The staff of The Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine celebrates the sacred bond between exotic pets and their owners. We strive to protect this relationship by nurturing an open, honest alliance with our clients and adhering only to the highest ethical and medical standards befitting these magnificent companions.
Avian and Exotic Veterinary Team
Alexandra Wilson, DVM, joined the practice in 2007. She received a B.A. in Neuroscience from Oberlin College and worked as a research scientist before pursuing veterinary medicine. Dr. Wilson studied at Ross University and Louisiana State University where she was able to work in one of the best exotic animal departments in the country. After completing her veterinary degree, Dr. Wilson became an associate veterinarian at a private practice in Washington State. In addition to her passion for exotic animal medicine, she also enjoys soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Wilson is currently pursuing board certification in reptilian and amphibian medicine. She shares her home with a naughty rabbit named Captain Larry and his girlfriend Greta.
Anthony Pilny, DVM, ABVP (Avian), worked with us for 3 years before going out to create exotic pet departments at such prestigious hospitals as the Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers, and Veterinary Internal Medicine and Allergy Specialists. After many years of further refining his expertise, he’s back with us here at the Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine. Dr. Pilny is a graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed an internal medicine and surgery internship at Florida Veterinary Specialists in Tampa and a residency in Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine and Surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners certified in Avian Practice. Dr. Pilny has lectured nationally about exotic pet medicine and has published numerous articles and book chapters on birds and other exotic species. He also serves as an adjunct professor at LaGuardia Community College where he teaches avian and exotic pet medicine to prospective veterinary technicians.
Dr Pilny is a member of the Assn of Avian Veterinarians, Assn of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, Assn of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, and The American Veterinary Medical Assn. Recently, Dr. Pilny was given the prestigious honor of becoming the National Medical Director of the House Rabbit Society. He shares his home with fifteen pet birds, a cat, and a snake.
Cynthia J. Brown, DVM Diplomat ABVP (Avian), started out in the veterinary profession as a technician. Her ambitious lifelong dream of becoming an avian veterinarian took her to Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated in 1999. She then participated in a one year rotating surgical and medical internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Upon completion of her internship, she was accepted into the Avian and Exotic pet medicine and surgery residency at there. She completed her residency in 2003 and remained on staff teaching interns, residents and technicians until 2005 when she accepted a position at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey to create and develop their Avian and Exotics department. In 2008 Dr. Brown joined Ocean State Veterinary Specialists to develop a full service Avian and Exotics department in Rhode Island. After many years, she has decided to join us in New York City on a part-time basis; not just for her love of the city, but for the clients she spent so many years caring for.
Dr. Brown is a past-president of the Mid Atlantic States Association of Avian Veterinarians, a journal column editor, has various publications on avian and exotic pet topics, and she lectures nationally and regionally to technicians and veterinarians. She has many pets of her own as well as a steady flow of transient foster pets. She currently has two Miniature Macaws, a Brown Throated Conure, a Scarlet Macaw, Mealy Amazon, and a Quaker parrot. She also has two Chihuahuas named Guppy and Dory and a new puppy named Crickett! The house is always noisy and full of activity – just the way she likes it.
Board certification is given to veterinarians who have completed additional training in one of the following categories: Avian practice, Exotic Companion Mammal Practice, Reptile and Amphibian practice. They have also fulfilled the stringent requirements mandated by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). The ABVP is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association to provide board certifications in ten species categories.
For more information visit the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.
Veterinary Nursing Staff and Management
Lorelei Tibbetts, LVT, VTS(Clinical Practice-Exotic Companion Animal) Practice Manager
Lorelei has been with the hospital as the practice manager and nursing team member since it opened in 2004. Originally from Boston, she received her BA in journalism from Boston University. Lorelei’s lifelong love of animals, especially birds, eventually pulled her away from writing into the field of veterinary medicine. After graduating from the Veterinary Technology program at Mercy College in 2001, Lorelei has been working exclusively with birds and exotic pets. In addition to being an outstanding nurse with many years experience, Lorelei’s special interest in exotic animals has allowed her to contribute to the field as an educator. She has been an adjunct teacher of avian and exotic medicine at a local veterinary technology program, plus lectured at several national veterinary symposiums. She also was a founding member and is current Vice-Chair of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice (AVTCP). The AVTCP is the ninth officially recognized veterinary technician specialty (VTS) and is modeled after the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). She shares her home with a Jenday Conure,a Double Yellow Headed Amazon, and a Green Wing Macaw.
Kristine earned her BS in veterinary technology from Mercy College in 2011 and joined our team before she even finished school! We first met her when she elected to undergo a rigorous 6 month externship with us in her final year of college. After getting a taste of how amazing exotic pets were, she knew she was hooked! Her heart belongs to all things ferret- but recently, as often happens, she has been bonding with the large psittacines here… we shall see if her family will grow!
Anita found us when she applied here as an intern from Mercy College, looking for a hospital that specialized in exotics. She completed a semester long program here, after which we decided we could not let her go! She finished school, earned her bachelor’s degree as well as her New York State LVT, and has been working here since. Her extended animal family includes a rabbit, 2 rats, a dog, cat, and newest addition of 2 budgies!
Like many of us, Nicole grew up loving animals, but started out studying something completely different! She majored in film studies at Smith College in Massachusetts, thinking her passion for animals would dissipate. But… it did not, and she went back to college receiving her second bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology from Mount Ida College. From there she has worked at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, and Tufts Wildlife Center. Relocating to NYC has been an ambition of hers, and now she combines that success with finding her “dream job” here with us finally working in exotic pet medicine
Marla- Veterinary Assistant
Marla, a native of New York City, has always been an animal lover. Her role at the Center started out as one of our custodial experts, but she quickly demonstrated a natural skill in handling animals, paying close attention to their care, and maintaining their comfort while with us in the hospital. Now she works as one of our talented veterinary assistants, working hands on with all of the animals she adores! She shares her home with a rescued Nanday conure and in addition spending her time training him, she loves drawing, tattoo art, and is a master cake decorator!
Christal has known since a very young age that she wanted to work with animals. This passion was reinforced by attending John Bowne High School, where they offer a rigorous animal studies major for young students. Not only did Christal excel at her education there, but as an ambitious animal lover, she worked through high school at our neighborhood exotic pet supply store, Fauna, where she specialized in Reptile Care. Now, she is advancing her studies at Laguardia Community College and we are thrilled to have her as one of our veterinary assistants! Her pets are all rescues she has helped over the years and include Nala the bearded dragon, Timon the crested gecko, and Zuzu her parrotlet.
Front Desk Staff
Rachel has been working with and studying animals for many years. Her experience ranges from working as an apprentice at a wildlife clinic in Maine, to working as a research assistant at the prestigious Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University. She graduated from Rutgers with a degree in Animals Science, Pre-Veterinary and a minor in Ecology and Evolution. Now, she is working with us both as a receptionist AND veterinary assistant trying to fine tune her future plans in working with exotic animals.
After studying Human Behavior at Long Island University, Tracy decided to follow one of her passions and attend Culinary School. Our “resident chef” says that working at the Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine allows her the opportunity to combine both of her passions: the culinary arts and love for animals. Whether preparing a gourmet meal for her family and friends or for a catering job, Tracy always shares some treats with her Rottweiler, Zora.
Gabby is a new NYC resident transplanted from rural Virginia. She grew up on a farm, living with dozens of animals from parrots to goats, and loving the companionship they offer. She worked for many years in banking, where she refined her amazing professional customer service skills. Now, she is finally able to enjoy combining her passion for animal care and providing excellent service. Hopefully the culture shock of the Big Apple will not scare her off!