We Are One, Big, Happy Family
Thank you for taking the time to learn about our family! Call us at 631-696-2400 to find out what our helpful and friendly Veterinary Team can do for you and your pet!
Dr. Christopher J. Winkler, DVM, VMLSO, DABLS
Diplomate, American Board Of Laser Surgery
Dr. Winkler is a native of Long Island, growing up in Northport with dogs and cats. His time earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology at The University of Rhode Island introduced him to the fascinating world of veterinary medicine and surgery when he interned at The Living Seas in EPCOT Center, witnessing the amazing procedure of placing a moray eel under anesthesia for surgery.
After attending Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts (where he met his best friend Jack pictured at the right) and completing his clinical studies at the University of Missouri, Dr. Winkler returned to Long Island, spending 3 years as a 24-hour emergency veterinarian. It was during his time as an emergency veterinarian that Dr. Winkler wished to provide for his patients a lifetime of wellness instead of just critical care. In 2006 he purchased Suffolk Veterinary Group to bring state-of-the-art medical technology to the community. Dr. Winkler began introducing the benefits of laser medicine and surgery to his general practice care in 2010.
Dr. Winkler is a professional Fellow member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and is a certified Veterinary Medical Laser Safety Officer by the American Institute of Medical Laser Applications. He is also one of only six veterinarians to become certified in Veterinary Laser Medicine and Surgery by the The American Board of Laser Surgery. He has written articles on laser surgery for Veterinary Practice News magazine, sits on the editorial board for the Journal of the American Laser Study Club, and makes appearances as a speaker and instructor on laser surgery at veterinary conventions and professional organizations across the country throughout the year. Dr. Winkler has a special interest in continuing the advancement of laser education and training for veterinary students, colleagues, and licensed veterinary technicians.
Dr. Winkler enjoys spending time with his twin sons, SCUBA diving, reading, camping, watching movies, building models, and playing paintball. Dr. Winkler’s talents include not only laser medicine, but cooking wonderful healthy meals, especially over a camp fire.
Ms. Nicole Winkler, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Nicole has been the Office Manager of Suffolk Veterinary Group since 2007. She is responsible for many of our special offers, our website content, and providing clinical support as a Licensed Veterinary Technician.
Nicole received her Bachelor of Science degree from Millersville University in Biology. After spending a year in Florida teaching environmental education, she returned to her hometown of Medford, Long Island to attend Suffolk County Community College for an Associates of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. She’s been a Licensed Veterinary Technician since 2003, and has a Bacon Number of 2. Yes, she is Dr. Winkler’s wife, and the mother of the twins you see frequently pictured on this site. At home, her constant feline companion, Famosa, also doubles as a website model.
Ms. Danielle, LVT
Danielle started with us back in 2007 as a veterinary technician intern, and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician at Suffolk County Community College. She gained plenty of experience while practicing with specialty medicine and in rescue & shelter medicine after graduation. Now she back with us in general practice to apply all her knowledge and skills to providing your pet with a lifetime of wellness. Danielle is the proud mother of Mason, an 8 month old humankid, and has an affinity for Sheperds and Chihuahuas.
Debra can assists you with scheduling your pet’s appointments, or answering questions in regards to the services we offer. Her calm, quiet nature is always appreciated, especially when pets are getting rowdy. Debra will be happy to assist you with any of your client services needs.
Elizabeth provides your pet with a safe and secure hug during their examinations, and will work with them in reducing any anxieties they may have by providing plenty of treats. If you need assistance with your pet, be it to or from the car, or just to distract them with some play time, Elizabeth is eager to help.
Johnathan & Kevin
The young twin sons of Dr. and Ms. Winkler enjoy helping their parents at work when they can. After overcoming severe canine anxieties, they happily participate with the Puppy Kindergarten classes to help socialize young dogs with the often unpredictable, quirky nature of children. They also help other young children to learn how to “Be A Tree” in order to prevent dog bites. Their favorite TV show is “Paw Patrol,” and they hope to one day have a “puppy just like Chase” of their own.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our Veterinary Team Family, we look forward to meeting your special companions, and your whole family! Call 631-696-2400 to schedule your pet’s meet & greet!