David Halpern, DVM (Owner)

Graduated Louisiana State University Veterinary School in 1986. Practice owner and medical director since 1988. He is also the co-owner of Quality Veterinary Care and West Hempstead Animal Hospital. Dr. Halpern is very proud that his Daughter Amy has chosen to follow in his footsteps. Special interests in general medicine and exotics medicine.

Education:
Louisiana State University Veterinary School


Richard Valdes, DVM

Graduated NYS College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell in Special interests in surgery. Works with exotics Bilingual – Spanish

Education:
College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell


Zareen Mistry, DVM

Dr. Mistry was born and raised in Michigan. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Physiology from Cornell University, then went on to veterinary school at Kansas State. After completing an internship in Boston, she worked as an emergency and general practice vet for 5 yrs in New Jersey. In 2010, she got married and moved to Hong Kong with her husband. She moved to NY and joined the Lefferts team in 2012. Her interests include internal medicine, dentistry, and ultrasounds. She lives in Long Island with her husband, 2 beautiful children, and yellow lab, Maggie Mae. She had the honor of being appointed Medical Director of the hospital in 2015.

Education:
Veterinary school at Kansas State


Payal Mittal, DVM

Dr. Payal Mittal was born and raised in Michigan. Dr. Mittal graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Psychology. After a year, she decided to pursue her dream career as a veterinarian. Dr. Mittal graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Her adventure in veterinary school involved a clinical year at Louisiana State University. Her special interest includes surgery, internal medicine, and imaging. She lives with her 2 cats (Kung Pao and Moonpie) in Manhattan and visits her family in Michigan whenever possible. She is very excited to join the wonderful staff here at Lefferts Animal Hospital.

Education:
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine


Deborah Delshad, VMD

Dr. Deborah Delshad was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Maryland, with a bachelor’s degree Animal Sciences/Pre-Vet and then moved to Philadelphia to complete veterinary school at University Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She moved to New York to start her career and is excited to be part of the fantastic team at Lefferts Animal Hospital. Her medical interests include surgery, theriogenology, and imaging.

Education:
University Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine


Kevin Birchler DVM

Dr. Kevin Birchler began his experience with animals during his Bachelors in Biology at the University of Michigan, where his focus in ecology led him to field work with marine birds in Galapagos. Following 4 years of large animal experience managing a ranch with horses and alpacas, he completed his veterinary studies at the University of Glasgow. The first 5 years of his veterinary career were spent at a small animal practice nearby his alma mater in Ann Arbor, and has now been a member of the Lefferts Family since 2018. His interests range from preventative and internal medicine, to radiology and general surgery. He lives in nearby Queens with his wife and dog, always ready to explore their new surroundings.

Education:
University of Glasgow


Steven Yang, DVM

Graduated from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine with an interest in internal medicine and ultrasound, critical care, and dentistry. As a native New Yorker, he attended Fordham University to acquire an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences. His decision to join Leffert’s Animal Hospital was based on the attraction for a large, complex caseload in a general practice setting, the presence of excellent mentorship, and the desire to return to his home city where his family resides. During his free time, he spends time with his tortoiseshell cat Crispy, travels to Thailand, plays video games, and practice classical piano.

Education:
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine


Nori Acevedo, DVM

Dr Acevedo has returned to our practice after living abroad for 6 years. While in Australia she achieved membership in the Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists radiology chapter and continues to refine her skills in radiology and ultrasonography.

Dr. Acevedo completed her undergraduate studies at Tulane University majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology. She received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Tuskegee University and completed a specialty rotating internship at Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island before joining Lefferts Animal Hospital in 2010.

Dr. Acevedo was born in Santo Domingo and grew up in Florida. She is happy to be back in NYC!

Education:
Tuskegee University


Andrea Pollard

Hospital Manager

Andrea was born and raised in Guyana until she was 13 then she migrated to New York. She attended Mercy college after high school hoping to become a veterinarian but life had different plans. Andrea has been working with Lefferts Animal Hospital since March 1998. She started working in kennel and has worked her way up the ladder and the manager in November 2008. She is always looking for ways to better herself as a leader, manager and most of all as a human being. She is also known as the puppy midwife for all c-sections. In her spare time she enjoys Traveling, on and off Broadway plays as well as spending time with her family and friends.


Theresa

Head Technician


Lisa

Technician Staff


Denise

Technician Staff


Peggy

Technician Staff


Damaris

Technician Staff


Michelle

Technician Staff


Nathanya

Technician Staff


Zenaida

Technician Staff


Staci

Technician Staff


Fifi

Receptionist


Kathy

Receptionist


Lisa B.

Receptionist


Elizabeth

Receptionist


Kimberly H.

Receptionist


Camila

Receptionist


Merari

Receptionist


Briana

Receptionist


Emily K.

Head Veterinary Assistant


Kayla

Veterinary Assistant


Cecilia

Veterinary Assistant


Justin

Veterinary Assistant


Johanna

Veterinary Assistant


Elizabeth R.

Veterinary Assistant


Joshua M.

Veterinary Assistant


Jillian

Veterinary Assistant


Kendra

Veterinary Assistant


Sarah

Veterinary Assistant


Nathaly

Veterinary Assistant


Louis

Head Kennel Attendant


Jennifer, Joshua, Angela, Dylan and Mikayla

Kennel Attendants