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Meet Our Team
Laura Wade, DVM Dipl ABVP (Avian)
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. Richie Burdeaux, DVM
After graduating high school, Dr. Burdeaux attended the University of Tennessee where he earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Animal Science with a minor in Ecology and additional coursework in Psychology. He then went on to earn his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee in 2012. After graduating, he completed a year internship at Young-Williams Animal Center, a large, private animal shelter in Knoxville, TN.
Dr. Burdeaux's interests include physical therapy and avian medicine. Prior to veterinary school, he enjoyed working at the American Eagle Foundation in Pigeon Forge, TN, where he cared for, rehabilitated, and trained birds of prey. He has also studied various species of birds in Peru as well as Bald Eagles in Alaska, and built a large, outdoor aviary where he has rescued pet birds with behavioral disorders. Dr. Burdeaux lives in Batavia with his Moluccan Cockatoo, "Peaches," and two horses. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, cooking, gardening, bird watching, kayaking, and horseback riding.
Cindy Basinski - 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!
Nancy Martell - HEAD Licensed Veterinary Technician
Nancy received her Associate in Applied Science of Veterinary Technology from Medaille in 1996. While working toward her degree, and after obtaining her license as a Licensed Veterinary Technician,
Prior to becoming an LVT,
In 2003 she began working at
An avid fan of continuing education,
At home, Nancy has a budgie and a cockatiel, three guinea pigs, and a pug! She enjoys pet-sitting and journaling in her free time.
Jenna Hosken - Licensed Veterinary Technician
Jenna completed her Associate in Applied Science of Veterinary Technology at Medaille College in 2013. During her time at Medaille she began developing an interest in the care of exotic pets. She even adopted several of Medaille's rats during her years there, giving them a wonderfully spoiled life in their retirement as lab rats!
Jenna focused her attention further on exotics through internships during her final semester before graduating and eagerly setting out to begin her career.
She joined the SCAEP team in May 2013 after completing her final internship with us earlier that year. In June 2017, Jenna also began working part-time at the SPCA Serving Erie County where she helps to educate and care for avian and exotic pets coming through the shelter.
Jenna has one dog, four rabbits, and four pet rats. Her special interests include education in husbandry and care of both rabbits and rats. She is currently working toward certification as a therapy team with her rabbit, Fraggle. In her free time, Jenna enjoys photography and traveling to concerts.
Tony received his Associate in Applied Science of Veterinary Technology at Genesee Community College in May of 2015.
He had previously interned with us during the summer of 2014, and became part of the SCAEP team in March 2016.
Tony grew up in a house with many exotic pets, from rats to hermit crabs. Ever since, he has wanted work with exotic pets, especially ferrets! He currently owns two rats adopted from one of our clients.
Our newest employee, 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.