Our Deer Park Veterinarians

Howard Camay, DVM, Co-Owner

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Dr. Howard Camay attended Cornell University and received his bachelor's degree in animal science in 1974. Following his undergraduate studies, Dr. Camay was admitted to veterinary school in Parma, Italy and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1979.

Dr. Camay is a general veterinary practitioner with professional interests in dentistry, reptiles, dogs, cats, and birds. He has practiced routine and advanced pet dental procedures for over 30 years. He is a member of several professional organizations including the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association, the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, the New York Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Avian Veterinarians, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the American Veterinary Dental Society.

Married to Madeleine, Dr. Camay's outside interests include biking, hiking, and gardening. The Camays share their home with two cats, Lucky and Sly, and two dogs, Kikko and Whiskey.

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Barry A. Lissman, DVM, Co-Owner

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Dr. Barry Lissman received his veterinary medical degree from Cornell University in 1977. Upon graduation, he began work as a small animal practitioner and is presently the co-owner of Sachem Animal Hospital and Wellness Center in Holbrook and the Park Hills Animal Hospital in Deer Park, Long Island, New York. He is also the co-founder of Thyro-Cat, Centers for the Treatment of Feline Hyperthyroidism.

Dr. Lissman takes care of dogs, cats, birds, pocket pets, and exotics, including the zoo animals at the Brookhaven Wildlife Center in Holtsville.

In 1979, Dr. Lissman discovered Rocky Mountain spotted fever in dogs and was the first individual to publish its clinical findings. In 1983, Dr. Lissman discovered Lyme disease in animals and is credited with identifying and publishing the first clinical descriptions of this disease in dogs. Dr. Lissman has evaluated the clinical findings of Lyme disease since 1983 and participated in a two-year study evaluating the field trial performance of the commercially available Lyme vaccine. His findings have been reported in numerous veterinary publications and textbooks. He has become a well-recognized authority on clinical Lyme disease and has presented many lectures both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Lissman has won the Practitioner Research Award from the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Award for Outstanding Service to Veterinary Medicine by the New York State Veterinary Medical Society for his original work with Lyme disease. Dr. Lissman was the chairman of the committee on Public Health and Regulatory Medicine for the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, and chairman of the Rabies Task Force on Long Island for which he was awarded the merit award from the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association. In addition, Dr. Lissman was co-chairman of the Disaster Preparedness Committee of the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association (LIVMA) and was the veterinary liaison officer for the Suffolk County emergency management office, for which he again was awarded the merit award from the LIVMA. He is currently on the veterinary advisory board for the Suffolk County Department of Health.

Dr. Lissman volunteers his time and teaches veterinary technology to the students at John Bowne High School in Queens and was presented with the first outstanding alumni award given by the school.

Since 1999, Dr. Lissman has had his own monthly radio show on WALK-FM called 'Ask The Vet'. He has also been a regular guest on Pet News, a weekend call-in program about domestic animals, and Fox and Friends, both on the Fox News Channel.

Dr. Lissman resides with his wife Wendy and cat Lucy. They enjoy boating, fishing and special times with their two daughters and three grandchildren.

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Andrea O'Keeffe, DVM

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A 1983 graduate of the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, Dr. Andrea O'Keeffe has been an associate veterinarian at Park Hills Animal Hospital since 1998. Prior to her four years at Cornell, Dr. O'Keeffe attended the New York Institute of Technology where she received her bachelor's degree in medical technology in 1977.

Dr. O'Keeffe is active in the Deer Park community and participates in many local organizations. She is a member of the Parent Teacher Association and a class parent at Paumanok Elementary School. She participates in "Career Day" at Half Hollow Hills High Schools and "Women in Math and Science Career Day" through the American Association of University Women. Dr. O'Keeffe is also involved in St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church activities.

Married with two sons and a dog named Dixie, Dr. O'Keeffe enjoys spending her free time skiing, reading, and hiking with her family.

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