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Staff

  • Joe Covino
    D.V.M
    Originally from Connecticut, Dr. Covino relocated to Naples, Florida, with his family in 1985. After graduating from St. John Neumann High School, he attended Iona College in New York State, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Professional Biology. Dr. Covino earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. As part of his studies, Dr. Covino was the lead researcher in a retrospective study on canine acute infected pancreatitis justifying the use of antibiotics in acute pancreatitis in canine patients. He chose to compete to obtain post-doctoral training through a national internship program. He matched with Oradell Animal Hospital, a 36,000 square foot, multi-specialty, 24-hour referral and general practice in Paramus, New Jersey. It was at Oradell that Dr. Covino gained vast experience in a 13-month rotating medicine and surgery program. His direct guidance and communication with specialists in internal medicine, surgery, radiology, emergency and critical care, behavior, neurology, cardiology and nutrition helped hone his skills. Daily rounds ensured that all cases, not just Dr. Covino's, were discussed and shared. In addition to the exposure of cases, he also began dating Dr. Jennifer Dewe-Mathews. After completing his internship, Dr. Covino relocated to Florida and has been practicing in the Naples area where he remained as an associate for more than 5 years. The experience that Dr. Covino gained triggered both the knowledge and competence to design and open a state-of-the art hospital, animal wellness center of bonita. Dr. Covino resides with his wife, Dr. Jennifer Dewe-Mathews, son Vincent, daughter Charlotte, American Staffordshire Terrier Olivia and 3 cats (Chicken, Nigel and Martini).
  • Lon Miyahira
    D.V.M.
    Dr. Lon Miyahira received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Oregon in 1992. In 1996 he graduated from Oregon State’s College of Veterinary Medicine.Dr. Miyahira’s areas of interest in veterinary medicine include; emergency and critical care, orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, dentistry, internal medicine and pain management.During his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, sports, fishing (although rarely catching), and volunteering for C.R.O.W (Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife).
  • Joy Cohen
    D.V.M

    Dr. Cohen grew up in SW Florida with a love for animals both small and large. Her family had dogs, cats, horses,cows, and chickens!, Much of her time as a child was spent tending to her pets and horseback riding. Both her parents were involved in the medical field so veterinary medicine was a natural choice for her from a young age. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a Doctorate in Veteinary Medicine at the University of Florida, Dr Cohen decided that small animal veterinary medicine was her passion. She worked in Florida and New York City before returning to SW Florida. Dr. Cohen’s interests in veterinary medicine include wellness, internal medicine, and dermatology. Dr. Cohen loves SW Florida for the beautiful outdoors and wildlife. She enjoys the beach, biking, and taking walks in the Florida sunshine.

  • Cristy Marecki
    Office Manager

    Cristy came to join us last year. Cristy shares a love of animals as she grew up in 4-H and on a Sheep farm. She has a vast experience in Customer service and marketing. Her goals for us are simple to reach as many SW Floridians as possible to make them aware of our priority of animal wellness and excellent care. Cristy lives with her daughter Rosie a third year phycology major and her two cats Wasabi and Tuna. In her off time you can find her volunteering at St. Matthews House or at the Beach.

  • Kristina
    Client Service Representative
    Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Kristina moved with her family to Southwest Florida in 1995. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and her Associates Degree in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing from Florida Gulfcoast University in 2008. After working for the State Attorney's Office in Collier County, and interning for a criminal defense attorney in Naples, she discovered that criminal justice no longer appealed, and decided to pursue her passion and childhood dream of working with animals. She began by volunteering with local rescue groups, and working with the Humane Society of Naples. Kristina has been working in the field of veterinary medicine since 2005. animal wellness center of bonita warmly welcomes Kristina to our medical team. Currently residing in Bonita Springs with her three cats: Vito, Chester, and Zak, Kristina is an avid Florida Gators, Florida Everblades, Chicago Blackhawks, and Chicago Bears fan. Very involved in animal rescue, Kristina serves on the board of Golden Retriver Rescue of SW Florida. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her animals... going to ice hockey games, traveling, boating, jet skiing, attending animal rescue events, and going to country music concerts.
  • Jordyn
    Veterinary Technician
    Jordyn was born in Naples, and has never lived anywhere besides beautiful Southwest Florida. Jordyn's love for animals started at a very young age, and lead to her enrollment into the Veterinary Technician Academy for two years during high school. After high school, Jordyn attended FGCU & FSW for Criminal Justice with plans of becoming a Humane Law Enforcement Officer. Jordyn started working as an veterinary assistant in 2010 and quickly became a technician because of her hard work and dedication. Jordyn is currently enrolled at FSW for Business Management, and hopes to one day be a Veterinary Practice Manager. Jordyn is known in our as the “Pet Whisperer,” since her singing has a natural calming affect on animals. Jordyn is also responsible for working with some of our local animal rescue groups and considers herself an pitbull advocate, as she feels that they are the most misunderstood breed. Jordyn’s work with rescues has lead to one of the greatest moments of her life, the day she adopted Albi from Wee Waggin Rescue! According to Jordyn; Albi is the sweetest, most loving dog with the greatest human-like personality. Albi makes Jordyn laugh everyday and loves to play basketball, run around in circles, and playing in water. In Jordyn’s free time, she enjoys the beach, campfires, going out with friends, and spending as much time with family as possible.
  • Shawna
    Veterinary Technician
    Shawna began her career in veterinary medicine fresh out of high school in Naples. She started at a small practice as a receptionist, but her love of caring for animals caused her to quickly take interest in patient care and work on her skills to become a technician. Over the last 10 years, Shawna has been a technician at both day practices and emergency clinics. She spent two years working in emergency and critical care medicine. In her spare time, Shawna enjoys spending time at the beach, four-wheeling, doing photography, and as she says “going on adventures!
  • Deirdre Burke
    Assistant Veterinary Technician

    Deirdre was born and raised in Chicago. While in Chicago she studied and received her BA in Performing Arts Management. She began her career as a concert promoter for a production company. Her love for live music is strong, her love for animals is stronger. In 2015, she moved to SWFL to pursue her life long dream of working with animals. Deirdre works in both general practice and in Emergent care. When she is not working, you can find her at the beach or hanging out with her pet bunny 'BUNS'.