Meet Our Team

Dr. Reed Stevens

Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Stevens has been practicing veterinary medicine for more than 15 years. It is actually his second career as he began in the corporate world with Purina. After deciding that veterinary medicine was his calling, he earned his veterinary degree at Cornell University. He owns Ellicot Small Animal Hospital and launched West Side Pet Clinic after recognizing that there was a need for low-cost basic veterinary services. You may also recognize Dr. Stevens from numerous media interviews on various pet care topics.

 Dr. Valerie Giallella

Associate Veterinarian

Bio coming soon!

 Dr. Matthew Coleman

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Matthew Coleman was born and raised in Niagara Falls, NY. After attending Niagara Catholic High School, Dr. Coleman attended Medaille College in Buffalo, NY and graduated with an A.S. in Veterinary Technology and a B.S. in Biology. In May, 2016, Dr. Coleman graduated with his doctorate of veterinary medicine from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. His interests in veterinary medicine are pocket pets and anesthesia.

In addition to working at Ellicott, Dr. Coleman also works as an associate veterinarian at the West Side Pet Clinic, and as an adjunct faculty member at Medaille College, teaching classes for the veterinary technology department.

When not working, Dr. Coleman likes to spend time with his family, friends, and his four cats Abby, Gizmo, Tupac and Fenwyk. He also enjoys reading, fishing/camping, traveling, and the performing arts.

Dr. Mercedes Carota

Associate Veterinarian

A graduate of Ross University, Dr. Carota moved back to Buffalo after completing her clinical year at the University of Pennsylvania. She loves helping nurture the human-animal bond and is looking forward to providing services on preventive care and education to West Side residents (and beyond)!

Dr. Alexandra Hrapach

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Alexandra Hrapach was born in Ukraine and grew up just outside Toronto, Canada. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2012 from the University of Guelph. Dr. Hrapach’s strong passion for animal care led her to obtain a veterinary medicine degree from St. George’s University in Grenada and complete her final clinical year at Cornell University. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine with a special interest in dermatology.

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Hrapach likes to spend time with her family, friends and dog Charlie. She enjoys traveling, baking desserts and scuba diving in the Caribbean.

 Joseph Speranza

Office Manager

Joe graduated from the University of Buffalo in 2008 with a degree in Communications. He began working at Ellicott Small Animal Hospital shortly thereafter as a Client Services Representative. After learning much about the business of veterinary medicine (and a lot about internet technology), he was asked to serve as Office Manager opening the West Side Pet Clinic. He’s thrilled to be part of the team, and especially the West Side community.