Jillian Spielman LVT, Practice Manager
Practice Manager & Licensed Veterinary Technician
A Chicago native, Jillian is happy to be home in the Northeast again. She started her veterinary career working with wildlife and soon became a licensed veterinary technician in the emergency/critical care department of a large referral hospital in Michigan. She, in fact, has published articles on veterinary technology in Veterinary Technician Magazine. Although Jillian enjoyed her years as a technician, in 2006, she found her niche as a veterinary hospital administrator managing a large emergency clinic. After spending years as a jack of all trades administrative, Jillian developed expertise not only in management but also in operational improvements, strategic planning, customer service, and exceptional patient care.
To advance her knowledge even further, Jillian is currently obtaining her bachelor’s degree in veterinary hospital management at Saint Petersburg College; she will complete her studies in 2014 to become a certified veterinary practice manager. With her attention to detail, meticulous sense of organization, and professional yet compassionate demeanor, Jillian is a terrific asset to the Veterinary Center.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
A Bronx, NY, native, Steve received his degree in veterinary technology from LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, NY, in 2003. He has worked with both pet exotic species in private veterinary practice and with wild species at the Bronx Zoo Wildlife Health Center and the Zoo’s Reptile House. He is also a certified technician in the field of human ultrasonography.
Steve has been interested in exotics since he was 4 years old. He loves all exotic pets but has a special passion for reptiles. Steve got his first pet snake at age 11 and was breeding snakes by the time he was a teenager. Currently, he owns 25 snakes, 3 cockatiels, and a marginated tortoise. With his upbeat attitude and eagerness to always be learning more, Steve is a great team player to have on the Veterinary Center’s staff.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
A recent graduate of the SUNY Ulster Veterinary technology program, Danielle comes to us with more than a decade of experience working in the veterinary field. In addition to working in both small and large animal practices, she has a great deal of experience with wildlife rehabilitation, working with many different species of wild birds and waterfowl and spending a great deal of time volunteering with a local SPCA. She has been interested in working with animals since she was a toddler, quite often depicting herself with her animal “friends” in childhood drawings. Danielle loves to continuously learn her trade and has made a commitment to obtaining a specialty certification with the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice as an Exotics Technician. Danielle shares her home with her husband Matt, daughter Zoey, their French Bulldog Stitch, 2 cats named Ciao and Cricket, and 2 rats named Lemiwinks and Wikilinks. She is an avid photographer and crafter and enjoys traveling, touring baseball stadiums, and historical sites.
A lover of all exotic animals, Darby has always had a special interest in reptiles. Darby currently has several pets, including 2 bearded dragons, a 3 1/2 foot long green iguana, a 2 foot long corn snake, a red eared slider, and a painted turtle, nearly all of which she has rescued. A recent graduate of the Ulster County Community College in the Veterinary Technician program, she is excited to start her career as a veterinary technician and to follow her passion for exotic pets. With an enthusiastic smile, Darby is always eager to jump in and give both colleagues and clients a hand.
Front Desk Manager
With her outgoing demeanor and her self-described “go-getter” personality, Angela is the ideal person to handle the busy front desk at the Veterinary Center.
A Westchester native, Angela has worked in the veterinary field since 2004. Having handled the reception desk at another busy Westchester County veterinary hospital that treated exotic pets, Angela is very familiar with the unusual species we see here at the Veterinary Center.
Growing up in nearby Port Chester, Angela has always loved exotic pets and has had several of her own, including ferrets and guinea pigs. Currently the owner of three ferrets – Little Man, Peanut, and Pooka – Angela admits that ferrets are her favorite. Whether you have a bird, reptile, rabbit, guinea pig, ferret, chinchilla, or other exotic pet, Angela will welcome you to the Veterinary Center with a big hello; but be sure if you own a ferret, she’s likely to give you an extra smile.
Always a lover of exotic pets, Angie grew up with chinchillas, rabbits, and turtles of her own. Thus, she was a natural fit for working at the Veterinary Center. With her big smile and quiet demeanor, Angie greets all of the Center’s clients with a big hello on Saturday mornings. Although she is a terrific receptionist, Angie hopes someday to go to veterinary school, herself, and is gaining invaluable experience working at the Veterinary Center. If you stop by the Center on the weekend, be sure to give say hi to Angie, and tell her all about your special exotic pet.
Having grown up in Connecticut, Nicole has always wanted to work with pets. Following high school graduation, Nicole spent several years in the pet store industry managing a very large and busy pet store and working one-on-one with pet owners. Having owned two African gray parrots and several cats and dogs, Nicole is very attuned to exotic pet owners’ needs. With her outgoing manner and friendly demeanor, Nicole is always there to give clients whatever special attention they need to ensure they have a positive experience at the front desk. Nicole loves softball, being outdoors, and watching comedies, but most of all, she enjoys spending time with friends and family.