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, plus a tarantula named Omblik.
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.
The Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine is excited to welcome Jessica Grodio, DVM, PhD as our newest associate! Dr. Grodio attended prestigious Cornell University where she obtained a BS in Biological Sciences as well as her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Loving research, academia, and avian medicine, Dr. Grodio also earned a PhD from Cornell in Comparative Biomedical Sciences, for which she studied Mycoplasma gallisepticum, a bacterial species that causes disease in finches and has greatly impacted wild bird populations across the country.
After receiving her DVM degree, Dr. Grodio worked with avian and exotic animal patients at Cornell’s exotic pet service. Deciding to pursue ABVP board certification in avian medicine, she was accepted to a rigorous two-year residency in avian/exotic medicine and surgery at South Wilton Veterinary Group in Wilton, CT. This intensive training has qualified her to sit for the avian board exam. Before joining our team, she also worked in the avian and exotic pet service at The Animal Medical Center in NYC.
In addition to her experience with exotic pet species, Dr. Grodio volunteered her time helping sick and injured wildlife for eight years at Cornell’s Wildlife Health Center. She has also worked with a variety of zoos and nature centers in the Northeast. Please help us welcome her to our team!
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!
Marla- Veterinary AssistantMarla, 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!
Christa 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
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!