Our Ponte Verda Veterinary Staff

Meet the talented staff of Crosswater Animal Hospital!

Get to know some of the most talented veterinary staff in the Ponte Vedra, FL area before your next visit! The staff here at Crosswater Animal Hospital are committed to providing exceptional veterinary services and care for all of our patients and clients. Learn more about our outstanding team members with the information below.

Allison Staley, Client Care Coordinator

Allison Staley joined Crosswater Animal Hospital as Client Care Coordinator in October 2014. As Client Care Coordinator, her responsibilities include greeting clients, scheduling appointments, answering telephones and being our IT guru. Allison's computer expertise, which was acquired by attending the ICM School of Business in Pittsburgh, has made her a valuable asset to the Crosswater Animal Hospital team.

"I love the way our staff genuinely cares about every patient and the amount of time spent individually with each family and every pet," she says.

In her free time Allison enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, who are actively involved with soccer at a competitive level. She's also the happy pet parent of four dogs - a Chi-Weenie named Cheenie, a German Shepherd named Sadie, a Golden Retriever named Renegade and a Pomeranian named Simone.

Chelsea Gustafson, Lead Veterinary Technician

Chelsea Gustafson began working at Crosswater Animal Hospital in October 2014 and is our Lead Veterinary Technician. Chelsea's responsibilities include collecting blood samples, running laboratory diagnostics, radiography, and managing pre- and post-operative patient care. She provides a safe and comfortable environment for the pets who visit us each day.

Chelsea has spent over two decades working with companion, avian, exotic and livestock animals. Her background includes horseback riding instruction, canine obedience instruction, as well as previous experience in clinical veterinary medicine and surgery. Chelsea is a passionate animal lover. This characteristic makes her a motivated contributor to the Crosswater Animal Hospital team.

"I love how devoted the entire staff is to each pet and their families when they come in for a visit," Chelsea explains. "It's great to have colleagues that really put their heart into their work."

Chelsea has a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. When she's not at work, you can usually find Chelsea horseback riding, hiking with her dog, Piper, and spending time with her husband and family.

Laura Kostrzewski, Veterinary Technician

Laura is a Veterinary Technician at Crosswater Animal Hospital. She joined the team in June of 2017. Some of Laura’s job responsibilities include the initial evaluation of health, assisting veterinarians, managing anesthesia, and collecting samples. Laura also performs laboratory tests and dental procedures, fills necessary prescriptions, and administers medications. She loves the daily interaction with different animals during various procedures.

Laura has a Bachelor’s in Science degree from the University of North Florida. She is currently working towards her Doctorate degree in physical therapy before pursuing a certification in canine rehabilitation therapy. Laura also has an applied science degree in veterinary technology from Front Range Community College in Colorado.

In her free time, Laura enjoy running, playing sports, and cheering on the Denver Broncos! Laura also loves spending time with her husband, daughter, and three step children. They have one boxer and three cats.

Stephanie Johnson, Veterinary Technician

Assisting our doctors in exam rooms and in surgeries is a major part of Stephanie’s responsibilities as a Veterinary Technician here at Crosswater Animal Hospital. Stephanie also helps by providing quality care to our patients and clients, and by making sure our clients are educated and informed. The part of her job that Stephanie loves the most is being able to educate our clients about diseases, behavior, and how to provide the best care possible for their furry family. She is especially understanding of cats and what they need to be handled in a comforting and endearing way.

Stephanie is currently enrolled in the University of Florida and plans to graduate in spring of 2019 with a degree in Healthcare Management. She plans to apply for respiratory therapy or nursing school following her graduation. Stephanie has been working in the animal related field for over 13 years. She has experience with veterinary internal medicine, oncology, and emergency medicine, and has worked at an all feline practice.

“It is a family atmosphere,” Stephanie says. “Dr. Zalud is so supportive. It is so comforting that my boss and colleagues have my back. I enjoy coming to work each and every day because of the positive environment and the superb medicine and care that is provided here.“

Away from the hospital Stephanie enjoys camping and going running. She also loves to spend time with her daughter Parker, her son Preston, and her husband Michael. Stephanie and her loving husband make sure to support their daughter’s competitive dance hobby, and their son’s guitar playing every chance they get. They all share their home with 3 cats named Frankenstein, Custard, and Mister Bevs. They also own a Boxer named Humphrey and a Bearded Dragon named Spot.

MacKenzie Matheny, Veterinary Assistant

MacKenzie is our Veterinary Assistant at Crosswater Animal Hospital who joined our team part-time in June 2018. She works alongside our doctors assisting patients, as well as fills in for receptionist and office duties. She is a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences and graduated in August 2017. Her background in physical therapy and detail-oriented characteristics make her a great fit for our team.

"I like getting to know each animal and learning their personalities to be able to give them the proper care," she says.

In the future, MacKenzie wishes to become an animal rehabilitation therapist after passing her PT board exam, so she associates it as her hobby, as well.

At home, she has four cats. Her furry family consists of Himmie, a five-year-old part Persian and Himalayan male, Tarzan, a 17-week-old gray and white domestic shorthair male, Odette, an 11-year-old orange Tabby female, and Batman, an 11-year-old black domestic shorthair male.

When discussing Crosswater Animal Hospital, MacKenzie shares, "I love working at this clinic because of the one-on-one time you get to spend, getting to know the pets and their families."

In her free time, MacKenzie plays club ultimate frisbee for a team called Bold City in Jacksonville. She also enjoys crafting, running, tumbling, and beach volleyball.

Ashley Brown, Veterinary Technician

Since joining the Crosswater Animal Hospital team as a Veterinary Technician, Ashley has been working hard to establish meaningful client and patient connections. She has made great efforts to assist our veterinarians in providing the best care possible by collecting patient history and vitals, monitoring anesthesia and assisting in surgical procedures, running routine lab work and diagnostic tests, filling prescriptions for patients and much more. The part of her job that Ashley likes best is having the ability to help sick or injured pets restore their health and happiness, while seeing their progression along the way.

Ashley has been working in the animal related field for a few years, having prior experience as a receptionist and veterinary technician. She aspires to pursue an education or program to attain certification in veterinary technology.

When asked about working with Crosswater Animal Hospital, Ashley says “The doctors and technicians alike both treat pets and their owners like family. I always feel it’s not only a place to work for me, or just a job, but it feels like another family and home.”

Ashley is a volunteer for a Florida Great Dane rescue called Foster, Transport and Rescue. She owns two Great Danes, Kane and Dixie, both of whom are rescues. She also has rescued a Mini Dachshund named Toby and a black Lab named Jake. Ashley is an avid Disney person, as she and her husband have season passes to Disney World. In her spare time she likes to collect pottery, play with her dogs and visit with her loved ones.

Bailey Golden, Veterinary Technician

Each day that Bailey comes to Crosswater Animal Hospital he brings with him a humor and honesty that is greatly appreciated by our staff, clients, and patients. Some of Bailey’s responsibilities include running examinations, performing blood draws, running lab and diagnostic work. He also helps with administering routine dental scaling and polishing, radiology, and monitoring patients under anesthesia.

“The energy here at Crosswater Animal Hospital is amazing.” Bailey says. “My coworkers are so knowledgeable and the support I receive is incredible. I love the relationships and bonds I make with my colleagues, the clients and their pets.”

Bailey is currently enrolled at FSCJ and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology. In his spare time, Bailey loves being outdoors by the beach or springs. He loves going out to try new food and exploring places. He loves traveling and does so frequently.

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