Our Veterinarians

vet in indian harbour beachManuel J. Pepen DVM, DABVP – Veterinarian

Dr. Manuel Pepen is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, and is board certified and canine and feline practice. He earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Universidad Santo Domingo and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, The American Association of Feline Practitioners, and the Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society. Internal medicine is of special interest to Dr. Pepen.

Dr. Pepen and his wife Linda have two sons, Daniel and David. They share their household with three dogs, a cat, a Macaw and several saltwater fish. He enjoys surfing and playing classical guitar in his spare time.

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indian harbour beach veterinarianJeffrey Steven Christiansen, DVM, DACVS - Veterinarian

Dr. Jeffery Steven Christiansen is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (DACVS) and a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM). He joined Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital in September of 2014 as our dedicated surgeon.

"As a surgeon, it is most satisfying to be able to make an immediate, dramatic improvement in a pet's quality of life," he says.

Dr. Christiansen hails from Central Pennsylvania, and was inspired to pursue a career in veterinary medicine since a young age. Dr. Christiansen grew up with horses, dogs, and cats, and found himself intrigued by the care veterinarians provided for his pets. While in high school, he worked as a kennel assistant and then as a technician.

Dr. Christiansen attended Pennsylvania State University for his undergraduate degree in Animal Bioscience. He went on to attend the University of Tennessee's College of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated in 1996 as a member of the Phi Zeta Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and the Brevard County Veterinary Medical Association. His veterinary interests include surgery, stem cell therapy/regenerative medicine, and stenting.

"I have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to provide discounted or even pro bono care for veterans, police officers, and rescue organizations in need," he says.

Dr. Christiansen and his wife Wendy, also a veterinarian, have two children named Henry and Kate. He enjoys working as a freelance writer in his spare time, writing the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe for Marvel comics. He also likes to jog, lift weights, and play with his children. The Christiansen family has several pets, including two dogs named Consuela and Charlie; and four cats, Elvis, Lamont, Shanequa, and Yolanda.

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indian harbour beach vetsRichard J. Hurt, DVM, DACVS - Veterinarian

Dr. Richard J Hurt is one of our top-notch Veterinary Surgeons, specializing in Orthopedic & Soft Tissue and veterinary surgery. Beginning at our hospital in early June of 2017, Dr. Hurt has worked with numerous families and their beloved pets providing some of the best care available. He is an active member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. After having graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Central Florida in 1998, Dr. Hurt went on to obtain his MS of Veterinary Science in 2005 from the University of Florida.

Dr. Hurt grew up in Cocoa Beach, Florida. He has always felt drawn to helping injured or lost animals, but developed a stronger passion for the veterinary field after helping raise a baby swallow that he found amidst his travels to Italy. Before becoming a veterinarian, Dr. Hurt volunteered at the Houston Humane Society, where he learned about how he could directly help animals in need. Some of the most influential memories of Dr. Hurt’s career come from the time he spent as a surgical intern at Almeda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver.

At home, Dr. Hurt enjoys spending time with his wife, Holly, who is also a knowledgeable veterinarian. The Hurts are proud owners of four dogs and six cats. Their playful pups are named Ruffles, Giselle, Tripp, and Boomer, and their cats are named Carl, Newton, Ellie, Fugee, Brody, and Jay.

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indian harbour beach veterinariansDaniel James Pepen, DVM - Associate Veterinarian, ABVP Resident

Dr. Daniel James Pepen has worked as a veterinarian at Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital since 2010 and is an American Board of Veterinary Practitioners resident in canine and feline practice. . His passion for animals, however, began much earlier in life. Dr. Pepen still recalls the childhood inspiration that made him begin to pursue veterinary medicine as a career.

"I remember seeing my father helping both people and their pets when I was younger," he says. "That strongly inspired me to become a veterinarian."

Dr. Pepen attended the University of Florida as an undergraduate, earning his degree in Animal Biology. He went on to complete his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2010. Before completing his studies, Dr. Pepen gained valuable experience working as a veterinary assistant at Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital, and as a veterinary technician at the University of Florida Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Pepen's favorite aspect of being a veterinarian is utilizing problem-solving skills on a daily basis to help a variety of animals and their owners. His professional interests include internal medicine and surgery. Dr. Pepen is a member and former president of the Brevard County Veterinary Medical Association. He is also a member of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association.

When he's not at our animal hospital, Dr. Pepen enjoys spending his free time surfing, reading, and traveling. He and his wife Danielle are also the proud pet parents to a cockatiel named Eduardita, two Lionhead rabbits named Jordy and Alanna, and three dogs named Whoadie, Maliah, and Sophia.

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indian harbour beach veterinariansDanielle Becton, DVM, CCRT, CVA, - Associate Veterinarian, ABVP Resident

Growing up in Jacksonville, Dr. Danielle Becton knew she wanted to become a veterinarian since she was a child. Her family kept various pets, including dogs, cats, horses, snakes, mice, and other reptiles, which spurred her interest in animal care.

Dr. Becton graduated cum laude and with honors from the University of Florida, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Animal Biology. She attended the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2010. She joined Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital as an Associate Veterinarian in 2012.

Dr. Becton is a certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) and certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA). She is a member of the Brevard County Veterinary Medical Association, the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the Association of Rehabilitation Practitioners, and an American Board of Veterinary Practitioners resident in canine and feline practice. Her veterinary interests include internal medicine, physical rehabilitation therapy, and integrative medicine.

Dr. Becton most enjoys "seeing patients leave (her) care looking and feeling better than when they came in." In the past, she has volunteered at a local animal shelter to socialize new intakes and worked with a pet therapy program.

At home Dr. Becton is a pet parent to several animals: Maliah, a Boxer; Sophia, a toy Poodle; Whoadie, a terrier; Jordy and Alana, rabbits; and Eduardita, a Cockatiel. Her free time is spent doing yoga, surfing, attending art festivals, and traveling.

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indian harbour beach veterinariansDr. Diego Sobrino, DVM - Veterinarian

Dr. Diego Sobrino joined the veterinary staff at Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital in June 2016. A Miami native, he volunteered with animals throughout high school and college. Dr. Sobrino earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences from University of Florida in 2009. After college, he went on to University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine where he earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2013.

While in veterinary school, Dr. Sobrino completed a year-long internship in integrative medicine and rehabilitation. He is certified in veterinary acupuncture, and is working on becoming a certified canine rehabilitation therapist. Dr. Sobrino is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Florida Veterinary Medical Association. His professional interests include surgery, dentistry and rehabilitation.

At home, Dr. Sobrino has a pit bull terrier mix named Eli Cash. In his free time, he enjoys kayak fishing, scuba diving, watching live music, hiking and camping.

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vets in indian harbour beach, flCarlia Michelle Cortes-Maisonet, DVM - Associate Veterinarian

Associate Veterinarian Dr. Carlia Michelle Cortes-Maisonet is a native of Puerto Rico, and was inspired to enter the animal care field by her father. "My father being a physician sparked in me the desire to work in the medicine field, and my innate passion for animals made me realize that I wanted to work with animal species, as I was curious about the different anatomies and possibilities in the field," she says.

Dr. Cortes-Maisonet began her undergraduate studies in Natural Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico and then transferred to Louisiana State University. At Louisiana State she studied Animal-Dairy-Poultry Sciences, graduating with her bachelor's degree in 2007. She continued her education at the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in Alabama, completing her studies in 2011.

Through Community-Led Animal Welfare (CLAW), Dr. Cortes-Maisonet has volunteered her veterinary services in Johannesburg, South Africa. When hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana, Dr. Cortes-Maisonet worked with the Louisiana State University Small Animal Shelter to care for animals who had been displaced. She joined our team in July of 2015.

Dr. Cortes-Maisonet takes great satisfaction in witnessing the powerful bond shared between people and their pets. She also cherishes being a part of that bond by providing preventative pet healthcare, emergency and diagnostic services, and by advocating for her patients' well-being. Her professional interests include emergency and internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and dentistry. She is a member of the Veterinary and Critical Care Society and the American, Puerto Rico, Florida, and North Carolina Veterinary Medical Associations.

When she's not at our animal hospital, Dr. Cortes-Maisonet spends her spare time biking, hiking, crafting, traveling, and with family. She shares her home with a Jack Russell terrier named Märe, which is Italian for "sea."

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vets in indian harbour beach, flSarah Stitzel, DVM - Veterinarian, Intern

Veterinarian Dr. Sarah Stitzel joined Aloha Pet and Bird Animal Hospital in September 2016. She earned her bachelor's degree in exercise physiology and kinesiology at University of Florida. After college, she attended Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2016.

Dr. Stitzel is professionally interested in emergency and critical care, internal medicine, dermatology and cardiology. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, being outside, photography, camping, cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.

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vets in indian harbour beach, flAshley Carlisle, DVM - Veterinarian, Intern

Ashley Carlisle is one of the most recent additions to our phenomenal veterinary staff, serving as one of our veterinary interns. After obtaining her undergraduate degree in 2013 from Otterbein University with a focus on Equine Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Ashley went on to attend the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Along the way, she developed an interest in zoological medicine, as well as exotic animal medicine. Ashley is devoted to helping establish and maintain the bond between humans and animals, helping address people’s concerns and to be the voice for the animals she works with.

“I have wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I can remember. There were times that I would add another profession in addition to it, but the fact that I wanted to be a veterinarian has never changed. My parents, family, and friends have been nothing but supportive of me.” – Ashley Carlislie

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Aloha StaffFrank Martinez, DVM - Veterinarian, Intern

Dr. Frank Martinez joined the medical team at Aloha Pet and Bird Hospital in May 2016. Frank earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Agrarian University of Havana in 2010, and passed the Florida Veterinary Board Certification in 2017. Before arriving at our hospital, he practiced as a veterinarian in Cuba for five years. Frank's favorite part of his job is seeing patients clean and comfortable.

Frank has a 5-year-old German shepherd named Kathy and a 10-year-old Jack Russel terrier named Mikey. Although they're both living in Cuba with his brother Mariel, Frank talks to them over the phone every week. He enjoys hiking with Kathy and Mikey, and Kathy will run while they bike and protect Frank's bike while he shops. In his free time, Frank enjoys fishing from the pier behind his house, running on the beach, and playing bass and classical guitar. He's also lover of American 80's music.

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