Our Team

Meet our fabulous staff!

Crystal - Hospital Manager


Crystal graduated North Carolina State University in 2010 and moved to Florida in 2012. She started working at Best Friends Animal Hospital as a full time veterinary technician in August of 2012. In early 2017, she became our lead technician and later in the same year became the hospital manager. Crystal enjoys traveling to see her family in North Carolina and spending her extra time cuddling with her five fur-babies, Finley, Paislee, Penelope, Chance, and Sky.



Amy graduated from Keiser University in 2018 with her degree in Health Service Management. Amy has been a customer service representative for over 18 years. She is our full-time receptionist and has been with Best Friends Animal Hospital since 2016. She moved to Florida from Pennsylvania and enjoys traveling to visit her daughter and son. She also enjoys working with all animals but has a intense love for all Shih-Tzu puppies.



Kellie joined the Best Friends Animal Hospital family in 2017 as a kennel technician. She stepped up to help out as a veterinary assistant and was promoted to veterinary technician in the summer of 2018. She is attending Florida Gulf Coast University, studying Biology, and has plans to attend veterinary school after completing her undergraduate education. She has two pets, a cat named Smokey, and a black Labrador named Grace.



Penny moved to Florida in 2015, from Connecticut. Penny lives with her 2 dogs, Tia and Colby. She joined Best Friends Animal Hospital in 2015, as our groomer. She has been a groomer for about 30 years. In her free time, Penny enjoys traveling to Connecticut to visit her daughter and granddaughter.


Marissa joined the team at Best Friends Animal Hospital in July of 2018 as a full time Kennel Technician and has since been promoted to Veterinary Assistant. She has a big heart and a deep love for all animals. Not only does she have several animals of her own, but she also opens her home up to the Rescue Animals In Need dogs that are still searching for their FURever homes. In her free time, she enjoys all that Florida has to offer, especially the warm weather.


Originally from Vermont, Katie recently moved to Fort Myers after spending a year in Ireland. She graduated from Gordon College in 2017 with a BA in Spanish, but decided to explore a career in the veterinary field to pursue her love and passion for animals. She is particularly fond of Golden Retrievers, Huskies, and Shepherds.


Kari moved to Florida from Illinois in 2016. She joined the Best Friends Animal Hospital team in 2018 as the grooming assistant. She spends her free time visiting historic landmarks and with her three Chihuahuas, Gremlin, Cricket, and Lil’ Bit.



Buddy is our great fearless, feline leader. Buddy came to live with us in 2015 after his father passed away. He enjoys his Roasted Chicken Greenie treats at promptly 11:30 am and continues to remind his staff daily that he should receive them earlier. He is our 17 year young hospital cat that enjoys keeping his staff on their toes, visiting with his condo cat friends in the lobby, and his laid back lifestyle.