Meet the Team
Dr. Nicole Breda – Director of Veterinary Medicine (she/her/hers)
Dr. Nicole Breda is a graduate of the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada, where she was awarded the Hill’s Buddy Award for exemplary patient care. She has been working in general practice and in non-profit since graduating in 2010. She has special interests in pain management, surgery and community outreach. When she isn’t working she enjoys spending her time traveling or relaxing at home on the south shore with her husband, her boy/girl twins and her boxer, Brando.
Dr. Christina ‘Kajsa’ Newlin (she/her/hers)
Dr. Christina Kajsa Newlin is a graduate of Yale University and Tufts Veterinary School (now the Cummings Veterinary School at Tufts University). She has been practicing general medicine and surgery at the ARL since 1998.
In 2001 she completed the IVAS Veterinary Acupuncture Course which integrates a balanced background of the fundamentals of the scientific basis and application of acupuncture, as well as a background in the fundamentals and applications of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Her other special interests include surgery and pain management. When not working, she enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Clarissa Williams
Dr. Williams is a graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her clinical year at Purdue University. Before joining BVC she worked in Rhode Island in a general practice setting which included routine appointments, urgent care and emergency. Dr Williams’s professional interests are shelter medicine, behavior, rehabilitation and pain management. Outside of the hospital, she shares her home with her partner and many rescues pets. She enjoys nature and kayaking but also likes podcasts, music and learning new instruments.
Dr. Cathy Sun
Dr. Sun was born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated from Boston College in 2010 with a bachelor’s in Biology. She earned her veterinary medicine degree from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 2015 and continued her education with a rotating internship in Sacramento, CA. She is passionate about feline medicine, soft tissue surgery, and practicing fear-free animal care. She has a black cat at home and enjoys vegetarian cuisine, DIY, and Zumba.
Sade Franco-Ogunleye, Practice Manager (she/her/hers)
Sade graduated with her B.S. in Business Administration and Management (concentrating in Operations and Technology Management) from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. She worked in people medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for several years with a brief stint in the food and beverage industry before her love for puppies and kittens drew her towards the Animal Rescue League. She is eagerly looking forward to catching “Adoption Fever” and bringing home a furry friend of her own in the near future. Her professional interests include operations/project management, process improvement, and data science. In her spare time she enjoys running, solo travel, and frequenting the theatre.
Stephanie Clark, Technician Supervisor
Stephanie attended the State University of New York at Canton where she was a varsity soccer captain. She graduated in 2012 with a degree in Veterinary Technology and passed her licensing exam that same year. Stephanie joined the Boston Veterinary Care team in January 2014, working until January 2020 when she left to gain experience working at Tufts V.E.T.S.. Luckily she elected to again join the BVC team in the summer of 2020. She is mom to a white dove, aptly named Bird- an ARL alum. And in her spare time, she loves traveling, music, football, and celebrating the entire month of her birthday!
Karli Crocker, Veterinary Technician
Graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2018 with a Bachelors Degree in Photography and Criminal Justice. I grew up loving animals and found myself working as a Vet Tech in Arizona. I wanted to explore new opportunities so I moved to Boston. I hope to survive New England winters while working at BVC and working towards my Law Degree. I have two little fur children, Ron and Rey. I love cuddling all animals and helping them have a happy healthy life.
Mickey Richards, Veterinary Technician
Mickey graduated from Oliver Ames High School in 2017 and quickly discovered her passion for animals. She has been working with animals for the last few years and has loved every second of it. Mickey first found an interest in dog grooming and, though she loved it, she found that she wanted to have more of a meaningful impact on animals and transitioned into working as a vet tech at her town’s local animal hospital. As of now she is currently in school working on getting her degree in veterinary technology as well as her certification. Though Mickey loves interacting and connecting with animals, she loves making connections with people as well. She currently lives at home with her Russian tortoise Beans, her high school graduation gift! Beans will live a long happy life with Mickey as he will live to be over 50 years old!
Kelly Donahue, Veterinary Technician (she/her/hers)
Kelly has been working as a veterinary technician for 8 years with 2 degrees in veterinary technology. Before working with BVC, Kelly worked at MassVet as an emergency and ICU tech, and also did an internship with Angell Memorial. Kelly has 3 dogs– Titan, Xena, and Simba and recently welcomed a new baby into her home! In her free time, Kelly enjoys playing softball, volleyball, hiking, paddle boarding, and video games.
Aidan Hickey, Veterinary Technician (he/him/his)
Aidan graduated from Unity College in 2021 with a degree in Captive Wildlife Care and Education. He has been working with animals his whole life and is happy to be back in veterinary medicine. In his free time, Aidan enjoys baking, painting, and hiking with his dogs, Thelma and Louise. He is also a proud dad to two cockatiels, a bearded dragon, and a leopard gecko.
Brenda Jarillo, Veterinary Assistant (she/her/hers)
Brenda’s Bachelor of Fine Arts, earned with high honors from C.W. Post of Long Island University in 2002 lends itself more to her personal time than professional. She promptly left behind the photography studio for a career in hospitality. The ensuing years found her managing restaurants and helming bars in Brooklyn, San Francisco and Boston. Seeking a way to combine further learning with interests she enjoys; Brenda was inspired by her lifelong love of the four legged and furry to pursue a new area of hospitality here within our community-oriented veterinary environment. Her free time finds her buried in innumerable pursuits of creative craft, consuming untold volumes of cheese, biking, canoeing rain or shine with her partner, and napping with her two elderly pups.
Anastasia Fournier-Wassink, Client Liaison (she/her/hers)
A Junior at CU Boulder currently on a gap year, Anastasia is studying to do Wildlife Rehabilitation. At a young age Anastasia always knew she wanted to help animals and rehabilitation seemed the way to go. She has experience working with cats, dogs, horses, reptiles, rodents and more and has always been mistaken for her mother receptionist, so working as a Client Liaison at BVC seemed like the right move. In her spare time, she can be found gaming at home with her roommates, reading on the porch with her pets, listening to live music, watching TV until 2 am, or annoying her best friends from across the country.
Evelyn-Cameron, Client Liaison
Evelyn graduated from Lesley University in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology. She and her partner live in Brighton with their two cats, Esther and Arrietty, and their hamster, Tapioca. Her love of animals and desire to be involved in her community brought her to BVC. Here she is excited to use her community organizing background to connect with clients and learn more about animals! In her spare time, Evelyn enjoys going to the movies, going on camping trips, and playing video games.