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!
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 treats all exotic animals. He has a special interest in birds, reptiles, and aquatic animals. His first pet was a prairie dog named Dakota who he loved very much. Dr. S has a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Bowdoin College and veterinary doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He underwent a rigorous internship in small animal medicine, emergency, and surgery at the New England Animal Medical Center in Massachusetts. He is currently training for Avian board certification through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners under the mentorship of Dr. Wade, and a certificate in aquatic animal medicine through the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association Certified Aquatic Veterinarian (CertAqV) Program. In addition to his work at Specialized Care, Dr. Spielvogel provides veterinary care for the animals at the Aquarium of Niagara and works with Dr. Wade at the Messinger Woods Wildlife Care and Education Center. He lives with his Fiancée, Juli, a dog (Bullet), two cats (Snoopy and Woodstock), and zebra finches (Dory and Nemo). He has a twin brother, Andrew.
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 a Saint Bernard named Kia! There is no spare time for hobbies - her pets are her passion and other people's pets are her career!
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.
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.
Jessica- Veterinary Technician/Medical Director
Jessica joined the SCAEP team in October 2020. Jessica has been a NYS licensed Veterinary Technician for over a decade and is also a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. She loves working with all species but has a special love for Turtles and Tortoises. In her free time Jessica loves being outdoors, gardening, camping, hiking and boating with her family.
Grace - Veterinary Assistant
Grace joined the SCAEP team in summer of 2020. She is currently finishing up her schooling at NCCC in the Animal Management program. She has completed 3 internship rotations at the Buffalo Zoo working with giraffes, hoof stock, and the education collection. She plans on continuing her education with Penn Foster and getting a Bachelor's degree in Wildlife Biology. Currently she shares her home with her rabbit, 2 rats, snails, and many fish.
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.
Jessica - Veterinary Technician
Jessica joined SCAEP in Fall 2020. She received her Associates in Veterinary Technology in the spring of 2020 and is currently finishing her Bachelor’s in Biology with a minor in pre-veterinary medicine.
Jessica grew up with a brother who had several exotic animals, from geckos to ball pythons and has been interested in exotics ever since. In her spare time, she interns with Dr. Bernadette Cleabeaux who is the director of WNY Raptor and Wildlife. Through this, she has become interested in wildlife as well. Jessica is currently waiting to get into veterinary school and hopes to specialize in exotics and wildlife.
Vicky- Veterinary Assistant
Vicky joined SCAEP in January 2021 and has worked in the Veterinary field since 2016. She graduated from Niagara University in 2010 with a BFA in Theatre Studies but eventually discovered her passions lie in the animal kingdom. She is excited to join the team here! She currently lives with her husband and cat, Vincent and hopes to expand her menagerie soon. When not working, she can usually be found reading, playing games with her friends, or cheering on the Bills!
Stephen- Veterinary Assistant
A Clarence native, Stephen received his degree in Animal Sciences at NCCC in 2019. Prior to joining SCAEP in 2020, he worked in various capacities at the Buffalo Zoo, the Niagara Falls Primate Sanctuary, the Aquarium of Niagara, an area exotic pet store and an emergency veterinary hospital. He is very proud to have helped design and build the Reptarium in Detroit, Michigan. Stephen has anumber of reptiles and amphibians as pets as well as prairie dogs and a blue and gold macaw. Outside of work, he enjoys ice hockey and 3D printing.