Meet Paumanok Veterinary Hospitalís Outstanding Veterinarians

Dr. David Hensen and Dr. Deirdre Hensen are the husband and wife owners of Paumanok Veterinary Hospital and between them have over 50 years of experience caring for pets. Their core beliefs, nurtured from strong family and ethical backgrounds, are front and center in their approach to veterinary care. We are excited to have you to meet them.We are excited to have you to meet them. They are equally excited to have you meet their associates, Dr. Maggie Camilleri and Dr. Nicolle Desnoyers.

The Hensens have four dogs (three at home and one handicapped dog at the hospital), two cats, three horses, 14 chickens that produce Paumanok organic eggs, one rabbit, one guinea pig, and one cockatoo. They understand the humanĖanimal bond and the attachment you have to your pet.

Dr. David R. Hensen, Owner

Dr. David R. HensenDr. Dave graduated from veterinary school in the Dominican Republic in 1982, where he learned to speak Spanish fluently. He has a keen interest in diagnostic ultrasound. In 1988, he became a Diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, a prestigious honor that recognizes him as a specialist in the practice of companion animal veterinary medicine. Look around ó there are very few veterinarians who can make this claim.

He is a member of the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association (LIVMA), New York State Veterinary Medical Society (NYSVMS), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American Veterinary Ultrasound Society, and many community and conservation organizations. Before opening Paumanok Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Dave worked at Aldrich Animal Hospital, Miller Place Animal Hospital, Animal Emergency Hospital, and Smithtown Village Animal Hospital.


Dr. Deirdre M. Hensen, Owner and Consultant

Dr. Deirdre M. HensenDr. Dee graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. Although retired, Dr. Dee remains a force behind the scenes here at Paumanok consulting and heading up events and happenings both in and out of the hospital environment.

A past president of the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association (LIVMA), Dr. Dee now serves as their liaison to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County. In recognition of her outstanding work with LIVMA, she was honored with the Stanley M. Aldrich award in 2005. She holds memberships in the New York State Veterinary Medical Society (NYSVMS), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), Association of Exotic Mammals Veterinarians, and the Veterinary Dental Society. Before establishing Paumanok Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Dee worked at Shirley Veterinary Hospital and Miller Place Animal Hospital.


Dr. Maggie Camilleri, Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Maggie CamilleriDr. Camilleri is a Patchogue local who has returned home to work in and give back to her community. She attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical training at the University of Florida. Her professional interests include internal medicine, dermatology, and radiology, and she will become certified to perform acupuncture in the spring of 2014. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending her free time with family and with her own dog, Gidget.

“Thirteen years ago, my 140-pound Rott was having trouble walking. My normal vet just explained to me that she most likely sprained her knee. We took her to another vet, who also said the exact same thing. Still not convinced, Paumanok was recommend by a family member. We live in Brooklyn, New York, so to go out to Paumanok was almost a 2-hour trip each way. When I called to make an appointment on a Saturday, they told me that the office was closed on Sundays but since I was coming from such a distance, they agreed to meet me early on a Sunday morning. We figured that since it was just another opinion, it was worth the trip because it was to be a one-time deal. When I walked into the office, Dr. Dave dropped down onto the floor and started playing with my dog. After a complete physical exam and X-rays, Dr. Dave said to us that she had blown out her ACL. We scheduled surgery with him for the next day. Ever since that moment, I would NOT ever bring my dog to any other vet. Since that surgery, Shannon (our dog) went on to have three other surgeries over the years ó ALL done by the Paumanok family. Dr. Dave has ALWAYS treated Shannon and family with the utmost care and respect. Iíve boarded Shannon there MANY times and have NEVER thought twice about it. Even though I live almost 70 miles away, I would never even consider using another vet. Over the years, Iíve grown to know the staff at the hospital, who have become like a family to us. Iíve spoken with just about every staff member. When I would walk into the office, many of the staff would come right over to Shannon and start playing with her as if she was one of their family members, not like just a patient. The staff at Paumanok understands that an animal is not just a pet but also a family member. They understand that to many people, this is a child and they treat them that way. Their main concern is to see to it that every animal that they come across has the best quality of care that they can provide ó no matter what! Iíve grown to know Drs. Dave and Dee over the years and I can honestly say that they are two of the most compassionate people for animals that Iíve ever met. We have many other veterinarians at our disposal (living in Brooklyn, New York) but we chose, and will always choose, to make the almost 2-hour trip to go to see the Paumanok family for our familyís pet care.”

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