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New Orleans veterinarianTeresa Gernon, DVM

Dr. Teresa Gernon co-owns Magazine Street Animal Clinic with her husband, Dr. Scott Gernon. A small animal general practitioner, Dr. Gernon has cared for pets at Magazine Street Animal Clinic since 2003.

Dr. Gernon grew up in New York and southern Illinois and moved to the Baton Rouge area while in high school. She attended Louisiana State University and majored in Pre-Veterinary Medicine before she went on to the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Gernon was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.

Internal medicine, dentistry and soft-tissue surgery are among her many professional interests. Dr. Gernon is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association and the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association.

"When you're a veterinarian, every day is a new experience and you're always learning," Dr. Gernon said of her profession.

She and her husband are the proud parents of three children: Sophia, Avery, and Bryce. The family includes three dogs: Marcel, Abby, and Luke, as well as three dwarf rats, three snakes, and eight pet chickens. When not busy with her duties at the hospital, Dr. Gernon enjoys gardening, exercising, and cooking.

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New Orleans vetScott Gernon, DVM

Dr. Scott Gernon co-owns Magazine Street Animal Clinic with his wife Dr. Teresa Gernon. Dr. Scott Gernon is a native of Louisiana. "My father owned a feed store for forty-plus years. It's where I spent a lot of my childhood," said Dr. Gernon about why he wanted to become a veterinarian. "Seeing him help livestock and pets made me want to do more."

Dr. Gernon attended the University of New Orleans and Louisiana State University and received his Bachelor's Degree in Microbiology in 1996. He went on to attend the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. He has received continuing education certifications in ultrasound, video otoscopy, dentistry and orthopedic surgery.

Dr. Gernon is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association, and the American Veterinary Dental Society.

Along with his busy professional and family life, Dr. Gernon finds a little bit of time for leisure activities. He enjoys taking his three dogs, Marcel, Abby, and Luke, for long walks. Dr. Gernon also shares his home with two cornsnakes, Corny and Carnage and three dwarf rats, Cheerio, Rice Krispy, and Choconana. His hobbies include fishing, boating, landscaping, working out, and home renovation. Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, Sophia, Avery, and Bryce.

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New Orleans veterinarianAmy Dilger, DVM

General practitioner, Dr. Amy Dilger Lea said she wanted to be a veterinarian while still in kindergarten. "As long as I can remember, I knew I wanted to work with animals," she says. While still a teenager, she volunteered at the Missouri Wildlife Rescue Center. She's been caring for pets at Magazine Street Animal Clinic since 2007. Dr. Amy has special training and surgical expertise in the care and treatment of exotic pets, including, but not limited to: ferrets, rabbits, rodents and reptiles.

A native of Missouri, Dr. Amy attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and majored in Biology and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. She received early acceptance into the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. Dr. Amy went on to complete an internship at Florida Veterinary Specialists from 2003 to 2004. There, she trained under veterinary specialists and performed extensive emergency work and completed special electives in exotic animal medicine. More recently, she has pursued continuing education into the areas of advanced surgery, dental therapies and backyard poultry medicine.

Feline medicine, pediatrics, and exotic pet care are among her many professional interests. Dr. Amy is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association and the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association.

Dr Amy recently married a native of New Orleans, and plans to spend the rest of her life here. She shares her home with two cats, Adam (who is very sweet) and Arwen "Bunny" (who is very nutty), as well as seven chickens (who are all spoiled).

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New Orleans vetJohanna K. Ecke, DVM

While growing up in Great Falls, Montana, Dr. Johanna Ecke said she always had a special connection with animals. Their presence in her life motivated her to become a veterinarian. "I was always finding and rescuing stray animals and injured wildlife – even injured bugs!" she says.

After graduating from Tulane University, where she majored in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and French, she worked as a veterinary assistant at Magazine Street Animal Clinic until she left in 2007 to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine. She graduated in the top 10 percent of her class from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science. Her focus is on chronic pain management, acupuncture rehabilitation, and preventive medicine.

Johanna practices medicine from the heart. "I love watching my patients grow up and seeing the special bonds they share with their families. Being able to help and support my patients and their families through all of their highs and lows is extremely rewarding," she says when describing the connection she has with her patients. "I believe that the comfort and quality of the life of our pets should be of utmost importance, and they are always at the forefront of my mind."

She shares her life with four dogs – Alesia, a hound mix that was adopted from the LA-SPCA; Bella, a shepherd mix that was found as a stray; Tigger, a boxer/pit bull mix (also adopted); and Bucky, a pitbull mix who never stops being happy or playful. Also in the mix are Button, an angora/lop mix, and two guinea pigs named Chuck and Artichoke.

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Dr. Kevin Zamer, DVMKevin Zamer, DVM

Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia with a blind dog and a deaf cat—in addition to his work at an emergency clinic during his undergraduate career—inspired Dr. Kevin Zamer to become a veterinarian. And for those who knew him as the child who took care of all the neighborhood animals, the pieces fit.

After graduating from Tulane University with a BA in Economics in 2007, Dr. Zamer worked as an assistant at Magazine Street Animal Clinic (where he also worked prior to graduation).  He graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013 and has been a veterinarian with Magazine Street Animal Clinic since July of 2013.

Dr. Zamer's special interests include emergency medicine and surgery. When it comes to his work, Dr. Zamer is grateful for the challenge of seeing something new every day and loves seeing a healthy patient reunited with his or her owner. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association.

He has two dogs of his own — Bourbon, a black collie mutt, and his newest addition Rye — a large black terrier. He enjoys hiking, cooking, frisbee and visiting national parks.

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Dr. Rita Akers, DVMRita Akers, DVM

Dr. Rita Akers was raised in Portland, Oregon, and joined the compassionate team at Magazine Street Animal Hospital in 2015. She says the most satisfying part of being a veterinarian is "the connection humans have with animals. I enjoy being part of that bond by looking after the health of my patients."

Prior to practicing veterinary medicine in New Orleans, Dr. Rita studied equine science at Colorado State University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in 2005. She then went on to attend Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. After graduating, Dr. Akers spent three years serving in the Air Force as a public health officer. She is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association and the Southeastern Louisiana Medical Association. Her professional interests include public health, emergency response, emergency medicine and anesthesia.

At home, Dr. Akers and her husband, David, have three chihuahuas, one cat and one miniature pincher. When she's not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Akers enjoys trying out new restaurants in New Orleans, knitting and traveling. Dr. Akers also uses her spare time to volunteer with the AMVA's Early Career Development Committee, which offers support to recent veterinary school graduates.

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