Meet the Avian and Exotics 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 forVeterinary Practice News, Critters USA, andRabbits 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)

Angell Boston and MSPCA-Angell West, Waltham

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

Anne Staudenmaier, VMD

Dr. Staudenmaier earned her veterinary degree from University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine before completing a one-year internship at Angell. After her internship, Dr. Staudenmaier stayed on at Angell as an Avian/Exotic medicine resident.

University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, VMD, 2015

Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2015-2016

Sarah Chieng, CVT Avian Exotics Technician

Sarah is originally from Quincy, MA. After graduating from North Shore Community College with a degree in Veterinary Technology she obtained her CVT in July 2014. Prior to joining the Avian Exotics service at Angell Boston in the Fall of 2014, she was an Emergency and Critical Care Technician at a couple of other local hospitals. Sarah has been volunteering with the New England Aquarium with the Animal Health Department and Rescue & Rehab since 2012. She loves rodents and shares her life with two chinchillas, Orion and Loki, and a Mini Australian Shepherd, Hench. When she’s not at work, she enjoys hanging out with friends and family, going to the dog park, watching movies, and hanging out at the beach.

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).

John Mutuberria, CVT, Avian Exotics Technician

John graduated from Mount Ida College with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology and has been a Certified Veterinary Technician since January 2014.  John started working at Angell Animal Medical Center in Inpatient Services in 2009, where he worked with cats and dogs in emergency and critical care.  Since then he has interned in various wildlife centers and also has a special interest working with exotic pets.  John joined the Avian/Exotics department at Angell in October 2014.  In his free time, John enjoys rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, camping, and spending time with friends, family and his two cats, “Epic” and “Mina”.

Gailyn Rooslet, CVT, Avian Exotics Technician

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, Client Care Coordinator, Avian/Exotics

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 Secretary for the Angell Avian/Exotics and Oncology teams. In January of 2015, Stacey assumed her current role as Client Care Coordinator for the Avian/Exotic and Oncology services.

Megan Bliss, Avian/Exotics Secretary

Megan grew up in Boulder, Colorado and began working with animals in her teens at a pet store specializing in exotic animals. Megan has spent years learning about animal husbandry and medical care, beginning her career in emergency animal medicine in 1999. In 2007, Megan moved to Massachusetts and worked at an emergency specialty hospital as client care supervisor. She became a certified as a Pet Loss and Bereavement Counselor in 2013 through the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement. Megan joined the Angell team in February 2015 as a Client Liaison and took on her current role of Oncology and Avian/Exotic Secretary in March of 2016. She is delighted to be a part of such an historical organization and lives with one boyfriend, and two cats named Shaman and Shpilkes. She loves singing, playing guitar, writing/reading, and scary movies.

To make an appointment with or refer a client to the Avian/Exotic service please call Megan at 617 989-1561.