Tanya Battiston, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. Tanya Battiston graduated Cum Laude from the University of Rhode Island in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Technology. During her undergraduate studies she gained experience as a veterinary technician in a small animal hospital. She worked as a caretaker both on a large duck farm and a dairy goat farm. She was an active philanthropic member in her sorority, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, The National Honor Society, and Order of Omega. Upon graduation, she received the "University of Rhode Island Award for Academic Excellence" in Animal Science, College of Resource Development.
Dr. Battiston attended Kansas State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She was consistently recognized on the Dean's Honor list, and was elected into the Society of Phi Zeta, the Veterinary Medical Honor Society. She worked in Dr. Michael Dryden's parasitology research laboratory while a veterinary student at Kansas State, supervising field studies involving efficacy of flea preventatives, including Frontline and Program. She received extended and specialized externship training in ophthalmology with Dr. Ken Abrams in 1997. Ophthalmology continues to be a special interest for her.
Michelle Malament, DVM — Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Malament has spent most of her life working with a variety of domestic and wild species. Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, her love of animals and desire to help them has taken her all around the United States, Africa, and Australia. Her undergraduate studies started at the University of California in Santa Barbara and finished at Miami University in Ohio, earning a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. After earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Purdue University in 2010, she concentrated on small animal medicine and surgery and completed a small animal internship at Animal Medical Hospital, in Charlotte, North Carolina. She recently moved to Connecticut with Belle, her 3-legged best friend, to join the devoted team at Star Meadow Animal Clinic.
Lori Barringer, DVM — Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Barringer grew up in a Navy family and lived along the East Coast, along the Gulf, and Overseas. After working for small animal veterinarians for 12 years, she decided to pursue her DVM degree.
She attended the University of Georgia for her BA degree in Biological Sciences before graduating with her DVM designation in 2005.
Dr. Barringer, her husband David, and her son Joseph returned to Connecticut in 2005. They have two cats and a Boston Terrier.