At Middletown Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarians provide a combined 50+ years of experience and service in small animal care and surgery. All of our doctors take continuing education courses to stay informed about the most cutting-edge treatments in veterinary medicine.
Kevin Tintle, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. Kevin Tintle, our Chief of Staff, graduated Magna Cum Laude from College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Rutgers University in 1975. He spent 9 months in the Radiology & Surgical Prep Department at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan before beginning veterinary school at the NYS College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, graduating in 1980. First practicing both large and small animal medicine, he became exclusively small animal in 1987. Since then he has received advanced training and has a special interest in small animal ultrasonagraphy and echocardiology. Married for 39 years, he has lived in the Town of Wawayanda since 1984 where all 4 of his children graduated from the Minisink Valley School System. He and his wife Linda share their home with their dog, Bruno, and two cats, Ollie and Miss Mayzie.
Yelena Berlinrut, DVM
Dr. Yelena Berlinrut grew up in Siberia, Russia. She graduated from St. Petersburg Veterinary School in Russia in 1986. In 1997 she completed the internship program at Cornell University in New York. She joined the Middletown Veterinary team in 2002. Within veterinary medicine, Dr. Berlinrut has special interest in the management and treatment of complicated and second opinion cases. In her free time, she loves to explore the world with her husband, as well as snorkeling, rollerblading, and downhill skiing. She has one son, who she is proud to say is working on his medical degree in human medicine.
Jody Sandler, DVM
Dr. Jody Sandler is a New York native. He was born in Yonkers, moved to Yorktown Heights as a teenager, and lives in Hopewell Junction today. He received his undergraduate degree from Binghamton University and his DVM degree from Cornell.
Dr. Sandler has also practiced at the Sachem Animal Hospital in Holbrook, and spent the last 26 years working with guide dogs and the blind and visually impaired as Director of Veterinary Services at Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Dr. Sandler is so passionate about working with service animals and the human-animal bond that he started BluePath Service Dogs. BluePath is a non-profit organization which places service dogs with autistic children who need safety and companionship.
In his spare time, Dr. Sandler enjoys coaching baseball and soccer, vegetable gardening, collecting antique glass paperweights and hiking outside when the weather is nice. He is married to his wife Caroline for 19 years, and they have four kids (one of which is a veterinarian), as well as three dogs, four cats, two horses and fish at home. Dr. Sandler was recently honored by the AVMA as the 2016 Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year.
Margaux Tillinghast, DVM
Dr. Tillinghast received a BS in Animal Science from Cornell University and her DVM from Iowa State University. Upon graduation, she starting working at an equine sports medicine practice treating Standardbred racehorses and show horses in the NY and NJ area. She then joined the Middletown Veterinary Hospital team in November 2016.
Dr. Tillinghast's special interests include orthopedics, surgery, and cardiology. Outside of work, she enjoys trail riding, traveling, and spending time with her Paint Thoroughbred horse named Twister. She also has a Pekingese dog named Koda, a Pineapple Green Cheek Conure bird named Cyrano, a Cockatiel named Halo, and a cat named Onyx.
John Parks, DVM, Diplomate, ACVS — Veterinary Orthopedic Specialist
Dr. John Parks is a board-certified veterinary surgeon (Diplomate in the College of Veterinary Surgeons). He has a mobile surgical practice, Veterinary Surgical Services (VSS), and provides advanced surgical procedures for our patients. Recently, Dr. Parks has pinned broken legs and performed Lateral Imbrication and TTA surgeries on torn cruciate ligaments in our canine patients.
Since the beginning of his surgical career, Dr. Parks has been performing traditional soft tissue, thoracic, abdominal, orthopedic and neurological surgical procedures. In addition, he now offers endoscopic procedures: thoracoscopic, laparoscopic, cystoscopic,and rhinoscopy.
College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University
Internship, Angell Memorial Animal Hospital
Boston Surgical Residency, Animal Medical Center, New York