Abbott Road Animal Hospital
Abbott Road Animal Hospital

We Love Animals Too

When it comes to the health and happiness of your pet, settle for nothing but the best. That's why you should choose Abbott Road Animal Hospital for your veterinary needs. Our veterinarians and staff are educated in what it takes to keep your pet healthy. We offer a wide range of expertise, enabling us to provide your pet with the most comprehensive treatment possible.

Dr. Melissa Galluch 

(Owner/Head Veterinarian)

Dr. Galluch started her education locally by attending Buffalo Seminary, and upon graduation she started her Bachelors in Animal Science at Cornell University. She completed her veterinary degree in 2000. While attending school, Dr. Galluch worked here as a veterinary assistant. She is now owner of the practice and is a member of the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), the NYSVMS (New York State Veterinary Medical Society) and the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society. She has a special interest in internal medicine, canine reproduction, and she is also active in the dog show circuit. She has a house full of Australian Shepherds, as well as several farm animals including sheep and horses. She enjoys spending time with her three children, Jacob, Lucas and Michaela.

Dr. Jennifer Gilbert

(Associate Veterinarian)

Dr. Gilbert is a Western New York native.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Canisius College in the field of chemistry in 1994. Following her undergraduate degree she was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree by the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada in 1999. Dr. Gilbert has a special interest in all types of surgery and dentistry.  She and her husband have volunteered their time performing spays and neuters in the Dominican Republic to reduce the stray pet population. During her free time, Dr. Gilbert can be found outside jogging, hiking, walking, skiing, horseback riding, and ice skating with her husband and brown dog, Daffy.  Her cat, Miss B, is more of a home body that enjoys keeping Dr. Gilbert's lap warm when she is reading or watching the Sabres win.

Lisa Weaver

(Head Veterinary Technician)

Lisa has been with us since the fall of 2011.  She is a graduate of Medaille College where she obtained her Veterinary Technician License in the spring of 2011.  Lisa is an avid horse lover!  Her free time is spent riding her 2 thoroughbreds Emma who is 19 years old and Fancy who is 9 years old.  In addition to the horses, Lisa shares her home with her 2 cats Nilla and Milo, plus her new dog Lady.

Kristen Nieves-Garcia

(Head Receptionist)

Kristen has been with us since June 2014.  She earned her M.A. in Psychology from the University at Buffalo SUNY in 2010, after graduating summa cum laude with her B.S. in Biology (with a minor in animal behavior) from Canisius College in 2007.  Kristen enjoys playing video games, indoor rock climbing, cross stitching, birding, hiking, rock music, and being a mom.  She will often be seen consuming copious amounts of coffee to keep up with her 3 children (Alyssandra, Ayla, and Isabella) and 2 pit bull mixes, Bandit and River.


Khristin Nowaczyk

(Veterinary Technician)

Khristin joined our team in June of 2016.  A 2005 graduate of Medaille College's Veterinary Technology program, she spent 6 years gaining valuable surgical experience working with the only licensed veterinary anesthesia tech in WNY. If you are in the market for a house, she is also an agent for Hunt Real Estate when she isn't here at the clinic.  In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her 2 year old bulldog Dexter.

Amanda Korczynski

(Veterinary Technician)

Amanda started her time here as a preceptor during her years at Medaille College in their Veterinary Technology program.  She joined our staff June 2017 after graduating and recently became a fully licensed veterinary technician.  In her free time, Amanda loves yoga, working out, adventures in the outdoors, and spending time with her furry companions: a 4 year old Rottweiler named Roxy, an 8 year old Golden Retriever named Hunter, and an                                               adorable bunny named Bella.

Tamara Stanier

(Veterinary Technician)

Tamara spent 14 years as a massage therapist before deciding to pursue a massive career change and become a veterinary technician.  She graduated from the Medaille Veterinary Technology Program in May 2017 with honors.  In her spare time, Tamara is a busy mom of three kids - ages 8, 11, and 13 - as well as several furkids, including her boxer, Cookie.  She also enjoys reading, scrapbooking, camping, and landscaping in her yard.

Kim Rydza

(Veterinary Technician)

Kim first started out here as a veterinary assistant and is now a Licensed Veterinary Technician! She is a 2018 graduate of the veterinary technician program at Genesee Community College. She is currently attending Daemen College finishing the prerequisites needed in order to apply to veterinary school! In her spare time you can find her volunteering at various animal rescues including the Erie County SPCA in their wildlife department and infirmary, pet sitting, and spending time with her puppy Chesney!

Elise Lukasiewicz


Elise is no stranger to Abbott Road, as her family has been bringing their pets here for years.  She recently graduated from SUNY Fredonia magna cum laude with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology and a minor in creative writing.  During her time in college, Elise was also a resident assistant for the freshman girls.  During her free time, she enjoys going to movies and concerts, as well as cooking (then consuming) good food. Her pets include the family dog, Shep, and her new black longhaired kitten - Atlas.  Welcome to the team, Elise!

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