Brian Speer, DVM, DIP ABVP, ECZM
Brian Speer was raised in a small town in California's central coast area. He received his baccalaureate of science degree in biological sciences with a concentration in zoology from California Polytechnic State University in 1978, and his DVM degree from the University of California at Davis in 1983. Since 1989, he has limited his practice in the San Francisco Bay area to include exclusively bird species, where his patients include companion and aviary birds, breeding bird collections, zoologic display collections, and performing animals. Brian received his board specialty status through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in February 1996, and was certified in the European College of Avian Medicine and Surgery (ECAMS) in 1999. ECAMS was the founding organization for the European College of Zoological Medicine in 2009, and Brian is now a recognized avian specialist in ECZM.
An active member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), he has served as chair of the Aviculture Committee, as a director of the board, and as president. Brian is currently a consultant for the Veterinary Information Network for avian medical topics.
Brian is well published in the AAV annual proceedings, has served as guest editor for the journal Seminars in Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine and Veterinary Clinics of North America, and authored chapters in several recent veterinary medical texts on pet bird, avicultural, and ratite medical topics. He is a co-author of the 530-page textbook, The Large Macaws, published in 1995, and Birds for Dummies, published in 1999, and editor for Current Veterinary Therapy in Avian Medicine and Surgery, published in 2015. Brian is a sought-after guest speaker at veterinary conferences throughout the United States and abroad.
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Geoffrey Olsen, DVM, DIP ABVP
Dr. Olsen is a 2006 graduate of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. He started his quest to become a "bird brain" as an undergraduate working towards his Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont. While earning his degree at UVM, he began working with birds as a volunteer raptor rehabilitator.
Later, he managed a raptor center in McKinney, Texas, which provided care for as many as 380 birds of prey in a single year. After 3 years at this rehabilitation facility, Geoff moved on to start his veterinary education. While earning his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Geoff performed avian iron storage disease research with Dr. David Phalen of the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center. His research papers won the 2004 Student Manuscript Award from the Association of Avian Veterinarians, and he presented papers on Avian Iron Storage Disease at both the 2004 and 2005 Association of Avian Veterinarians Annual Conferences.
During his 4 years at Texas A&M, Geoff helped instruct his fellow students in bird examination techniques and other aspects of avian medicine throug the Zoo, Exotic, and Wildlife Club. He also spent time doing some volunteer work with the National Parrot Rescue and Preservation Foundation.
In 2009 Geoff completed his American Board of Veterinary Practictioners (ABVP) residency in avian medicine at the Medical Center for Birds. He received his ABVP diplomacy with a specialty in avian medicine in 2010.
His professional goals are to continue learning, to practicing and furthering the field of avian medicine and surgery. Geoff is truly excited about his career here at the Medical Center for Birds.
Geoff is owned by a menagerie of animals at home that include Sherlock the green-cheeked conure, Hunter the black lab, several lizards and snakes, and Natalie, his wife (a veterinarian at Tracy Veterinary Clinic).
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Brenna Fitzgerald, DVM, DIP ABVP
Dr. Fitzgerald is a 2007 graduate of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas in 2001.
Prior to joining the Medical Center For Birds, she worked as a associate veterinarian in a private, multi-doctor practice in Dallas, Texas, where she practiced small animal, avian, and exotic animal medicine. Brenna also contributed to a research project at the Gastrointestinal Laboratory, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A&M University, where she developed a working knowledge of laboratory methods.
Dr. Fitzgerald received her ABVP diplomacy with a specialty in avian medicine in 2012.
Dr. Fitzgerald has had a lifetime love affair with animals of all kinds, but particularly enjoys working with birds. She has always considered veterinary medicine her true calling and has a strong commitment to the health and well-being of every patient. She strives to form lasting relationships with her clients and do everything possible to meet their needs and exceed their expectations.
Dr. Fitzgerald has five babies of her own: Wee Wee the blue-headed Pionus, Alex the Timneh African grey, and her kitties The Cheat, Tigger, and Chester.
Bianca Murphy, DVM
Dr. Bianca Murphy is a South Florida native and 2014 graduate of the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science from Florida Atlantic University in 2009.
After graduation, she joined Aloha Pet and Bird Hospital as an associate where she practiced avian, reptile, small mammal, and small animal medicine. During her time practicing there, it was clear that the best days were the ones where she was able to practice avian medicine.
At the end of 2015, Dr. Murphy joined the Medical Center for Birds and is currently completing a residency that will allow her to attain ABVP diplomacy with a specialty in avian medicine at the end of 2018.
At the end of each day, Dr. Murphy goes home to her two best buddies; her shepherd Jasper, who has been with her since the first year of veterinary school, and her young macaw Ava, who enjoys singing in the shower and ruling the house.
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Scott Echols, DVM, DIP ABVP
M Scott Echols, DVM, Dipl ABVP is an avian specialist living in Salt Lake City, Utah. As the Co-founder of Avian Mobile Surgical Services (Medical Center for Birds), founder of Avian Studios, LLC (www.avianstudios.com) and Scarlet Imaging (www.scarletimaging.com) and co-director of The Grey Parrot Anatomy Project (www.avianstudios.com/the-grey-parrot-anatomy-project), Dr. Echols keeps busy practicing, teaching, lecturing, writing, consulting and researching throughout the US and abroad.
Dr. Echols is an Adjunct Professor and Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. He has also served as a Past President of the Association of Avian Veterinarians and has received the 2005 TJ Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year Award and 2007 Texas Veterinary Medical Association Non-Traditional Species of the Year Award.
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Athena Gianopoulos, DVM
Dr. Gianopoulos earned her veterinary degree from the University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. She is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2010.
Dr. Gianopoulos has had an admiration of budgies since she was very young which sparked her interest in veterinary medicine and lead her on many adventures learning abroad. These include volunteering at "El Santuario de Lapas" in Costa Rica, an externship at the University of Queensland, Australia, and assisting with clinicopathological research on Canine Erlichiosis in Greece.
Prior to joining us at the Medical Center for Birds, Dr. Gianopoulos worked at a small animal and exotic practice in San Diego, California. During this time she discovered her love of amazons and her desire to specialize in avian care. Professionally, Dr. Gianopoulos has particular interests in anesthesia, analgesia, surgery, ophthamology, clinical pathology and internal medicine. In her flock are three budgies, "Mari" the one-legged Grey Parrot, "Butters" the blind Persian cat, and the three amazons pictured here: "Godzilla" the yellow-naped amazon, "Bobbie" the blue-fronted amazon, and "Alberta" the yellow-naped amazon.
Rachel Baden, DVM
Rachel Baden grew up in the South Bay Area of California and will be joining us mid-2019. Rachel graduated from the University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicaine in 2017, following receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Reed College in Portland, Oregon in 2013.
After obtaining her DVM degree, Rachel completed a one-year small animal medicine and surgery internship at Louisiana State University as well as a year long internship at Colorado State University focusing on avian, reptile, and small mammal medicine. During these internships, Rachel participated in several research projects and publications focused on avian clinical pathology. Rachel looks forward to continuing to contribute to the growing body of literature on avian medicine throughout her career.
Rachel is very excited to be joining the Medical Center for Birds team and undertaking a residency to become board-certified as a specialist in avian medicine. Her favorite birds are cockatoos, although she considers every day she gets to work with birds as a privilege. She currently shares her home with four galahs (Sydney, Zoe, Archie, and Ozzie) and three cockatiels (Butter, Baby, and Sachi) who have their own room and prevent Rachel's life from ever being boring!