Meet the Team
Dr. Nicole Breda – Medical Director
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
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. Danielle Libman
Dr. Danielle Libman is a graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, West Indies with completion of her clinical year at University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to joining our team, she worked in general practice in Southern New Hampshire and completed a specialty internship in Emergency and Critical Care at Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital. Some of her areas of interest include emergency medicine, dermatology and preventative medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors with her dogs and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Michelle Guarin
Dr. Guarin (Dr.”G”) received a BA cum laude in Biology at Tufts College and graduated from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She completed a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at VCAs Aurora and Berwyn in Chicago, IL in 2012. Prior to joining our team, she worked at Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital, Marshfield Animal Hospital, and VCA Povar. Dr. G really enjoys surgery and anesthesia, emergency medicine, and aquatic medicine. On her days off, she likes to play outdoors with her daughter and husband.
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.
Victor Vigo, Veterinary Technician
Originally from Puerto Rico, Victor attended the University of Puerto Rico where he graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in General Science. He continued his studies in Medicine at the Universidad Central del Caribe and transferred to the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Ureña where he obtained with honors the degree of Doctor in Veterinary Medicine. In 2005, he started working as an associate of veterinary medicine in a small animal general practice in Puerto Rico. In 2011, Victor moved to Massachusetts and started working as a veterinary technician at a specialty and emergency hospital. In 2013, he started working in Boston Veterinary Care.
Stephanie Clark, Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)
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!
Sue Miller, CVT
Sue graduated from Suffolk University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She began working for the ARL as an animal care attendant in 2000. She then took a veterinary technician position on the ARL Spay Waggin’ in 2001 and became lead shelter technician in 2003. With her work experience and bachelor’s degree, she became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2004. Over the past decade, Sue has worked in the surgery and anesthesia department at Angell Animal Medical Center, the emergency department at a referral hospital in NH, and general medicine at some local veterinary practices. She rejoined ARL at Boston Veterinary Care in 2013. Additionally, Sue volunteers her time for the ARL Fix-a-Feral program and fosters sick or injured animals for our shelter. When not working, Sue spends her time with her husband, daughter, and two lazy cats.
Lianna Sansone, Veterinary Technician
Lianna graduated from Norfolk County Agricultural High school in 2013. She is currently enrolled at Ashworth University studying for her associate’s degree in veterinary technology. Prior to working at BVC, Lianna worked at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in their Internal Medicine and ICU departments. Lianna is especially interested in reptiles and pocket pets. At home, Lianna lives with two bearded dragons, a Tokay gecko, a Green Cheek Conure and a German Shepherd named Crimson. In her free time, Lianna likes to spend time with her son, Bryce and watch the Bruins!
Michaela Richards, Veterinary Technician
Michaela 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. Michaela 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 Michaela 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 Michaela as he will live to be over 50 years old!!
Fiona Sullivan, Veterinary Assistant/Client Liaison
Fiona studied Holistic Psychology at Lesley University before moving abroad. She lived in Italy and England before settling in Australia. While living there she managed a Greek food truck. She moved back to Boston just before the pandemic. Fiona has volunteered at the Vieques Humane Society in Vieques, Puerto Rico throughout her life. This is where she eventually adopted her dog Ted. Fiona enjoys cooking, good books and hiking with Ted.
Magdalena Burbano, Veterinary Assistant/Client Liaison
Maggie graduated with her B.A. in Sociology from Boston University and finished her final semester specializing in nonprofit management through Università Bocconi in Milan, Italy. She has worked with pets as a dog walker and daycare attendant in both Manhattan and Boston and has volunteered at the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Boston Animal Care & Adoption Center for four years. She loves baking, traveling, and being an ARL foster parent!
Beverly Hardcastle, Practice Administrator
Beverly’s former work with horses lead her to The Animal Rescue League of Boston, where she began working as a cruelty investigator with the League’s Law Enforcement Department in 1993. From there, she moved to ARL’s Salem shelter, where she held the position of Assistant Shelter Manager for eight years. In 2003, Beverly transitioned to what is now known as Boston Veterinary Care, where Beverly is responsible for all administrative aspects of the practice. When not at work, Beverly enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and their 18-year-old cat, Caesar.