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Meet The Team 


Michael Arpino, D.V.M. Medical Director

Dr. Arpino was born on Long Island, NY and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He attended grammar school and high school at Poly Preparatory Country Day School.

He was accepted to Wagner College where he majored in Biology and Chemistry. Dr. Arpino also completed two years of college at University of Arizona where he majored in Animal Science. After taking two years off of schooling he attended veterinary school at St. George's University on the island of Grenada which was followed by one year of clinical training at Auburn University in Alabama. Dr. Arpino also completed an intensive wildlife immobilization course in South Africa.

Dr. Arpino is Medical Director of both Animal Health Veterinary Group and Boulevard Veterinary Group on Staten Island. Prior to working as a Veterinarian in Staten Island,  Dr. Arpino worked as an Associate Veterinarian at Riverdale Veterinary Group in the Bronx.

Dr. Arpino enjoys traveling the world whenever he can. He also loves going to church, hiking, golf, spending time with family and good friends.    

Lisa Sether, D.V.M.

Dr. Sether was born and raised on Long Island, New York. She attended Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania and majored in Biology. After graduating college, her dreams of studying abroad were made into a reality when she was accepted to veterinary school at Ross University on the island of St. Kitts in the West Indies.  Her clinical training was completed at Auburn University in Alabama. While in veterinary school, she had the opportunity to participate in an intensive spay and neuter volunteer trip in Guatemala, Central America.

Dr. Sether is currently certified to perform Stem Cell Therapy for certain ailments on your furry pets.  Make an appointment to ask about this new service!  In her spare time, Dr. Sether enjoys cooking, shopping, traveling, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog Luna!

Dr. Sofia Miele

Dr. Sofia Miele was born and raised in New Jersey. After completing her undergraduate studies in Animal Science, Dr. Miele continued her education at the University of Missouri, graduating from Veterinary School in 2015. After completing her studies, Dr. Miele moved back home to New Jersey and completed a one year small animal rotating internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls.

While not at work, you can find Dr. Miele cooking, playing soccer, watching the Yankees and relaxing with her three cats, gerbil, and pug, Ducky.

Anthony Miele, D.V.M.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, Dr. Antonio Miele graduated with Bachelors in Science from Saint Peters College in 1972. Following his love for animals, he attended the University of Naples, Italy, graduating with a degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery in 1980.

Dr. Miele's first year of his veterinary career was spent working at Yonkers and Meadowlands Raceway, and he subsequently worked in small animal practices in the New York City area. In 1985, Dr. Miele opened his first animal hospital in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. His innovative concept of a team approach in the formation of animal hospitals let to the coining of the term "Veterinary Groups," a term that sought to stress the team concept. Founded with the purpose of creating a team of highly trained individuals, each with different strengths, the "Group" fostered an atmosphere for individuals to work collectively and synergistically, leading to the creation of practices offering diverse and specialized services. This "Group" concept was so successful that Dr. Miele, along with his partners and associates opened 14 other hospitals in the New York City area.

Dr. Miele's dreams of returning to the country where he was trained were realized in 2005 with the opening of the Ospedale Veterinario Ardeatino 24 ore in Rome Italy. His "Group" approach to veterinary medicine made the Italian hospital one of a kind, a fusion of the Italian and American cultures of medicine, technology, and management. The collaboration and exchanges, both medical and cultural, have already benefited the veterinarians, and the patients on both sides of the Atlantic. A television reality show, "Pet Hospital" will air next fall on Italian Fox TV, featuring the staff of the GVR (Gruppo Veterinario Romano). With the addition of the Ospedale Ardeatino, the intercultural exchange of language and medicine has finally found a bridge.
In his veterinary career, Dr. Miele has received numerous accolades including the Metropolitan New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association Veterinarian of the year award, New York Veterinary Medical Society's Presidential Citation as well as the first Brody award given by the Center for Animal Care and Control. He has served on many executive boards including the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association, New York City and State Veterinary Societies. Continuing his passion of living and working on both sides of the ocean, Dr. Miele is a lecturer at his Alma Mater, the University of Naples, lecturing on Business Management.

Support Staff

Dawn Talavera, Office Manager

Dawn leads a full and crazy life as a mother, wife, Veterinary Assistant, and office manager. She is a mom raising three human children (2 boys and a girl) and eight furry kids (3 dogs and 5 cats). She leads with her gut and heart and hopes for the best. Dawn's goal in life is to be everything her dog thinks she is!

Brittany Ciraolo


Brittany lives in Brooklyn, New York. She has been a Veterinary Assistant for over two years. She attended Iona college where she studied business and also volunteered at the New Rochelle Humane Society.  In her spare time she likes to read and spend time with friends, family and her dogs. 

Pamela Gdula

Pamela was born in Poland and raised on Staten Island, New York.  She attended Susan E. Wagner High School and graduated in 2014.  Pamela is attending College of Staten Island and she hopes to pursue her dreams of becoming a veterinarian.

Jeremy Parrino

Jeremy graduated from Wagner High School in 2015 and has been working as veterinary assistant since shortly before graduation.  He is a hard worker, eager to learn, and has a great sense of humor.  In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys gaming and spending time with family and friends.

Sam Colon

Samantha graduated from Notre Dame Academy High School in 2015. She is now attending Wagner College as a Biology major in hopes of becoming a veterinarian in the future. In her free time, Samantha likes to spend time with her friends/family and her furry friends at home.

Ally Sicurelli

Ally lives in Staten Island New York. She attended Notre Dame Academy and graduated in 2016. Ally now attends Wagner College. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and pets. Ally hopes to become a veterinarian in the future.

Beatrice DeMarco

Beatrice is a Microbiology major at Wagner College. She loves playing with all types of living things especially cats and dogs. She is studying to be a veterinary zoologist. In her spare time Bea loves doing what she does right here, playing with our patients and her pets.

Mike Trombetta

Mike was born and raised in Staten Island, New York. He graduated Staten Island Technical High School in 2016. Mike is currently studying at the Ohio State University and pursuing his goal of becoming a veterinarian. In his free time, Mike enjoys gaming, working out, and spending time with family and friends.

Todd Lima

Todd is an English major at the College of Staten Island and is pursuing a career as a screenwriter. When he isn't working on scripts he's most likely watching movies. While his schedule doesn't give him much time to have a pet of his own, Todd jumped at the offer to become a veterinary assistant to help other people's pets as much as possible. He hopes to learn as much as he can for the day when he gets his own furry friend.

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