Ricardo – Manager and Licensed Veterinary Technician
Ricardo has always been part of our neighborhood. He grew up in Long Island City, attending public schools and then earning an AAS in veterinary technology from LaGuardia CC.
Ricardo is Long Island City Veterinary Center’s practice manager and a licensed veterinary technician with over 14 years of experience. He works closely with the veterinary care team to continue providing excellent care to our patients and clients.
At home, Ricardo likes to exercises and spend his free time with his family. Together they enjoy traveling, watching movies, and eating out. In his heart he holds a special place for Boston Terriers which was his first dog and the reason he has dedicated his career to animal health. His dog “Javis” will always be remembered.
Raquel – Head of Client Services
Since she was 5 years old, she knew that she wanted to dedicate her life to animals. Raquel has been in the veterinary field for over 21 years. She started as an intern for Dr Manning when she was in High School. She then continued to further her career in the veterinary industry by learning from different animal hospitals before coming back home to us.
Raquel is an amazing team player and loves to provide our clients with the best customer service by educating and addressing any questions or concerns.
At home she cuddles with an orange tabby, Hamilton, as well as a pit bull, Humphrey. She also fosters two pit bulls, Louie and Eva. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, yoga, cooking, listening to music, dancing, and laughing with friends.
Gwen – Client Service Specialist
Gwen joined LIC Veterinary Center in 2015 and has over 16 years of experience in animal care. She strives to provide an excellent experience to all those that come into LIC Vet Center. She genuinely enjoys caring for our patients and their owners.
Obviously an animal lover herself, she has 3 cats: Carter, Lily and Benjamin whom were all rescued. When not at LIC Vet Center, she spends her time cooking, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends.
Brittney – Client Service Specialist
Brittney has years of experience as a veterinary receptionist and loves the fact that she gets to help save lives everyday. She is always smiling and that smile even comes through on the phone. That’s how you will know you are speaking to Brittney.
Brittney is originally from Los Angeles but has been in NYC for over 5 years. She loves going out with friends, reading about wildlife and watching wildlife documentaries. She has a big space in her heart for animals considering she became a vegetarian when she was only 15 years old.
Jahna – Client Service Specialist
Jahna is one of our exceptional Client Care Specialists here at Long Island City Veterinary Center who joined our team in 2015. Jahna’s daily responsibilities include answering client questions, addressing client needs and concerns, and greeting our wonderful clients. The favorite part of her job is assisting clients and teaching clients more about veterinary medicine and knowledge. She aspires to go back to school to pursue a degree in Veterinary Technology.
At home Jahna owns a Red Eared Slider named Taco. In her spare time Jahna likes to read books, studying to advance her knowledge in veterinary technology, spending time with her friends and loved ones, and going food hunting at new restaurants.
Cecilia – Head Veterinary Technician
Cecilia’s love for animals started when she was just a little girl. She grew up on a farm helping to care for large animals and, of course, dogs and cats too. This started a life long dedication to animals.
She has become an extraordinary veterinary technician with over 17 years of experience. She graduated LaGuardia Community College earning a degree in Veterinary Technology and then going on to earn a bachelor degree in science from Queens College.
She is passionate about veterinary medicine and strives to maintain a high standard of care. She says, ”I love taking care of our clients and always give my best to help every single pet. I am proud to be part of the LIC Vet Center family and to serve our community.”
Outside of work she is a wife and a proud mother of 3 children and 3 rescued senior dogs. You might see her running through Vernon Blvd as she enjoys running as an exercise.
Kimberlee – Licensed Veterinary Technician
Kimberlee Pearson is a licensed veterinary technician who joined our staff in September of 2012, and she has been working professionally with animals for the past 23 years. She performs a wide variety of services at the hospital, including administering medications, assisting in surgery, running lab tests, maintaining equipment, answering client questions and much more. Kimberlee is both professional and compassionate. She has an associate’s degree from Queen’s College and will receive her bachelor’s degree in biology in February of 2013.
“I am excited to be a part of a friendly team of professionals who love their jobs and are passionate about their work,” Kimberlee said.
She and her husband have a dog named Hannah and a cat named Paddington. She enjoys spending time with her family, including her three children and her parents, as well as traveling to new states across the country, camping, playing basketball, sledding, reading and going to flea markets.
Taisha – Licensed Veterinary Technician
Taisha has been in the animal health field for about 12yrs. She started out as a receptionist and worked her way up to be a Licensed Veterinary Technician by obtaining her education at Laguardia Community College.
She has always loved animals ever since getting her first pet at the age of 8 years old. She now has her very own little zoo with 7 turtles, 2 tortoises, 4 beagles and 1 cats. She “enjoys every minute of her time at work and at home caring for animals because they are all blessings. Animals bring out the kindest part of ourselves that we sometimes forget exist.”
Wendy – Licensed Veterinary Technician
Wendy started volunteering at LIC Vet Center while still attending LaGuardia Community College working towards her veterinary technology degree. She’s been with us for several years now and has grown to be part of the LIC family as well as a strong and caring veterinary technician.
Growing up she’s always loved animals. She says “I find it very rewarding to care for animals and nurse the sick back to health.” Even though she loves all animals, she has a special place in her heart for… CATS! In her free time, she volunteers with Anjellicle Cat Rescue. She rescues and fosters many cats in hopes to find them permanent loving homes. She’s a cat whisperer with a big heart.
Isidora – Veterinary Technician
Even though Isidora was born in the US, she was raised in Serbia and all through her childhood, as most animal lovers do, Isidora used to bring home stray animals to “heal them”. Her love of animals and her childhood tendencies inspired her to continue her education in veterinary medicine. In 2014 she received her veterinary degree after graduating the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Belgrade in Serbia.
We are lucky she moved back to the US because she is knowledgeable and skilled, making her a great asset to the LIC Vet Center family. She is currently practicing as a veterinary technician and working on certifying her degree in the US. Isidora is proud to say that she “loves working with animals in the company of such a great team”.
Diego – Veterinary Technician
Diego is a full-time veterinary technician at LIC Vet Center. Some of his responsibilities include patient care, monitoring sedated patients, performing x-rays, and various maintenance repairs. Diego refers to LIC Veterinary Center as a “home run by family.” He loves working with the extraordinary staff and the amazing clients and patients each day.
At home, Diego cares for his five year old Bearded Dragon named Gizmo. In his free time, Diego enjoys hiking, traveling, and exploring new breweries.
Estella – Veterinary Nurse
As a Veterinary Nurse for Long Island City Veterinary Center, Estella joined our team in November of 2015. Some of her responsibilities include helping to monitor patients during surgical and dental procedures, intaking patients, relaying medical history to our veterinarians, venipuncture, IV-catheter placement, and much more. She brings with her leadership, dedication, and confidence each day.
Estella has been working in the veterinary field for over 12 years. She has prior experience working with private practice veterinary hospitals, as well as working with farm animals.
In her spare time, Estella like running, biking, reading, photography, and trying new restaurants. She also loves to spend time with her loving daughter, and their two orange cats named Mr. Walnuts and Mr. Pickles Bowie.
Jaime – Veterinary Technician
Providing exceptional patient care and treatment is among one of the many things Jamie is responsible for as a Veterinary Technician here at Long Island City Veterinary Center. Some of her other duties include administering anesthesia, diagnostics and imaging, communicating and providing client education, customer service, and much more.
The aspect of her job that Jamie finds most enjoyable is being able to assist with surgery and dental procedures. She also loves being able to play with the pest and taking care of our hospitalized patients. She is a passionate and dedicated individual who genuinely cares about our clients and their wonderful pets.
Jaime has been working in the animal related field since 2012, and loves her profession. “I love working at Long Island City Veterinary Center because I like the diversity of different cares and surgeries,” Jaime says.
Away from the hospital, Jaime likes practicing photography and playing with her pets. She shares her home with 2 rescued ferrets, named Kaipo and Kalea, and one foster cat.