We met as many love stories begin: at work! We are both veterinarians, and fate brought us together as interns in an urban hospital. Dennis endeared himself to Andrea with his corny jokes, persistence, and chivalrous nature--and let's not forget, his impressive lumberjack beard. He started walking Andrea to her bus stop late at night to make sure she was safe, then one summer night, he asked to walk her home.
Family & children will always come first.
60 blocks later, we knew that we would be walking side by side forever.
We live in a safe and lively neighborhood in the heart of Manhattan, NY, and have traded a fenced-in yard for museums, farmer’s markets, street fairs, plays, the city life. When we need a break from the city, there are plenty of nearby parks and weekend trips to the Catskill Mountains or Long Island beaches. We share a strong sense of family values. Family and children will always come first.
As veterinarians, we focus on care of small animals. Working at the same practice, Andrea runs the Emergency Room, while Dennis is a Veterinary Cardiologist. We try not to take our work home, but somehow managed to rescue two dogs and two cats.
Dennis has such a great sense of humor and makes everyone laugh. He grew up in Indiana, with his siblings David, Brian, and Aubrey, under the guidance of two hard-working parents, Bill and Beth. Growing up as nerd who liked sports, along with the support of loving parents, Bill and Beth, allowed him to achieve his dream of becoming a veterinarian. He likes to have one major extracurricular going at all times, which currently is improv comedy.
Andrea says, “Dennis is a hopeless romantic. His consistent love and support makes every day like the first moment we fell in love. He is a loving husband, amazing step-father, and a faithful friend to all. An eternal comedian, his jokes may occasionally be very silly, but they still get a laugh every time. Not to mention, he is a karaoke superstar with a penchant for air guitar. Most importantly, he is dependable, loyal, and responsible. He is my rock, and truly my best friend.”
Andrea was raised in the suburbs of New York City as the youngest child with a brother, Mykola, and a sister, Maria. Her parents, Anna and Roman, raised them in a Ukrainian speaking household. Andrea’s deep love for children drew her to her first career as an Elementary School Art Teacher. She has always been creative, with a dedicated work ethic, and commitment to helping animals in need. Her parents’ unconditional love, support, and life experience helped her as she excelled in fine arts and science, allowing her to become the free-thinking, craft-making professional she is today.
Dennis says, “Andrea will bring life and energy to any room she enters. From bottle-feeding puppies and kittens, to raising a child as a working single mother, she has an endless capacity for loving and nurturing. She has a deep inner strength and an uncanny gut instinct, which is almost always right. She has an unmatched ability to multitask, as she can be effortlessly drawing a portrait of our cat while also cooking an improvised dinner, all while telling a funny anecdote from the day. Always with honest reactions and responses, she is a true free spirit. Pair that with her natural warmth, and you understand the reason children are drawn to her. It has even earned her the nickname “Aunt fun” amongst her nieces."