Our Doctors


General Practice

about-us-staff-doctors-hegarty-124x190Catherine T. Hegarty, D.V.M.

Dr. Hegarty joined Colonial Veterinary Hospital after graduating from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. In addition to providing primary care to our general practice patients, she is also passionate about improving the level of care we offer in her role as the Director of the General Practice. She has special interests in general practice preventative medicine, feline medicine, dentistry, and oncology.


ET 2Ellen M. Tremante, D.V.M.

Dr. Tremante received her Veterinary degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota in May 2006. In June of 2007, she completed a one year rotating internship in small animal internal medicine and surgery at Long Island Veterinary Specialists in Plainview, New York followed by a year and a half of private small animal practice on Long Island. Dr. Tremante then joined Colonial in March of 2009. Dr. Tremante’s professional interests include feline medicine, emergency medicine and animal welfare. She is currently working on becoming certified in feline medicine by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. She enjoys performing volunteer work for the Schuyler County Humane Society as well as enjoying the beautiful countryside central New York has to offer. She currently lives in Trumansburg with her three cats George, Elliot, and Franklyn.

mccarty20100930_color_0760-web editJenneka P. McCarty, V.M.D.

Dr. McCarty is an Ithaca native who received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. She completed a one-year rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at Cornell University, followed by a year of private small-animal practice in Syracuse, New York, before joining our practice in December of 2009. Dr. McCarty lives with her husband, daughters, and two mixed-breed dogs, Sydney and Nell. In her free time Dr. McCarty enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and cooking, and enjoying all the fun activities Ithaca and the surrounding area have to offer.

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Cecilia Murch, D.V.M

Dr. Murch is a 2013 graduate of Tufts University in Massachusetts, where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Public Health.  She then moved to Rochester New York to join the staff at Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Service, completing a one year rotating internship in medicine and surgery followed by a one year specialty internship in internal medicine.  Dr. Murch’s professional interests include immune-mediated disease, endocrine disease, and preventive medicine.  Outside of work she enjoys running, hiking, horseback riding, and spending time with family and  friends.  She shares her home with her dog, Finnegan, and two cats, Rupert and Wellington.

Dr. Porter - professional photo editMichelle Porter, D.V.M.

Dr. Porter, originally from California, graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada. After graduation in 2009, she worked at a busy practice in Redding, California for a year. She moved back to Canada in 2010 where she practiced in beautiful Nova Scotia for five years before joining Colonial Vet in July of 2015. She lives in Ithaca with her husband, Ian, and their two cats, Marshall and Lily. In her free time, Dr. Porter enjoys traveling, photography, and hiking.

Dr. Johnson editAnnie Johnson, D.V.M. , C.V.A.

Annie Johnson graduated from Cornell University of Veterinary Medicine in 2007, after which she completed a rotating internship at the University of Pennsylvania. She then spent her next years at a large emergency clinic in Philadelphia and in general practice in Perry, NY. Since vet school, Annie has had in interest in acupuncture and became certified in 2011 through the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. Her special focus is in integrative medicine, especially pain management. Thrilled to be back in Ithaca, she lives with her husband, three small children and a chubby orange cat.

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Dr. Licitra graduated from Cornell University of Veterinary Medicine in 2016, where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a PhD in Virology. After graduation, she worked at an emergency clinic in upstate NY for a year. She then joined our practice in 2017. She is originally from the Husdson Valley region of New York but now resides locally in the Ithaca area. She lives with her her two energetic boys and their three cats Mia, Hailey and Booty Bear. Outside of work she enjoys reading, horseback riding and running.


about-us-staff-doctors-ross-135x189J. Thomas Ross, D.V.M.
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. Ross joined the practice in August 1990 and is the current owner of Colonial Veterinary Hospital. Prior to this he spent time as an intern and surgical resident at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. He obtained his veterinary degree from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986, and became board certified in veterinary surgery in February 1993.


about-us-staff-doctors-socha-143x189Dennis E. Socha, D.V.M.

Dr. Socha is a 2011 graduate of the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada. Dr. Socha completed one year rotating internship at VCA California Animal Hospital Veterinary Specialty Group in Los Angeles, CA. He completed a one year surgical internship and a three year surgical residency at Colonial Veterinary Hospital. He has joined the surgical team at Colonial Veterinary Hospital working as a residency trained surgeon. Dr. Socha is interested in both orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Socha is originally from the beautiful Ohio shores of Lake Erie, where he was born and raised. He enjoys spending any free time with his family. Dr. Socha’s other interests include the great outdoors, fishing, and spending time at the Lake Erie islands with good friends.

about-us-staff-doctors-giroux-125x189Alain Giroux, D.V.M.
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiologists

Dr. Giroux graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal in 1995. Since completion of his residency at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000, Dr. Giroux has served as a Board-Certified Radiologist performing radiology, ultrasounds, and MRI consultations. Also, he led and participated in numerous ultrasound labs and lectures for veterinarians, in upstate New York and in major veterinary conferences. Dr. Giroux lives in Ithaca, NY with his two children.

about-us-staff-doctors-rassnick-148x189Ken Rassnick, D.V.M.
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)

Dr. Rassnick brings experience and expertise to the Specialty Services at Colonial Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Rassnick received his veterinary degree from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.  He completed his Residency in Medical Oncology at the Animal Medical Center in New York City in 1996 and then joined the Oncology Department at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.  From 2001-2010 he was an Assistant Professor of Oncology at Cornell, where his research efforts were focused on clinical and translational projects involving cancer control and pharmacological validation of new agents.  He is the author of more than 150 articles, book chapters and abstracts in the veterinary literature. Dr. Rassnick is particularly proud of the 8 residents he has helped train to careers in oncology. Through clinical service, he is dedicated to providing cutting-edge, high-quality treatments for dogs and cats with cancer, while still keeping quality-of-life as the top priority.

Dr. Cortright editCatherine Cortright, D.V.M.
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Dr.Cortright attended veterinary school at The Ohio State University. She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Purdue University and finished her residency in small animal Internal Medicine at Cornell University in 2014. Her special interests include endocrinology, specifically Cushing’s disease, as well as hepatic diseases and immune-mediated diseases of dogs and cats. Dr.Cortright is a board certified member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.