Hospital For Animals

4 Plumtree Road, Springfield, MA 01118
413.782.3183 phone - 413.782.4713 fax

Dr. K. S. Bernstein
Dr. S. B. Himmelstein
Dr. T. J. Crosson
Dr. J. E. Alleman

Our Staff:

We are very proud of our outstanding staff, and our clients often comment that they feel comfortable knowing that their pets are under their kind and competent care.

Jean Deforge

Jean has been working in reception and as front office manager for 35 years. Prior to working at Spruce Hill, she worked for the late pediatrician Dr. Kresock. She recognizes former patients who are now adults and clients at Spruce Hill, and remembers if they had to be held down for shots!

She is a master of multitasking and keeps the place running smoothly during busy times. She has a 22 year old cat.

Jean Deforge with "Sophie"
Photo by Mark M. Murray, The Republican

Rachel Chmura

Rachel Chmura joined Spruce Hill 32 years ago when she graduated from Holyoke Community College Veterinary Technician Program in 1991. Like all our technicians, she loves working with animals and is fearless, never afraid of a challenging patient.

In her spare time, she hikes with her family and competes in triathlons and mountain races. She has a dog "Addie" and a parakeet named "Szot Park".

Rachel Chmura with "Addie"
Photo by Ted Chmura III

Dawn Fopp

Dawn Fopp is also a graduate of the HCC Vet Tech Program. She has been a member of the Spruce Hill team going on 21 years, starting in 2002.

She and Rachel rotate between the vet tech and front office positions. She enjoys home improvement projects, spending time with her family, and hiking with her 2 dogs. She also has a cat.

Dawn Fopp with "Ranger"
Photo by Mark M. Murray, The Republican

Kali Drainville

Kali's been with Spruce Hill going on 4 years. Always an animal lover, she worked in pet stores for seven years while attending school. She began her college education at Westfield State University, majoring in art education, but realized that her passion was working with animals. After transferring to Holyoke Community College, she completed the Veterinary Technician program.

At home, she has a full menagerie of pets: a cat, guinea pig, hamster, rabbit, parakeet, sugar glider, two rats and two bearded dragons. When not cleaning animal cages, she enjoys swimming and spending time with her fiancé.

Kali Drainville with "Primrose"
Photo by Rachel Chmura

Shannon Mcilrath

Shannon came to Spruce Hill after working as a veterinary technician for animal hospitals in Connecticut. After college, she had planned to pursue a career in public health, but got sidetracked after doing volunteer work at the Mystic Aquarium and working at a veterinary clinic.

We’re glad she’s decided to stay in this field! When not working, Shannon enjoys riding her horse and competing in shows, hanging out with her dog and her boyfriend, and playing video games.

Shannon Mcilrath with "Chief"

Taryssa Bogan

Taryssa is a Connecticut resident who had worked as a receptionist at several animal hospitals before she headed north to join the Spruce Hill team. Her experience and professionalism are valued assets for the busy and at times, hectic front desk.

She shares her home with two cats, Cooper and Brody. When not at work, she enjoys fishing with her fiancé and cooking healthy meals.

Taryssa with "Brodie"