Dr. Angela N. Martin
Angela N. Martin, DVM was born in the Bronx and always dreamed of being a veterinarian. From the time she was a child, she participated in programs at the Bronx Zoo and worked at small animal hospitals to pursue her interest.
She attended the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University where she majored in Animal Science and graduated with her B.S. in 1999. She was thrilled to be admitted as a junior to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University and graduated with her DVM in 2002. While in veterinary school, she received the James Gordon Bennett Prize, an award for excellence in anesthesia and pain management.
Since graduation, Dr. Martin has gained valuable experience in general practice as well as in emergency medicine and surgery. She founded Island Veterinary Group in 2010 with her friend and colleague, Dr. Jaime Wiener. Providing exceptional veterinary care in the animals’ homes has been incredibly rewarding. She enjoys serving even more pets now at Island Veterinary Group’s brick and mortar animal hospital.
Dr. Martin is a member of the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association, the New York Veterinary Medical Society, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. She is also a proud supporter of the Cornell Feline Health Center.
Dr. Jaime Wiener
Dr. Wiener is originally from Dix Hills and had always known she would be a veterinarian. Animals have always played a very important role in her life. Dr. Wiener grew up riding horses and caring for her own little menagerie.
Dr. Wiener attended the University of Vermont where she majored in Animal Science and graduated in 1998 with her B.S degree. She attended Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with her DVM in 2005.
Dr. Wiener is a member of the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association, the New York Veterinary Medical Society, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Dr. Wiener is proud of her profession and enjoys caring for her patients and their families each and every day. She currently resides in Huntington with her husband and three children.
Dr. Robert Blakely
Dr. Robert Blakely was born and raised on Long Island and could not be happier to be a part of the Island Vet Group team. For as long as he could remember, his goal was to become a veterinarian. Throughout his childhood, his family has owned a variety of pets including cats, dogs, pocket pets, ponies and pot-bellied pigs. Pursuing veterinary medicine was the only logical career choice for him!
He joined our practice in June of 2018 after graduating from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He started his animal career volunteering at the Freeport Animal Shelter during high school. Dr. Blakely earned his bachelor’s degree with Honors in Biology and Chemistry from Molloy College in 2012. He then spent 3 years prior to vet school at the New York Aquarium in Brooklyn working with their large marine mammals, penguins and sharks. During his time at Cornell, he spent much of his time doing research focused on cellular biology and cancer. As a general practitioner, Dr. Blakely takes pride in providing exceptional care for his patients and establishing meaningful relationships with their families.
In his free time, Dr. Blakely enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two dogs, Ernie and Finley.
Joanna Kuranovich, Office Manager
Joanna grew up in Queens, but moved to Long Island four years ago. She currently resides in East Northport with her husband and four year old dog, Spartacus.
Joanna loves to learn. She is currently in her last semester of Penn Foster College, majoring in Veterinary Technology, where she has remained on the Dean’s List throughout her academic career. While enrolled in Penn Foster, Joanna was promoted to assistant manager of Island Veterinary Group, and then six months later to manager. She found her passion in management, and that has motivated her to pursue a higher level of education. She plans to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, and once applicable, become a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager.
In her spare time, Joanna enjoys spending time with her family. She loves to cook and host large dinner parties. She also enjoys reading and shopping.
Angelina Cuadra, LVT
I’m Jezabel, but I prefer to be called Angelina, isn’t that easier to pronounce? I am originally from El Salvador and I came to this country at the age 10. I have been in Huntington ever since.I always loved animals since I was a kid, there is no better feeling in this world knowing that I could help an injured animal. Angelina graduated from vet tech school at Suffolk County Community College.
Alex Kaplan, Veterinary Assistant
Alex grew up in Huntington with his family and his two cats Stripey and Tiger. For as long as he can remember, he has had great interest and passion for the sciences and loved being around and learning about animals. He is currently entering his third year at SUNY Geneseo and will graduate in 2019 with a B.S. degree in Biology. After graduation, Alex is planning on attending veterinary school in order to obtain his DVM. Alex enjoys leadership roles in school and is involved in several extracurricular activities and programs such as serving on Residence Hall Council, involvement in Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society, and leading Geneseo Outing Club hikes.
At Island Veterinary Group Alex has had the opportunity, in between semesters at school, to gain valuable hands-on experience working with small animals while training to be a veterinarian.
Cody Brady, Veterinary Assistant
Cody Brady has worked at Island Veterinary Group as a veterinary assistant since July 2018. Currently, Cody aspires to attend veterinary school in the next couple years after finishing undergraduate studies at Stony Brook University. For his undergraduate studies, he is pursuing a B.S. in Biochemistry with a minor in Music and Technology while taking the prerequisite classes needed to apply to veterinary school. Cody also works at the Queens Zoo with their domestics, and in the past has done wildlife rehabilitation. While not working on his studies or at the office, he plays Ultimate Frisbee on multiple teams and rock climbs. In addition, he is a part of the Camerata Singers on campus. Working under the expert veterinarians at Island Veterinary Group has been a pleasure for Cody and will help him become an excellent veterinarian in the future!
Lauren Steffann, Veterinary Assistant
Lauren Steffann was raised in East Northport where she spent time with childhood pets and learned the undefinable value of animal companionship. Her time volunteering at farms, wildlife rehabilitation centers and on veterinary field clinics have given her a wide breadth of experience. While at school, she has made contributions towards the scientific research of dystroglycan-related muscular dystrophy therapies as a lab intern. Lauren is now going into her senior year at Binghamton University and will be graduating Phi Beta Kappa next spring with a B.S. in Biochemistry. She is currently applying to veterinary schools with aspirations of becoming a mixed animal veterinarian. In her down time she enjoys hiking, drawing and spending time with her bunny named Waffle. Lauren is grateful for the opportunity to work at Island Veterinary Group and to learn from their kind and experienced staff.
Latynese Butts-Houston, Veterinary Assistant
Latynese Butts-Houston is from Huntington Station and is a recent graduate from SUNY Canton, where she received her associates degree in liberal arts and applied science. She has worked at Island Veterinary Group since September of 2018 and she aspires to become a Veterinary Technician. Latynese hopes to attend Suffolk Community College to obtain her Vet Tech license. Latynese has had a passion for animals starting from her first pet, an all-white Maltese named Max. She now has a dwarf bunny named Bun-Bun. In her spare time she enjoys going out with friends and improving her make up skills.
Haley Stein, Veterinary Assistant
Haley is excited to be joining the team at Island Veterinary Group as a Veterinary Assistant. She recently graduated from the University of Vermont in May of 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. While in school, she was very involved at UVM’s student run dairy farm and even had the pleasure of raising her own calf named Rosie. She is grateful for the opportunity to assist the incredible veterinarians and staff and knows she will learn a lot from them while she applies to veterinary school. She has previously worked as a veterinary assistant at another small animal practice and is currently volunteering at Cornell University’s specialty equine hospital. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her family and her cat Ruby.
Olivia Taubenfeld, Veterinary Assistant
Olivia lives in Plainview with her family and two gerbils, Vanellope and Taffyta. Ever since she was in kindergarten, she knew she loved science and wanted to work with animals with the goal of becoming a veterinarian. She is currently a senior at SUNY Stony Brook and will be graduating this May with a B.S. degree in Biology, after which she hopes to attend veterinary school. Olivia is now on the executive board of Stony Brook’s Ballroom Dance Team as well as that of the Pre-Vet Society. She also works as a peer tutor for biology and chemistry courses and serves as an undergraduate research assistant specializing in anatomical sciences and evolutionary biology. Since starting work in the summer of 2019, Olivia has already gained valuable experience and knowledge as a result of the expertise of the veterinarians at Island Veterinary Group. She is very appreciative of this opportunity as a part of her training for entering the field of veterinary medicine.
Gianna Pizzo, Veterinary Assistant
At fourteen years old, Gianna started working closely with a non-profit cat rescue that was very near and dear to her heart. Gianna then decided she wanted to broaden her knowledge and care for larger breed animals. She began working at a rescue that offered shelter and medical attention for the abused and unwanted farm animals. After working with the large animal veterinarians closely, caring for these animals, she realized she wanted to be a part of the veterinary field. After being a veterinary assistant for four years, she felt ready to take the next step in her life to become a veterinary technician. She then enrolled in Penn Foster’s Veterinary Technician Program. Gianna is now ecstatic to work alongside, and be able to learn from the amazing staff at Island Veterinary Group!
Sandi Furman, Receptionist
Sandi is one of the welcoming and friendly people you meet when you call or visit IVG. She always greets you and your furry friends in a compassionate and professional manner, will schedule your appointments, discuss your prescriptions, coordinate with your insurance carrier, and be sure your questions are answered in a clear and accurate manner. She is always helpful, very organized and an important part of the IVG family. Sandi came to us after a successful career in Marketing and Real Estate, and she is thrilled to be working with animals, something she has always wanted to do! She currently lives in Huntington with her family, and her 6 year old goldendoodle, Leo.