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Meet the 24/7 Emergency and Critical Care Team

Doctors

Alison Allukian, DVM

Dr. Allukian completed her Emergency and Critical Care Residency at Tufts University in 2016, where she also received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. She stayed at Tufts for a year as a clinical lecturer.  After graduating, she undertook a small animal rotating internship at Angell Memorial Animal Medical Center.  This experience was the foundation for her desire to pursue specialty training in emergency and critical care. She joined Angell’s team in January of 2018.

EDUCATION
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), 2012

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Foster Hospital for Small Animals, Emergency and Critical Care Residency, 2016
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Small Animal Internship, 2013

 

Justina Bartling, DVM

EDUCATION
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, DVM, 2018

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2018-2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taylor Belk, DVM

EDUCATION
University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2018

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2018-2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Black, DVM

EDUCATION
College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, DVM, 2018

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2018-2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kiko Bracker, DVM, DACVECC, Director, Emergency and Critical Care

Dr. Bracker is a boarded criticalist and co-directs Angell’s Emergency and Critical Care (E/CC) service in Boston with Dr. Meg Whelan. In 1997, Dr. Bracker completed his internship at Southwest Veterinary Specialty Center in Tuscon, AZ, where he then worked for several years on their busy emergency service. In 2002, he accepted a residency positon at Angell before becoming an Angell staff veterinarian in 2005 in the Emergency/Critcal Care Department. Dr. Bracker oversees Angell’s E/CC residency program.

EDUCATION
University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 1997

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Residency in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, 2002-2005
Southwest Veterinary Specialty Center, Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, 1998

CERTIFICATION
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, 2005

 

 

Maria Brandifino, DVM, ECC Resident (2018-2021)

 

EDUCATION
University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2017
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2017-2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Chen, DVM

EDUCATION
Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2018

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2018-2019

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Dorsey, DVM

Dr. Kathryn Dorsey grew up in southern Connecticut. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Hamilton College in 2005. She then spent three years in Boston performing research on Huntington’s disease. She went on to earn her veterinary degree from Iowa State University and then completed an intensive year-long rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. She has been working as an emergency doctor for the past three years in New York City, prior to returning to the Boston area. Her special interests include neurologic and endocrine emergencies. In her free time, Dr. Dorsey enjoys spending time with her dogs ‘Mona and Meryl.

EDUCATION
Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2012
Hamilton College, BA, 2005

SPECIALTY TRAINING
The Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2012-2013

 

Rachel Gates, DVM

EDUCATION
Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2018

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2018-2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sayrah Gilbert, DVM

EDUCATION
University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2018

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2018-2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda Hsu, DVM

EDUCATION
Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2018

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2018-2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morgan Kelley, DVM

Before moving to Boston, Dr. Kelley received her veterinary training at St. George’s University in Grenada and finished her fourth year of clinical training at the University of Georgia. She then headed north to complete a one-year rotating internship at Angell’s Boston location. We are delighted to have Dr. Kelley continue at Angell as an Emergency/Critical Care resident. She has a particular interest in emergencies concerning coagulopathy and sepsis. In her free time she enjoys taking her dogs, Homer and Paddy, hiking on local trails such as those in the Blue Hills or Middlesex Fells Reservation.

EDUCATION
St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine, 4th Year Clinical Training at University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2017

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2017-2018

 

 

 

Caitlan Koontz, DVM

Dr. Caitlan Koontz attended UC Davis veterinary school in 2015 and then went on to do a rotating internship at the Animal Specialty and Emergency Center in Los Angeles, CA, followed by an emergency and critical care specialty internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, TX.  You may have seen her in a few episodes of National Geographic’s “Animal ER” during season two when she was working at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists and the show filmed there. In her spare time, Dr. Koontz enjoys running, yoga, hiking, the beach, cooking, painting and playing cribbage at local breweries and coffee shops. Dr. Koontz is a huge Pittsburgh Steeler’s fan and watches games with her dog, Red Ruger, and her cats Spock and Tiberius.

EDUCATION
University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2015

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Animal Specialty and Emergency Center in Los Angeles, CA, Rotating Small Animal Medicine Internship, 2013-2014

Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, TX, Emergency and Critical Care Specialty Internship, 2014-2015

Audrey Koid, DVM, ECC Resident (2016-2019)

EDUCATION
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, DVM, 2017

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2017-2018

 

 

 

 

 

William (Glenn) Lane, DVM, ECC Resident (2016-2019)

Dr. Lane earned his veterinary degree from Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. After finishing an internship at Animal Specialty Group in Los Angeles, Dr. Lane served as an emergency service veterinarian at Guardian Veterinary Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. Dr. Lane joined Angell as an ECC resident in 2016 from his most recent emergency doctor position at Calgary Animal Referral and Emergency Centre in Calgary Alberta.

EDUCATION
Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, DVM, 2012

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Animal Specialty Group, Los Angeles, CA, Rotating Internship, 2012-2013

 

 

 

 

Joey LaMastro, VMD

EDUCATION
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, VMD, 2018

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2018-2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chele Lathroum, DVM

EDUCATION
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, 4th Year Clinical Training at Colorado State University, DVM, 2018

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2018-2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Magestro, DVM

Dr. Magestro grew up in Milwaukee, WI and graduated from veterinary school at the University of WI-Madison. She completed a rotating internship at the VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in South Weymouth, MA. She continued to practice emergency medicine in Boston prior to relocating to Seattle where she worked at a large emergency and specialty hospital for 3 years. Dr. Magestro recently returned to Boston with her beautiful cat Zelda and amazing pup Jackson.  When not at work, she enjoys running, hiking, traveling, and exploring the city of Boston.

EDUCATION
University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2006

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Rotating Internship, VCA South Shore Animal Hospital, 2006-2007

Hannah Marshall, DVM, ECC Resident (2016-2019)

Dr. Marshall received her veterinary degree from Colorado State University before completing a small animal rotating internship at Angell Animal Medical Center. After graduating, she remained at Angell as a resident for the ECC service.

EDUCATION
Colorado State University, College of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, DVM, 2015

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2015-2016

 

 

David McChesney, DVM

EDUCATION
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, DVM, 2018

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2018-2019

 

 

 

Madison McKay, DVM

EDUCATION
Western University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2018

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2018-2019

 

 

 

Emiliana Meroni, DVM, ECC Resident (2016-2019)

Dr. Meroni received her veterinary degree from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine before going on to complete a rotating small animal internship at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in New York City. She joined Angell as an ECC resident in 2016.

EDUCATION
University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2015

SPECIALTY TRAINING
BluePearl Veterinary Partners, New York City, NY, Rotating Internship, 2015-2016

 

Michelle Oranges, DVM

EDUCATION
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, DVM, 2018

 

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2018-2019

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley Power, VMD

EDUCATION
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2017

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2017-2018

 

 

 

 

Taryn Pena, DVM

EDUCATION
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2018

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2018-2019

 

 

 

 

 

Ella Richardson, DVM

EDUCATION
Western University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2018

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2018-2019

 

 

 

 

Steven Robillard, DVM

EDUCATION
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2018

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2018-2019

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Sinnott, DVM, DACVECC

Dr. Sinnott is a 2003 graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a one-year internship program and practiced emergency medicine for two additional years in Tucson, Arizona. She then completed a three-year emergency and critical care residency at the University of Pennsylvania. For the next five years she was the supervisor of the residency program at Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists until she joined Angell’s senior staff in 2014. She is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Her clinical areas of interest include infection control, antibiotic therapy, coagulation, sepsis and fluid therapy. Dr. Sinnott is the Chair of the Infection Control Committee at Angell. She is also enthusiastic about veterinary clinical education and enjoys mentoring interns and residents and speaking at local and national meetings.

EDUCATION
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2003
SPECIALTY TRAINING
The University of Pennsylvania, Residency in Emergency and Critical Care, 2006-2009
Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialty and Emergency, Rotating internship, 2003-2004
CERTIFICATION
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, 2009

 

Daisy Spear, DVM

EDUCATION
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, DVM, 2018

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2018-2019

 

 

 

 

 

Helen Tsoi, DVM

EDUCATION
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2018

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2018-2019

 

 

 

 

 

Nicole Tusa, DVM

EDUCATION
University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2018

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2018-2019

 

 

 

 

 

Emily Viani, DVM

EDUCATION
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2018

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2018-2019

 

 

 

 

Megan Whelan, DVM, DACVECC, CVA, Internship Director and Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Whelan co-directs the Emergency and Critical Care service with Dr. Bracker. Dr. Whelan is a 2003 graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a one-year internship program at Angell and a three-year E/CC residency at Tufts before joining Angell’s senior staff. She is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, and is also Director of Angell’s Internship Program. As Internship Director, Dr. Whelan oversees the clinical education of new veterinarians as they rotate through all of Angell’s specialty services.

EDUCATION
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2003
SPECIALTY TRAINING
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Residency in Emergency and Critical Care, 2004-2007
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2004
CERTIFICATION
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, 2007

Technicians & Support Team

Martha Andriolatos, CVT, VTS (ECC), Inpatient Services Lead

Martha graduated from University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 2004. Soon after graduating, in 2005, she became a part of the Angell team in the Inpatient Services department, primarily working in the Critical Care Unit (CCU), and has been a lead technician since 2011.  Along with her technician certification, she obtained her specialty certification in emergency and critical care in 2014.  When she is not busy saving lives in our CCU, Martha enjoys traveling and her time outdoors with family and friends. Kayaking, camping, and lounging on the beach are just a few of her favorites. Martha lives just outside of Boston with her goofy Boston terrier, Vern and three cats: Mumfie, Blue Boy and Mingo.

 

 

Melanie Coiro, CVT, VTS (ECC), Inpatient Services Lead

Melanie decided on a career change after many years as a successful Chef. She had always been inter
ested in animal biology with studies from the University of Buffalo. After nursing 2 20yr old cats at home, she knew she’d found her second passion.Melanie began working at Angell 14 years ago as a primary care attendant while she completed her veterinary technician degree through an online program at St. Petersburg College in Fl. She obtained her certification and became a CVT in 2005 and achieved her VTS (ECC) certification in 2016.  Melanie has been a Lead Critical Care technician since 2009.Melanie still loves to cook at home and baking treats for her fellow employees. She spends her free time traveling with her husband and relaxing with her cats, Yoda and Clementine.


Suzanne Langlois, CVT


Suzanne has been a CVT since 2008 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Mount Ida College. She has worked in a variety of veterinary settings including general practice, research, zoo, shelter, and emergency and critical care medicine. She started working in Inpatient Services at Angell in March 2015 and became a lead technician in 2016. Suzanne enjoys the challenges of emergency medicine and providing the individualized care necessary to aid the most critical patients.  When she’s not at work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, scuba diving, and being entertained by her three pet cats Ahab, Emily, and Magellan.


Nikki Martin, Inpatient Services Administrative Assistant

Nikki started working at Angell in 2014 as a Primary Care Attendant.  In 2015 she moved into the position of Inpatient Services Administrative Assistant. In her spare time she enjoys photography and taking her dog Jake on hikes.

 

 

Deidre Pedato, CVT, Inpatient Services Lead

Deidre was born and raised in Massachusetts. She graduated from North

Shore Community College in 1996 and obtained her certification that year. Deidre has worked overnights since 1999. She started working at Angell in April 2009 and accepted a lead technician position in December 2014.

When not at work Deidre enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.\

 

Andrea Pinto, CVT, Inpatient Services Lead

Andrea graduated from Mount Ida College with a bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology in 2010, became a certified veterinary technician, and started working at Angell shortly after. She started with Inpatient Services as a certified tech and has primarily worked in our Critical Care Unit since 2011. She most recently has become one of our Inpatient Services Lead Technicians. Outside of work, Andrea enjoys spending time with family, friends, her dog, Roxanne, and cat, Dunkin. She also enjoys the outdoors with various activities around New England, including hiking, kayaking and camping.

Connor Raftery, Inpatient Services Lead

Connor is currently a lead technician in the critical care unit.  He started working at Angell in 2011 in inpatient services.  He lives in Malden with his wife, daughter, 2 cats, and a small brood of gargoyle geckos.  He enjoys reading and jogging in his spare time.

 

 

 

Amy Smith, CVT, Inpatient Services Lead

Amy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology from Hamilton College.  She then moved overseas to Sevastopol, Ukraine for two years to serve in the Peace Corps.  While there, she taught English and Ecology to all ages.  Following her time in Europe, Amy moved to Boston.  She received her Master’s Degree in Geology and Geophysics from Boston College. Animals (especially dogs) have always taken a large role in her life, but while in graduate school Amy started walking dogs to earn extra money.  She fell in love with the idea of working with animals, finished school, moved to Georgia, got a job at a veterinary hospital and has never looked back.  In 2011 Amy returned to Boston and joined the Inpatient staff at Angell.  About a year later she became certified and started working as a Lead Technician in CCU.  Amy enjoys working with all animals but definitely has a soft spot for Rotties.

Kristen Tefft, CVT, Inpatient Services Supervisor

Kristen started working in the veterinary field in 2006 and completed her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from Great Bay Community College in 2009.   She started at Angell in 2011 as a Critical Care Unit Technician and made the transition to Inpatient Services Supervisor in 2012.  When Kristen is not at Angell she enjoys drawing/painting and spending time with her friends, family and dog Lylah.

 

Carrie Thistle, CVT, VTS (ECC) Inpatient Services Lead


Carrie originally joined the Angell team in 2005 as a technician in the Inpatient Services department. In 2010 she became a certified veterinary technician. In 2014 Carrie took a brief hiatus from small animal medicine to work with sea turtles. In 2015 she earned her technician specialty in emergency and critical care and rejoined the Angell team in 2016 as a lead technician in the Inpatient Services department. She lives outside Boston with her family, including a dog, 2 cats, a turtle, and 4 frogs.

Ifer Tuzzo, CVT, VTS (ECC), Inpatient Services Manager

Ifer started her veterinary career as a certified veterinary technician in 1995 and has been working exclusively in Emergency and Critical Care since 1999.  In 2006 she received her Veterinary Technician Specialist Certification in Emergency and Critical Care.  She joined the Angell Inpatient team as an overnight lead in 2011 and is currently the Manager of Inpatient Services.  Ifer lives outside of Boston with her husband, son, 3 cats, a dog and a red-eared slider.

 

Andrew Wood, RVT Inpatient Services Supervisor

Andrew graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology in 1998 and received his RVT license shortly after. In the course of his career, he has held numerous positions including Technician Supervisor and Practice Manager, with his primary area of interest being anesthesia and surgery. In 2013, Andrew transitioned from Northern California to the Boston area and joined Angell as an Inpatient Services Supervisor with a new focus on emergency and critical care medicine. He currently lives in the South Shore area with his wife, two sons and Labrador, George Harrison. In his spare time he enjoys camping, wood working, spending time in the deaf community and light saber battles with his sons.

 

Michelle Bourret, Client Care Coordinator, Emergency/Critical Care

Michelle joined Angell in 2014, first working as a Client Service Representative and in October of 2015, she moved to her current position as Client Care Coordinator, working with our Emergency/Critical Care and Ophthalmology services. Michelle graduated from University of Hartford class of 2009 BFA in Printmaking and continues her art primarily through drawing and painting. Michelle also enjoys spending time with her cat, Bruce Wayne, one deaf pit bull, Blitz, and one senior pit bull, Bonnie.

 

 

Rachael Ouellette, Client Care Coordinator, Emergency/Critical Care

Rachael joined Angell in January of 2015 and fulfilled her dream of combining her extensive client service background with her passion for animals. She began her work at our front desk as a Client Service Representative and moved to her current position as Client Care Coordinator with the Emergency/Critical Care, Internal Medicine, and Cardiology services in May 2016. Rachael has always been surrounded by animals and, from a very young age, knew she was destined to work with them. In her free time, Rachael enjoys being in the company of friends and family and traveling, internationally and locally exploring her home city of Boston.

 

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