Veterinary Surgery at VSES
The surgery team at VSES offers the training, equipment, and expertise to treat even the most complex surgical conditions. Our surgeons embrace the most current knowledge and advanced techniques to provide your pets with the finest surgical experience in the region. Our team of board-certified veterinary surgeons provides complete patient care, from pre-op to discharge. Our continuity of care is second to none.
Meet Our Surgery Team
Daniel E. Hoffmann
DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS (Small Animal)
Originally from Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Dr. Daniel E. Hoffmann joined Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services’ surgery team in March 2013. Before that, he worked as a Small Animal Surgeon at the Akron Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Ohio.
Dr. Hoffmann attended the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2004. He has completed a surgical residency at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and internships at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Hoffmann has published multiple articles, including one accepted for publication in the Journal of Veterinary and Comparative Orthopedics and Traumatology in October 2015. His professional interests include pain management, tibial tuberosity advancement, total joint arthroplasty, reconstructive and oncologic surgery, wound healing and management, and neurosurgery.
He shares his home with his wife, their three children, a Yorkie Bichon named Andy, and a Persian named Plato. During his free time, Dr. Hoffmann enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, birding, traveling, fishing, and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Lindsay St. Germaine
DVM, Diplomate ACVS (Small Animal)
Dr. Lindsay St. Germaine is a native of Milford, Michigan, and joined VSES as a staff surgeon in October 2014.
She earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2009, graduating from Michigan State University with high honors. Following veterinary school, she completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. St. Germaine then moved to Rochester, where she accomplished a three-year residency in small animal surgery and successfully obtained board certification.
Following residency, Dr. St. Germaine went on to practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before returning to VSES in 2014. Her professional interests include oncologic surgery, trauma patients, and critical care medicine. She has published on multiple topics, including surgical site infection and permanent tracheostomy in dogs. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor hobbies, including boating, skiing, running, and hiking.
Katelyn MacGillivray, VMD
Dr. MacGillivray is originally from the Jersey Shore. She attended the College of New Jersey and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in biology before graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. MacGillivray has completed a small animal rotating internship at Animal Medical Center in New York City and a surgical internship at Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Diego.
She has a Newfoundland named Abigail and two cats named Millie and Milo. Outside of work, Dr. MacGillivray enjoys rock climbing, hiking with her dog, and cooking.
Alla Bezhenteseva, DVM
Dr. Bezhentseva was originally born in Russia, and moved to the United States in 1994. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York and Brunswick, New Jersey.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rutgers University, New Brunswick with a double major in psychology and animal science, and a double minor in political science and economics. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts where she was awarded the ACVS Foundation Student Surgery Award for Excellence in Small Animal Surgery. Her professional interests include minimally invasive procedures, fracture repair, thoracic surgery, management of polytrauma cases, and cranial cruciate ligament disease. She is AIS PennHIP Certified.
Dr. Bezhenteseva has a Siberian Husky named Cobalt and enjoys indoor rock climbing, hiking, running, succulent gardening, and Russian literature in her spare time.
Alyssa Motz, DVM
Dr. Alyssa Motz is originally from Macedonia, Ohio. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2010, majoring in Zoology and Anthropology and minoring in Forensic Science. She continued her education at The Ohio State University, where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Motz completed a small animal rotating internship at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital before completing a small animal surgical internship.
She enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and pets when she’s not working. She also enjoys reading and Ohio State football!
Heather Lowe, DVM
Dr. Heather Lowe grew up in Northeast, PA. She attended Delaware Valley College, majoring in small animal science. Dr. Lowe earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University. She completed a small animal rotating internship at Long Island Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Lowe’s professional interests include soft tissue and orthopedic surgery.