Meet the friendly staff at Animal Wellness Veterinary Center!

  • Dr.
    Janette Alvarez
    Owner, Veterinarian

    Dr. Alvarez graduated from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. She has professional interests in internal medicine, geriatric care, complementary therapies, nutrition, behavioral medicine, and preventative care. Dr. Alvarez enjoys family life with her husband Frank and their three children Noah, Colby, and Jada, as well as the family dogs Cleo, Bree, Lola, and Ellie, and cat Olivia. She also enjoys reading, writing, gardening, and hiking.

  • Geraldine Monahan
    Client Liaison

    Gerry has chosen work with Animal Wellness after a 35 year career in education, working with children with learning disabilities. She is excited about the opportunity to work with animals as a second career. Gerry is “mom” to her cat Gene. In her free time, Gerry enjoys reading, traveling, walking, and the arts.

  • Alex Corra
    Client Liaison

    Alex comes to Animal Wellness with a degree in Hospitality Management and 10 years of front desk experience. She is eager to combine her customer service skills with her love of animals in her new position on our team. Outside of work Alex enjoys baking, going to the beach, and spending time with her family and her corgi, Faith.

  • Jody Phillips
    Medical Records Manager/Office Manager

    Jody graduated from Rutger's University with a B.A. In English Literature and a concentration in Creative Writing. Ready for a change fueled by her love of animals, Jody joined our team, and may be recognized by many of you from her previous job at Grieb's Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician, as well as customer service liaison, and assistant store manager. As a member of a large family, she grew up surrounded by all sorts of fur babies (some not so furry), but currently is tolerated by her cat, Brigette. When not acting as an unofficial treat giver, Jody enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.

  • Nathan Brinton
    Veterinary Assistant

    Nathan studied biochemistry at Eastern Connecticut University. He has a wide range of pet experience, both as an owner and as a long time volunteer at the Stamford Nature Center. While he loves small mammals the most, Nathan loves working with animals of all sizes and species. In his spare time he enjoys running, kayaking, and generally being outdoors. Nathan shares his home with Tex, a personality-loaded, four-year-old tabby cat, and Nimbus a foster-fail kitten.

  • Justine Lasky
    Veterinary Assistant

    Justine comes to Animal Wellness with an associate’s degree in liberal arts from WestConn. After volunteering at a wildlife/elephant sanctuary in Thailand, Justine discovered that she wanted to work with animals. She has been a veterinary technician, a facility manager at Wildlife in Crisis, and hopes to become an animal control officer. At home she has two cats Stinkerbelle, a stray tuxedo that she found in Bridgeport, and Phillip J Purr, her orange tabby. In her free time Justine likes to sing, play electric bass, cook and eat, volunteer at Wildlife in Crisis, bird watch, spend time outdoors, and cuddle up with her cats and watch true crime documentaries.

  • Lucia Coluccelli

    Always with her love of animals and hair, Lucia graduated from J.M. Wright Tech School as a licensed hairdresser in 2000 and quickly made the decision to become a groomer when she started working at Best Friends in Norwalk. She was able to infuse her hairdressing experience into her furry clients, and is excited to keep doing so in her new Salon inside of AWVC. Lucia is a mother of four beautiful girls Lorelai, Alyssa, Alana, & Ariana and an endearing stepson Kristian along with her fur babies Wang, Sven, Raphael, Violet, Honey, Penelope & Phoenix. Lucia enjoys playing volleyball alongside her husband Tito and enjoys her “downtime” with her family.

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Our Regular Schedule


9:00 am-5:00 pm


9:00 am-5:00 pm


9:00 am-5:00 pm


9:00 am-5:00 pm


9:00 am-5:00 pm


1-2x per month, office appt only

8:30 am-12:30 pm