Tanya Battiston, DVM — Chief of Staff

Tanya Battiston, DVMDr. Tanya Battiston graduated Cum Laude from the University of Rhode Island in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Technology. She worked as a veterinary technician during her undergraduate studies, and was an active member in her sorority, as head of philanthropy. Upon graduation from the University of Rhode Island, she was honored by the University's president with the "Award for Academic Excellence in Animal Science, College of Resource Development." She was selected for enrollment into the University of Rhode Island's Masters Program in Animal Science, and offered an assistantship. Yet, as veterinary medicine was Dr. Battiston's true passion, she pursued her acceptance into the Veterinary Medical College at Kansas State University.

During her four years at Kansas State University, Dr. Battiston 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 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. Dr. Battiston received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1998.

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Michelle Malament, DVM — Associate Veterinarian

Michelle Malament, DVM 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

Lori Barringer, DVMDr. 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.