Our Careteam

Heather Paige
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Heather’s grandparents kept a variety of animals while she was growing up, and it wasn’t difficult for her to fall in love with the world of pet care early on in life. Her first experiences with the earth’s creatures left a permanent impression. Heather always knew that she would one day work hands-on with pets in one form or another! She’s proud to now serve as a Licensed Veterinary Technician.

A native of Kingston, New York, Heather attended the SUNY Ulster to study veterinary technology and secured an internship at a large emergency practice during her coursework. It was there that she first fell in love with the feeling of making a true difference in the lives of pets—Heather knew that she only wanted more! She was hired as a Veterinary Assistant once her internship hours were completed, and then moved into a Licensed Veterinary Technician position after passing her board examinations.

When she heard about an opening here at Stone Cottage Veterinary Hospital, Heather jumped at the chance to join the clinic’s talented and compassionate care team. She’s been a member of the hospital family ever since. Heather has special interests in emergency medicine, surgery, anesthesia, dental work, and wildlife rehabilitation.

Away from work, Heather can be found reading, hiking, practicing yoga, gardening and canning, traveling, or spending quality time with her family and pets at home. She and her husband, Barry, live in Accord, New York with Franki, a Shepherd mix who considers herself the center of the universe, and an adorable uromastyx lizard named Rumpelstiltskin.
Emily Van Norstrand
Veterinary Technician
Emily grew up in Dutchess County with her parents, sister, and plenty of family pets. When she started living in New York City, she took on a job as a pet sitter—Emily loved working with animals so much that she decided to look into career paths in the veterinary world! Her passion has now come full-circle: she’s a Veterinary Technician here at Stone Cottage Veterinary Hospital.

After her time in New York City, Emily moved back to the Hudson Valley and signed on at the State University of New York-Ulster to study veterinary technology. She first joined the Stone Cottage Veterinary Hospital team as an intern while finishing up her degree, and was delighted to stay on-staff as a Veterinary Technician after her coursework was over.

Around the hospital, Emily is fond of surgical work and finds that no two procedures are ever quite the same. For her, nothing is more rewarding than watching a patient’s road to full recovery! Emily’s favorite part of her job is getting to meet pet owners just like herself on a daily basis.

Emily and her partner, Kevin, share their home with their newly adopted dog, Chyna. When she isn’t going on long hikes with Chyna or spending time with others’ furry family members here at the hospital, Emily loves reading, baking, and gardening.
Jocelyn
Veterinary Administrator, Head Receptionist
Jocelyn first began caring for animals in the rescue world, and worked closely with many veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians. This exposure to the medical side of animal care made a permanent impression—Jocelyn knew that she wanted to grow her skillset and help all of the pets she possibly could! She decided to dive headfirst into veterinary medicine, and she’s been bettering the lives of animals and their owners ever since.

Jocelyn is originally from Chester, New York but grew up right here in the Hudson Valley. She studied theatre arts in Florida before moving back to New York in late 2005, and signed on at her first animal shelter job at a facility in Elmsford. Next, she relocated to a shelter closer to home in Walden, and started working part-time here at Stone Cottage Veterinary Hospital shortly afterward. When Dr. Spaccarelli purchased the hospital in 2016, Jocelyn was more than happy to join the team full-time—she’s the clinic’s Administrator and Head Receptionist.

Here at the hospital, Jocelyn makes it her mission every day to make all visitors to the clinic feel comfortable and welcomed. She also loves snuggling up to the clinic’s furry patients, and makes it her business to always have a tasty treat on hand!

Aside from her interests in the world of veterinary care, Jocelyn is a huge theatre buff and continues to work backstage on productions whenever the opportunity arises. She’s worked on countless plays and musicals as a performer, set-designer, and lighting technician, and has helped produce everything from The Nutcracker to Little Shop of Horrors! At home, Jocelyn has five feline companions: Ria, Jocelyn’s aging soulmate; twins named Eerie and Princess; and Pip and Squeak, who were adopted after Jocelyn found them living outside of the clinic.
Lindsey
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Lindsey recalls taking the bus after school to the animal clinic her mother worked for, where she was fascinated by all the goings-on of the hospital. She looked up to a lot of the staff there, and knew that she would love to help pets in a hands-on way herself! Lindsey’s passion for veterinary care was sparked early on, and it hasn’t let up since. Now, she’s proud to serve as a member of Stone Cottage Veterinary Hospital’s Veterinary Technician team.

Lindsey is from New Paltz, New York and enrolled in the State University of New York-Ulster’s Veterinary Technician program immediately after high school. At the same time, she started working at a local vet clinic to learn the ropes. A few semesters later, Lindsey transferred to another local hospital, where she got to experience a more fast-paced, demanding clinic environment.

After passing her licensing exam, Lindsey enrolled at the State University of New York-New Paltz to earn her Bachelor’s degree. Shortly after gaining acceptance, she joined the team here at Stone Cottage Veterinary Hospital, and couldn’t be happier to serve the pets and animal owners of the area on weekends and during breaks between semesters.

When she has time between her busy work and school schedules, Lindsey likes scrapbooking, crafting, and spending quality time with her family and pets. Along with her parents—Lindsey’s mother is a small-animal veterinarian!—and three sisters, she shares her life with a menagerie of pets. The family has four dogs—Fiona, Tebow, Marz, and Levi—as well as seven outdoor cats who go by Smorze, Ray, Gabe, Ollie, Andy, Jimmy Junior, and Jupiter. Rounding out the animal component of the family are three Nigerian dwarf goats named Jumoke, Obi, and Keanu, as well as a free-range mountain pony named Hansel who knocks down any fence in sight.