Dr. Michelle McKenzie, Owner
Dr. Michelle grew up in Gretna, Louisiana and studied business and pre-veterinary medicine at the University of New Orleans before attending Louisiana State Univerisry School of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated in 2007.
After graduating vet school, Dr. Michelle worked at a veterinary hospital in Alexandria, Louisiana. In attempt to get closer to home, she worked part time in Watson, Louisiana and spent some time practicing emergency medicine in Laplace before taking over the position of medical director of a local no-kill animal shelter in St. Tammany Parish.
Since 2010, she has lived on the northshore with her three kids, Emilia, Liam and Evelyn. They share their house with their three rescue dogs, Scout (Great Dane), Legacy (Poodle-Pomeranian mix), and Louis (Golden Retriever). Their two cats, George (16yo) and Little Bit (19yo) enjoy the calmness of living out their senior years as clinic cats.
In October 2015, Dr. Michelle purchased Gause Boulevard Veterinary Hospital, when its original owner, Dr Milazo retired. She has thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all of the clients who have entrusted the care of their pets to our hospital for years as well as all the new clients who have joined our veterinary family since 2015.
Since taking over, she has focused on improving the quality of care of our patients, making sure both our patients and our clients feel at home. Dr. Michelle enjoys taking the time to help pets feel more comfortable by reducing hospital-associated anxiety using pheromones, food rewards, music therapy and positive reinforcement. She is always encouraging our clients to bring their pets by “just to get a treat” so they can form pleasant memories of our hospital.
Dr. Michelle feels it’s important that our clients understand what is happening with their pets. She enjoys teaching and educating both our clients and our staff.
In her spare time, she relaxes by fishing, crafting, and making memories with her kids. Dr. Michelle is a Girl Scout troop leader and enjoys taking her troop camping a few times each year. She even helps plan camping trips for all the troops in her area.
Dr. Wayne Blust, Associate
Dr. Blust (“Dr. B”) has been with Gause Boulevard Veterinary Hospital since July of 1990. He is a 1984 graduate of LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and worked in New Orleans prior to joining our team.
Dr. Maria Delaup, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Maria Delaup joined our GBVH Family in September 2020. Dr. Delaup received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine (Geaux Tigers!) in 2006. In 2012, she received her Acupuncture Accreditation from the Chi Institute and offers these services to our patients. Dr. Delaup has a strong interest in wellness care, preventative medicine, animal behavior / training, and conditioning / rehabilitation. Originally from Norrköping, Sweden, Dr. Delaup has been living in the United States for over 20 years. She has lived and worked all over the south including in New Orleans,LA, Thibodeaux,LA, Aiken,SC, and Dalton,GA. Dr. Delaup currently lives in Abita Springs with her husband, 4 dogs (one border collie named BookIt, and three rescue dogs – Little, Rudy, and Muttilda), Lily the mini horse, and some sheep and ducks. In her free time, Dr. Delaup enjoys hiking, dog sports (agility, herding, etc), trail running, and driving her pony.
Dr. Stephenie Abbott, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Stephenie Abbott has been helping us out by providing care for your pets at Gause Boulevard since 2016. Dr. Abbott typically works a few days each month and more when our other vets are out of the office. Dr. Abbott is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine (Geaux Tigers!) with Dr. Michelle in 2007, where they were lab partners throughout their schooling. Dr. Abbott currently lives in Covington, Louisiana with her husband, Dr. Jorge Vila, their two daughters, four dogs and three cats. Dr. Abbott has worked previously in Pineville, LA, Baton Rouge, LA and Covington, LA.