Dr. Andrea Daniels
Andrea Daniels, DVM, MBA Veterinarian / Owner Dr. Andrea Daniels is the owner of West Villages Animal Clinic. Dr. Daniels graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Go Gators! She is also a certified veterinary acupuncturist, graduating from the Chi Institute in 2015. She has spent her veterinary career working in general practice and emergency medicine. Prior to becoming a veterinarian, Dr. Daniels was an accountant for nearly a decade. Dr. Daniels was born and raised in Port Charlotte. She moved back to the area in 2016 to be near her family. She is finally realizing her lifelong dream as the owner of West Villages Animal Clinic.
In her spare time, Dr. Daniels enjoys spending time at the beach hunting for shark’s teeth, swimming, boating, reading, and spending time with her husband, Hal. She currently has two Jack Russell Terriers named Saylor and Isla. Pictured is Dr. Daniels with Baylee, who lived to be 18 years old and was much of the inspiration for Dr. Daniels to become a veterinarian. After an amazingly long life, sweet Baylee passed away in 2018.
Dr. Daniels strives to create a fun, positive, and supportive work environment for her team members. She hopes the camaraderie between her team members, and love for their work reflects in the care for your pet. Dr. Daniels is a Fear Free Certified Professional, she is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, the Florida State Veterinary Medical Association, and the Southwest Florida Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Jennifer Long
Dr. Jennifer Long graduated from the University of Florida in 2002. She is a native of Orlando, Florida where she worked after vet school until her husband’s career took them to Virginia and Singapore.
She worked in private practice for about 4 years seeing dogs, cats and large number of exotic and wildlife patients as well as doing weekly shifts at the local emergency hospital. She then worked at a large emergency and specialty hospital in Virginia for 2 years before moving to Singapore where she worked in day practice and did house calls. This gave her the opportunity to really get to know the local community and culture. She and her family also enjoyed traveling all over Australasia!
She is married to a Veterinary Surgeon and they have 3 children who are almost 13, 14 and 15 years old!
They moved from Singapore to San Antonio, Texas in 2016 where she worked in emergency hospitals and shelters. She loves reaching out to and helping animals and humans in need and together, she and her family fostered over 100 animals and raised and re-homed countless litters of puppies and kittens!
She currently has 2 dogs and 3 cats, all from the streets of San Antonio and surrounding areas, as well as 3 budgies and 2 chinchillas.
They recently decided to settle down near family in Florida and chose the Sarasota area for its great schools and beautiful beaches.
Dr. Long has maintained her own veterinary relief practice since about 2004 which has enabled her to work in a variety of settings and to help the local veterinary community. She loves meeting new people and animals all the time and her patient’s comfort is her highest priority. She is currently working on her “Fear Free” certification.
Keandra White is a Certified Veterinary Technician. She graduated with an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2014. Her passions in animal science are animal behavior and anesthesiology.
Growing up in Florida, Keandra would take in every stray animal that came to her house and knew she wanted to work with animals at a very young age. She currently has a Rottweiler named Otis, a Border Collie named Maisie Jo, and six cats. Keandra is pictured with Otis who has fueled her love of behavior and training.
In her spare time when Keandra isn’t running after her dogs or cats, she is binge-watching Netflix with her husband, Dahr. Keandra loves to read and has been known to read up to three books in one day. Keandra enjoys sitting on the beach and soaking up the sun or taking walks in nature preserves.
Keandra hopes she can provide the best pet care and owner education to make sure your pet is comfortable and happy.
Kim Albin is a Licensed Veterinary Technician with a subspecialty in Oncology. She is also a Level 1 USA Triathlon Certified Coach, a Licensed USA Triathlon Referee, a member of the Wattie Ink Elite Triathlon Team and a Maddog Spinning Certified Instructor.
Kim has been a licensed veterinary technician since 1996. She has worked in many veterinary clinics across the United States. She received her Oncology Subspecialty License in 2009. Kim has taught the veterinary technician students at the Michigan State University in Oncology and assisted in the openings of several oncology specialty practices across the United States including the Veterinary Oncology Department at Virginia Tech. Kim has assisted in the development of a Mobile Oncology Administration Vehicle, proctored three online veterinary oncology courses and presented at numerous veterinary conferences.
Kim is also an accomplished triathlete. After ten years of running and four marathons, Kim switched to Triathlon. In the years she has been a triathlete, Kim has qualified for Nationals every year, and taken home many overall wins even as a Master Competitor. She has qualified for World Championships for the last 6 years, traveled to many countries representing Team USA in Triathlon, Aquathlon, and Aquabike, and is a five-time All American.
Kim has been married since 1995 to Howard and they have one daughter, Brenna, who is graduating from Michigan State University in May 2020 with a Bachelor’s in Philosophy. Kim has two siblings Humane Society Cats named TinyTim and Joxer.
Jennifer Heiner was born and raised in Elkhart, Indiana. She attended Vincennes University and Indiana University of South Bend in Indiana majoring in biology and fine arts. She later became a certified EMT (Emergency Medical Technician).
Jennifer has been around animals all of her life. She had worked at the same veterinary clinic during high school, college, and for most of her 30-year career. As a result, Jennifer has extensive experience with cats, dogs, and exotic species. She has even worked at a humane society rehabilitating injured birds and reptiles.
In March 2020, Jennifer moved to Florida to be near her son, Dahr, and daughter-in-law, as well as to escape the cold Indiana winters. Jennifer also has a daughter, Olivia. Both children have had the opportunity to assist in the care of a variety of animals. In her leisure, Jennifer spends time with her daughter and all of their pets: Doug, an American Bulldog Mix; Fergie, Harvey, and Baby Bird, the parrots; Chester the cat; Leo the bearded dragon; and Glowie, the cichlid. For fun, Jennifer enjoys gardening, hiking, kayaking, and relaxing on the beach.
With Jennifer’s love of animals and many years of experience in the veterinary field, her goal is that your visit is a comfortable and pleasant visit.
Growing up in Sarasota, Katie Ellis was surrounded by animals; she owned and cared for chickens, dogs, cats, ponies, and horses as a child. From the time she acquired her first puppy (a Chihuahua named Nikki), Katie’s love for animals sparked an interest in the veterinary field of medicine. Upon high school graduation, Katie attended State College of Florida. Katie had several years of animal veterinary office experience prior to enthusiastically joining West Villages Animal Clinic in 2020.
Katie, and her fiancé, Tommy, love raising their two children—Elyse and Parker. Additionally, completing the family, she has two Chihuahuas (named Lolli and Rocky) and a Chiweenie (named Weenie). Katie has long-held, strong feelings about the value of dog rescue programs and has been active in dog rescue placements for a number of years. As one might expect, two of Katie’s current dogs are rescue dogs. Katie hopes the next dog addition to her family will be a Newfoundland, which she wants to train to do therapy work.
Katie’s other interests include reading, photography, baking, gardening, horseback riding, boating, and most any outdoor activity. Her ultimate, long-term goal is to someday acquire a small farm on which she would have a garden and lots of rescued dogs for her and her family to care for and enjoy.
Katie fully appreciates the bond that forms between pet owners and their “fur babies” and she enjoys meeting and forming good relationships with each pet and each owner who visits West Villages Animal Clinic.
Steven Alfieri is originally from Long Island, NY. Steven began his career working in animal hospitals over 15 years ago as a Kennel Manager. As a Kennel Manager, Steven gained valuable training to ensure the safety and general well-being of the many animals that were entrusted to the animal hospitals’ care.
Steven also learned communication skills, which now, as a Veterinary Technician, help him to further educate clients on the routine care and maintenance of their beloved pets, ensuring the human-animal bond, something he values with his own pets. He plans on pursuing a Veterinary Technician degree, but in the meantime, routinely attends continuing education classes.
Steven moved to Florida in April 2010 to be closer to family. He has worked in small and large animal practices, and is very passionate about working with cats and dogs. In his off time, Steven enjoys reading books, learning to play the cello and riding his motorcycle. Steven currently has two female Pitbull/Lab mixes named Pippin and Sadie, as well as a DSH named “Captain” Jack.