THE WALKER VALLEY VETERINARY HOSPITAL STAFF
Dr. Kate Lucas
Dr. Lucas grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. After pursuing an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Illinois, she went on to Ross University, from which she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. She is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the New York State Veterinary Association.
Dr. Lucas moved to this area shortly thereafter and practiced from 1997-2002, first at Hoppenstedt Animal Hospital in Kingston and then at Cornwall Veterinary Hospital in Cornwall. In late 2001, Dr. Lucas and her husband purchased the property that previously housed the Fire House Deli in Walker Valley. During the time they were renovating it, Dr. Lucas also filled in at various local spay/neuter clinics. In May 2002, Dr. Lucas opened the Walker Valley Veterinary Hospital.
Dr. Lucas and her husband, Master Sergeant Tracy Hornbeck, were married in 2001. They share their home with their son Mack, daughters Brooke and Claire and 2 dogs and a cat. In her free time Dr. Lucas spends as much time as possible with her young children and enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, gardening, cross-country skiing, and water skiing.
Tracy Hornbeck grew up in the Pine Bush and Walker Valley area. He has been a member of the New York Air National Guard since 1985. Tracy works in quality assurance for the 105th Maintainence Squadron at Stewart Newburgh, helping keep the C-17s in the air. When he is not working at home or helping out around the hospital you can find him at the Neversink river fly fishing, or perhaps training for his next road race.
Dr. James Lawless
Dr. Lawless is a 1976 graduate of The New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell and, like Dr. Lucas, spent his first years practicing at the Hoppenstedt Animal Hospital in Kingston, NY. In 1980 he and his wife, Amy, opened the Cornwall Veterinary Hospital in Cornwall, NY, where for the next 23 years they developed a highly regarded medical and surgical veterinary practice while raising their three children. Dr. Lucas worked with Dr. Lawless as an associate veterinarian at the Cornwall Veterinary Hospital just prior to her opening the Walker Valley Veterinary Hospital in 2002.
In 2003 Dr. Lawless sold his practice in Cornwall to pursue a life on Martha's Vineyard as both a veterinarian and a marine artist. After two years he and his wife decided to return to their life in Cornwall, and so it came to be that he sought employment from his previous employee. You can now find Dr. Lawless doing what he loves best on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Walker Valley Veterinary Hospital.
Dr. Lawless now makes his home in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY. His daughter Lisa followed in dad's footsteps graduating from Cornell's Veterinary College in 2005. In addition to his passion for veterinary medicine, he is a renowned marine artist ( Lawless Gallery, ASMA 13th National Exhibition ) and an avid blue water sailor. He and his wife are owned by a Jack Russell Terrier who goes by the name "Tilly". She loves them very much.
Dr. Kaisa Young
Dr. Kaisa Young grew up in Finland and then traveled around the world.  She lived several years in Africa, South East Asia, and Europe.  She received her bachelor's degree in neurobiology at University of Maine in 1993 and went on to graduate with a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from University of Pennsylvania in 1997.
After graduating from Veterinary school, Dr. Young moved to Northern California, where she owned a small animal hospital for 17 years.  She returned to the East Coast 2016 to be closer to her ageing in laws.  Her husband grew up in the Hudson Valley before joining the military and most of his family still lives here.  They now are enjoying the Hudson Valley with their sighthounds and a little rascal of a terrier mix called Sammy.
Dr. Young enjoys hiking, skiing, riding horses, and gardening.
Dr. Barbara MacMullen
Dr. Barbara MacMullen is originally from Saugerties in Ulster County. After earning a bachelor's degree from Cornell University, she lived in Tuscany for 7 years and attended the Veterinary College at the University of Pisa. She finished her veterinary degree at Aranela University in Manila, Philippines. She did post-graduate clinical studies at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbia, and at the Animal Medical Center in NYC.
Dr. MacMullen then worked for 8 years as a veterinarian at a local emergency facility. She also had the opportunity to be involved with the UCSPCA and the PCSPCA. She work as an associate for Dr. Les Scherr at the Hopewell Animal and Bird Hospital for 7 years ending in 2008. Barbara opened her own practice, Pet's Reward Veterinary House Calls in 1999, and loves every day of pet-client service.
In the spring of 2009 she began work at Walker Valley Vet, where she sees appoinments the first and third Saturdays of the month.
Dr. MacMullen lives in Kingston with her partner of 20 years, Tim Dunton. Tim is a bluestone craftsman specializing in landscape design. They have two Basset hounds, 4 cats, a ball python, 2 leopard geckos, 2 rainforest frogs and 3 pet rats.
Beth Maxwell joined the Walker Valley Vet family as head receptionist in the summer of 2007. In the summer of 2013, she graduated from the Vet Tech program as SUNY-Ulster and passed her boards. Congratulations -- Beth is now our head LVT tech.
Beth grew up in Cornwall, NY and now lives in Wurtsboro with her daughter Emily and her own managerie of pets. In her spare time Beth enjoys camping, “The Lake,” and spending time with friends and family.
Susan joined the Walker Valley Vet team in 2011 as our full-time receptionist. She has been in the veterinary field for twenty years. Susan resides in Kerhonkson with her husband, four dogs and two cats. You might know her dog Noodles who comes to work daily.
Samantha Reinhardt joined the Walker Valley Vet team in 2013 as an intern.  After completing her internship she stayed on as a part time veterinary technician.
Samantha grew up in Walker Valley and had always had a variety of animals, including large animals and exotics.  Samantha also works as a wildlife rehabilitator at an exotic animal sanctuary.  When she's not working she enjoys hiking and camping.
Lenore is our part-time receptionist. She has had pets for most of her life and has always wanted to work in a veterinary hospital. Lenore has been a veterinary receptionist for 20 years, working with Dr. Kate previously at a another hospital. She volunteers at local shelters in her "spare" time and has rescued many pets of all shapes and sizes over the years. Lenore lives with her husband and two teenage daughters.
Noodles enjoys his job at Walker Valley Vet. He is known to many as “The Mayor”. Although his paycheck is as small as he is, he loves spending the days with his family and many friends.
THE THREE AMIGOS
Both Dr. Lawless and Dr. Lucas began their careers working for Dr. Hoppenstedt.