Our Veterinarians are dedicated to providing your pet with the best possible medical care available. They are current and active members of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the New York State Veterinary Medical Society (NYSVMS), and the Westchester/Rockland Veterinary Medical Association (WRVMA). Our veterinarians are also USDA accredited and are accredited to perform international health examinations.
Central Animal Hospital is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and its boarding facilities are accredited by Westchester County.
We are proud to be named Best Veterinary Center in the July 2019 issue of Westchester Magazine and voted Neighborhood Favorite Veterinary Hospital by Scarsdale, Edgemont, and Eastchester Nextdoor Neighbors!
Michael Woltz, VMD
Michael Woltz, VMD has served as director of Central Animal Hospital since 1981. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Woltz enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, from routine examinations to performing complex surgeries on pets of all kinds. Always the pet lover, Dr. Woltz once cared for 2 cats, 2 dogs, a myriad of finches, 3 snakes, and many tanks of fish all simultaneously in a 1 bedroom apartment! He and his wife presently care for 1 adorable Brussels Griffon, a tank of fancy goldfish, and a pond full of koi. Their daughters live in Connecticut and Manhattan, caring for a cat and a dog. Dr. Woltz is also a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).
Cheryl Gross, VMD
Cheryl Gross, VMD graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and joined our health care team in 2000. Dr. Gross enjoys all phases of her profession, having a special interest in pocket pets, rabbits, and ultrasonography, a non-invasive diagnostic tool. Dr. Gross, her husband and their young children care for rescue pets, Newsy and Furby, 2 cats, and Lacey, the sweetest Great Pyrenees. Here is Dr. Gross with one of her patients that resides at the Greenburgh Nature Center - a goat, that she neutered!
Aura Truslow, DVM
Aura Truslow, DVM joined Central Animal Hospital in 2008. She graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Truslow enjoys caring for all the pets she examines and meeting their owners. Like the other veterinarians in the practice, Dr. Truslow attends continuing education lectures, and recently attended one in acupuncture. She is fluent in Spanish, spending many years in Peru and Spain. At home, Dr. Truslow and her husband, an author, presently care for a dog, Annie, and their three sons.
Donatella Hecht, VMD
Donatella Hecht, VMD graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. Dr. Hecht has worked at referral hospitals around the Tri-State area and has appeared in several episodes of Animal Planet's 'Animal Precinct'. In March 2009, she volunteered at the Hoopa Reservation in California providing veterinary aid to the animals in need in this Native American community. Dr. Hecht is fluent in Italian, French, and Spanish and has a working knowledge of American Sign Language. She lives in Westchester with her husband, 2 children, 2 cats, and a mixed breed rescue dog named Kevin.
Kaylan Spatny, DVM
Kaylan Spatny, DVM graduated from Cornell University, both the College and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Spatny joins our health care team, following a year at Oradell Animal Hospital, a highly coveted internship, rotating through emergency, critical care, surgical, and internal medicine cases. She then practiced at veterinary hospitals in Massachusetts and Vermont. Dr. Spatny also completed advanced training in oral pathology and surgery. She is interested in Eastern medicine and alternative pain control modalities, such as acupuncture, to help improve patient care. She and her husband enjoy hiking, rock climbing, cooking, and traveling.
Shireen Blum, DVM
Shireen Blum, DVM received her veterinary degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, after having completed her clinical senior year at North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Dr. Blum joined our health care team following a year internship at Oradell Animal Hospital in New Jersey where she performed routine and emergency surgical procedures and managed in-hospital cases as well as assisting specialists. Dr. Blum and her husband care for their 2 young sons, and rescue pets, a mixed-breed dog, Pete, and cats, Cairo and Stewart.
Anna Podgorska, DVM
Anna Podgorska, DVM joins Central Animal Hospital in 2021, having graduated from Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Dr. Podgorska gained experience at several veterinary practices in New York City, providing high-quality client and patient emergency and preventative care medicine. Her strong surgical skills were honed during an internship at the ASPCA in NYC. Dr. Podgorska has special interests in feline medicine, internal medicine, behavior, nutrition, and chronic pain management. She is also a member of the AAFP and is certified as a Feline Friendly Veterinarian.
Alison Abramson, VMD
Alison Abramson, VMD graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School Veterinary Medicine in 2003, after attending Duke University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in biological anthropology and anatomy, with a certificate in primatology. Dr. Abramson then completed an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, concentrating on surgery, ophthalmology, oncology, and exotics. She joined Central Animal Hospital in 2012 after working at Park East Animal Hospital in New York City. Dr. Abramson is fluent in German, enjoys skiing and tennis, and resides in Scarsdale with her 2 young children.
Tammy Pagan, DVM graduated from the University of Sydney in 2010, and joins Central Animal Hospital experienced and having a special interest in dermatology, dentistry, and surgery, both in orthopedics and soft-tissue. Tammy stresses client communication as an integral part of her role as a veterinarian in achieving the best outcome for her patients. Tammy resides in Scarsdale with her husband, 2 young daughters,and Ruppert, a beautiful Vizzla.
Joy Cohen, DVM graduated University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987, fulfilling her lifelong dream to become a veterinarian. She has practiced veterinary medicine in both the Miami area and in New York City, where she pursued courses in Dermatology at the AMC. She also has a special interest in nutrition, internal medicine, and pet wellness care from kitten and puppyhood until the golden years. Joy resides with her family in Scarsdale and they enjoy spending time on her family's ranch where they ride horses.