Meet the Team

Elisabeth Simone-Freilicher, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)
Dr. Simone-Freilicher is one of less than 140 doctors in the world who are board-certified in Avian Medicine.  She has also completed specialty training in Exotic Medicine, including rabbit and rodent dentistry, medical and surgical treatment of ferret diseases, and reptile medicine and surgery. Dr. Simone-Freilicher is available by appointment for primary care as well as consultation or referral of avian and exotic cases.

Dr. Simone-Freilicher has over 20 years' experience in pet bird biology, husbandry, behavior, and medicine. In 2010 she was recognized by the Association of Avian Veterinarians for “outstanding service and commitment to advancing and promoting avian medicine and stewardship.”

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Simone-Freilicher has written numerous articles for Veterinary Practice News, Critters USA, and Rabbits USA, as well as peer-reviewed case reports for the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Simone-Freilicher has provided educational lectures at meetings and events, and strongly believes that the better educated the pet owner, the better care the pet receives, which can prevent many unneccessary medical conditions.

College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University, DVM, 2002

West Hills Animal Hospital, Residency in Companion Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine, 2002-2005

Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Avian Specialty, 2006

Brendan Noonan, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)
[Practicing at Angell-Boston and MSPCA-Angell West in Waltham as of March 2014]
Dr. Noonan figured out early on in life he was interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine while surrounding himself with exotic animals as pets.  After graduating high school, he went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in animal science from Cornell University in 2005 followed by his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2009.  His strong interest in exotic animal medicine, particularly avian, led him south toward warmer weather to complete an internship with Dr. Kelleher at Broward Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital in Coral Springs, Florida.  He was fortunate enough to go back to Cornell in 2010 to pursue his ultimate goal of an ABVP (avian) residency with Cornell’s exotic animal medicine service.  He finished his 3 year residency in July of 2013 and joined the Angell exotics team in September 2013.

When he is not at the clinic Dr. Noonan enjoys spending time with his Umbrella Cockatoo, Eastern rosella parakeet, English budgie and 2 mix breed dogs.

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2009

Broward Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital, Internship, 2010
Cornell University Hospital for Animals, Avian/Exotics Resident 2010-2013 

Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Avian Specialty, 2013

Patrick Sullivan, DVM, Avian/Exotic Intern
Dr.  Sullivan received his degree from Saint George’s University, School of Veterinary Medicine and completed his fourth year at the University of Tennessee in 2009.  He has worked in general practice since 2009 with a focus on exotic patients and practiced at Cushing Square Veterinary Clinic in Belmont, Massachusetts for nearly three years prior to beginning at Angell in 2013.

Saint George's University, School of Veterinary Medicine & University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine (clinical training), DVM, 2009

Keri Harris, Avian Exotics Assistant
Keri received her Associates in Arts from Community College Rhode Island (CCRI) in 2003. Since childhood she has been an animal lover and has owned a variety of exotic animals, including (but not limited to) chinchillas, degus, rabbits, rats, and a sugar glider. She worked as a manager in pet supply retail for 6 years before becoming a zookeeper for 3 years. Although she loved zoo keeping she always felt her place was in the veterinary field, so she started out at a small clinic in Rhode Island in 2009.  After a few years in veterinary medicine Keri decided to try her hand at baking in the culinary field, but her love of caring for animals brought her to Angell in April of 2012. Keri started out as the Oncology/clinic attendant, but her special interest in the “small and fuzzy”  animals led her to the Avian/Exotics department in December 2012.
Keri lives in RI with her dwarf hamster, Little Foot, and in her free time she enjoys baking, photography and spending time with family and friends.

Deborah Kennedy, Avian Exotics Assistant
From early childhood, Deborah has had an affinity for small animals and always cared for one or more at home.  At the end of first grade, her teacher, impressed with this natural gift, gave her the classroom pet (a Guinea pig named “Robert”) to take home and care for.

After receiving a B.S. in rehabilitation counseling from Boston University, Deborah joined Vinfen Corporation of Boston for several years as a counselor. Her urge to work with birds and exotic animals drew her to the pet industry where for several years she managed the avian departments of pet stores, gaining a wide-ranging knowledge of avian health issues and honing her skills in caring for birds.

In 2001, Deborah was recruited to join the staff of the Angell Avian/Exotics service. Her work here over the years has fulfilled her ambition to deepen her knowledge and understanding of the medical aspects of avian and exotics care.  She is recognized in particular for her skills in handling and caring for the avian species and in neonate care.  As a veterinary assistant for over 12 years, she has assisted avian exotics specialists, interns and residents performing diagnostic procedures, inducing and monitoring anesthesia, taking medical histories, and educating clients to care for their pets. In some quarters at Angell, Deborah is known as "the Bird Whisperer.”

At home, she lives with her husband, two 23-year old Moluccan cockatoos (Lucas and Ashley), a 23-year old Nanday conure (Matilda) and an 18-year-old, Black-headed caique (Scooter).

Lauri Leach, Avian Exotics Assistant
Lauri graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences.  Since graduating, she has worked at multiple marine mammal and wildlife rehabilitation centers, as well as small animal hospitals.  She continues to volunteer with the injured and orphaned seals at the Mystic Aquarium.  Lauri started working in the Avian/Exotics department at Angell in March of 2014.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, and spending time with friends.

Gailyn Rooslet, CVT, Avian Exotics Technician [In Boston and Waltham]
Gailyn is a graduate from Mount Ida College and has been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 2008. She previously worked at a hospital where she kept active in the emergency, critical care, surgery and general practice departments. Since college she has had a special interest in exotic pets and began her career at Angell in June 2013. Along with her Chihuahua mix “Conan,” Yorkie mix “Buggie,” and orange tabby cat “Cricket,” Gailyn also shares her home with a green cheek conure and a leopard gecko.  In her free time she enjoys going to the dog park, spending time with family and friends, and the occasional white water rafting.

Stacey Escalante, Avian/Exotics Secretary
Stacey graduated from the University of Southern California in 2009 with a B.S. in Kinesiology. After moving to Boston from California in January 2012, Stacey joined Angell as a client liaison, before becoming part of the Angell Avian/Exotics team. Stacey also works with the Oncology team.