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!

Nursing Staff

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.

Our Veterinary Support Staff in Naples: Amanda L.

Amanda Licciardi

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.

Our Veterinary Support Staff in Naples: Charity Roberts

Charity Roberts

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.

Our Veterinary Support Staff in Naples: Darci Kline

Darci Kline

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.

Our Veterinary Support Staff in Naples: Fatima Casas

Fatima Casas

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.

Our Veterinary Support Staff in Naples: Michelle

Michelle Vallejo

Vanessa is the newest member to the Animalife nursing team. She is currently enrolled at Penn Foster College to obtain her associate degree in veterinary technology. Vanessa believes that animals have always been therapeutic to her, so they deserve the same love and help.

Vanessa can be found salt water fishing with her husband and two beautiful children, Mia and Timothy, when she’s not at Animalife! Their family has 1 dog: Brolic (pitbull).


Vanessa Espelucin

Animal Care

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).


Barbara Dann

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.

Our Veterinary Support Staff in Naples

Jayda Giles

Josie has always known that she wanted to work with animals. She started working with animals at Collier County Domestic Animal Services before she joined the Animalife team. She currently works in our animal care department and loves spending time with our furry friends!

During her free time, Josie enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her friends. She and her chihuahua, Charlie, love to watch the TV show “Friends”.

Our Veterinary Support Staff in Naples

Josie Plaster