Veterinary Advisory Board

Dr Carine Laporte Holsitapet Veteranarian Advisor

Dr. Carine Laporte, VMD Board Certified Veterinary Dermatologist

Dr. Carine Laporte was born and raised in New York. She graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. After graduation, Dr. Laporte participated in research at the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) that focused on human cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Laporte completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012.

Following veterinary school, Dr. Laporte completed a year-long internship at Texas A&M University, where one of her primary roles was to help teach fourth-year veterinary students in various veterinary specialties, including dermatology. She completed a three-year residency in veterinary dermatology with Dermatology for Animals and became a board-certified veterinary dermatologist in 2017.

Dr. Laporte remains dedicated to the combination of teaching, research, and clinical practice in order to advance the profession of veterinary medicine. She was a recipient of the Peter J. Ihrke Resident Research Award during her residency.

She has had the opportunity to author and co-author book chapters and several published articles both in the field of human cardiothoracic surgery and in the field of veterinary dermatology and pharmacology.

Over the years, Dr. Laporte has had a large family of pets, including two black gerbils, three cats, an Australian Kelpie dog, numerous fish, a parakeet, several pet rats, and two albino African clawed frogs. Her current animal family includes two dogs named Linus and Saian, a cat named Mina, and a tortoise named Shelldon.

Dr. Chris Reeder Veterinarian

Dr. Chris Reeder, DVM Board Certified Veterinary Dermatologist

Dr. Chris Reeder is a 2003 graduate of Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, summa cum laude. While attending Auburn University, he received numerous awards including the Distinguished Veterinary Dermatology Award, Veterinary Neurology Award and Merck-Merial fellowship in genetic research on exercise-induced hyperthermia in the Labrador Retriever. After graduation, Dr. Reeder practiced small animal medicine/surgery in Louisville, Kentucky for 3 years. During this time he further developed his interest in dermatology.

Dr. Reeder went on to complete a residency training program in veterinary dermatology at Animal Dermatology Clinic in Tustin, CA and became board-certified as a specialist in veterinary dermatology in 2008. After which, he moved back to his hometown of Louisville, KY and started the city’s first full-time dermatology practice.

Additionally, Dr. Reeder has published numerous articles both nationally and internationally. He enjoys lecturing to local and national audiences. Dr. Reeder has worked with several industry partners and participates regularly in clinical research projects to pave the way for new treatments for animals. He has served on the American College of Veterinary Dermatology credentials and ad hoc committees. As well as previously served the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association as a representative on the executive board.

Dr Natasha Olby Veterinarian with cute dog

Dr. Natasha Olby, Vet MB, PhD, MRCVS, DACVIM (Neurology)

Natasha Olby is a Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at North Carolina State University and holds the Dr. Kady M. Gjessing and Rhanna M. Davidson Distinguished Chair in Gerontology. She obtained her veterinary degree from Cambridge University in the UK in 1991, and after a brief period spent in mixed general practice, returned to Cambridge to complete a PhD in spinal cord injury and a surgical training. Following completion of her PhD and post doctoral research, she moved to North Carolina State University to do a neurology/neurosurgery residency and she has stayed at NCSU as a faculty member since then. She is a past president of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Neurology specialty and a Co-Editor of the BSAVA Manual of Small Animal Neurology. She has active research programs on spinal cord injury, Chiari-like Malformations, and neurodegenerative/aging diseases. She has authored over 100 peer reviewed research articles and is a regular speaker at veterinary conferences internationally.
Dr. Patrick Melese with his dog

Dr. Patrick Melese, DVM, MA, DACVB

Dr. Melese is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and director of VETERINARY BEHAVIOR CONSULTANTS, a veterinary practice dedicated to preventing and solving behavior problems in animals since 1988. Until 2003 Dr. Melese was on the faculty of the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine where he started and ran a satellite animal behavior service in the North County San Diego area. He was also concurrently appointed as a lecturer in Animal Behavior at U.C. Davis and in that capacity supervised and mentored residents in Clinical Behavior, helped teach veterinary students and perform clinical research. Since then, Dr. Melese has reactivated his San Diego based private behavioral specialty practice in San Diego where he continues to see clients and their pets with behavior problems, teaches senior veterinary students from all over the US and international schools rotating through his specialty service and provides local and national continuing education for veterinarians and others.

Dr. Melese’s training includes a B.S. and a Master’s degree from the Department of Zoology at the University of California, Davis in 1980 where his subjects were Animal Behavior and Neuroscience. Afterwards, Dr. Melese worked with Professor Benjamin Hart, D.V.M., PhD. doing behavioral research and publishing several papers in physiological psychology at the U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He continued to work with Dr. Hart through veterinary school and assisted with the Veterinary Teaching Hospital Behavior Service until graduating in 1986.

Over the years, Dr. Melese has been featured on numerous television news segments and special reports on the local, regional and national stations (Networks, PBS Television, etc.) in the San Diego Union/Tribune, several regional newspapers in California and other states and on several radio talk shows. He has even been featured on international programs shown in Japan and Korea.

Dr. Julia Albright

Dr. Julia Albright, DVM, MA, DACVB

Julia Albright is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Albright obtained both a Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology and DVM from The University of Tennessee before completing a residency and fellowship in Animal Behavior at Cornell University CVM. Dr. Albright’s research interests include reducing stress in animal facilities, psychopharmacology, and the human-animal bond.
Dr. Maryanne Murphy

Dr. Maryanne Murphy, DVM, PhD, DACVN

Dr. Murphy received her dual BS in animal sciences and biological sciences from Rutgers University in 2004 and her DVM from Iowa State University in 2008. She then completed a rotating general medicine and surgery internship at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists in New York City and a clinical nutrition residency at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Murphy became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition in 2013 and earned her PhD in Comparative and Experimental Medicine from the University of Tennessee in 2014. The focus of Dr. Murphy’s dissertation research was energy metabolism and satiety in lean and obese dogs. She joined the staff of Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, NJ as a clinical nutritionist and then transitioned back to academia at the University of Tennessee in 2016. Dr. Murphy is currently the President of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN) and her major professional interests include obesity prevention and management and veterinary nutrition education.