Dr. Mark F. Gardner, Owner
Since a young age, Dr. Mark Gardner had an interest in becoming a veterinarian. Growing up in southern New York, his experiences with his Veterinarian uncle, Dr. Mike Gardner, sparked his interest in animal medicine.
He earned his undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Cornell University in 1987 before enrolling in the University of Illinois' College of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated with honors as a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. He was also the recipient of the L.E. Fisher Award for proficiency in small animal medicine. Before moving to small animals, he practiced working with large animals, such as cattle, swine, and poultry.
Dr. Gardner joined the team at Corfu Veterinary Clinic in September of 2006. His professional interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, dentistry, reproduction, endocrinology and geriatrics. He is a member of the Western New York Veterinary Society, the New York Veterinary Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and Buffalo Academy of Veterinary Practitioners.
Dr. Gardner most enjoys being sought out by clients and their pets for help in solving their problems and improving their quality of life.
At home, Dr. Gardner and his family have two black Labradors, Arby and Anubis, two cats Midnight and Lizzy, and a gold fish. They have raised 4 Guiding Eyes for the Blind Puppies. He enjoys motorcycles, bicycling, and playing beach volleyball.
Dr. James R. Robinson, Founder
Dr. James Robinson and his wife Lori opened Corfu Veterinary Clinic nearly two decades ago, on July 15, 1997, and he still looks forward to coming to work every day. Now that he is semi retired, Dr.Robinson works Mondays, early mornings on weekdays and relief for Veterinarians on vacation.
"I find myself often thinking how blessed I am to be able to go to work each day, for forty years, and enjoy myself," he says. "The challenge of trying to solve cases is exciting to say the least. Watching younger veterinarians find that same joy has been a wonderful experience for me."
Growing up in western New York, Dr. Robinson enrolled at Purdue University after high school. He completed his pre-veterinary studies in Animal Science in 1971 and he graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1975.
Dr. Robinson's professional interests include dermatology, internal medicine, dentistry, surgery and radiology. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Buffalo Academy of Veterinary Medicine and the New York State Veterinary Medical Society.
"I love what I do and I hope to practice veterinary medicine for many years to come," he says. "I treasure all the special relationships I have made over the years and enjoy bringing smiles to clients' faces. It is very gratifying to have people trust you with the health of their four-legged family members."
Dr. Robinson and his wife have are "blessed with five children and seven grandchildren." They also share their lives with a Paint Pony named Simon, a Jersey steer named Norman, and five cats—Milo, Mae, Vinnie, Hissy and Sprinkles. The family enjoys spending time together camping, boating, hiking and traveling. Dr. Robinson is also a member of the Advisory Committee for Genesee Community College's Veterinary Technology Program and a trustee at Alden Community Church.
Dr. Barbara D. Scheffler
For Dr. Barbara Scheffler, becoming a veterinarian has been a lifelong journey in her father's footsteps. Her father was a graduate of Cornell University and worked as a small animal veterinarian in Buffalo for more than 50 years. She fondly recalls accompanying him on emergency calls late at night and on the weekend, and working at his clinic while in high school and college.
After graduating from Bucknell University with a bachelor's degree in Biology, Dr. Scheffler enrolled at the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. She graduated as a doctor of veterinary medicine in 1984. Dr. Scheffler has been a respected member of the Corfu Veterinary Clinic team since December of 2002. Her professional interest lies in soft tissue surgery. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the New York State Veterinary Medical Society and the Buffalo Academy of Veterinary Medicine.
"The most satisfying part of being a veterinarian, for me, is to help clients with all different economic means to do the best that they can possibly do for their pet whatever their financial situation may be," she says.
At home, Dr. Scheffler has a cat named Willis—named after a Buffalo Bills football player. In addition to watching collegiate and professional sports, her hobbies include needlepoint, baking, and browsing antique stores and garage sales. She also recently celebrated 25 years of marriage with her husband. Together, they have three sons—David, Andrew and Matthew.
Dr. Nicole Kelver
Dr. Nicole Kelver joined the medical team at Corfu Veterinary Clinic in August 2016. Growing up on a farm in Sheldon, New York, she was motivated to become a veterinarian by watching her own animals being cared for. When someone told Dr. Kelver that becoming a veterinarian was difficult, she decided that she was up for the challenge.
In 2007, Dr. Kelver graduated from Keuka College with duel bachelor's degrees in math and biology and a minor in chemistry. As an undergraduate student, she won the school's Chemistry Award her freshman and senior years. After college, Dr. Kelver attended Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine where she was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2011.
"The most satisfying part of being a veterinarian is choosing every morning to help keep pets healthy, even though they can't communicate to us," Dr. Kelver says. "I enjoy helping to bridge that understanding to our clients."
Dr. Kelver is the president of the Buffalo Academy of Veterinary Medicine. Her professional interests include soft tissue surgery and behavioral counseling.
At home, Dr. Kelver has a beautiful golden terrier mix named Rogue Marie. Born in February 2011, Rogue enjoys long walks at the park, pig ears and rolling in the grass and snow. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Kelver enjoys bass fishing, watching Buffalo Bills games, hiking with Rogue and running. She is also a member of St. John's United Church of Christ.
Dr. Brooke Beatty
Dr. Beatty has been a veterinarian here since June of 2017. She is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Some of her professional interests include soft tissue surgery, ophthalmology (specialized in medical and surgical eye disease), and pet behavior. Growing up in northern New York in the small town of Russell, Dr. Beatty has grown up around animals of all shapes and sizes and has always wanted to pursue her passion of being a veterinarian.
In 2006, Dr. Beatty graduated from State University of New York at Canton, earning her undergraduate in Veterinary Technology. She also attended State University of New York at Potsdam, where she received her degree in Biology in 2009. In her final steps towards her dream career, Dr. Beatty attended Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2017.
By being a veterinarian, Dr. Beatty is able to provide medical care to pets in need and help our clients have healthy, furry family members for many years to come, which is her favorite part about her profession. Dr. Beatty has been a licensed veterinary technician and had worked in a mixed animal practice since 2007 before joining our team. Her mother is a veterinary technician, so she has always been around many different types of animals and has always been involved in veterinary medicine.
When Dr. Beatty is at home, she loves spending time with her three rescue dogs, Cider (a Rat Terrier), Olive (a Golden Retriever mix), and Georgia (a French Bulldog). She also has a cat named Lambie and two horses, Lyla and Shay. She enjoys being outdoors and going hiking with her dogs.
Dr. Kathleen Kivi
Dr. Kivi joined our team in June 2019. She grew up in Texas and Tennessee. After high school she attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Earning a degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, while working toward veterinary school.
Dr. Kivi moved to Toronto, ON in 1994 after getting married and soon after started at Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. After graduation she worked in a small animal practice in Ontario until 2015. She owned her own equine mobile practice for 10 years as well, working at the racetrack for the racing commission and also with long distance horses. She moved to Buffalo in 2018.
She has two children, a daughter and son, both avid hockey players. Her other babies are Crush, an Australian Shepherd and Nemo, a tripod Golden Retriever. She also has a rabbit, one cat, and two guinea pigs to round out the bunch.
We are so happy to have Dr. Kivi as part of our team. With her years of experience and kind and caring attitude, she is excellent with our clients and patients.
"I love what I do and feel Corfu Vet Clinic is my place to land and stick around. This is a great clinic and proud to be part of the team" she says.
Dr. Lindsay Edwards
A native of the Rochester area, Dr. Edwards attended the George Washington University and graduated with a Bachelors of Science with a major in Biology and double-minor in Psychology and Women's Studies. She then attended Cornell University College of Veterinary Sciences and graduated with her Doctorate in 2011.
Since graduation she has worked mostly in the Western NY region and was happy to join the Corfu Veterinary Clinic family in July of 2018. Her professional interests include internal medicine, surgery and pharmacology.
Outside of work she loves crafting, kayaking and community service. She shares her home with two cats (Izzy and Bella) and her King Charles Cavalier Spaniel Sabriel.