Dr. David Hensen and Dr. Deirdre Hensen are the husband and wife proprietors 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 and their associates too.
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 human-animal bond and the attachment you have to your pet.
Dr. David R. Hensen
Dr. 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 — 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
Semi retired, Dr. Dee is available for patient services on a limited basis, while remaining a force behind the scenes at Paumanok, consulting and heading up special events. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and served as a past president of the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association (LIVMA). Dr. Dee is a liaison to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County and in recognition of her outstanding work with LIVMA, she was presented with the Stanley M. Aldrich Award. Membership affiliations include: the New York State Veterinary Medical Society (NYSVMS); the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA); the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV); the Association of Exotic Mammals Veterinarians (AEMV); and the Veterinary Dental Society (VDS). Special interests include riding and caring for her horses and chickens. She supports paralysis research in human and veterinary medicine with proceeds from her very own freshly produced hen egg sales going to the Christopher Reeve Foundation and the Center for Paralysis Research at Purdue University. Dr. Dee enjoys attending events as well as spending quality time with her extended family from Long Island and abroad through her participation in the Stony Brook International Host Family Program. In addition, she volunteers for “Meals on Wheels,” and the League of Women Voters of Brookhaven.
Dr. Maggie Camilleri
Dr. Maggie 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 surgery, dermatology, behavior, and integrative medicine (including acupuncture, laser therapy, physical rehabilitation, and herbal medicine). She enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending her free time with family and with her own dog, Gidget.