Martha graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 2004. Soon after graduating, she joined the Inpatient Services department at Angell, primarily working in the ER/ICU on the evening shift. Martha has been a Lead Technician since 2011 and became the Evening Shift Supervisor/Operations Coordinator in 2021. 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 ER/ICU, 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 crazy dog Jalapeño and her two cats: Mumfie and Barb.
Rocio Carrasco, Inpatient Services Manager
Rocio has worked as an ICU nurse since 2004. She was an Inpatient Supervisor at Angell from 2004 to 2008. She then worked at VCA Brookline as their Lead Technician until 2012. From 2012 to 2021, Rocio worked as the Clinical Technical Supervisor at Boston West Emergency and Critical Care. She managed all of the technicians at that practice (ECC, IM, Surgery, Radiology, and Ophthalmology) and worked on the clinical floor. Rocio is fluent in Spanish; some of her hobbies are photography, yoga, and hiking.
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 interested in animal biology with studies from the University of Buffalo. After nursing two 20-year-old cats at home, she knew she had 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 Florida. She obtained her certification and became a CVT in 2005 and achieved her veterinary technician specialist 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.
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.
Tina DiBella, CVT, VTS (ECC) Inpatient Services Lead
Tina graduated from Becker College in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science. She joined the Angell team in 2005 as an attendant and moved into a Critical Care Unit Technician position in 2006. Tina received her Veterinary Technician Specialist Certification in Emergency and Critical Care in 2014 and has been an Inpatient Services Lead technician since 2019. Outside of work, Tina enjoys spending time with her family, their cat Lola, and dog Pumpkin.
Kristie Nardini, Manager of Attendants, Administrative Assistants, and Volunteers
Kristie Nardini started at the MSPCA-Angell as the Volunteer Coordinator, where she designed and implemented a new program to help support the veterinary staff. Kristie has a particular interest in engaging young professionals in service and creating unique experiences for volunteers, and throughout her time at Angell, she became more passionate about engagement and program development, which led her to her current role. As a manager, Kristie helps the staff in our Inpatient department by creating training, fostering a network of support through onboarding, and building meaningful experiences for our animal care attendants to further their careers in this industry. She also assists our administrative team with best practices and professional development.
Kristie earned her bachelor’s in social work from Western New England University and her master’s in Community Engagement from Merrimack College. She is known for adopting senior cats and advocating for fostering animals.