Jennifer Biasillo, DVM
Dr. Biasillo's Bio
Owner and medical director Jennifer Biasillo came to Veterinary Care of Ithaca as an associate veterinarian in 2012. She purchased the practice in 2015.
Dr. Biasillo grew up outside of Buffalo, NY and attended Medaille College, initially earning an associate degree in veterinary technology. “I was a licensed veterinary technician for 10 years before attending veterinary school,” says Dr. Biasillo. “I was also a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner and practiced physical rehabilitation on pets for a variety of disorders. This unique experience is what ultimately led me to decide to attend veterinary school.” She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University.
Dr. Biasillo is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Veterinary Information Network, and the USDA National Veterinary Accreditation. Her professional interests include internal medicine and promoting fear-free veterinary visits. “As a pet owner, I understand that we all want to provide the best care and quality of life possible for our pets,” says Dr. Biasillo. “I really enjoy being a part of that through education, preventative care, and medical treatment. It’s very rewarding to play a role in the amazing bond people share with their pets.”
Dr. Biasillo, her husband, and sons share their home with two dogs: Stella, a Yorkie rescue, and Archie, a Cairn Terrier. They also have two cats, Franklin and Harrison, as well as chickens.
Elizabeth Perionnet Barnes, DVM
Dr. Barnes' Bio
Dr. Elizabeth Barnes joined the team at Veterinary Care of Ithaca in February 2009. Dr. Barnes grew up in southern California and later Illinois, where her family raised sheep. “As silly as it sounds, I wanted to be a veterinarian as soon as I could say the word,” says Dr. Barnes. She attended Northwestern University for her undergraduate work in molecular biology/neurobiology and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, graduating as valedictorian.
Dr. Barnes is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Her professional interests include geriatric medicine, surgery, dentistry, and general veterinary medicine.
At home, Dr. Barnes has two cows: Crumb, a Swiss steer, and Morsel, a Swiss heifer. She also has a mixed breed dog named Fern and 14 hens. Dr. Barnes enjoys cycling, gardening, hiking, and traveling in her free time.
Elizabeth Yousey, DVM
Dr. Yousey's Bio
Dr. Elizabeth Yousey is originally from Welland, Ontario, Canada. While she was in high school, she had a student placement at a small animal clinic that solidified her passion for veterinary medicine, which she considers the perfect combination of her love of animals and her interest in biology and problem-solving. She attended the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 2002. After college, Dr. Yousey went on to Ontario Veterinary College, where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2006.
After practicing veterinary medicine for 10 years, Dr. Yousey joined the veterinary team at Veterinary Care of Ithaca in November 2016. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the USDA National Veterinary Accreditation Program. Dr. Yousey’s professional interests include internal medicine, dermatology, preventive medicine, and pain management.
There are two aspects of practicing veterinary medicine that Dr. Yousey finds especially rewarding. “The first part is working as part of a team in this fast-paced, ever-changing, and evolving profession,” she says. “The second part is at the end of the day, there’s immense satisfaction knowing that you’ve helped maintain the bond between an owner and their companion.”
At home, Dr. Yousey has a Leonberger dog named Madison, as well as 14 koi fish she inherited with her new home. In her free time, she enjoys boating on Cayuga Lake, camping, gardening, reading, and watching Buffalo Bills games.
Lauren Jacobsen, DVM
Dr. Jacobsen's Bio
Dr. Lauren Jacobsen has been a welcome addition to our veterinary team since 2018. She takes a genuine passion for nurturing the bonds that pets have with their families and other humans. Dr. Jacobsen finds it especially satisfying to see her clients and their pets walking on the streets, chasing balls, or swimming in the lake, having known she was able to help remain healthy and strong. She knew she wanted to become a veterinarian since she was a young child.
Dr. Jacobsen attended the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign for undergraduate school and graduated veterinary school in 2008 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with numerous honors, including the Dr. William Magrane Clinical Ophthalmology Award, an award earned for exceptional performance in the clinical ophthalmology rotation, and the Kremer Veterinary Sciences Award, awarded for devotion and enthusiasm in veterinary medicine through personal and community deeds.
After veterinary school, Dr. Jacobsen completed a year-long medical and surgical internship at Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center in Cave Creek, AZ. Following her internship, she practiced primarily equine medicine until 2016, when she changed gears completely to focus on small animal medicine (ie: dogs and cats).
She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine, and the USDA National Veterinary Association. One of her strongest professional interests is ophthalmology, along with client education and communication.
Outside of the hospital, Dr. Jacobsen can be found participating in anything related to being outdoors. In the summertime, she likes to go swimming, biking, and running. In the winter, Dr. Jacobsen finds it better to change the gears by snowboarding and cross-country skiing. She also loves to stay in and relax with a good book or a home-cooked meal. While she doesn’t have any pets of her own, she is in love with her parents’ two golden retrievers, Fleury and Pilot.
Ellen Tremante, DVM, MS
Dr. Tremante's Bio
Dr. Tremante obtained her undergraduate education at the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1996, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in history. She then returned to school at the State University of New York at Stony Brook to obtain her prerequisites for veterinary school. In 2002, Dr. Tremante began attending the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical College. Shortly after graduating with her DVM degree in 2006, Dr. Tremante completed a one-year rotating internship at Long Island Veterinary Specialists. She then worked in small animal private practice, both general practice and emergency practice, for 11 years before joining Veterinary Care of Ithaca.
Some of Dr. Tremante’s professional interests include feline internal medicine, emergency medicine, geriatric medicine, and dentistry. Dr. Tremante also recently completed a Master of Science in Anthrozoology, the study of human-animal interaction. She is also a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and recently became a certified Cat-Friendly Veterinarian. This certification program is sponsored by the American Association of Feline Practitioners and teaches veterinarians the best ways to care for our feline friends in the clinic setting, both for their emotional and medical needs.
When asked about working for Veterinary Care of Ithaca, Dr. Tremante says, “It is very satisfying working together with pet parents and their companion animals. I strive to provide the best and most updated medical information and emotional guidance to our clients in order to help them care for their furry family members in the best way possible. My goal is to help ensure that pets have a high quality of life throughout all stages of their lives.”
At home, Dr. Tremante loves to spend her free time hiking, practicing yoga, and spending time with good friends and loved ones. She is a volunteer for the Schuyler County Humane Society and Hospicare. Dr. Tremante lives in a farmhouse in Trumansburg with her two cats, Franklyn and Freddie.
Jennifer Brown has worked at Veterinary Care of Ithaca since February 2008. As office manager, she is responsible for team management, scheduling, internal marketing, and ensuring overall client service satisfaction. She has a bachelor’s degree from Wells College and is a native of Ithaca.
Jennifer has two cats, Dash and Smokey Grace, and a dog named Boo. When she’s not at work, she can be found hiking the local gorges, going to parks with her dog and family, kayaking in Cayuga Lake, and spending time with her son and husband.
Having joined VCI in November 2018, BJ brings a wealth of animal care knowledge and experience to our team. BJ has been a New York State licensed technician for 30 years and has worked in a variety of small animal hospitals, as well as an emergency facility. Her professional interests include veterinary dentistry and all aspects of preventive health care. BJ enjoys the welcoming, friendly environment at VCI and is proud of the quality, compassionate care we provide. When not at work, BJ enjoys spending time with her wife and their young Rottweiler, Baysil, as well as biking, cooking, and gardening.
Carrie Diamond is a licensed veterinary technician at Veterinary Care of Ithaca. She joined the team in October 2008. Carrie enjoys working with patients and learning from the veterinarians at Veterinary Care of Ithaca.
Carrie has an associate degree in applied science in veterinary technology from Alfred State College and is a licensed veterinary technician in the state of New York.
“The staff here is truly my second family,” says Carrie. “Our clients are always coming in with a smile, and it’s great to see the same patients grow over the years. Also, I believe that we give our patients the best care possible.”
At home, Carrie has two cats, General and Karat. She has a passion for comics and works with groups that make the comic, fantasy, and science fiction fields more accessible to women. She is also an avid reader and regularly travels to Buffalo to see her family.
Elizabeth Drake, LVT
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Lizzy joined the VCI team as a full-time tech in February of 2020. She has been working in the animal care field for 6 years after she received her degree in A.A.S. Veterinary Technology from Alfred State University.
When asked about why she enjoys working at our clinic she stated: “The staff and clients are amazing. The staff is very welcoming and has taught me a lot. It’s a fast-paced environment and the passion I have for pets keeps me coming back every day”.
In her downtime, Lizzy shows dairy cattle, enjoys hiking, and participates in running obstacle races like the Spartan Race. She has a border collie named Lily, two cats named Oodles & Noodles, and 5 cows (Holsteins & Ayrshires).
Jamie Small is a veterinary nurse at Veterinary Care of Ithaca. She joined the team in March 2006.
Jamie enjoys interacting with clients and pets. “Every day, I learn something new,” she says. “It’s amazing to work with great coworkers who are fun and caring.”
Jamie has two cats, June June and Kelso; an English bulldog named Crusher; two potbelly bigs; four goats; and several chickens. In her spare time, she is often taking her children to their sporting events and raising her farm animals.
Having joined our team here at Veterinary Care of Ithaca in June 2018, Soshi has proven herself to be a great asset to our workforce and clientele. Some of her daily responsibilities include assisting our veterinarians during exams, educating clients about preventive care options, and assisting in the laboratory. Soshi has been working in the animal field since 1999 and has prior experience working as an adoption counselor at Tompkins County SPCA, as a veterinary receptionist, and as a veterinary assistant. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Clark University and is currently enrolled in Penn Foster’s online school for an associate degree in veterinary technology.
“I love the camaraderie and teamwork at VCI. Everyone has the same goal to give our patients and clients the best experience possible while providing top-notch care,” Soshi says. “I also feel that the management and leadership at VCI support the staff and that we are all in it together.”
Away from the hospital, Soshi enjoys hiking with her dog, Olivia, a Jack Russell Terrier, and their friends. She also loves to spend her free time gardening, exploring waterfalls in and around Ithaca, having dinner parties with her friends, and watching documentaries.
Lead client care coordinator Christina Ryan prides herself on providing a warm environment for pets and their owners. “I truly care and do as much as I can to help our clients,” says Christina. She has worked at Veterinary Care of Ithaca since September 2006.
“I love the people I work with,” says Christina. “They are all amazing and make our hospital fun and compassionate at the same time.”
At home, Christina has three cats: Mittens, Kicker, and Bootsie. She spends her time away from Veterinary Care of Ithaca with her family, including her two kids, Christopher and Madison. She enjoys gardening, walking through Treman Park, and cooking.
Laura Chouinard joined the team at Veterinary Care of Ithaca in January 2016. As one of our client care coordinators, she most enjoys being able to make a positive impact on the lives of pets and their owners throughout the community. Laura received her bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State College. Buffalo, NY is her home base, and she spends free time visiting there with her family and friends.
“My coworkers are all very friendly and treat each other like family,” says Laura. “I also love that Veterinary Care of Ithaca is a fear-free practice and goes the extra mile to ensure both patients and clients are comfortable, safe, and happy.”
Laura has a mastiff mix named Sadie and a pitbull/shepherd mix named Merlin. Laura enjoys spending time outdoors, especially hiking with her husband, Andy, and their dogs. She also enjoys kayaking, yoga, barre, shopping, dining out at local favorites, and reading. Laura has a background in non-profits and volunteer work and takes pride in promoting animal welfare and rescue.
As one of our amazing client care coordinators, Samantha Guggenmos helps ensure all our clients and their pets feel welcomed and have a good experience when coming to Veterinary Care of Ithaca. The part of her job that Samantha enjoys most is getting to know our incredible clients and their beloved pets.
Samantha joined our team part-time in September 2017 and has since become an integral part of our workforce. Prior to working with us, Samantha has over 10 years of experience in retail management. Helping take care of the needs of our clients and their pets is second nature to Samantha.
At home, Samantha owns a cat named Sushi, a domestic short hair, and a recently adopted hound mix named Annie, who is a rescue from Tompkins County SPCA. In her spare time, she volunteers for the Tompkins County SPCA as an offsite coordinator. Samantha loves to travel, cook, and do jigsaw puzzles.
As a member of our terrific client care team here at Veterinary Care of Ithaca, Jon is responsible for helping our clients and patients feel welcome. He also helps by scheduling appointments, answering phones, providing client education and resources, and much more. The aspect of his job that Jon likes the most is being able to greet our clients and their pets with a warm welcome, both on the phone and especially in person. Jon is a handyman of sorts, and we are grateful to have his skillsets around the hospital. Jon possesses a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and has been working in the animal-related field for over 17 years.
When asked about working at Veterinary Care of Ithaca, Jon says, “I really enjoy and appreciate working with such a positive, enthusiastic, and compassionate team.”
In his time away from the hospital, Jon enjoys spending time with his husband, who loves to make delicious baked goods. Jon also likes to go hiking or exploring the many trails and gorges in the area with their dogs. At home, Jon and his husband own a Brindle Greyhound named Roger, a Red Poodle named Stella, and a cat named Snowball.
Madeline is our resident team mascot. She enjoys napping on warm keyboards, coyly playing hard to get, and sampling all lunches. Her talent for being a puur-fect feline provides much-appreciated comfort to both our staff and clients. She is also a great advocate for adoption, as Madeline came to us from the Tompkins County SPCA.
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