Dr. Jeffrey Hubsher
Dr. Jeffrey Hubsher always wanted to be a veterinarian. Up until he was six years old however, he wanted to be a cowboy (difficult for a kid growing up in Brooklyn!). But after that he knew his calling was to be a veterinarian. “It was kind of like a dream come true”.
Dr. Hubsher has been in practice since 1980. He is an active member of the AVMA, CVMA, FCVMA, and NYVMA. He has worked as a veterinarian in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Peekskill NY, and Franklin Square, NY and in an emergency clinic on Long Island.
He has been the owner of the South Salem Animal Hospital since 1984, and Noah’s Ark Animal Hospital since 2000. Dr. Hubsher is a consultant for R.O.A.R., Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue.
Dr. Hubsher loves being a veterinarian. He is a general practitioner and his goal is to provide extraordinary veterinary care in all aspects of his practice. In addition, he has advanced training in veterinary dental care and has a special interest in ear diseases. He is a progressive clinician who attends many continuing education seminars and who insists on having the most advanced and specialized equipment in his two hospitals. Dr. Hubsher not only provides care to cats and dogs but also treats birds, reptiles, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, pot-bellied pigs, pet goats, and pet sheep, you name it.
To quote Dr. Hubsher on his philosophy of practice: “It’s very important and fulfilling for me to help pets and their people. I believe that there should be a partnership between the veterinarian, the pet and the pet’s family too. This partnership is helpful in deciding how to deliver the best, most compassionate care possible to our patients.”
Dr. Hubsher and his wife Lauren along with their daughters Sierra and Willow live on a farm in Ridgefield, CT. They share their home with three dogs, a cat, a parrot, parakeets and finches, a goldfish named Fruity, horses, a donkey, two pigs, two sheep, three goats, some chickens and rabbits, and two peacocks. When he’s not working, Dr. Hubsher enjoys traveling, horseback riding, surfing, and skiing.
Dr. Pia Hiekkaranta
Dr. Pia was just eight years old when she told her parents that she had decided to become a veterinarian. She is a graduate of the Veterinary School at the University of Helsinki. She worked in Finland for over twenty years as a Municipal Veterinarian and lived on a farm just north of Helsinki with her husband, three children, and an assortment of animals including: sheep, dogs, cats, horses, and pigs.
Since relocating to the United States in 1997, Dr. Pia decided to focus solely on small animals, mainly dogs, and cats, but also exotic pets. She has always been incredibly passionate about her work, and she likes to keep herself abreast of cutting edge veterinary medicine by frequently attending continuing education courses and veterinary conferences. Dr. Pia now lives in Goldens Bridge, NY with her husband, their dog “Tuisku,” and cat “Blue.”
Dr. Kristin Sobel, DVM
Dr. Sobel is a 2012 graduate of Oregon State University School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating veterinary school, she completed a one-year small animal medicine and surgical internship at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She practiced at Randolph Animal Hospital for five years before moving to Connecticut. Dr. Sobel started working at Noah’s Ark Animal Hospital in May 2018. She has a special interest in small animal internal medicine and surgery.
Dr. Maria M. Lagana, DVM
Dr. Lagana grew up in Westchester County in a family who loved animals. She spent her childhood driven by a desire to help animals in need; horses were and continue to be her passion. It was no surprise to her family and friends when she pursued her dream to become a veterinarian. She attended Cornell University for her undergraduate and DVM degree where she was a leader in organizations of animal welfare. Along with her studies, she worked in the field of epidemiology.
After graduation, Dr. Lagana worked at South Salem Animal Hospital and was one of the first veterinarians at Noah’s Ark Animal Hospital when it opened. She eventually purchased her own animal hospital in Westchester County where she had a successful business for many years.
After selling her practice, Dr. Lagana returned to the area to practice again and is happy to be back at Noah’s Ark.
As a veterinarian, she believes in treating all animals as if they are her own and that caring for their medical needs is a partnership between the DVM and the owner. She excels in a compassionate, personalized approach to Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Lagana lives with her husband Dr. Schleiter, who practices at Danbury Hospital, and her many rescue animals in Newtown CT. She enjoys being at her lake home during the summer months in Brewster, NY.