Staff

Lona Baker-MarrelleLona Baker-Harrelle has been our Hospital Administrator since 2008 and a co-owner of All Friends Animal Hospital since July of 2009. She first started with the hospital in 1998 and has a Bachelor of Arts in Business.

"This hospital is my family," she says. "I started here at age sixteen and have grown up with the business and have fulfilled a dream by becoming a co-owner of the practice."

Lona's pets include a mixed breed dog named Fritz, an English Bulldog named Frank, and a fish named Rainbow. She lives at home with her husband Mike and two daughters Emma and Ellie. Her interests include gardening, taking her dog to Bluff Point, golfing and kayaking, and spending time with her family.

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Tara BollesTara Bolles is our Technician Team Leader and Client Liaison and has been co-owner of All Friends Animal Hospital since 2009, though she started her career here in 1998. She began her career in animal care in 1991 as the Animal Control Officer for the Town of Preston.

Saying she has a strong belief in customer service and community involvement, Tara adds, "I have enjoyed watching this business grow and flourish. I am proud of the progressive, community involved practice we have become."

At home, she has a Cane Corso named Brinks and a Greyhound named Annie. Tara and her husband Todd are generally busy raising their twin daughters, Ava and Brooke, in Preston, Connecticut, where she and her husband were raised. Additionally, she is a Tim McGraw fanatic and loves country music and spending time with her family and friends.

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Jean KobelskiOffice Manager Jean Kobelski has been with All Friends Animal Hospital since January of 2003. In addition to her years of experience she has an Associates degree in Liberal Arts from Roger Williams University, and studied Psychology at Syracuse University and Business at the New London School of Business.

"I'm proud to be part of such a well respected and well known animal hospital," she says. "Our staff is knowledgeable, caring and hardworking, but the best part is that we all truly enjoy working with each other."

Jean resides in Preston with her two daughters, Kendall and Alexandra, their pugs Carol and Olive and their cats Henry and Rocky.

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Holly Hawkins-BourneHolly Hawkins-Bourne has been a Veterinary Technician with All Friends Animal Hospital since 2008, but began her career in companion animal care in 2000. In addition to her years of animal care experience she as an Associate's degree in Web Design and New Media.

Holly is very good at working with challenging and aggressive cats—she says she has one herself—and enjoys helping new pet owners, especially those that have adopted a pet in need. "I work with a fantastic and talented bunch of people," she says of her time with us.

Her pets include a Greyhound named Kooky and three cats named Mr. Moo, Anakin, and Opaltini. Holly's interests include watching scary movies, listening to music, reading, art, playing games, learning, and relaxing on her deck with her greyhound.

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Julie KingJulie King is a Certified veterinary Technician who has been with the All Friends Family since 2007. In addition to her years of experience, Julie has also received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Julie has a special interest in pain management, anesthesia and feline behavior.

"I wake up in the morning happy to come to work", she says. "Our patients and clients are great and it is an amazing staff to work with."

Julie has a wonderful husband, Dan, and together they have a son, Benjamin. Her interests include spending time with her family, fostering cats and kittens, reading, going to the beach, and watching movies. She has two cats at home, a Siamese names Moosie, and an Abyssinian named Abby. She would love to one day open a housing facility for senior kitties.

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Rebecca TavaresRebecca Clifford is a Veterinary Technician who has been a member of the All Friends Animal Hospital staff since February of 2004 and began her career in pet care in 2000.

"I like working with animals because it is so rewarding," Rebecca says. "Sometimes just one pet coming in and being excited to see me, even though they are at the vet, will make my day," Rebecca says. "These guys and gals are my family. I love every last one of them and thank god every day for them." Her special interests are in geriatric pets, nutrition and behavior.

Rebecca has a Boston Terrier named Whittaker and two cats named Romeo and Samuel Adam. She is also an avid horse person and loves to be around them, making time to be at the barn whenever she can. She spends her free time with her new husband, and is very involved with her church family. She also loves to read, listen to music and spend time with her family.

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Gabrielle PensisGabrielle Pensis has been a Certified Veterinary Technician with All Friends Animal Hospital since 2015.

She has four pets of her own, a Pit Bull named Gemma and three cats, Princess, Jax and Bellatrix. Her hobbies include photography, reading, and traveling.

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Heather RorkeHeather Rorke is a Certified Veterinary Technician who has been with our hospital since 2014 and holds a Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Science with a minor in Microbiology. She gets the most satisfaction from her job by "being a voice for those who don't speak our language" and helping around the hospital in any way she can.

With more than 25 years of experience in the animal care field, Heather also owns a wildlife education business that provides hands-on encounters with exotic and wild animals to toddlers and seniors. "I have many years of experience working with exotic animals, such as birds and reptiles, as well as lots of wildlife and dogs and cats in a variety of different places," she says of her diverse veterinary background.

Heather is married with three young children and enjoys spending time with them, going to the beach, photography and reading. The family's many animals include two Akitas, eight cats, nine tortoises, five parrots, five lizards, three snakes, three chinchillas, three raccoons, two ferrets, and a fox, hedgehog, rabbit, and frog.

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Nancy CartwrightNancy Cartwright has been a Veterinary Technician with All Friends Animal Hospital since 2014 and holds and Associate's degree in Animal Care. With more than 23 years of experience in the animal care field, Nancy has been a pet store, pet resort and dog daycare manager. She also owns a dog daycare and training facility, is an obedience trainer, Canine Good Citizen evaluator and co-founder of an area dog rescue.

"This clinic is very family oriented, people are treated with respect," she says. "Clients cares and concerns are taken to heart and all of the doctors make sure their pets receive the best possible care."

Her pets include two dogs, Scrappy and Saphyre, and four cats, Olaf, Koji, Zeta and Ivory. When she's not at the hospital or working with her dog rescue, Nancy can be found spending time with her family or attending sporting events.

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Joanne WarrenJoanne Warren has been a Receptionist at All Friends Animal Hospital since 2007 and began working in the veterinary field in 2001.

"Our clinic is a family-oriented company and will provide you with quality care for you and your furry family member," she says this is one of the reasons why she enjoys working here. At home, Joanne is married with two daughters and has a German Shepherd named Kody and a Yorkie named Buddy. Her interests include camping walks on the beach and spending time with family poolside.

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CarolannAs one of our Receptionists, Carolann Carrignan is extremely knowledgeable and has been in the veterinary field since 1996 when she first worked for us, and rejoined our staff in March of 2012. "The staff makes coming to work every day enjoyable," she said.

Carolann and her husband, Bryan, have been Code of Ethics breeders of multiple AKC Champion Rottweilers for over 20 years. She exhibits her dogs in AKC conformation, Obedience and Rally. She is a member of the American Rottweiler Club and the St Huberts Kennel Club. When not at work, Carolann stays very busy attending dog shows, Training her dogs and spending time with her current 11 Rottweilers. "There never seems to be enough hours in the day, " she said.

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SusanSusan Durfee joined our team in April 2018 and is one of our full-time certified veterinary technicians at our hospital. She's been a vet tech since 1998 and has volunteered at various equine facilities on and off since she was a teenager.

"I love working at All Friends Animal Hospital because everyone is very knowledgeable and caring for the clients and their pets. It's a pleasure to come to work every day because we feel like one big family," she believes.

At home, Susan has what she describes is a clowder of cats - and her husband, David! She enjoys spending time with her feline friends and enjoys "a simple, quiet life."

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CourtneyCourtney Cliett, is a Veterinary Technician here at All Friends Animal Hospital. She is currently enrolled at Becker College: School of Animal Studies, working towards her Bachelor’s Degree. Drawing blood, giving vaccines, and assisting our veterinarians are among many of her job responsibilities. Courtney enjoys the team oriented environment here at AFAH and developing technical skills.

When she isn’t working, Courtney enjoys horseback riding, watching movies, baking, and hiking with her dog better. Courtney also owns a 20 gallon freshwater fish tank, containing 8 various fish.

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KatelynKatelyn Donati works full-time as a veterinary technician, while enrolled in school to become a CVT. Some of her job responsibilities include blood draws, administering medications, and assisting during surgical procedures. Katelyn is also a certified equine massage therapist.

In her free time, Katelyn enjoys painting, baking, watching movies, playing soccer, and taking trips to Disney World. She has 1 dog of her own, a 14 year old Maltese named Chucky.

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MollyMolly Riser is our Veterinary Technician here at All Friends Animal Hospital and joined our team in June 2018. She's been working in the animal field for almost nine years and her compassion and sunny personality make her a great team member to work with. Molly has a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science from University of Connecticut and also has a certificate of Wild Horse Training.

"I love working at All Friends, as everyone has been very warm and welcoming. Everyone here works hard together and has a good time doing it," Molly says."

At home, Molly has two dogs and two cats. She spends her spare time hiking, baking, reading, online gaming, horseback riding, and informally studying genetics and epigenetics.

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MollyNikki Anderson was welcomed to the All Friends Animal Hospital LLC team in August of 2017 as one of our exceptional Veterinary Technicians. Nikki possesses a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Psychology from Georgia State University, and is currently working on achieving her associate degree in Veterinary Technology from San Juan College. She cares deeply about our clients and their pets, and is always willing to go the extra mile for their benefit. Nikki is a pleasure to work with, and is a great addition to our team.

“We have a work family, and many of us are friends outside of work,” Nikki says. “All Friends Animal Hospital LLC is a really supportive place to work.”

In her spare time Nikki likes to practice photography and travel. She loves taking her dogs on vacation and seeing all that the world has to offer. At home she owns a Papillion mix named Scout and a Beagle mix named Goose.

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MollyMelanie Harvey is one of our remarkable Customer Service Specialists here at All Friends Animal Hospital LLC. One of her favorite parts of working with us is being able to interact with our phenomenal clients and seeing the rewards that excellent healthcare can bring to them and their pets. As a Client Service Specialist Melanie helps provide informative and understandable client education and care for our patients.

Prior to joining our team in January of 2018 Melanie worked as a Professional Groomer, and as a Veterinary Assistant and Technician for over 20 years. It’s safe to say she has a wealth of experience and knowledge of veterinary care, and Melanie is extremely passionate about her career.

“Being a part of the All Friends Animal Hospital LLC team and family I’ve grown as a pet care provider and enjoy every aspect of this practice,” Melanie declares. “Co-workers are amazing, as well as the clients and pets, and it’s like having an extended family.”

In her down time Melanie loves to spend time with her beloved husband. She enjoys going on road trips, venturing off to the beach, and visiting with family in Arizona. Melanie is also an avid sports fan who loves watching sports events, especially basketball and football games.

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