Our Careteam

Nico

Hospital Director

Nico grew up in the Dominican Republic, where she had a variety of pets including dogs, cats, and birds—she’s adored animals for as long as she can remember. Her other passion is helping people. As the Hospital Director here at the clinic, Nico is able to make a lasting impact on the community while serving the pets she loves so much!

Nico was referred to Homestead Animal Hospital by an old friend, and first started as a Boarding Specialist in 2001. She’s since worked in almost all areas of the clinic—Nico managed the boarding facility, worked as a Veterinary Technician, and has served in the front office. In 2005, she was promoted to Hospital Director and has been serving the area’s pet lovers in that capacity ever since.

Nico keeps a multitude of pets at home—she likes to joke that her house is more like a zoo! She has an umbrella cockatoo, Cookie; a red-foot tortoise named Little Dude; a pair of cats named Onyx and Marvin; four dogs who go by Buddy, Rocket, Alfie, and Penelope; and a flock of about nine chickens.

Nico’s interests outside of animal care include cooking (a talent passed down from her mother), marketing and business strategy, and art. She loves painting and photography, and is even a licensed tattoo artist. She particularly enjoys using her work to benefit the area’s pet owners—Nico has put her artistic abilities to use in various projects around the hospital over the years!

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Yisel

Office Manager

Yisel has always been interested in medicine and is a true people person—she went to school to become a massage therapist and help others through the power of touch. Eventually, though, she realized that something was missing. When the time came to seek another opportunity, Yisel thought about another passion of hers: animals. A career in the veterinary world was the perfect fit!

Yisel is from San Bernardino, California, and first joined the Homestead Animal Hospital family in the spring of 2008 after being referred by a fellow staff member. She started as a Client Service Representative before becoming Receptionist Manager, then moved into her current position of Office Manager for the clinic.

Outside of work, Yisel enjoys fishing, spending time with family, and doting on her own pet at home, Chloe.

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Cari

Client Service Manager

After stints in the retail and food-service industries, Cari knew that it was time for a change. At first, she signed up to work in an animal hospital simply because she needed the job—it didn’t take long, though, for Cari to realize that pet care was where her heart was all along! She’s proud to serve as Homestead Animal Hospital’s Client Service Manager.

A Miami native, Cari joined the hospital family in June of 2013 after responding to an online advertisement. As the manager of the Client Services team, she gets to interact with loving pet owners just like herself on a daily basis and help the area’s families in whatever way she can.

Cari lives with her husband, Joseph, as well as their two wonderful children, Alice and Jack. The family shares their home with three felines: Coal, a crazy black cat; Geoffery, who acts more like a dog; and Larry, one of the calmest cats Cari has ever had the pleasure of knowing.

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Arianna

Client Service Representative

Growing up here in Homestead, Arianna always wondered what went on behind the scenes at her local veterinary offices. When a friend of hers asked if she would be interested in interviewing at the animal hospital she worked for—Homestead Animal Hospital—Arianna jumped at the chance! She’s one of the clinic’s Client Service Representatives.

Here at the hospital, Arianna loves educating clients on the importance of quality pet care, inputting patient records, and helping with the clinic’s boarding pets. Most of all, she loves knowing that she’s able to make a real difference in the lives of the area’s families every single day.

In her time away from work, Arianna can be found studying subjects like botany, law, and psychology; expressing herself through painting and drawing; watching Netflix; and spending time with her own pets at home. She has five dogs—Snow, Bleu, Duke, Buddy, and Dobey—as well as a trio of cats: Jambalaya is the shy one of the bunch; Namie Yeager gets her name from the Japanese anime series Attack on Titan; and Chestnut considers herself the true queen of the house.

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Vanessa

Client Service Representative

Vanessa and her family weren’t able to have pets while growing up thanks to property restrictions, but they all adored animals nonetheless. When Vanessa started seeking a new opportunity to learn and grow in a dynamic work environment, the choice was obvious: why not work in a veterinary hospital? She’s happy to begin her animal-care journey alongside the Homestead Animal Hospital team!

Vanessa is a Homestead native and joined the clinic family shortly after graduating from high school. She serves as one of the hospital’s Client Service Representatives, and especially enjoys learning new things on a daily basis, supporting the area’s animal parents in whatever capacity they need, and getting to witness firsthand the incredible bonds shared between the area’s pets and their owners.

Vanessa’s interests outside of veterinary medicine include music, sports, and art. She even received a perfect grade on her high-school art portfolio!

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Shannon

Client Service Representative

Shannon has enjoyed the company of animals ever since she can remember. For her, working in the veterinary field is the ultimate reward—it’s the best possible way to help nurture the amazing bonds that pet owners have with their animal companions! Shannon serves pets as a Client Service Representative here at Homestead Animal Hospital.

Originally from Kendall, Florida, Shannon began her veterinary journey at a clinic in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she learned the ropes of the profession. She joined the team here at Homestead Animal Hospital in November of 2016, and couldn’t be happier to help the pet owners and four-legged companions of this area as a member of the clinic team. Her favorite part of every shift is getting to hear fun stories about the pets of Homestead.

Shannon lives with her two young children, Aaliyah and Mason, who are already turning into huge animal-lovers just like their mother. The family plans on adding a pet of their own to the ranks very soon!

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Amy

Head Veterinary Technician / CVT

Amy’s very own uncle used to work here at Homestead Animal Hospital, and he would often bring Amy to the clinic on weekends when she was younger. It didn’t take long for her to fall in love with the veterinary field, and she always knew she’d love to follow in her uncle’s footsteps. As fate would have it, she’s now the Head Veterinary Technician here at the hospital!

Amy first began serving as a boarding specialist at another nearby facility, eventually working her way up to a grooming and Technician’s Assistant position. She attended Miami Dade College to study in the veterinary technology program there, and first applied here at the hospital shortly before graduation. After completing an internship at three other local clinics, Amy joined the Homestead Animal Hospital team full-time—she’s been serving the area’s pets and animal parents here ever since.

Around the hospital, Amy is particularly fond of diagnostic work and likes to stay on her toes by working on challenging medical cases. Her favorite part of the job, though, is helping a client through their pet’s journey of treatment. Nothing beats getting to see a happy, healthy patient reunited with their owner!

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Zach

Head Veterinary Technician

Zach has truly grown up around veterinary medicine—his mother has worked in the animal-care field for nearly 15 years, and Zach always considered it a natural fit for himself. His passion didn’t waver! He’s spent his entire veterinary career right here at Homestead Animal Hospital.

A South Florida native, Zach joined the Homestead Animal Hospital team in 2011 as a Kennel Assistant. Through on-the-job training and plenty of hands-on experience, he’s become one of the clinic’s Head Veterinary Technicians. Zach’s favorite part of his work is client education—if he sees a client leave the premises with more knowledge than they had when they walked in, he knows he’s done his job!

Outside of veterinary medicine, Zach is a music lover and regularly attends concerts and music festivals. He also enjoys strategy games, and has been participating in chess tournaments since he was a child. At home, he and his family live with a trio of cats as well as a loveable dog named Jordan.

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Sheri

Veterinary Technician

Sheri has loved helping both people and animals for as long as she can remember. When her childhood kitten fell ill, she felt powerless—that very day, she decided that she would help pets and their owners professionally! Sheri has been a member of the Homestead Animal Hospital family since 2003.

Sheri is from Miami, Florida, and became a Veterinary Technician in her 20s after applying for a job posting that she happened upon. The rest is history! She joined the Homestead Animal Hospital clinic in the fall of 2003 on a referral from a friend, and has been here ever since.

Sheri has five children, two of whom work with her here at Homestead Animal Hospital. She also has two canine kids: Jordan lives with her, and Kilo lives with Sheri’s mother. When she isn’t spending time with family or tending to pets’ needs here at the hospital, Sheri can be found listening to music or studying hard to earn her degree in forensic psychology.

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Andrea

Veterinary Technician

Andrea was born on a cattle ranch in Whitefish, Montana, where she was exposed to everything from dogs and cats to cows, chickens, and goats from an early age. During her time growing up in San Diego, California and Indianapolis, Indiana, her passion for pets didn’t waver in the least. She’s always known that a career in veterinary medicine was her true calling!

Andrea first started working as a Technician at a clinic in Indianapolis nearly 11 years ago. In 2010, she and her husband—a Veterinary Technician himself—moved to Homestead, and Andrea joined the clinic family shortly afterward. She has a special passion for dentistry work, and never tires of the challenge involved in a thorough cleaning. Andrea also likes training fellow staff members and educating the area’s pet owners on proper animal care techniques.

In her time away from work, Andrea enjoys reading, knitting, spending time in nature, eating vegetarian cuisine, and spending time with her family and pets. She and her husband, Alex, live with their young son, Alexander, as well as several animal companions. They have a multitude of lovable cats, two guinea pigs, and a pair of Budgie parakeets.

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Natasha

Surgical Technician

Natasha has adored animals from the time she was a little girl—for her, there was never another choice aside from veterinary medicine. She’s been a member of the Homestead Animal Hospital family since she was only 15 years old, and has spent her entire animal-care career right here at the clinic!

Natasha joined the hospital team in 1998 as a Kennel Assistant before moving into a position in reception. Next, she became a Veterinary Technician, serving in that capacity for nine years, before taking some time off to start her family.

Natasha returned to the hospital in 2015 as a Surgical Technician, and is especially proud to use her skillset to improve patients’ recoveries and reduce pain. Her favorite part of the job is getting to work alongside her compassionate coworkers every day; the Homestead Animal Hospital team is just like a second family!

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Sam

Technician Assistant

Sam grew up around pets and was always fascinated with the fields of science and engineering. For as long as he can remember, he’s wanted to know what makes animals tick. As a Technician Assistant with the Homestead Animal Hospital team, Sam gets to satisfy his passions for science and problem-solving while making a true difference in the lives of the area’s pet owners!

Sam first joined the Homestead Animal Hospital team on a volunteer basis in the boarding facility, completing a requirement for his high school’s veterinary assisting program. His dedication and hard work didn’t take long to pay off—he was soon hired on as a boarding specialist. Now, Sam works as a full-time Technician Assistant and is continuing to gain experience and knowledge to this day. He particularly likes the fast-paced nature of the job, and loves to help pet owners feel comfortable about the care of their four-legged companions.

Outside of his interests in the world of pet care, Sam enjoys reading, writing, and problem-solving.

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Cyn

Boarding Manager

Cyn was surrounded by many family pets while growing up, and she never forgot the unbridled loyalty and love they offered her. She’s wanted a chance to give something back for as long as she can remember—working in the world of veterinary medicine allows her to do just that! Cyn is proud to serve as a voice for animals as a member of the Homestead Animal Hospital family.

Cyn grew up here in Homestead, where her first job involved dog care. Once she had moved on to other positions, she quickly realized that she wouldn’t be happy unless she was working with animals again! Cyn joined the Homestead Animal Hospital team in March of 2014, and now serves as the clinic’s Boarding Manager.

In her spare time, Cyn enjoys practicing her art skills—she’s especially fond of painting, drawing, and scrapbooking—and spending time with her family at home. Cyn has one pet: Liberty, who was rescued as a puppy and is now extremely protective of the entire family.

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Sammy

Boarding Specialist

For Sammy, veterinary medicine is truly a family affair—both her mother and brother work here at Homestead Animal Hospital! She’s grown up around the animal-care field and always knew that she’d love to help pets as a veterinary professional herself. Sammy is proud and humbled to serve as an advocate for animals as a member of the hospital team.

Sammy is a Boarding Specialist here at Homestead Animal Hospital and uses her compassionate touch to ensure that all visiting pets remain healthy and happy. She’s especially fond of taking the area’s animal companions for play sessions, and she also loves to bathe pets whenever the need arises.

When she isn’t looking after pets here at the hospital, Sammy enjoys reading, playing video games, and spending time with her adorable kitten, Panda.

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Alexi

Boarding Specialist

Alexi is a dog owner himself and has been enjoying the company of pets ever since his early years growing up in Miami. For him, working in the veterinary field is a great way to get a firsthand insight into the profession while making a lasting impact on the lives of the area’s families! He serves as one of Homestead Animal Hospital’s Boarding Specialists.

Alexi is proud to begin his animal-care journey right here at the hospital. He’s been a member of the clinic team since November of 2014, and his favorite part of the job is getting to explore an array of animal personalities on a daily basis. He’s also fond of helping out the Veterinary Technicians in the exam rooms.

Aside from his interests in the world of animal care, Alexi loves to travel, try new foods, go on long drives, follow the weather, and spend time with his friends, family, and pets. At home, he lives with two Labrador retrievers, Molly and Princess, who manage to enjoy the backyard pool far more than the human members of the family do.

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Irwin

Boarding Specialist

Irwin grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where his passion for pet care began when he adopted his first dog. Ever since, he knew that he wouldn’t be satisfied unless he was helping all of the animals that he possibly could! Now, Irwin is a Boarding Specialist with Homestead Animal Hospital and gets to put his skillset and compassion to good use every single day.

Irwin started on his animal-care path when he signed up as a Kennel Technician for the Humane Society in his hometown of Santa Fe. It wasn’t long before he became a Behavior Specialist, working directly with the dogs who visited the facility in order to correct or adjust their behavior patterns. Shortly after moving to Homestead, Irwin applied here at the clinic and was officially a member of the team a few short weeks later.

Most of Irwin’s time outside of work is spent with his own canine companions at home. He has two dogs: Kreiger and Kai, both of whom know a wide variety of commands and tricks thanks to Irwin’s behavioral expertise. The dogs have even been trained to navigate through obstacle courses!

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Jodi

Boarding Specialist

Jodi recalls tending to her neighborhood’s stray animals alongside her sister while growing up, feeding and caring for the critters while keeping the whole operation hidden from her parents. For her, animal care came quite naturally! Working with pets professionally is a dream come true for Jodi.

Jodi is a Florida native and first joined the Homestead Animal Hospital team in February of 2010. She serves the clinic’s visiting pets as a Boarding Specialist, and loves to help the area’s animal companions feel as comfortable as possible while gaining insights into their fun-loving personalities.

At home, Jodi has three dogs of her own, two of whom were rescued from Homestead Animal Hospital. When she isn’t enjoying their company, she likes singing, listening to music, and reading in her free time.

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Luna

Boarding Specialist

Luna grew up right here in Homestead, where pets were a natural part of life from day one. She’s never taken for granted the unconditional love that our animal friends offer—what better way to return the favor, Luna thought, than by working hands-on with pets as a veterinary professional?

Luna became a member of the Homestead Animal Hospital family in August of 2012, when she signed on as a Boarding Specialist. Her favorite parts of the job are getting to meet new animal companions every day, see sick patients through the treatment and recovery process, and interact with the area’s loving pet parents on a regular basis.

Luna is a proud mother to her young son, Emanuel, and her daughter, Aniyah. When time permits between her busy work schedule and family life, Luna enjoys writing poetry and practicing her photography skills.

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John

Boarding Specialist

John knows just how important pets are to the animal parents of the Homestead area—he recognizes that they’re more than just our companions. They’re truly members of the family! Every day, John strives to nurture those bonds as a member of Homestead Animal Hospital’s boarding team.

John grew up with his mother and father in Miami, Florida and joined the clinic team in August of 2015 as a Boarding Specialist. He continues to learn something new every day, and is proud to help the hospital’s visiting pets feel as comfortable as possible with his gentle touch.

In his time away from work, John enjoys exercising, playing a variety of sports, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

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Yeimmy

Maintenance

Yeimmy grew up around dogs, and even helped to birth puppies when she was younger. She’s always suspected that a career working with animals would suit her well! Now, Yeimmy feels proud and fortunate to help pets and their owners daily as a member of Homestead Animal Hospital’s team.

Yeimmy first joined the hospital family in March of 2016, and is thrilled to jumpstart her animal-care career here. She feels obligated to help provide a voice for pets, and she’s encouraged every day by working alongside skilled professionals and animal-lovers just like herself. In the future, she hopes to gain even more hands-on experience with pets in order to make the biggest positive impact that she possibly can.

In her time away from the clinic, Yeimmy enjoys relaxing at home and spending time with her family.

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