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

Margaret Thomas Veterinary Nurse

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: Margaret

Megan O'Connor Veterinary Nurse

Megan grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and graduated high school in 2013. Following graduation, she relocated to Fort Lauderdale and in 2017 graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a B.S. in Environmental Science. Megan worked at a wildlife sanctuary and transitioned into environmental monitoring. Animals have always played a big part in her life and have brought some of the happiest memories she can recall. Megan has two dogs at home, a 5 year old Pitbull mix “Shiloh” and a 6 month old Husky named “Miska”. She resides in Estero, FL with her Fiancé and three step children.

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Danielle Lykos Veterinary Nurse

Danielle is the newest member of the Animalife family! She grew up in Naples, graduating from Barron Collier High School. She then went on to earn a diploma from the Veterinary Technical Institute. Danielle has several pets including Sarah, a miniature poodle, two cats, Jazzy and Ella, a Sun Conure named Candy and a horse, Frankie. Frankie is a draft-thoroughbred horse who Danielle rescued and was able to successfully train for competition. In addition to horseback riding, Danielle enjoys spending her free time traveling and singing.

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Customer Service Representatives

Ivrylyn August 2020

Ivrylyn Cline Customer Service Representative

Ivrylyn grew up around pets and always knew she was going to work at a veterinarian office. She currently has 3 dogs with her family: Dozer (boxer), Kirby (dachshund), and Jasper (golden retriever). Her favorite thing about working at Animalife is learning new things and meeting amazing people and pets.

When Ivrylyn is not at Animalife, she enjoys playing volleyball and spending time with family and friends. Her greatest achievement so far is earning a Magna Cum Laude award in Latin. Ivrylyn’s future plans are to continue going to college to earn a degree in psychology and/or starting EMT school to become a firefighter.

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.