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Robert Calabrese, BVMS
Dr Robert Calabrese (“Dr Rob”) offers Firehouse Belterra clients a common-sense approach to their pet’s medical care. He focuses on involving clients’ inpatient care plans, communicating clearly, achieving positive outcomes, and educating clients to maintain health and happiness for pets at home. Clients enjoy Dr Rob’s kindness, sense of humor, and empathy. Dr Rob has a special interest in dentistry, nutrition, and preventive medicine.
To offer patients current and well-rounded treatment plans, Dr Rob regularly reads research journals to keep abreast of industry trends. A seminar that stands out for him was the recent AFAST/TFAST Ultrasound course. He has also presented new web and vet tech ideas to a group of industry colleagues in London.
Dr Rob earned his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M in 2009. He earned his veterinary degree at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. He has a yellow lab named Birdie. On weekends, you’ll find the Calabrese family enjoying Austin’s live music scene or swimming in a Hill Country river.
Justin Nelson, BVetMed
Dr Justin Nelson brings his personable and empathetic nature, coupled with extensive surgical, diagnostic, and emergency medicine capabilities, to every client and pet he meets.
Clients appreciate his logical method of approaching their concerns. They also love his way with pets: he calms dogs and cats by proceeding at each pet’s desired pace. He often examines dogs while with them on the floor and keeps cats in their carriers to help them stay comfortable.
To stay updated on the most recent developments in veterinary medicine, Dr Nelson attends his favorite annual conference, BSAVA Congress, where he is able to refresh his knowledge of all aspects of veterinary medicine while improving his surgical skills through participation in practical labs.
Originally from the US, Dr Nelson and his family spent a decade just north of London, where he attended the Royal Veterinary College. In his free time, Dr Nelson loves being with his family, his two dogs named, Toos (a Springer Labrador mix), and Neli (a Vizla Weimaraner mix), and two cats, Hibou (a Scottish fold) and TJ (a domestic shorthair). Dr Nelson also enjoys hiking, playing soccer, and any sport in which his three kids are involved.
Adan was born and raised in Austin, Texas. From a young age, he knew he wanted to work with animals and studied Veterinary Technology at Austin Community College.
Adan joined Firehouse Animal Health Center in 2016 and is thrilled to be part of the leadership team at Belterra Village. He regularly attends veterinary technician and management conferences to keep up-to-date on new medical developments.
Adan takes a special interest in client service, patient relationships, preventive wellness exams, and clinic operations. When not at Firehouse, he enjoys spending time with his Fiancé and his son, Samuel. He also has a passion for American Quarter Horses that he owns, breeds, and trains in different disciplines.
Client Service Coordinator
Ali is taking part in Communication Training at Firehouse and she also attends frequent continuing education courses to learn new skills that improve the client experience. She loves taking the workload off clients by doing the heavy lifting. Her favorite thing about her role is relating to clients and their pets as a pet owner herself.
When she’s not helping clients at Firehouse, Ali enjoys hiking with her pup, mountain biking, going out on the lake or trying out new Austin restaurants.
Client Service Coordinator
Her vast experience working with geriatric pets has led to a passion for helping older pets age gracefully. Barbara has insights for mobility and comfort, tricks for enticing older pets to eat right and take their medications, and know-how for keeping routines to help with cognitive dysfunction.
In her free time, Barbara and her husband love to cook and entertain, go to the beach, and hike. They also enjoy bird watching. Together, they have fostered over 40 greyhounds! Their current pet family includes Katie, a seven-year-old naughty and goofy greyhound, as well as Max and Mia, their 8-year-old “best ever” cats!
Having worked with animals since she was a young girl, Katie has a gentle and empathetic nature. She knows that making veterinarian visits less stressful for the patient allows the visit to be less stressful for the client. Katie’s value of preparation assists the team in making quick and efficient decisions in our patient’s treatment plans.
Staying informed with the best, most accurate information to share with clients and even other coworkers is important to Katie as she continues her degree in Science.
During her free time, Katie is traveling and loving on her two Richmond SPCA rescue dogs, Tank, and Captain Morgan.
Olivia’s dedication and perseverance make clients’ visits informative, as well as enjoyable. Her reassuring manner with patients allows them to have low stress and calm experience.
Currently enrolled in the Penn Foster Veterinary Technician program, Olivia is eager to help clients understand the value of preventive care.
Olivia’s pets include Nox, a Great Pyrenees/Border Collie mix, her cat, Hemmingway, and Nia, a Chestnut Thoroughbred Mare.
Alea’s brings passion, patience, and understanding to our patients and clients. She makes visits as easy as possible by having open communication and establishing genuine relationships with people and their pets. She attempts to know all she can about the pet’s history before their visit, so she can fully understand their needs during their visit. Alea’s willingness to learn and a caring attitude make her a great addition to the Firehouse team.
When not at Firehouse, you can find Alea and her son, their two dogs Alo, a Pitbull-Bulldog mix and Aria, a Pitbull-Terrier, enjoying their time together at the lake.
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