Dr. Maria Ierace, DVM, Board Certified Veterinary Dermatologist
Dr. Maria Ierace is from Connecticut. She received her undergraduate degree from Western Connecticut State University with a major in biology. Dr. Ierace then worked for a year as a chemist prior to going to veterinary school. She obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Missouri. Dr. Ierace became a veterinarian because she loves animals, people, science, and learning. She is very passionate about the human-animal bond and is devoted to trying to make a positive difference in the lives of all species. She had the opportunity to advance her veterinary knowledge during her internship at the Animal Hospital of Regency Park and Animal Dermatology South, in addition to providing the highest quality care for her patients. Dr. Ierace developed a special interest in dermatology and began an American College of Veterinary Dermatology residency in May of 2015 with Animal Dermatology South. Upon completion of her residency program, she has continued to serve as an associate with Animal Dermatology South. Dr. Ierace has two dogs, Watson, a lab mix, and Taz, a Chihuahua mix. She enjoys hiking and spending time with her dogs, horseback riding, reading, kayaking, swimming, surfing, and volunteering at animal shelters. Dr. Ierace couldn’t be more excited about being a part of the team here and looks forward to meeting you and your beloved pet!
Dr. Jennifer Thomas, DVM, Dermatology Resident
Dr. Jennifer Thomas is originally from Massachusetts but lived in Oklahoma for over a decade prior to joining the team at Animal Dermatology South. She received her undergraduate degree in biomedical and molecular biology from Bridgewater State College before receiving her veterinary degree from Oklahoma State University. After veterinary school, Dr. Thomas pursued additional training in veterinary parasitology, which helped foster her interest in animal allergies, as well as skin and ear diseases. She is thrilled to pursue residency training in veterinary dermatology at Animal Dermatology South. Having had her own allergic pets, Dr. Thomas understands how frustrated many owners can become with their pet’s skin and ear disease. As a result, Dr. Thomas strives to help you understand your pet’s diagnosis, and looks forward to working with you to develop both short-term and long-term plans for your pet. Dr. Thomas has a cat named Lemur, and a horse named Tai, who always keep her laughing. When Dr. Thomas isn’t taking care of your fur babies, she enjoys photography, kayaking, and baking (though her husband will tell you she never puts enough frosting on cupcakes).
Dr. Stan Warcholek, DVM, Specialty Intern
Dr. Warcholek was born in Montreal, Quebec but grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He received degrees in Biophysics and biology from Loyola University Chicago where he was heavily involved in a research laboratory that evaluated the influence of land-use and climate change on amphibian and reptile communities. He then went on to graduate with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University where he was, again, heavily involved with research in multiple labs. Dr. Warcholek is passionate about a progressive approach to medicine that makes a change both in the animals’ and owners’ quality of lives in addition to strong professional interests in Dermatology, Emergency and Critical Care, Ophthalmology, and Parasitology. He is currently our Dermatology Intern with a future aspiration of becoming a veterinary dermatologist. While not on duty, Dr. Warcholek volunteers at the local humane society to provide care to animals with need. His second passion is gastronomy, and he loves hiking (recently completing the Camino de Santiago during the summer of 2019). Dr. Warcholek looks forward to working as a team with you and your animal companion.