Technicians & Support Team
Martha Andriolatos, CVT, VTS (ECC), Inpatient Services Lead
Martha graduated from University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 2004. Soon after graduating, in 2005, she became a part of the Angell team in the Inpatient Services department, primarily working in the Critical Care Unit (CCU), and has been a lead technician since 2011. Along with her technician certification, she obtained her specialty certification in emergency and critical care in 2014. When she is not busy saving lives in our CCU, Martha enjoys traveling and her time outdoors with family and friends. Kayaking, camping, and lounging on the beach are just a few of her favorites. Martha lives just outside of Boston with her goofy Boston terrier, Vern and three cats: Mumfie, Blue Boy and Mingo.
Melanie Coiro, CVT, VTS (ECC), Inpatient Services Lead
Melanie decided on a career change after many years as a successful Chef. She had always been inter
ested in animal biology with studies from the University of Buffalo. After nursing 2 20yr old cats at home, she knew she’d found her second passion.Melanie began working at Angell 14 years ago as a primary care attendant while she completed her veterinary technician degree through an online program at St. Petersburg College in Fl. She obtained her certification and became a CVT in 2005 and achieved her VTS (ECC) certification in 2016. Melanie has been a Lead Critical Care technician since 2009.Melanie still loves to cook at home and baking treats for her fellow employees. She spends her free time traveling with her husband and relaxing with her cats, Yoda and Clementine.
Nikki Martin, Inpatient Services Administrative Assistant
Nikki started working at Angell in 2014 as a Primary Care Attendant. In 2015 she moved into the position of Inpatient Services Administrative Assistant. In her spare time she enjoys photography and taking her dog Jake on hikes.
Deidre Pedato, CVT, Inpatient Services Lead
Deidre was born and raised in Massachusetts. She graduated from North
Shore Community College in 1996 and obtained her certification that year. Deidre has worked overnights since 1999. She started working at Angell in April 2009 and accepted a lead technician position in December 2014.
When not at work Deidre enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.\
Andrea Pinto, CVT, Inpatient Services Lead
Andrea graduated from Mount Ida College with a bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology in 2010, became a certified veterinary technician, and started working at Angell shortly after. She started with Inpatient Services as a certified tech and has primarily worked in our Critical Care Unit since 2011. She most recently has become one of our Inpatient Services Lead Technicians. Outside of work, Andrea enjoys spending time with family, friends, her dog, Roxanne, and cat, Dunkin. She also enjoys the outdoors with various activities around New England, including hiking, kayaking and camping.
Kristen Tefft, CVT, Inpatient Services Supervisor
Kristen started working in the veterinary field in 2006 and completed her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from Great Bay Community College in 2009. She started at Angell in 2011 as a Critical Care Unit Technician and made the transition to Inpatient Services Supervisor in 2012. When Kristen is not at Angell she enjoys drawing/painting and spending time with her friends, family and dog Lylah.
Carrie Thistle, CVT, VTS (ECC) Inpatient Services Lead
Carrie originally joined the Angell team in 2005 as a technician in the Inpatient Services department. In 2010 she became a certified veterinary technician. In 2014 Carrie took a brief hiatus from small animal medicine to work with sea turtles. In 2015 she earned her technician specialty in emergency and critical care and rejoined the Angell team in 2016 as a lead technician in the Inpatient Services department. She lives outside Boston with her family, including a dog, 2 cats, a turtle, and 4 frogs.
Ifer Tuzzo, CVT, VTS (ECC), Inpatient Services Lead
Ifer started her veterinary career as a certified veterinary technician in 1995 and has been working exclusively in Emergency and Critical Care since 1999. In 2006 she received her Veterinary Technician Specialist Certification in Emergency and Critical Care. She joined the Angell Inpatient team as an overnight lead in 2011. Ifer lives outside of Boston with her husband, son, 3 cats, a dog and a red eared slider.
Andrew Wood, RVT Inpatient Services Supervisor
Andrew graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology in 1998 and received his RVT license shortly after. In the course of his career, he has held numerous positions including Technician Supervisor and Practice Manager, with his primary area of interest being anesthesia and surgery. In 2013, Andrew transitioned from Northern California to the Boston area and joined Angell as an Inpatient Services Supervisor with a new focus on emergency and critical care medicine. He currently lives in the South Shore area with his wife, two sons and Labrador, George Harrison. In his spare time he enjoys camping, wood working, spending time in the deaf community and light saber battles with his sons.
Nikki Auriemma, Client Care Coordinator, Emergency/Critical Care
Nikki has over 11 years’ experience in animal care including work as a dog handler and veterinary technician. She joined the Client Care Coordinator team to work with the Emergency Critical Care and Ophthalmology services in 2016. Nikki lives in Boston with her husband, and her fur son Petey Pablo, the rescued pit bull. She also has a fur sister named Harlee Jane who was rescued from Puerto Rico, and who vacations at her home often! Nikki has found the Client Care Coordinator role to be a great match for her experience, compassion, and love for all animals.
Lindsey Huttner, Client Care Coordinator, Emergency/Critical Care
Lindsey joined the Angell team in 2018 as a Client Liaison, where she was able to combine her 10 years of experience in customer service with her love of animals. In the spring of 2019 she moved to her current position as the evening Client Care Coordinator for the Internal Medicine, Emergency/Critical Care, and Cardiology services. Lindsey grew up in the Greater Boston area and graduated from Boston College in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. She has always been inspired by MSPCA-Angell’s reputation for compassion and excellence and was excited to move her career to Angell and find meaning in her work. Lindsey enjoys snuggling with her family’s 11-year-old Bichon mix, Ben, and taking him for walks at his favorite parks and ponds around Boston.
Kate O'Brien, Client Care Coordinator, Emergency/Critical Care
In 2014, Kate began working in Angell’s outpatient clinic department after graduating from New England Institute of Technology and becoming a CVT. She spent 4 years treating outpatients, and fell in love with the client care/education aspect of the job. In early 2019, she joined the evening Client Care Coordinator team in support of Angell’s Associate Veterinarians. She has a passion for teaching clients how to perform important at-home nursing care. She resides with two senior cats and an ever-growing number of house plants.
Robin Peters, ER Intake Associate, Emergency/Critical Care
Robin has worked at Angell as ER Intake Associate since 2017, bringing with her a wide variety of experiences connected to the animal world. She monitored osprey as a summer research assistant in college, cared for rodent colonies as a grad student and research associate, taught biology, volunteered in an animal shelter and in spay/neuter clinics, and was a beekeeper for over twenty years.