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Kiara Bernat, DVM with DogDr. Kiara Bernat, our Chief of Staff joined the Baldwin Harbor Animal Hospital team in July 2015. She grew up in Upton, Massachusetts and currently lives in Breezy Point, New York. She received an undergraduate degree from Lesley University in 2008 and a DVM degree from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 2014.

Before joining Baldwin Harbor Animal Hospital, Dr. Bernat practiced at the Ocean State Equine Associates in Rhode Island. Her medical interests include surgery and infectious diseases. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, horseback riding, gardening and cooking. She has a German shorthaired pointer and a Leonberger mix at home.

Leslie Dattner, DVMDr. Leslie Dattner is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He received his BS and MS degrees from Colorado State University and his DVM degree from Cornell University in June of 1975.

Dr. Dattner practiced in Staten Island and Lynbrook before opening his own office in Baldwin, New York in June of 1983. His practice is exclusively a small animal practice.

Dr. Dattner is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, New York State Veterinary Medical Society, Long Island Veterinary Medical Association, and an associate member of the New York City Veterinary Medical Association.

Lauren McGowan, DVM with cat PennyDr. Lauren McGowan attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut for her undergraduate degree, and the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in Basseterre, St. Kitts for her veterinary degree. Prior to joining our team, she practiced at other New York veterinary hospitals in Plainview, Port Washington, Huntington, Westbury, and Oyster Bay. Her special interests include ultrasonography, radiology, internal medicine and emergency/critical care.

In her free time, Dr. McGowan enjoys fishing, boating, going to the beach, biking, and traveling. She has four rescue dogs — Kiwi (a Yorkshire terrier who was hypoglycemic as a puppy), Mango (a mix who was hit by a car and lost a leg), Pecan (a maltipoo who was born with cataracts and needed surgery to remove them), and Hazelnut (a Yorkshire terrier who has a shoulder deformity). She clearly loves animals - all shapes and sizes - and we couldn't be more thrilled to have her on our team!