Dr. Timothy Mann, VMD CVA
Stem Cell Certified
Dr. Mann is a native New Yorker who's lived all over the globe exploring his passions. He has worked on a large number of animals -- big and small. These escapades include birthing 100 sheep a day in the ranges of Idaho, doing lameness exams on horses in Ireland, spaying and neutering dogs on native American reservations in Utah, examining cows in Cuba, cleaning out ear mites in Honduras, providing environmental enrichment to sloths at the zoo and keeping your best friends healthy in Brooklyn.
Dr. Mann's wide range of activities and commonalities in medicine sparked an interest in holistic treatments. This spark continued with the certification in veterinary acupuncture awarded by the Chi Institute as well as an understanding of various herbal and glandular therapies which can be used in addition to conventional western medicine to make sure you and your best friend will be happy and healthy for a long time. Dr. Mann received his undergraduate degree in environmental and political science at Hampshire College, and continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania, College of Veterinary Medicine where he was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Mann is also accredited by the USDA to provide international health certificates.
When not at work, Dr. Mann loves spending time with his cats, Barthalomew Diaz and Felix, as well as his dogs, Micky and Ruby.
Receptionist / ERT
Amelia cannot remember a time in her life where animals were not in her household or her heart. After spending time in the corporate world her passion for animals and their welfare sparked her to enroll in school to become a licensed Veterinary Technician. Amelia spends her free time feeding and maintaining her Feral Cat Colonies and promoting TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) programs in Brooklyn.
Amelia also loves Photography and practices her photography on her 7 cats-Sofia, Sacha, Panda, Linen, Fiona, Apollo and Artemis. After joining the Brooklyn Cares family Amelia now shares her love of cats and rescue efforts with her fellow crazy-cat lady co-worker, Angelique!
Dr. Amanda Donovan, VMD
Dr. Amanda Donovan graduated from Brown University with a degree in Classics, but in the end decided not to pursue a PhD in that field, in favor of something a bit more modern and useful. After several years of painful New York corporate employment experiences, she decided that working with animals would be a necessity for her happiness, and ultimately graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced in Maine for a short time before returning to New York to join the Brooklyn Cares community.
While Dr. Donovan loves all animals unconditionally, she has an especial fondness for the felines among us. She believes unconditionally in the need for a holistic approach to wellness, in our pets as much as in ourselves. When not taking care of your wee creature, Dr. Donovan is chasing after her own three lazy feline roommates (Myrna, Begbie and The Schmutz), reading, watching old and foreign films and generally observing the universe. She is always eager to meet you and your pet and to help you live healthfully and happily together.
Dr. Nichole Guisto, VMD
We are excited to welcome our newest staff Doctor!
Maggie recently graduated from The Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Ballet and Modern dance. While attending the conservatory, she spent her weekends at the MSPCA working to find homes for abandoned animals. Since re-locating to Brooklyn, Maggie has been collaborating with various rescues to rehabilitate mis-treated pit bulls and to find them homes. Her knowledge of massage therapy and the Alexander Technique has proved to be successful in the rehabilitation and healing of the abused animals she has been fostering. In addition to caring for animals, Maggie is part of the dance band "Borts Minorts" and is working on various movement art projects around New York and the New England area.
Erin Kalagassy, B.S., L.V.T., L.M.T.
Erin is a Brooklyn native, licensed Massage Therapist, and licensed Veterinary Technician, who’s been serving the health of New York animals since 1993. Her respect and compassion extend to all species; she’s been nurse to over 130 of them! She’s worked for (and published research at) Cornell Veterinary College, S.U.N.Y. Delhi, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo, and the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. Erin’s also published animal health articles, been shown working on Animal Precinct, and on PBS, and is a graduate of S.U.N.Y. Delhi, of Cornell University, and of the Swedish Institute.
Erin’s passion for hands-on healing work led her to a newer degree in massage therapy, and she specializes here in both Eastern (acupressure) and Western (medical Swedish and deep tissue) bodywork for animals of all species. When not at BCVC, she operates her own massage practice, for people, in the Park Slope area. It is her profound delight to bring this complementary, focused healing therapy to both the animals and people of Brooklyn.
For more information about massage, visit Erin’s website:
Celia Kutcher, CHHC, AADP
Celia was born into a family with a love for animals. She grew up riding horses, competing in the hunter/jumper divisions and learning from brilliant horsemen who knew how to use simple, food-based remedies to heal sick and wounded show horses and dogs. This was the beginning of her fascination with alternative medicine for herself and her pets.
Twenty years later, Celia has treated countless animals including: dogs, cats, horses, ducks, gerbils, guinea pigs, a very cool mule, a scary giant pig, and a greedy pony that would escape to meet up with the Good Humor man for an ice cream sandwich.
Celia graduated with honors from The School of Visual Arts in New York City, and worked as a 3-dimensional designer and a problem-solver. This training in conceptual thinking has helped her with diagnosing patients. She has also completed courses on Iridology and Herbology at the NY Center for Iridology. Celia is a graduate of The Institute of Integrative Nutrition and is accredited by Columbia University and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners as a Certified Holistic Health Counselor.
Celia is married and lives with her husband and cat in Brooklyn. In her spare time, she treats humans and travels extensively. She is often seen befriending strays while on vacation.
Receptionist / ERT
Born and raised in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Angelique has always had a deep love for animals. Angelique graduated college with a dual degree in Elementary Education and Art History, but her real passion has always remained with animal care and rescue . Angelique cares for several feral cat colonies as well as works with others in her community to ensure other colonies receive TNR ( Trap-Neuter-Release) services as well as information about proper animal care. Angelique's heart and door are always open to the numerous furry friends that seem to wander in needing a second chance and a forever home.
Angelique has two pets Wilson Wilberforce Wooster and Fiona Renette de Pompadour. You may even catch her walking Wilson on his harness in the park. She enjoys drinking good coffee, traveling, reading, British Comedy, watching independent films and wandering around NYC looking for new and interesting adventures. You will also always see her with her over-sized purse...ya know, just in case she finds a furry friend in need.