Jamie Isola is a Veterinary Technician with Gateway Animal Hospital. Prior to joining the Gateway Animal Hospital team in 2004, Jamie obtained her Associates Degree in Italian and Philosophy. She also became a snowboard and ski instructor. Jamie discovered her love for animals at a young age when her family had 2 dogs and 2 cats in their household. Jamie is currently pursuing her Veterinary Technician License at Penn Foster.
When Jamie is not spending time caring for animals, she enjoys snowboarding, fishing, oil painting and shopping. A native Staten Islander, but raised in Pennsylvania, Jamie currently resides on the North Shore with her 3 cats (Kunu, Katie, and Panther Shadro) and snake (D’lei).
Veterinary AssistantRachel Boyarsky
Rachel Boyarsky is a Veterinary Assistant with Gateway Animal Hospital.
Veterinary AssistantMichael Collins
Michael Collins is a Veterinary Assistant with Gateway Animal Hospital. In addition to assisting the doctors with each patient, Michael is currently the dietary team leader. He makes certain that all prescription foods are kept on hand for each pet, meeting their specific needs. Before joining the team at Gateway Animal Hospital in 2013, Michael volunteered at the Staten Island Zoo in the Children’s Center. Working primarily in the Children’s Center gave Michael the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with the zookeepers with tasks such as feeding the animals and dealing with their day-to-day needs. The Children’s Center also allowed Michael to greet the children and instruct them on how to interact with the animals. In the summer of 2014, Michael ‘s role with the Staten Island Zoo will transition to exotic animals intern. Currently enrolled at the College of Staten Island as a Nursing major, Michael is also working towards his degree in Veterinary Medicine.
When Michael is not spending time caring for animals, he enjoys photography, playing paintball, hiking, creating mosaics with sea glass, playing video games, and staying current with his EMT skills. A native Staten Islander, Michael resides on the East Shore of Staten Island with his family.
Veterinary AssistantDaphne Molina-Samalot
Daphne Molina-Samalot is a Veterinary Assistant with Gateway Animal Hospital. Before joining the team at Gateway Animal Hospital in 2012, Daphne discovered her love for pet healthcare as a volunteer in Clinica del Este in Puerto Rico from 2005-2009. Currently enrolled at College of Staten Island as a Biology major, Daphne has an ambition of obtaining her Veterinarian degree at Ross University of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts.
When Daphne is not spending time caring for animals, she enjoys spending her time practicing karate, swimming, listening to music, playing video games, drawing, reading, attending Comic Con, and watching Anime. A native of Puerto Rico, Daphne moved to Staten Island in 2009 with her family and her dog.