Our Staff

Deborah OtkaDeborah Otka, Hospital Administrator

Hospital Administrator Deborah Otka holds a Doctor of Pharmacy and has more than 14 years of experience in pharmacy, patient care and customer services. Her background will be invaluable in assisting our clients and ensuring that Noank-Mystic Veterinary Hospital becomes the model of veterinary care in our area.

"Owning this hospital is something that my husband and I have worked for," she said. "We take pride in providing our patients with the quality care we know they deserve.

Outside of the hospital, Deborah enjoys tennis, ballroom and Latin dancing, swimming, playing the piano, gardening and spending time with her family - furry and non-furry!

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Natasha LutzNatasha Lutz, Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Technician Natasha Lutz joined our team with more than a year of experience as a technician's assistant at another hospital. Natasha assists with hospital maintenance, animal care, medication preparation, laboratory testing, and ensuring that our clients are knowledgeable on the treatments their pets receive.

"I love utilizing the lab equipment and providing the best care for our patients," she says. "I enjoy working at NMVH because it has many state-of-the-art features that I have not seen at other veterinary hospitals that I've previously taken my pets to."

Natasha holds a bachelor's degree in Biology and Forensic Science from Syracuse University. She has two small dogs of her own, Angus and Russell, as well as an African helmeted turtle named Xena. In her free time, she enjoys learning more about biology, forensic science, and animal conservation. She also likes to cook, draw, travel, and practice karate.

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Natasha LutzLindsay Savignac, Veterinary Technician

Lindsay Savignac joined the medical team at Noank-Mystic Veterinary Hospital in January 2017. She's worked in the animal-care field since 2015, and her favorite part of the job is working with all types of animals. As a veterinary technician, Lindsay is responsible for running lab work, taking histories, filling medications and helping with surgery.

"I like working at Noank-Mystic Veterinary Hospital because Dr. Otka teaches me new skills, and I get to work with the coolest animals," Lindsay says. "The staff here is very welcoming."

At home, Lindsay has a 12-year-old black lab/Shar Pei mix named Midnight, a 10-year-old bearded dragon named Sahara and a 3-year-old Iguana named Reptar. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, rollerblading, horseback riding, running, drawing, swimming, seeing new places and visiting her friends who live all over the country.

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Taryn McShaneErin Mooney, Receptionist & Assistant

Erin Mooney brings a friendly and outgoing personality to her roles as receptionist and assistant at Noank-Mystic Veterinary Hospital. Her responsibilities include answering phones, checking patients in and out, scheduling appointments, stocking the front area, helping restrain patients if needed and any other job that might come along. Erin's favorite part of her job is working with the clients and hearing stories about their pets.

She says, "I enjoy working at this animal hospital because we get to work with so many different types of animals, including exotic pets."

At home, Erin has two Shih Tzu and Chihuahua mix breeds named Eddie and Suzie; a Pomeranian and Chihuahua mix named Carrie; four cats named Karma, Clyde, Nosferatu and Tiny-Tanium; a yellow spotted salamander; a panther chameleon named Galileo and many fish. She enjoys spending time with her animals, working on her fish tanks, going to the beach with her boyfriend and going to concerts.

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Natasha LutzGretchen Foley, Receptionist & Assistant

Gretchen Foley joined the team at Noank-Mystic Veterinary Hospital in November 2016. As a receptionist and assistant, her responsibilities include checking in clients, answering the phone, scheduling appointments, trimming nails and taking patient histories. Gretchen's favorite part of the job is helping our clients get the care they need to help their pets.

"I like working at Noank-Mystic Veterinary Hospital because they offer the most up-to-date care and are a locally owned and operated clinic," Gretchen says. "The clients are super nice and their pets are awesome."

Gretchen grew up on a farm with chickens, horses, rabbits, cats and dogs. She earned her bachelor's degree in social work form the University of Connecticut, and is currently enrolled at Penn Foster's veterinary technician program.

At home, Gretchen has six chickens, a Shetland pony named Fantasia, an Appaloosa named Molly, a Australian shepherd named Gaia, and three domestic shorthair cats named Luna, Lucky and Sarafina. She spends her free time helping her 12-year-old daughter with her Animal Rescue Project at Gungywamp Farm. In her free time, Gretchen enjoys sewing, gardening, working on her farm, horseback riding and cooking.


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Hours:

MON, WED, FRI 8-6  |  TUE 8-2  |  THU 8-7 (8-3 every other THU)  |  SAT 8-2  |  SUN 8:30-12:30