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! Read their bios below, and when you're ready to meet them in person call us at (239) 513-1777.
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.
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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.
Hope has been a great addition to the Animalife reception team. Hope has always been around animals since she was little. This led to her wanting a career in a veterinary field. She first started working in a pet store to stay in the animal industry while continuing her college career. She knew that as soon as she walked into Animalife this was the veterinarian office she wanted to work at!
Hope enjoys reading, traveling, and binge watching TV shows & movies with her boyfriend. Her greatest life achievement was winning a NCWIT Aspire aware during her senior year of high school. Hope has 2 dogs: Joe (German Shepard) and Lady (Dachshund).
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.
Trinity is a newer member of our team. She came to Animalife as an intern, while she was attending the Lorenzo Walker College, to become a certified veterinary assistant. Trinity graduated at the top of her class in May 2021. She did so well as an one of our interns, that we invited her to become a permanent team member.
Trinity loves learning and thriving in her position as a veterinary nurse. Her favorite thing about her job is seeing so many different size and breeds of dogs. Trinity has two dogs of her own; a Great Dane named Jane and a German Short-haired Pointer named Captain.
When Trinity is not following her dream to become a veterinary technician, she enjoys shopping, going to the beach and spending time with her favorite person; her mom.
Animalife gladly welcomed Kennedy to our team in the fall of 2021. Kennedy brings a ton of knowledge to our team. She recently graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Science with a minor in Forestry. During school and prior to graduation, Kennedy spent several years working with wildlife and studying animal behavior. She worked and volunteered in several wildlife rehabilitation centers.
After graduating with her degree, Kennedy moved to Southwest Florida for the opportunity to work with primates in Immokalee, Florida. Her love for animals, their husbandry, and their behavior, peeked her interests and led her to pursue a more definitive role in their health and wellbeing. Her dream is to work in exotic veterinary medicine.
Kennedy hopes to continue her education and training in the animal field and obtain her Master's degree.
When not working or observing animals, She enjoys painting, reading, fishing, and vegging in her hammock or on the beach.
Kennedy has a cat named, Theo and a ball python named Monty.
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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!
Matthew joined our kennel team in mid 2020. He enjoys walking and caring for all creatures big and small. Matthew is a high school student and will be entering his junior year in the fall. He plans on becoming a police officer or joining the military.
Matthew has grown up around animals his entire life. His mother has worked in the veterinary field for many years and his nana and great-grandma have being breeding dogs as long as he can remember. It is only natural that he too would have a love for animals. He spent many of his summer days at work with his mom, where he would help clean cages, walk the dogs and be a friendly companion to them while in the care of the veterinary office. When he wasn't at work with his mom he was caring for his many pets at home.
Currently, he joins spending his free time with his family, drawing, playing basketball and doing pretty much anything outdoors.
Matthew's favorite breed of dog is the German Shephard.
Jimena is one of our kennel assistants. She is seeking to further her experience in the veterinary field because she loves helping animals and enjoys spending time with them.
Jimena recently finished her veterinary assistant course at Lorenzo Walker Technical College. Her dream is to one day work as a veterinary technician and work more closely with the doctors and medical team.
When not working, Jimena enjoys spending time with her cat, Pepito, cooking, and napping.