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
Dr. Michelle Malament has spent most of her life working with a variety of domestic and wild animal 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 ended at Miami University in Ohio when she earned a Bachelor of Science in zoology. While earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Purdue University, Dr. Malament continued to follow her love of wildlife medicine spending a great deal of her clinical year at wildlife hospitals around the world.
Though there is no feeling quite like helping an injured animal return to the wild, Dr. Malament missed the doctor, patient, family relationship that can be found with domestic animal medicine. Following her graduation from Purdue University, Dr. Malament went on to pursue further studies in small animal emergency medicine, internal medicine, and surgery and completed a Small Animal Internship at Animal Medical Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. She then moved to Connecticut with Belle, her three-legged best friend, to continue her career in small animal practice. Her Connecticut family has since grown to include Klaus, the handsome sable German Shepherd, her husband K-9 Officer Kyle Mortensen, and his partner K-9 Ryker.