Dr. Brian Ghere received his degree in Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 1986. He also studied at the University of Pretoria Veterinary School in South Africa during his senior year. In September of 1992, he founded and opened Prytania Veterinary Hospital with partner Dr. Nancy Nathan. Dr. Ghere is a member of the AVMA, LVMA, and SLVA. He has served as president of the state and local veterinary associations and was on an executive committee for the National Association. Dr. Ghere is married to Dr. Mary Elliott Ghere and is the proud father of 5 daughters: Taylor, Laney, Aubrey, Callie Ann, & Josie and one son, Rhett. He also has 4 cats: Claudia, Mr. T., Nietzen, and Salsa and a dog named Bernard. He is an avid outdoors man, racquetball player, and dad-joke teller.
Dr. Nancy Nathan is a New Orleans native. After graduating from Isidore Newman School, she received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her DVM from Tufts University in 1986. She and Dr. Brian Ghere opened Prytania Veterinary Hospital in September 1992. She returned to New Orleans after practicing veterinary medicine in Canada for three years after Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Nathan is a member of the AVMA, SLVA and the CVMA. She has a special interest in animal behavior as well as feline medicine. Dr. Nathan has two daughters, Caroline and Emily. She also has two cats, Angel and PurrPurr, a three-legged longhaired Chihuahua named Joy, and a shih-tzu named Frankie. She is thrilled to be back in New Orleans where she enjoys walking in Aududon Park and bike riding.
Dr. Rachelle Biondolillo graduated from LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. She practiced at Algiers Animal Clinic from 1997 to 2001, and at Audubon Veterinary Hospital from 2001 to 2003 before joining Prytania Veterinary Hospital in 2003. Dr. Biondolillo was an attending doctor at the Animal Emergency Clinic from 1998 to 2008. Her special interests include internal medicine, gastrointestinal disease, dermatology, dentistry, surgery, ultrasound, and feline medicine. She also enjoys education and devotes time to illness prevention and behavior counseling. In her free time, Dr. B enjoys being outdoors, gardening, traveling, and cat hugging. She is married to Bryan Barry and they have two cats, Payton and Drew Brees Barrymore, and a short-legged dachshund mix named Daisy.
Dr. Jennifer V. Foster grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and fell in love with animals in the swamps of the St. John's River. Dr. Foster graduated from Tulane in 1994 with a degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. She graduated from The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. Dr. Foster practiced for 10 years at Causeway Animal Hospital in Metairie, but she's an uptown girl at heart. After working at Prytania Vet part-time for a year, she joined full-time in June of 2012. Dr. Foster is a member of the SLVA and AVMA and has served as president and on the board for the SLVA. She is interested in internal medicine, ultrasound, surgery, and taking care of her clients as well as her patients. Dr. Foster is married to David Foster, her high school sweetheart. They have two daughters, Savannah and Clementine, and a Border Collie named Sweet Emma. Dr. Foster enjoys live music and is a choreographer for and member of the Camel Toe Lady Steppers.
Gwen has been with Prytania Vet since we opened in 1992 and has worked in the veterinary field since she was 13 years old. She’s worked every position throughout the hospital from kennel to reception and has been the practice manager since 1996. She graduated from UNO with a biology degree. She enjoys working with an amazing group of people and hearing her co-workers singing throughout the hospital and talking to our patients. She also appreciates that our entire staff works tirelessly to offer the best care possible and treats every pet as a part of our family. Gwen has three dogs – Toby, a Jack Russell Terrier that loves to swim, Oliver, a yellow lab that loves to retrieve anything from the bottom of the pool, and Hutch, a corgi that follows Gwen around begging for treats and cuddles, a green cheek conure named Chico, and a lizard-hunting cat named Noskers. She loves fishing, cycling, and kayaking with her husband, Matt, and two boys, Josh and William. She also enjoys photography and reading.
Tamika was born in New Orleans during Hurricane Hugo in 1980 and has lived in North Dakota and Mississippi. Tamika was in the Army JROTC for five years and served on active duty in the Air force for two years. She has been working as an advocate for animals for over twenty years. Tamika trains our new kennel technicians and has worked in many positions throughout the hospital. She is always willing to help out – from the front to the back of the building. Tamika has an amazing ability to recognize almost all of our patients as soon as they walk through the door. Whenever someone brings in stray pets, we always count on Tamika to identify them so we can reunite them with their parents. Tamika has a big family, including a twin sister, and loves spending time with all of them. She also has two dogs, Elvis Presley and Magnum Holstein, but she has often opened her home to pets in need of a little TLC before finding their forever home. You can always hear Tamika sharing her beautiful, soulful voice with the dogs and cats in the kennel.
Danielle was born and raised in New Orleans. After graduating from Loyola University, she traveled through Europe for two months before joining our team. She also manages our website, social media, and client education materials. She is very detail-oriented and loves learning on the job and educating our clients and staff. She keeps track of many details with patient records and patient care. Dani organizes donations for local pet organizations and can often be seen at local pet fests representing Prytania Vet. She also is the queen of International Health Certificates. She assists all of our clients through the intricate process and pages of paperwork required to bring their beloved pets to other countries. Dani is certified to teach English as a Second Language and plans to continue traveling around the world. She enjoys yoga and vegetarian cooking. Dani has a handsome hound dog mix named Bienville, a pug mix named Frank, and a feisty tortoiseshell cat named Tater Tot. She also is our go-to foster mom, she opens her home to any pet in need and brings them back to health and finds them forever families. Her favorite things about working here is getting to hug on big dogs and letting kitties sleep in her lap while she does paperwork.
Daniel is our office manager. He graduated from Tulane University and Benjamin Franklin High School and has completed the Tulane Teaching Preparation and Certification Program before deciding that his calling was helping our clients and patients. His favorite part of the job is being able to meet and help educate all of our clients as well as meeting the wide variety of pets that come through the hospital. Daniel is the proud owner of two kitties from Zeus’ Rescues, Murdock, aka Lil' Wheezy, and Ziggy. He adopts older kitties that have a harder time being adopted. In his free time, Daniel enjoys reading and writing, playing music, and going to shows around town. He was born to English parents in Tuebingen in Southern Germany, but settled in New Orleans in 1991.
Christy is a New Orleans native, but she lived in Ireland for 10 years and has traveled all over the United States and Europe. She is qualified to teach English and horseback riding and worked with show jumpers for years. She holds an English degree from Loyola and loves to read. She is an avid learner and enjoys working at a job that allows her to continue her education every day. She loves working with all kinds of animals and after spending years with horses she decided to spend some time with her smaller four-legged friends. In her spare time, Christy likes to go running with her teenage son, Cillian, and also likes to explore the city like a tourist – especially listening to live music and going to movie nights in the Sculpture Garden at New Orleans Museum of Art. She is married to Stephen, a trumpet player in the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. They have two cats, Bertha and Herbert.
Jaclyn grew up in Alexandria, Virginia and moved to New Orleans in 2010 to attend Tulane University. She graduated in May 2014 with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a minor in Environmental Science. Jaclyn has always enjoyed working around animals. She has been riding horses since she was 9 years old and has competed in many disciplines. She was a member of the Tulane Equestrian Team and was co-president for the 2012-2013 season. While at Tulane, she was part of a research team that investigated the migration and winter movement and roosting ecology of Tree Swallows in Louisiana and Florida. She worked at the National Zoo in Washington, DC for three summers and was a riding instructor for two summers. Before starting at the hospital she worked as an extra in numerous movies, TV shows, and commercials. Since joining the team at PVH, she has enjoyed working on the various projects that come up at the hospital. She also loves spending time with our clients and their pets. Jaclyn now enjoys spending time with her 24-year old horse named Strider. She has two cats, Athena and Comet, and her rescue boxer mix named Luna. In her free time, Jaclyn enjoys taking Luna on walks at City Park and spending time with her “Fur-children”.
Catherine was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana. She has held a variety of jobs, but her love for animals brought her to Prytania Vet. She grew up with a lots of animals such as cats, dogs, hamsters, hermit crabs, and even a duck named Ducky. She loves working with animals and spending her lunch breaks playing with the kitties and our office cat, Deuce. She is very outgoing and eager to learn and grow with her PVH family. Catherine is very close with her parents and loves going to the movies with her dad. Her best friend, Coco, a miniature dachshund with whom she grew up with, passed away in March of 2013 at the age of 16. Luckily, Catherine has her Allie cat, who was found as a newborn kitten in an alley a week before Katrina, to keep her company. They have been inseparable ever since.
Caroline is a recent graduate of Tulane University and joined the Prytania Vet staff in June of 2016. It only makes sense that she became part of the team – as Dr. Nathan’s oldest daughter, Caroline has grown up here. While some children had dolls to play with, Caroline had baby kittens to bottle feed and rescued birds to rehabilitate (and dolls as well, but they were far less fun). She has always enjoyed working with animals and children. When not at PVH, she is babysitting and volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House. She is an avid festival-goer; on any given Sunday you can find her at the local markets and festivals. She also has a serious case of wanderlust, so if you have any suggestions for her next great adventure please feel free to let her know!
Lori left her hometown of New York City to attend Loyola University in New Orleans. She majored in Classical Civilizations and minored in both Business and Art History. Though having only recently joined the PVH family in 2016, Lori has quickly fallen in love with all of our furry patients. She has been passionate about animal care since she was a wee lass and finds working at PVH to be a dream come true. She excitedly welcomes all clients and patients to our hospital, though she does tend to greet patients first (they’re just too cute!). In her free time, Lori enjoys spending every second with her partner in crime, a Shih-Tzu/Schnauzer mix named Mushu. She also recently adopted an adorable American Bobtail kitten, Kitana, who loves to perch herself on people’s shoulders. When she’s not obsessing over her animals or watching countless puppy videos, Lori loves to go to museums and fantasizes about one day moving to Rome where she can spend the rest of her days basking in all of its artistic glory.
Virginia attended the Louisiana School for Math, Sciences and the Arts in Natchitoches before graduating with a Biology degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She loves biology and chemistry and enjoys being able to apply her knowledge in a practical setting. She started in the kennel and still enjoys her after-hours shifts walking dogs. Now her responsibilities include helping doctors in rooms and surgery in addition to being the safety manager for the clinic. You will often find Virginia in our cat room making sure all of our kitties are as comfortable as possible with fluffy bedding, toys, and even a little catnip. Virginia has three cats, Merlin, Winifred Sanderson, and XanadU. She is a doula, amateur fermentation geek, and budding herbalist.
Nick began working at Prytania Veterinary Hospital in 2015 after he had moved here from Rhode Island. He lives with his “strange” dog Annabelle. She enjoys jumping on people, staring while you eat, chewing on her pig (not pictured), and peeing on the couch. Nick has a gentle and kind demeanor that calms pets in exams rooms and during treatments, so he is our go to nurse with nervous pets. He is often personally requested to do the nail trim of one of our favorite senior dachshunds.
Taylor is a NOLA native. She went to Mount Carmel Academy - go Pink Panthers!. She then went on to gain a degree in Communications from Louisiana State University. During college and before working at PVH, you could catch Taylor writing and reporting for publications like The Daily Reveille and Where Y'at Magazine. She also worked in radio as a DJ and radio reporter. At Prytania, she works as both a kennel assistant and veterinary nurse. Taylor enjoys spending time with both cats and dogs, but she's especially fond of kittens! Her favorite part of working here is thinking of new nicknames for pets and getting puppy kisses. Taylor is the proud mother of a black kitty named Jet. He's rambunctious, a little mischievous and loves to cuddle. On her days off work, Taylor enjoys drawing/painting, binge watching Netflix, listening to music and going to the park.
Derek has been in the veterinary field since 2010. He grew up in the North Shore of Massachusetts but transplanted to New Orleans in 2016. Since childhood, he has always had a love for animals that thrust him into the veterinary field after high school. Derek is currently working on prerequisites for Veterinary School and has plans to attended LSU in the near future. You may find him working during the daytime practice or at night working with the emergency service. If he's not at the clinic you can catch him hanging out with his two cat daughters, Luna and Cosma.
Ellen has New England roots and was born in Pittsburgh. She knows the workings of the hospital inside and out and is amazing at keeping track of details. Thanks to her experience as a local bar owner, she also acts as our in-house therapist - we can talk to her about anything. She graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, and we love when she shares her famous buffalo chicken dip with us. In here free time, she now loves traveling to Hawaii. Ellen owns her own pet sitting business called Home Heart Pet Care. She finds the work that she does with animals extremely rewarding and enjoys helping sick pets feel better. She is the proud owner of Earl, her beloved Doberman/Chocolate Lab mix.
Kevin worked at Prytania Vet from 2006 to 2010 then rejoined us in 2012 where his years of experience and calm demeanor are an asset for pets going through hospitalization or emergencies. He is also an ICU technician in the ER at a local veterinary referral hospital. Kevin enjoys the challenges of emergency work and the technical skills involved such as IV catheter placement, venipuncture, and radiology. He is also one of our on-site computer technicians. Kevin is a Renaissance Man who loves music, video games, and literature. He holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree in writing from UNO and is currently working on a novel. He has a black lab named Odin, a trouble-making kitty named Ryu, and a deaf pit bull rescue from Katrina named Kali.
Wirth has excellent humor and is well respected by the staff and clients for his knowledge, competence, but most of all compassion. Wirth has an amazing eye for detail and knows when a pet isn’t feeling well or is showing subtle symptoms. He enjoys diversity and finds the daily challenges of vet hospital life rewarding. Wirth is a “jack of all trades” and performs to high standards in all areas of our hospital, from computer IT work to client relations. Wirth is currently pursuing a degree in diagnostic imaging. He enjoys photography, graphic arts, and working with computers. Wirth has two cats - Fubar and Sterling.
Drew moved to New Orleans and joined Prytania Vet after visiting his twin brother during Mardi Gras. Drew is a Treatment/ ICU nurse as well as a veterinary nurse. He was born in Hammond and moved to Birmingham, Alabama shortly thereafter. Drew enjoys working to keep animals healthy and safe, and the pets are always comforted by his sweet, southern accent. He is also known for providing plenty of snacks for his co-workers and patients. During football season, you can spot him here sporting his red Alabama Crimson Tide scrubs - he only gets away with it because the animals love him so much and he has a pair of Saints scrubs too. He also enjoys going to the movies, concerts, and Jazz Fest. He spent 3 months in 2015 traveling around the world making all of us jealous with his breathtaking photos. He has a beautiful shepherd mix named Chalupa and a black cat named Luna. Roll Tide & Who Dat!
Miranda is a doctor, treatment, and dental nurse who was born in New Orleans but grew up on a farm with almost every animal imaginable, including an opossum named Wally. She has lived in Maine and New York City and attended Loyola University for a major in Piano Performance and a Minor in World Religions. She worked at a local veterinary hospital from 2006 to 2011 as a Senior Treatment Technician and was a hoofstock intern at Audubon Zoo. She joined Prytania Vet in 2011 and brings energy to the day and an amazing work ethic. She is passionate about animal health care and strives to learn something new every day. Miranda is a talented pianist and enjoys performing and composing for the piano and voice. She also enjoys gardening, boxing, cooking, hiking, and piloting small aircraft.
Kate had five years of vet experience before joining us in 2008. She is meticulous and careful, and is a perfectionist when it comes to keeping our patients’ teeth healthy! She loves seeing all of the wonderful puppies and kitties that come to visit our practice. Kate was born and raised in Harvard, Massachusetts but is a wanderer at heart and has lived in Boston, Hawaii, Washington, Vermont, North Carolina, and California. She feels at home in New Orleans though, a city which she thinks complements her perfectly. You will always find her in an awe-inspiring costume for Mardi Gras, Halloween, and kickball prom. She also enjoys live music, both local and national artists. She has an adorable mixed breed puppy, named Jelly Belly.
Betsy Collins is our groomer extraordinaire! She does most of our bathing as well as shavedowns. She had 10 years of veterinary experience prior to joining our team. She spends most of her time in the kennel, and loves getting to know all of the pets that come to stay with us. Clients will often meet her when their pets come in for boarding – she gets them settled in their home away from home. She is a great cook, and always cooks the turkey for our Thanksgiving pot luck. Betsy likes to spend time with her family, particularly her three children, Courtney, Randall, and Brittany, and her grandchildren, Serenity and Caden. Serenity is responsible for naming their black and white cat Oreo Ice Cream. Betsy is an avid football fan and cheers for the Saints and LSU. In her spare time, you can find her outdoors at barbecues, crawfish boils, or any of the many outdoor festivals here in south Louisiana.
Ashleigh has been working at Prytania Veterinary Hospital since 2015. She is currently a student at Ursuline Academy in the class of 2017. She was born in Baton Rouge and moved to New Orleans in 2009. Ashleigh loves taking care of the dogs and cats here at Prytania Vet as well as her pet sitting clients. Ashleigh’s love of animals extends into her personal pets; she has two cats – Norbit and Partly Sunny, four dogs – Ginger, Avery, Bella, and Gracie and a hamster - Carter. She is also particularly fond of our hospital cat Deuce. Ashleigh loves working at Prytania Vet and feels like her coworkers are her second family. She also likes getting to know our patients and has bonded with many of them. She enjoys seeing them every time they come to visit us. In her free time she has many hobbies including skateboarding, traveling, photography, and going to concerts and festivals. In the future, she is planning on going to veterinary school and hopes to travel around the world someday.
Maggie moved to New Orleans after graduating from Louisiana State University with a degree in English Literature. She loves coming to work every day because she loves getting to know every patient and ensuring all the pets under our care get what they need. She has two pets who make an odd couple: a spoiled-rotten shih tzu named Cotton and Arya “A Cat Has No Name”, a headstrong calico whose origins are unknown. She enjoys scary movies, PC gaming, and intense intellectual conversations.
Born in the culture driven streets of New Orleans on a cool October night of 1988, Tarinno has always been a glass half full type of personality. After being bitten by a radioactive spider, oh wait, that is Spiderman. After the tragic death of both of his parents in an alley, Tarinno swore vengeance, no wait, that is Batman (darn it). He was the last surviving member of his planet Kyrot, okay, okay, that is superman. Tarinno is just a fun loving people person aspiring to help the world and all its critters. His trusty sidekick Levee, a tabby manx cat, has helped him fight crime since the dawn of time. With great power comes great responsibility.
Paul is a man of many talents, one of which is doodling goofy little cartoons of all the pets that come in. He is an artist and an illustrator. He graduated from the University of West Florida was with BFA in Fine Arts. He has a significant other nicknamed Bunny, and a bunny nicknamed Lucy. Another one of his many talents is making music; he has a wide variety of genres that he samples, from country to rap. Originally from Pensacola, Florida, Paul moved to New Orleans in September of 2016 and joined the PVH family shortly after. Since joining the Prytania Vet, his calm and kind demeanor has made him a favorite with the pets, clients and fellow staff members.
Bio to come.