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Meet the Avian and Exotics Team
Michelle Guarin, DVM
EDUCATION Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, DVM, 2011 SPECIALTY TRAINING Angell Animal Medical Center, Avian & Exotic Specialty Internship, 2022-2023
Lena Seegars, DVM
Dr. Lena Seegars grew up just north of New York City. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Syracuse University in 2017. She went on to earn her veterinary degree at Tufts University and then complete a one-year rotating internship at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in South Weymouth, MA. Her special interests include avian and exotic medicine, high-quality low-cost medicine and abdominal surgery. When not working, she enjoys rock climbing, biking, dance classes and spending time with her mischief cat and her two energetic mini lop rabbits.
EDUCATION Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, DVM, 2021
Syracuse University, BS, 2013 SPECIALTY TRAINING Angell Animal Medical Center, Avian & Exotic Specialty Internship, 2022-2023 VCA South Shore (Weymouth) Animal Hospital, Rotating Internship, 2021-2022
Anne Staudenmaier, VMD, DABVP (Avian Practice)
Dr. Anne Staudenmaier graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 with a strong interest in exotic pet and zoo medicine. During her studies, she has spent time at the National Zoo in Washington, DC, San Diego Zoo, Six Flag Wild Safari, and Baltimore Aquarium. Following graduation, she completed an internship in zoo and exotic animal medicine at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA. Dr. Staudenmaier went on to complete a residency in exotic animal medicine at Angell.
Dr. Staudenmaier has published several articles in the fields of exotic pet and wildlife medicine and has presented lectures at local and national veterinary conferences. She enjoys teaching and mentoring future veterinarians and is excited to be joining the talented exotics team at Angell Animal Medical Center. When not working, she enjoys hiking, reading, and participating in music groups
Education University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, VMD, 2015
Specialty Training Angell Animal Medical Center, Avian & Exotics Internship, 2015-2016
Angell Animal Medical Center, Avian & Exotic Residency, 2016-2019
CERTIFICATION Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Avian Specialty, 2020
Patrick Sullivan, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)
Dr. Patrick Sullivan has always had an interest in exotic animals, keeping several different species growing up. Upon finishing an undergraduate degree at Mount Ida College, he went on to receive his doctorate in veterinary medicine from St. George’s University in 2009. After practicing in the Boston area for 4 years, Dr. Sullivan accepted a position as an Avian and Exotics intern at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. Following his internship, he completed an Avian & Zoological Medicine residency at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville. During his residency, he was able to work with companion exotic animals, as well as zoo and native wild animals. Working with conservation groups provided him with the opportunity to treat American black bears, bald eagles and non-domestic felines such as tigers, lions, leopards, and mountain lions. Dr. Sullivan finished his residency in July of 2017 and was thrilled to be able to come back home to Massachusetts to join the team at Angell. In his free time, he enjoys live music, following Boston sports, and traveling.
St. George’s University DVM 2009
Mount Ida College BS 2004
Angell Animal Medical Center, Avian & Exotics Internship, 2013-14
University Of Tennessee, Residency, 2014-17
CERTIFICATION Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Avian Specialty, 2018
Sarah, CVT, Avian and Exotic Technician
Sarah grew up in Quincy, MA. She knew early on that she wanted to work with animals, more specifically exotic pets and wildlife. Her love for animals led her to attend Norfolk Country Agricultural High School and from there she discovered her interest in veterinary medicine.
Sarah graduated with a degree in Veterinary Technology from North Shore Community College in 2014 and soon after became a Certified Veterinary Technician. She started at Angell Animal Medical Center in 2014 and was an Avian and Exotic Technician for a few years. She left briefly to finish her bachelor’s degree at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she earned hr Asian Studies degree in 2021. While attending classes at UMass, Sarah helped the Avian and Exotic teams at Angell’s Boston and Waltham locations. After graduating, she decided to join Angell-West’s Avian and Exotic team full-time.
Sarah has a special interest in aquatic animal medicine and previously volunteered for the New England Aquarium for several years, where she really enjoyed her time working with fish and sea turtles. Sarah shares her home with two dogs, a rabbit, and two chinchillas. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys hiking, going on road trips with her dogs, kayaking, and attending dog training classes.
Hayley, Avian and Exotic Assistant
Hayley graduated from UMass Amherst with a Bachelors in Biology in 2020. She has gained experience as an assistant at both Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey, with their Avian and Exotic department, and at Somerville Veterinary Center here in Massachusetts before joining the Avian and Exotic team at Angell-West. In her free time Hayley enjoys baking and exploring the outdoors. She aspires to one day be a Conservationist and is enrolled in Tufts University’s Masters in Biology program.