Elizabeth Hardoon, DVM, CVA, CVFT, CVCH
Dr. Hardoon is a graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine. Previously she has received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the State University of NY at Stony Brook and also did an apprenticeship at the Australia Zoo, where she was fortunate to work under Steve Irwin, Animal Planet’s “The Crocodile Hunter.”
In 2012 she opened Williston Park Animal Hospital so that she could offer pets and their owners high quality veterinary care and individual attention in a clean and comfortable environment. The hospital was designed so that pets and their owners feel more relaxed and less rushed during their vet visit. Dr. Hardoon enjoys taking the time to listen and to get to know her patients, as well as to educate her clients about patient care. She is always focused on the overall health & well-being of her patients.
Dr. Hardoon believes in Integrative Veterinary Medicine which means combining traditional Western medicine with Eastern medicine for the benefit of the patient. She believes in the use of traditional medicine and surgery when necessary, but prefers the use of natural and holistic modalities for healing and also focuses on minimal vaccines and nutrition to help pets stay healthy and promote longevity.
Dr. Hardoon has completed her training at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine under the renowned Dr. Huisheng Xie and is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture, Veterinary Food Therapy, and Chinese Veterinary Herbal Medicine. In addition, Dr. Hardoon is also certified in Laser therapy and Stem Cell therapy. She is a member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, as well as the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture & the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association. This training allows her to provide her patients with holistic benefits including acupuncture, food therapy, herbal medicine, essential oil therapy, homeopathic remedies, laser therapy and stem cell therapy in combination with traditional veterinary medicine.
Dr. Hardoon is accredited by USDA APHIS to provide International Health Certificates to pets who travel. She is also a member of VIN (Veterinary Information Network) and enjoys consulting with a network of veterinary specialists who are on the cutting edge of medicine. She actively participates in many CE (continuing education) programs. Professional memberships include: the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), NYSVMS (New York State Veterinary Medical Society) & LIVMA (Long Island Veterinary Medical Association).
When not at our hospital Dr. Hardoon enjoys spending time with her family and three dogs (two Belgian Tervurens and a Shetland Sheepdog) and cat. In her time off you may find her competing with one of her Belgian Tervurens at one of the local dog shows in conformation, obedience and agility or participating in an event as a member of the Berkshire or Wine Country Belgian Tervuren Clubs. She also enjoys caring for her saltwater fish tank, as well as cooking and gardening.
Guillermo Martinez, LVT & Hospital Manager
Guillermo Martinez was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina before moving to New York. He completed his undergraduate degree at Queens College. He’s had a life-long dream to work with animals, which lead him to complete his degree as a Licensed Veterinary Technician at the State University of New York at Suffolk. He has over 20 years experience working with dogs & cats.
Guillermo is our version of the “Dog Whisperer” and you can tell that he has a special interest in animal training & behavior. He is also interested in pet nutrition and natural supplements for dogs and cats. He is tri-lingual and speaks both Spanish & Italian. In his spare time he enjoys travel, sports, fishing, and going to the beach. He shares his home with three wonderful dogs and a special rescue cat.
Margaret Valentino, DVM MPH CVA CVFT
Dr. Valentino was born and raised on Long Island. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Delaware with a bachelors degree in animal science, pre-vet concentration. During college, Dr. Valentino joined the US Army Reserves as a Civil Affairs Specialist and was deployed to Iraq and Kuwait for just over six months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom. While in the desert, she completed her application interviews to vet school via satellite phone, and began her veterinary education at the University of Minnesota soon after being released from active duty service. Having an interest in public health, and particularly infectious disease and population medicine, Dr. Valentino worked concurrently on a masters degree in public health while in veterinary school, completing it one year after she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota in 2007. Having accepted the Health Professions Scholarship from the US Army to help pay for veterinary school, Dr. Valentino started her active duty service obligation as a military veterinarian at Fort McPherson, in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2008. Between graduating from veterinary school and starting as a Veterinary Corps Captain, Dr. Valentino completed a year-long internship at Long Island Veterinary Specialists where she developed a passion for high quality medicine. Having met her husband in Georgia during her time at Fort McPherson, Dr. Valentino stayed in the Atlanta area, working at a variety of small animal clinics, balancing life with two small children. Looking for more options to help aging patients, she became interested in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine as a way to help heal and bring better quality of life, particularly when western medicines do not seem quite enough. She finished her course work for a Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2018 at the Chi Institute in Florida, and is constantly continuing to advance her understanding of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine to be able to help more animals live happier, healthier lives for longer. She moved back to Long Island a few years ago to be closer to her parents, and is looking forward to continue practicing veterinary medicine with a holistic approach that uses the best of both eastern and western medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Valentino enjoys taking day trips with her kids, especially to the beach, and walking their dog Max around the neighborhood. Aside from Mr. Max, Dr. Valentino shares life with her parents’ dog Maggie, sister’s dog Holly, two guinea pigs, and about two little fish.