Dr. Hutt graduated from Gettysburg College in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree.  She went on to earn her veterinary degree from the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island in Prince Edward Island, Canada.  Upon returning home to New York, she completed a rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine & Surgery at the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island in 2009. The following year, she completed a year-long Small Animal Ophthalmology Internship under the mentorship of Dr. Noelle La Croix.  Upon completion of the Ophthalmology internship, Dr. Hutt joined the VMCLI Emergency team in July 2010.  In her spare time, Dr. Hutt enjoys Latin and Standard ballroom dancing, country music, and painting.  

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Dr Leanne Perkins, D.V.M.

Sam Holmes, Veterinary Technician

Bethany Howe-Fanning, DVM, CVA

Christina Ackerly, Veterinary Assistant

Meet the Staff

Sherri Rios, Veterinary Assistant

Aimee Goncalves, Veterinary Assistant

Christina was born and raised on Long Island. She graduated from Connetquot High School and has her certificate in Animal Science from Boces. She has two dogs, Loki the Shih tzu, Bella the Cockapoo and an Amazon Parrot named Memphis. Christina enjoys seeing the animals that come in and socializing with their parents.

Dr. Yvonne Boutges, D.V.M.

Sam was born and raised on Long Island. At a very young age she began realizing how much she enjoyed animals. She graduated from Longwood High School in 2012 then went on to Stony Brook University. She spent some time living and working in Alaska as a Veterinary Assistant and Technician. Upon returning from Alaska she joined our team in Dec.2015 and is now our head Technician at Hawkins Animal Hospital.

Dr. Bethany Howe received her bachelor of science in zoology in 1998 from the University of Rhode Island, and graduated from the Ross University School of  Veterinary Medicine in 2005.  She completed a small animal internal medicine and surgery internship in Westbury, NY from 2005-2006. She then worked as an associate emergency doctor in West Islip for four years., before transitioning to small animal practice over the past 4 years.  She opened the Hawkins Animal Hospital and Wellness Center in August 2014 and is a member of AVMA and AVHMA. Her interests include internal and emergency triage medicine.  She is also very interested in holistic medicine and is incorporating aromatherapy into her practice of traditional western medicine, and is a level 2 Reiki practitioner and seraphim blueprint practitioner. Dr. Howe makes her home on the south shore of Long Island, NY with her husband, son, and two cats.

Dr. Brooke Hutt, D.V.M.

​Dr. Yvonne Boutges DVM is a 2003 graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical year at Oklahoma State University.  After 5 years of practicing full time at a primary veterinary hospital, she decided to broaden her professional knowledge, and began practicing emergency medicine and providing veterinary relief services for Eastern Long Island. Her professional interests include preventative, behavioral and emergency medicine.  Dr. Boutges was born and raised on Eastern Long Island, and currently lives on the North Fork with her husband, son, a dog named Bunker, and cats Duke, Columbus and Jitterbug. She enjoys spending her down time traveling, boating and fishing with her family, and any time on the beach.
Currently Dr. Boutges is available on Fridays for surgery and appointments.


Sherri was born and raised on Long Island.  While growing up Sherri has been interested in veterinary medicine and while when she was younger she would take care of the strays around her neighborhood.  Sherri graduated from Connetquot High School in 2012 and graduated from the Animal Science program in Eastern Suffolk Boces in 2011.  She had started working at the Animal Shelter helping in the Cattery.  Sherri became a part of the Hawkins Animal Hospital and Wellness Center in June of 2011.  She has a love for all shapes and sizes of animals, from furry to scaly; even some with 8 legs.  Sherri hopes to someday work with wildlife and exotic pets, as well working to preserve some of life's beautiful creatures.  Sherri’s ‘furry family’ includes cats, ferrets, and her frog.  In her spare time she likes to relax and cuddle with her animals or she can be found drawing outside.

​Dr. Perkins started in the veterinary field as a Licensed Veterinary Technician prior to attending veterinary school. She received a Bachelor of Science in ​​Marine Vertebrate Medicine and completed her clinical year at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr Perkins' professional interests include preventative & wellness care, canine rehabilitation, neurology, and pain management. Dr. Perkins shares her home with her black Labrador, Benson.

Aimee started with us at Hawkins Animal Hospital in the beginning of 2019. She is currently attending school to become a veterinarian technician. Aimee has a true love for all animals, especially snakes. She currently shares her home with three reptiles; a snake, water dragon and a bearded dragon, three cats and one rambunctious German Shorthair Pointer.