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.
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
Lorelei Tibbetts, LVT, VTS(Clinical Practice-Exotic Companion Animal), 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 Castillo, LVT recently earned her BS in veterinary technology from Mercy College in 2011. We first met her when she elected to undergo a rigorous 6 month externship with us in her final year of college. Throughout her undergraduate studies, she had been working at a dog and cat practice, but after her experience here with us, her interest in working with birds and exotic pets grew and we were lucky enough to have her join us! She shares her home with 2 wily ferrets, Pixie and Whiskey, and 2 cats, Evee and Jacob.
Jordan grew up surrounded by animals on a farm in West Virginia. He always thought he would be a vet, but when he entered Harvard College, he decided to study psychology instead. After researching anxiety disorders at Columbia University for 3 years and declining a clinical psychology PhD program, he is finally back on track taking his pre-requisites for vet school! Exotic pets excite him most due to their diversity and the challenges involved in working with them. We are all excited to have him join our team, and we hope to put his Harvard education to good use as he helps us with our anxiety issues!
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.
Ann is a native of New England but has been raising her family in Woodside, Queens for 16 years. Before having children, Ann had a 15-year career working in various professional administrative positions. Now that her 2 sons are interested in life other than their mother, she has joined our front desk team! Ann’s love of animals began recently when her family adopted 2 mix breed pit bull puppies (Buttercup and Flora), and now that she is working with all of our exotic patients, she is learning about animals she never knew existed! Ann is a proud New Yorker and loves sightseeing all around the city and documenting her exploits as an amateur photographer.