Meet Our Support Staff

Our supporting veterinary staff are the backbone of our practice here in Naples. The work they do to help our veterinarians and give our clients and patients outstanding treatment can never be overestimated. When the going gets tough, they get tougher, and make running a full-service animal hospital look effortless. Get to know them!

Administrative Staff

Veterinary Staff in Mission Hills: Maria

Maria Bartolome Customer Service Manager

Maria joined our reception team in late 2015. She previously worked at PetSmart where she gained quite a bit of animal knowledge. She wanted to expand on that knowledge, so she decided to apply to work in the veterinary field. We knew that Maria’s bubbly personality and contagious smile would be an excellent addition for our team. When she’s not working, she loves doing arts and crafts and spending time with her family and her senior Jack Russell, Miller.

Nursing Staff

Elizabeth Graham Lead Veterinary Nurse

Elizabeth joined our team in late 2016. She is a native of New Jersey, but decided that she would trade the cold snow for the warm beaches. She formerly attended the University of New England, where she studied Animal Behavior and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. While attending college, Elizabeth worked at a marine animal rehabilitation center and interned at a veterinary specialist hospital. After graduating from college, she moved from New England to Kentucky, where she worked as an adoption coordinator for a local shelter. Elizabeth quickly found that Kentucky was not the place for her to stay long-term. In August 2016, she accepted a wildlife intern position with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. It was there that she found her true passion for wildlife and veterinary medicine. In her free time, Elizabeth likes to visit the beach, relax outdoors, and scuba dive. She also enjoys spending time with her American Eskimo, Sterling.

Veterinary Staff in Mission Hills: Elizabeth

Britt Baker Veterinary Nurse

Brittany is one of our veterinary technicians. She joined our team in 2014 and began by working at the reception desk. She truly enjoyed working with the clients but wanted to get more medical experience. When a technician position became available, she applied for the position. Britt enjoys working directly with the animals and has a unique gift for calming some of our patients, especially the cats. The staff refers to her as the “cat whisperer.” Britt loves to be outdoors, riding four-wheelers and mudding. She has 3 cats of her own: Solstice, Eclipse, and Socks.

Veterinary Staff in Mission Hills: Britt

Nicole Roberts Veterinary Nurse

Nicole found her passion for animals at a young age. She has spent the last several years working in the veterinary industry along with obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree with special studies in veterinary technology and becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT). After receiving her degree, Nicole and her best friend decided to “leave the nest” and move from New York to Florida. In her free time, she loves hanging out with her friends at the beach. She has 4 family pets, including 2 cats and 2 birds.

Veterinary Staff in Mission Hills: Nicole

Jennifer DeMello Veterinary Nurse

Jennifer is a proud New Englander who came to us in 2017. She has a very handsome “pit bull” named Carmelo and is a huge advocate for breeds like him. Jenny loves spending her time outside the clinic indulging in yoga, some quiet time in the sun, and enjoying a good science fiction novel. Her compassion for animals is what drives her here at AVC and she strives to make every patient’s care her absolute top priority.

Veterinary Staff in Mission Hills: Jennifer

Customer Service Representatives

Veterinary Staff in Mission Hills: Tammi

Tammi Copper Customer Service Representative

Tammi joined our front desk team in December of 2017. Veterinary medicine is a second career for Tammi. After graduating from high school, she earned her license in cosmetology and spent several years working in salons. Tammi decided to make a change and pursue a career in the veterinary field. Her goal is to become a Veterinary Technician. Tammi finds the most rewarding part of her position to be the constant opportunities to learn. Tammi’s strength lies in being a comfort to anxious and grieving pet parents. In her spare time, Tammi loves watching football, specifically, the Green Bay Packers! She also enjoys traveling to cooler weather in the north to visit friends and family. Tammi lives with her fiancé, Dennis and their beloved Miniature Pincher, Kyra.

Veterinary Staff in Mission Hills: Margaret

Margaret Thomas Customer Service Representative

Hailing from Tennessee, Margaret came to the Naples area several years ago and began the path towards her veterinary career as a riding lesson assistant at and equestrian center and then as a veterinary receptionist and assistant. She feels that the most rewarding part of veterinary medicine is working alongside people who share her passion for animals. For most of her life, Margaret has been an avid equestrian, participating in many events in Kentucky, even placing first in pony under saddle. Margaret lives with her boyfriend, Justin and their Pomsky, Desert Princess. In her spare time, Margaret enjoys teaching her dog tricks and reading on the subjects of biology, anthropology, and paleontology.

Veterinary Staff in Mission Hills: Kahlan

Kahlan Cunha Customer Service Representative

Kahlan is a Naples native who joined our front desk team in December of 2018. Kahlan has been working in the veterinary field for over a year and has enjoyed every moment. Kahlan’s strength at the front desk is her ability to elicit smiles and laughter from pet parents. Kahlan is currently studying at Florida Southwestern College, which is her first step towards her dream of becoming a veterinary surgeon. When she is not busy with work or school, she enjoys spending quality time with her son, Nathan, and two cats Denna and Cara.



The Animalife Veterinary Center at Mission Hills

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