteen years. She and her partner live in the city of Buffalo and share their home with a Flat-Coated Retriever mix, Tessa, as well as their cats Xena, Idgie, Meow-Meow, and Mr. B.

In her spare time, Dr. Hall loves going on walks with Tessa, hiking, running, cycling, camping, canoeing, and hanging out with her pets. She cannot wait to attend all of Buffalo’s famous festivals this year, and to once again become immersed in Buffalo’s amazing culture. She is so excited to finally be home for good, and to join the dedicated team at Sheridan Animal Hospital!

Amanda Schepis, DVM

Dr. Schepis was born and raised in Buffalo and was educated mainly in Western New York.  After graduating from Orchard Park High School in 2002, Dr. Schepis attended SUNY Brockport and graduated magna cum laude in 2006 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biological Sciences and Chemistry.  Dr. Schepis then moved out to the Midwest to attend the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in Saint Paul, MN.  She graduated in May 2010 in the top of her class with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and has since returned to her hometown to embark upon her veterinary career.  Dr. Schepis was an Associate Veterinarian at Lancaster Small Animal Hospital for a year before she began at Sheridan Animal Hospital in June 2011.

Dr. Schepis’ love for animals began at a young age when she would rescue frogs she found in her backyard and attempt to repair their ailments, and her love has only grown over the years.  She began volunteering in animal hospitals while in high school and continued to gain experience working with a myriad of animals throughout her college years.  She has interned at several small animal hospitals in the Buffalo and Rochester areas, in addition to cultivating her skills in large animals and exotics through her work at Quakerfield Riding School and The Buffalo Zoo.

She has a strong interest in several aspects of veterinary medicine, including internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and cardiology.  Dr. Schepis truly enjoys her work in general practice, because it provides her with the opportunity to do a little bit of everything!  She is a member of American Veterinary Medical Association, the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, and the American Animal Hospital Association.  She also serves the local veterinary community as a board member of both the Buffalo Academy of Veterinary Medicine and the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society.

Dr. Schepis is the proud owner of a rescued cat named Sox, and an English Mastiff named Bruno.  Dr. Schepis is thrilled to be working in a profession she loves and is committed to being a voice and advocate for her patients who cannot speak for themselves.

Kira desJardins, DVM

Dr. desJardins grew up in the Southtowns and is proud to call Western New York home. After attending Orchard Park High School, she graduated cum laude from Hamilton College in 2010 with a major in biology and a minor in art. In 2014, she fulfilled her life-long dream of becoming a veterinarian and graduated with distinction from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario. In the interest of becoming the best doctor she could be, she then completed an optional one-year rotating internship at a 24-houremergency and specialty hospital in New York City. This experience allowed her to learn from amazingly talented specialists and hone her skills in many specialties, in order to provide the best care possible to her patients.

Dr. desJardins loves general practice, as she has many varied interests, and looks forward to creating long-lasting relationships with our patients and clients. She is a huge Bills fan and loves salsa dancing, running and photography. She and her boyfriend Justin share their home with their cat Foster, who has been with her since age 10, and is the reason she was inspired to become a veterinarian.

Tracy Hurley, DVM

Dr Hurley graduated at the top of her class with High Honors from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She graduated cum laude from LeMoyne College in 1999 with a Bachelor`s degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry and Business. Dr Hurley has enjoyed working in the veterinary field since 1991, when she started her first job as a veterinary assistant. She fostered many animals during school and started an online adoption program for blood donor and shelter animals at University of Illinois. Her many interests include dermatology, internal medicine and preventative medicine. Dr Hurley is kindhearted, enthusiastic and very dedicated to her patients. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Society, New Your State Veterinary Medical Society, Buffalo Academy of Veterinary Medicine and Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society. Dr Hurley also enjoys volunteering for many charitable organizations including serving as the Chair for the Buffalo Food Allergy Research & Education Walk. She enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 children and her rescued Pit Bull mix, Hank.

Jennifer Gawron, DVM

Dr. Gawron was born and raised in Hamburg, NY. After graduating from Frontier High School in 2006, she attended Medaille College in Buffalo. She was a dual major, completing an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology in 2009 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2010. Dr . Gawron then attended the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario where she graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2014. Prior to starting at Sheridan Animal Hospital in July of 2016, Dr. Gawron worked at Abbott Road Animal Hospital in Orchard Park, NY.

Dr. Gawron’s interest in animals started at a young age when she began riding horses in Buffalo, NY. Her current interests in small animal medicine include preventative medicine and senior pet care. She enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking with her Belgian Sheepdog mix Louie and spending time with her rabbit Maxwell.