Meet Our Team
Dr. Carolyn Fisher, DVM
Dr. Carolyn Fisher is currently the hospital director of Suburban Animal Hospital. A general practitioner, Dr. Fisher has cared for pets at Suburban since 1997. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and particularly likes observing and experiencing the special bonds people and their pets share.
A native of Rochester, Dr. Fisher attended the State University of New York at Geneseo. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology in 1993 and went on to attend the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. While there she was employed in the clinical pathology laboratory and active in several student organizations. She was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.
Dr. Fisher is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Genesee Valley Veterinary Medical Association and the Cornell Feline Health Center.
Dr. Fisher currently resides in the Rochester area with her cats Macaroni and Garfield; and a Standard Poodle named Jacques. She and her family also have a Belgian draft mare named Dolly who they enjoy spending time with. When she's not busy with her duties at the hospital, she can be found outside gardening, working on her salt water fish tank, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Josh Blair, DVM
Dr. Blair is an associate veterinarian at Suburban Animal Hospital. He previously worked at Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital.
Originally from LeRoy, N.Y., Dr. Blair graduated from Ross University in 2011 and completed his clinical year at Auburn University.
His professional interests include ophthalmology and surgery. Before veterinary school, Dr. Blair studied biology and chemistry, receiving his bachelor's degree in 2006.
He has one pet, a golden retriever named Decker. Outside of work, Dr. Blair enjoys playing tennis, biking and working out. He's also a big fan of the New York Yankees and Auburn Football.
Dr. Monica N. Bunkenburg, DVM
Originally from Skaneateles, New York, Dr. Bunkenburg attended Arizona State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness. She then attended the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2012. Her professional interests include enhancing the human-animal bond and surgery.
At home, she enjoys the company of a Rottweiler/Boxer mix named Xavier and two cats named Alex and Gus. During her free time, she enjoys reading, trail walking, watching movies, tailgating and anything LSU football. Although she has lived in Florida, Arizona and Louisiana, she is very happy to have returned to Upstate New York.
Christopher McKinney, DVM
Dr. Christopher R. McKinney is our newest associate veterinarian. He previously cared for pets at East River Veterinary Hospital and Cats & Critters.
Dr. McKinney graduated cum laude from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 2004. He attended the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine from 2006 to 2010, where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After two years in practice Dr. McKinney attended Tufts University, where he received his Master of Science in Conservation Medicine in 2013.
In addition to his experience as a veterinarian, he started working in the veterinary field in 2004 as a veterinary assistant. Dr. McKinney has volunteered at the Buffalo Zoo, Tufts University Wildlife Clinic and completed an internship at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as a wildlife intern in 2013. He seeks to enhance human-animal relationships and provide compassionate care for all patients. His professional interests include exotic animals, wildlife and internal medicine. He is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. McKinney shares his home with his wife, Elizabeth, two children, and four cats; Max, Jawa, Viggo and Vlad. In his spare time, he likes to read, hike and play computer games.
Shannon, the Hospital Manager, joined Monroe Veterinary Associates in 1998. She holds an associate's degree in Veterinary Technology from Medialle College and a bachelor's degree in Veterinary Services Management from SUNY Canton.
She is proud of the high level of care, compassion and respect that is given to all clients and their pets. She also enjoys the caring environment the team at Suburban Animal Hospital provides for each other, as well as the patients. Her four-legged family members include two dogs, Macy (Boston Terrier) and Bo (Boston Terrier Mix).
ACA/CSR Team Leader
Stephanie Gilbert is the ACA/CSR Team Leader at Suburban Animal Hospital, where she has worked since 2001. Before joining the team at Suburban Animal Hospital, Stephanie earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from SUNY Geneseo and a master's degree in counseling from the University of Rochester.
With a passion for people and pets, she loves the opportunity to create a bond with staff, patients, and clients. Suburban Animal Hospital recently became a Certified Fear Free Practice and Stephanie said that she really enjoys the opportunity to improve client satisfaction and patient experiences.
Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family, friends, dogs (Ludo and Fizzgig) and cat (Gobo). She enjoys finding new things to do in and around Rochester. Stephanie recently took and passed a course entitled "Better Veterinary Visits" through the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior.