Executive Bios

Jeff Phelps

CEO and Owner

Jeff was born in Buffalo in 1964. After completing his schooling Jeff moved right into the tree care industry working in the Rochester, NY area. Jeff started his own tree company in 1986. In 1998 Jeff’s company merged with The Tree Doctor. At the time The Tree Doctor only managed insect and disease issues. Jeff brought with him the skills to develop a pruning and removal division at The Tree Doctor. Since joining The Tree Doctor Jeff has developed a tree pruning and removal division unrivalled in the Buffalo area. Under his guidance The Tree Doctor has developed a client list of 3000 residences and businesses that rely on The Tree Doctor for emergency tree work, routine tree maintenance and high quality tree pruning.

In recent years, Jeff has turned over control of the tree department to Chris Nicastro, and has focused on building our Vegetation Management division. This part of the company specializes in removing invasive or unwanted plants from protected wetlands, along right-of-ways, under power lines and so on.

Email Jeff Phelps | 716-759-1138

Jeremy P. Sayers

President of Pest Management and Owner

Jeremy was born in Kingston, Ontario Canada in 1971. He moved to the USA when he was 7 years old and has been a Western New York resident since then. After graduating from the University of Buffalo Jeremy moved to Knoxville, Tennessee where he earned his Masters degree from the University of Tennessee. Upon graduation Jeremy returned to The Tree Doctor. Starting at the bottom Jeremy worked his way from spray technician to foreman and eventually took over the presidency when his father, the founder of the company, retired in 2005.

Jeremy is the past president of the NY branch of the International Society of Arboriculture and served on the Board of Directors for a dozen years. This volunteer position involved extensive travel and time commitments as he works with the board to improve the quality of tree care in New York State. In addition to this Jeremy routinely volunteers his time speaking to various garden clubs and community groups about tree care. Jeremy is a Board Certified Master Arborist, holds the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification and is a Consulting Arborist.

Jeremy and his wife, Mariane, have 2 children, Sophia and Sebastian. Together they live in Clarence, NY.

Email Jeremy P. Sayers | 716-759-1138

Chris Nicastro

Head of Sales

Chris was born in Buffalo in 1979. Chris started at The Tree Doctor as a summer helper while he finished his urban forestry degree at Paul Smith’s college in the Adirondacks. He finished second in his class. From his early days it was clear that Chris was driven and motivated to advance The Tree Doctor’s ability to provide quality tree care. Chris worked as both a spray technician and a tree climber for 7 years, excelling at everything he did. Chris now manages the majority of sales and organizes the daily schedules of the tree pruning and removal crews. Chris is an Internationally certified arborist.

Chris and his wife, Brandy, live in Darien NY with their 3 children, Dominic, Avery and Annabella.

Email Chris Nicastro | 716-759-1138