R. Reed Stevens, DVM

Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Dr. Stevens traces his roots back 150 years to an Attica dairy farm that his family still operates today.

After a ten year corporate career, Dr. Stevens returned to Cornell University to pursue a degree in Veterinary Medicine. He succeeded Dr. Frank Yartz at the Ellicott Street Animal Hospital as the sixth owner of this practice in 2006. How surprising to end up owning the same practice where he took his Brittany spaniel and cat as a youth!

Clinically, Dr. Stevens enjoys the wide range of health concerns presented through the dogs and cats the practice sees every day. He has developed a particular interest in dentistry, and the nutritional management of health and disease.

He is a past president of the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Association and the Buffalo Academy of Veterinary Medicine and chair of the Ethics board for Western New York Veterinary Association. He has helped rebuild the Frank A. McClelland Sr. veterinary hospital at the Buffalo Zoo and led the effort to create Western New York’s first dog park. He was very proud to receive, on behalf of the Hospital, the 2014 Buffalo Niagara Business Ethics Award.

Together with Dr. Susan Sickels he founded the first low cost vet clinic in the region, The West Side Pet Clinic, to help ensure that the less fortunate could afford basic veterinary care for their pets.

Dr. Stevens and his wife, Carolyn Hoyt Stevens, have two daughters in addition to Poppy, Ellie and Eberhard Lothar Faber III (a.k.a The Sauce)


Jane Nellis, DVM

Jane Nellis joined the ESAH team in 2002. She is a WNY native and graduated from East Aurora High School.

Prior to receiving her DVM from Michigan State University, Dr. Nellis obtained a B.A. in Biology from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. She has special interests in the areas of internal medicine, anesthesia, ultrasonography, medical acupuncture, and laser therapy. In 2013 she completed an intensive course through Colorado State University where she became certified as a Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist.

When she is outside of the hospital Dr. Nellis enjoys running, playing soccer, and spending time with her husband, 3 children, 2 dogs, 1 cat, guinea pig, and fish.


Mercedes Carota, DVM

Dr. Mercedes Carota was born in Buffalo and spent most of her early education in Buffalo. After graduating from Nichols School, Dr. Carota attended Northeastern University and graduated with a bachelor of science degree focused in Business and Biology. During her final years of college, she realized her true passion resided with helping animals. Dr. Carota chose to pursue her doctorate of veterinary medicine at Ross University and completed her final year at the University of Pennsylvania. She currently resides in North Buffalo with her fiancé and two cats Willis and Wolfe (not pictured).

Jennifer-Marie Garofalo, DVM, CERP, DACLA

Dr. Garofalo was born and raised on Long Island. She was lucky enough to always know she wanted to be a veterinarian. After graduating from Longwood High School, she attended Long Island University at the C.W. Post campus where she earned her bachelor of science in biology. While completing her under graduate education, Dr. Garofalo worked as a technician at the North Shore Animal League. Dr. Garofalo in an effort to fulfill her lifelong dream, completed her graduate education at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. Dr. Garofalo earned her doctorate of veterinary medicine in May of 2000 and was Dr. Stevens’ classmate.

Dr. Garofalo worked in private practice for 9 years, providing care for not only dogs and cats, but exotic pets as well, prior to completing a Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency at the University at Buffalo. She earned her diplomate status as a member of the American College of Laboratory Medicine in July of 2013. She has now returned to private practice in addition to teaching at Medaille College and providing consultations for laboratory animal programs.

Dr. Garofalo has special interests in surgery and ophthalmology along with her love for exotic animal medicine. She has attended lectures and training labs to enhance her surgical skills and is excited to now offer our clients in-house care for ruptured cranial cruciate ligaments, amputations, and enucleations.

Alexandra Hrapach, DVM

Dr. Alexandra Hrapach was born in Ukraine and grew up just outside Toronto, Canada. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2012 from the University of Guelph. Dr. Hrapach’s strong passion for animal care led her to obtain a veterinary medicine degree from St. George’s University in Grenada and complete her final clinical year at Cornell University. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine with a special interest in dermatology.

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Hrapach likes to spend time with her family, friends and dog Charlie. She enjoys traveling, baking desserts and scuba diving in the Caribbean.