Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Valley Veterinary Service! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets! Please call us at (413) 243-2414 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Hilary Boucher, D.V.M.

Dr. Hilary Boucher is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. She was raised in the Pioneer Valley on a small hobby farm and returned to the area to be closer to family. Her special interests include dentistry and surgery.

Dr. Boucher currently lives with her husband, Tony, their two mixed breed dogs, Oakley and Sadie, and two cats, Turnip and Frankie. In her free time she enjoys hiking, fishing and baking.

James Leahey, D.V.M.

Dr. Leahey was born and raised on his family farm in Lee. He graduated from Cornell University in 1967 and established Valley Veterinary Services in 1980. Dr. Leahey has always done a combination of large animal and small animal medicine and running his own family farm in Lee.

Dr. Leahey now is semi-retired. He fills in for the doctors at Valley Veterinary Services on occasion and still helps to perform some specialty surgeries. He also is the Lee and Lenox Animal Health Inspector.

Julie Shanahan, D.V.M.

Dr. Julie Shanahan started her lifelong pursuit of animal care as a child rescuing everything. Knowing she wanted nothing more than to become a Veterinarian, she worked after school and on weekends walking dogs and cleaning kennels at Valley Veterinary Service.

After she received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from University of Tennessee in 1993 she re-joined Valley Veterinary Service, this time as an associate Veterinarian. Over the many years she became partners and finally the owner of Valley Veterinary Services.

Dr. Shanahan was born and raised in Berkshire County. She is the daughter of the late James Shanahan of Shanahan’s market in Stockbridge, and Midge Shanahan of Midge’s in Stockbridge. She currently resides in Becket. Her special interests include: surgery, medicine, laser therapy, acupuncture and dentistry.

In her spare time, her hobbies include horseback riding, snowmobiling, swimming and skiing. She has 3 beautiful German Shepards, 3 curious cats, 4 rambunctious horses, 3 noisy exotic birds and 60 wild chickens. Her daughter, Nikki, who is 15, wishes to someday follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a veterinarian.

Susan Schoen, V.M.D.

Dr. Susan Schoen, joined Valley Vet Services in June 2017.  She practiced small animal veterinary medicine for over 25 years on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  Dr. Schoen grew up in a suburb of New York City where she dreamed of being a marine biologist, veterinarian and farmer.  After college she pursued a career as a marine biologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, but realized her true calling  was veterinary medicine.  She moved back East to be with her family and attend the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  After graduation, she moved to Falmouth, Massachusetts where she practiced veterinary medicine, swam in the ocean, raised her two daughters, Emily, 22, and Jessie, 17, and developed a passion for training border collies and raising sheep.

Last fall, Dr. Schoen and her daughters re-located to Pittsfield  to pursue her  dream of owning her own sheep farm. She has about 60 sheep, 5 Border collies, 1 Border terrier, 2 horses, and a guard llama named Penny.  She has fallen in love with the area and the people.

Dr. Schoen loves getting to know animals and their people. She is especially interested in geriatric medicine, lameness, sports medicine and physical therapy.

At the moment she is “cat-less,” so she enjoys all the cats she meets through her work.

Dr. Schoen trains her Border collies to herd sheep and competes with them at sheepdog trials throughout the summer. She is bringing a 50- acre farm back in to use, so spare time is rare, but if she had any she would swim, hike and cross country ski and practice yoga.

Eden Curtin

Eden joined the Valley Veterinary Service team in February of 2018, she has been a technician for 7 years. She possess a strong passion for emergency medicine and anesthesia/surgery.

She enjoys making a positive difference in the lives of not only the animals but their owners as well.

Outside of work, Eden enjoys spending time with her husband Josh and their son Dominic. They love camping, hiking, and fishing together. She also shares her home with three dogs and one fabulous feline.

Liz Markham

Liz lives in Ashley Falls with her husband and two daughters. Along with working as a technician she is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator that works with a variety of mammals. She shares her home with cats, a bunny, two turtles and bearded dragon.

Mariah Parise

Mariah joined the Valley Vet team in the fall of 2016. Mariah graduated from BCC with a degree in Heath Science. She was born and raised in the small town of Glendale. Growing up she always knew she had an extreme passion for animals and caring for them. In her spare time Mariah enjoys riding her horse and competing all over New England with him. She also enjoys hikes with her two dogs, swimming, and being around her family.

Samantha Butler

Samantha is a former animal control officer with a passion for animal medicine. Samantha grew up surrounded by critters of all size’s, species and has been in the animal field since 2004. Samantha resides in southern berkshire county with her boyfriend, two children, two dogs and four cats.

Micaela Morrison

Micaela was born and raised in upstate new york. Growing up she spent a lot of her time at the stables mucking stalls and riding horses; there discovered her love for animals. Her horse farm work and pet sitting experiences guided her self recognition and passion to expand her knowledge in the veterinary field. Micaela is able to engage in her passion for animals at Valley Veterinary Service as a student technician. Micaela is currently in college and studying to expand her knowledge in veterinary medicine.

Micaela has a love for the outdoors and in her free time can be found venturing in the mountains with her fur baby Theodore or snuggled up at home getting lost in book with her kitty Wolfie.  Sent from my iPhone

Andrea Baker
Client Care Specialist

Hi my name is Andrea I’ve been working at Valley Veterinary Service since 1987. I have lived in Lee my whole life, married my high school sweetheart 48 years ago! We have two grown children 2 sons in law and 2 Wonderful Grandsons. I retired from here 1 year ago but missed it so much I came back here part time!

Shauna Trierweiler
Client Care Specialist

Shauna began working in the Veterinary Field  February of 2009, and animal care continues to be one of her greatest passions.  Shauna was born and raised in Southern California.  As a teenager, Shauna aspired to work with large animals and spent two summers shadowing a local Livestock Veterinarian, and participated in the local 4-H Program.  Don’t be surprised if you see Shauna pulled over helping a bird, squirrel, a turtle cross the road, or loading a porcupine in her car, she has a genuine love for all creatures. Shauna and her Husband Nick, are owned by 3 dogs, 3 cats, 4 birds and one house bunny, and live happily tucked in Sheffield, MA. 

Ann White
Client Care Specialist

Ann joined the team early 2021. She’s from a small town in western New York, but moved to the Berkshires after graduating high school. Ann has had and loved animals all of her life, and has known from a very young age that she wanted to work in the veterinary field in some capacity.  She is very dedicated to the happiness and well-being of both clients and patients. In her spare time, Ann enjoys making art, reading Shakespeare with her friends, and having staring contests with her dog, Bubbles.

Christa Waterhouse
Client Care Specialist