Lindsay Starkey, DVM, PhD, DACVM-Parasit.
Dr. Lindsay Starkey is originally from Valley Falls, Kansas, a rural community in the northeastern part of the state. She attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville for her undergraduate degree where she received a B.S. in Animal Science with a minor in Biology. Lindsay then moved to Stillwater to pursue a veterinary degree at Oklahoma State University. She completed her DVM in May 2011 and began a PhD program in Veterinary Parasitology as the Bayer Resident in Veterinary Parasitology through the National Center for Veterinary Parasitology in August of 2011. During her Residency program, she assisted with teaching 1st and 2nd year veterinary students in parasitology courses as well as 4th year students during their diagnostics rotation in the teaching hospital. Lindsay defended her dissertation "Ehrlichia spp. of dogs: Risk of infection, persistence of rickettsemia, and impact on reinfection” on April 13, 2015, and graduated May 8, 2015.
In 2016, Dr. Starkey joined the faculty of Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Parasitology.
Alice Lee, DVM, PhD, DACVM-Parasit.
Dr. Alice Lee was born in Taiwan and grew up in Toronto, Canada. She completed her DVM at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College and then briefly entered veterinary practice before deciding on a career in parasitology research and teaching. She joined the laboratory of Dr. Dwight Bowman at Cornell University as the Novartis Resident in Veterinary Parasitology through the National Center for Veterinary Parasitology. She graduated from the Biological and Biomedical Sciences PhD program in May 2016. Dr. Lee’s dissertational research included development of less invasive ways to evaluate the efficacy of canine anthelmintics. A second research project focused on the dynamics of Toxoplasma gondii and Toxocara canis co-infection in mice. During her residency, she actively participated in teaching veterinary students parasitology.
In 2018, Dr. Lee joined the faculty of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Parasitology. In her free time, Alice enjoys reading, music, world travel, and playing intramural sports with colleagues and students.
Yoko Nagamori, DVM, MS, DACVM-Parasit.
Dr. Yoko Nagamori earned her veterinary degree from Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine (2013) and undergraduate degrees from both Augstana College in Sioux Falls, SD and Shizouka University, Shizuoka, Japan. During veterinary school she gained parasitology experience working in the diagnostic parasitology laboratory and assisting in the preparation of materials for the veterinary parasitology courses at ISU. After veterinary school she completed an MS degree focused on Cytauxzoon felis and ticks under the direction of Dr. Mason Reichard at Oklahoma State University while also undertaking clinical diagnostic training as an NCVP Resident at OSU. Her interests are in veterinary parasitology diagnostics and zoonotic and tropical diseases. She also has a tremendous interest in wildlife parasitology. In her spare time, Yoko enjoys traveling, shopping, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her cute pet rabbits and chinchilla.
In 2017, Dr. Nagamori joined the faculty of Oklahoma State University's veterinary college as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Parasitology, and in 2020 she accepted a position as a veterinary parasitologist with the veterinary specialist group at Zoetis.
Jessica Rodriguez, DVM, PhD, DACVM-Parasit.
Dr. Jessica Rodriguez is originally from Houston, Texas. She completed her DVM at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2009 followed by a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Tennessee. She worked as a veterinary emergency clinician in Texas before returning to Texas A&M to complete her PhD and residency training in veterinary parasitology as the Merial Resident. Dr. Rodriguez's international experience in veterinary medicine includes attending Wildlife Vets, a conservation medicine course in South Africa and serving as a veterinarian through World Vets in Nicaragua, neutering stray and client owned animals as well as examining and treating patients in a free clinic.
In 2017, Dr. Rodriguez completed her PhD, passed the board examination in veterinary parasitology, and accepted a position as a veterinary parasitologist with the veterinary specialist group at Zoetis. As of January 2021, she is the a Principal Scientist, Global Therapeutics (Parasitology) at Zoetis.
Brian Herrin, DVM, PhD, DACVM-Parasit.
Dr. Brian Herrin is originally from Lindsay, Oklahoma. He earned his BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from OSU in 2009 and begin a dual DVM/PhD program at OSU. He received his DVM in 2014, his PhD in 2016, and completed his residency training with the NCVP as a Boehringer Ingelheim Resident Scholar. Brian's graduate research focused on the geographic distribution of Lyme borreliosis in North America and provided detailed assessment of the epidemiology of Lyme borreliosis in humans and dogs, including the distribution changes of the tick and pathogen due to climate change. In his spare time Brian likes to be outdoors: he enjoys camping and backpacking with his dog Cyrus as well as outdoor endurance racing.
In 2017, Dr. Herrin joined the faculty at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Parasitology.
Jennifer Thomas, DVM
Dr. Jennifer Thomas first developed an interest in parasitology researching the role of Angiostrongylus cantonensis in the population dynamics of Puerto Rican gastropods following large-scale natural disturbances. Jennifer always aspired to be a veterinarian and earned a DVM from Oklahoma State University in May 2012. She served as an affiliate NCVP resident while completing a Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in veterinary parasitology at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Thomas is currently completing a private practice dermatology residency in Tampa, Florida. In her spare time Jennifer enjoys training dogs, riding horses, traveling, outdoor photography, and fly fishing.
Cassan Pulaski, MPH, DVM
Dr. Cassan Pulaski completed a concurrent MPH and DVM program at Louisiana State University in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Following graduation from veterinary school, she began a PhD program at LSU under the guidance of Dr. Jack Malone in the department of Pathobiological Sciences, and in January of 2015, she officially started her NCVP residency program in clinical veterinary parasitology. After completing the research phase of her PhD early in 2018, Cassan accepted a post-doctoral position at the University of Georgia where she will lead the diagnostic service and assist with teaching in the veterinary program. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and attending food and music events with her husband, Justin, and volunteering at vegetation planting events with non-profit groups aimed at restoring the Louisiana coastline.
Kelsey Paras, MS, DVM
Dr. Kelsey Paras grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio. She attended college at the University of Delaware, graduate school at Oklahoma State University, and veterinary school at The Ohio State University. Dr. Paras aspired to be a veterinarian from a young age and became interested in food animal medicine while working on the farm at the University of Delaware. Her MS research on Dirofilaria immitis in coyotes and mosquitoes sparked her interest in veterinary parasitology. Dr. Paras' research with Dr. Ray Kaplan at the University of Georgia focused on anthelmintic resistance and diagnostic techniques of gastrointestinal nematodes in ruminants. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys traveling, hiking with her dog, Stella, and lifting weights.
Ruth Scimeca, DVM, PhD, DACVM-Parasit.
Dr. Ruth Scimeca obtained her veterinary degree in 2004, and part of her training was completed at the Veterinary School in Zaragoza Spain. She obtained her masters and doctorate degrees in Ciudad Real, Spain. In 2011 she completed a postdoctoral fellowship from in the Tick and Tick-Borne Diseases Laboratory at Oklahoma State University (OSU) under the direction of Dr. Katherine Kocan. She was the Bayer Resident in Veterinary Parasitology at Oklahoma State University under the direction of Dr. Mason Reichard from 2017 to 2019.
After completing her residency and passing the board examination in veterinary parasitology she joined the faculty of Oklahoma State University's veterinary college as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Parasitology in 2020.
Jeba R.J. Jesudoss Chelladurai, BVSc, MS, PhD, DACVM-Parasit., DACVM-Immunol.
Dr. Jeba Jesudoss Chelladurai grew up in southern India. She graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Madras Veterinary College, Chennai, India and earned a Master of Science in Microbiology from North Dakota State University. She completed her PhD and residency training in the Department of Veterinary Pathology at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine under the direction of Dr. Matt Brewer. Her research has focused on the molecular characterization of the ABC-B gene family in Toxocara canis and on understanding mechanisms of susceptibility and resistance in helminths of veterinary importance. Her other research interests are development of novel antiparasitic drugs, drug mechanisms of action and resistance, molecular and immunological diagnostic techniques, vaccine development, and parasite-host interactions. Dr. Jesudoss Chelladurai successfully passed the board examination in veterinary parasitology in 2019 and immunology in 2020.
Ashley Steuer, DVM, PhD
Dr. Ashley Steuer grew up just south of Kalamazoo. She received her Bachelor’s in Animal Science, with a minor in Spanish, from Michigan State University. Ashley graduated with the class of 2016 from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She was the Zoetis Resident in Veterinary Parasitology at the Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky under the direction of Dr. Martin Neilson. Ashley's graduate research focused on host-parasite interactions in horses infected with cyathostomes, and she successfully defended her PhD in April 2020. She enjoys spending her free with of her family, including her husband Anthony, their two dogs Maiya and Inka, their horse Jewels, and Spinach the chinchilla, and traveling.
Meriam Saleh, PhD
Dr. Meriam Saleh joined the NCVP as Project Leader in July 2019 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship in Veterinary Parasitology at Oklahoma State University. Originally from east Tennessee, she earned a BS in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee in 2011 and a PhD in Veterinary Parasitology from Virginia Tech in 2017. As NCVP Project Leader she worked on a number of projects, including the creation of NCVP promotional materials and coordinating our educational outreach programs and newsletters. She served as a key point of contact for residents, board members, and prospective veterinary externs. In addition to her role as NCVP Project Leader she was also a lecturer in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology. Dr. Saleh accepted a post-doctoral position working in the research laboratory of Dr. Gui Verocai at Texas A&M University in January 2021.