Dr. R. Reed Stevens

Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Dr. Stevens traces his roots back 150 years to an Attica dairy farm that his family still operates today.  

After a ten year corporate career with three years in Asia, Dr. Stevens returned to Cornell University to pursue a degree in Veterinary Medicine. He fulfilled one of his life long dreams of owning and operating a veterinary practice when he succeeded Dr. Frank Yartz at the Ellicott Small Animal Hospital as the sixth owner of this  practice. How surprising to end up owning the same practice where he took his 00083ELLICOTTVET.jpegBrittany spaniel as a youth!

Clinically, Dr. Stevens enjoys the wide range of health concerns presented through the dogs and cats the practice sees every day. He has developed a particular interest in dentistry, and the nutritional management of health and disease.

As a past president of the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Association, he is a firm believer in the positive role that veterinarians can play in our community. He led the effort that resulted in 65 regional animal hospitals helping to raise $1.5 M to rebuild the Frank A. McClelland Sr. veterinary hospital at the Buffalo Zoo.

He is also the President of BuffOla, Inc, and part of the Buffalo Micro Parks effort, leading the charge to introduce and complete the first legal and safe off-leash areas for dogs in Western New York.

Dr. Stevens and his wife Carolyn Hoyt Stevens have two daughters, Mia & Josephine, in addition to Poppy, the world's most remarkable yellow lab.

00087ELLICOTTVET.jpegDr. Jane Nellis

Jane Nellis joined the ESAH team in 2002.  Her interests in the field of veterinary medicine are internal medicine, anesthesia, and ultrasounds. 

Prior to receiving her D.V.M. from Michigan State University, Dr. Nellis obtained a B.A. in biology from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY.  She is a Western New York native who graduated 3rd in her class from East Aurora High School.

When she is outside of the hospital, Dr, Nellis enjoys soccer, running and spending time with her husband, daughter and two German Short-Haired Pointers.

Susan Sickels, DVM

Dr. Sickels is known for her special interest in, and as an authority on animal behavior. Her 30 year career in veterinary medicine has included studying with some of the pioneers in the animal behavior field. She is excited to focus on building better communication between family members-- Especially the furry ones.


Mercedes Carota, DVM

Dr. Mercedes Carota was born in Buffalo and spent most of her early education in Buffalo. After graduating from Nichols School, Dr. Mercedes attended Northeastern University in Boston, MA and graduated with a bachelor's of science degree focused in Business and Biology. During her final years of college, she realized her true love resided with animals and not in the business world. Dr. Mercedes chose to pursue her doctorate of veterinary medicine at Ross University and completed her final year at the University of Pennsylvania. She currently resides in Buffalo, NY with her cat Wolfe (not pictured).

Laura Murray, Office Manager

Ray Young, Head Licensed Veterinary Technician

Sue Prentice, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Kristen Saturley, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Colleen Woodhouse, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Maureen Arbuthnot, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Erienne El-Sharif, Veterinary Receptionist

Sue Walters, Veterinary Receptionist