Our Technicians

Newport Animal Hospital - Rhode Island

Melissa – Senior Outpatient Technician Supervisor, CVT

Melissa began working as a technician at NAH in the summer of 2000. After receiving a B.S in Biology from Hood College, Melissa decided to further her career as a tech and chose to pursue an education in veterinary technology. She received her certification from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Colorado. Upon receiving her certification, she returned to RI. Her interests include emergency medicine and orthopedic surgery. Melissa has been dreaming of working in this field since she was 5yrs old. Her friendly home in Newport includes two Boston / French Bulldogs (Brunchies!) named Ramona and Lulu.

Lindsay – Outpatient Technician Supervisor

Lindsay grew up with 2 beagles, (Daisy & Lily) as family pets, which started her love of animals. As a girl, she was always pet sitting in town, so when she joined the NAH team in 2010 as a Boarding Assistant she was quick to excel! In 2013 Lindsay earned a position as a Veterinary Technician. Her dedication and skill earned her a promotion to Outpatient Technician Supervisor in 2016. Lindsay loves her job…almost as much as she loves her two kittens, Ghost & Daenerys.

Outi – Clinic Manager

Outi became a member of the Newport Animal Hospital team in 1999. She is originally from Finland and prior to moving to Newport she worked with top-level show jumpers in Southampton, NY and Wellington, FL. As the Clinic Manager she makes customer service her top priority in addition to helping our clients feel at home while receiving the best medical care for their pets. Outi also enjoys horseback riding and yoga.

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Andrew – Clinic Manager

Andrew has been a member of the NAH team since April 2010. Originally leaning towards a position in the entomology field, Andrew decided to focus on the furry and fluffy instead of the creepy and crawly. As Assistant Clinic Manager, he enjoys the extra time he gets to educate clients especially when it comes to vector-borne diseases such as Lyme disease. Andrew currently lives in Middletown with his wife and dachshund, Yoshi.

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Tony – Inpatient Supervisor

Tony has been a member of the NAH team since 2005. He attended the University of Rhode Island, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. His interests in animal health led him to a position here at NAH. While he began his career as an outpatient technician, Tony’s skills and devotion to our clients and their pets ultimately earned him the position of Senior Inpatient Supervisor. Tony’s occupational interests include preventative medicine, client education and, (of course) inpatient care. Tony lives in Portsmouth wife his wife and two young children.

Newport Animal Hospital - Rhode Island

Michael – Inpatient Supervisor

Michael began his career with NAH in 2010. He previously attended The University of Rhode Island where he earned a B.A. in Animal Veterinary Science and Technology. Michael’s love for animals drew him to apply for a position at NAH. When he began his career at NAH, he was very interested in surgery and emergency animal medicine. His leadership skills and devotion to these areas ultimately earned him the position of inpatient supervisor in 2014. He currently lives in Tiverton, RI, with his wife, 2 children, and his shepherd/husky mix named Mickey.

Kelsey

Kelsey began working at Newport Animal Hospital in the Summer of 2014 as a Veterinary Technican. She loves working with and caring for animals, and constantly strives to learn new skills. Kelsey interests include inpatient care and emergency medicine. Born and raised in Newport, Kelsey currently lives at home with her goofy Coonhound named Murphy. She is thrilled to be a part of the NAH team!

Morgan

Originally from upstate New York, Morgan’s love of the beach led her to the University of Rhode Island. She graduated from URI in 2012 with a degree in Animal Science, and has a passion for animal health and nutrition. Morgan was excited to take a position at NAH, knowing she would learn much more from a veterinary setting than a laboratory one. Morgan is a Certified Companion Animal Laser Therapy Technician, and finds the therapy and its benefits very exciting!

Jessica

Jessica, who has always been an animal lover, graduated Providence College in 2008 and joined the NAH staff as a Veterinary Technician in 2015. Previously, Jess worked and volunteered in the animal care field for many years, doing everything from fostering kittens to working as a certified dog trainer. When she is not working, she is spending her free time with her pets Stella, Maddy, Loki, and Nymeria and instructing spin classes!

Michelle – Technician

Michelle joined the NAH team in April of 2017. Her previous animal experience includes marine mammal training, zoo keeping, and rehabilitation of the Florida manatee. She began working at the Newport Animal Hospital to learn more about the medical side of animal care. When she is not working, you can find her spending time with her 2 tuxedo cats, Bella and Bailey, her goober mixed breed dog, Brady, as well as her husband. She also enjoys playing sports competitively, relaxing at the beach, and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Kat – Technician

Kat began working at NAH in 2011 as a boarding assistant. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island in 2012 with her B.A. in Animal Science, Kat began working as a veterinary technician. Kat has had a lifelong love of animals starting out with horses when she was only 6 years old. In her spare time, she loves to horseback ride and hike with her rescue dog, Tanner.

Ashley P. – Technician

Ashley joined our team as a Veterinary Technician in 2017. She began working as a volunteer at her local shelter and she began working in the veterinary field in 2013. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her three rescue cats Jack, Summer and Leia. Ashley takes particular interest in different modalities of therapy including acupuncture and laser therapy.

Shannon M. – Technician

Shannon began working at NAH in February of 2016. She graduated from University of Rhode Island in 2015 with a degree in Communication but her love for animals lead her to NAH. Growing up Shannon always had a dog and always had an interest in animal medicine. She enjoys learning about all areas of animal care. Outside of work, Shannon enjoys spending time with her pets, family and friends, kayaking, and going to the beach.

Erin – Technician

Erin graduated from Saint Francis University in 2013 with a Bachelors Degree in Marine Biology. Erin worked as marine trainer for the Navy before starting as a technician at NAH in 2016. She has always loved being around and working with animals. When Erin is not at work, she enjoys drawing and hanging out with her 3 year old lab mix named Sydney!

Kristina – Technician

Growing up Kristina’s family would often refer her as the “animal whisper” due to her love for all animals. Kristina started CCRI’s program for Veterinary Assistants and her love for the veterinary profession grew. Kristina has worked her way up from the wonderful boarding facility to working with the doctors as a veterinary technician. Outside of work, Kristina loves to play with her dog, Milo, watch football, listen to music and travel.

Shannon D. – Technician

Shannon has always had a love for animals of all sizes. She grew up riding horses on her parents 80-acre horse stable in Rehoboth, MA. She has competed in the show jumper ring all over the east coast since she was a child. In 2016 Shannon joined the NAH team for her love of small animals. When Shannon isn’t working or riding, she spends her time with her three dogs Brady, Mason and Cooper as well as her two ducks, Dixie and Daisy.

Liam – Technician

Liam attended the University of Massachusetts where he graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science. In April 2015, Liam began his career at NAH as a veterinary technician. He enjoys working in both outpatient and inpatient, as well as our two satellite clinics. Liam currently resides in Newport, Rhode Island and enjoys spending his free time with his Mini Australian Shepherd named Noah.

Isabella – Technician

Isabella, originally from Londonderry, New Hampshire, has always had a passion for animals and started her career in animal care volunteering at a local shelter in her home town. She attended and graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology in 2018. Soon after graduation, Isabella began as a veterinary technician at NAH in June 2018. She currently resides in Narragansett, Rhode Island and loves spending her spare time outdoors especially skiing!

Kayla – Technician

Before starting her career as a veterinary technician at NAH in 2018, Kayla worked in many barns throughout the state and gained experience working in our boarding facility in summer 2015. Kayla was born and raised in Portsmouth, Rhode Island and grew up riding horses and competes throughout the summers with her horse, Bentley. When she is not spending time at the barn or working, she enjoys hanging out with her cats, Bear and Salem.

Liz – Technician

Liz has always had a passion to work with animals and her dream became a reality when she started working at NAH in the boarding facility in February 2017. Not even a year later, Liz became a veterinary technician working in all departments. Liz currently lives in Massachusetts and hopes to finish her degree in Animal Science. When Liz is not working, she likes to travel and go on nature walks.