Dr. Ellen Leonhardt was raised and still lives in Levittown, NY. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in 1988, and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University in 1993. She did her clinical rotation year at Oklahoma State University in 1993 and received her federal accreditation allowing her to write International health certificates in 1994.
Dr. Ellen has been practicing general medicine at Animal General since 1993 and is currently the Medical Director of the hospital. She had practiced emergency medicine at Nassau Animal Emergency Clinic from 1993 to 2013. Her interests in veterinary medicine include general surgery, internal medicine, wildlife medicine, reptile medicine, and has some experience working with pot-bellied pigs and small goats. She always welcomes "any animal in need that can fit through the front door". Dr. Ellen was the first Veterinarian in New York State to perform a completely IN HOSPITAL Stem Cell treatment on a dog in September 2010.
Dr. Ellen currently has Rottweilers, "Joplin" and "Finley" who come to work with her daily! She also has 2 cats, "Wyatt" and "Darwin", a tortoise, 2 ducks, 2 parakeets, and 3 finches as her family at home. She has 2 outdoor goldfish ponds and uses gardening and fussing with her ponds as her stress relief.
Her outside interests are international travel- with special attention to countries with interesting wildlife. She has become adept at wildlife and landscape photography and many of her pictures adorn the walls of Animal General.