S. Renee Wilcox, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. Wilcox, our Chief of Staff, has been practicing at Countryside Animal Hospital since 1995. She grew up in Rhinebeck, New York and currently resides in Red Hook. She completed her undergraduate studies at Wells College (Aurora, NY) in 1990 and then went on to earn her DVM degree from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine (Ithaca, NY) in 1995. During school, Dr. Wilcox began working at Countryside Animal Hospital as a kennel attendant and receptionist. Once completing veterinary school, she was hired as the practice owner's first associate veterinarian. Her medical interests include soft tissue surgery.
When not working, Dr. Wilcox enjoys tennis, and is a member of a USTA women's tennis league. She also plays golf and loves to ski. She has a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Kirby, whom she calls her "bucket of love," and two cats, Burt and Simon.
Cheryl R. McFee, DVM
Dr. McFee has been a member of the veterinary team at Countryside Animal Hospital since 2007. She spent her childhood in Bainbridge, New York, but now calls Staatsburg home. Dr. McFee has two undergraduate degrees, one from SUNY Delhi (1980) and one from SUNY Binghamton (1986). She then went on to veterinary school at Cornell University, earning her DVM degree in 1990. Previously, she practiced veterinary medicine at Pawling Animal Clinic, as well as animal hospitals in Middletown and Wurtsboro, New York. She has a special interest in rabbit and guinea pig medicine.
In her spare time, Dr. McFee enjoys activities such as horseback riding, downhill and cross-country skiing, hiking, swimming, biking and dog agility training (with her dog, of course!). She also keeps busy with her sons and two little granddaughters. She is active in church and loves teaching Sunday school. Her menagerie of pets at home includes 2 horses, 2 cats, and a flock of wonderful chickens.
Philip Pacchiana, DVM, Diplomate ACVS — Veterinary Surgeon
Dr. Pacchiana is a board-certified veterinary surgeon. Once this Connecticut native discovered his love of the veterinary field, he decided to attend the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine in St. Paul.
After a variety of general and surgical internships, Dr. Pacchiana returned to the University of Minnesota to complete a Master of Science degree in Veterinary Surgery, Anesthesia, and Radiology. During this time, he also completed a three-year residency in veterinary surgery. Dr. Pacchiana went on to pass the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) exam in 2003 and has maintained board-certification since that time.
Dr. Pacchiana has held both medical director and chief of staff roles at numerous New York practices before starting Cutting Edge Veterinary Surgery. He has performed thousands of orthopedic, soft tissue, and neurosurgical procedures, and has experience in treating almost all surgical conditions in dogs and cats.
We are fortunate to have Dr. Pacchiana visit our practice to lend his surgical talents to help our patients!