Client Care Specialists
Bridget Barthelemy, DVM
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
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 - Surgeon
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
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.
Kevin Puzycki, DVM
Dr. Puzycki is a native of North Haven, CT and worked as a veterinary assistant for 9 years before going to veterinary school. He is a graduate of St. George's University in Grenada and did his clinical year at Louisiana State University (GEAUX Tigers!). He decided to move to New Orleans because he's fallen in love with the city over the years, and because he loves warm weather. He shares his home with his rescue pup Mame (as in Edamame) and kitty Eli. Outside of work Dr. Puzycki loves to run, explore the city, garden, and has a strong passion for drawing and painting.
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.
Nicole Boileau, BS - Clinical Manager
Nicole is a native of North Haven, CT and has worked as a veterinary assistant for over 20 years, starting in general practice, when she was 17, and worked in specialty and referral for 13 years . She obtained her B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Human Resource Management. Nicole is a highly skilled professional with a strong background in ECC, ICU, and surgery. Nicole fell in love with New Orleans during her first trip in 2004 and has called the Crescent City home since 2014. Nicole is an avid lover of felines and shares her life with Asmodeus, Bastet, and Demeter. During her free time, Nicole enjoys exploring the world of craft cocktails and fine dining, traveling, music, dancing, bird watching, and gardening.
Kara Alexander, RVT -Dental 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.
Abby Boesch-Veterinary & Surgical Assistant
Devin Cepriano-Veterinary & Surgical Assistant
Megan Drewitt-Veterinary Assistant
Kyle Fehrenbach-Veterinary Assistant
Chelsea Price-Certified Veterinary Assistant
Christen Rodriguez-Veterinary Assistant
Kiara Smith-Veterinary Assistant
Kevin Steiner-Veterinary Assistant
Shane Rodriguez, CPhT
Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Shane is currently working on his master’s degree in counseling he also holds a bachelor’s degree in the Science of Psychology from University of New Orleans. While in school, Shane works in our pharmacy. He has been a Certified Pharmacy Technician since 2017. Shane currently owns one cat, Filbert, a Siamese breed. He thought he preferred cats over dogs because they require less attention however, Filbert has since proved his theory wrong. Shane lives with his sister Christen, a vet tech, who also works at our clinic. Shane’s cat, Filbert, enjoys harassing Christen’s 90 lb dog, Brixx, in his spare time. Shane originally worked in the hospital and retail pharmacy setting and did not plan on moving to the veterinary field, however, he has no regrets and loves the atmosphere of Low Cost Animal Medical Center.
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).
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
Ashley Keller Nelson