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In 1977, Dr. Gary Yarnell graduated from the distinguished New York State School of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), one of the nation’s most competitive; he was one of the school’s youngest ever graduates. Driven by his passion for the field, he was able to complete his undergraduate studies at Cornell in two-and-a-half years with a Bachelor of Science degree, and was then immediately accepted to its Veterinary College. As the culmination of his lifelong dream, Dr. Yarnell purchased what is now the Rye Harrison Veterinary Hospital from Dr. Howard Harmon in 1980. At the time, the practice consisted of one part-time and one full-time veterinarian, with a support staff of four. Building a reputation as a skilled and caring doctor, Dr. Yarnell was available to his patients and their owners 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Since its very first year, the practice under Dr. Yarnell’s leadership experienced a rapid and sustained growth. Today it employs six veterinarians and a support staff of 28 individuals in a modern, state-of-the-art facility.
Ever since a standard poodle joined his family when he was a young boy growing up on Long Island, Dr. Yarnell had dreamed of becoming a vet. While he excelled academically, he also worked hard during summers and school vacations to acquire real hands-on work experience with animals, including cleaning cages at the local veterinary hospital, mucking out stalls and assisting equine vets at a horse farm, and even walking a pet goat through Central Park as part of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation’s Zoo Mobile. Dr. Yarnell and his wife Laurie, a journalist, have lived in Rye since 1981. They have two children—Nikki, an actor/singer and licensed massage therapist (nikkiyarnell.com and massagebynikkiyarnell.com) and Adam, a Brown University graduate who is serving in the Peace Corps in Panama. Fortunately, Gracie, their yellow Lab, and Chloe, their equally adorable rescue dog from Tennessee, keep their nest from ever feeling empty.
Dr. John Pisciotta is one of the nation’s leading experts on exotic pets, a category that includes everything from baby turtles to boa constrictors. At RHVH, more than 50 percent of his patients are exotics, many referrals from other veterinarians, bird clubs, and breeders. Fascinated with exotic pets since his childhood on Long Island, he grew up with a vast variety of them, including snakes, turtles, tortoises, frogs, lizards, birds, ferrets, guinea pigs, mice, rabbits, and other pocket pets. This fascination with animals led to his first job, conducting tours for a local park.
After completing his undergraduate education at Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA) and graduate studies at Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN), he served an internship at the renowned Animal Medical Center in Manhattan and became an active member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians. Having shared quarters with so many different species of animals throughout his life, Dr. Pisciotta feels very comfortable handling, examining, and discussing the proper care of all exotic pets. A major interest of his is educating people about the needs of these very special pets. Because preventative medicine is so important with exotic and other pets, he helps his clients learn as much as possible about their basic care, nutrition, and husbandry. Dr. Pisciotta lives in Croton-on-Hudson with his wife Stephanie, their four children, and an assortment of cats, dogs, birds, and exotic fish.
Hawthorne native Dr. Christina Vieira attended the University of Maryland at College Park, from which she received her Bachelor’s Degree in 2002. After graduating from the Veterinary School at Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS) in 2007, she went on to receive post-graduate training as an intern at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls, NJ. In 2008, Dr. Vieira moved back to her native New York and has been a part of the team at Rye Harrison Veterinary Hospital ever since; her areas of interest include internal medicine, parasitology, and emergency medicine. Dr. Vieira resides in Yorktown Heights with her husband Eric, their little boy Connor, and baby Paige. In her spare time, she likes to hike, exercise, and travel to exotic places.
White Plains native Dr. Peter Romano, a 2001 graduate of Manhattan College in the Bronx, earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell University’s Veterinary School in 2007. After graduation, he completed a small animal-focused internship at Long Island Veterinary Specialists Referral and Emergency Hospital in Plainview, New York, where he received advanced training in both medical and surgical patient care. Having joined the RHVH practice in January of 2010, Dr. Romano’s focused areas of interest are neurology and oncology. Dr. Romano lives in Stamford with his wife, also a veterinarian, his two young children, and his two cats, Rashers and Princess Leia. In his spare time, Dr. Romano likes to ride his road bike, cook Italian food, and explore New York City history.
Dr. Blair Green grew up in Manhattan and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY) with a major in Biology and a minor in Ancient Societies. She then attended veterinary school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she worked as a volunteer in the wildlife clinic caring for sick and injured wild animals and spent her clinical year focusing on cats, dogs, and exotic species. After graduating in 2008, Dr. Green worked as an associate veterinarian at a small animal hospital in New Jersey for two years. She then completed an internship in avian and exotic medicine and surgery at Maryland’s VCA Veterinary Referral Associates, where she received specialized training in birds, reptiles, and small exotic mammals. With an interest in avian/exotics, dentistry, and pathology, Dr. Green joined the practice in 2011. She lives in White Plains with her rabbits Arlo and Belle and her cat Polyxena, and enjoys reading, cooking, and walking through New York.
A native of Bergen County, NJ, Dr. William Fabiano attended Delaware Valley College (Doylestown, PA), earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Small Animal Science. Following time spent as a veterinary technician at Oradell (NJ) Animal Hospital, he attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, fulfilling his clinical coursework at Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA). Upon graduation in 2008, he completed a small animal medicine and surgical internship at the Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group (VERG) in Brooklyn, NY, after which he worked at two VERG associated hospitals in Brooklyn. Dr. Fabiano joined RHVH in May of 2014. When not spending time and traveling with his wife Ana and daughter Heather, he enjoys outdoor activities and is an avid NY Giants fan.
Courtney graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Psychology and minor in Marine Studies. After following a dream to Hawaii to work with dolphins, she moved back to the Northeast and began working with companion animals through animal shelters and the veterinary field. She has been with RHVH since 2011 working as a technician before her new role as hospital manager. She shares her home with her husband and their pit bull rescue Brisby.
Sigi Allen was born and raised in New Rochelle and is a graduate of Iona College and has been with Rye Harrison Veterinary Hospital since August 1993. Sigi has been active in training and showing dogs since college and has put obedience degrees on many of her dogs. She lives in Putnam County with her dog, a Shetland Sheepdog named Lassie, who has her CGC (Canine Good Citizen). Lassie is a retired member of Pet Partners (Delta Society) Therapy Dog team. Beside her dog activities, Sigi also enjoys reading and needlecrafts.
With the patient care team at Rye Harrison since 2001, Patty was promoted from kennel attendant to manager in 2005. At home, four bunnies, two cats, thirteen birds, and a fish keep her company.
A client service professional with more than 15 years experience working in the veterinary, healthcare, and information technology industries, Keisha joined the RHVH client services team in early 2012. A Westchester County native, she studied computer information systems at SUNY Farmingdale. Keisha loves spending time with her Pekingese pet “children,” Gizmo and Fufi.
In addition to a License in Veterinary Technology from LaGuardia Community College (Long Island City, NY), Thomas has a diploma in Animal Science from the University of Ghana and a certificate in Poultry Production from the University of Drongen in Belgium. With a special interest in veterinary dentistry, he performs all dental procedures at the hospital. Thomas has a special fondness for bull dogs and wild rabbits.
Nicole has always had a love for animals. Having received her Animal Science degree from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, she is currently studying to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. A resident of White Plains, she enjoys playing with Yogi, her Shetland sheepdog.
Sarah joined the Rye Harrison Veterinary Hospital team in August 2017. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with an Animal Science degree. She has always had a love for animals and is aspiring to be a veterinarian. A Thornwood resident, she enjoys spending time with her Shihtzu, Louie.
Denise has worked in the pet care industry for 26 years and has been associated with RHVH for the last 13. She happily shares her Port Chester home with four dogs, a cat, a pet squirrel, and Rye Harrison “alumnus” Billie, the blue and gold Macaw parrot that had enthusiastically greeted hospital clients for so many years before her retirement.
Mary joined Rye Harrison in 2010. Currently studying for her veterinary technology license at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, she shares her home with her cat, Chloe.
Ashley is in the process of getting her Veterinary Technician license from Penn Foster College. She lives at home with her 3 dogs, Blaze, Leonardo and Philip. Her hobbies include swimming, reading and watching movies.
Liana is a graduate of SUNY Ulster Veterinary Tech. program. She will be going for her license later this year. She recently joined the RHVH staff in early May 2015 and lives with a rabbit named Baily.
Samantha has always had a love for animals, always having at least 2 cats in the household growing up. She recently graduated with a Masters in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College, but has decided to switch directions to the healthcare field. Samantha recently adopted her first puppy, “Payton”, who is the love of her life. She also lives with two kittens, “Chapo” and “Mycayla”, and a three year old cat named “Cali”.
Nicolle’s love for animals began at the very young age of 2 when she lived in Las Vegas, NV with her 2 cats, 2 parakeets and fire-bellied newt. At the age of 9 she moved to Harrison, NY and was introduced to reptiles. She currently lives with her family and 6 lizards, 1 ball python, 3 chinchillas, 2 hamsters and a Yorkie named Bam Bam, all of which were adopted into her loving home. She is also an avid NY Rangers and Manchester United fan.
Darya has had a special love for animals all of her life, working in pet shops for three years prior to joining the client care team at RHVH seven years ago. A resident of White Plains, her family includes her husband, her son and daughter, a cat named Nala, a dog named Bella and a lizard named Lizzy.
Highly sought after for her meticulous grooming services, Tiffany has been with Rye Harrison since 2006. She is one of the very few groomers that still handles cats and has also been known to bathe ferrets and clean up a rabbit here and there as well. With a long background in working with animals since childhood, she is both extremely kind and talented in her craft. In March of 2011, Tiffany was featured in Westchester Magazine as one of the county’s top pet professionals. Married to her college sweetheart PJ, they have two young children.
Lorraine has worked in the field of animal care for five years. She and her three children share their lives with two dogs, Leo and Bishop.