Dra. Kerly Alvarez Senior Veterinarian
Dra. Kerly Alvarez was born and raised in Quito and acquired her veterinary medical degree as magna cum laude from San Francisco de Quito University. After veterinary school she completed an internship at hospital de especialidades veterinarias de la USFQ and then attended an externship at the prestigious animal care center in the United States. She then worked at the vet care center in Quito for a year before joining Amici Cannis. Dra Kerly speaks excellent English and with her experience in the United States, understands the desire that North Americans have for high quality pet care! Dra Kerly wanted to become a veterinarian to blend her love of animals and science and has dedicated her education and career to small animal medicine. Her special areas of interest are imaging (ultrasound and radiography) as well as surgery. She is excited to join Amici Cannis in order to work on her passion of providing high quality veterinary medicine to the pet owners of Cotacachi and make a difference in the lives of the street dogs of our community. Dra Kerly knows that by contributing to the welfare of animals, you are also impacting the health and well-being of the people! She loves all things nature and has adopted two beloved street dogs, Leo and Azul. Dra Kerly is passionate, positive and energetic and would love to meet you! Come by and say hello at the hospital or schedule a meet and greet with your pet and Dra. Kerly!
Dra. Carolina Villamarín Associate Veterinarian
Dra. Carolina Mishell Villamarin Once was born on August 10, 1993 in the City of Quito. All her childhood and adolescence she studied at the Alfonso del Hierro “La Salle” school. She always had a passion for medical sciences and obtained her Veterinary degree from Universidad Central of Ecuador. She did her internship at a wildlife rescue center in the city of Guayaquil. One of the areas of greatest interest to her is Hospital Management and Emergencies. She completed a hospital internship in the veterinary department of the Universidad Central of Ecuador for 6 months and worked for 2 years in veterinary clinics in Quito. Since June of 2021 she has been part of the Amici Cannis team and is very excited about the work they do for the street dogs in the community, and being able to help in their care, providing a new opportunity and higher quality of life for all patients who come to the clinic. She is committed to working to the best of her abilities with empathy and responsibility. So, make sure to stop by and meet our new Veterinarian. She is very excited to meet you all!
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Cristina Andramunio Hospital Administrator
Cristina Ramos was born and raised in Cotacachi and completed her studies in Accounting and Auditing at the North Technical University in Ibarra. She began acquiring experience in customer service, sales, and administration working as a teen for various companies which helped her decide to study and obtain her engineering degree in Accounting and Auditing. Cristina has also participated in various child protection and social development projects with the aim of promoting the protection of the rights of children and adolescents in vulnerable situations. Christina participated in the second international day of English in 2013 held at the Universidad Técnica del Norte and speaks very good English. She has also trained at the Center of Ecuador “CECAPRE” in bank teller courses in 2017. Cristina worked as a junior auditor conducting external audits to Emel Norte S.A. and Santa Barbara EP for the firm Auditora Castro Mora Asociados Auditores y Consultores CIA, LTDA, before beginning her administrative duties with Amici Cannis Hospital. Cristina loves animals and people, and is hard-working, positive, and cares deeply for all her clients, human, canine, and feline.
Paul Morales Lead Technician
Paul Morales Moreno lives in the parish of Quiroga near the city of Cotacachi and studied Zootechnics at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador Sede Ibarra. Paul has been with Amici Cannis since the beginning of the project in 2014 and has participated in many canine and feline sterilization projects with national and international organizations, as well as being a member of the Canine Overpopulation Control Project in Cotacachi which Amici Cannis Foundation developed. Paul coordinates the sterilization projects in and around Cotacachi and neighboring communities in conjunction with the GAD of each canton’s municipality as the representative of Amici Cannis Foundation. Paul is the lead technician at Amici Cannis Hospital and assists the doctors in all minor and major procedures. Paul speaks Spanish and English.
Emerson Simba ACT / Technician
Emerson is 23 years old and was born in Cotacachi. He studied music at the Luis Ulpiano de la Torre School and later pursued his music studies, specializing in the violin, at the National Conservatory of Music in Quito. He started working at Amici Cannis in 2019 as a part time technician until the Covid 19 pandemic hit. Fortunately, Emerson was able to come back and continue working for Amici Cannis as a full-time technician and the primary face of Amici Cannis Transport. You may have seen Emerson in his truck feeding and caring for all Cotacachi´s street dogs. Emerson feels very fortunate to be part of the Amici Cannis team because it has strengthened his desire to help animals in need and provide them with a better quality of life. Emerson is now working towards achieving another great goal of his, which is to attain his nursing degree. Emerson says that in this way, he will be able to care for both animals and people, “because everyone will require help at some point.” We hope that you get to meet Emerson because he sure loves dogs and people!
David Gualacata Technician
David Gualacata was born and raised in the parish of Quiroga, city of Cotacachi. His love for the care of animals started from an early age, and it sure shows when you see him working at Amici Cannis. He is currently pursuing a career in Animal Production at the Veterinary Technology Superarse School in Quito. David feels it is an honor to belong to the Amici Cannis team and be able to provide all the necesary care for all pets and street Dogs and Cats of Cotacachi. We are fortunate and very pleased that David joined Amici Cannis and we are sure you will feel the same when you meet him!
Gabriel Andramunio Admin Assistant / Technician
Gabriel Andramunio was born and raised in Cotacachi. He completed his studies as a Medical Emergency Technician at FAD PREVENTION CIA. LTDA. He is also a Civil Protection volunteer at the National Risk and Emergency Management Service, which has allowed him to help people who need it most. Gabriel has worked as a medical emergency technician since 2018 in the AMBULANCIA PRIVADA DE CATES MEDIC of the City of Ibarra, which has allowed him to take several courses in pre-hospital care, first aid care, shock treatment, scene management, vital signs assessment, trauma, immobilization and transfer of patients, triage, electrocardiogram, and basic life support (CPR). Gabriel has experience in customer service and patient care giving, medical rehabilitation therapy and elderly care. For 2 years he worked at the Rehabilitation Clinic for Adolescents at CETAD SANTA ANA DE COTACACHI, caring for adolescents with drug use problems in the medical and pedagogical area. As you can see, Gabriel has lots of experience caring for human patients, He also worked for Amici Cannis before the Covid 19 pandemic hit. Now, he is very happy to be back with us and care for Cotacachi´s four-legged residents. We are lucky to have him back and hope you have the opportunity to meet him soon!
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Matías Ruiz Technician
Matias Ruiz Ruiz was born and raised in the parish of Quiroga. He studied primary school at the “Andrés Avelino De La Torre” School and secondary school at the “Luis Plutarco Cevallos” School. He is currently studying the Pedagogy of National and Foreign Languages at the Technical University of the North. Matias speaks English fluently since he had the opportunity to live and interact with people from abroad. He currently resides in Cotacachi and works at Amici Cannis where he works as a vet technician and helps wherever he’s needed. We’re super excited to welcome Matias to the team and hope you can come meet him.
Dr. Heather Steyn Foundation Director / Consulting Veterinarian
Dr. Heather Steyn graduated from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. She also did a 5 year residency program with the American College of Theriogenology. Dr. Steyn built and ran several hybrid general/specialty hospitals in Colorado in her US career and officially retired from practice in 2017. Her interests include Internal Medicine, Soft Tissue Surgery, Dentistry, Ultrasound, and Behavior. Dr. Steyn was the founder of Amici Cannis USA, and is on the Board of Directors of the Foundation Amici Cannis Hospital de Animales. She fell in love with Ecuador on a vacation in 2013 and then worked hard to dedicate all of her energy and time to achieve opening the hospital in Cotacachi in 2016. Dr. Steyn now lives full time in Ecuador where she can volunteer for the Foundation, and in her spare time she loves to raise and milk sheep, make artisan cheese, horseback ride and farm.
Dr. Beth Mangia Consulting Veterinarian
Dr. Beth Mangia is a University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine graduate. She practiced Companion Animal Medicine in the Atlanta area for 28 years, with a special interest in preventative medicine. After selling her practice, Dr. Beth and her husband retired to Otavalo, Ecuador in 2016, where they share their home with two rescue dogs and a rescue cat. Dr. Beth consults with the Amici Cannis team when needed, and does behind-the-scenes work such as instituting the Cotacachi Roaming Dog Census and writing grants for funding our important work. She takes advantage of the year-round spring weather in her garden and is an avid bird-watcher.
Dr. Alan Ledis Consulting Veterinarian
Dr. Alan Ledis graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation he began working in private practice treating companion animals in various clinics in several different states. Dr. Ledis moved to Massachusetts to establish his own private practice and during that time he took many specialty courses in Dentistry, Orthopedic Surgery and Emergency Medicine. He also started volunteering for the McKee Project, a community based spay and neuter program in Costa Rica. After selling his practice in 2007, Dr. Ledis began working for Second Chance Animal Shelter and Wellness Center and helped establish one of their satellite clinics in Springfield Massachusetts. He retired in 2016 and moved to Cotacachi, Ecuador, where he became a consulting veterinarian with Amici Cannis Animal Hospital.
Dr. Phillip Steyn Consulting Veterinarian Radiologist
Dr. Phillip Steyn was born and raised in South Africa. He went to veterinary school at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, then ran a general practice hospital for 7 years before immigrating to the United States. Dr. Steyn did a residency at Texas A&M and became a Board Certified Radiologist. Dr. Steyn moved to Colorado and was a professor at Colorado State University for 18 years teaching Radiology. He then started a private business as a TeleRadiologist which grew into an international company reading radiographs from all over the world. Dr. Steyn is working with Antech Imaging Services currently and also consults for Amici Cannis Hospital de Animales. We are proud to have a Board Certified Radiologist volunteer his time for the Foundation! In his spare time, Dr. Steyn loves to farm, fish and horseback ride.
Board of Directors
DR. HEATHER STEYN
DR. PHILLIP STEYN