Rob OdleDr. Larry Steinberg (far right) stands with some of Bayside Animal Medical Center’s employees and his partner Alexandra Bray (far left). The hospital is celebrating its 20th year in 2016 and has seen some major changes over the course of its history.
Bayside Animal Medical Center Celebrates 20 Years
If you asked Larry Steinberg in 1979 what he would be doing in 2016, he would likely tell you “practicing veterinary medicine.” After receiving his doctorate in veterinary medicine on the cusp of 1980, Steinberg never imagined that he would be the head of his own practice, let alone celebrating its 20th anniversary.
For 14 years after finishing school at the University of Georgia, Steinberg worked as a veterinarian, just 5 miles away from where his current practice, Bayside Animal Hospital, sits today. It was his first job out of college and a big change of pace from the classroom learning he had been used to.
“It’s one thing to know all the details of all the diseases but another thing to see them actually presented to you in the flesh. It was a big learning experience,” Steinberg said.
After nearly 15 years at his first job out of school, Steinberg was ready for a change. "I felt as though I wanted to have a practice where I could go about it in a way that I could provide the best possible care for the animals,” Steinberg said of his desire to run a practice, not just work at one.
So in February of 1996, Steinberg founded Bayside with that intention in mind, eager to provide a new service to the community. The endeavor was risky, as Steinberg had never taken a business course during his college tenure, but, like all new experiences, it would be a chance to learn. "I was never enamored by the business aspects, but I love the animals, the people, figuring out the problems,” Steinberg said.
Clients that knew Steinberg from his time at the previous practice began following him, and soon, business was booming. Bayside began expanding its interior space, and in 2008, it expanded its partnership as well with the addition of Alexandra Bray.
Bray, who received a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, had experience in both western veterinary medicine and eastern practices. Bray's time at the Chi Institute taught her acupuncture and herbal medicine for animals, knowledge that later served as a unique addition to Bayside's treatment process.
“What I’ve seen personally convinces me without a doubt that [acupuncture] does have a very useful purpose here,” Steinberg said of Bray's immense contribution to the practice.
Now 20 years into its incumbency on Ritchie Highway, Bayside continues to provide the quality care that Steinberg has practiced since he first received his diploma. Though he never thought he'd be the head of his own practice, Steinberg is thrilled that he gets to do what he loves every day.
“I just love this job. I feel as though I’m really doing something good for the world when I’m practicing vet medicine,” he said. “This is such an important part of my personal identity.”