Star Meadow Animal Clinic's Dedicated Team
Our dedicated team of veterinary and support professionals is devoted to our clients and the health and wellbeing of their beloved pets.
Crystal – Practice Manager/Head Veterinary Nurse
Crystal has always been fascinated with animals since she was a child. She began her career at a very young age raising kittens, puppies, and even farm animals at home. She has worked in the veterinary field since 1997 in a variety of settings; technician in the intensive care unit, critical/emergency care, neonatal, and extensive dental training. Crystal joined Star Meadow in 2008 where her compassion and experience have elevated her to the position of practice manager. She is a proud wife and mother of three great children and shares her life with four dogs, three cats, and one horse.
Kyle – Supervisor/Veterinary Technician
We welcomed Kyle to the Star Meadow team in summer 2012. She became a certified veterinary technician in 2006, yet her love for the veterinary field started very early when she began volunteering at a Wildlife/Nature Center. She graduated from Mount Ida College with a B.S. from the veterinary technician program. Her interests include dentistry, feline behavior, and pediatric care. She has owned quite an array of animals including: dogs, cats, hedgehog, flying squirrel, fish, and hermit crabs. She lives in West Hartford with her husband Mic, her daughter, Georgia, her cat, Alex, and a rescued miniature schnauzer, Buffy. When not at work she enjoys hiking, yoga, reading, and baking.
Christi – Head Receptionist/Inventory Manager
Christi has been passionate about animals ever since she was a child. She has worked in the veterinary field for over twenty-three years in all aspects of the veterinary hospital, ranging from technician to receptionist. She joined the Star Meadow team in 2004. Christi currently lives at home with her beautiful daughter, her dog Andie, and her three cats – Ollie, Dilly, and Thomas.
Pat – Kennel Manager
Pat has worked at Star Meadow Animal Clinic since 2005. She has worked in many aspects of the hospital from reception to veterinary assistant to boarding. She shares her home with her German Shepherd Mia, and her three cats, Mariah, Miiko, and Mote.
Meg – Veterinary Technician
Meg joined the Star Meadow Animal Clinic team in mid 2013 as a veterinary technician. She graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Animal Science in 2008 and has worked as a technician since. She grew up in Pennsylvania with a menagerie of family pets including horses, dogs, cats and hamsters. She currently lives with her husband, Casey, and hopes that together they may soon have some four-legged children of their own.
Kelsey – Veterinary Technician
Kelsey joined the Star Meadow Animal Clinic team in the summer of 2014 as a veterinary technician. She graduated from Northwestern Connecticut Community College with a Veterinary Technology degree. She volunteered at the Simon Foundation for seven years followed by employment for five years. She currently lives with her husband, Austin, her rescue dogs Sarge and Lolli, and her 10 chickens.
Desiree – Kennel Attendant / Veterinary Assistant
Desiree joined the Star Meadow team in spring 2012. She is currently attending the veterinary technology program at Penn Foster College. Her love of animals started as a little girl with a horse named Star. Since then, equine companionship has been a big part of her life. She shares her life with her cats, Beans and Alice.
Jamie – Receptionist
Jamie has been in the veterinary field for over seven years, and joined the Star Meadow team in 2011. She has an amazing daughter who is the joy of her life and also wants to be in the veterinary field when she grows up. Jamie recently adopted a new best friend, a shepherd mix named Bo.
Tanya Eliz – Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant
Tanya Eliz joined the Star Meadow Animal Clinic team as a receptionist and veterinary assistant in February of 2014. She has worked in the veterinary medical field for more than 10 years. After leaving the field to pursue other career options, she realized her passion was for the care and well-being of pets and their owners. She lives happily with her partner Jose and two dogs, Guinness and Eve, in Hartford.
Meg – Kennel Attendant/Veterinary Assistant
Meg joined Star Meadow Animal Clinic in the summer of 2014. She lives with her English Labrador, Celtic, a Russian Blue cat, Smoke, and 11 chickens. She loves bonding and spending time with all of the pets that visit and kennel at Star Meadow.
Alicia – Kennel Attendant
Alicia began working at Star Meadow Animal Clinic in the summer of 2013. She has always loved animals both big and small. She has four dogs – Cujo, Bones, Priscilla, and Shadow; two cats – Lizzie and Lightning; and a thoroughbred, Riley. All her animal friends are rescues. Alicia and Riley compete in eventing shows where you may see him as "Rile Me Up Riley," his show name. She plans to make working with animals her career.
Gianna – Kennel Staff
Gianna works for Star Meadow Animal Clinic's kennel during her summers off from college. She attends Salve Regina University and will graduate in 2015. When not taking excellent care of your pet during his/her stay at Star Meadow, she is probably playing with her Wheaten terrier named Lucy or her Jack Russel Terrier named Aiden. She also has two miniature horses, Diablo and Leo, chickens and fish at home. She has been riding horses for seven years, and now teaches children to ride. In her spare time she fosters rescue dogs and enjoys hiking.