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Azaliah “Liah” Breuer: Laboratory/Kennel Supervisor
Azaliah Breuer has been working at Dixie Animal Hospital since January of 2007 but has been in the veterinary field for about 13 years. She became the Assistant Supervisor to the Laboratory and Kennel in March of 2013 and then the Laboratory and Kennel Supervisor in May of 2015. Her love for animals came from her upbringing in Puerto Rico where she grew up taking care of pigs, cows, donkeys, horses and other farm animals. Along with a happy family, “Liah” cares for multiple animals including three dogs (Bowser, Tic Tac, and Pez), two cats (Saki and Mango), a mouse named Fuzzy and a ball python name Mousie. She enjoys many water sports such as kayaking and extending her animal care knowledge as a pet sitter for many of our clients.
Matthew Weich: Assistant Laboratory/Kennel Supervisor/Volunteer Coordinator
Matthew Weich is a homebred Miami native, who expresses so with his various activities. He started working at Dixie Animal Hospital in January of 2010, working his way up to Assistant Laboratory and Kennel Supervisor as of May of 2015. Matt shares ownership of four rescued pets; a Jack Russel mix named Bandit, Nanette a Ridgeback mix and two cats named Samson and Gizmo. His true passion is photography, currently undertaking an apprenticeship when he is not working with us. His love for Miami is expressed through his photographic works, often opting for pictures of the many scenes in the area. Matt’s devotion to Miami is also evident in his fondness for the Miami Marlins.
Antinique Chinn: Assistant Laboratory/Kennel Supervisor
Antinique Chinn joined Dixie Animal Hospital in August of 2013 but has been working in the animal health industry for the past 10 years. With her hard work and commitment to our facility, Antinique's efforts earned her the title of Assistant Technician Supervisor in August of 2016. A Miami native, Antinique graduated from Miami Edison Senior High in 2001 and then graduated from The English Center in 2003 with a Veterinary Assisting Certificate. She spent the last 10 years working for Animal Emergency Clinic taking care of multiple critical care patients each day! While Antinique enjoys working with animals and coming to work daily, she uses her off time to relax in the sun often choosing to go day fishing for the local delicacies. Antinique does not currently have any pets but spends affectionate time with the kittens we have for adoption here at the clinic, contemplating whether or not to take one home.
Vicki Schuling has been proudly working at Dixie Animal Hospital since 1971. Prior to living and working in South Florida she grew up in Elizabeth, Colorado where she began her love for animals. Out west she worked with large animal veterinarians taking a special interest in horses. Vicki remembers, in detail, the events of Hurricane Andrew as it tore through Dixie Animal Hospital and was an integral part of the rebuilding process. When she is not spreading her love for animals around the hospital she enjoys gardening and working on art projects including painting animal portraits and designing ostrich eggs. Vicki has four cats of her own (Stud, Honey, Sweet Pea, and Scooter) and often takes care of many of our clients cats while they are away, treating them as her own.
Ziad Alshadad is seasoned in the Veterinary medicine industry. He graduated as a Veterinarian in Syria in 2001 and worked with large animals for a while in both Syria and Qatar. It was also common practice for people to have their own farms with large animals, so Ziad had animals including cows, horses and goats. Ziad immigrated to the United States in 2011. He initially worked in a critical care clinic for small animals before joining the Dixie Animal Hospital staff in April of 2013. When describing his time here at Dixie, Ziad said “Dixie Animal Hospital gave me an in-depth understanding of the small animal field. It is a passion of mine to work at Dixie Animal Hospital where the doctors and staff work as a team offering awesome care for the patients.” When not working or spending time with his wife and daughter, Ziad enjoys reading to keep his mind fresh and traveling to keep his body young.
Jules Kreisberg, CVT
Jules Kreisberg joined the Dixie Animal Hospital team in September 2014. Prior to joining Dixie Animal Hospital, Jules graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Miami Dade College in July 2014. She has since earned the title of Certified Veterinary Technician; CVT. Her passion for animals has been her driving factor in pursuing veterinary medicine. In the past, she has volunteered with the Cat Network, assisting them with their Meow Mobile. Jules also spent time volunteering at Zoo Miami with the children's Summer Camp program. She owns one Boston terrier named Dexter who is extremely spoiled, but hopes to bring more Boston terriers into her life in the future. With her free time, Jules enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family, reading, and going to concerts. She enjoys traveling to far-away lands such as Ireland, and hopes to continue to travel in the future, particularly to her dream destination, Italy.
Chris Kostic, CVA
Chris Kostic joined the Dixie Animal Hospital team in July of 2015, but has been volunteering at Dixie Animal Hospital for several years. Chris is currently a Biology Major at Miami-Dade College. He has a passion for exotic animals. He wishes to become a Veterinarian specializing in exotics. Chris has a spoiled cat named Gator and five geckos named Timmy, Daytona, Treix, Grand, and Sunshined Speckle Monster. When he is not studying or working at Dixie Animal Hospital he likes to play video games and hang out with friends.
Zofia "Zoe" Soroko
Zoe began working at Dixie Animal Hospital in May of 2016, and currently volunteers with Three J's Tortoise Sanctuary in her spare time. She is an undergraduate Biology student at the University of Miami and hopes to continue on to veterinary school after she completes her degree. Zoe has a dog named Banksy, a cat named Gerald, and a sweet little snake named Artemis. When not working or buried under her textbooks, Zoe enjoys rock climbing, drawing, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets.
Jesse joined Dixie Animal hospital in September 2016 but has been working in the animal health industry for the past 6 years. Jesse is currently a Biology major at Miami-Dade College on his way to earning his nursing degree making him one step closer to achieving his M.D. In the past, he has volunteered at Friends Forever Rescue assisting with hospital care. He will stop at nothing to help all pets ill or injured. His unrestricted love and passion for animals keeps him motivated to move forward and overcome all obstacles. He owns two spoiled Labrador Retrievers name Leo and Lily. With his free time, Jesse enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with family and friends. He also loves traveling and hopes to some day surprise his fiancé with a trip to Greece.
Leanne Blanco has worked in the veterinary industry for over five years. In addition to working in another animal hospital, Leanne has spent time volunteering at the Humane Society of Greater Miami as well as other pet rescue organizations. Animals have always been her passion. Leanne is currently working on finishing her Bachelor's degree in Business from Florida International University with aspirations of one day opening a pet resort. She has two pets; a rescue dog named Sandy and a 19-year old turtle named Tommy. Leanne has previously trained in MMA and has her black belt in Hisardut and Krav Maga. With her combat sport background she hopes to start training in Muay Thai soon. Aside from her fitness training and animal care, Leanne loves the water and spends much of her off time at the sunny beaches of Miami.
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Ten plus years ago we acquired "Chevy", a lab mix, from the Broward Shelter. He is the spark in our lives! Today he was seen at Dixie and everyone of the staff greeted him and called him by name. What a wonderful feeling in addition to the great medical care he gets. Honestly, you can't do better."