Meet Our Team

We are pleased to introduce you to our Suburban Animal Hospital Team!

Our Veterinarians

Carolyn Fisher, DVM

Dr. Fisher's Bio

Hospital Director

Dr. Carolyn Fisher is the hospital director of Suburban Animal Hospital. A general practitioner, Dr. Fisher has cared for pets at Suburban since 1997. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and particularly likes observing and experiencing the special bonds people and their pets share.

A native of Rochester, Dr. Fisher attended the State University of New York at Geneseo. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 1993 and attended the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. While there, she was employed in the clinical pathology laboratory and active in several student organizations. She was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.

Dr. Fisher is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Genesee Valley Veterinary Medical Association, and the Cornell Feline Health Center. Dr. Fisher is a Free Elite Certified Veterinarian and is passionate about reducing stress and anxiety for her patients.

Dr. Fisher currently resides in the Rochester area with cats Huckleberry, Macaroni, and Garfield. She also shares her home with Gryffindor a cute little mixed breed dog. When she’s not busy with her duties at the hospital, she can be found outside gardening, enjoying nature, working on her saltwater fish tank, and spending time with her family.

Elizabeth Ferderbar, DVM

Dr. Ferderbar's Bio

Dr. Elizabeth Ferderbar — originally from WI — is an associate veterinarian and has worked with animals all over the country, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Texas, Oregon, and California.   

Dr. Ferderbar was part of the Dean’s Scholar Program at the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities where she graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a minor in Theatre Arts.  She attended veterinary school at Western University of Health Sciences in Southern California. She was active in several student organizations, earned a Service Award and a National VBMA Business Certificate, and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2014.  Following the completion of a rotating internship, Dr. Ferderbar joined the “family practice” side of Monroe Veterinary Associates hospitals.   In 2020, a desire to work with a larger population of exotic animal patients brought her to Suburban Animal Hospital.

Some of her professional interests include surgery, dentistry, and exotic animal medicine. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Ferderbar can be found providing community education at organizations for at-risk youth or volunteering at the yearly town rabies clinic.  She is currently a member of several professional organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Genesee Valley Veterinary Medical Association, and the California Veterinary Medical Association. 

When she’s not saving lives, Dr. Ferderbar can be found spending time with her husband, David, and her spoiled tabby, Brannigan (who enjoys clicker training) or working on the hydroponic garden she planted in her Doctor Who-themed library.  Her other interests include musical theater, aerial silks, and Krav Maga.

Briana Cappiello, DVM

Dr. Cappiello's Bio
Dr. Cappiello is originally from Rochester, NY, where she worked as an ACA at Suburban Animal Hospital for 3 years. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in biology at Alfred University in 2013 and obtained her Master’s degree in 2017, studying marine mammal behavior and cognition at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Cappiello attended veterinary school in Tennessee, earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University in 2021.

Dr. Cappiello is interested in small and exotic animals and has completed several externships specializing in sea turtle and marine mammal medicine. She continues to conduct research on behavior and cognition in dolphins and heartworm disease in owned and free-ranging dogs.

Dr. Cappiello shares her home with various pets, including two dogs, two cats, two sugar gliders, and a ball python. In her spare time, she enjoys being on the water, riding her two horses, and spending time with her nephews and niece.

Christopher McKinney, DVM

Dr. McKinney's Bio
Dr. Christopher R. McKinney, the 2020 New York State Wildlife Council Veterinarian of the Year, is an associate veterinarian at Suburban Animal Hospital. He previously cared for pets at East River Veterinary Hospital and Cats & Critters.

Dr. McKinney graduated cum laude from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 2004. He attended the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine from 2006 to 2010, where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After two years in practice, Dr. McKinney attended Tufts University, where he received his Master of Science in Conservation Medicine in 2013.

In addition to his experience as a veterinarian, he started working in the veterinary field in 2004 as a veterinary assistant. Dr. McKinney has volunteered at the Buffalo Zoo, Tufts University Wildlife Clinic and completed an internship at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as a wildlife intern in 2013. He seeks to enhance human-animal relationships and provide compassionate care for all patients. His professional interests include exotic animals, wildlife, and internal medicine. He is the back-up veterinarian at Seneca Park Zoo, as well as a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. McKinney shares his home with his wife, Elizabeth, two children, and five cats; Jawa, Morty, Lemmy, KitKat, and Laszlo. In his spare time, he likes to read, hike, and play computer games.

Jason Sifkarovski, DVM

Dr. Sifkarovsi's Bio
Dr. Jason Sifkarovski grew up in Irondequoit, NY. He began his career with MVA at the Animal Hospital of Pittsford as a kennel attendant for two years. Dr. Sifkarovski attended Cornell University, earning dual bachelor’s degrees in Animal Science and Natural Resources. He then obtained a master’s degree in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Rochester. Dr. Sifkarovski then attended veterinary school, earning his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University.

During veterinary school, he sought additional training in aquatic animal medicine.  Before graduation, he completed externships at the Buffalo and Toledo Zoos and the New England Aquarium. He has spent time volunteering at the Seneca Park Zoo, Swanson Wildlife Health Center, and with FARVets. Dr. Sifkarovski has special interests in diagnostic imaging and caring for exotic and aquatic species in addition to dogs and cats.

Dr. Sifkarovski shares his home with his cat, Molly, and saltwater fish. He enjoys going to concerts, watching sports, and traveling in his free time.

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