Staff Bios

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

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

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.

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.
Veterinary Staff Sapna
Sapna grew up in Staten Island and recently earned her Bachelor’s degree from New York University. Knowing she would need a good foundation in understanding people in order to be the best veterinarian she could be, she majored in psychology, but she also focused on the sciences to prepare her for the grueling application process of vet school. Now she begins learning about how a hospital works while she takes the rest of her pre-requisites to apply. You can find her either caring for the animals as one of our veterinary assistants, or handling things at the front desk!


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Marla, a native of New York City, has always been an animal lover.  Her role at the Center is vital- not only does she manage the cleanliness of the hospital for our clients, but she is responsible for making sure the animal’s cages and environment is kept sanitary and in top condition!  She recently rescued a cockatiel and in addition spending her time training him, she loves drawing, tattoo art, and is a master cake decorator!