Veterinary Social Workers
Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center’s Veterinary Social Workers
Katie Nokovich, LMSW
Katie Nokovich is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at Daemen University and Master's Degree in Social Work at the University at Buffalo. Katie has experience working with patients that are terminally ill and their loved ones in the field of dying, grief, and loss including Hospice Care. Katie uses a trauma focused approach to help families navigate difficult conversations surrounding quality of life and end of life.
Katie wanted to become a Veterinary Social Worker to merge her biggest passions: animals and grief support. Katie’s goal is to normalize/validate grief among pet owners and help them develop healthy coping skills to navigate life without their pet. Katie enjoys spending time with her partner and their dog. She enjoys listening to true crime podcasts and traveling.
Alyssa Pepe, LCSW
Alyssa Pepe is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Canisius College and Master's Degree in Social Work from the University at Buffalo. Alyssa has experience working in community mental health and substance abuse treatment with individuals, couples and in group settings. Her focus and passion is on mental health, specifically understanding the effects and impact of trauma on the body and mind and the importance of understanding self-compassion. She strongly believes in using a client-centered approach to personalize care for each person, family and their pet.
Alyssa was drawn to being a Veterinary Social Worker as a response to her love for animals and wanting to honor the bond between humans and animals. In her free time Alyssa spends her time with her partner and their two dogs, reading novels and volunteering at the SPCA in the Wildlife Department.
To learn more about Veterinary Social Work Please read the following article from the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/need-to-make-tough-decisions-about-your-pet-a-veterinary-social-worker-can-help/2019/09/13/ce8090c8-d4c4-11e9-86ac-0f250cc91758_story.html
To learn more about OPVMC’s Veterinary Social Worker services please click here.