Our Team

Meet our fabulous staff!

Crystal - Hospital Manager

Crystal-graham

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.

Briana

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Briana started as the kennel technician at Best Friends Animal Hospital in 2010. She was enrolled in the veterinary assisting program at South Fort Myers High School. Briana quickly moved up the vine to be known as one of our senior technicians. She helps care for her family’s five fur-babies, two cats, Kiki and Lelly, and three dogs, Jessie, Beni, and Chooey. She enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, and playing her banjo in her free time. She truly loves large animals, cows in particular. She is attending Florida South Western State University obtaining her degree in business management.

Chelsea

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Chelsea is a full-time technician and joined our family in 2015. She moved to Florida in 2015, from Michigan. She graduated from Sanford-Brown College for Veterinary Technology. Chelsea loves spending time with her husband, son, and three loving fur-babies; Chubbs, Dixie, and Bailey.

Cortnee

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Cortnee moved to Florida, from Colorado, in 2004 with her family. She started interning at Best Friends in 2010 with her sister Briana. In 2011, she was hired as one of the kennel technicians. Cortnee is now a full time senior veterinary technician that enjoys surgery and dentistry. She and her sister, Briana, look a lot alike and can be confused as twins. She also helps care for her family’s five fur-babies, Beni, Chooey, Jessie, Kiki, and Lelly. She is attending Florida South Western State University to obtain a degree in business management with dreams of owning her own veterinary clinic one day.

Kristin

Kristin joined the Best Friends family originally in 2014 and sadly moved away. Once she got the word she was moving back to the Fort Myers area, we were so excited to welcome her back. She is now one of our experienced veterinary technicians that loves working in surgery. When not at work and caring for her family, she enjoys crafting at home with her Cricut.

Amy

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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

Kellie

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

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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.

Buddy

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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.

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