Our Support Staff
Our outstanding veterinary support staff makes it possible for us to consistently provide exceptional care to the Naples community. Their dedication and enthusiasm are an inspiration and we're extremely thankful to have them on our team!
Amanda joined our nursing staff in early 2015 after completing the Veterinary Technology Program at Heritage Institute. She also completed an internship with a local specialty hospital in Ft. Myers. After volunteering at the Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary, Amanda developed a strong interest in wildlife and their rehabilitation. She is a native to Southwest Florida and in her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Max, scuba diving, playing cards, doing nature photography, and deep sea fishing with her family. Amanda has a toy Aussie named Baxter.
Originally from Miami, Florida, Charity and her husband Bill (her favorite human) moved to Naples in mid-2015 and she joined our team in October that same year. Charity previously worked as a veterinary technician on the other coast, where she learned many excellent skills. She and her husband have 4 dogs named Mojo, Tank, Zeus, and Rhea; and a Leopard Gecko named Embryo. When she's not working, Charity enjoys walking her dogs, playing video games, solving jigsaw puzzles, motorcycling, kayaking, and taking trips to Disneyworld.
Since she could remember, Darci always knew that she wanted to work with animals. In high school, she obtained her CVA and started out working in kennels, and was eventually cross-trained to become a technician/receptionist. For Darci, being able to save lives is one of the most rewarding aspects of working at AVC. She and her husband Sam have 10 animals: 5 Catahoula/Cur dogs named Skeeter, Bailey, Bane, Bruiser, and Ethel; 2 cats named Tiny and Miss Kitty; and 3 horses, Hurricane, Rooster, and Baby Girl.
Darci is currently still attending college and loves spending time with her family when she's not at work.
Fatima originally wanted to be a cardiothoracic surgeon, but realized that she really wanted to work with animals instead, and thus decided to switch over to the veterinary field. She was hired as a receptionist and was cross-trained to work more closely with the animals. Fatima is originally from Ica, Peru but has lived in Naples for most of her life. She is currently enrolled and studying Biology at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Fatima’s favorite part about working at Animalife is having the opportunity to save lives. Her position with us also brought Gunner, a mixed breed dog, into her life. Along with Gunner, Fatima has a Black Mouth Cur named Cocoa. Her hobbies include spending time at the beach and hanging out with her best friends.
Michelle is currently enrolled at Florida Gulf Coast University where she is majoring in Biology. She hopes to finish her Bachelor’s degree and continue her education in veterinary medicine. She chose this field because ever since she was a little girl, she wanted to become a veterinarian. Michelle has always loved animals and her dream is to make a career out of what she loves doing. Her favorite part of working at AVC is establishing relationships with her co-workers and clients, and being able to learn from knowledgeable veterinarians.
Michelle and her husband, Jesus, have a daughter names Aurora. Their family includes 3 dogs: Lily (Biewer), Duke (Dalmation), and Kirsa (pitull); and 3 quarter horses, Orenda, Apollo, and Troy. Her hobbies include spending time outdoors with her family, going to the beach, horseback riding, and fishing.
Since she was little, Natalie always knew working with animals was her calling. Growing up on a farm made her want to pursue that passion. Natalie enjoys working with the fluffy cats and dogs, but also enjoys working with large animals, such as horses! Natalie is currently enrolled at Florida Southwestern State college where she had earned her AA and plans to continue her education to become a veterinarian.
Natalie loves traveling and enjoys the outdoors. She has 3 golden retrievers: Sophie, Butch, and Kimber, and 2 cats: Holly and Lucy.
Barb can always be found in the back playing with the pups and kittens! In the past, Barb has owned her own business, but now enjoys spending time with animals! Although she enjoys working with people, working with animals gives her a new sense of happiness.
Barb and her husband have one daughter, Sarah, and one grandson, Michael. When Barb is not working, you can find her quilting, listening to music, or cooking. Her family has 3 dogs: Brody (Boxer), Cooper (ChiWeenie), and Max (Chihuahua).
Jayda has always known she wanted to work in the veterinary field since she was young. Her love for animals started with horse back riding. She enjoys seeing people connect with their pets and watching their relationship grow!
Jayda is an active athlete that enjoys playing lacrosse and running. This has led to her love of being outdoors as much as she can! Her greatest lifetime achievement is obtaining a scholarship that allows her to attend college! She shares her home with her German Shepard mix named Roxy.
Bethany joined the Animalife Team in 2018. Bethany attended Lorenzo Walker Institute’s veterinary program to become a Certified Veterinary Assistant. Bethany adores all creatures and has a passion for aiding the sick and injured. She holds a special place in her heart for Opposums! Bethany is a member of the Florida Wildlife Rehabilitators Association and volunteers at the Von Arx Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Conservancy of SW Florida. Bethany has quite the menagerie at home: including an Australian Possum named Anna Banana; 3 rats named Betty White, Roo and Beau; a mouse named Oscar and a Siamese kitty named Riley! In her spare time, Bethany enjoys movies, hiking in the state parks, and seeking out great Sushi and Mexican food!