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. Taylor Lewis, DVM Dipl ABVP (Mammal)

    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!

  • Kristen Strobel DVM

    Dr. Strobel worked for Dr. Wade for several years as a licensed veterinary technician before going to the University of Tennessee to pursue becoming a DVM as well as Veterinary Public Health specialist. SHe came back to Buffalo because she missed the snow and her family. She is helping out part time here at SCAEP to help out one of her passions, rabbits! When she is not working, she enjoys cooking, the ocean, reading, and hanging out with her rabbits, cats, and dog. 

  • 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, 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Amanda - Office Manager

    Amanda is very excited to join the team in November of 2021! She is new to the avian/exotic world of pets, but not the veterinary industry. Amanda worked at a 24 hour animal hospital for just short of 8 years. Starting as a Client Service Representative, cross training as an emergency, surgical, ICU and pharmacy assistant. She then became the Client Service Supervisor. She has also worked various office, HR, and staffing positions. She is delighted to be back in the veterinary field! 

    Amanda has had a love for companion animals from a young age. She has enjoyed hamsters, guinea pigs, small reptiles, and many fish as a child. Now living in Newstead, with her husband Mike, two kids, Joel (6) and Nora (1), a rescue dog (Lady) and two cats (Sir Troubington Fur of House Murr, and Little Lady Lilly of House Murr). They live on a 4.5 acre parcel, and hope to someday be a home to many more furry friends!


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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.