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Staff

  • Joe Covino
    D.V.M
    Originally from Connecticut, Dr. Covino relocated to Naples, Florida, with his family in 1985. After graduating from St. John Neumann High School, he attended Iona College in New York State, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Professional Biology. Dr. Covino earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. As part of his studies, Dr. Covino was the lead researcher in a retrospective study on canine acute infected pancreatitis justifying the use of antibiotics in acute pancreatitis in canine patients. He chose to compete to obtain post-doctoral training through a national internship program. He matched with Oradell Animal Hospital, a 36,000 square foot, multi-specialty, 24-hour referral and general practice in Paramus, New Jersey. It was at Oradell that Dr. Covino gained vast experience in a 13-month rotating medicine and surgery program. His direct guidance and communication with specialists in internal medicine, surgery, radiology, emergency and critical care, behavior, neurology, cardiology and nutrition helped hone his skills. Daily rounds ensured that all cases, not just Dr. Covino's, were discussed and shared. In addition to the exposure of cases, he also began dating Dr. Jennifer Dewe-Mathews. After completing his internship, Dr. Covino relocated to Florida and has been practicing in the Naples area where he remained as an associate for more than 5 years. The experience that Dr. Covino gained triggered both the knowledge and competence to design and open a state-of-the art hospital, animal wellness center of bonita. Dr. Covino resides with his wife, Dr. Jennifer Dewe-Mathews, son Vincent, daughter Charlotte, American Staffordshire Terrier Olivia and 3 cats (Chicken, Nigel and Martini).
  • Joy Cohen
    D.V.M

    Dr. Cohen grew up in SW Florida with a love for animals both small and large. Her family had dogs, cats, horses,cows, and chickens!, Much of her time as a child was spent tending to her pets and horseback riding. Both her parents were involved in the medical field so veterinary medicine was a natural choice for her from a young age. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a Doctorate in Veteinary Medicine at the University of Florida, Dr Cohen decided that small animal veterinary medicine was her passion. She worked in Florida and New York City before returning to SW Florida. Dr. Cohen’s interests in veterinary medicine include wellness, internal medicine, and dermatology. Dr. Cohen loves SW Florida for the beautiful outdoors and wildlife. She enjoys the beach, biking, and taking walks in the Florida sunshine.

  • Kristina
    Client Service Representative

    Animal wellness center of bonita warmly welcomes Kristina to our medical team! Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Kristina moved with her family to Southwest Florida in 1995. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and her Associates Degree in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing from Florida Gulfcoast University in 2008. After working for the State Attorney's Office in Collier County, and interning for a criminal defense attorney in Naples and the Public Defender’s Office in Fort Myers, she discovered that criminal justice no longer appealed to her and decided to pursue her passion and childhood dream of working with animals. She began by volunteering with local rescue groups, and working with the Humane Society of Naples. Kristina has been volunteering/working in the field of veterinary medicine since 2005. Currently residing in Bonita Springs with her boyfriend, Chris, their four cats: Vito, Chester, Cassie and Zak, and their Golden Retriever, Addison (Addi), Kristina is an avid Florida Gators, Florida Everblades, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks, and Chicago Bears fan. Very involved in animal rescue, Kristina serves on the board of the Golden Retriver Rescue of SW Florida as the medical coordinator. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her animals…watching her favorite sports teams play, going to ice hockey games, the beach, traveling, attending animal rescue events, and going to country music concerts.

  • Jordyn
    Veterinary Technician
    Jordyn was born in Naples, and has never lived anywhere besides beautiful Southwest Florida. Jordyn's love for animals started at a very young age, and lead to her enrollment into the Veterinary Technician Academy for two years during high school. After high school, Jordyn attended FGCU & FSW for Criminal Justice with plans of becoming a Humane Law Enforcement Officer. Jordyn started working as an veterinary assistant in 2010 and quickly became a technician because of her hard work and dedication. Jordyn is currently enrolled at FSW for Business Management, and hopes to one day be a Veterinary Practice Manager. Jordyn is known in our as the “Pet Whisperer,” since her singing has a natural calming affect on animals. Jordyn is also responsible for working with some of our local animal rescue groups and considers herself an pitbull advocate, as she feels that they are the most misunderstood breed. Jordyn’s work with rescues has lead to one of the greatest moments of her life, the day she adopted Albi from Wee Waggin Rescue! According to Jordyn; Albi is the sweetest, most loving dog with the greatest human-like personality. Albi makes Jordyn laugh everyday and loves to play basketball, run around in circles, and playing in water. In Jordyn’s free time, she enjoys the beach, campfires, going out with friends, and spending as much time with family as possible.
  • Shawna
    Veterinary Technician
    Shawna began her career in veterinary medicine fresh out of high school in Naples. She started at a small practice as a receptionist, but her love of caring for animals caused her to quickly take interest in patient care and work on her skills to become a technician. Over the last 10 years, Shawna has been a technician at both day practices and emergency clinics. She spent two years working in emergency and critical care medicine. In her spare time, Shawna enjoys spending time at the beach, four-wheeling, doing photography, and as she says “going on adventures!
  • Christianne Herman
    Office Manager

    Christianne joined Animal Wellness Center of Bonita as Office Manager in April 2018. Originally from Ohio, her love of animals began at a very young age. An avid horseback rider, Christianne competed competitively in Hunter/Jumper, and Presage categories for many years before deciding that the brutal winters were unbearable and relocated to Florida in 1998. Immediately upon arrival, she sought a career helping animals. She began as a veterinary receptionist, and quickly advanced to a veterinary practice manager. Having gleaned greater than 15 years experience as an office manager, Christianne joined the professional team at Animal Wellness Center of Bonita in April 2018. Christianne enjoys spending her personal time with her two pitbull rescues, Taylon and Haze, along with boating, beach going, and also is an avid concert attendee.


  • Kelly Lawrence
    Veterinary Technician

    Kelly became a comfortable addition to Animal Wellness Center of Bonita’s small team of giants in Feb. 2018. Raised on a Pennsylvania Mountain Farm with a variety of both wild and domestic farm animals, Kelly enjoyed rescuing endangered animal species, ranging from a baby bird to the Red Fox. It has been both a natural and comfortable transition from the farm to a career in veterinary medicine, as Kelly has donated much time to innumerable rescue groups and continues to do so today. Although many things in this world may change, Kelly’s love for animals will never change. With greater than 20 yrs. experience as a veterinary technician, and veterinary office manager, Kelly continues to enjoy her present position as a devoted Veterinary Technician at Animal Wellness Center of Bonita. We are fortunate to have her on our extraordinary team of experienced professionals.

  • Faustine

    Faustine relocated to Naples, FL from West Orange, NJ in August 2018,. A recent graduate of Monmouth University, Faustine earned her B.A. in Psychology,. She now truly recognizes and understands compassionate, complicated relationships and their effects upon one another. The human animal bond is an ideal relationship because it is founded upon unconditional love, and endures beyond our years together. Thus, it is well worth our study and grasp. In Sept. 2018, Faustine joined our professional experienced team as an experienced Veterinary Assistant Technician, who will study and strive to achieve her desired status as Veterinary Technician before long. Thank you for welcoming Faustine during your next visit to AWCB.