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Meet the 24/7 Emergency and Critical Care Team

Doctors

Michaella Abugov, DVM

EDUCATION
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, DVM, 2019

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2019-2020

 

 

 

 

 

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

Sarah Balik, DVM

EDUCATION
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2019

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2019-2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justina Bartling, DVM, ECC Resident (2019-2022)

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Jami Becker, DVM, ECC Resident (2019-2022)

EDUCATION
Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2018

SPECIALTY TRAINING
University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine, Rotating Internship, 2018-2019

 

 

 

 

Emalee Blumhagen, DVM

EDUCATION
Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2019

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2019-2020

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Heather Campitell, DVM

EDUCATION
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2019

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2019-2020

 

 

 

 

 

Elton Chan, DVM

EDUCATION
Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2019

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2019-2020

 

 

 

 

 

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

Sara Doyle, DVM

EDUCATION
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, DVM, 2019

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2019-2020

 

 

 

 

 

Connor Ellis, DVM

EDUCATION
Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2019

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2019-2020

 

 

 

 

Danielle Engel, DVM

EDUCATION
University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2019

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2019-2020

 

 

 

 

 

Samantha Guida, DVM

EDUCATION
North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2019

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2019-2020

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Guliani, DVM

EDUCATION
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2019

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2019-2020

 

 

 

 

 

Megan Kelley, DVM

EDUCATION
Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, DVM, 2019

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2019-2020

 

 

 

 

 

Morgan Kelley, DVM, ECC Resident (2018-2021)

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

 

 

Audrey Koid, DVM, ECC Resident (2018-2021)

EDUCATION
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, 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

 

Jon Lou, DVM

EDUCATION
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2019

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2019-2020

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Christina Murphy, DVM

EDUCATION
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2019

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2019-2020

 

 

 

 

 

Lauren Porter, DVM

EDUCATION
Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2019

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2019-2020

 

 

 

 

 

Eryn Reznicek, DVM

EDUCATION
Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2019

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2019-2020

 

 

 

 

 

Alexander Chase Schoelkopf, DVM

EDUCATION
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2019

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2019-2020

 

 

 

 

 

Katy Sexton, DVM

EDUCATION
Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2019

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2019-2020

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Sinnott-Stutzman, DVM, DACVECC

Dr. Sinnott-Stutzman 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-Stutman 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

 

Brian Thomsen, DVM

EDUCATION
University of Guelph Ontario Veterinary College, DVM, 2019

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2019-2020

 

 

 

 

 

Kelsey Turley, DVM, ECC Resident (2019-2022)

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

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Veterinary Services and Emergency Center, Rotating Internship, 2017-2019

 

 

 

 

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

Ester Yang, DVM

EDUCATION
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2019

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Rotating Internship, 2019-2020

 

 

 

 

 

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, Inpatient Services Manager


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 manager in 2019. 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, CVT, Inpatient Services Supervisor

Connor is currently one of the Inpatient Services Supervisors.  He started working at Angell in 2011 in Inpatient Services and became certified in 2018.  He lives in Malden with his wife, two daughters, two cats, and a small brood of gargoyle geckos.  He enjoys reading and jogging in his spare time.

 

 

 

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 Lead

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.  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.

 

 

Nikki Auriemma, Client Care Coordinator, Emergency/Critical Care

Nikki has over 11 years’ experience in animal care including work as a dog handler and veterinary technician. She joined the Client Care Coordinator team to work with the Emergency Critical Care and Ophthalmology services in 2016. Nikki lives in Boston with her husband, and her fur son Petey Pablo, the rescued pit bull. She also has a fur sister named Harlee Jane who was rescued from Puerto Rico, and who vacations at her home often! Nikki has found the Client Care Coordinator role to be a great match for her experience, compassion, and love for all animals.

Lindsey Huttner, Client Care Coordinator, Emergency/Critical Care

Lindsey joined the Angell team in 2018 as a Client Liaison, where she was able to combine her 10 years of experience in customer service with her love of animals. In the spring of 2019 she moved to her current position as the evening Client Care Coordinator for the Internal Medicine, Emergency/Critical Care, and Cardiology services.  Lindsey grew up in the Greater Boston area and graduated from Boston College in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.  She has always been inspired by MSPCA-Angell’s reputation for compassion and excellence and was excited to move her career to Angell and find meaning in her work.  Lindsey enjoys snuggling with her family’s 11-year-old Bichon mix, Ben, and taking him for walks at his favorite parks and ponds around Boston.

Kate O'Brien, Client Care Coordinator, Emergency/Critical Care

In 2014, Kate began working in Angell’s outpatient clinic department after graduating from New England Institute of Technology and becoming a CVT. She spent 4 years treating outpatients, and fell in love with the client care/education aspect of the job. In early 2019, she joined the evening Client Care Coordinator team in support of Angell’s Associate Veterinarians. She has a passion for teaching clients how to perform important at-home nursing care. She resides with two senior cats and an ever-growing number of house plants.

 

Taylor Gould, ER Intake Associate, Emergency/Critical Care

Taylor joined Angell in January 2018 as a Client Care Specialist before recently moving to the ER Intake Associate role. She has always loved animals, and when she received her BS in Criminal Justice at Northeastern University back in 2016, she knew that she wanted animal welfare to be part of her career/life. While in school she volunteered at an animal shelter as a rescue dispatcher. In her spare time, Taylor loves hiking with her dogs Pikelet and Daisy, cuddling with her cats, cooking, and spending time on Cape Cod with her family and friends.

 

Robin Peters, ER Intake Associate, Emergency/Critical Care

Robin has worked at Angell as ER Intake Associate since 2017, bringing with her a wide variety of experiences connected to the animal world.  She monitored osprey as a summer research assistant in college, cared for rodent colonies as a grad student and research associate, taught biology, volunteered in an animal shelter and in spay/neuter clinics, and was a beekeeper for over twenty years.

 

 

 

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