Our Veterinarians of South Peak Veterinary Hospital


Veterinarian in Woodstock, NY

Orman ‘Skip’ Leighton, DVM and Medical Director

Dr. Orman Leighton is South Peak Veterinary Hospital’s Medical Director and he specializes in the General Practice of Medicine and Surgery, primarily providing care to dogs and cats, but also some exotics. He has been a veterinarian for 37 years. He earned his B.S. in Zoology from the University of Arizona and his D.V.M. from Araneta University in the Philippines. Dr. Leighton is a member of the AVMA and the New York State Veterinary Medical Society. Dr. Leighton, who grew up in the Saugerties area, has three children – Melissa, Ben, and Avery. He has two cats named Vinny and Aspen. He enjoys raising bees, growing orchids, road biking, hiking and kayaking. He also enjoys studying the Civil War and traveling to “anywhere” time permitting. Dr. Leighton currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Hudson Valley Animal Emergency Clinic. A former Eagle Scout, Dr. Leighton is a Vietnam Veteran where he received the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service.


Vets in Woodstock, NY

Marla Ellman, VMD

Dr. Marla Ellman has been with South Peak Veterinary Hospital since 2012. She earned her degree in Biology and Philosophy from Bryn Mawr College and her Veterinary Degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ellman grew up in Philadelphia but is happy to call the Hudson Valley her home. She lives in West Hurley with her family, a Labrador named Aurora and a guinea Pig named Lil Guin. As a veterinarian she enjoys dermatology, internal medicine, integrative medicine and working with exotic pets.


Veterinarians in Woodstock, NY

Crystal Winkler, DVM

Dr. Crystal Winkler has been a member of our team since April 2012. Her areas of interest are client communication, preventive care, behavior, dermatology, and nutrition. She earned her B.S. from Marist College and her DVM from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. She is a member of the AVMA and NYSVMS. Dr. Winkler grew up in the area and lives locally with her family and her hound mix named Ripley. She enjoys hiking, reading, crocheting, gardening, motorcycle riding, and kickboxing.


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