Our Team Bios in Ormond Beach, FL
Amber Carter, DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice)
Dr. Carter earned degrees from both Duke University and the University of Central Florida prior to graduating from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. From the beginning of veterinary school, Dr. Carter knew she wanted to focus on cats! She was an Associate Veterinarian with Cat Care Clinic from 2007-2010 and loved working in a cat-only hospital. Life took her back home to NC but she returned to Ormond Beach in 2014 to purchase Cat Care Clinic. In 2018, Dr. Carter earned the credentials of “Board Certified Feline Specialist” as a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, making her one of only two in Florida (with the other being our own Dr. Nixon). Dr. Carter lives with her husband Kenny (who is the Practice Manager), her two young children Cotton and August, their four black cats Cracker, Sioux, Biscuit and Panther, and a brown dog named Pete the Cat! She loves college football, seeking out good BBQ (Memphis or Eastern NC style!), listening to bluegrass and living near the beach!
Leslie Nixon, DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice)
Former owner of Cat Care Clinic
Dr. Nixon graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine (magna cum laude) in 1995 and founded Cat Care Clinic of Ormond Beach in 2000. In 2004, Dr. Nixon earned the credentials of “Board Certified Feline Specialist” as a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, making her one of only two in Florida (with the other being our own Dr. Carter).
Robin Jaeger, DVM, DABVP (Canine/Feline)
Dr. Robin Jaeger graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine with high honors in 2001. She then completed an intensive 13-month rotating internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, MA. Before joining Cat Care Clinic, she worked at an Emergency and Specialty hospital in NY, for many years as the ICU director. She earned the title Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in Canine & Feline Practice in 2008, one of only 20 veterinarians who hold this title in Florida. Dr. Jaeger has a special interest in pain management, geriatric medicine, critical care and teaching. She has also co-authored a paper on heart arrhythmias in cats. Additionally, she is certified in veterinary acupuncture and veterinary medical manipulation (similar to chiropractics in humans!). In her free time, she enjoys the wonders of being outside with nature – hiking, biking or kayaking.
Kelsey Blackburn, DVM
Dr. Blackburn received her DVM degree from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. She also graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University with honors in psychology and a double minor in biology and chemistry. After veterinary school graduation, she completed a rigorous year-long rotating internship in surgery and internal medicine at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Charlotte, NC. Her special interests include ophthalmology and internal medicine. In her free time, she enjoys staying active, going to the beach, and cooking. She lives at home with 2 cats: April (a calico tabby) and Oliver (an orange tabby), as well as an array of exotic animals including a hedgehog, a rescued box turtle, and a corn snake.
Azais Curtean, DVM
Associate Veterinarian and ABVP Resident in Feline Practice
Dr. Curtean received her DVM degree from St. Matthew’s University in Grand Cayman Island. Prior to that she graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology, then received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Pittsburgh. After veterinary school she completed an intensive internship at Miami Veterinary Specialists in 2017-2018 and stayed on as a small animal emergency clinician while also working as a surgeon at the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s high volume spay/neuter clinic. Her special interests include feline soft tissue surgery, diagnostic imaging and endoscopy. Dr. Curtean is originally from Cuba and enjoys good Caribbean food and dancing to salsa music and reggaeton. She is an avid traveler and has visited over 40 countries around the world. She has two cats (Muffin Man and Missy Foo). Her most recent hobby is training in aerial silks with her 6-year-old daughter Liv.
Courtney is a technician assistant and is from Pierson, Florida. She grew up on a farm so naturally she has a strong passion for all animals! She loves to snuggle her cat, watch movies with her, and eat pizza!
Jenn is one of the friendly, smiling faces you will see at the front desk! She has been a receptionist with Cat Care Clinic since 2007. She enjoys interacting with the caring clients and loves being around the quiet demeanor of cats. She lives with her two cats, EB and Sinbad. In her spare time she enjoys reading, drawing and online gaming.
Jennifer is our other “Jennifer the Receptionist” and has worked for Cat Care Clinic for multiple years now. She lives with multiple special needs animals (Sasha the cat and Chi-Chi the French Bulldog). She enjoys spending time with family at the beach and in the water. She’s also an avid Ohio State football fan and has recently taken up yoga!
Mateya also comes to us from Ohio and has years of previous veterinary receptionist experience. She lives with her husband Corey and their 2-year-old son Cove. She has two cats; Poe and Spoink, and a dog named Dylan. In her spare time, she enjoys parks, the beach and thrifting.
Emily is our lead Veterinary Technician and has been with Cat Care Clinic since 2000. Emily wears many hats in the practice, acting as a technician, inventory manager and even filling in at the front desk from time to time. She loves getting to see all the breeds of cats and how unique they are. Of course, working with kittens is her favorite part of the job. She lives with her husband Kris, her children Hunter and Eva, their dog Moto and four cats: Wobbles (a special needs kitty who has Cerebellar Hypoplasia), Rogue, Wesley and Gizmo. She enjoys camping and riding her 4-wheeler.
Jenn has been with Cat Care Clinic since 2007. As a Veterinary Technician, Jenn is also our primary surgery technician and is very skilled at anesthesia monitoring and taking dental x-rays. She enjoys Cat Care Clinic because of the high quality medicine that is practiced. She has a teenage daughter and lives with her two cats, Spike and Echo, and her dog Sally. Jenn is always working on a home improvement project such as painting or yard work.
Kristen is one of our technician assistants. She is originally from Michigan but moved to Florida to escape the cold! She is an all-around animal lover and actually has a degree in Equine Science! Her animal family includes two horses, two dogs and, of course, five cats (Jaime, Rascal, Boo, Maltie and Sharky). She enjoys training and riding her horses, taking her dogs to the beach, art and writing.
Milicia is one of our veterinary technicians, having moved to FL from Vermont. She’s been an animal lover since childhood, with cats being her favorite! Milicia is a former police officer, having worked in Animal Control with the sheriff’s department. She lives with her husband Eric and four children (Ryan, Taylor, Matthew and Erica). She has five cats: Lincoln, Ebony, Gizmo, Rascal and Nugget, whom she adopted as a tiny stray from Cat Care Clinic.
Melanie (aka MJ)
Melanie was born and raised in Florida and has been in the veterinary field since 2012. In her spare time she enjoys photography, yoga, and outdoor activities. She really enjoys working with animals and can’t wait to meet your wonderful cats.
Melanie is a New York native but moved to Florida after high school and got her first veterinary technician job shortly after graduating college. She has experience working with cats, dogs and other small animals but has always considered herself a “cat person.” Melanie lives with her husband, two cats (Cali and Luna) and two young boys (Harrison and Holden). She enjoys spending time with family, swimming and exploring the great outdoors.
Caroline is one of our veterinary assistants. She was born and raised in Sweden until she was 10-years-old. From the age of 13 on her family ran an equestrian farm. Following her passion for animals, she worked for Pet Paradise for 9 years, eventually being promoted to Resort Manager. She also has experience working with Halifax Humane Society. She is excited to now work in a veterinary practice! She lives with her fiancé Bradley, their son Isaac, their three dogs (Chief, Skeeter and Diesel), and two guinea pigs (Clutch and Tesla).
Victoria is one of our technicians and has been in the veterinary field for 4 years. She is an animal lover and has 1 horse, 2 dogs and 5 cats (Kiki, Mookie, Sylvester, Tula and Goose). She enjoys boating, riding her horse and going out with friends to breweries.
Kirsten is one of our technician assistants. She was born & raised in the Midwest, but just recently moved to Florida to escape the cold. She spent 14 years working in the dental field, yet always knew she wanted to work with animals & decided to follow her heart. The first few years of her animal career were at a non-profit animal sanctuary, where she cared for 35 cats, 20 dogs, & a horse. The past couple years, she worked as a technician assistant at a small & large animal veterinary clinic, working with all kinds of animals from cats to cows! Felines, however, have always been her passion. She lives with her husband Josh, & their 7 kitties (Mia, Teacup, Zoe, Sammy, Odin, Quill, & Gamora). In her free time, she loves to kayak, spend time at the beach, and work on all kinds of home improvement projects.
Mackenzie moved from Ohio to Florida. In 1996 she started her first job at a vet clinic and realized very quickly that the veterinary field was where she was meant to be. In 2001 she graduated from the University of Cincinnati as a registered veterinary technician (RVT). She has worked with all types of animals but always been partial to cats. She has always had a passion for helping people and animals!
Kenny is our “behind the scenes” Practice Manager who keeps Cat Care Clinic running smoothly! He and Dr. Carter purchased the practice in 2015, leaving his corporate life behind. He will tell you, though, that his most important (and favorite) job is being a father to their son Cotton and daughter August! Kenny is a graduate of N.C. State University (BS in Business Administration), and is a huge fan of Wolfpack athletics, motorcycle racing, real food, BBQ and IPAs. He enjoys both kinds of music: Country and Western.