Executive Board


  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.

President Elect:

Photo - Wohlstadter

  David Wolstadter-Rocha, 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.


  Robin Brennen, DVM

Robin Brennen, DVM is a Tuft’s University graduate and the current Senior Vice President of Animal Health & Welfare for the Animal Care Centers of NYC – the city’s only open admission shelter. Prior to her work at NYC ACC she was the Director of the American Humane Association’s Red Star Disaster Response team and the VP of Program Operations and Medical Director for Bideawee, in NYC and spent 10 years in private, small animal practice.

Her love of shelter animals is equally matched by her enthusiasm for disaster response and she has served as the National Commander for the National Veterinary Response Team a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services, for over 20 years. Having deployed, most notably, to serve her country and the people and animals impacted by the 2001 World Trade Center, Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina where she was the Director of Veterinary Operations at the nations largest emergency disaster evacuation shelter. She has developed and conducted national level training exercises for veterinary disaster responders. She also currently serves on the Animal Planning Task Force of NYC.

Combining her love of travel with the passion for helping the underserved, Dr. Brennen founded and leads Pets without Vets, a non-profit organization that conducts free spay and neuter clinics worldwide. Her organization has conducted over 20 clinics in 7 countries.

Hailing from New Hampshire, she is an avid New England Patriots fan as well as an outdoor enthusiast and can be found lakeside around a campfire with a good glass of wine. 



  Thomas LoBasso, DVMThomas 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.

Immediate Past President:

  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: Brooke Britton, DVM

A New York native, Brooke Britton, DVM grew up on Long Island, and completed her veterinary training at Cornell in 2007. After interning at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in NJ, she went on to pursue a residency in Medical Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania, achieving board certification in 2012. She has been in clinical practice in New York City and the Jersey Shore area since that time. Dr. Britton previously helmed the Brooklyn and Downtown Manhattan Oncology departments for BluePearl Veterinary Partners in NYC, and was active in house officer training and clinical trials during her 9-year tenure there. She subsequently served as the Director of Clinical Development for Veritas Veterinary Partners, a nationwide network of ER and specialty hospitals. Dr. Britton has since returned home to NYC, and is currently a senior veterinarian in the Medical Oncology department at the Schwarzman Animal Medical Center. Dr. Britton has lectured nationally, served as a regular guest on podcasts, and authored several peer-reviewed articles. She has particular interest in hematologic malignancies and the metastatic cascade. In her spare time, she enjoys aerial fitness, travel, and cooking.

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

Karen Cherrone 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 2000, followed by a surgical internship and comprehensive three-year residency program in soft tissue, orthopedics, and neurosurgery at Long Island Veterinary Specialists in 2004. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2006.

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 been a member of the Editorial Review Board for the Veterinary Surgery Journal as well as the Exam Committee for the Small Animal Surgery Board Certification where she was chair in 2019. Dr. Cherrone is the owner and founder of KLC Veterinary Surgical Services.

Member at Large:   Deirdre Chiaramonte, DVM

Deirdre Chiaramonte, DVM, ACVIM, CCRT, CERP. CVA received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Massachusetts in 1997. She completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery and then a residency in small animal internal medicine. As a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Medicine she was a staff internist at The Animal Medical Center and the Director of the Tina Santi Flaherty Rehabilitation and Fitness Unit. She is a board member of The Veterinary Medical Association of New York City, a member of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society Conference Planning Committee and an ad hoc member of the AKC Canine Health Foundation Grants Committee. She has been published in many veterinary journals and reference textbooks. She has lectured at many state and national veterinary conferences.

Dr. Chiaramonte is certified in canine and equine rehabilitation and acupuncture. Curfrent interests are in the fields of canine and equine rehabilitation, obesity and geriatrics.

Member at Large:   George Korin, DVM

George Korin, DVM is a graduate of the University of Guelph Bachelor of Science program 1981 and of the Ontario Veterinary College in 1985. After graduation, Dr Korin moved to New York City and worked in several private practices in and around the New York City area until establishing NYC Vet Housecalls in 1991. To this day, he continues to serve his patients in Manhattan, North Brooklyn and Long Island City.

He has been a member of the VMANYC since 1987, joined the Board of Directors in 2001 and was it’s President in 2004.
Dr. Korin was awarded the VMANYC “Veterinarian of the Year” award in 2005, in recognition of his work negotiating a Maddie’s Fund spay/neuter grant for the benefit of the Association and its members.

In 2009, George left the VMANYC Board to join the NYSAVE Board of Directors. He has been its President for approximately a decade, while overseeing changes in the mission and execution of the organization. Dr. Korin wishes that all members of the veterinary community become interested and join in the continued growth of this arm of the VMANYC, so that more pets can receive medical and surgical treatments regardless of owners being able to afford the necessary veterinary care.

George currently lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with his wife and house call assistant Jeanne, his two sons Adrian and Darius, 2 cats and a canine Sato project rescue. When he’s not at home or in the field you will find him on the ice playing hockey (true to his Canadian roots). 

Member at Large:

  Wendy McCulloch, DVM

Wendy McCulloch, DVM graduated from the University of Florida in 2004, and completed a rotating surgery and medicine internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City in 2005. While practicing General Veterinary Medicine at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, she established and ran a house call practice. She is now based in New York City offering end of life services (Pet Requiem) and routine in-home veterinary care for the city’s beloved cats and dogs. Pet Requiem and Home Vets NYC were both established in 2009.

Member at Large:   Megan McGlinn, VMD, DABVP

Megan McGlinn, VMD, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center and later became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (DABVP) in (canine/feline) practice. Dr. McGlinn works as a Professional Services Veterinarian for Zoetis Diagnostics covering the Northeast region and also still enjoys working in private practice in Manhattan. She has served on the VMANYC Executive Board as Program Chair since 2018.


  Stephanie Janeczko, DVM, MS, DAVBP (Canine/Feline, Shelter Medicine), CAWA

Dr. Stephanie Janeczko is an alumna of Cornell University, completing her DVM in 2004 and shelter medicine residency and master’s in epidemiology in 2009. Stephanie was on the organizing committee for, is board certified in, and serves as Regent for Shelter Medicine Practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) and is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator.

Stephanie has been on the VMANYC Executive Board since 2017 and the NYSVMS Executive Board since 2019. She is a member of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ task force to update the Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters and the recipient of the organization’s 2020 Meritorious Service award. Stephanie also chairs the NYSVMS Animal Welfare Committee and is a member of the AVMA’s Animal Welfare Committee. Stephanie has lectured and written extensively on shelter medicine topics and is a co-editor of the Infectious Disease Management in Animal Shelters textbook. In her current role as Vice President of Shelter Medicine Services at the ASPCA she lead the organization’s national shelter medicine work and serves as Program Director for the Julie Morris Shelter Medicine Residency program. Stephanie has a particular interest in infectious diseases and epidemiology and animal welfare broadly.

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.