Biographies for Our Doctors

Here at Mineola Animal Hospital, every one of our employees is dedicated and committed to your pets needs.We care for them as if they were ours. Be part of our family today!

Below is a list of our doctors and their accompanying biographies.


Sioux Sciacca
Senior Practice Manager

1991 graduate of Santa Fe Zoo Program, specializing in herpetology. During her time in Gainesville, Florida, Ms. Sciacca carried permits to own and show her collection of venomous reptiles, snakes, lizards and birds. Her collection varied in species and included over 60 animals.  She was also part of a reptile removal service that safely removed and transported indigenous species of Florida, from residences.

In the years since “zoo school”, Sioux has been in the veterinary field since 1993 and has made Garden City Park Animal Hospital her home for the last 18 years.

Dr.MariellePenyy Dr. Gary Dattner

graduated from Cornell University in 1989. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, New York State Veterinary Medicine Association, Long Island Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Dr. Dattner has completed continuing education courses and regularly attends the North American Veterinary Conference. He has a special interest in Bio Stem Cell Therapy and Orthopedics.

kolins Dr. Mara DiGrazia

graduated from Cornell University in 1996. She completed a small animal medicine and surgical internship at Oradell AnimalHospital in 1997. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, New York State Veterinary Medical Association, and Long Island Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. DiGrazia has special interests in veterinary ultrasound and small animal ophthalmology. She was recently credited for supplying all Nassau County Fire Departments with animal oxygen masks through HELP Animals, Inc.

garyDr. David Alan Kolins

Graduated from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Association of Avian Veterinarians, Association of Reptile Amphibian Veterinarians, Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, Association of Wildlife Veterinarians, New York State Veterinary Association and the Long Island Medical Association. He has a special interest in Exotic Animals, and Chemotherapy.

digrazia Dr. Joseph I. Deme

Graduated from the University of Veterinary Sciences at Budapest, Hungary in 1988. He regularly attends many local, monthly continuing education courses, as well as regional, annual continuing education courses. Dr Deme is a member of the AVMA and completed one year of clinical experience at Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine. He is now one of our staff Veterinarians at the Mineola Animal Hospital, which opened in 2008.


 

Dr. Elyse Persico

Portrait (2)Dr. Persico  started as a volunteer at New Hyde Park Animal Hospital. She then moved to our Mineola Animal Hospital as an assistant to Dr. David Kolins. Elyse decided to pursure her dream in Veterinary medicine.  She graduated with a B.S. in Zoology and a minor in General Business from The Ohio State University in 2012. She earned her D.V.M. from Western University of Health Sciences in 2016 with unique experiences at the Holland Memorial Military Working Dog Hospital, The Animal Medical Center, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Tuft’s Wildlife Clinic, and a Global Health experience in the jungle and highlands of Peru. She is working on completing her Master’s of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree from University of Minnesota in 2017 with a final project focusing on tick-borne pathogens and clinical disease. Dr. Persico has a special interest in both companion and exotic animals as well as “zoonotic” diseases which can be transmitted between animals and humans. With these interests, she is  aiming to complete a board certification as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (DACVPM).  Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Long Island Veterinary Medical Association, American Public Health Association and a Professional Affiliate of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

 

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132 Jericho Turnpike
Mineola, NY 11501

Phone: (516) 873-9207

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