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 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
Deirdre M. Hensen, V.M.D.
Although semi-retired, Dr. Dee is available for patient services on a
limited basis, while remaining a force behind the scenes here at the
hospital, consulting and heading up special events.
Dr. Dee is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of
Veterinary Medicine. She is past president of the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association (LIVMA) and serves as its liaison to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County. In recognition of her outstanding work with LIVMA, she was presented with the Stanley M. Aldrich award.
She holds memberships in 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).
Dr. Dee’s special interests include riding and caring for her horses and
chicken flock. She supports paralysis research in human and veterinary medicine through Paumanok’s own “Pets Over Paralysis” program, with proceeds going to the Christopher Reeve Foundation and the Center for Paralysis Research at Purdue University, and through sales of fresh eggs from her own flock.
Dr. Dee enjoys weddings, parties as well as spending quality time with her extended family, most of whom live locally on Long Island with some Internationally through her participation in the Stony Brook International Host Family Program. And she is an active volunteer 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.