Our Veterinarians

NY Vets

The Waterville Veterinary Clinic team of skilled veterinarians welcomes you to our practice, proudly serving the Waterville and Southwest areas. At Waterville Veterinary Clinic, it is our daily privilege to provide quality vet care to your cherished pet, with compassion and competence. We hope to ensure a positive impact on our patients, pet owners and the local community.

James Gilchrist, Managing DVM

My passion for veterinary medicine began as a young boy riding on farm calls admiring my father’s love, dedication and hard work as a mixed animal veterinarian. I have a special interest in small animal internal medicine, dentistry and surgery. I graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary medicine in 2003 where I immediately joined my father, Dr. Dan Gilchrist, and Dr. Robert Alberding at the Waterville Veterinary Clinic. Upon graduation in 2005, I received advanced training in endoscopy, ultrsonography, medicine and dentistry. When I am not treating and caring for my patients, I can be found travelling, skiing, fishing and enjoying life with my family.


Heather Bauer, DVM

I wanted to be a veterinarian from the time I was a young girl growing up on a small hobby farm. I love being able to connect with pets and the people that love them on a daily basis. I am passionate about preventative medicine and helping pets to be healthy as they age, starting from youth and continuing on throughout their lives. I enjoy doing surgery as well as doing medical appointments. I grew up locally in Clinton, NY. I obtained a Bachelors in Biology from Syracuse University in 2003, and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University in 2008. I joined Waterville Veterinary Clinic upon graduation from Vet School in March of 2008 and have been her full time since then. When I am not treating patients at the clinic I can be found spending time with my 2 little girls and husband, working on my recently purchased old farmhouse and caring for my horses, donkey, goats, dogs, and cats, I also enjoy spending time with my large extended local family, and when I am able I enjoy traveling.


Stathis Demson, DVM

I first worked with animals as a young boy with my family German Shephard, Heck Boy (Hector), and tending to my family horses, Duke, Windy and 4-H project Beef Little. I played and worked at neighboring dairy farms as well. Through High School and undergraduate studies at the University of Connecticut I also worked in a variety of jobs from construction, machinist, and service station mechanic to farm work. After attaining a bachelor Degree in in Agriculture and Natural Resources, I went on to working a number of farm jobs in Connecticut, Wisconsin, Skaneateles, NY, and then Massachusetts. My sister, Martha, had trained for veterinary School and then moved to Massachusetts near me. While working at a farm I volunteered at the Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine, which led to an acceptance to study Veterinary Science. I graduated in 1991. After Graduation I worked with the Burrstone Animal Hospital, Syracuse Emergency Clinic, Stevens Swan Human Society and Paris Hill Cat Hospital. Finally I was welcomed as Associate Veterinarian with the Waterville Veterinary Clinic. All the years of practice fueled by the objective of serving clients toward on of Waterville Veterinary Clinic’s primary objectives- Allowing animals the opportunity to live a Happy, Healthy, Pain-free Long Lives. It is my joy to care for so many wonderful animals, and as importantly, their owners. When not practicing I spend time with my wife Dianne and my family.


Heather Culbertson, DVM

I am originally from Rochester, NY. I joined the Waterville Veterinary Clinic in 2011. Prior to graduation from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, I attended Hamilton College majoring in Geology and actively pursued an outdoor-oriented extracurricular regimen. Those interests led me to a multi-year leadership position with Outward Bound, a nationally recognized program for at-risk and troubled youth. My philosophy of “Awareness, Care, Resolution,” seeks to maximize both the care I take with pets, and consideration that I afford their owners. In addition to devoting considerable time to tending my family gardens, I co-manage Halycon Farm, a 175 acre grass-fed lamb and beef farm with my husband.


Laurie Pryputniewicz, DVM

I grew up in Waterville, NY and graduated from Texas a& M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. I have practiced at a small and large animal practice in Midland, Texas. In 2006 I joined Waterville Veterinary Clinic and my passion lies in surgery. My goal while at Waterville Veterinary Clinic is to provide quality care to my patients in order to enable them to live longer, fuller, pain-free lives. I have one son and in my free time I like hiking kayaking and helping with my son’s various sports activities.

Dan Gilchrist, DVM

I knew that I wanted to become a veterinarian at age 22. My passions lies in general practice of all species. I created Waterville Veterinary Clinic in 1998 after 20 years in large animal practice in Upstate, NY and Vermont. When I am not treating my patients I can be found with my children, Grandchildren, fishing and doing charitable activities. My goal is to give loving care to our patients and to their caretakers and to set them at ease when they walk through our doors, so that they never feel alone. My favorite Quote is: The heights by great men/women reach and kept Were not attained by sudden flight But they, while their companions slept Were toiling upward through the night.

Robert Alberding, DVM


Diana Reska, DVM

I knew that I wanted to become a veterinarian at 8 years old when I and my sister enjoyed playing doctors, doing a C-Section on a stuffed animal cat. My passion lies in emergency and surgery. Prior to joining the Waterville Veterinary Clinic I worked in Philadelphia, PA where I practiced emergency medicine. I am originally from Whitesboro, and I brought my own childhood pets to Waterville Veterinary Clinic. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of Rochester, I received my doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. Upon Graduation in 2014, I volunteered doing spays and neuters for the DELCO SPCA during my free time. When I am not treating my patients you can find me cross-stitching, reading a good book, or kayaking. “Power, time, gravity, love: all the forces that are awesome are invisible” Cloud Atlas


Kerri Hudson, DVM

I love being a veterinarian because I value being able to help strengthen the bond between owners and their pets through the practice of high quality medicine and through client education. I especially enjoy preventative care, internal medicine, opthalmology, and dermatology. Originally from Kansas, I joined the Waterville Veterinary Clinic in 2015. After receiving my undergraduate degree in Biology (with a minor in Spanish) from Kansas Sate University, I went on to graduate from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. After graduation, I worked exclusively in the field of small animal veterinary medicine in Kansas, Virginia, and currently New York. When I’m not treating my patients, I can be found spending time with my friends and family, including my husband and two young sons, and my two mixed breed dogs. I enjoy hiking, camping, traveling, craft beer, and music. I am excited to have Central New York as my home I devote myself to ensure that the patients of Waterville Veterinary Clinic receive the best care possible.

John Cooley, DVM, CVSMT

I love being a veterinarian because of the variety of diagnostic challenges it provides. My passions lie in sports horse medicine and small animal medicine. I have also practiced chiropractic veterinary medicine.

I joined the Waterville Veterinary Clinic in the fall 2018. My veterinarian degree is from Cornell University. In the near future, I will facilitate Waterville Veterinary Clinic with expanding into equine medicine.

When I am not treating my patients I spend my free time with my family. We enjoy hiking and fishing.


Kylie Chciuk, DVM

When I was a child, after spending hours "fixing" my stuffed animals, I told my parents that I wanted to be a "doctor animal." I graduated from SUNY Delhi in 2013 with a degree in Veterinary Technology and worked as a technician until I began veterinary school. I graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2018 after spending my final year at the Auburn University teaching hospital. During my time in veterinary school I adopted 3 cats and 1 dog, who have become my own little family. I have special interests in emergency medicine, feline medicine, dermatology, and dairy. I'm excited to see where my career in veterinary medicine will take me! My favorite quote is "you can never be overdressed or overeducated."

Garrett Coffman, DVM

Dr. Garrett Coffman was born and raised in a small town in Northern Indiana. He grew up with a large family and a lot of pets. They ranged from the usual cats and dogs to lizards, sugar gliders, deer, and llamas. After developing his love of family and pets, he went to Southern Virginia University to play soccer, study business, become a teacher and work with his family’s summer concession business. After meeting his soon-to-be wife and being exposed to the veterinary profession here at Waterville Veterinary Clinic, he decided to change his plans. He wanted to put his love of animals to use and help people through their relationship with their pets by becoming a veterinarian. He obtained a bachelor degree in Liberal Arts with a minor in biology at SVU and then pursued his DVM degree at St. George’s University. He spent three years in beautiful island of Grenada before finishing his clinical training at the University of Georgia.

Dr. Coffman started his DVM career in Buffalo in 2017 with his wife, two children, a giant cat named Alfred, a goofy mutt named Plato, and a rescued island dog named Penny. When child number three came along, he decided it was time to move closer to family.

Dr. Coffman’s veterinary passion is in surgery; including dental, soft tissue and orthopedic. He also enjoys meeting with pet owners to help their pets live long and happy lives through preventative medicine and treating any ailments that may arise.

When he’s not in the clinic, he enjoys any type of sport and playing the piano. He also enjoys going to the small town restaurants and shops in the area, exploring the many parks, and catching up on his favorite TV shows with his wife.