Christina Ackerly, Receptionist

​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.

Mary was born and raised on Long Island. She attended Sachem High School and Suffolk College.  Mary has always been an animal lover and volunteers for many animal organizations.  She loves being around animals and working at the hospital.  She has three cats, Lucie, Snowshoes, and Buddy . Mary has been with Hawkins Animal Hospital since December 2015.

Stacy was born and raised on Long Island.  She attended Sachem High School and Delhi College.  She joined Hawkins Animal and Wellness Center as a receptionist in 2014.  Stacy is a people person with a boasting 20 years of customer service.  She loves all kinds of animals but has a soft spot for cats.  In her spare time she enjoys reading.  She makes her home in St. James with her fiancé and two VERY spoiled cats Ralphie and Teddie.  Ask her about "Ralphie" I dare you...

Sherri Rios, Veterinary Assistant

Stacy Jean, Receptionist

Dan was born and raised on Long Island.  When Dan was young he developed a love for all animals.  He graduated from Sachem North High School in 2014. He is now pursuing his college career at Suffolk Community College, where he is majoring in Psychology with dreams to open his own practice for clinical treatment. Although he is a Psychology major and has recently started his journey in the animal field, when he joined the amazing team at the Hawkins Animal Hospital and Wellness Center in May of 2015, that does not alter his passion and love for working with animals.

Mary Vitale, Receptionist

Maureen was born and raised on Long Island and attended Smithtown High School. In 2007 Maureen discovered her love for working with animals when she started working at The Guide Dog Foundation for the blind. She then decided to turn her life long love for animals into her career and began attending Suffolk County Community College, where she graduated in 2012 with a degree in Veterinary Science Technology. Maureen has been working as a Licensed Veterinary Technician for the past 3 years. 

Dr Leanne Perkins, D.V.M.

Meet the Staff

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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. 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.  

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 Vet Assistant. Upon returning from Alaska she joined our team in Dec.2015. 

Joann Zanello, Technician

Sam Holmes, Veterinary Assistant

Christina was born and raised on Long Island. She graduated from Connetquot High School and now attends Animal Science at Boces. She has two dogs, Loki the Shih tzu and Bella the Cockapoo. Christina enjoys seeing the animals that come in and socializing with their parents.

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. 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.

Dan Madigan, Veterinary Assistant

Maureen Watts, L.V.T.,Technician


Joann has been a technician for 27 years. She has 3 dogs Spencer, Kirby and Sadie along with 2 chinchillas Sonic and Shadow. Joann has always wanted to help animals since she was a kid and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Joann has worked in both small animal practices and Emergency Care hospitals. When she is not working, she loves enjoying her time with her 2 children.

Bethany Howe-Fanning, DVM, CVA