Meet Your Pet’s Emergency Team
Diane Johnson, DVM
Dr. Johnson received her veterinary education at Ross University in 1994.
She has practiced emergency medicine since graduation and possesses a strong background in surgery, cardiology, and ultrasound. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, her menagerie of pets including horses, doing Bikram Yoga, and all kinds of water sports. Dr. Johnson’s latest hobby is camping in her 25 foot Airstream.
Cassandra Van Nieuwal, DVM
Veterinary Medicine has always been a part of her life. Dr. Van Nieuwal is following in the footsteps of her grandmother and aunt who have been involved with equine care and veterinary medicine for many years. At age 3 she was already involved caring for animals and knew she wanted to become a veterinarian.
Dr. Van Nieuwal obtained her veterinary degree from Ross University in 2015 including her clinical year at Louisiana State University. While trained in all aspects of veterinary care, her strong interests are in exotic medicine and surgery, as well as endoscopy. In addition to her veterinary training at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and Louisiana State University, she also has prior work and teaching experience at Bowling Green State University Herpetarium. Dr. Van Nieuwal is a mom to a plethora of pets including a rescue dog and a long haired cat from the Island of St. Kitts, three other rescue cats, a pitbull, a snake, and a turtle.
Having transplanted from Ohio to Florida, her free time includes running with her dogs, horseback riding, snowboarding, paddle boarding, jet skiing, and spending time with family and friends.
Kathleen Massa, DVM
Dr. Massa started her career in animal care as a veterinary assistant/technician in Pennsylvania. She then attended St. George’s University and finished her clinical year at the University of Florida. Apart from Emergency medicine, she enjoys exotics medicine and ultrasonography. Dr. Massa loves to travel and spend times with friends and family, including her pets, Baby Ruth and Peppermint Patty.
Alyssa Carver, DVM, MS, CCRP
As a former classmate of Dr. Westberry’s, we are thrilled to have Dr. Carver join our team. After completing her veterinary degree at St. Georges University in Grenada, Dr. Carver took a position in western Pennsylvania close to where she grew up, where she’s been practicing for the last two years. With a little coaxing from Dr. Westberry, and the promise of year-round sunshine (plus a few hurricanes), the decision to take the plunge and become a Floridian was not that difficult. Dr. Carver is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, Fear Free Certified, and USDA Accredited. Outside of work, she loves the outdoors, enjoys boating, hanging out with friends, and working out. Her current family consists of two cats that she adopted from Grenada named Tuko and KeeKee.
Kari Lemanski, DVM
Dr. Lemanksi was born and raised in western Pennsylvania and always had a love and appreciation for animals. To gain experience during her studies, she worked as a small animal veterinary assistant from 2013 throughout veterinary school, during summer and winter breaks.
She earned a bachelor of science in animal science at the University of Findlay in Ohio. After receiving a doctorate in veterinary medicine from St. George’s University Veterinary School, she completed her clinical year at Ohio State University in 2020.
When not caring for animals at the hospital, she enjoys swimming, traveling, spending time with family, friends, and three dogs – Bella, Cooper, and Winston.
Veterinary Technicians and Assistants
Hi, I’m Stephanie and I have been in this field since my first job. Since I was in elementary school I wanted to work with animals. As the years passed I realized my passion was dogs. BIG dogs. I currently own 4 Dogues De Bordeaux (aka the “Turner and Hooch” dogs) among French Bulldogs. What can I say- I love the smushed faces! I have had my hand in showing and owned the #6 bitch in the country in 2016. She also placed in the infamous Westminister dog show! Competing in other “sports” with them is also something my husband and I love to do. I breed DDB and French Bulldogs, but my passion outside the show ring, and of course my job, is Neonatal care, birthing and whelping litters of puppies (which usually included cleaning a lot of poop!) Other than that my husband, and our brood enjoy fishing, boating, and spending time with friends out by the fire.
Lazara “Laz” Davis has been working hard to complete her Veterinary Technician certification and loves the variety of cases seen at Animal Emergency Hospital Volusia. Laz shares her life and home with her husband, three adorable children, several dogs, and cats.
My name is Taylor. I’ve been working in the animal field for about 9 years. My experience includes work in animal shelters, animal sanctuaries, and vet clinics. I have multiple certifications in animal welfare, including an animal control officer certification. Currently, I am working on attaining my CVT degree. I have a pit bull and a one eyed snowshoe (cat) and I love foxes! I enjoy working with animals and clients to make their lives happier and healthier. This truly is my passion and I am happy to help animals in any way I can.
Tiffany is from North Georgia. She has been in the veterinary field for about 6 years. Starting as a kennel tech at her local humane society and working very hard to become a veterinary assistant/technician, she has worked in the shelter setting and in the general practice setting, and is very excited to be a part of the emergency environment. She loves all animals and has 5 of her own. She hopes to someday become a veterinarian and plans to learn as much as possible here at AEHV while going through school. She loves clients and their pets and is always willing to help whenever she is needed. This career is her life and her passion, and she always makes the most of it!
I have worked in the veterinary field for over fifteen years, with the last five focused on emergency medicine. I have been married to my husband for fourteen years and we have three daughters, a son and three grandchildren. When I am not working at the hospital, I enjoy spending time with them. I also love horseback riding, fishing and gardening.
I love working in emergency medicine because it is so rewarding. I am thankful for the opportunity to become part of the AEHV family!
Tiffany is originally from Charleston, SC and moved to Florida recently. She graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver, CO in 2000 and has over 16 years working in veterinary medicine. She previously worked in a high volume 24 hour practice that included a board certified orthopedic surgical specialist, a large internal medicine department and a high volume emergency department. She enjoys the Florida sunshine, gardening, the beach and spending time with her numerous dogs and birds. She enjoys giving loving care to pets in need and is excited to be able to serve the Volusia/Flagler area’s pets and their families.
My name is Samantha, and I am originally from Baltimore, MD and moved to Palm Coast in March of 2018. I received my bachelor’s degrees in psychology and animal behavior in 2014 from Towson University. I have worked in the animal care industry for almost 10 years and love the satisfaction of seeing smiling faces on both pets and their owners. This field is truly my passion, and I am excited to be a part of the AEHV team! You can find me spending my free time with my boyfriend and our furry family, which includes two Presa Canarios, a German shepherd, and one cat that rules us all.
Hi, my name is Colton. I’ve been working in veterinary medicine for almost 10 years now and love every bit of it. I’m excited to be a team member at AEHV, as I continue to grow and learn even more within the field. I have three dogs of my own (Pit bull, German Shorthair Pointer, and French Bulldog). When I’m not at work I enjoy the outdoors, sports, and anything on the water. You can find me at a pool, on the boat or the beach any chance I can get. Love my friends, family and enjoy always having a positive attitude.
Hello, my name is Crystal. I love working as a veterinary assistant. I love animals and have many pets of my own. I am currently in college studying and my dream is to one day follow in the footsteps of my aunt and become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
Hi! My name is Malik Moseley and my passion for animals started when I was young and continues to this day. I’ve been a veterinary assistant here at AEHV for two years and it has been nothing but a learning experience for me. I’m grateful to be a part of this team. I’m originally from New York, but I’ve been a Florida resident after graduating college. I attended the Great Bethune-Cookman University here in Daytona Beach and received my Bachelor of Science degree in biology with an emphasis in pre-vet studies in 2017. I hope to use my degree to further my career in the animal field. When I’m not working, I’m mostly lounging, playing video games, playing with my dog Koda, roller skating and spending time with my friends.
Hi, I’m Samantha; I recently made an exciting career shift navigating from human medicine into veterinary medicine. I was born and raised in a small upstate New York town with two stop lights and 3,000 residents. However, after living in Volusia County for nine years, southern culture has become just as much a part of me as my northern roots. My childhood home was a self-sustaining farm and my time there is what cultivated my deep love and connection with animals and the great outdoors. When not at work I can be found exploring new trails with my furry sidekick, Willow or with my nose buried in a book. I have a real passion for knowledge and look forward to tackling this new adventure in veterinary medicine and the challenges it brings.
Hi, I’m originally from upstate New York, and I moved to Florida in 2004 to go to culinary school. After many exciting years in the food industry, I decided to choose a different career path. I have grown up with animals my whole life and now it brings me joy and privilege to not only be working with animals but the many talented people who care for them.
Hello, I am from Key West Florida, a born and raised Floridian. I have three dogs and two cats that are all rescues. I have been in the veterinary field for almost 10 years. Animals have always been my passion. I have worked in primary veterinarian care, SPCA adoption center, and the Humane Society my whole life. I started in kennels and have worked both as a veterinarian assistant and as a client service representative. I love being in the outdoors, on the ocean, and riding my motorcycle. I also find peace and serenity in being of service to my community and fellow humans. I’m so grateful to be working in emergency veterinary medicine with such amazing like-minded people. I am very lucky to be doing the thing I love the most with people who share my love and passion for animals.
Hi, I am Joan! I moved to New Smyrna Beach in 2012 and I am finally in the field that I have so wanted to be in since I was a little girl. I am currently studying to become a veterinary assistant. Growing up in rural Florida I got to see and play various animals while horseback riding or walking around. Some of the unusual ‘pets’ that I was able to learn about and release were an armadillo and a mole named Mr. Magoo just to mention a few. While living in Miami for many years I raised and bred cockatiels. I always found strays and strays found me so that I could find their fur-ever home.
Sunni Willis, CVT
Sunni is a recent transplant from Massachusetts. She is a certified veterinary technician (CVT) and has over 20 years of experience in veterinary medicine and hospital management.
Sunni has two grown children, her daughter has followed in her footsteps and is a veterinary technician and her son is finishing his graduate degree with plans to be a history teacher. She shares her home with her husband, and three dogs, a mixed breed named Disco and two Chihuahuas named John Gotti and Violet.
When not working Sunni likes to volunteer for animal rescue groups. She is passionate about finding every dog a forever home. She is also an avid football fan, always rooting her hometown New England Patriots!
Sunni is excited to be part of the team at AEHV and is looking forward to exploring all that the Florida lifestyle has to offer.
Joshua started as a veterinary assistant in early 2016. He is working towards a career in veterinary hospital management. While working at AEHV, he has learned valuable skills that he is applying to his career goal. He also has pets at home and enjoys learning how to keep his pets safe and healthy. Joshua holds himself to high standards and cares deeply for the welfare of AEHV patients.
My name is Frank, and my work is never done. My honey -do- lists are never short, but I always come through. I am so happy to be able to provide support to such amazing doctors and staff so that we can keep the hospital operational 24 hours a day (hurricanes included). I love animals; I have a farm with cats, chickens, goats- and to protect us all my puppy Apollo the Maremma Abruzzo Sheepdog.