Nurses, Technicians & Assistants

Aloha StaffEvelyn R. Martinez, CVA

Certified Veterinary Assistant Evelyn Martinez joined the team at Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital in 2013. Evelyn is responsible for monitoring patients while they're under anesthesia, administering medications, assisting during examinations, and assisting our veterinarians whenever needed.

"We work as a family/team, it's a well-oiled machine," she says. "Sometimes there are no words exchanged, but we know what each other needs."

A sports fan, Evelyn spends her spare time playing softball, biking, or watching games on television. She has a 13-year-old Poodle named Sierra.

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Aloha StaffKarla Parquette, CVT

With five years of experience in the animal care field, certified Veterinary Technician Karla Parquette joined our team in September of 2011. She holds an Associate's degree in Veterinary Technology and is an excellent multi-tasker.

"I like working at Aloha because we offer so many different facets of care, from CT to orthopedic surgery and many others," she says.

Karla most enjoys working with our patients and helping them transition from illness or injury to being healthy. Her responsibilities include monitoring anesthesia for surgery, drawing blood and running chemistries, monitoring and medicating hospitalized patients, assisting with CTs, and dental cleanings.

At home Karla has two dogs: a German-Australian Shepherd mix named Alex and a Chihuahua mix named Weezy. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, swimming, riding bikes with her family, and spending time with friends.

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Aloha StaffAshley Holtz, CVT, CCRVN

Certified Canine Rehabilitation Nurse Ashley Holtz joined our team in May of 2012. With Associate's degrees in both Veterinary Technology and Sports Medicine, she has a passion for pet rehabilitation and serves as a rehabilitation technician.

"I also enjoy seeing new procedures and learning about new pets, diseases, and surgeries," she says. "We are all always learning something exciting and new! We are inspired to find our passion in our field and encouraged to become specialized, boarded, certified, licensed, or registered to make Aloha an even more exceptional hospital for our clients."

Ashley is a consultant for Bayer's Animal Sciences department and a former Paw Pals and VITAS Hospice evaluator. Outside of work, she likes to spend time with her children and family, bake, trail ride with ATVs, shoot at the range for sport, run, and stay fit. Her pet family includes two dogs, a Doberman named Boss and a Chow mix named Lobo, and three cats named Cori, Oliver and Eva.

Aloha StaffAriel Kuhns, CST

Ariel Kuhns joined Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital in August of 2014. She has more than a decade of experience in the animal care field, and is certified as a Surgery Technician by Eastern Florida State College. Her responsibilities include prepping for and assisting with surgeries and monitoring hospitalized patients.

"I love working here because (Dr. Pepen) is very family-oriented and is always interested in our continuing education," she says. "I also love how much we offer for our patients."

Outside of work, Ariel enjoys supporting the Miami Dolphins by attending their games, hitting the water to kayak or boat with her family, and spending time with family friends. She has an American Bulldog, Dakota; a Dachshund, Optimus Prime; and a cat, Baby Kitty.

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Aloha StaffMelody Basye-Allgaier, Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Technician Melody Basye-Allgaier's primary passion in life is her love for animals. She has been a devoted member of our team since joining the staff at Aloha in September of 1994. Some of her responsibilities at our animal hospital include performing diagnostic tests on blood work, taking X-rays, monitoring post-surgery patients, reviewing home care prior to discharge, and equipment sterilization. Melody finds all aspects of her position equally gratifying and has a special interest in cytology.

"I am very proud to work with Aloha in that we do not turn any people away, especially those in need," she says. "It is that sincere compassion that best represents who we are."

Melody donates to various animal foundations and homes and adopts kittens when she can. Melody spends as much time as she can with her grandchildren, and even recently acquired two hermit crabs for them named Cupcake and Spidey. At home Melody has two rescued pets of her own: a six-year-old mixed breed dog named Snickers and a cat named Maui. In her free time Melody enjoys working in the garden and her kitchen.

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Aloha StaffColleen Gardner, CVT

Collen Gardner is a night certified veterinary technician at Aloha Pet and Bird Hospital. She's responsible for treating, monitoring and being there for patients overnight. Colleen enjoys getting to spend extra time with the animals to make them feel comfortable. She holds an associate's degree in veterinary technology from Eastern Florida State College. Colleen joined our hospital in January 2016.

She says, "The entire staff at Aloha is amazing, especially the doctors. They are here around the clock and truly care about every patient no matter the situation."

At home, Colleen has a 1-year-old tabby cat named Paisley. She enjoys reading, painting, traveling and going to Disney.

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Aloha StaffBritney Frulio, Veterinary Assistant

Britney Frulio joined the team at Aloha Pet and Bird Hospital in January 2016. As a Veterinary Assistant, she is responsible for running diagnostics, blood work, monitoring patients during surgery, and treating and nursing hospitalized patients. Britney holds an Associate of Arts degree, an Associate of Science degree, and a certification from an accredited veterinary technician program. Her favorite part of working in the animal-care field is cytology.

“Aloha Pet and Bird Hospital does everything they can for their clients and patients,” Britney says. “They go above and beyond to ensure the best customer service and they truly love what they do at this hospital.”

At home, Britney has a 5-year-old beagle/hound mix named Rusty that she adopted from a nearby animal shelter. In her free time, she enjoys playing video games, spending time at the beach, going out on her boat and fishing.

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Aloha StaffMark Kulesa, CVA

Certified Veterinary Assistant Mark Kulesa started at Aloha Pet and Bird Hospital in July 2016. He has been working in the animal care field for over five years. Mark's job responsibilities include helping doctors to make sure they have everything they need and taking care of the hospital's clients and pets. His favorite part of his job is interacting with people and helping their pets. Mark's wonderful and witty sense of humor, along with his big heart for anything with fur or feathers or scales, helps makes clients and patients happy.

Mark earned his associate's degree from Eastern Florida State College. He's currently working on his Certified Veterinary Technician certificate from St. Petersburg College. Mark says, "I love the amount of exotic pets that come here. Everyone has everyone's back here and we help one another. It's a great work environment."

At home, Mark has a 5-year-old Scottish terrier named Barney, an 8-year-old toy poodle named Laura, and a 2-year-old cat named Tony Stark. He spends his free time restoring classic cars, riding his Harley, reading comic books and playing video games.

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Aloha StaffShelley Mesaros, Veterinary Assistant

Shelley Mesaros is a Veterinary Assistant who's been in the animal care field for over three years. Her main responsibility at Aloha Pet and Bird Hospital is assisting veterinarians. Shelley enjoys staying on her toes and seeing so many different kinds of animals. She is currently working towards a bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences.

At home, Shelley has a Pomeranian named Toby, a mix named Moose and a Belgian Tervuren named Max. She plans to add a Golden retreiver soon.

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Aloha StaffCecilia Lascody, Veterinary Dental Care

Cecilia Lascody joined Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital in 1991 and has been keeping our patients' teeth strong and healthy ever since. With a degree in Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine from Universidad de Chile, Cecilia is a dedicated member of our dental team. Her duties center around oral health and include prophylactic dental cleanings, dental X-rays and assisting our veterinarians with any patient who is experiencing discomfort in his or her mouth.

"Periodontal disease is very common in our patients, some of them living with very uncomfortable and painful conditions," she says. "We love to tell owners that all these painful conditions can be prevented with good oral care on a regular basis. It is very rewarding to see a pet playing normally again, free of oral pain."

Cecilia tried to be a foster pet parent to several of Aloha Adoptions' felines , but ended up adopting them instead. "I keep them all," she says. Her cats are named Rusty, Fuzzy and Carmelo. Outside of work, Cecilia enjoys reading and traveling (especially to South America to visit her extended family).

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Aloha StaffDanni Ensell, CVT

Danni joined the veterinary hospital summer of 2017, but has been working with animals for many years. Before joining the team, Danni spent time as an adoption counselor at the Brevard Humane Society in Cocoa, Florida. Danni has her Associate’s degree in veterinary medicine and is pursuing her degree in Veterinary Technology from Eastern Florida State College.

Danni has a six-year-old yellow lab mix named HollyWeen and a 1-and-a-half-year-old bling tabby named EcholoCATion (because the meows are like sonar!). She loves working at Aloha because there are new learning experiences every day and she loves being able to provide pet owners with information when treating their pets. Danni truly respects the medicine practiced at the hospital and is always ready to lend a helping hand to her coworkers. When not in the hospital, she enjoys reading, playing table top games, making arts and crafts, going to theme parks, and cheering for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Aloha StaffWaldemar Clemente, Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Assistant Waldemar Clemente is responsible for ensuring that the animals entering Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital receive the best care and attention possible. The part of his job that Waldemar enjoys best is taking good care of animals and aiding in their recovery. He offers a unique knowledge and attitude to Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital, bringing an open-minded approach to learning new practices in the veterinary field.

Waldemar possesses an Associate degree in Veterinary Technician. He also holds a veterinary technician certificate, and is happy to be able to practice his knowledge in the great state of Florida.

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Aloha StaffMichelle Treu, CVT

Certified Veterinary Technician Michelle Treu helps assist our talented group of veterinarians including surgery and dental procedures, triage patients, and takes vitals. Michelle also helps run lab work, treats and administers medications for patients, conducts radiographs, and establishes an open line of client communication.

The part of her job that Michelle finds most enjoyable and rewarding is being able to see a sick pet that the hospital has cared for go home healthy. She loves to aid in the healing process and loves phlebotomy. Michelle can always be found with a smile on her face and a happy attitude.

Michelle possesses an Associate degree in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg college. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family.

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Aloha StaffBobby Stec, CVT

Bobby Stec joined the Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital team as a full-time Certified Veterinary Technician in June of 2018. Two unique attributes that Bobby brings to Aloha and its clients is his lightheartedness and his experiences in emergency veterinary services. Some of Bobby’s responsibilities include taking care of our patients, monitoring anesthesia, assisting with exam room visits, obtaining patient vitals, preparing medications, and answering phones. The aspect of his job that Bobby finds most pleasurable is being able to assist in surgery and administering anesthesia protocol.

“I like the fact that we try to help everyone that walks through our doors,” Bobby says. “I love the amount of birds and other exotics that we get to see, and I also enjoy working with such a well-rounded staff. Everyone works great together!”

Bobby owns a Siamese cat named Calypso, a Calico cat named Mac, and a Brazilian Rainbow Boa named Iris. One of his earliest veterinary interests growing up involved breeding exotic reptiles. In his spare time Bobby can be found fishing, fishing, and doing some more fishing! It’s one of his favorite ways to pass the time.

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Aloha StaffSamantha Teague, Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Assistant, Samantha Teague, has been working hard to uphold the high standards of veterinary care and client services here at Aloha Pet and Bird Hospital. Since joining our team in September of 2018, Samantha has been working closing with our veterinarians to assist them in appointments, during patient exams, and with anything else that is needed of her. Her favorite aspect of working with us is getting to interact with all the various species and breeds that come in to our facility, as well as being able to engage with their loving caregivers.

Samantha brings with her a friendly charisma and a willingness to help however she can. She is currently enrolled at Florida Institute of Technology for Marine Biology and has been working in the animal related field for over 6 years. Prior to offering her services at Aloha, Samantha worked as a Kennel Technician from 2012 through 2015, and then went on to become a Veterinary Technician and Surgical Technician at an animal hospital South Carolina up until joining us here in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida.

When asked about working for Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital Samantha says, “I like the reinforcement of continuing education offered to the staff. I love learning new things and to have the opportunity to extend my knowledge in animal medicine and veterinary care.”

Samantha has three pets of her own, including a Husky/Spitz mix named Aloha, a Chihuahua named Reese, and a domestic short hair cat named Gil. Away from the hospital Samantha enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and the animals she cares for. One of the most comforting places to Samantha is the beach, and she loves being close to the ocean whenever she has the chance.

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Aloha StaffMeghan McInturf, Veterinary Assistant

The Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital team is happy to introduce Meghan McInturf! Meghan has been working with animals for over ten years. She is an essential member of our staff and she loves caring for her patients! As a full-time veterinary assistant, she helps make our patients feel comfortable and ensures that they are well taken care of.

Before joining the staff at the Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital, Meghan worked several jobs that allowed her to take care of animals. She has been a groomer, barn manager, and worked with animal care and the scuba team at SeaWorld. She has also been a horseback riding instructor and tour guide, and a surgical technician for small and large animals. She is also an AQHA member, and encourages the education of safe horsemanship.

Meghan currently has three pets. Bella is a 6 year old Cur/Shepherd mix, Bullseye is a 16 year old Feline, and Norman the cockatiel (unknown age). She loves playing with her pets and relaxing at home with them! Meghan is also interested in photography, scuba diving and traveling. She is also currently working towards getting a teaching certification for yoga, another passion of hers. We are so lucky to have Meghan on our team to help care for our patients!

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Aloha StaffJessica Colón, CVT

Jessica Colón is proud to serve the patients at the Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital! She loves being a veterinary technician because it allows her to help the health and wellness of animals in our area. Her responsibilities include patient care, anesthesia monitoring, administering medications and vaccines, phlebotomy, placing IVs and catheters, and performing diagnostics. Her favorite part of the job is helping patients heal and making their experience as comfortable as possible.

Two unique attributes that she brings to the job are her patience and compassion. She is also level 3 certified in fear free training, because she understands that we have to take care of our patients bodies and minds. Jessica knows that emotional well-being is just as important as physical well-being. Compassionate team members like Jessica are exactly what makes Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital such a wonderful care facility for both patients and staff.

Jessica has an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology from Pima Medical Institute of Colorado. She loves helping her patients every day and making sure they get the best quality care! We are so lucky to have her on our team!

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Aloha StaffWesley Durbin, CVT

I am a recent transplant from Illinois. I moved here to Melbourne, FL, with my wife, Victoria, and pets in May of 2019. We moved from Champaign, Illinois. I am a Certified Veterinary Technician, graduated 2017, and have two Associates degrees. One degree is in General Studies and the other is Applied Sciences: Veterinary Technology. I previously worked for the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in the Imaging Department where I spent my time honing my skills in radiography, CT, and ultrasound.

I have 6 animals: 3 cats, 1 dog, and 2 reptiles. The cats are Minnie (female orange tabby), Amelia (female torti), and Dotty (female long-haired torti). The dog is Suzie (a pug-yorkie mix). The reptiles are Naydra (bearded dragon) and Herman (FEMALE ball python - I didn't know she was a female until after I had already owned her a year).

My interests in the animal medical field are in imaging and exotics. Working with rare species has always been a dream of mine. I didn't find my love of imaging until working at the U of I VTH, and ultrasound has become my primary love in this field. My favorite aspect about being a CVT is getting to provide patient's with the best care possible so that I can see them leave healthy as can be.

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Aloha StaffKelsey Ramirez, Veterinary Assistant

Kelsey Ramirez is a Veterinary Nurse at Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital, who joined our team in May of 2016. With 10 years of experience in the animal care field under her belt, Kelsey previously worked at a performance equine clinic with the top equine athletes in Palm Beach. Her job responsibilities at Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital include ensuring the best care for our patients and helping owners to understand treatments and diagnosis of their pets.

Kelsey’s favorite thing about her job is the medical aspect. She enjoys learning new techniques and treatments to help our patients get better. She also loves taking care of the different types of animals that come to our hospital. “I love working at Aloha because of the diverse animal patients that we see,” she says. “I also enjoy being able to see the unique cases we treat.”

In her spare time, Kelsey loves riding horses, surfing, and traveling. She’s also a member of the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA), where she competes in show jumping circuits. Kelsey has three pets; Bentley, an off-the-track Thoroughbred, Echo, a German Shepard, and Luna, a pit mix.

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Aloha StaffRebecca Simmen, CVT

Biography coming soon!

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Aloha StaffKatelynn Belter, Veterinary Assistant

Katelynn Belter is a Veterinary Assistant at Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital,where she is a daytime assistant for exam rooms. Katelynn joined our team in August of 2019. Her favorite thing about working at Aloha Pet & Bird Hospitalis making a difference in patients' lives. “I love to be able to help the animals and be their voice. I love that we have the tools and diagnostics to be able to give the best care possible.”

With 10 years of experience in the animal field, Katelynn attended Manor College in Jenkintown, PA, where she received an associate’s degree in veterinary technology. In her free time, she enjoys fishing, playing sports, being outdoors, and hanging out with her family and friends. Katelynn has two dogs. Avalon a blue heeler and Ryleigh a collie mix. She also has a cat named Chai.

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Aloha StaffJordan Hunter, Veterinary Assistant

Jordan K. Hunter is one of our wonderful full-time Veterinary Nurses here at Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital! She is responsible for caring for animals and their families when they come in for a visit. We are so grateful for Jordan’s love and compassion towards every animal that comes into our clinic in need of care. Before joining our team in July of 2019, Jordan gained four years of experience working as a Kennel Technician and a Veterinary Technician. When asked why she loved working at Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital, Jordan said she grew up dreaming of working in the veterinary care field. Jordan lived in Satelite Beach for most of her life and always dreamed of working at our hospital one day! Jordan has two dogs: Sadie Mae (5-year-old Golden Border Collie), and Dude (5-year-old Boxer). She also has a cat named Banana (1-year-old Domestic Medium Hair). During her free time, Jordan enjoys going to the beach, exploring state parks, kayaking, and taking her dogs with her everywhere she can.

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Aloha StaffSamantha Taylor, Veterinary Assistant

Samantha Taylor joined the Aloha Pet and Bird Hospital team in August 2019. As an overnight veterinary assistant, Samantha is responsible for monitoring patients, taking vitals, placing IV catheters, giving injections, and administering oral meds. Her favorite part of her job is monitoring and taking care of critical hospitalized patients. She also enjoys drawing blood and placing IV catheters. “I love what Aloha Pet Hospital stands for,” Samantha says. “And I love the quality of patient care that this hospital provides its clients and their pets.”

Samantha has almost five years of experience as a veterinary assistant. She is currently enrolled at Eastern Florida State College and plans to apply to their R.N. program next year. At home, Samantha has a three-year-old Pitbull named Pearl. In her free time, she likes cooking, reading, and taking trail walks with her dog.

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