985 Bay Street
Rochester, NY 14609
Phone: 585-288-0600
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Our Staff

Joanna K. Bender, DVM

dr bender rcacGeneral practitioner Dr. Joanna Bender has cared for pets with Monroe Veterinary Associates since 1989. She is currently a Veterinarian at Rochester Community Animal Clinic. A native of Bloomfield, NJ, Dr. Bender attended Montclair State University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry in 1984. She continued her veterinary education at Perdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. Following veterinary school, Dr. Bender completed a one-year small animal medicine and surgery internship at Cornell University from 1988-1989. Dr. Bender is deeply committed to helping all animals and she volunteers her time with local spay/neuter clinics for feral cats.

Dr. Bender’s hobbies include backpacking, hiking and skiing. She is also bilingual; fluent in Polish.

Nancy A. Filiaci, DVM

dr FILLIACI RCACDr. Nancy Filiaci grew up in Nassau, Bahamas during the fall, winter and spring months, and spent her summers in Toronto, Canada. She attended Cornell University School of Agriculture and Life Sciences and received her Bachelor’s Degree with honors and distinction in Animal Science in 1982. She then attended Cornell University of Veterinary Medicine where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. She completed an internship at Oklahoma State School of Veterinary Medicine from 1988 to 1989. Dr. Filiaci’s professional interests include educating the public, especially youth, in animal care issues and animal welfare issues. In her free time,

Dr. Filiaci enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, camping, hiking, reading and travelling. She can also be found Civil War reenacting quite frequently on weekends. She portrays a Confederate doctor. Dr. Filiaci shares her home with her husband and three teenagers as well as her three rescue pets. These pets include two dogs (Abe, a pug mix, and Gypsy, a Chihuahua mix), and one cat (Spot).

Cyndy D. – Clinic Coordinator
Cyndy DeweyCyndy is from Greece, NY. She attended SUNY Oswego where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations. Cyndy worked as a program coordinator at the University of Rochester for six years. She also worked as a freelance writer, editor and communications consultant while raising her two children.

Cyndy volunteered for GRASP, Inc. (a local pet rescue and adoption group) for over twelve years. During her time with GRASP she served as President, Fundraising Coordinator and Publicity Coordinator.

In addition to being the Clinic Coordinator at RCAC, Cyndy is also a licensed real estate agent. She shares her home with her daughter, her two dogs, four cats, one bird, and one fish.

Barbara A.H. – LVT

barbara rcacBarbara grew up in Dansville, NY. She received her Bachelor of Science in business and marketing from St. John Fisher College, and her Master of Science in adult education with a minor in human resource management from SUNY Buffalo before becoming an LVT. She is also the vice president of the New York State Wildlife Rehabilitation Council.

In her free time, Barbara enjoys gardening, and horseback riding. She shares her home with a horse, a long-haired Chihuahua, and a hedgehog.

Sydney K.M. – LVT

Sydney 2Sydney was raised in Brighton, NY. She graduated from Alfred State College in 2010 and began working as an LVT in July of that year. One thing she loves about RCAC is “working with local rescue groups and helping them continue the great work they do!” Special areas of interest within veterinary medicine for Sydney include: animal rescue, exotic pets, and pet obesity prevention/weight loss.

In her free time, Sydney is an animal care provider for families and their pets in the Rochester area. She also enjoys relaxing and spending time with her family and friends. She has two foster cats- Scotch and Gala- and three parakeets – Kiwi, Mango, and Narcissus.

Hillary C. – LVT

12006180_431066760418940_3003114118405542001_n Hillary is originally from Nashua NH, but grew up in Lyons NY. She has worked in the animal field since 1998 and received her Associates in Veterinary Technology from Medaille College. In addition, Hillary has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from St. John Fisher College. Hillary enjoys working for RCAC as she likes “the concept of being able to offer quality services at affordable prices. She believes the clinic has been long over due in the community, and is super excited to be part of it!”

Currently, Hillary shares her home with Isaac an American Bulldog and two cats, Camper and Waka. Hillary is an avid runner and power lifter. She has completed several marathons including Boston, and holds the NYS record in bench press for her age and weight. In her free time, Hillary enjoys yoga, reading and the company of her friends.

Megan – LVT

Megan has been working in the animal care industry since 1996. She’s currently a part-time Licensed Veterinary Technician at Rochester Community Animal Clinic and enjoys educating clients.

Megan shares her home with a domestic short hair cat named Finley. In her free time, she teaches at Medaille College in the Vet Tech program.


Abby C. – Animal Care Assistant

Abby CarrAbby is an Animal Care Assistant at Rochester Community Clinic where she has worked since April 2016. She has been working in the animal-care industry since 2012.

Abby has a BS and MS in zoology and is currently applying for veterinary school. What she likes most about working at RCAC is being able to assist not only the animals that come into the clinic, but also their owners who want to care for their pets, but are limited financially.

Abby shares her home with two dogs, Abe and Peaches. In her free time, she can be found keeping her very hyper dogs well exercised, reading and watching reality television with her 96-year-old Nana.

Rachel  – Animal Care Assistant

rachelA native of Rochester, NY, Rachel is new to the animal-care industry; working as a part-time Animal Care Assistant at Rochester Community Animal Clinic since August 2015.

She has always loved animals and enjoys being able to work with animals. Rachel looks forward to all of her shifts because RCAC is a great place to work.

She shares her home with two cats named Bella and Max and a lagomorph named Zeus.


Jaime K. – Client Service Representative

Jaime K - RCACJamie is a customer service representative at Rochester Community Animal Clinic. She has been working in the animal-care industry for more than a year. She decided this field was for her when she nursed a sick cat back to health. “Seeing her fight to survive and then thrive was the best feeling ever,” Jamie said.

Jaime has two cats, Tweak and Shmedium. When she’s not at the hospital, she enjoys volleyball, coaching and geocaching.

Judy P. – Housekeeper

Judy grew up in the Black Creek and Highland areas in Rochester. She has been in the animal-related field on and off for the past 14 years. Judy is currently a housekeeper at Rochester Community Animal Clinic. She was previously a housekeeper Animal Hospital of Pittsford and has also worked in the Kennel at Suburban Animal Hospital.

Judy has had hands on experience in grooming and handling animals, cleaning, cooking and planting. In her free time she enjoys camping, cooking, listening to bands, drumming and going on ghost hunts. She shares her home with a Pomeranian named Piranha, a Pekinese named Betta, and a Himalayan cat named Ghost.

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