Dr. Bridget Brooke graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and has been in practice on Long Island for over 30 years. She is experienced in small animal and exotic medicine and surgery. Wildlife rehabilitation has been a life-long passion and continues to be a major involvement. Dr. Brooke also assists many of the local domestic animal rescue organizations providing, as always, a caring and sensitive environment while delivering the highest quality medical treatment.
‘‘As far back as I can remember, we always had cats and dogs in our house. I remember my mother feeding baby sparrows with an eyedropper. Also memorable is the time that my parents woke me up in the middle of the night to watch our cat having kittens. I always knew that I wanted to work with animals. The best job in the world is being a veterinarian.” So says Dr. Tripodi, our new associate.
Dr. Tripodi did her undergraduate work at Fordham University Rose Hill Campus in the Bronx, NY and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Then followed ten years in art departments of advertising agencies in Manhattan, NY. The lure of working with animals beckoned and Dr. Tripodi returned to school to attend Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology. This was followed by veterinary training at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University where Dr. Tripodi graduated in 1995 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Tripodi’s initial work experience was in Brooklyn at the Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital in Park Slope. After five years, Dr. Tripodi moved to working on the south shore of Long Island. She was at the Wantagh Animal Hospital for twelve years. Now, Dr. Tripodi is excited to be working at My Pet’s Vet.
At home, Dr. Tripodi shares her space with two cats, a bunny and a happy roly-poly pug. Her hobbies include watching classic movies with the iconic stars of old Hollywood.
Staff veterinarian Dr. Christy Packard is a native of Northport, N. Y. After high school she attended SUNY Purchase where she received a B. A. in music. She went on to put out her own record and to DJ around the country. In 2007, Dr. Packard decided to pursue another goal born of her lifelong love for animals. She was accepted to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, and after attending the University of Florida for her clinical year, she returned to New York to practice medicine and lives in Northport with her two cats, and three dogs.
Dr. Spetko grew up on the north shore of Long Island. She graduated from Stony Brook University in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in biology. She then attended Ross University in St. Kitts, West Indies, where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her clinical year at Cornell University.
Passionate about working with all species of animals, Dr. Spetko has spent time working to rehabilitate Asian elephants, macaques and gibbons in Thailand. She has also enjoyed working with seals and sea lions as a marine mammal intern at a local aquarium. Her true passion, however, lies in small animal medicine.
Dr. Spetko is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Long Island Veterinary Medical Association.
In her spare time, Dr. Spetko enjoys horseback riding and spending time with her family, including her dogs, Lucy and Schroeder and cat, Zoey.
Kim Barlowe was born in Brooklyn, NY. At the age of four her family moved and she was raised in a small beach town on the North Shore of Long Island where she developed an interest in traveling and a fascination with the ocean, especially fish and marine mammals. She completed a degree in Marine Biology with a minor in Psychology at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. During high school and college she volunteered at the NY Aquarium working with marine mammals including everything from behavioral observations to detailed acoustical sampling and analysis.
Dr. Tradel Harris graduated from Cornell University Veterinary School and practiced mixed (large, small and exotic) animal practice in New Jersey before relocating back to Long Island in 2012. She worked as a veterinary technician in various specialty and emergency hospitals before pursuing her DVM. Dr. Harris feels that pets are family members and prides herself on offering tailored individual care to each patient.
Her veterinary interests include dermatology and ophthalmology and she published a research article on cytology of the ear in 2012. She was awarded a scholarship in feline medicine while at Cornell and she holds a special fondness for feline patients. Her outside interests include performing arts, such as dance, as well as spending time with her family. She lives in Suffolk County with her fiance Chris and her 2 tabby cats Olivia Benson and Theodore Roosevelt.