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Meet the Surgery Team
Cristin, Lead Anesthesia Technician, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia)
Cristin has been a veterinary technician since 1997, starting in Emergency/Critical Care, then moving to Anesthesia in 2010, where she became credentialed as a veterinary technician specialist in Anesthesia/Analgesia in 2015. She started as lead anesthesia tech at Angell West in March of 2022.
Cristin’s professional areas of interest include anesthesia of the critical patient, teaching and empowering technicians, and preventing compassion fatigue.
Outside of work, her hobbies include gardening, birding, crosswords, and hiking with her all-terrain Chihuahua.
Penny, CVT, Anesthesia Technician
Penny graduated from Western Career College in California in 2002 and completed externships at an exotic specialty clinic, orthopedic practice, and a surgical team at Bay Area Veterinary Specialists. While in California, Penny volunteered for a cat rescue group and practiced at a general medicine hospital in the Bay Area, where she was mainly a dental technician and worked with a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon.
In 2004, Penny moved to the suburbs outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She started an online veterinary program through St Petersburg College in Florida to help her take the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam). Since earning her Bachelor’s degree and becoming a CVT, Penny has worked at a general practice in Pennsylvania for ten years, where she excelled in emergency, surgery, anesthesia, phlebotomy, and laboratory skills.
Later, she moved to Lowell, MA, and joined the Angell West team, where she hopes to one day specialize in Anesthesia or Critical Care and Emergency. She looks forward to a fast-paced environment conducive to learning more advanced skills and being able to help with the most critical patients.
Natalie, Anesthesia Technician, CVT
Natalie started working in the field in 2007 and trained on the job as a technician. She returned to school to obtain a Bachelor in Veterinary Science degree and graduated in 2014. In the near future, Natalie wants to earn a VTS in Anesthesia. She has worked in general practice, surgery, anesthesia, and was previously a surgery technician supervisor at Blue Pearl.
Outside of work, Natalie likes spending time outdoors, camping, hiking, kayaking, swimming, and watching movies outside on the projector by the fire. She has a son who is also a big animal lover, and she’s also a mom to two cats and a dog at home.