Carla graduated from Mercy College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2001. She took and passed the New York state exam and immediately began her career as a Licensed Veterinary Technologist. While residing in New York, she worked for a multi-purpose practice that served as a general practice by day and an emergency practice at night. Over the course of many years, she was exposed to many aspects of veterinary medicine and gained a wealth of knowledge and technical skill.
Carla moved to Palm Coast with her family in 2004 with aspirations of attending veterinary school. She joined our team in 2004 and within a year was promoted to the position of Head Technician. Carla decided against pursuing veterinary school and instead purchased a home and started a family, welcoming her son Ean in 2008.
Carla has played an integral role in helping to reach our goal of providing the best quality care in the country. Through her efforts and mentoring, she has helped our team grow and was recently promoted to the position of Patient Care Coordinator in 2014. Carla has her hands full with her energetic young son and multiple four-legged children. She enjoys expressing her artistic side through various crafts, baking, and do-it-yourself projects.
Brian was born and raised in New York; his veterinary career started as an overnight kennel attendant in a multipurpose practice that served as a general practice by day and an emergency practice by night. Brian progressed rapidly in his veterinary career due to his passion for animal care and ability to learn quickly. He was promoted to a MRI Handler in a very short period of time, and soon thereafter underwent training to become a Veterinary Technician. After 3 years of developing and honing his skills, he decided to make a change.
Brian moved to Palm Coast with his fiancée Carla in 2004. He decided to pursue his first passion in life as an automotive mechanic. In 2007 he realized that he preferred veterinary medicine and joined the Safe Haven team that August. Brian has proven to be a great asset to our team with his ever calm demeanor and unfailing ability to always lend a hand when needed. Brian enjoys spending time with his son Ean. Together they enjoy fishing, bike riding, and working on cars in the family garage.
Michele received her college education at Montclair State University in 1992 in the field of Psychology and Social Work. However, she quickly realized that her heart and passion belonged to the furry patient variety, and thus embarked upon a veterinary nursing profession that has encompassed 26 years. She obtained her Certified Veterinary Technician license after passing her board exam in New Jersey in 2000.
Prior to joining Safe Haven in 2013, her experience included positions as the Head Radiotherapist, Diagnostic Imaging Technologist, Veterinary Anesthesiologist and Nursing Staff Supervisor at a large MRI/CT radiation therapy facility in New Jersey and working at an additional facility in the southern part of the state as well were she facilitated their inception. In addition, she had been employed at a large practice in New Jersey as a Surgical Technician and Anesthetist for 5 years.
Michele is a current Board Member and past Co-Vice President for The Last Resort Rescue in New Jersey. She looks forward to continuing to rescue adoptable dogs and cats from shelters, and finding their forever homes in an upcoming Florida based division. Her area of research is the role in which nutrition plays in companion animal health and wellness recovery. She shares her life with her partner Mark and their rescued dogs and cats. Her philosophy is to treat each patient as if they were one of her own.
Alisha was born in Winter Park, Florida but raised in DeBary, Florida and joined the Safe Haven team in 2015. Alisha has always had a fascination for every type of animal. It all started when she was 10 years old and began helping out on a working horse ranch and it continued on every summer through high school.
After high school Alisha accepted her first job at a veterinary hospital working as a Kennel Technician. In 2008, Alisha moved to Daytona Beach and advanced to working as a Veterinary Technician. By 2014, Alisha had moved to Palm Coast with her boyfriend Tommy. In her spare time she enjoys surfing and bike riding. She is also a devoted Star Wars fan; so much so, her one year old black Labrador retriever is named Vader.