Stephanie Smart-
Veterinary Assistant
Our Staff
The staff members of Pioneer Paws Veterinary Clinic
(PPVC) work each and every day to bring you the
quality pet care your furry family member deserves.  
They work both during appointments and behind the
scenes to ensure the health, safety, and comfort of
each pet is the number one priority.  However, behind
the lab coats, scrubs, and the ever-so-becoming splash
goggles, there is a team of ordinary people working to
bring your pet the best health care possible.  
Make no mistakes about it, the staff does have a pretty
good time at work each day.  There's almost always
something to learn at PPVC.  

Dr. Songster grew up in Frewsburg, NY.  She obtained her BS in
Science degree from SUNY Cortland and her DVM degree from North
Carolina State University.  After several years in private practice in
veterinary clinics around western New York, Dr. Songster opened
Pioneer Paws Veterinary Clinic in April of 2009.  She has been hard
at work ever since.   Dr. Songster has several pets of her own
including two cats, Jerry and Elvira, and two horses, Runaway
Emotions (a.k.a. Mo) and RA Tuxcel (a.k.a. Tutt).  In her "abundant"
free time,  Dr. S. enjoys riding horses and attending horse shows
with her daughter, reading, hiking, canoeing, swimming, and
vacationing with her family.
Dr. S. goes to town for every patient, making sure that their owners
are aware of the best ways to take care of them.  In fact, educating
pet owners and being there for the owners in the time of need are
the two things that the Doc likes most about her job.  

Jim grew up in Jacobstown, New Jersey and attended Northern
Burlington County Regional High School.  Jim then attended SUNY
Geneseo and he finally obtained his B.S. in Forestry and Natural
Resource Management from
 SUNY College of Environmental Science
& Forestry.  
Jim married Dr. Songster in 1993.    Jim is known as the "people
person" of the hospital, which is why it didn't surprise us when he
said that the favorite part about his job is getting to know the
clients and their pets.  And though busting poor Jim's chops is a
specialty of PPVC staff, we know we would be quite the wayward
group without him.  
Jim Alpin-
Practice Manager
Dr. Mary Songster-
Our Staff
Pioneer Paws Veterinary Clinic, PC,          12399 Olean Rd.,  Ste D                      Fax (716)492-1222
(716)492-1200                                                     Chaffee,   NY,   14030           Email:
Alex Evans-
Veterinary Assistant

Alex was raised in Holland, New York and is our Licensed Veterinary
Technician.  We are currently updating her bio.
Stephanie grew up in Fulton, NY and moved to our area in
2013. In 2012, she graduated Cayuga Community College with
her Associates in Business Administration. She is currently going
to Medaille College in Rochester working towards her
Veterinary Technician degree while working at Pioneer Paws
full time. Stephanie performs many duties here in the clinic. She
helps with cleaning and maintaining equipment. She also
participates in clerical and administrative work. Her favorite
part of her job is when she gets to interact with pets and take
care of their owners. Stephanie loves being around animals. She
has 5 pets of her own including 2 dogs, Abby and Zeva, and 3
cats, Princess, Zoe and Lilly. She loves spending her off time
with her family. In the summer, they go camping and in the
winter, they enjoy snowmobiling.
Stephanie Smart-
Veterinary Assistant
Stephanie Smart-
Veterinary Assistant
Stephanie Smart-
Veterinary Assistant
Dr. Mary Songster-
Amanda Burrichter-
Veterinary Assistant

Amanda Burrichter grew up in Lancaster PA and moved to
Houghton NY in 2015. She is currently a senior at Fillmore
Central High school and will be pursuing a career in the
veterinary field so she is o
btaining a head start by working
with us. She has been showing sheep, goats, and cattle for 11
years through 4h at local, state and national shows.