Alec Cicciarella, Kennel Assistant
Alec was born in Georgia and moved to Alaska in 2006, living as a young boy in Denali National Park where he helped with the National Park Service Kennels working with their sled dog teams. His favorite event was watching "Puppy Ballet" when the dogs would race in circles around their bowls before devouring their meal. This time inspired his adoption of Snippet, now a 10 year old Malamute. Since moving to Homer in 2007, Alec has enjoyed the companionship of many dogs and cats and attributes his warm heart and caring personality to earlier medical issues where he learned the importance of caring health providers.
Alec now has 3 guinea pigs, 4 cats, 2 dogs, 8 Barred Rock chickens and 3 horses in his family! One of his closest friends is his cat Patches who he rescued from under a dumpster out East End Road and has ever since forged a bond of mutual trust and companionship.Alec completed a distance Veterinary Assistant course in Summer 2017 and is inspiring us with his dedication to learning while expanding his skills at the clinic every day!
Christie Hill, Veterinary Assistant
Christie grew up in Homer, having a passion for animals, music, softball and track. In fourth grade she volunteered at Homer Veterinary Clinic as a dog walker, kennel cleaner and stamp licker!
Following graduation from high school, she decided to come back and work here again. She worked at the clinic for a year or so before moving onto other avenues. The next 18 years raising her family kept her very busy including been a hockey mom! Christie is also a very avid supporter of the American Cancer Society and has been the top fundraiser for the Annual Polar Bear Plunge held in Seward. Christie has jumped for almost 20 years!
Christie decided to jump back in here to work in the veterinary field in 2017. While her lifelong dream of being a veterinarian has changed a little bit, Christie will be starting school in the fall to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician.
Melissa Duda, Veterinary Assistant/Client Care Services
Melissa is originally from Atlanta, Georgia where she worked as a hairstylist for many years before turning her lifelong passion for animals into a career. In 2013 she started working with animals at a spay and neuter clinic in Northern California before relocating to Homer in the summer of 2017. She has done volunteer work with animal shelters and rescues.
Peaches, Melissa’s 11-year-old bully mix, loves getting out on the trails, kicking up sand along Kachemak Bay, and of course meeting new people and doggies -- just like her owner! When not out exploring, you’re likely to find the pair cruising around town or curled up on their couch watching the snow come down. Melissa is excited to call Alaska home and work with such an experienced clinic.