Bridget Barthelemy, DVM - Head Veterinarian and Medical Director

A New Orleans native, Dr. Barthelemy graduated from Xavier University with a degree in Biology. After obtaining her Bachelor's, Dr. Barthelemy relocated to Gainesville to attend University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her Doctorate in 2000. Immediately after graduation Dr. Barthelemy moved back home to New Orleans where she began working as a veterinarian for the SPCA. 

After having her two beautiful children Dr. Barthelemy took a reprieve from veterinary medicine to focus on being a mother, but she couldn't stay away from her passion for too long. In 2017 she joined the team at Low Cost Animal Medical Center and shortly after evolved into the role of our Medical Director and fearless leader.

When she's not here at the hospital Dr. Barthelemy enjoys spending quality time with her talented children Zoe (18) and Graham (12) as well as her precious pit bull Waffles and his entertaining sidekick, Kodak the cat. Dr. Barthelemy also enjoys Bikram Yoga, traveling, listening to local music and the color orange. 

Marisa Muniak, BVM&S – Veterinarian

Dr. Marisa Muniak was born and raised in Northern Michigan. She moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane University earning a degree in Cell and Molecular Biology in 2011. Continuing to use education as an excuse to travel, she moved to Scotland in 2012 to attend The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Her fascination with animals started early in life – her first word was “Kitty!” In middle school, after nursing a sick kitten found in her backyard back to health, she started shadowing her local small town vet. In high school she attended a summer camp at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. During her undergrad she was hired as a kennel technician and worked her way up to the treatment area eventually becoming an overnight technician.

Since moving to Louisiana she has adopted a Catahoula/Australian Shepherd mix named Bowie.


Gene Jessop, DVM - Veterinarian
If destiny or fate has a hand in anyone’s life it is Dr. Gene Jessop’s. Dr. Jessop, a Maryland native, attended the McDonough Military Academy a boarding school for boys that was funded by John McDonough, a fellow Maryland native who also funded over 30 schools in the New Orleans area. Dr. Jessop’s path eventually led to spending the past 34 years as a staple of the New Orleans veterinary community, ensuring his life came full circle.

Dr. Jessop completed the pre-veterinary program at the University of Maryland, followed by receiving his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia and finishing his collegiate career with a post-doctoral degree at Tulane Medical School.

He has lent his surgical skill to numerous clinics including but not limited to the Louisiana SPCA, Southern Animal Foundation, River Ridge Veterinary Clinic, NOLA Animal Clinic, Parish Animal Hospital, Ark Animal Hospital, and Gentilly Veterinary Hospital. Prior to his career as an independent veterinary surgeon he served in the United States Air Force stationed at NASA Michoud Station in New Orleans East for 15 years where he operated as a surgeon for subhuman primates.

Dr. Jessop has received numerous distinctions in his prolific career including Meritorious Service Award from the United States Air Force, The Horseman’s Award for Contributing to Integrity in Thoroughbred Racing for his work as the Test Barn Vet with Fairgrounds Race Track, and New Orleans Healthcare Heroes Award 2016.

Needless to say LCAMC is thrilled and honored to have Dr. Gene Jessop as part of our team.

April Ulmer, DVM - Veterinarian

Dr. April Ulmer was born in Mississippi, is a life time animal advocate and rescuer and is most proud to be mom to her daughter RubyJane and their furry family members. She is a proud Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2001 graduate – HAIL STATE!! She also loves those LSU Tigers and cheers for them as long as they are not playing her DAWGS. (She and RubyJane also cheer for anyone playing Ole Miss.) Dr. April and her daughter are STELLAR BLACK&GOLD BLEEDING SAINTS FANS and she has always considered New Orleans also as home, growing up in and out of the city her entire life. She finally got back to settle here in 2013 after a 12 year U.S. Army Veterinary Corps career where she proudly served her country in support of our Military Working Dogs and our military families and their pets across the globe. She worked with LASPCA for five years and joined the LCAMC family on Valentine’s Day of this year 2019. Dr. April has a special love for feline medicine and is a proud crazy cat lady. She also loves all Shepherd breeds, especially those K9 HEROES that help protect our country. Dr. April enjoys general medicine especially feline medicine and behavioral issues, dentistry, and dermatology. In their spare time, Dr. April and RubyJane love to read, cook and explore the world as well as fospice older cats who have been abandoned by their humans.

Ariel Oro – Operations Manager 

Ariel Oro is a native of New Orleans and through her love of all living critters found her calling in veterinary medicine. Ariel especially enjoys working at a hospital that is dedicated to helping the community and caring for as many animals as possible. Ariel, who is also fluent in Spanish, enjoys playing video games, watching Bob Ross, shopping for treats and going on adventures with her dogs Woobie, Muffie, Gigi, Deebo and Diva Marie. 

Bianca Rivera Ziegler, RVT – Registered Veterinary Technician 

Bianca is a Registered Veterinary Technician and has over a decade of veterinary experience under her belt. She started working at her first veterinary clinic in 2006 while still a senior and high school and in 2013 graduated with Chancellor’s Honors from Delgado Community College where she obtained her Associate’s of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. Bianca is a Fear Free Certified Professional and a Hill's Veterinary Nutrition Advocate. She is member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. Currently, she is enrolled in the School of Natural Health Sciences studying advanced aromatherapy and the Dunbar Academy studying canine behavior and training. Bianca lives with her husband and their two rescue dogs, Cowboy and Mikayla.


Kara Alexander, RVT  - Registered Veterinary Technician

Kara Alexander is a native of Louisiana, a proud registered veterinary technician and a graduate of Delgado Community College's Veterinary Technology Program. Kara has worked in the veterinary profession for six years. She lives with her fiancé' Jonny and their one-eared cat Vincent Van Gogh. In her spare time she loves to read and take naps.

Sarah Schlette - Veterinary Technician

Sarah is a native of New Orleans and a Senior at the University of New Orleans majoring in Biological Sciences. She is a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, the Pre-Vet Society club and the Garden Club. Once she graduates Sarah will be applying to veterinary school and hopes to one-day work in an animal shelter. Sarah has been a member of the LCAMC family for one year and especially enjoys surgery and her role on our Spay/Neuter Team. Sarah lives with her family and two Pomeranians Mollie and Krispy. In her free time she enjoys taking her pets to Audubon Park.

Jamie Bergeron – Receptionist

Jamie has been in the field of veterinary medicine for 17 years. Born and raised in Kenner, she has always had (and still has) the greatest compassion in the caring for all the fur babies she sees on a regular basis here at LCAMC. When she’s not keeping all of us in stiches or making our clients laugh and feel like family, she spends her time with her own four legged babies (Odie, Lance, Harker and Toejam), her family and closest friends (her cat).


Shandraka Cheatham - Receptionist

Sandraka Cheatham, also known as Dreaka, is a native of New Orleans and relative new comer to veterinary medicine. She has been part of the LCAMC family for 7 months and has especially enjoyed getting to meet and greet all the fur babies. Dreaka is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Web Design and Business and in her rare free time enjoys going to the movies and shopping. Dreaka lives with her mom, 10-year-old daughter, boyfriend and two dogs Sugar and Daisy.




Copey Pulitzer, Chairman & Founder

Amanda Rizzo, President

M. Cleland Powell, III

Laura Freeman, DVM

Alan H. Philipson

Brian Gibbs

Anne Redd

Lisa Hoeffer

Ashley Keller Nelson


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