Meet our Staff

  • Lori Tomasko-Guliani

    My life revolves around animals. I have not been without a pet since I was 12 years old. I started with a pet mouse, then rats, ferrets, cats, dogs, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, chinchillas and snakes. I started my animal career in 1984 as a kennel worker then moved on to grooming for 16 years. I then went into the veterinary field for 20 years. I just recently became a Wildlife Rehabilitator.

    My 9 year old dog Pixie and I were active in agility and now we do lure coursing. I enjoy motorcycle riding and boating with my husband of 20 years. I enjoy gardening, outdoor events, movies, bowling, and seeing concerts.(I excel at eating fast food and all types of junk food).LOL that is just a joke but its true

  • Christy Lucas

    Christy began working with animals in 2008, first as a kennel attendant, then training as a technician assisting the veterinarians in exams, surgeries, and providing client education. She completed an Animal Care Internship at the Beardsley Zoo in 2010 and graduated from the University of New haven with a Bachelor's degree in Biology in 2013. Later that year, Christy joined us here at the Wellness Center

    Christy lives in West Haven with her husband, Anthony, their son Anthony, and their German Shepherd/ Rottweiler mix, Grizzly. She also has an older cat named Tiger who lives with her parents. Christy has a life long love of combat sports and has practiced them for over twelve years. 

  • Magda Sypniewski

    Magda was born and raised in a small town in northwest CT where she attended a vocational agricultural high school with focus on vet med. She joined the staff at Central Hospital for Vet Med in 2012 after moving to New Haven to go attend SCSU for a bachelors in Biology. She joined the Vet Wellness team in Nov of 2017. She has 2 cats, Cindy Loo and Zoboomafoo, and a rabbit, Babs at home. In her spare time, she greatly enjoys the outdoors and travel.

  • Stephanie Buchanan

    Stephanie earned her Bachelor's in Veterinary Technology from Quinnipiac University in 2010, and then became certified in Veterinary Technology. She began working for Central Veterinary Hospital and then came to The Vet Wellness Center in 2015. Stephanie assists us in surgery and works evenings/overnights at Central. She's a New Haven native with special interests in animal behavior, rescue, and advocacy. In her free time, she can be found taking her pit bull, Liam,  to dog sport trials and hanging out with her three cats, Zen, Weasley, and Kit.

  • Mary Ann Bates

    Mary Ann started her career in the veterinary field in 1989 as a kennel attendant at New Haven Central Hospital. Through the years, she has assisted veterinarians during exams, surgeries, and is always a friendly face ready to greet clients and patients as they arrive. Mary Ann currently lives in Branford with her son Tyler and daughter Beth. They share their home with their dog, Jay Jay and their new kitten, Kitton. In her free time, she enjoys crafts and scrapbooking.

  • Taylor Carafeno

    Taylor has been working with animals since 2010. First as a volunteer at the local animal shelters and also at groomers. After receiving her associates in small animal science at the University of New Hampshire she started as a technician assisting the veterinarians in exams, during surgeries, and other aspects in the field. She has been at the Veterinary Wellness Center since June 2017. She shares her home with her dog Bailey(a labradoodle), Apollo (her bearded dragon), Theodore (her hamster), and Charlie (her goldfish). In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, taking Bailey and her nephew Jase to the beach, and kayaking.  

  • Lynn Acquarulo
    Accounts Payable Manager

    Lynn worked as a receptionist at Central Hospital while she was in high school and while pursuing a degree in Biology from Southern Connecticut State University. She assisted with our bookkeeping and office management for several years before leaving to raise a family. Lynn returned full-time to Central in 2007 as our accounts payable manager and is very active in the overall management of our practice. Lynn came to work with the Wellness Center as well as Central when we opened in 2013 and has been a life saver for us.

  • Erin Buckley

    Erin is just starting out in the animal world! As a student at Syracuse University starting her junior year, she is gaining invaluable experience here at the Wellness Center. She has always loved animals and is working towards her degree in biology in hopes of continuing on to vet school. She loves helping out the little (and not so little) guys! Erin lives in Madison with her three siblings, parents and her Dachshund/Cavalier mix, Cooper. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and playing guitar for Cooper (he loves music!). She is so grateful for the opportunity to join the Wellness Center staff and loves coming into work every day.

  • Dana Smith

    Dana has been working with animals her whole life and even grew up around them. She had dogs, cats, hamster, and birds. She has volunteered at her local shelter, worked with horses, taken horseback riding lessons, has experience training horses and dogs, worked at a doggy daycare/ boarding and grooming facility, and has grooming experience. All these things she loved led her to seek out a career as a veterinary technician. Dana has a son named Brantley and a dog named Hattie that she rescued from Texas during Hurricane Harvey. In her spare time, Dana loves to sing and listen to music and spend time with her friends and family.

  • Kati Wilcox

    Kati has always been an animal lover and caretaker. She grew up in a home with 6 cats, and graduated to owning dogs with her precious best friend Talia. She now owns dogs, cats, and reptiles with a home full of love. She has worked as a vet assistant and technician for 2 years,  including time spent at an emergency hospital, and enjoys putting her love of animals into a career that helps others.

    She currently lives in Hamden with her fiancé, their 3 dogs (Talia, Derek, and Bandit), 2 cats (Agni Kai and Desmond), two ball pythons (Carlos and Chrollo), and leopard gecko (Tomu Shiggy). 

  • Melissa

    Melissa has been working with animals for as long as she can remember. She’s volunteered at multiple animal shelters and previously worked at the Humane Society of South Carolina as a medical assistant. Her love for animals continues to grow in the vet med field as she is very passionate about the care she gives and helping others. Melissa currently lives in New Haven with her significant other Ant, their2 dogs Daisy and Maple, and their cat Bonnie; All found as strays or shelter animals. In her spare time, Melissa likes to go hiking with her dogs, traveling, painting or sculpting/pottery.

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