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Doctors

Veterinarian - Junior Partner

Dr. Joe Vaccaro was born and raised in New Orleans and attended Jesuit High School. He later attended Louisiana State University where he finished his degree in Finance. Dr. Joe moved on to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, earning his DVM in May of 2011. He then moved back to the New Orleans area and joined MSAH. Dr. Joe is interested in internal medicine, as well as soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. He is currently a member of the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association, Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Lindsey, his son, Jack, and his dogs, Winston and Sandie. In his spare time, Dr. Joe can be found fishing and hunting and of course, cheering for his favorite teams–LSU and the Saints.

Veterinarian - Partner

Dr. Daryl Haydel graduated from Shaw High School, then studied at the University of New Orleans for four years prior to attending Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. He enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine, particularly Brachycephalic surgery and laser surgery. Dr. Daryl is a member of the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association, Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Daryl currently makes his home in Metairie with his wife, his son, Liam, and his and pets including 4 dogs, 3 cats, and numerous turtles and tortoises.

Veterinarian - President

Dr. Brian Melius was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana. He received his B.S. degree in dairy science from LSU in 1979. He went on to receive his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from LSU in June of 1983, at which time he began practicing at MSAH. Dr. Brian is the current President of Metairie Small Animal Hospital.  He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association, Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association (SLVA). He is a former president and former board member of the SLVA.  Dr. Brian is also a member of the Animal Welfare Commission formed in 2009 by Governor Bobby Jindal as well as a former Board of Trustees member for St. Martin’s Episcopal School.

 Dr. Brian is married to Jennifer Tuero Melius. They have three daughters—Grant, Kristen and Logan. They currently share their home with their dogs, Ruby and Amelia. Dr. Brian enjoys golfing, fishing, and gardening as well as his workouts at the gym.

Veterinarian - Partner

Dr. Wegmann grew up in Minnesota and moved to New Orleans in 1984. She is a Phi Beta Kappa and graduated Magna Cum Lauda from North Carolina State University with a BS in Zoology. She graduated at the top of her class from LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 2000 and has enjoyed working at MSAH ever since. She has special interest in ultrasound, internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. She is married to Randy Wegmann, an equine veterinarian, and has a daughter Avery. The entire family participates in showing horses in the hunter/jumper sport. She has a mixed breed dog, Jackman, and a cat named Truffle that also complete their family. They live on 18 beautiful acres where they run a boarding/training facility named Tavia Equine Center.

Veterinarian - Partner

Dr. Rene Baumer is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He was born and raised in Lakeview and graduated from Jesuit High School. After high school, Dr. Rene completed his undergraduate studies at Louisiana State University. He then attended LSU School of Veterinary Medicine where he obtained his degree. While he has always had a passion for Veterinary Medicine, his main focus is Orthopedics and Soft Tissue Surgery. Dr. Rene is a member of the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association, Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. He currently resides in the Lakeview area of New Orleans with his wife, Dana and their five dogs.

Veterinarian - Partner

Dr. Fabacher grew up in Metairie, Louisiana and began working as a veterinary assistant at Metairie Small Animal Hospital while attending Rummel High School. He went on to graduate from LSU with a degree in Animal Science, while working as a research associate studying poultry diseases in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Science. Dr. Chris received his degree from LSU's School of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. His primary interests lie in orthopedic and general surgery. He is a member of the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Veterinary Orthopedic Society. Dr. Chris married Patricia Melius in 1975 and has two daughters Courtney and Megan.  He is now the proud grandfather of Clayton, Emerson, Ellie and Prescott. Dr. Chris enjoys spending time with his dogs, fishing and golf.

Veterinarian - Partner

Dr. Mayer is a New Orleans native who received his B.A. in biology from the University of New Orleans in 1978 and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from LSU in 1983. While he takes special interest in general surgery, orthopedics and laser oncology surgery, he enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine. Dr. Mayer is a member of the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association, Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Along with his wife Lisa and five daughters (Rachael, Caroline, Megan, Kristin and Simone) Dr. Mayer’s household includes an assortment of birds, fish, turtles, cats and dogs. His daughter, Megan, will soon join the practice and he looks forward to sharing a profession they both love. He enjoys sports activities with his children and has a passion for "anything outdoors.”

Veterinarian

Dr. Gordy (Brian) Labbe was born and raised in Alexandria, Louisiana. He was given the nickname Gordy in the second grade, and it has stuck with him throughout his career. He graduated from LSU's School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. After completing a one-year internship at Advanced Veterinary Care Center in Lawndale, California, he joined the Metairie Small Animal Hospital family. While Dr. Gordy enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, he has special interests in cardiology, internal medicine, and stem cell therapy. He has a young, energetic shepherd mix named Whoadie. Dr. Gordy enjoys hiking, camping, painting, and all outdoor sports.

Veterinarian

Dr. Michael Graham was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana. He received his Biological Sciences degree from LSU in 2010. Upon graduation he remained in Baton Rouge and began his pursuit of his doctorate of veterinary medicine degree, which he received in 2014. After graduating and getting married a few days thereafter, Dr. Michael began working at MSAH. He is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association, and the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association. He and his wife Caroline reside in uptown New Orleans with their German Shorthaired Pointer, Brie and their Labrador, Abita. Dr. Michael enjoys the outdoors, tennis and traveling with his wife in his spare time.

Veterinarian - Director of Emergency Services

Angella Dorsey-Oresto was born and raised on beautiful Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She attended Drew University in Madison, NJ where she received her BA in Biology in 2004. After college, she attended the University of Medicine & Dentistry NJ (now Rutgers University) where she completed her PhD in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics in 2010, authoring papers on antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Dr. Angella then went on to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2014. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society. Dr. Angella shares her home with Jagr, an English bulldog, Joules, a rescued Australian shepherd mix, and Canelo, a rescued dachshund/chihuahua mix. In her spare time, Dr. Angella enjoys reading, long distance running, hiking, and any and all travel.