About Shannon Dixon
Medical Oncology Nurse
Shannon was raised in Naples Florida, but was born in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. While going to school for a teaching degree, she realized that her passion really was helping animals. She quickly changed career paths and focused on the general veterinary practice field. She worked in general practice for 8 years and from there went into specialty medicine and joined ER. In 2016 she moved into neurology and then into oncology where she took a special interest in. She felt this specialized area of veterinary medicine was the most challenging, yet the most rewarding. If there is any one area she could say is most intriguing to her in oncology, she would have to say brain tumors and lymphoma. Shannon’s 11 years of general and specialty experience as well as her true passion for veterinary oncology brought her to Cancer Veterinary Centers where she works as an Medical Oncology Nurse. She is currently studying at Penn Foster to receive her CVT license.
In her personal time, Shannon shares her life with her horse Partner, Shelby her Australian Shepherd and Chitty the cat! She finds her relaxation at the barn with her family horses or doing water activities.
About Eddie Mora
Medical Oncology Nurse
Eduardo, better known as Eddie, grew up in Westchester, Florida which is a suburb of Miami where he also attended Miami-Dade College. He is currently studying medical management at Keiser University in Ft Myers, Florida. Eddie’s love of science and animals is what shaped his career in veterinary medicine. He started out in the general practice veterinary field and learned then that specialty medicine was what he had a strong interest in, particularly oncology. He brings 22 years of veterinary medicine experience to Cancer Veterinary Centers. If you ask Eddie what it is he loves about his job as a Medical Oncology Nurse, he will tell you “I really enjoy communicating with clients about procedures, treatments and goals for their pets with cancer.” He feels the care he gives as a nurse in veterinary oncology is very special for the pets he is treating as well as their owners.
Living in Florida most of his life, Eddie enjoys the Florida lifestyle of golfing and surfing in his free time as well as the company of his family and friends!
About Kasandra Santos
Radiation Oncology & Diagnostic Imaging Supervisor
Kasandra, better known as KC, is originally from Puerto Rico and has lived in Florida for 6 years. She graduated with a Veterinary Technology degree from Sanford Brown Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in May 2014.
KC knew her career life was going to be helping animals since childhood. Her love and compassion for animals is what brought her to Cancer Veterinary Centers where she is a Radiation Oncology & Diagnostic Imaging Supervisor. She especially enjoys radiation therapy because she sees how well her oncology patients feel after their treatments. In her own words she has said “I don’t see myself in any other scenario if there are no animals involved.”
KC is a very talented artist and in her personal time she loves to draw and paint. She has drawn many of her patients portraits as gifts to their owners. Her work is just beautiful with every such detail. Her own rescued dog, Rizzo and cat Khalee also keep her busy! KC enjoys spending some relaxation time with friends, enjoying the pool, beach as well as road trips.
About Anita Seda
Medical Oncology Nurse
Anita is a Florida native, and been has worked in veterinary medicine for about 13 years. She started working in kennels at veterinarian offices and worked her way up quickly to lead technician/nurse. Anita started in general veterinary practice in Miami, then moved into oncology and emergency practices in Fort Lauderdale and Deerfield Beach, Florida. She is currently working on her Veterinary Technician certification.
Since a child, she always loved animals and had a desire to work with them. She enjoys hard work and loves what she does. Anita has 2 adopted cats of her own, BellaDora who is a cancer survivor and Bodhi. When she is not hard at work, Anita enjoys working out and traveling. Her hobbies include Halloween costume and makeup design, dancing, camping, or any outdoor activities.
About Dena Latincic
Customer Service Representative
Dena is originally from Connecticut and has been in Florida since 1991. She received her medical assistant certificate from Edison Community College in Florida. Through the U.S Career Institute she received her certificate in medical coding. As one of Cancer Veterinary Centers Customer Service Representatives, her smiling face greets our patients as they walk through the doors. Dena’s 20 years of experience in the human medical field as a CSR and her love of animals brought her to Cancer Veterinary Centers. Her natural talent for such friendly and sincere compassion for clients and patients is a warm feeling upon arrival and departure. She is also one of the pleasant voices on the other end of the phone when our clients call our office.
Dena spends time with her 15 year-old and their dog Oreo who is a border collie mix. She enjoys relaxing with a bike ride, shopping or going out to dinner with family and friends. One of her most interesting hobbies is attending fan conventions where she gets the opportunity to meet her favorite actors! It is there that she collects celebrity items, autographs and pictures with the celebrities.
About Nanichi Santos
Customer Service Representative
Nanichi (Nani) is originally from Corozal, Puerto Rico and has lived in Florida for 16 years. She has joined Cancer Veterinary Centers as a Customer Service Representative where she is instrumental in the compassionate customer service we pride ourselves on. Nani makes it her priority to make our clients and patients feel comfortable coming here whether it is their first time or tenth time. With her very cheerful and positive personality, our clients feel like they are part of the Cancer Veterinary Centers family. Nani is currently in the process of getting her Graphic Design degree so she also takes pictures and video of our patients, capturing the individual personalities of each patient, for our social media.
When she isn’t at work, she is staying busy with her 1 year old son and her dog and cat! Nani is a licensed Esthetician and Certified Make-Up Artist so she also enjoys doing make-up in her free time.
About Ellen Angel
Ellen was born in Texas but moved around quite a bit in the U.S as well as Europe. She settled in Florida 1 ½ years ago. She received her Bachelor’s degree in pre-veterinary medicine from the University of Delaware and her Master’s degree in biomedical and genetic engineering at Drexel University and Villanova. She then went on to get her MBA at Penn State University.
Ellen has worked full time in general veterinary medicine for 20 years. Her passion to spend her career life in the veterinary industry started at the age of 12 when she worked in veterinary practices in the kennels and on horse farms. Ellen worked as a veterinary technician and moved into a practice management position. She brings 21 years of experience to Cancer Veterinary Centers in her role of the Practice Manager. Her extensive veterinary knowledge and ability to manage a team of employees with harmony is a strength for Ellen. There is no such thing as a “typical” day for Ellen and her easy-going personality lends itself well to keeping each department running smooth each day. There is not an area of the practice she cannot assist with at any given time.
When she isn’t managing the practice, Ellen is managing her own time enjoying it with her 7 year-old son and their pets that consist of a Yorkie, 1 adult cat, 2 kittens and a macaw. She enjoys being physically active by going to the gym, weight lifting, playing pickle ball and tennis. For relaxation, she likes to go boating and having brunch with friends.
About Alesia Galuppo
Marketing Outreach Coordinator
Alesia is originally from Syracuse, New York and has lived in Florida for 25 years. She brings with her over 15 years of experience in the marketing and sales industry. She comes to Cancer Veterinary Centers from the Country Club business, where she served as a Director of Sales and Marketing for 15 years.
For the last 9 years, she has also served as the President and founder of Golden Retriever Rescue of Southwest Florida, Inc. It is through the rescue Alesia first met Dr. Kosarek and Dr. Ratterree and a good working relationship between Cancer Veterinary Centers and the rescue began. Alesia comes to Cancer Veterinary Centers with a great passion for animals and good medical knowledge as a medical coordinator for the rescue. Through the rescue, she has also developed good working relationships with many of the local veterinarians in the area.
Alesia manages the outreach and community engagement activities of Cancer Veterinary Centers. She keeps all of the local veterinary hospitals and pet owners up-to-date on all that Cancer Veterinary Centers has to offer their patients and pets in cancer care.
When she is not bringing awareness to the community about Cancer Veterinary Centers, you will find her working hard in the Golden Retriever Rescue of Southwest Florida. She also spends as much time as possible with her husband and their 3 dogs; Bo and Riley who are golden retrievers and Monty a yellow lab.