Executive Board


Deirdre Chiaramonte, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, CCRT, CERP, CVA

Deirdre Chiaramonte received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University School of Veterinary
Medicine, Massachusetts in 1997. At The Animal Medical Center in NYC she completed an internship in small
animal medicine and surgery and then a residency in small animal internal medicine. She became a Diplomate
of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2004 and was an Animal Medical Center staff Internist
and the Director of the Tina Santi Flaherty Rehabilitation and Fitness Unit. She is the owner and operator of NYC
Mobile Vet, a boutique house call practice in NYC.

Dr. Chiaramonte is certified in canine and equine rehabilitation and acupuncture. Current interests are in the fields
of canine and equine rehabilitation, obesity and geriatrics. She is a member of the AKC Canine Health Foundation
Grants Committee, Delta Society Advisory Board, New York State Veterinary Medical Society Conference Planning Committee and past president and current secretary of The Veterinary Medical Association of New York City. She is
the Director of Clinical Studies at Assisi Animal Health. She has been published in many veterinary journals and
reference textbooks. She has lectured at the Central Veterinary Conferences, Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference, Veterinary Professional Quest, Western Veterinary Conference, University of Tennessee/Northeast Seminars,
International Veterinary Seminars, VetVine, and several state veterinary medical associations.

President Elect:


Thomas LoBasso, DVM

Thomas LoBasso, DVM graduated from Xaverian High School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and with his heart already
on becoming a veterinarian, went on to New York University to obtain his Bachelors of Arts degree in Biology.
subsequently went on to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University where he was
awarded his
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. 

Although Tom’s work keeps him busy, he has several out-of-work interests. His most recent endeavor has him
becoming an ” accidental snowboard daredevil ” during the colder months. In the warmer months, you’ll most
find Dr. LoBasso fishing our local waters, almost always practicing catch-and-release. Dr. LoBasso enjoys
spending time with his wife, Jeanne, their English Bulldog and their Domestic Short Hair cat.


Danielle Mossa, DVM

Danielle Mossa, DVM, received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2000 from Cornell University.

Currently working as a per diem veterinarian, she has a special interest in shelter medicine. Dr. Mossa
has also dedicated time to volunteer her veterinary skills on Native American reservations and in Central
and South America.

Living in Brooklyn, and originally from Queens, Dr. Mossa still enjoys exploring all New York has to offer
from musuems to music to the peaceful outdoors. When not spending time here she loves to travel visiting
new cities and national parks.

Photo - Wohlstadter
David Wohlstadter, DVM

David Wohlstadter, DVM graduated from St. Louis University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology
and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He received his DVM from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary
Medicine in 2004. He then completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at The Animal
Medical Center in 2005.

Dr. Wohlstadter is currently part of BluePearl Veterinary Partners’ emergency service, which he joined in 2006.
He sees cases in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. He is married to a veterinarian and enjoys spending time
with his large family, which includes many people, many dogs and many cats.

Immediate Past President:

John Lu, DVM

John Lu, DVM received his veterinary medical degree in 1986 at Beijing Agricultural University in Beijing, China
and received his Master’s Degree in Bioengineering 
in 1989. At Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine,
he accomplished clinical training in every aspect of modern veterinary medicine. He
also worked as a pathology
assistant at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City, where he learned a great deal in linking
and symptoms as a whole body approach. 

Before moving to the United States, Dr. Lu taught genetics in Beijing University as an Assistant Professor. He
worked on a series of research projects in molecular biology 
and immunology which allowed him to have an in
depth understanding of disease management. Dr. Lu always strives to develop safe, effective therapies beyond
what textbooks teach by integrating acupuncture and Chinese herbs as part of his practice. His goal is to take
advantage of the best of healing 
in both western and eastern medicine.

at Large:
Robin Brennen, DVM

Robin Brennen, DVM DVM graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992 and has a BS in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. Wanting to be a Zoo vet most of her course work was devoted to international medicine, however upon graduation she changed paths and embarked on a career in small animal medicine. Being an advocate for the under dog and cat, a percentage of her time was spent volunteering for local animal shelters and wild life rehabilitators.
On September 11, 2001 her life changed as did so many others. She immediately signed up for the Veterinary Medical Assistance Team (VMAT) whose mission is to provide medical relief to animal victims of disasters.

In 2005 in her capacity as a VMAT Veterinary Medical Officer she deployed to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and was appointed as the Medical Director of Lamar Dixon Animal Shelter in Gonzales La. This was the largest disaster relief animal sheltering effort ever coordinated. When the shelter closed in October 2005 after caring for, treating and exporting over 7000 displaced pets Dr. Brennen remained in New Orleans to tend to the needs of the USAR dogs still searching for human remains. She is currently the National Commander of the National Veterinary Response Team which is part of the National Disaster Medical System that deploys under the Department of Health and Human Services. She has led the team on many responses, including Hurricane Sandy and has been instrumental in building a national disaster training platform for the NVRT and lectures nationally on disaster animal sheltering.

Dr. Brennen is currently a shelter medicine consultant and small animal veterinarian in NYC. She also works for the American Humane Association in their Film & Television Unit protecting animals used in entertainment. She is an adjunct advisor to the NYC Animal Planning Task Force and is on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance of State Animals & Agriculture Emergency Programs.

Member at Large: Karen Cherrone, DVM, DACVS-SA

Karen Cherrone, DVM received her Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from Cornell University in 1995 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ohio State University in 1999. She then completed a small animal internship in medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City in 2000. Following the internship, she completed a one-year small animal surgery internship and a comprehensive three-year residency program in soft tissue, orthopedics and neurosurgery at Long Island Veterinary Specialists in 2004.

Following her residency, Dr. Cherrone has served as a staff surgeon at specialty, referral and emergency hospitals on Long Island and in New York City, as well as Director of Surgery at the Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital of the ASPCA. She has received Board certification and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary surgeons. 

While not at work, she lives in Manhattan and enjoys sports, trying out new restaurants and spending quality time with her retriever mix, Sofia.

Member at Large: Megan McGlinn, DVM

Megan McGlinn, DVM completed her doctorate at University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and her post doctoral internship at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan. 

Member at Large: Anthony Miele, DVM

Born in Newark, New Jersey, Anthony Miele graduated with a Bachelors in Science from Saint Peters College in 1972. Following his love for animals, he attended the University of Naples, Italy, graduating with a degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery in 1980. The first year of his veterinary career was spent working at Yonkers and Meadowlands Raceway, and he subsequently worked in small animal practices in the New York City area. In 1985, he opened his first animal hospital in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, forging the beginning of his career in entrepreneurial veterinary medicine. 

In his veterinary career, Dr. Miele has served as President of the Metropolitan NJVMA, received numerous accolades including the Metrop0litan New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association Veterinarian of the Year award, New York Veterinary Medical Society’s Presidential Citation, as well as the first Brody award given by the Center for Animal Care and Control. He has served on many executive boards including VPI (Veterinary Pet Insurance), the New Jersey Medical Association, New York City and State Veterinary Societies. Currently he serves on executive boards that include the NYSAVE foundation, ILICA (Italian Language Intercultural Alliance, and NFIAS (national Federation of Italian American Societies).

Continuing his passion of living and working on both sides of the ocean, Dr. Miele is a lecturer on Business Management at his Alma Mater, the University of Naples. As well as still seeing patients in Brooklyn and Staten Island, Dr. Miele also is partner in a consulting group in Brazil and makes frequent trips to lecturer and consult there.

Member at Large: Katherine Quesenberry, DVM, MPH, DABVP (Avian)

Katherine Quesenberry, DVM has been practicing avian and exotic pet medicine exclusively for nearly 30 years. She is recognized both nationally and internationally as a leader in this field of veterinary medicine. Dr. Quesenberry has trained more than 16 residents in avian and exotic pet medicine, most of whom are now board certified and are leaders in the field throughout the country. Dr. Quesenberry has co-edited several books, including Ferrets, Rabbits and Rodents: Clinical Medicine and Surgery, which is a best selling veterinary textbook, Avian Medicine and Surgery, and Veterinary Clinics of North America: Exotic Pet Medicine I and II. Dr. Quesenberry is the Scientific Editor for the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery, an international journal published by the Association of Avian Veterinarians. She has lectured extensively throughout the United States and Europe about veterinary care of birds, small mammals and other exotic pets.


Stephanie Janeczko, DVM

Stephanie Janeczko, DVM  completed her DVM in 2004, and a master’s in epidemiology and residency in shelter
medicine in 2009 all at Cornell University. She is board certified in Shelter Medicine Practice through the
American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) and served as a member of the organizing committee
for the board specialty. She is also board certified in Canine & Feline Practice through ABVP, is a certified animal
welfare administrator, and is a former board member and past president of the Association of Shelter
Veterinarians. Dr. Janeczko currently works for the ASPCA as the Senior Director of Shelter Medical Programs.
Her primary areas of focus are helping animal welfare organizations across the country improve their medical
programs and providing shelter medicine support for other ASPCA departments. Prior to joining the ASPCA,
Stephanie worked at Animal Care Centers of NYC serving both as the organization’s Medical Director and later
Director of Operations. She has a particular interest in infectious disease as well as in the welfare of cats.

Ethics Chair:


Lisa Esposito, DVM

Lisa Esposito, DVM received her Bachelor of Science from Wagner College on Staten Island in Biology with
a minor in chemistry. After completing Wagner in three years, Dr. Esposito spent one year at State University
at Farmingdale completing Animal Science classes. A natural affection for animals and enjoyment of science
lent to Dr. Esposito applying to veterinary school and she graduated from the University of Tennessee, College
of  Veterinary Medicine in 1990. 

While attending veterinary school, Dr. Esposito adopted her first bulldog, Matthew, and quickly became
with the breed and she currently owns two bulldogs, Zsa Zsa and Terrance. She is part owner of
Richmond Valley 
Veterinary Practice who has a special interest in the bulldog breed.

Dr. Esposito’s strong love and respect for veterinary medicine lent her to join the VMA of NYC’s Executive
in 1996. She has held several positions including President in 2000 and 2011. She is also a founding
member of 
NYSAVE – Save Animals in Veterinary Emergencies, the philanthropic arm of the VMA of NYC
and on the 
Board of Directors of the American Parkinson Disease Association, a nationwide organization
that her grandfather 
founded in 1961. She is also a member of the Staten Island Bucks and the Greenbelt

Dr. Esposito enjoys hiking in the Greenbelt of Staten Island, frequenting the Metropolitan Museum of Art,
“apparel acquisition,” and spending time with her son and family members.