Meet Our Team

  • Laura Wade, DVM Dipl ABVP (Avian)

    Dr. Laura Wade is a board-certified bird specialist by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) and completed a residency with avian and exotic pets. She provides comprehensive primary and referral healthcare with medical, surgical, and behavioral services for your companion bird, small mammal, and reptile.

    Dr. Wade lives in a suburb of Buffalo, New York with her two Meyer's parrots, 'Kelly' and 'Pepper' (in photo) and Cape parrot 'Zuri.' She also owns 'Roscoe,' a terrier mix!

    Dr. Wade's Resume

  • Evan Reed, DVM

    A Buffalo native, Dr. Reed graduated from Cornell University in 2011 and joined our staff July 1st of the same year. During his veterinary training, Dr. Reed gained extensive experience working with exotic pets and wildlife. Dr. Reed has a special interest in fish and amphibian medicine.

    Dr. Reed is currently available every other Thursday for afternoon appointments. Outside of veterinary practice, Dr. Reed enjoys hiking, camping, fishing and gardening, among other pursuits. Photo shows Dr. Reed and his Tiger salamander, 'Groovy.'

  • Dr. Carl Spielvogel, VMD

    Dr. Carl Spielvogel earned his Bachelor's in Biochemistry from Bowdoin College in 2013.  He went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and earned his doctorate in 2018.  Dr. Spielvogel subsequently completed a year internship in small animal medicine, emergency, and surgery at the New England Animal Medical Center in Massachusetts.  During veterinary school, he pursued research on the use of ventilators in cold-stunned sea turtles being rehabilitated at the New England Aquarium.  Outside of work, Dr. Spielvogel enjoys hiking, visiting family, and relaxing with his two cats, Snoopy and Woodstock.

  • Dr. Taylor Lewis, DVM

    As a lover of all animals, Dr. Taylor Lewis always wanted to be a veterinarian. But if she had to pick just one type of animal it would be rabbits! In order to learn more about caring for animals, Dr. Lewis started her training at Purdue University, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science. Next, she completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Tennessee where she received a strong introduction to exotic animal medicine. She completed two internships, one at IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Center on the south side of Indianapolis, and the other at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey. Then she excelled during her Exotic Companion Mammal Residency at the Avian & Exotic Animal Clinic of Indianapolis. While awaiting board-certification, she is excited to start as an associate here at SCAEP and help as many pets (an owners) as she can! At this time, Dr. Lewis shares her home with her fiancé Kyle and a spunky rabbit named Bailey!

  • Cindy - Office Manager

    Cindy joined our practice in April 2014 after many years of being one of our top clients.

    Having worked in the telecommunications field for 33 years, Cindy decided it was time for a change to a career working with her passion - people and their pets! Raised on a farm, her earliest memories include cows, pigs and her favorite - chickens! Always wanting to bring something into the house, mom would say, 'No. When you have your own house, you can have as many pets as you want!'

    Cindy and her husband David now share their home with over sixty pets - including parrots, canaries, tortoises, lizards, cats, a chinchilla, four chickens and one house rooster named Barbecue. There is no spare time for hobbies- her pets are her passion and other people's pets are her career!

  • Sara - Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Sara joined our team in August 2017. Sara graduated from Medaille College with her Associate in Applied Science of Veterinary Technology in 2016. We first met Sara as a client when she came to us with several pet toads earlier the same summer.

    Sara has four cats, two rats, a Russian tortoise, a bearded dragon, one mouse, and several frogs and toads. She is pictured here with her Russian tortoise, Scooter!

    Prior to and during her time at Medaille, Sara worked in retail. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her animals.

  • Gina - Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Gina joined SCAEP in August 2018. Before becoming an LVT, Gina received her Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Science and Biology with a minor in Anthropology from SUNY Brockport. Always having an interest in wildlife and exotic animals, she interned at the Buffalo Zoo. She worked with ocelots, anteaters, and monkeys as well as the education animals. Gina graduated from Genesee Community College with her Associate's in Applied Science of Veterinary Technology in May 2018. Gina interned with us in July 2017. She also interned at Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER. While Gina likes all aspects of exotic animal medicine, she particularly is interested in avian and reptile medicine. Gina enjoys spending time outside and with her animals including parrots, lizards, cats, a tortoise, a hedgehog, and a dog.

  • Deb - Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Deb joined SCAEP in August 2020 because of her passion for exotic medicine. She received her associates in Animal Science at Johnson College in 2000 and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2001. Deb also received a BA in Psychology through Ashford University in 2010 and a Masters in Education with a specialty in curriculum and instruction through Ashford University in 2011. Deb was an instructor at Medaille College for almost a decade, teaching students in the Veterinary Technology program. Deb is pursuing behavior certification with a concentration in avian and equine behavior. A Member of World Vets, Deb loves to travel. She has two parrots (African grey and White capped pionus), a Golden retriever and a bengal cat.

  • Kate - Receptionist

    Kate joined the SCAEP team in August 2018. For most of her life prior to joining us, she has been working with animals. She spent many years as an animal keeper at the Buffalo Zoo and Disney's Animal Kingdom. Somewhere in between, she taught informal and formal biology. Coming here allowed her to combine her passion for exotic pets and wildlife with helping people to understand them better. She spends her free time walking, birding and on family adventures. She shares her home with 3 budgies, 3 cats, and a very energetic rescue dog.

  • Grace - Veterinary Assistant

    Grace joined the SCAEP team in summer of 2020. She is currently enrolled in NCCC for Animal Management. In her spare time, she volunteers at the Buffalo Zoo. Grace volunteered at an animal sanctuary in Costa Rica. Her interests lie in wildlife. 

  • Helen - Veterinary Assistant

    Helen joined the team in summer of 2020 as an assistant after shadowing over several years as a pre-veterinary student. Helen graduated from Buffalo State with her Bachelors in Biology in May 2020. After completing veterinary school, Helen wishes to become board certified in Veterinary Microbiology and specialize in Parasitology. Helen shares her home with fish, 4 cats, 2 green cheek conures and a handsome african grey. Outside of work Helen also coaches golf and she enjoys hiking, writing, and crossfit training. 


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Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Nothing but great things to say about everyone at SCAEP. The staff is so compassionate and caring; I can't thank you enough for all you have done for me and my furry friends!"
    Brittany S.
  • "I have been taking my rabbit here since 2009 and could not say enough good things about the staff and the care she's received!"
    Tara P.