Eric Andersen, DVM
Dr. Andersen received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1985 at Colorado State University. He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 1996. Thereafter he worked as a small animal veterinarian in Eugene, Oregon, until he and his wife, Dr. Danica Salamun, moved back east to be closer to family. They bought the Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic in 2004 and moved into their new state-of-the-art veterinary clinic in 2007.
In addition to general small animal medicine, Dr. Andersen’s special interest is in Orthopedic Surgery. He has advanced training in fracture repair by external skeletal fixation (as shown in the above photo) as well as bone plating. He performs cruciate ligament repair by the TPLO technique as well as the extracapsular (lateral suture) method. He routinely repairs luxating patellas (trick knee caps) by the wedge trochleoplasty and tibial crest transposition technique. He is a member of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society and he is committed to his love of life-long learning and technical advancement. He recently attended a 3 day Masters workshop on TPLO surgery in Las Vegas, a diagnostic ultrasound seminar at the University of Illinois, and canine rehabilitation lectures by the leader in that field, Dr. Darryl Millis. Dr. Andersen also oversees Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic’s physical rehabilitation program.
Dr. Andersen enjoys exploring the outdoors of the Northeast with his family. They will soon finish their quest to climb all of New York’s fire towers.
Danica Salamun, DVM
Dr. Salamun received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont in 1992. She then went on to Oregon State University, where she graduated in 1998, becoming a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Subsequently she worked in Eugene, Oregon as a Small Animal Veterinarian until she moved back east with her husband, Dr. Eric Andersen, to be closer to family. They bought the Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic in 2004.
In addition to Small Animal Medicine, Dr. Salamun’s special interests include Dermatology, Dentistry and Behavior Consultations. She has also received specialized training in Diagnostic Ultrasound through one year of course work with Sound Technologies in 2006.
Dr. Salamun’s personal interests include hiking with her husband and two children. Along with her children, her animal family includes Lola the Pitbull Terrier and cats Red & Edward Teach (Black Beard the Pirate).
Melanie Brennan, DVM
Dr. Brennan is originally from Stratford, Connecticut. At the age of eight, she decided she wanted to become a veterinarian and began working hard towards that goal. She started working at a veterinary clinic in her hometown when she was 15, and has worked in the field ever since! She earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Pathobiology in 2002, graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut Honors Program. She then continued on to Tufts Veterinary School in North Grafton, Massachusetts, earning her DVM in May 2006.
After graduation, Dr. Brennan and her husband moved to the Capital Region to be closer to family. She worked at Colonie Animal Hospital in Albany from June 2006 through June 2009, and then joined the team at Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic in October 2009. She and her husband have two little girls, three boy cats named Boomer, Timmy and Dewey, and a chihuahua named Lupita.
Dr. Brennan’s favorite thing about being a general small-animal veterinarian is that she gets to see a wide variety of animals and diagnose/treat many different types of illnesses. She loves the challenge of figuring out why an animal isn’t feeling well, and working closely with owners to get their pets better. She constantly strives to stay current in her knowledge of the latest research and new tests or treatments available to her patients. She enjoys attending continuing education courses, and has most recently attended the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum, the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium, and the Oral Surgery, Pathology and Radiology course at the Animal Dental Training Center in Baltimore, MD.
Stephanie Smith, DVM
Dr. Smith joined the team at Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic in March 2013. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Boston University in 1997. She then worked as a veterinary technician for several years at a small animal veterinary hospital in Newton, MA before attending veterinary school. Dr. Smith graduated from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009, where she received the Academic Excellence Award. She previously practiced at Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital in MA and Animal Health Center in Clifton Park before starting at Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic.
Dr. Smith enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine, but has a particular interest in geriatric medicine and dentistry. Having owned several geriatric dogs herself, she appreciates the special needs of those patients. She has completed continuing education in dentistry by attending the Veterinary Dental Forum in November 2011 and an intensive 2 day course at the highly esteemed Animal Dental Training Center in Baltimore, MD in January 2014.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time her husband and two children, exploring the outdoors.
Randi E. Armstrong, DVM
Dr. Randi Armstrong, originally from upstate New York, completed her undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences at Cornell University in 2003. Following graduation, she moved to Lexington, Kentucky where she worked for numerous veterinarians, both in the Thoroughbred industry and in general small animal practice. As her passion for veterinary medicine blossomed, she entered the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University and completed her degree in 2011.
Immediately following veterinary school, she completed a one year equine internship in British Columbia, Canada. She then returned to Kentucky to join Crossroads Veterinary Clinic, a small animal practice, where she had worked prior to veterinary school. Most recently, Dr. Armstrong has been helping all types of animals in a mixed animal practice in New York. As she joins Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic she looks forward to going back to an exclusively small animal veterinary clinic.
Her career interests are focused on preventative medicine and dentistry, surgery and acupuncture. In 2011, during her final year of veterinary school, Dr. Armstrong completed the equine acupuncture course at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Florida. Later, she acquired advanced training for dogs and cats in 2013.
Dr. Armstrong enjoys spending leisure time riding horses, watching movies and hiking with her Alabama Yellow dog, Stella.
Danielle Wilde, DVM
Dr. Wilde was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and always dreamed of moving to the Adirondacks. Vacationing in Lake George yearly since childhood she is happy to finally call the Southern Adirondacks home. She received her undergraduate degree from CUNY College of Staten Island in 2010 and her DVM degree from Ross University of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. She completed her clinical education at Michigan State University in 2014.
Prior to joining the BSVC team, Dr. Wilde practiced as a small animal veterinarian in Long Island for one and a half years. Before this she spent eight years as a veterinary technician in both private practice and shelter medicine. She is especially interested in animal behavior, acupuncture, internal medicine and ultrasound.
At home, Dr. Wilde has a large furry family including three rescue dogs who go pretty much everywhere with her (Dottie, Goose, and Dean) as well as 2 rescue cats (Jackson and Quinn).
In her spare time, Dr. Wilde enjoys hiking, camping, and canoeing with her boyfriend and their dogs. She loves spending time with family and enjoying what Mother Nature has to offer. She is also a certified dog trainer and loves helping owners work through issues with their canine companions.
Dr. Wilde looks forward to a long and happy career, providing compassionate care for all of her patients and clients at Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic.
Nicholas Hoffman, DVM
Dr. Hoffman spent the majority of his childhood in Northern California. As part of a military family he has also lived in Manhattan, Virginia, and Florida. He moved back East for college earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2006 and a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science in 2009, graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut Honors Program. He spent the next few years working as a veterinary technician in Connecticut before enrolling at The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine where he would graduate in 2016. He has been working as a small animal veterinarian in the Capital Region since.
In addition to Small Animal Medicine, Dr. Hoffman has a special interest in Surgery with plans to pursue advanced training in dental and orthopedic surgery.
Dr. Hoffman and his wife (also a veterinarian) live with their geriatric boxer Sammie and their cat Toby. They enjoy music, movies, nature, and traveling.