Meet the Team


Richard A. Mathes, </br>DVM  photo

Richard A. Mathes,

Dr. Richard A. Mathes received his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1991. After being in practice several years and experiencing frustration with the limitations of conventional medicine he began to pursue an interest in alternative healing techniques. Initially the IVAS course in Veterinary Acupuncture was completed in 1993 and then the chiropractic technique known as Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation was added. Soon after, course work in Chinese Herbs was finished to help deepen the understanding and implementation of Traditional Chinese Medicine as it applies to animals.

Catherine A. Homrig</br> DVM photo

Catherine A. Homrig

Dr. Homrig received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University.  She also holds a Bachelor of Science and Microbiology from OSU. She and Dr. Richard Mathes established Pumpkin Hill Veterinary Clinic in 1996 and have actively partnered in the Clinic’s growth and advancement.

Dr. Homrig recently completed a Level Two Clinical Qigong Certification.  She has completed advanced studies in Veterinary Homeopathy with Dr. Richard Pitcairn. She and her family are devoted to a flock of production poultry, a variety of show poultry, a herd of goats, one large Boerboel dog, Hannah, seven rescued cats, and a Shiitake mushroom adventure.  She enjoys nature, wild birds, dancing, friends, food, and gardening. 

“Being a Veterinarian has been my calling since early childhood.  Every human-animal bond is uniquely fascinating.  I receive great fulfillment from supporting the well being and depth of that sacred bond from beginning to end.  Veterinary Medicine stretches me in every aspect to learn more and to constantly be more.  I am honored to make my small circle of the world healthier and happier with the interaction of dynamic four-legged and two-legged individuals thoughtfully using my ever-expanding knowledge.  To witness miracles firsthand and minimize suffering with compassion and respect is a divine driven journey that I strive to complete using all my potential."

Christopher Brunson</br> DVM photo

Christopher Brunson

Dr. Christopher Brunson grew up in Plainview, NY where his love of animals began early in life. Following high school, Dr. Brunson attended the University of Rochester, where he studied Evolutionary Biology and Ecology.  After graduation, he attended The Royal Veterinary College in England where he earned a BVetMed degree.  

Throughout his five years of vet school, Dr. Brunson saw practice throughout England, Scotland and Wales working with mixed animal and farm animal practices.  After completing vet school, Dr. Brunson returned to the Rochester area, where he began his career as an associate veterinarian at Banfield Pet Hospital. In his 7 years with Banfield, Dr. Brunson served as an area Chief of Staff to 4 hospitals and was a member of the Medical Opinion Leaders board. In 2016, Dr. Brunson received an award as the Northeast Chief of Staff of the Year.

Dr. Brunson loves and enjoys working with all types of animals, not just dogs and cats.  His passion extends to the medicine and surgery of all companion animals including reptiles, exotic mammals and birds. He also has an interest in cardiology. When not at work, Dr. Brunson can usually be found spending time with his family which includes his wife Lisa; children Nadiya and William, and two dachshunds, Nathan and Bellatrix, rabbit Duffy, and 4 fish (Aladdin, Jasmine, Jafar and Abu). He also enjoys video games, books, writing, travel and cooking.

Veterinary Technicians

Kim </br> Licensed Veterinary Technician  photo

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Kim has an associate's degree in Veterinary Technology from Medaille College. She joined the Pumpkin Hill Team in July of 2005. Ever since she was little, she always wanted to work with animals and being a vet tech seemed to be the best way to do that. She loves the mix of conventional and alternative medicine that Pumpkin Hill provides. In 2019, Kim went down to part time so she could be home with her son Tristan but still manages things behind the scenes at Pumpkin Hill. She also has a four legged "kid" Ivy, a black lab. Outside of work, Kim enjoys reading, writing, baking and talking walks with Ivy and Tristan. 

Miranda </br> Licensed Veterinary Technician  photo

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Miranda has an associate's degree in Veterinary Technology from SUNY Delhi. She joined our team in March of 2019. Miranda came to work with us so she can expand her knowledge on farm animals and learn about holistic medicine. Miranda has always liked working in the health field and during school she was even able to work with Cynomolgus Macaque monkeys. Miranda has one dog (Brody), two cats (Sasha and Saphira), and a guinea pig (Melony). Outside of work she enjoys baking, taking hikes, and going to the gym.



Angela completed her veterinary technician degree through Medaille College, as a shadowing student Angela loved Pumpkin Hill so much she decided to stay as a full time tech. Angela has deep roots in the community and has lived here her whole life. Outside of work she has a multitude of animals she cares for including goats, ducks, rabbits, horses, cats and dogs. Angela is also the proud mother of 2 little boys, Gavin and Luke who constantly keep her on her toes.

Shannon </br>Licensed Veterinary Technician photo

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Shannon is currently enrolled in a local vet tech program, working hard to obtain her license. Shannon brings a lot of charisma to the job, making sure clients are happy and well informed of their animals' treatment. She is passionate about animals and provides outstanding care to all our patients. Shannon is the proud owner of Ladybug, a sweet pit bull among many other family pets. Outside of work, Shannon loves to travel, spend time with friends and family and the outdoors.

Renee </br>Licensed Veterinary Technician photo

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Renee is a student of SUNY Delhi and Medaille college earning her associates in veterinary science in 2005. Her passion for veterinary care comes from the first love of her life a cat, who taught her how to speak the feline language. She has a huge passion for feline behavior and believes "There is no such thing as a bad cat, just a misunderstood one." She spends her free time with her 2 dogs Finnigan and Piggy Lou, and her 4 cats Chester, Marvin, Kira, and Butchie.

Amethyst </br>Licensed Veterinary Technician photo

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Ever since Amethyst was a little girl living in Northern California she has been drawn to animals. In 2011, Amethyst received her Associates in Veterinary Technology from Medaille College. Amethyst has been in this field for over a decade and comes with great knowledge and skills. Pumpkin Hill is known for its outstanding patient care which is how we gained this “gem” whose passion is client education. Outside of the office, Amethyst enjoys kayaking, making stained glass, woodworking and other various crafts. Amethyst is a proud pet parent to a labradoodle named Karma, a mini bernadoodle named Winston as well as 3 cats Addyson, Barnaby and Winston.

Veterinary Assistants

Jamie</br> Veterinary Assistant photo

Veterinary Assistant

We have exciting news! Our Veterinary Assistant, Jaime, was just accepted into Veterinary School this fall. She will be attending Long Island University College of Veterinary Medicine, a brand new school! We are very excited for her, as she begins her first semester this August. We wish her luck on her 4-year journey, as July will be her last month with Pumpkin Hill Veterinary Clinic.



Jade has always had a love of animals and finds it very rewarding to work here at Pumpkin Hill. She hopes to one day become a licensed veterinary technician. Jade loves assisting with the care of our wonderful four legged patients and feels so grateful to be part of the hard working family at Pumpkin Hill. Jade loves spending time with her 3 year old dog and her two precious cats. Outside of work, Jade enjoys hiking, going to the zoo and spending quality time with friends and family.

Front Desk Staff

Elizabeth </br> Front Desk Manager photo

Front Desk Manager

Our new Receptionist, Elizabeth, is a volunteer firefighter and has her Fire Police Certification! She is a 3rd generation volunteer fire-fighter at the South Byron Fire Department, and now she is working to achieve her interior and exterior fire fighting certification to further benefit the community of Byron. The South Byron Fire Department has received a new fire engine this year. We want to congratulate Elizabeth and The South Byron Fire Department on their amazing achievements! We wish them the best of luck and we are immensely grateful for their service. Stay safe and Healthy, our Everyday Heroes!

Sarah</br> FRONT DESK photo


Sarah is the newest member of the Pumpkin Hill family, she is a current student at Brockport college studying Business administration. Sarah chose our clinic because she loves animals, office work, a fast paced environment and helping others. Don’t be surprised if she asks to hold your puppy or kitten. Sarah owns 2 cats herself, named Baby and Tiggy as well as a snake, Mr. Snake. Outside of the office, Sarah enjoys shopping, going to the beach, trying new foods, spending time with friends and family, traveling and baking special treats.

Kayla </br> Front Desk photo

Front Desk

Kayla chose to join us at Pumpkin Hill because animals have always been a part of her life growing up on a farm. Kayla is looking forward to assisting our owners and loves being that reassuring, positive voice on the other end of the phone. Outside of work Kayla is the loving owner of 2 cats, 3 tortoises and a dog named Sawyer. She also enjoys bird watching and photography, with a passion for nature landscapes and is a gifted singer.

Pumpkin Hill Veterinary Clinic

6265 Tower Hill Road

Byron, NY 14422

For general information, questions, appointment requests, call us at:

(585) 548-9097


Monday 8:30am - 5:00pm

Tuesday 8:30am - 5:00pm

Wednesday 8:30am - 5:00pm

Thursday 8:30am - 5:00pm

Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm

Saturday 8:30am - 12:00pm

Sunday Closed